1035 CASTLE ROCK RD, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598-5117
For a true experience back in time, the Borges Ranch is nestled in the foothills of Mount Diablo at the southeast side of Shell Ridge. Established in 1899 by Francisco Borges and his family, this is a great example of an early 20th century central California cattle ranch. Many of the original buildings and structures still exist including the Borges family home which is one of seven structures that were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
The ranch consists of barns, corrals, outbuildings, a blacksmith shop and antique farm equipment preserved on the ranch. A few farm animals call the ranch home still today, including goats, pigs, chickens, and sheep, which are cared for by the Pleasant Hill 4-H.
The picnic area and barn can be reserved by groups for day use and special events.
Dogs are permitted at most areas of the ranch but they must be leashed at all times. Pets are not permitted in the animal pastures, at programs, tours, or events.
The ranch area is open for viewing daily from 7:00am to sunset. Free Ranch tours are available once a month and a monthly open house is held where visitors may tour through the buildings at their leisure. Staff is on hand to answer questions. Learn what it was like to live and work on a family ranch in the late 19th and early 20th Century.
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Be sure to to bring a lunch or picnic dinner to hang out in the Patrick Hanna Grove Picnic Area. Picnic tables, restrooms, an amphitheater, a large turf area are available, and a view of a seasonal pond.