Shambhala Ranch

Shambhala Ranch

The pulse of life permeates our 140 acres of beautiful rolling hills, redwood forest, lake and river at our completely ‘Off the Grid’ – Solar powered Country Inn & Retreat Center.

Shambhala Ranch, a member of the Green hotel association, is located at a rural and pristine location on Orr Springs Road in the middle of the County, halfway between Ukiah and the coastal town of Mendocino. We strive to be an example of sustainable and green practices.

The secluded, natural environment is ideal for individual B&B overnights, or retreats, workshops, group seminars, board retreats, yoga, weddings, parties, family reunions, movie set, etc.

Lodging Style and Amenities

The custom-built ranch house, powered by solar energy, offers panoramic views from large windows and decks, two fireplaces, hot tub, custom commercial kitchen, music throughout, multimedia meeting room. Our guest amenities allow you to feel ‘in the lap of luxury’ during your stay in this beautiful rural valley. There is also an annex building near the lodge next to a meadow.

There are private rooms with baths and some with shared bathrooms. Most of the rooms have panoramic natural views. Each room has a different artistic theme.

Seasons Open: All year with advance arrangements and reservations
Recreational Opportunities

Numerous hiking trails lead you through a redwood forest to upper elevations with panoramic views and wildlife and bird watching opportunities. The Pond is excellent for canoeing & swimming and our private river beach and small waterfall is delightful. Nearby orchards supply a variety of fruits, while vegetables and herbs are grown in the garden area (which also has patio tables). Simple pleasures such as bicycle riding, hiking, sunbathing, meditating and romantic interludes just seem so special.

The spacious meeting room, which can be used for meetings, yoga, indoor receptions or dancing, has its own sound system, and opens onto a large deck and lawn overlooking the lake. There is a media room to view videos and a hydraulic exercise machine available to guests.

The surrounding area offers myriad possibilities for exploration. The ranch is the closest Inn to Montgomery Woods State Redwood Reserve, one of the most pristine old growth groves in the world. Orr Hot Springs is about 7 miles East. The diversity of the land and ecology is ideal for nature & GEO tourism adventures. Opportunities abound to experience wildflowers, wildlife, bird watching, astronomy, mushroom exploration and much more.

Rate Range: Special exclusive group rates available for entire facility. B&B $120-200/ nt

Driving Directions

We are located near the center of Mendocino County on Orr Springs Road, a picturesque, paved winding country road that begins at Hwy 101 in Ukiah and ends at coastal Hwy 1 and the town of Mendocino.

Note: Use caution when using a GPS by street address since we are NOT actually in Ukiah; instead use our GPS coordinates: 39º13.887’ N and 123º27.666’ W
Mile markers measure distance from coastal Hwy 1.

From Highway 101:
* Exit on North State Street, the Northernmost Ukiah Exit.
* Right turn onto North State Street.
* Take the first left, west onto Orr Springs Road. (Shambhala is 20 miles west of North State Street, 6.5 miles past Orr Hot Springs).
Our entrance is just past the 24.8 and 25-mile markers. Enter an open valley, then (see below)**

From Mendocino and Coastal Highway 1:
* From Mendocino travel south onto highway 1.
* Pass over the (Big River) bridge.
* After about 1 mile, make a left (east) turn onto Comptche-Ukiah Road (at the Stanford Inn).
* Travelling east: Pass the Comptche Store (at 14+ miles), becomes Orr Springs Road
(at 22+ miles), pass over a small bridge (at mile marker 24.45) into an open Valley, then (see below)**

From Highway 128, Boonville or Hwy 1:
* From Boonville: travel west on highway 128, about 16.5 miles, Pass Philo
* OR from Hwy 1: travel east about 10 miles
* Turn North at Flynn Creek Road.
* Travel north about 8.5 miles
* Make a right turn (east) at the Comptche store onto Comptche-Ukiah Road
* Continue east about 9.5 miles to ranch, (becomes Orr Springs Road after 8 miles), pass over a small bridge (at mile marker 24.45) into an open Valley, then (see below)**

**Upon arrival at the open Valley (between mile markers 24.45 and 24.85) look on the north side for our gated driveway, sign, white mailbox (21200) and our redwood lodge up on the hillside.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Shambhala Ranch is a pristine historical location completely ‘Off the Grid’- Solar powered Country Inn & Retreat Center. We strive to be an example of sustainable and green practices. Member of the Green hotel association we were a featured Inn in the State of California 2008 Earth Day press release. We grow organic vegetables and restrict use of toxic and harsh chemicals in the Inn.

There is a hundred year barn and a fruit drying building on the property built with hand hewn wood. The ranch was formerly the Weist Family homestead (of Swiss parentage). It was originally homesteaded in 1890. A now out of print book entitled: “Early Settlers of Comptche Along it’s Many Roads,” by: Elsa E. Thompson and published in 1973 contains historical information all along Comptche/Ukiah and Orr Springs Road also discusses the ranch.

The book is filled with colorful stories and old pictures and describes small towns that are no longer. This road used to be a main stagecoach route from Ukiah to the Coast and a route that the Pomo Indians used to travel from Ukiah Valley to the coast each year.

This book contains sections about this ranch from the early days:
“There was an Indian settlement on the John Weist property (now Shambhala Ranch) where they had a large round house on the knoll west of the Weist home. Mr. Weist said there were many signs still on the hill of their having lived there, and he collected many artifacts there. He said the round house was still in use when he was a boy.”…”It had a sweathouse, which was a sign of permanency for the Indians then.” “The two Pomo sub-tribes that crossed through the Comptche area were of special interest. Their routes to the coast for fish, seaweed and acorns were taken every year, traveling through this area.” There is a river beach on the ranch where we believe Pomo Indians camped during their annual journey’s to the coast.
Many spiritual rituals have taken place on the property during group retreats and there is a newer Native American sweat lodge on the property.

The south-west side of the ranch is a unique geographic location at the junction of three river canyons that go to the Mendocino Coast, Anderson Valley and the Ukiah Valley.

Locally or Family Owned Business

Pet Friendly Notes
Pet friendly room available

For More Information, Contact:

Tara Marcus
[email protected]
21200 Orr Springs Road,
707 937-3341 · fax 707-937-1577

Shambhala Ranch