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About Us

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Greenhorn Ranch is a working dude ranch in Northern California’s Lost Sierra. Established in 1962, it hangs its hat on fostering families and new traditions. The long-time member of the Dude Ranch Association is driven to serve guests through Western hospitality, a warm welcome, real ranch living, and an unparalleled vacation experience. Catering to greenhorns from around the world, it guides families and vacationers on a genuine horse ranch experience with guided trail rides, horseback riding lessons, expert wranglers, stocked fishing ponds, and more. With 600 acres, more than 60-head horses trained for family riding, a staff of full-time wranglers and adventure seekers, Greenhorn Ranch is ready to be your guide. Cultivate your cowboy within.

"You can’t get that feeling anywhere else,” said Ralph Wilburn. He's right. It’s special here.

That’s what drew us here. Now under our new ownership, Greenhorn Ranch will continue to embrace ‘that feeling’ and help loyal families and newcomers experience the ranch lifestyle for years to come. We are on a mission to build new traditions through adventure and starry nights.

WE HAVE BUILT THIS VENTURE TOGETHER ON THREE CORE VALUES:

 
 

Done IN LOVE

We offer something different to our guests. Service trumps everything else. That’s because we are welcoming them to experience our lifestyle. Ralph Wilburn embodied the spirit of a cowboy. Everything he did, he did in the name of love and when the ranch was passed to us, he requested this be the legacy he leave behind. We love it here and we want our guests to understand why. Everything we do, we do it for love.

GENUINE HOSPITALITY

This is the Western way. We are polite, we open doors, our guest is served first. We offer genuine hospitality at every turn. We do it with a smile. This is hard to come by in today’s world. We channel the warmth of yesteryear to welcome them into a new tradition. We aim to take care of every detail so they can relax. In order to help our guests have the most spectacular experience, we want them to feel at home here.

Get a Little Cowboy

We are on a mission to build new traditions through adventure and starry nights, both of which are out of the element for a majority of our guests. We need to be brave so they become braver. We need to show them what peak bagging is all about and inspire them to come back, to go farther next time, to ride harder, and to do more. We are here because we’re cowboys. We embrace the adventure.

 
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History

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ESTABLISHED IN 1962

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First worked by goat farmers during the Gold Rush, the land on which Greenhorn Ranch is built has a rich history that matches the American West. The lower parts of the property still house the goathouse where wagons would swing through to pick-up milk and cheese.

After that, Christmas tree farmers took over, harvesting the native firs to bring people together, a theme that seems to weave through this place our visitors call magical.

 
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It wasn’t until 1962 that a group of wranglers and a wacky real estate investor decided to give it a try as a Dude Ranch. The stunning views and pristine surroundings inspired them to share the spirit of the west with visitors looking for something different, for a place to build tradition and memories together with their family, where the stars outshine city lights and the perfect s’more is still the most hotly debated issue.

That was the year Ralph Wilburn came to the property as a ranch hand. His dad, a ranch manager and purveyor, knew the investor and put his son to work. Ralph is a true cowboy. He takes pride in his work, works hard and lives humbly. He knows the horses, he’s worked the land, he’s served as the local fire chief and small business investor. He worked and lived on or near the ranch for decades. As the ranch grew, so did Ralph.

With 660 acres, 60+ horses, dozens of trails, relationships lasting for generations, and a ranch with more than 20 structures and dozens of rooms, Ralph has been a part of the ranch’s legacy from the start. He’s the reason people kept coming back, and he’s the reason this place has a spirit of its own.

Over the decades, the ranch has seen several owners and a lot has changed in the industry. Some things have stayed unapologetically the same. Ralph is one of those things. He and his wife Trish built the community at Greenhorn Ranch, from the locale to the loyal returning visitors. Theirs is the legacy we cherish and that drew us to the property.

In 2017, Ralph and Trish decided it was time to pass the baton and find someone who would be willing and able to carry on the legacy they built at the ranch. Some new investments and a fresh perspective was in order. A group of families banded together to make it happen. In March 2018, the newly designated Greenhorn Group closed escrow and broke ground on the first of a long list of renovations to uplift the historic property and carry on the spirit of Ralph.

Who are we? We are dads and husbands, wives and mothers, buckaroos and kids with a will to run free, city folk and mountain dwellers, business owners and fly fishers. Together, we are interested in seeing our families flourish and our relationships thrive. We are here to invest in our family and in yours. We value our tribes and spend our time intentionally. We hope you’ll join us.

“Love! That’s what this is all about. Everything we do is done in love and for love and with love.”

Ralph dedicated his life to his community and every Greenhorn who walked through the gates. He told us that if there’s one legacy he’d like to leave behind – that he only asks that we dedicate ourselves to keep love as our focus of all things at Greenhorn. Every action we take, every relationship we build is done in the spirit of Ralph, with love.

 
 
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At Greenhorn Ranch, it is our rich history and our past that informs the future we set out to build together. Our promise to you is to maintain the values upon which this community was built and we invite you to envision a future in which the legacy of the ranch can carry on its authentic glory with a few modern amenities.

In March 2018, Ralph and Trish Wilburn sold the Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, now simply Greenhorn Ranch, to us. Who are we? We are dads and husbands, city folk and mountain men, business owners and flyfishers with an interest in seeing more families flourish and more relationships thrive.

 
 
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