The Benmore Valley Ranch is a unique geological feature, a pristine 800-acre mountain valley located in the Mayacamas Mountains above Hopland and Lakeport. The valley is a watershed, with the eastern ridge overlooking Clear Lake and the western ridge overlooking the Russian River Valley. The Benmore Valley was named for Benjamin Moore, a local legend who stole cattle from prosperous Mendocino ranchers during the 1800s and drove them to the Mexican border.
Lodging Style and Amenities
The Lodging on the Benmore Valley Ranch consists of compound with three separate houses, combined, sleeping groups as large as 30. The homes are private but within a few minute walk of each other. All homes have high speed wireless internet access and phones. The Valley View Lodge has a hot tub which may be available for all ranch guests.
Breakfast Style Served
Breakfast Not Included
Season Open: Year round by reservation
Ranch Activities Available
Well developed trail system for hiking, biking, and equestrian activities. Equestrian facilities available. Check out the new single track currently being cut from the valley floor to the high point of the ranch.
Four reservoirs. Our lakes are well-stocked. If you come to fish for relaxation, beware: you’ll not get much reading or meditation done between bites! If you come to fish for food, you’ll be well-satisfied. Top of the watershed, mineralized water for swimming, basking, kind on your skin. Kayaking, canoeing, swimming, fishing.
Epic mountain biking and road biking. Spend time talking to on-site resident, Mountain Biking Legend Victor Vincente of America. Bike Wine Country, Hot Springs trips, the Mendocino Coast, ride historic dirt old stage roads.
Great Room for Yoga, workshops, or classes, for retreat, study, activities, or conference. Benmore ranch provides short term rentals, third parties may plan workshops using our homes.
Our eight-mile network of private Benmore dirt roads, augmented by ten miles of permission-granted neighboring ranch roads and trails, plus endless miles of adjacent BLM trails will provide hours of equestrian adventure.
From April to August, a continual re-birth and flowering of native plants. Anything from fields of lupin to hidden-away, hard-to-find delphinium. Over 53 varieties of blooming wildflowers identified.
Abundant native wildlife. Amazing bird watching – including autumn and winter starling flocks, swarming with phenomenal aerial displays.
Working ranch; including gardening, cattle ranching, trail building seminars, seasonal grape harvesting, and wine making. Harvest in season fruits, vegetables, and nuts locally for dinner.
Archery target practice in safe, designated areas.
With almost no light pollution the Benmore Valley is ideal for observational astronomy.
Adjacent to Bureau of Land Management land, endless trails, fishing in native trout pools, hunting, and moto-cross or quad riding.
Rate Range: Houses are booked by the night (2 night minimum) weekly, or monthy. Daily bookings for use of the facilties for 1 day events. Pricing depends on occupancy, cleaning options, holidays, length of the stay, and season. All renta
The Benmore Valley Ranch is nestled in the hills above Hopland, California, a 15 minute, 10 mile, drive up State Highway 175 from Hopland to the Benmore Valley Road turn-off, at the summit, just east of the Lake/Mendocino County line.
Please note that several miles of Highway 175 are twisty mountain road and, once off of Highway 175, there is 2+ miles of improved DIRT ROAD. The road is easily accessible to 2 wheel drive passenger cars.
Locally or Family Owned Business
For More Information, Contact:
Benmore Valley Ranch
Benmore Valley, Lakeport, CA 95453