Hunewill Guest Ranch – Celebrating 150 years: 1861 to 2011

Join in the Fun Friday, July 15, 2011

The Hunewill Guest Ranch is one of the oldest working guest ranches in California and one of the oldest continuously owned family ranches in the American West. 2011 marks their 150th year as a cattle ranch, and their 80th year as a guest ranch. The fourth, fifth, and sixth generations of the Hunewill family still run cattle in the meadow of Bridgeport Valley.

Tucked under the Sawtooth Range that forms the northeastern border of Yosemite National Park, the valley has been home to Hunewill Ranch since Napoleon Bonaparte Hunewill first grazed his oxen on the lush grass of this jewel of the Sierra Nevada. He and his wife, Esther, first provided lumber, then beef to the mining boomtowns of Aurora, Bodie, and Lundy.

ESLT is very proud to have Jan Hunewill on our Board of Directors. Jan gives to ESLT her unique perspective and skills, helping to preserve our Eastern Sierra lands. Most recently, Jan performed Cowboy Poetry at our Mammoth Extravaganza fundraising dinner.

Join the Hunewill Guest Ranch for Horseshoe Pitching, History in the Parlor, Historic Photo Display, Speeches and Memories, and Music by Richard Elloyan, Jon Elliot, and Betsy Hunewill Elliot. Click here for a complete schedule and information on how to purchase tickets, or visit the Hunewill Ranch website at

Photo by Rick Kattleman