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QUINCY, CALIFORNIA

Happy Trails: Saddle Up for an Intergenerational Ranch Adventure

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Program #17278RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Elevations between 3000 and 5000 feet.

Equipment Requirements
Participants will want to bring comfortable boots or shoes with ankle support. If you prefer to ride with a helmet, please bring your own riding helmet or bicycle helmet.

Itinerary for Jul 28 — Aug 1, 2013

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Type: Lodge

Description: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a cozy, western-style ranch with the right facilities and amenities to make your time there comfortable, fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a working horse ranch with over 120 head. They offer training in riding skills, daily rides and all aspects of equine education.

Contact info:
2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.
Quincy, CA 95971 USA
phone: 530-283-0930
web: www.greenhornranch.com

Room amenities: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch offers cozy, comfortable, lodging with a western style. The main lodge includes 10 rooms (some adjoining). In addition to the lodge there are 16 cabins. Most Road Scholar participants will be in the lodge. Some cabins may be assigned, as needed. The lodge and cabins are all set in the tall pines and only a few steps from the chuck house, saloon, and other amenities. All rooms and cabins have a private bath with shower, heat, and fans (no AC). Daily tidy-up service is offered. Cabins and rooms do not have TVs or telephones.

Facility amenities: The two story lodge includes the ranch office and guest check-in, a large fireplace for warming up on chilly mornings, a guest computer, a small library, an upstairs balcony for relaxing, and the gift shop (including an assortment of shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, bandanas, hats, sunscreen, sundries, fishing supplies, laundry soap, souvenirs, and more). Onsite guest laundry is available. Check with the front desk in the main lodge for hours of operation. The saloon / recreation building includes a saloon that sells beer, wine and hard liquor along with soda and ice cream. The game room (in the saloon building) features pool tables, ping pong table, video / arcade games, two card tables and more. The heated pool is right next to the saloon. There are plenty of lounge chairs if you prefer to relax poolside. The main lawn has two horseshoe pits and a volleyball net. There is even a disc golf course through the forest along the creek!

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 28 - Arrival, Trail Mixer, Orientation, Dinner and Lin...
Arrive To: Welcome to Greenhorn Creek Ranch! Get ready for an fun-filled week in the heart of the High Sierra! You’ll feel right at home at this family-owned and operated guest ranch. Looking ahead for the next few days…..miles and miles of horseback riding trails, fishing, roping, hiking are just the beginning at this dude ranch in its rustic ranch setting!

Check in after 4:00 p.m. and register for Road Scholar in front of the entrance to the Lodge lobby.



Afternoon: At 4:30 p.m. meet for a trail mixer in the Saloon to start getting to know your great companions for the week.

Dinner: Cowboy dinner (family-style) in the Ranch Chuck House.

Evening: Orientation starts off our evening in the Chuck House, learning about the fun days ahead, and getting an overview of the many exciting things to do at the Ranch. Time to get acquainted and then put on your cowboy hat and we're ready to go!

Line dancing in the Saloon for everyone this evening (if you want to join in the fun!). It's a great get acquainted opportunity.

Lodging: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a cozy, western-style ranch with the right facilities and amenities to make your time there comfortable, fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a working horse ranch with over 120 head. They offer training in riding skills, daily rides and all aspects of equine education.

Contact info:
2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.
Quincy, CA 95971 USA
phone: 530-283-0930
web: www.greenhornranch.com

Room amenities: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch offers cozy, comfortable, lodging with a western style. The main lodge includes 10 rooms (some adjoining). In addition to the lodge there are 16 cabins. Most Road Scholar participants will be in the lodge. Some cabins may be assigned, as needed. The lodge and cabins are all set in the tall pines and only a few steps from the chuck house, saloon, and other amenities. All rooms and cabins have a private bath with shower, heat, and fans (no AC). Daily tidy-up service is offered. Cabins and rooms do not have TVs or telephones.

Facility amenities: The two story lodge includes the ranch office and guest check-in, a large fireplace for warming up on chilly mornings, a guest computer, a small library, an upstairs balcony for relaxing, and the gift shop (including an assortment of shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, bandanas, hats, sunscreen, sundries, fishing supplies, laundry soap, souvenirs, and more). Onsite guest laundry is available. Check with the front desk in the main lodge for hours of operation. The saloon / recreation building includes a saloon that sells beer, wine and hard liquor along with soda and ice cream. The game room (in the saloon building) features pool tables, ping pong table, video / arcade games, two card tables and more. The heated pool is right next to the saloon. There are plenty of lounge chairs if you prefer to relax poolside. The main lawn has two horseshoe pits and a volleyball net. There is even a disc golf course through the forest along the creek!

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 29 - Meet Wranglers and Your Horse, Trail Rides Mornin...
Meet Wranglers and Your Horse, Trail Rides Morning and Afternoon, Lunch Cookout, Karaoke and Dancing

Breakfast: Cowboy (family-style) breakfast in the Ranch Chuck House.

Morning: Meet at the Pond for family pictures...getting ready for our fun craft project later this week.

Then our wranglers meet with our group, do a riding evaluation and assign horses for the week. Greenhorn Creek Ranch has over 100 horses (quarter horses, mustangs, drafts and a few throughbreds). After basic riding and safety instruction we take an easy trail ride.

Our progressive riding program will help you achieve your riding goals as well as enjoy the fantastic scenery on the trail.

Lunch: Lunch cookout on the lawn.

Afternoon: An afternoon trail ride takes us into more of the beautiful terrain of the High Sierra.

A little free time when you return gives you a chance to grab a fishing pole and go off to the pond! Or maybe you'll play ping pong, horseshoes, go for a swim or head to the video arcade.

Dinner: Dinner in the Chuck house. Salad bar is always available as are child-friendly foods.

Evening: Gather for an evening of delightful laughter as you try karaoke and of course, more dancing!

Lodging: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a cozy, western-style ranch with the right facilities and amenities to make your time there comfortable, fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a working horse ranch with over 120 head. They offer training in riding skills, daily rides and all aspects of equine education.

Contact info:
2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.
Quincy, CA 95971 USA
phone: 530-283-0930
web: www.greenhornranch.com

Room amenities: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch offers cozy, comfortable, lodging with a western style. The main lodge includes 10 rooms (some adjoining). In addition to the lodge there are 16 cabins. Most Road Scholar participants will be in the lodge. Some cabins may be assigned, as needed. The lodge and cabins are all set in the tall pines and only a few steps from the chuck house, saloon, and other amenities. All rooms and cabins have a private bath with shower, heat, and fans (no AC). Daily tidy-up service is offered. Cabins and rooms do not have TVs or telephones.

Facility amenities: The two story lodge includes the ranch office and guest check-in, a large fireplace for warming up on chilly mornings, a guest computer, a small library, an upstairs balcony for relaxing, and the gift shop (including an assortment of shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, bandanas, hats, sunscreen, sundries, fishing supplies, laundry soap, souvenirs, and more). Onsite guest laundry is available. Check with the front desk in the main lodge for hours of operation. The saloon / recreation building includes a saloon that sells beer, wine and hard liquor along with soda and ice cream. The game room (in the saloon building) features pool tables, ping pong table, video / arcade games, two card tables and more. The heated pool is right next to the saloon. There are plenty of lounge chairs if you prefer to relax poolside. The main lawn has two horseshoe pits and a volleyball net. There is even a disc golf course through the forest along the creek!

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 30 - Trail Rides - Morning and Afternoon, Craft Activi...
Trail Rides - Morning and Afternoon, Craft Activity, Kids Card Night, Movie Night and Frog Catching

Breakfast: Cowboy breakfast in the Ranch Chuck House.

Morning: Morning trail ride! Every day brings a new experience on the trail. Will you be on a wide trail up a mountain this morning, or a narrow one-person trail? Maybe you'll be in and out of trees or bush wacking!

Lunch: Lunch on the lawn.

Afternoon: Meet at the corral and saddle up for this afternoon's trail ride. Typically morning rides are 2 hours and afternoon rides are about 1 hour.

Some free time after our ride, to hike, practice your roping or shoot some pool. With thousands of acres of the Plumas National Forest at your fingertips, you have your choice of hiking trails (flats, wide-open forest or service roads). Trails are unmarked so bring your compass or GPS.

Dinner: There's always plenty to eat at the Ranch Chuck House, as the fresh air and all that riding will make you good and hungry!

Evening: Tonight children and grandparents head off on their own activities. Children work on their memory books with the activity director and then enjoy their own special "Kids' Card Night" at the Saloon!

Meanwhile adults learn about the history of Greenhorn Creek Ranch from the owners, Trish and Ralph, followed by a little insight from the Group Leader who will talk about "First Wagons to California," from this very appropriate venue in the Sierra.

Then children head off to the Pond for "frog catching!"

Lodging: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Lodge

Description: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a cozy, western-style ranch with the right facilities and amenities to make your time there comfortable, fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is a working horse ranch with over 120 head. They offer training in riding skills, daily rides and all aspects of equine education.

Contact info:
2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.
Quincy, CA 95971 USA
phone: 530-283-0930
web: www.greenhornranch.com

Room amenities: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch offers cozy, comfortable, lodging with a western style. The main lodge includes 10 rooms (some adjoining). In addition to the lodge there are 16 cabins. Most Road Scholar participants will be in the lodge. Some cabins may be assigned, as needed. The lodge and cabins are all set in the tall pines and only a few steps from the chuck house, saloon, and other amenities. All rooms and cabins have a private bath with shower, heat, and fans (no AC). Daily tidy-up service is offered. Cabins and rooms do not have TVs or telephones.

Facility amenities: The two story lodge includes the ranch office and guest check-in, a large fireplace for warming up on chilly mornings, a guest computer, a small library, an upstairs balcony for relaxing, and the gift shop (including an assortment of shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, bandanas, hats, sunscreen, sundries, fishing supplies, laundry soap, souvenirs, and more). Onsite guest laundry is available. Check with the front desk in the main lodge for hours of operation. The saloon / recreation building includes a saloon that sells beer, wine and hard liquor along with soda and ice cream. The game room (in the saloon building) features pool tables, ping pong table, video / arcade games, two card tables and more. The heated pool is right next to the saloon. There are plenty of lounge chairs if you prefer to relax poolside. The main lawn has two horseshoe pits and a volleyball net. There is even a disc golf course through the forest along the creek!

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 31 - Trail Ride, Lunch Cookout (Wagon ride available),...
Trail Ride, Lunch Cookout (Wagon ride available), Rodeo Games, Cowboy Softball, Frog Races and BonFire Sing-along

Breakfast: Cowboy breakfast in the Ranch Chuck House.

Morning: Mount up for an all day trail ride. Greenhorn Creek Ranch is nestled in 640 acres of wooded forest at 4,400 elevation, so trails and the fantastic landscapes are ever changing on our rides.

Lunch: Lunch on the trail ...a real cowboy lunch brought to us by the chuck wagon.

Adults who chose not to ride can join in the wagon ride to the cookout!

Afternoon: Our trail ride returns to the Ranch in time for the Guest Rodeo games, followed by cowboy softball!

Afterwards relax around or in the pool, sit on the deck, or try your hand again at fishing in the Ranch Pond.

Dinner: Family style dinner in the Ranch Chuck House after a full day on the trail.

Evening: Excitement tonight again! It's "Frog Racing" time! Children race their frogs....you can pound on the floor behind them, whisper to them, blow on them...just not touch them!

Then head to the BonFire site for marshmallow roasting and a Campfire sing-a-long! Cowboys or Trish and Ralph sing, play and tell stories!

Lodging: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Five: Thursday, August 01 - Farewell Breakfast, Mule Wagon Demonstration, Chi...
Farewell Breakfast, Mule Wagon Demonstration, Children Present Their Memory Books, and Program Wrap Up

Breakfast: Our farewell breakfast is served family style in the Ranch Chuck House.

Check out time is 11 a.m. this morning.

Morning: Meet our mules this morning for a "Mule Wagon" demonstration just for our Road Scholar group. Learn the difference between a mule and a horse and spend a little time petting them.

Our program wrap up follows with time for children to share their memory books. Then we'll have to say goodbye....for now!



Meals Included: Breakfast


Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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Included
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4 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
1 Field trips
9 Hands-on experiences

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