Z Ranch Guide Book

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Z Ranch Guide Book

Sightseeing
Lake Camanche is a beautiful 10 minute drive to the South shore entrance. There are many family places and activities to explore.
Lake Camanche Southshore Marina
Lake Camanche is a beautiful 10 minute drive to the South shore entrance. There are many family places and activities to explore.
Pardee Reservoir is a few minutes past Lake Camanche and offers amazing hiking trails and views along with some historic bridges to cross over.
Pardee Reservoir
Pardee Reservoir is a few minutes past Lake Camanche and offers amazing hiking trails and views along with some historic bridges to cross over.
A great place for launching your boat and doing some recreational water activities! This lake is located in Valley Springs where you can also find lots to do being the largest town to the ranch!
New Hogan Lake
A great place for launching your boat and doing some recreational water activities! This lake is located in Valley Springs where you can also find lots to do being the largest town to the ranch!
A major tourist attraction since 1852. If you are looking for a historic day trip for just one or the family, you will not be disappointed.
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Calaveras Big Trees State Park
1170 California 4
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A major tourist attraction since 1852. If you are looking for a historic day trip for just one or the family, you will not be disappointed.
The 4th largest reservoir in California offering recreational water activities as well. New Melones is located out of Angels camp and has superb views of the Stanislaus River Canyon. New Melones is about a 45 minute drive from the Ranch, but worth the drive to explore more lakes of you desire. A favorite activity for this lake is a New Years hike that is free but a challenging 4-mile loop hike to the top of Peoria Mountain.
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New Melones Lake
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The 4th largest reservoir in California offering recreational water activities as well. New Melones is located out of Angels camp and has superb views of the Stanislaus River Canyon. New Melones is about a 45 minute drive from the Ranch, but worth the drive to explore more lakes of you desire. A favorite activity for this lake is a New Years hike that is free but a challenging 4-mile loop hike to the top of Peoria Mountain.
Take this beautiful scenic drive during the fall to experience all the changing colors before winter and the bypass is closed. Lake Arnold is the western side of Calaveras, but if your heart is up for exploring and a local day trip, this is a great place to visit in the fall.
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Ebbetts Pass
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Take this beautiful scenic drive during the fall to experience all the changing colors before winter and the bypass is closed. Lake Arnold is the western side of Calaveras, but if your heart is up for exploring and a local day trip, this is a great place to visit in the fall.
Amazingly enough, yes there are elephants, and lions, and tigers and bears in San Andreas. The Performing Animal Welfare Society rescues performing animals from their abusive environments and brings them here to live out their lives in the beauty and freedom of Calaveras County’s rolling foothills. Although not open to the public, the organization does open the grounds a few times a year for fundraising events. A popular and fast selling event is the Elephant Grape Stomp occurring the 3rd weekend in April, when ever can you say you went wine tasting alongside the beauty of these creatures!
Performing Animal Welfare Society
1065 Pool Station Road
Amazingly enough, yes there are elephants, and lions, and tigers and bears in San Andreas. The Performing Animal Welfare Society rescues performing animals from their abusive environments and brings them here to live out their lives in the beauty and freedom of Calaveras County’s rolling foothills. Although not open to the public, the organization does open the grounds a few times a year for fundraising events. A popular and fast selling event is the Elephant Grape Stomp occurring the 3rd weekend in April, when ever can you say you went wine tasting alongside the beauty of these creatures!
Two of the best antique stores in Calaveras County located in San Andreas; San Andreas Trading Post and The Barn Antique Mall, right on Highway 49 in San Andreas. You’ll find all kinds of treasures here from vintage to Victorian, from ornaments, collectibles and housewares to farm equipment and tools.
San Andreas Trading Post
327 East Street Charles Street
Two of the best antique stores in Calaveras County located in San Andreas; San Andreas Trading Post and The Barn Antique Mall, right on Highway 49 in San Andreas. You’ll find all kinds of treasures here from vintage to Victorian, from ornaments, collectibles and housewares to farm equipment and tools.
The Calaveras Air Fair, Fly-in and Open House, which takes place at the Carol Kennedy airport in San Andreas, is the most fun of the San Andreas festivals & events – really one of the best events in the County. Here, you can take $5 – $10 airplane rides and see a wide variety of amazing planes performing flyovers in military, experimental and specialty aircraft. Think of it like a car show for airplanes, where plane owners from around the region fly in for the day and line up on the tarmac for spectators to admire … Happens once a year on Earth Day!
Calaveras Air Plane Co
3600 Carol Kennedy Road
The Calaveras Air Fair, Fly-in and Open House, which takes place at the Carol Kennedy airport in San Andreas, is the most fun of the San Andreas festivals & events – really one of the best events in the County. Here, you can take $5 – $10 airplane rides and see a wide variety of amazing planes performing flyovers in military, experimental and specialty aircraft. Think of it like a car show for airplanes, where plane owners from around the region fly in for the day and line up on the tarmac for spectators to admire … Happens once a year on Earth Day!
Mokelumne River Day Use Area
25800 N Mcintire Rd
Food scene
If you want the finest meats around, don’t forget to stop by Lockeford meats. It’s not uncommon to see lines wrapped around the building.
Lockeford Meat & Sausage Services
19775 Cotton Street
If you want the finest meats around, don’t forget to stop by Lockeford meats. It’s not uncommon to see lines wrapped around the building.
Not just a great Mexican restaurant, but they also offer pizza and delivery to the Ranch! They are in the town of Wallace by the Sierra Energy Gas Station and Mart.
Casa Piedra Mexican Restaurant
7998 California 12
Not just a great Mexican restaurant, but they also offer pizza and delivery to the Ranch! They are in the town of Wallace by the Sierra Energy Gas Station and Mart.
One of our favorite burgers! A great place for lots of food, it has a great outdoor dining area with TV’s and a fountain.
Brew'gers
10 Nove Way
One of our favorite burgers! A great place for lots of food, it has a great outdoor dining area with TV’s and a fountain.
A local favorite for many many years for Chinese food. Good Friends is located in Valley Springs about 10 minutes away to the East of the Ranch.
Good Friends Chinese Restaurant
9 California Street
A local favorite for many many years for Chinese food. Good Friends is located in Valley Springs about 10 minutes away to the East of the Ranch.
Just in case there any die hard Starbucks customers out there, Valley Springs has one for you about 10 minutes away...
Starbucks
200 CA-12
Just in case there any die hard Starbucks customers out there, Valley Springs has one for you about 10 minutes away...
This is our favorite local coffee place. It’s located in Valley Springs closest to the hwy 26 side making for a peaceful morning drive through the country.
Common Grounds
1900 Vista Del Lago Dr
This is our favorite local coffee place. It’s located in Valley Springs closest to the hwy 26 side making for a peaceful morning drive through the country.
A delicious family owned deli full of flavorful sandwiches, ice cream and coffee drinks!
Donkey J's Deli
18966 CA-88
A delicious family owned deli full of flavorful sandwiches, ice cream and coffee drinks!
Located in Clements about 10 minutes away. This was formerly A&W and still offers the root beer and floats along with some amazing country style burgers and sides!
Webster's Country Burger Dr-In
18737 California 88
Located in Clements about 10 minutes away. This was formerly A&W and still offers the root beer and floats along with some amazing country style burgers and sides!
This drive thru is located outside of Clements 10 minutes away.
Adalbetos Mexican Food
18945 California 88
This drive thru is located outside of Clements 10 minutes away.
Dave's at La Contena is a must before or after your round of golf! The brand new menus boast some of the finest food served in California's gold country. Try the special menus, Wednesday-Friday evenings or the ever-changing menu for Sunday brunch.
La Contenta Golf Club
1653 CA-26
Dave's at La Contena is a must before or after your round of golf! The brand new menus boast some of the finest food served in California's gold country. Try the special menus, Wednesday-Friday evenings or the ever-changing menu for Sunday brunch.
One of the favorite Mexican restaurants with a full bar! Located in Burson between Wallace and Valley Springs, less than 10 minutes away.
El Torero
2869 W Hwy 12
One of the favorite Mexican restaurants with a full bar! Located in Burson between Wallace and Valley Springs, less than 10 minutes away.
Markets
Grocery Shopping
This is a great family market that will have everything you need. They have a wonderful deli and pre marinated meats. This market is about 10 minutes away from the ranch.
Clement's Country Market
This is a great family market that will have everything you need. They have a wonderful deli and pre marinated meats. This market is about 10 minutes away from the ranch.
This is the largest supermarket to us going East. Mar-Val is about 10 to 15 minutes away in Valley Springs.
Mar-Val Food Stores Inc
55 CA-26
This is the largest supermarket to us going East. Mar-Val is about 10 to 15 minutes away in Valley Springs.
This would be the closest largest supermarket West of us. Payless is about 15 minutes from the Ranch. This is your best option to stop if you are coming in from the 99 side.
Young’s Payless Market IGA
This would be the closest largest supermarket West of us. Payless is about 15 minutes from the Ranch. This is your best option to stop if you are coming in from the 99 side.
A small market on your way into Valley Springs or where you would turn to head towards Camanche South Shore.
Burson Market
3185 California 12
A small market on your way into Valley Springs or where you would turn to head towards Camanche South Shore.
This is the closest little market to the ranch in case you need a quick item.
SIERRA STATION & Krispy Krunchy Chicken
8048 California 12
This is the closest little market to the ranch in case you need a quick item.
Wine Tasting
One of our favorite wines, we often leave it for guests as a local favorite.
Peltier Winery & Vineyards
22150 North Kennefick Road
One of our favorite wines, we often leave it for guests as a local favorite.
It’s harvest time and the smell of grapes is in the air. Don’t have anyone to be a designated driver? Arrange transportation with Courtwood Wine Tours so you can safely visit some of the working wineries in the area like Chatom and Twisted Oak, as well as taste at gems on the outskirts like Irish Vineyards, Indian Rock and Ayrael Vieux.
Courtwood Wine Tasting Tours
2081 Ponderosa Way
It’s harvest time and the smell of grapes is in the air. Don’t have anyone to be a designated driver? Arrange transportation with Courtwood Wine Tours so you can safely visit some of the working wineries in the area like Chatom and Twisted Oak, as well as taste at gems on the outskirts like Irish Vineyards, Indian Rock and Ayrael Vieux.
Lots of wine tasting in one spot with a cafe and grill.
Lone Grape Winery
12470 Locke Road
Lots of wine tasting in one spot with a cafe and grill.
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Ironstone Vineyards
1894 6 Mile Road
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Another colorful up and coming town that is a beautiful drive from the ranch. There are year round events and boutique and art shops to fulfill your day along with the Renegade Winery to make a complete trip out of it!
Renegade Winery
8345 Main St
Another colorful up and coming town that is a beautiful drive from the ranch. There are year round events and boutique and art shops to fulfill your day along with the Renegade Winery to make a complete trip out of it!
If you’d rather walk, plant yourself on Main Street Murphys where you can find more than 20 tasting rooms within walking distance with great restaurants in between. Search out some of the area’s best varieties like Barbera, Zinfandel and Tempranillo or some unique finds such as Torrontes, Vermentino or Alicante Bouschet
Murphys (California Historical Landmark No. 275)
If you’d rather walk, plant yourself on Main Street Murphys where you can find more than 20 tasting rooms within walking distance with great restaurants in between. Search out some of the area’s best varieties like Barbera, Zinfandel and Tempranillo or some unique finds such as Torrontes, Vermentino or Alicante Bouschet
Activities
Here are some things to see while being actively involved!
A great place for families, check what local events are coming up!
Clements Buckaroos, Inc.
19813 California 88
A great place for families, check what local events are coming up!
This golf course has been a favorite for 35 years and is recently under new ownership. The new ownership has done lots of work to create new menus and specials for happy hour, brunches and karaoke nights. La Contenta is located about 10 minutes from the ranch.
La Contenta Golf Club
1653 CA-26
This golf course has been a favorite for 35 years and is recently under new ownership. The new ownership has done lots of work to create new menus and specials for happy hour, brunches and karaoke nights. La Contenta is located about 10 minutes from the ranch.
The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee features the famous jumping frog competition, inspired by Mark Twain's story: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras, and takes place over 4 days on the third weekend in May. It is also the longest running county fair in California.
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Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
2465 Gunclub Road
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The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee features the famous jumping frog competition, inspired by Mark Twain's story: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras, and takes place over 4 days on the third weekend in May. It is also the longest running county fair in California.
Be a lumberjack for a day. Or just watch others show off their log rolling and saw skills at West Point’s Lumberjack Day held annually the first Saturday in October.
Lumberjack Day Festival Grounds
Be a lumberjack for a day. Or just watch others show off their log rolling and saw skills at West Point’s Lumberjack Day held annually the first Saturday in October.
Spend the afternoon squeezing, crawling and spelunking through California Cavern near Mountain Ranch. Sign up for the 1-mile Middle Earth Expedition for the most exhilarating way to explore the cave’s various chambers. Be prepared for nearly knee-deep mud, tight spaces and rafting down below. Yup, “Tom’s Lake” needs to be crossed in a boat. Reservations required in advance.
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California Cavern State Historic Landmark
9565 Cave City Road
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Spend the afternoon squeezing, crawling and spelunking through California Cavern near Mountain Ranch. Sign up for the 1-mile Middle Earth Expedition for the most exhilarating way to explore the cave’s various chambers. Be prepared for nearly knee-deep mud, tight spaces and rafting down below. Yup, “Tom’s Lake” needs to be crossed in a boat. Reservations required in advance.
Moaning Caverns holds California’s deepest cave chamber, where you can descend deep underground on a guided walk tour, or reserve a challenging, 3-hour caving Adventure Trip. Above ground, race 1/4 mile on thrilling twin zip lines or climb their 32-ft custom climbing tower. For the little ones, gemstone mining at their custom flume system is always fun and cracking geodes is a big hit with rock hounds of all ages.
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Moaning Caverns Adventure Park
5350 Moaning Cave Road
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Moaning Caverns holds California’s deepest cave chamber, where you can descend deep underground on a guided walk tour, or reserve a challenging, 3-hour caving Adventure Trip. Above ground, race 1/4 mile on thrilling twin zip lines or climb their 32-ft custom climbing tower. For the little ones, gemstone mining at their custom flume system is always fun and cracking geodes is a big hit with rock hounds of all ages.
This trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. It offers spectacular views and a waterfall, canyons and creeks along the way.
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Arnold Rim Trail Head
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This trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. It offers spectacular views and a waterfall, canyons and creeks along the way.
California Zip Lines
5350 Moaning Cave Road
A great disc golf course on the lake only 10 minutes away! A lot of fun for beginners or experts on the sport.
New Hogan Dam Disc Golf Course
95252 New Hogan Parkway
A great disc golf course on the lake only 10 minutes away! A lot of fun for beginners or experts on the sport.
Mokelumne River Hatchery
25800 North Mcintire Road
4 Horse Ranch
2911 Patriot Way
Casinos
Our area now has 2 casinos to offer!
The Rancheria is 40-45 minutes from the Ranch. This casino has been around for over 35 years and was the first for our area.
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Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
12222 New York Ranch Road
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The Rancheria is 40-45 minutes from the Ranch. This casino has been around for over 35 years and was the first for our area.
The newest casino in the area, located in Ione, about 20-25 minutes from the Ranch. It offers a plethora of slot machines and 20 of the hottest table games!
Harrah's Northern California Casino
4650 Coal Mine Rd
The newest casino in the area, located in Ione, about 20-25 minutes from the Ranch. It offers a plethora of slot machines and 20 of the hottest table games!