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HOW TO VISIT:

Everyone’s welcome!

TOURS: The best way to experience the Home Ranch is to schedule a guided tour of the historic Dangberg ranch house, built 1857-1917. Tours can usually be scheduled for any day Wednesdays through Sundays, starting at 10:30 am (other times available depending on circumstances). Group size is normally limited to eight people, but larger groups can make special arrangements. No one younger than eight is permitted on the tours. Cost is $10 for 17 and older, free for 8-16, and free for Friends of Dangberg Home Ranch members. Call 775-783-9417 to schedule a tour (please, no reservation requests by email).

OPEN HOUSE: You can also see a portion of the ranch house by just dropping in afternoons between 1:00 and 4:00 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (through October). This is a self-guided experience for all ages, with volunteer docents on-hand to answer questions, and there is no fee.

THE PARK: The park’s grounds are a public, day-use park, open every day. You’re invited to visit for photography, bird watching, kite flying, napping in the shade, and other recreation. Reservations are not needed, and there is no fee. The park is occasionally closed for private events, but that’s rare. When cultural and other events are taking place, tickets are required (see Events page).

Scroll down for more details about visiting the park.

The Home Ranch

Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg was only eighteen when he came to America in 1848. He came west in 1853, where he built a log cabin, cleared and irrigated his claim, and married Margaret Ferris, the daughter of a notable American family. A self-made man, his hard work, foresight, and leadership lead to prosperity and influence. The cabin grew into a house as Heinrich and Maggie raised five children who eventually inherited one of the largest ranches in western Nevada. In 1902, the family formed the Dangberg Land & Live Stock Co. and over the next few decades the ranch expanded to almost 50,000 acres supporting cattle and sheep, vegetable crops and other products. In 1905, the family founded the town of Minden and there, by themselves or in partnership with others, established several businesses focused on agriculture, banking, and a hotel. Today, the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park preserves this fascinating chapter in Nevada’s history. Nevada’s elite once passed through the doors of the Dangberg Home Ranch, and now you’re invited to visit, too.

The ranch house and stone cellar, with majestic Jobs Peak in the background, ca. 1910.


Four generations of Dangbergs lived at the Home Ranch, and they each help in understanding the changes that occur in the histories of American ranching families. They also left a fascinating collection of artifacts, photographs and documents dating from the early 19th century all the way to 1990. Many of these connect with daily life in Carson Valley, and many others show the family’s private lives.


Visit

Everyone’s invited to drop by for a visit. The Home Ranch is a public, county-owned park at 1450 NV-SR 88. The buildings are closed without prior announcement if conditions require. The park’s grounds are open for public enjoyment everyday, sunrise to sunset (overnight use is prohibited). Picnic tables are available, as is a horseshoe pit (bring your own horseshoes). There is no fee to use the grounds (but please leave some magic in any donation box, please). The park is surrounded by a private cattle ranch, so proceed all the way to the gated and signed public park before leaving your vehicle.

The park is occasionally closed for a private function or if we’re having an event that requires a ticket. Otherwise, the park is a public park owned by the local county and is open during daylight hours seven days a week. Several buildings are always open when staffed, usually Tuesdays through Fridays. If the gate is shut, that’s only because there are cattle in the pasture! Just open the gate, park inside the fence, and leave the gate how you found it. The access road from the highway crosses private land, so parking along the road is not permitted. The 1875 barn, corral, and deteriorating brick slaughterhouse (danger!) are also on private land. Please do not trespass.

Tours for Small Groups: See information at the top of this page.

Tour for Large Groups: Bus tours and other large groups are welcome! We have a special program and pricing available for you, and the park’s large tent and picnic tables make for an excellent lunch stop. We can refer you to catering and other services, including a Chautauqua appearance by an historic figure. Just contact us for more information and to reserve a date.

Amenities The park is undeveloped, but toilets and picnic tables are available. Sidewalks are limited and the ground can be muddy in wet weather. Non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted inside the ranch house, but motorized wheelchairs are prohibited due to weight restrictions and limited turning areas.
Other Buildings You can also see inside the “stone cellar” (built 1870), laundry house (1906), and carriage house (built 1917). The park’s store is in the garage by the garden, with a selection of jewelry, gifts, souvenirs, and books on Nevada history.
Picnicking and Recreation Bring a picnic and enjoy the views of the Carson Range and majestic Jobs Peak from the park’s back lawn. There’s plenty of space for games.
Pets Pets must be leashed at all times and pet owners are responsible for cleanup. Pets are not allowed during special events (such as concerts, Chautauqua, speakers, etc.), with the exception of certified service animals.
Photography The historic buildings and the views of Carson Valley and the Sierra Nevada create many opportunities for great images. Professional photographers should contact us to talk about our policies and permitting requirements.
Location The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, just west of Minden, NV. The entrance is about ¾ mile south of the roundabout at the intersection of County Road with Highway 88.

Related Links
Carson Valley Visitors Authority
TravelNevada.com
South Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
Carson City Visitors Authority