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Happy Trails: Saddle Up for an Intergenerational Ranch Adventure

Program Number: 17278RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/27/2014 - 7/31/2014; 7/22/2016 - 7/26/2016; 8/5/2016 - 8/9/2016;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Quincy, California
Price starting at: $1,238.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Natural History
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 11; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

Ride ’em cowboys and cowgirls as you and your grandchild share a true western adventure at a guest ranch in beautiful Feather River Country. Experienced wranglers help you enjoy the thrill of horseback riding with emphasis on safety and self-confidence. Follow horse trails in a quiet mountain setting, along streams and through pine forests. Catch a fish, swim in the pool, and then relax around the evening campfire for a sing-along and s'mores.


• Enjoy authentic chuck wagon lunches and hear the local history with stories about pioneers, Native Americans, miners and ranchers.
• Enjoy morning and afternoon trail rides tailored to individual skill levels
• Compete in frog races, and kick up your heels in a line dance.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles, some uneven ground. Horseback riding up to 3 hours per day. Elevations of 4,400 feet.

Program intended for grandchildren ages 9-12.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.


Born of a gold-mining community outside of Elizabethtown, this gem of the Sierras is known for easy access to a wealth of all-seasons outdoor adventures. Quincy sits above the lowest pass through the Sierra Nevada Range, Feather River Canyon, whose impressive showcase of railroad and highway engineering accents its considerable natural beauty.

Ranch cabins or lodge on 120 scenic acres with heated swimming pool, outdoor BBQ and stocked fishing ponds.
Meals and Lodgings
   Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
  Quincy, CA 4 nights
 Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
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
  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. Participants will be assigned lodge rooms or cabins depending on the number of people in your party and availability. 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 allowed: No
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Road Scholar registration is available from 4:00 - 5:00 PM in the lodge You will be staying at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 10:00 AM following a farewell breakfast, with room check out by 11:00 AM. You will be staying at Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. Parental Consent Form (one per grandchild); Intergenerational Rules and Regulations; Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch General & Equine Liability Release Form. This is required by Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch's insurance carrier to obtain a signed liability release waiver from all participants due to the activities on this program. Please return all forms to Road Scholar at 14819 SE 82nd Drive. Clackamas, OR 97015.
  Parking availability:
The ranch has ample free parking.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quincy, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Reno, NV
  Nearest highway: US 395
  Nearest airport:  Reno International Airport (Reno, NV)
  From End of Program
  Location: Quincy, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Reno, NV (to Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch)


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
phone: 530-283-0930
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Cost for the shuttle services is $300 per van load (up to seven people) roundtrip
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


1.5 hours 




75 miles


Call the ranch to schedule shuttle service to / from the Reno / Tahoe International Airport.


Reno, NV (to Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch)


From Airport




Car Rentals


The Reno-Tahoe Airport has 9 rental car agencies with counters in the baggage claim area. The following have cars onsite in the parking structure outside of baggage. Alamo 1-877-222-9075 Avis 1-800-230-4898 Budget 1-800-527-0700 Dollar 1-800-800-3665 Enterprise 1-800-261-7331 Hertz 1-800-654-3131 National Car 1-877-222-9058 Thrifty 1-800-847-4389

Driving Directions
  Reno International Airport Take Plumb Lane to US 395 north. Continue to exit 8, Jct. with CA 70/Portola/Quincy. West on CA 70 approx. 46 miles. Turn right (east) on Greenhorn Ranch Rd. and travel 1.2 miles to Ranch office at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.
  San Francisco and Oakland Take I-80 East to Truckee Take exit 188A toward Truckee Turn left at Donner Pass Rd Continue on State Route 89 Turn left at CA-89 N Turn left at CA-49 S/CA-89 N/S Lincoln/W Main St (signs for CA-89/CA-49/Quincy/Down Eville) Continue to follow CA-49 S/CA-89 N 4.9 mi Slight right at CA-89 N 18.0 mi Turn left at CA-70 W/CA-89 N 12.8 mi Turn right at Greenhorn Ranch Rd 0.8 mi The Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch is located at 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd, Quincy, CA 95971.
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.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival / Trail Mixer / Orientation / Dinner / Line Dancing
(Sunday, July 27)
 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.

Accommodations: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Meet Wranglers and Your Horse / Trail Rides Morning and Afternoon / Lunch Cookout / Karaoke and Dancing
(Monday, July 28)
 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!
Accommodations: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trail Rides - Morning and Afternoon / Craft Activity / Kids Card Night / Movie Night and Frog Catching
(Tuesday, July 29)
 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!"

Accommodations: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trail Ride / Lunch Cookout (Wagon ride available) / Rodeo Games and Cowboy Softball / Frog Races and Bonfire Sing-along
(Wednesday, July 30)
 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 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!

Accommodations: Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Farewell Breakfast / Mule Wagon Demonstration / Children Present Their Memory Books / and Program Wrap Up
(Thursday, July 31)
 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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