River Ridge Ranch

River Ridge Ranch is one of the earliest settled sites in Springville. Evidence of the Foothill Yokuts tribe abounds on the ranch in the form of bedrock mortars, milling stations and artifacts. We carefully protect and conserve these historical sites. The ranch was homesteaded in the mid-1800s and has been a working cattle ranch since the early 1900s when it was acquired by the Negus family. We purchased it from them in 1998 in order to prevent a residential subdivision that was planned along the river. Our Conservation Easement with Sequoia Riverlands Trust prevents that from ever happening and since 2000 it has been open to the public. Our family lives nearby in Springville and everyone pitches in to make it work.

Our property includes 722 acres on the North Fork Tule River, adjacent to 1,000,000 acres of the Giant Sequoia National Monument ; we are only two miles from the historic town of Springville, California. We are a working cattle ranch as well as a nature preserve and we specialize in hosting weddings and other special events.

We have a variety of programs designed to protect, preserve and improve our place. These include restoration, replanting with native vegetation, wildlife habitat improvement, prevention of soil erosion and improvement of water quality. The local community assists us in a variety of ways. Thousands of school children have visited River Ridge free-of-charge for outdoor education and each year we also donate the ranch to Camp Country Jamboree- a sleepover activity program for children with cancer.

River Ridge is a working cattle ranch that hosts weddings, special events, outdoor education, community events and overnight stays.

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Latitude: 36.1624784 Longitude: -118.8022256 Elevation: 1221 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Gary Adest


Lodging Style and Amenities

Several small cabins with full-size beds. BYO linens and towels, 2-night minimum stay. Showers and toilets separate. Kitchen privileges.

Breakfast Style Served

Breakfast Not Included

Season Open

All Year

Ranch Activities Available

Swimming in the Tule River, hiking, photography, painting, first-people sites, bird watching, fishing, swinging in a hammock.. Nearby, there is mountain biking, road biking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing and golf.

Rate Range

$55/night, two night minimum

Driving Directions

Hwy 99 to Hwy 190 east. Through Springville and then turn north on to Balch Park Road. 1.6 miles on the right. Must reserve in advance.

Eco-Friendly Notes

River Ridge Ranch is a demonstration site for numerous projects that enhance water quality, soil retention, riparian restoration, best grazing practices, wildlife habitat preservation and enhancement and native plant gardening. We reuse, repurpose, reduce and recycle. We specialize in truly green weddings: pick your own centerpieces and decorations!

Locally or Family Owned Business Notes

River Ridge Ranch is owned by Gary Adest and Barbara Brydolf since 1998. Our 13-year old daughter, Emma, is on-hand to assist.

ADA Accessibility Notes

One ADA accessible cabin and toilets.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs OK if owners are responsible.


Watch Gary Adest and Barbara Brydolf tell the story of River Ridge Ranch and learn how this beautiful and important site was conserved and made accessible to the public at http://www.tularecountytreasures.org/river-ridge-v.html. What a great place to visit, stay, celebrate, and learn!

Laurie Schwaller, 2/1/2015

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