7 Exhilarating Activities You Can Expect at a Dude Ranch

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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. We want to bolster your bravery beyond horseback, too. Eager to learn to mountain bike? We know just the trail. Fish early and golf late? Our rivers await. We will help you find what you’re looking for in the Lost Sierra. Here are 7 activities you can expect to experience during your stay at Greenhorn Ranch.

 

1. Horseback Riding

Our team of expert wranglers is well-versed in getting Greenhorns of every kind in the arena. We provide horseback riding lessons for all ages, daily trail rides for the whole family, skills development, and more. Guests can also participate in weekly rodeo games on horseback or just sit back and enjoy the show. Our stock of more than 60 horses know and love our endless trails and vistas.

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2. Fishing

Our two ponds are well stocked with fish for Greenhorns. We provide traditional poles, for all ages to cast out. For the fly fisher who wants to improve we offer specific weekend clinics from world renown guides. There is nothing like watching someone catch a fish for the first time. 

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3. Events

Roasting Marshmallows around a campfire is a favorite family pasttime at the ranch but we want to teach you some new traditions. Bullfrog races, rodeo games, stargazing, chuckwagon cookouts, line dancing, fishing derbies, and water balloon fights are just a few of the events you can expect during your stay. Seasonal activities might include snowshoe tours or Fall foliage hikes. Self-guided nature walks with our library of field guides and whiskey tasting at the lodge are always on rotation.

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4. Archery and Games

Never was there a better place to practice with a bow and arrow. Precision is key to hitting your target. Relax and listen. You’ve got this. Our team of experts will guide you through the safest approach and let you learn the way you like. Skeet shooting, axe throwing, horseshoes, and much more coming soon!

 

 

5. Trails

With 660 acres at Greenhorn Ranch, we have well-marked trails for plenty of exploration. Nestled in the Plumas National Forest, we encourage you to get to know the area. Hikes to remote peaks in this region always offer a high-altitude lake for a refreshing dip. Pack a picnic and explore the trails in Lakes Basin or meander the roads through the tiny historic towns like Johnsville, Twain (population 82), and Belden. Remember when you thought California was overpopulated? We’ll help you lose them in the Lost Sierra. Our staff are all ready to be your guide to trails of every ability and purpose – to rip brown pow on your mountain bike or to find a multi-generational day trip.

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6. Golf

Originally drawn by gold then lumber, the modern mass migration to Plumas County is centered around summer fun and golf. Within a 20-minute drive are world-renowned courses that invite both the prestigious and the periodic golfers alike. Nakoma Resort, Graeagle Meadows, Plumas Pines, Whitehawk Ranch, and Feather River Inn are the closest to Greenhorn Ranch but several others are within reach. Have questions on which place to book ahead of time? Give us a call.

 

7. Nearby Attractions

Plumas County is home to a rich array of sites and activities. A 20 minute drive or a gorgeous bikeride, The Brewing Lair has the means to please the toughest beer critics. In fact, your husband will never realize the beer is crafted to remove gluten because it competes with his favorite microbrews. Ready to soak in a peaceful natural hot spring? Sierraville Hot Springs is an experience to remember. We also live where gold miners turned to timber workers and history is still alive and well. A healthy dose of museum tours always makes education come to life. Visit the Western Pacific Railway Museum, Plumas County Museum, or learn about the earliest roots of black history in California at the Beckwourth Museum. In the winter, come see the historic longboard races in Johnsville.

Charlotte Wyatt