Cowboys! Cowgirls! And all you wannabes! Do you like to tap your boot-covered feet to old west music? Listen to cowboy poetry? Enjoy a chuck wagon tri-tip dinner better than any during the “good ol’ days” out on the range? Then you need to visit Ron and Marie Scofield’s Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown for an authentic Cowboy Campfire.
If you hunger for experiences of the old American West there is plenty here to satisfy you. The Scofield’s purchased a bare piece of land in 1972, and from Ron’s skillful hands grew a living history environment. Not only did he build all the buildings on Red Mule Ranch, but this is also the home of Red Mule Wagon and Carriage works. You can find many of his special carriages, stage coaches and wagons at the Placerville Museum, Coloma Museum, and in private collections.
Ron is well known for his dedication and commitment to keeping alive the old American West. He expresses all facets of the old west through his wagon and carriage building, music, architecture, and of course, his art. Ron is a self-taught artist favoring the style of Fredric Remington and C. M. Russell. His art depicts cattle drives, cowboy camps, chuck wagons, the pioneer experience, and anything that represents the scenes and images one might have seen firsthand in the days of the old west.
Ron prefers to work in oil painting and pen and ink, but has also carved a self portrait in redwood. Ron's collectible western art is showcased during the Cowboy Campfire events, and pieces are available for purchase.
While you are visiting the ranch, roam around, breathing in the western atmosphere, day-dreaming about life back in the 1880s until the smells of the chuck wagon dinner draw you back to the table for food under a western sky. After dinner, it’s time to sit back and listen to world-renowned Western musicians and award-winning cowboy poets. When the last note is played and the campfire is dying, it’s time to leave the 19th century and come back to the 21st century. But, you will always carry your time spent at the Red Mule Ranch and a bit o’dust from the old west in your leather memory pouch. Happy Trails!