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Notes About the Ranch  

The elevation at Hunewill Ranch is 6500 feet. Summer temperatures range from 30° nights to 80°-90° days. We recommend that you bring a hat, sunscreen, rain jacket, and a warm jacket for our cool evenings. Dress is informal. The ranch does not serve alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own.

Boots

For your comfort and safety it is required that you and your family ride in pull-on cowboy boots. No hiking boots, lace up boots, zippered boots, or tennis shoes are allowed for riding. Although we suggest that you bring your own boots, we have a "boot closet" with limited sizes of used cowboy boots for our guests to use during their stay.

Cancellation/Deposit Refund Policy

Deposit refund, less a 25% office fee per required deposit, will be made only if we are able to fill the vacant space left by your cancellation. No refund of deposit if cancellation is made with less than 21 days notice to us. Guests concerned with loss of deposit should purchase Trip Insurance.


Deposit Requirements for Reservations

Deposits are approximately 50-60% of your stay. No reservation is confirmed until the deposit is received.

Payment

We accept cash, personal & travelers checks, money orders, and Visa, MasterCard and Discover.


Reductions and Special Rates

We have reduced rates for non-riding guests. Please call us for these rates.
We have reduced rates for 3rd adult in a room. Please call us for this rate.
A child 12 years of age or younger, staying in a separate room, will be charged the adult single occupancy rate.

Gratuities

The suggested gratuity is 15% but we leave this up to individual preference. Gratuities are divided among the ranch personnel each week.


Children

The minimum riding age for children is 6 years. Younger children who are capable of being led on horseback are led by the babysitter. A babysitter is provided to watch your child while you are riding. This child care is included in your child's rate.

Waivers & Releases for Non Family Members

Guests bringing a non-family member under the age of 18 must contact our office in advance for appropriate liability waivers and medical releases.


Dogs and Pets

DO NOT bring your dog or other pets.

Guest Laundry Facilities

A coin-operated washer and dryer are available for guest use. Detergent is available for purchase in our gift shop.


Guest Telephone Calls and Internet Access

Most major cell phone companies get limited service here on the ranch or you can drive down the ranch road for better service. We also offer limited wi-fi internet access if you bring your own laptop or internet accessible device.

Airports

Commercial airlines fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, Nevada. The drive from Reno to Bridgeport takes approximately 2 ½ hours. Daily flights from L.A. to Mammoth-Yosemite Airport are available. The drive from Mammoth to Bridgeport takes approximately one hour. The ranch does not provide transportation between Reno and Bridgeport or Mammoth and Bridgeport. For area shuttle service information, please call Eastern Sierra Transit at (760) 872-1901. Rental cars are available at the airports. Private planes can land at the Bridgeport Airport.


Gift Shop

Our gift shop offers a selection of Hunewill Ranch t-shirts, sweatshirts, gloves, mugs, and postcards, in addition to a selection of western gifts, hats, stuffed horses, jewelry and sundries.

Guests Bringing Private Horses

Please contact us if you plan to bring & ride your horse. A current Health Certificate, Coggins test and West Nile vaccination are required for all horses coming to the ranch.


Private Riding Lessons

Our wranglers offer private riding lessons for those who wish to increase their riding skills. The cost is $25 per half hour.

Fishing

For fishing information in Bridgeport, or to book the Hunewill Pond, call Ken’s Sporting Goods at (760) 932-7707 or visit www.kenssport.com.


Massage Therapist

We have a licensed massage therapist who offers wonderful massages and facials.

Ranch Memories

View photos that Dwayne Leonard has taken of our ranch guests. Please go to: www.ranchmemories.com


Our Ranch Videos

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Our Newsletter

Check out our 2017 newsletter that includes dates, rates, and more information about the ranch!
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Directions  

From: Los Angeles, California Area

To: Hunewill Guest Ranch, Bridgeport, California.
Estimated travel time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

  • 1. Take I-5 to CA-14
  • 2. Take CA-14 N toward Lancaster/Palmdale
  • 3. Turn right at CA-14
  • 4. Continue straight onto US-395 N (you will go through Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, Bishop, past the turnoff to Mammoth Lakes, and continue on through Lee Vining to Bridgeport) – 209 miles
  • 5. Drive through the town of Bridgeport on Highway 395 and watch for the Shell Gas Station on your left and the Twin Lakes Road sign.
  • 6. Turn left at Twin Lakes Road - 4.0 mi
  • 7. Left at Hunewill Ranch Road – look for the Hunewill Guest Ranch sign.
A Word of Advice: We recommend that you follow our directions rather than Mapquest or any other internet map service. Unfortunately, these services do not accurately direct you to Hunewill Guest Ranch, but send you up a lonely dirt road or to another town!

From: Reno-Tahoe Int'l Airport, Reno, Nevada

To: Hunewill Guest Ranch, Bridgeport, California.
Estimated travel time: 2 hours 15 minutes

  • 1. From Reno, get on I-580 S/US-395 S towards Carson City.
  • 2. Follow I-580/US-395 S into Carson City and take Exit 38 for Fairview Drive.
  • 3. Use any lane to turn left onto US-395 S.
  • 4. Continue on US-395 in to California until you get to Bridgeport.
  • 5. Turn right on Twin Lakes Road and drive four miles, then turn left on to Hunewill Ranch Road.
  • 6. From Reno, total driving time without traffic is approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes.
A Word of Advice: We recommend that you follow our directions rather than Mapquest or any other internet map service. Unfortunately, these services do not accurately direct you to Hunewill Guest Ranch, but send you up a lonely dirt road or to another town!

From: Sacramento, California Area

To: Hunewill Guest Ranch, Bridgeport, California.
Estimated travel time: 3 hours and 40 minutes

  • 1. Head east on Highway 50.
  • 2. Continue to follow US-50 E (heading towards South Lake Tahoe) - 95 mi
  • 3. Turn right at CA-89 (Luther Pass, before Meyers)- 11.1 mi
  • 4. Turn left at CA-88/CA-89 Continue to follow CA-88 to Minden and Gardnerville, Nevada. Entering Nevada - 11.9 mi
  • 5. Continue on NV-88 - 7.8 mi
  • 6. Turn right at US-395 (You will drive through Minden and Gardnerville, heading south on 395) entering California (You will be traveling through Topaz, Coleville, and Walker before you arrive in Bridgeport) – 67.1 mi
  • 7. Highway 395 is Bridgeport’s main street. Watch for the Shell Gas Station on your right and the Twin Lakes Road sign.
  • 8. Turn right at Twin Lakes Road - 4.0 mi
  • 9. Left at Hunewill Ranch Road - look for the Hunewill Guest Ranch sign.
A Word of Advice: We recommend that you follow our directions rather than Mapquest or any other internet map service. Unfortunately, these services do not accurately direct you to Hunewill Guest Ranch, but send you up a lonely dirt road or to another town!

From: San Diego, California Area

To: Hunewill Guest Ranch, Bridgeport, California.
Estimated travel time: 7 hours, 45 minutes

  • 1. Take I-15 North to US-395
  • 2. Exit onto US-395 toward Bishop/Adelanto
  • 3. Continue north on US-395 (you will go through Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, Bishop, past the turnoff to Mammoth Lakes, and continue on through Lee Vining toBridgeport) – 305 mi
  • 4. Drive through the town of Bridgeport on Highway 395 and watch for the Shell Gas Station on your left and the Twin Lakes Road sign.
  • 5. Turn left at Twin Lakes Road - 4.0 mi
  • 6. Left at Hunewill Ranch Road – look for the Hunewill Guest Ranch sign.
A Word of Advice: We recommend that you follow our directions rather than Mapquest or any other internet map service. Unfortunately, these services do not accurately direct you to Hunewill Guest Ranch, but send you up a lonely dirt road or to another town!

From: San Francisco, California Area

To: Hunewill Guest Ranch, Bridgeport, California
Estimated travel time: 5 hrs, 30 minutes

  • 1. Head East on I-80- Approximately 80 miles to Sacramento, CA
  • 2. I-80 splits at Sacramento
  • 3. Continue on I-80-Business Route to US-50 East (signs for I-80-BR/US-50/Sacramento/S Lake Tahoe/Capital City Fwy) Get on US-50 East
  • 4. Continue to follow US-50 E (heading towards South Lake Tahoe) - 98.5 mi
  • 5. Turn right at CA-89 (Luther Pass, before Meyers)- 11.1 mi
  • 6. Turn left at CA-88/CA-89 Continue to follow CA-88 to Minden and Gardnerville, Nevada. Entering Nevada - 11.9 mi
  • 7. Continue on NV-88 - 7.8 mi
  • 8. Turn right at US-395 (You will drive through Minden and Gardnerville, heading south on 395) Entering California - 67.1 mi (You will be traveling through Topaz, Coleville, and Walker before you arrive in Bridgeport)
  • 9. Highway 395 is Bridgeport’s main street. Watch for the Shell Gas Station on your right and the Twin Lakes Road sign.
  • 10. Turn right at Twin Lakes Road - 4.0 mi
  • 11. Left at Hunewill Ranch Road - look for the Hunewill Guest Ranch sign.
A Word of Advice: We recommend that you follow our directions rather than Mapquest or any other internet map service. Unfortunately, these services do not accurately direct you to Hunewill Guest Ranch, but send you up a lonely dirt road or to another town!

What to Pack… 

The elevation at Hunewill Ranch is 6500 feet. Summer temperatures range from 30° nights to 80°- 90° days. Using sunscreen and making sure you are hydrated are important at this altitude. The ranch atmosphere is casual, so choose comfort over style if you are short on packing space. We hope the following checklist will be helpful.

Suggestions for a one week vacation:

  • 4 pairs of jeans (2 for riding and 2 for evening/daytime wear)
  • Belt
  • Shorts & casual skirt if desired (skirt for Square Dancing, but jeans are fine)
  • 5 or 6 long sleeved shirts * (we recommend riding in long sleeves at this high altitude)
  • Several t-shirts *, comfortable casual tops, etc.
  • Bathing suit (especially for kids- we have swim rides)
  • Sweatshirt *
  • Raingear (check internet for weather conditions)
  • Jacket
  • 6-7 pairs of socks, including boot socks, and underwear (minimum)
  • 1 pair of pantyhose or bike shorts to help prevent chafing when riding
  • Sleepwear
  • 1 pair of pull-on riding boots (smooth sole with a heel, no lace-up boots or zippered boots, please). We have a "boot closet" with limited sizes of used cowboy boots for our guests to use during their stay.
  • 1 pair of walking/hiking shoes
  • 1 pair of shoes for evening wear (optional)
  • Chaps or Chinks (optional- not necessary)
  • Helmet (we provide riding helmets, but if you have your own you may prefer it)
  • Hat with a stampede string (this is a string that holds your hat on your head) *
  • Chapstick *
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen *
  • Band-aids/moleskin *
  • Any medications you may need
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Riding gloves (optional)*
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle (drinking lots of water is important at our altitude)


The following additional items are recommended if you are coming to the ranch for our spring or fall stays:

  • Warm coat
  • Vest
  • Long underwear
  • Scarf or "wild rag" *
  • Warm socks
  • Warm cap or hat *
  • Warm gloves

* These items are for sale in our gift shop.
The ranch has a coin-operated laundry facility and detergent is available for purchase.

What’s going on with the Hunewill Ranch Family and Staff 

  • Jan Hunewill turned 80 in October and is still going strong.
  • Dalton Hunewill Wright graduated from high school and is attending University Nevada Reno.
  • Tyler Hunewill Elliott is currently in his 4th year of vet school at Washington State.
  • Dee Leonard and Jennifer Hoover, part of our wonderful office staff, both had back and neck surgery and are thankfully doing well.