The Ranch was sold to the Avillas family who farmed the land and built a milk barn that still stands on the property.
The Jones family purchased the land and turned much of the property into a Christmas tree farm where they planted thousands of White Fir, Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine and other conifers. Today that legacy abounds on the hillsides providing shade and habitat to a healthy ecosystem of wildlife.
A group of wranglers and an ambitious real estate investor decided the property would be a great getaway for outsiders looking for fresh air and adventure. One of the early hires was Ralph Wilburn, an experienced cowboy with a fierce work ethic. Ralph took on bigger roles as the Ranch grew.
Over time, owners came and went, but the 600-acre ranch nestled up to 500,000 acres of public land was always home to Ralph and his wife Trish. They decided to make it official and purchased the Ranch. For 17 years they remained owners, and were ambassadors of kindness and goodwill.
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 their dude ranch in California. A group of families banded together to make it happen. They called themselves the Greenhorn Partners. They took the reins and broke ground on the first of a long list of renovations to uplift the historic property. Their vow- to carry on the warm welcoming spirit of Ralph and Trish.
Greenhorn Ranch enhanced the stable, adding new horses to the herd and new wranglers to the team. We’ve also enhanced our expert culinary team and renovated several aspects of guest accommodations including bedding and decor. Additional outdoor seating and dining sits amongst updated landscapes encouraging relaxation and inspiring memorable conversation. Newly added activities will keep you coming back for new experiences in the Lost Sierra.
Now it’s time to meet the team at the Ranch entrusted with providing you outstanding service and the warmth that could only come from the strong tradition of stewardship that we live by here at Greenhorn.