Shepp Ranch comes highly recommended by generations of families. Even before Shepp Ranch began as a guest ranch the Author Hal Evarts brought his young family to Shepp Ranch for the summer while he wrote. They spent the days riding, hiking, swimming, fishing and playing with the farm animals. His daughter, Author Ginger Wadsworth, later shared her love for the river ecosystem in her children’s book “River Discoveries”. Pete Klinkhammers nieces and nephews and their children visit when they can, bringing pictures and memories of “Uncle Pete”. Some of our current guests are 4th generation and it is a long awaited moment when they are old enough to make the trip.
Families enjoy their time at Shepp Ranch in large part because of the variety of things there are to do. We recommend children be 8 or over to fully enjoy Shepp Ranch. By this age they are usually able to fully participate in all activities and be independent to do what they choose. This gives moms and dads the freedom to do as they choose knowing their kids are happily engaged. Groups of 12 or more get exclusive use of the ranch and often younger children come with these groups of family and friends, we understand that part of the fun of being together is watching the little ones play.
Activities available include archery, croquet, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, rock and driftwood collecting, paper or clay target shooting, swimming and family game time in the lodge. The animals at Shepp Ranch are a highlight for most kids and a good chance for them to “meet” up close the animals they have come to love through childrens stories. Curling up under a tree with a purring kitten, feeding a carrot top to an appreciative goat, milking a cow while its calf looks on and then giving the pigs their share are some of the things children love to do during their stay here.
Even your pickiest eater will work up an appetite around here and we will do our best to make their meals enjoyable and nutritious. With home made cookies everyday, lots of fruits from our gardens, fresh milk from the cow and a cook that takes “special” requests you can rest assured that they will enjoy their time at the dinner table.
When evening comes and you head to the bonfire for s’mores, stargazing and recounting the days adventures you will be happy to see the smiles on your childrens faces after a day “unplugged” from technology.