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The Future of the Ranch


After 125 years of continuous operations and moving into the fifth generation of the family, the Mahon Ranch is again in transition – we hope you will join us as we progress.  Here are a few of our plans.

Agri-Tourism

The Ranch has plans to develop a range of Agri-Tourism ventures, including horseback riding, wagon rides, nature walks, birding outings and planting and harvesting ranching demonstrations.  These activities will be scheduled around ranching operations and the occurrence of wildlife.  Unique events such as Western BBQs, holiday gatherings and other seasonal events staged around Ranch operations are being considered to further extend the Agri-Tourism experience to the public.

Mahon Ranch Foundation

Plans are underway for the establishment of the Mahon Ranch Foundation to oversee the restoration and preservation of the Ranch Headquarters House which was built in 1891 and is a classic example of the Victorian homes of the era.  The Foundation mission will also include preserving and continuing the California ranching tradition while offering the public an opportunity to share in the Ranch experience in ways not previously available.

Historic Equipment Restoration

The Mahon Ranch Foundation will take advantage of the numerous pieces of historic farm equipment on the Ranch by beginning a program of restoration of this equipment with functional demonstrations in a working ranch environment.  Some of this equipment includes tractors, farm trucks, swathers, balers, and combines.

Compatible Development

Much as we are evolving our operations to be more compatible with today’s community, and as the seemingly never-ending pressure to convert agricultural land to development continues, the Mahon Ranch is also working to explore and discover development approaches for the small upland portion of our Ranch that will be compatible with our ranching and farming practices on the Home Ranch, Clay Station Road Ranch and Sierra Nevada Mountain rangeland.

Continued Heritage Ranching

After 125 years of continuous operations and moving into the fifth generation of the family, the Mahon Ranch is again in transition – we hope you will join us as we progress. 




We take pride in managing the land wisely and carefully, We are mindful of all living things that share this planet.
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