What is a dude ranch

Have you every wondered, what is a dude ranch?

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7 Meaningful Ways to Bond With Your Family at the Ranch

Guests have come to know and love Greenhorn Ranch for an unforgettable vacation destination in the Lost Sierra. Families continue to come back to the ranch every year, not just for the memories, but for the incredible bond that it creates during their stay.

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Why California is the Perfect Place for a Ranch Vacation

When you think of California Summers, spending your days on a cattle ranch may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Oftentimes you think of laid-back beach vacations, sandy toes, and sun kissed hair. But here at Greenhorn Ranch, we are known for a different type of laid back vacation. Located in Northern California’s Lost Sierra, we hang our hat on fostering families and new traditions. Catering to greenhorns from around the world, we guide families and vacationers on a genuine horse ranch experience with guided trail rides, horseback riding lessons, expert wranglers, and stocked fishing ponds. As a working dude ranch, you’ll often find us outdoors doing what we love to do most. So here are just a few reasons why California is the perfect place for a ranch vacation.

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Alli Phillips
3-Day Christmas-Tree Hunting Guest Experience

A weekend visit to the Lost Sierra is sure to become a beloved and lasting family tradition. And could there be a more perfect place to make new family memories than Greenhorn Ranch? If you live within driving distance of Greenhorn Ranch, make your visit even more special by bringing home memories and a Christmas tree, cut from the nearby forest. This is about as far from a city lot as you can get. (Just make sure to purchase a permit by mail and bring it with you.)

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Alli Phillips
The Greenhorn Ranch's favorite holiday cocktail recipes

As Fall continues to paint the Sierra pines the most beautiful colors, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. If you haven’t already, it’s time to finalize your holiday food and drink menu. Here at Greenhorn ranch we have a few holiday libation favorites that we can’t wait to share with you. Each of these drinks provides a holiday-inspired twist to the traditional cocktail. Grab your loved ones - you’ll want to enjoy these drinks in good company.

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Alli Phillips
6 Night/7 Day Guest Experience: Easy Hikes in the Lost Sierra

No matter what time of year you visit, Greenhorn Ranch offers an action-packed agenda that’ll keep you busy from dawn until well past dusk…Here’s a sample of what a week of adventure and relaxation looks like in the Lost Sierra, including ideas for some easy hikes, right in our backyard. The hikes listed here are suitable for hikers of all abilities. The best part of a Greenhorn Ranch stay is, you can do as little or as much as you want…


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Alli Phillips
7 Reasons to Visit Greenhorn Ranch This Fall

The tan lines are fading and you’re mind has shifted to daydreaming of Fall leaves, comfy sweaters, and gearing up for the holidays ahead. With all the Summer fun that Greenhorn Ranch offers, Fall is one of our favorite seasons here on the ranch. The crisp mountain air and the gorgeous colors of the trees makes Greenhorn Ranch the perfect place to unwind and relax on your Fall getaway. Here are 7 reasons to visit Greenhorn Ranch this Fall.

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Alli Phillips
What to Pack for a Dude Ranch Vacation

The opportunity to make lifetime memories with your loved ones are endless. Horseback riding, fishing, hiking, stargazing, and swapping stories around the campfire are just some of the activities to look forward to when you book your vacation. But before you come to a dude ranch, your best bet for an unforgettable experience is to come prepared. We often get asked what to pack for a dude ranch vacation and we have a few general guidelines that may help you get a better idea of what to bring with you.

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Alli Phillips
Awesome Activities to do on the Ranch with your family (no Wifi required)

As you drive up Greenhorn Ranch Road, your cell signal slowly disappears and the notifications that represent the pressures of daily life cease for a while. It looks like it is time to disconnect to reconnect with your family and friends and make some memories!

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Lacey Dibble
Exploring the Lost Sierra

Though it is hard to leave the ranch once you’ve pulled in, there are plenty of places for our nature-loving guests to explore in the “Lost Sierra”, whether that be by foot, bike, or boat/paddle. You may be in the “Lost Sierra”, but we guarantee that you will find some magic while exploring this hidden and relatively unexplored (unpopulated?) treasure.

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Lacey Dibble
Top 7 Reasons Why a Dude Ranch Should be on Your Family Vacation Bucket List

You want a vacation where you can relax, recharge, and take in the beautiful scenery around you. You want to connect with your family and share in an adventure where the memories will last a lifetime.

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Charlotte Wyatt
Slowing down on the ranch

In this age of technology, social media and news detaching or unplugging from our routines, responsibilities and expectations allows us to reconnect to what’s really important. Family, friends, this beautiful nature, and yourself…

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Charlotte Wyatt
7 Exhilarating Activities You Can Expect at a Dude Ranch

At Greenhorn Ranch, we work to customize the getaway you want. Horseback adventures take center stage at the ranch. Rodeo games, pony rides and miles of trail await.

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Charlotte Wyatt
The Complete Greenhorn Guest Experience

Life on a California Dude Ranch is a special blend of worry-free in-the-moment wanderlust mixed with a wild zest for everyday adventure. High among the mountaintops in Plumas County and the Lost Sierra, Greenhorn Ranch is a destination resort for the whole family. Our fleet of trail-worthy horses is guided by a group of veteran wranglers, soft-spoken teachers and seasoned horsemen.

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Alli Phillips
Tee Time + Trailrides: Sierra Golfer Tour

“Yoga and golf are the only two things that I actually turn my brain off for,” said a recent visitor to Greenhorn. She said it after realizing horseback accomplished the same purpose for her in an unexpected way.

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Alli Phillips
Hook, Line and Sinker!

As a young guest shouts that they have a, “Fish on!” Everyone runs to help them unhook the shiny fish and snap a quick picture. Guests and staff alike giggle as the little fisherman’s arms stretch wider and wider each time they tell the story of their catch.

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Lacey Dibble
Flyfishing in Paradise

Plumas County is home to some of the most coveted fly fishing in California. Just steps away from the middle fork of the Feather River and driving distance to several of the headwaters of California’s major waterways, the region is known as Lakes Basin because of its spattering of high-altitude lakes.

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Alli Phillips
Wrangling Anglers

Plumas County is home to some of the most coveted flyfishing in California. Just steps away from the middle fork of the Feather River and driving distance to several of the headwaters of California’s major waterways, the region is known as Lakes Basin because of its spattering of high-altitude lakes. For a small fee, our expert guides are available for hire to show you the secrets of the streams and rivers in the Lost Sierra and Lakes Basin.

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Alli Phillips
4 Rules of Riding Every Greenhorn Should Know

Horseback riding is something everyone should experience in a lifetime. And while our Western folk heroes have made it look easy for ages, it takes just being in the presence of a horse for the average Greenhorn to get a little gun shy about climbing atop even the friendliest of ponies…

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Lacey Dibble
5 Day Family Getaway

Life on a California Dude Ranch is a special blend of worry-free in-the-moment wanderlust mixed with a wild zest for everyday adventure. High among the mountaintops in Plumas County and the Lost Sierra, Greenhorn Ranch is a destination resort for the whole family. Our fleet of trail-worthy horses is guided by a group of veteran wranglers, soft-spoken teachers and seasoned horsemen.

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Alli Phillips