Things to do at the Ranch

Whether looking for a quiet retreat or a hearty hike, Lockwood’s Ranch is ready for you to explore!

Hiking: There are lots of easy hiking paths on the Ranch.

Relaxing: Grab your favorite book and find a chair or hammock.

Animals: Join in at feeding time to feed the ranch animals.

Petting Zoo: You and the kids will enjoy spending some time with your favorite farm animals. Not available all dates. Waiver release and additional rates apply.

Photography: Grab your camera and enjoy all the picturesque corners of the ranch.

Rock Hunting: Head on down to the riverbed and search for unusual rocks!

Gold Panning: Try your hand at old-fashioned gold panning in the San Guillermo Creek. Not available all dates. Additional rates apply.

BBQ: Grill up some burgers and hot dogs and enjoy an outdoor lunch or dinner picnic.

Horseback riding lessons: First time on a horse? Let our equestrian expert give you some first-time pointers or help you brush up on your riding skills. Not available all dates. Hourly rates apply. Waiver of Liability form required from all riders.

Outdoor games: Enjoy horseshoes, tether ball or learn how to rope a (straw) calf. Kids and adults will enjoy the balloon sheep round-up.

Star gazing: See a bazillion stars in the night time sky.

S’mores: Warm up some S’mores over the outdoor firepit.

Kid’s crafts: The kids will enjoy making a fun ranch-themed craft. Not available all dates. Small fee applies.

Meditation: Enjoy several quiet places around the ranch for meditation and prayer time.

History - Rollins Cabin

Lockwood’s Ranch holds some very rich history. When the Brown family homesteaded this property in the 1920’s, their son built his own cabin away from the family cabin. In researching the local museum files, we came across this photo of “Rollin’s Cabin”. A quick review of the landscape in the background allowed us to pinpoint the site of the original cabin.

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It has not been determined when this cabin was removed but upon searching the building site, several artifacts were found including a small stove part, rusted nut and small decorative bottle with lid.

In documents found at the Ridge Route Historical Society and Museum, Rollin’s sister Rosalyn recalled:

My brother Rollin had been in the army 3 days when the Armistice was signed and he had to return to school. However, he was entitled to the status of veteran. Since he had always been an outdoor person camping and hunting etc., his ambition was to have his own ranch. Homestead land was available in Lockwood Valley about 20 miles from Lebec. My parents agreed to his wishes but took out 365 homestead acres immediately adjacent.
— Rosalyn Brown