Soldier Meadows is a working Cattle Ranch and Lodge, Located only 3.5 hours North of Reno, Nevada. The Historic Soldier Meadows Ranch begins at the Black Rock Desert at its Southern tip, then runs North all the way to the Charles Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Bordered on the West by the Calico Mountain Range and the East by the Black Rock Mountain Range. Soldier Meadows Ranch consists of true desert, with hundreds of acres of Natural Meadows, Mountains, Steep Canyons, Rock Formations, Several year around streams, along with numerous Hot, Warm, and Ice Cold Crystal Clear Springs. With hundreds of miles of Roads and Trails, it is known to all who visit here as one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the America… a place to which most visitors return over and over again.
Surrounded by designated Wilderness Areas, Soldier Meadows Ranch Headquarters are located at Mud Meadows near the geographic center of the nearly 500,000 acre Cattle Ranch. The historic Lassen Applegate Trail brought hundreds of travelers through the Soldier Meadows Basin in the 1840’s and after. The first Buildings at the Ranch Headquarters were constructed by the U.S. Calvary and were known in 1865 as Camp McGarry.
Ranch Headquarters is an oasis in the desert. With numerous fruit trees, and very tall trees that provide a cooling shade canopy with lush green lawns beneath. With near by natural cold & hot springs. Soldier Meadows makes a wonderful base camp for your explorations. You my chose to hike, mountain bike, enjoy the country from the back of your best horse or by using your truck, SUV, OHV, ATV, you can 4wheel drive to reach untold numbers of places rich in our country’s history and yet a majority of this area is untouched by man. Follow the Applegate/Lassen Trail through High Rock Canyon where the wagon wheel ruts are still visible. Dig for opals, find agates, geodes, and petrified wood. Pan for gold, go fishing, climb rocks and enjoy a soak in ancient Warm Springs which are naturally the temperature of bath water. Or even if you are just out enjoying the antelope, deer, horses, burros, rabbits, coyotes, and numerous variety of birds. There is so much to see and do that you won’t run out of things to explore.
The Ranch Headquarters includes our ten bedroom Main Lodge and Kitchen, a stone house built in the early 50’s on the site of the original U.S. Cavalry officer’s quarters, the original Stone Cook House, Rock Stables, a Stone Horse Barn, Equipment Repair Shop, Bunk House, Staff Housing, other Ranch buildings as well as a Picnic Area. In addition we have plenty of places for you to pitch tents as well as parking for your self contained RVs.
Due to the abundant natural resources, historic trails and other fascinating subjects, our area recently became the core of the Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area. The rich history and natural resources of this area captures the attention of lawmakers in Washington D.C. and they decided to reserve over 1.2 million acres surrounding our Ranch. It truly is a beautiful region of Nevada’s Wilderness, come and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.