TOURS OF RIDGEWOOD RANCH

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Walking Tours of Ridgewood Ranch. Visit the special place that Seabiscuit called home…the depression era hero that captured the imagination of an entire nation.

All tours are docent-led and available by reservation. You will experience the charm of this historic ranch and learn about the home of the legendary Seabiscuit. Historic walking tours are available every first and third Saturday May through October at 9:30am. Group tours for travel agencies are available by appointment. Reserve below or send your inquiry to info@seabiscuitheritage.org

TOUR FEATURES

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∙ View film footage of Ridgewood Ranch, including scenes of Seabiscuit’s 1940 homecoming, Red Pollard’s wedding and breathtaking horse racing scenes.

 

∙ View Seabiscuit memorabilia, hear historical facts, fun stories and poignant memories –

∙ Tour Seabiscuit’s Stud Barn, a National Historic Site, once part of Charles Howard’s first class Thoroughbred breeding operation –

∙ Visit the historic craftsman-style ranch house built by William Van Arsdale in 1905 –

∙ Receive a commemorative souvenir –

∙ See the Lil’Biscuits…Seabiscuit’s descendants –

 

Photo Policy: Photography for your private use is encouraged during your visit.
Permission is requested for commercial use.

All buildings are handicapped accessible. Only certified service pets, please. Ridgewood Ranch is a smoke-free campus.

Ridgewood Ranch is a privately owned, working ranch. Reservations are required.

MENDOCINO COUNTY

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Mendocino County is becoming one of California’s best tourist destinations. With wine farms, historical preservation sites and beautiful coastlines, Mendocino County is great for weekend or weekday getaways. Below is a tourist video of the area, featuring Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation President, Jacqueline Cooper. (courtesy VisitMendocino, Inc.)

RIDGEWOOD RANCH

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Ridgewood Ranch has been a valuable resource for historical tours, conservation research, school and youth group activities and community gardening projects.
Thousands have toured Seabiscuit’s home and enjoyed its rich history and pastoral beauty. With your help, many more will be able to share this opportunity in the future. But without a focused historic preservation and land conservation effort, Ridgewood Ranch is at risk for development and could be lost.

Why this is so important?
The Foundation’s ultimate goal is to create a living museum by continuing Ridgewood’s 150-year history as a working ranch. The Foundation is committed to develop, maintain and expand educational programs that reflect the broad cultural heritage of the Ranch, including the occupation by the Northern Pomo Indians and the development of the land as a working ranch by a succession of owners, including Charles Howard who retired his champion racehorse Seabiscuit here in 1940.

The Foundation will focus on recreational and interpretive programs that will increase public access and enhance the understanding of Ridgewood Ranch as a rich historical, cultural and natural resource.

The Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation will carry on the legacy of Charles Howard and the Golden Rule Church Association.

WHERE IS THE RANCH LOCATED

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DIRECTIONS TO THE RANCH

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When traveling South on US-101 from Willits:

Look for right turn lane shortly after Ridgewood Summit/Harris Quarry

Merge into right turn lane (see green&white Ridgewood Ranch/RV Park/Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation sign)

Turn Right toward Old US-101 (0.2mi) You are now on ranch property.

Turn Right on Ridgewood Road (0.5mi) See Christ’s Church of the Golden Rule sign.

Proceed down hill, keep straight at 4-way stop.

Turn next right for parking.

When traveling North on US-101 from Ukiah:

See Golden Rule / Good Sam RV Park sign 1.5 mi prior to Ridgewood Ranch turn lane on Ridgewood grade.

Merge into left turn lane (see green&white Ridgewood Ranch/RV Park/Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation signs)

Turn Left toward Old US-101 (0.2mi) You are now on ranch property.

Turn Right on Ridgewood Road (0.5mi) See Christ’s Church of the Golden Rule sign.

Proceed down hill, keep straight at 4-way stop.

Turn next right for parking.