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Ridgewood Ranch: Home of Seabiscuit

Visiting Seabiscuit Ranch

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  • Reservations: Open tours given a few days a week in summer, longer tours by reservation
  • Cost: Admission fee
  • Location: Near the town of Willits, directions below
  • How Long: Allow 1.5 to two hours, depending on the tour
  • Best Time to Visit: Public tours given June through September
  • See It Now: Photo Tour

Visiting Ridgewood Ranch

The little red racehorse that stirred the nation during the Great Depression made his home at owner Charles Howard's Ridgewood Ranch, south of the town of Willits in northern California's Mendocino County. He lived there while recovering from injuries in 1939 and retired there in 1940, living in a specially-constructed stud barn until he died in 1947.

The homes of the other great race horses of Seabiscuit's era have been lost to development, leaving this beautiful ranch as perhaps the only place in the United States where you can get a glimpse into the era when one fast horse with a lot of heart could pull a whole nation together.

Tours include a chance to see Seabiscuit's stud barn, visit Howard's house, tour the barns where Howard's other racehorses lived and see some of Seabiscuit's descendants. They're filled with interesting anecdotes and provide insights into the land's long history and plans for its future.

Walk-in tours (1.5 hours) are given on selected weekdays, June through September. Longer tours (about 2.5 hours) are given on weekends once a month. They include 11 free. the same sights as the weekday tours, plus continental breakfast and a chance to see rare home movies and famous films of Seabiscuit's life. Check current times and prices.

Getting to Ridgewood Ranch

Willits, CA
707-459-5992
Website
Ridgewood Ranch is just a few miles south of Willits, CA. Exit U. S. Highway 101 about 1.5 miles south of the CDF Fire Station, following the sign that leads to the Good Sam RV Park. Turn right at the sign that points toward Christ's Church of the Golden Rule and Ridgewood Ranch. Tours begin near the red barn at Seabiscuit Drive.
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