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Yosemite ~ An American Ranch


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Updated: Oct 13, 2016
“There is a love of wild nature in everybody,' a must family adventure!!

Awh....the smell of a campfire in a lush alpine valley with distant scenic views of El Captain and Yosemite Valley while in a hot tub on a private ranch where the buffalo roam.. The rate is $300 a day ! The whole agri-tourism experience, which means you can bring your family, your pets, your motor home and tents, your firearms and have the sense to be an American once again on a ranch, to be truly free! Cruise around the ranch with your family and love ones and sight see the ranch, the American Bison and nature with all its splendor! This is called agri-tourism and this is what you are paying for . No one nor no where else in the Yosemite area is offering this service. We are not a cheesy hotel nor a motel or a bed and breakfast. Those you can find easily elsewhere. In fact, if there is usage of a cabin this is entirely free while here on the ranch. As agri-tourism a $300/daily rate for your group of 12 or less allows you to access the many amenities on the ranch. Unlike most vacation rentals on this site they have too much neighbor congestion, and someone watching you and your family from every corner and the place looks like there will be no privacy on your vacation once again, not here! This is a large gated and private working historic American ranch nestled within a lush alpine valley of its own directly West of Yosemite' s main gate and entrance.

Private fishing, swimming, ATV and horseback riding, and there is nothing like tubing down a river on a sunny day with just your family. The ranch keeps Agri-tourism as its number one objective so you and your family can learn about what its like to be on a farm or ranch. You can collect your own fresh chicken eggs, harvest spices, and vegetables from the greenhouse, and feed the pigs your leftovers for the whole agri-tourism experience. We have roping lesions, clay pigeon shooting, and archery range, horseback riding, kayaking .. i say no more!!

Like 'Paul Bunyan' resourcefulness is next to godliness, all structures on this iconic ranch are handcrafted from whole natural logs and raw saw milled timber right off the land! This ranch is the perfect place to relax, fish, swim and peacefully unwind. One could even horseback ride down to a private spring fed waterfall or river and prospect for gold! We offer our guests to 'get unplugged' and privately experience the ranch! Please see our reviews!

'Here on this scenic ranch you will feel like your in the middle of Montana but, amazed as I drove out of the main entrance gate and was only 5.5 miles/less than 15 minutes from Mariposa's fine dining, shopping, and museums!' - (Andrew Leon of Orange County)

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet

Recent Review

About the Owner

Your more of an American while out on a our private ranch, more free to do and become what you want, the lifestyle Americans were originally intended to live and fought for with all rights for freedom by our forefathers! . The owner is a self made pioneer in all senses of the word. Perhaps the last of his kind, the ranch has been privately owned since 1885 and since, purchased in 2000, Bronse has brought the ranch once in ruins back to its original pioneer and prime state. He has personally handcrafted real log cabins made off the land using raw lumber made from his sawmill, whole logs from dead standing timber, and natural granite rocks for massive fireplaces in each cabin. Your are welcome to camp, bring a motor home, hike around, and simply be free about and all its splendor while you are enjoying the great out doors here on the ranch!

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Speaks: english, spanish

24 Reviews

based on 24 traveler reviews



  • 5 of 5

This old guy has been going to Bison Creek for years and has had a GREAT TIME! I have stayed at every cabin on the ranch. They each have distinct features, all are enjoyable in their own right. I like going down to the river and watching the day roll by. I can't imagine not finding it like one guy said. It's the water running at the base of the mountain, that's usually where a river is. Keep walking down hill and you will find it. Has a path and everything. Personally like the back cabin. It has views for miles and sunsets an old fisherman can dream about later. Bronse is a upstanding fellow. Never has done me or my family wrong and has always taken the time to teach us about the land and history of the area. Even invites us to a BBQ, good cooking skills that cowboy has. Very knowledgeable soul. True cowboy that guy is. Good Manners and shows respect. I enjoy hiking. I take my time and hang out with Ole Arrow. Good company for a dog. I like the fact that Bronse let me and the family have the run of the place. He is there when you need him and doesn't hover like some sissies need. Not a place for sissies for sure. It is run like a true ranch, always work to be done and I like that. It isn't some fancy dude ranch. Those cabins were built with blood sweat and hard work just like they used to do. Solid construction and beautiful interiors. Comfortable beds and wood fireplaces which is what I like on a cold night. Bison roam the land and it takes you back to a time when things were simpler. I can wait to go back again. Always feels better getting there than leaving. He even teaches the green guests what type of wood burns at what type of heat.Poor kid was sick as a dog once and came way past dark and chopped wood for me because it was supposed to be a cold one. Not many people care about people anymore and I sure appreciated it. I met a little girl at a restaurant in town when I was there last stay. She used the word magical. Said the ranch is it's own world. I guess that sums it up.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Dishonest Man Over Promised and Under Delivered

  • 1 of 5

The website advertises a 4 bedroom+1.5 bathroom cabin that looked spacious enough to accommodate our group of 10. We thought Bronse was honest so we paid him cash for the 4 nights in full upon arrival as he requested. We soon realized that he has 3 cabins and gave us the smallest one way in back of the property, 1 bedroom+loft +1 bath that sleeps only 6! Well, make that 8 if you put 2 people in the dark, dingy chicken coop like he recommended. The fridge is a 1940s model and the pilot light needs to get relit when the front door opens. It never got cold and our 3 days’ worth of food would have spoiled if we didn’t have coolers. Our group loves nature and has done numerous camping trips so we were looking forward to a rustic experience with the “included” activities. However, half of us had to sleep on the floor and in the car (no, we didn’t opt for the chicken coop but maybe we’re just spoiled city slickers like Bronse said lol). When we asked for an ATV, Bronse said we had to make a reservation and hike the 2 miles over the hill to the office to pick one up! The “pond” on the map turned out to be a 6 inch deep drinking/bathing hole for the horses so forget fishing…the only thing we would’ve caught was dysentery. We followed Bronse’s vague instructions and made the tumultuous drive down to the “river” but never found one. Bronse’s vague caution to “bring a car with proper ground clearance” was a total understatement! The drive in to the cabin was really rough even for our SUV and truck (super rocky and thick brushes) so by the end of our trip both cars were pretty scratched up and we got a flat tire (Bronse blamed it on our driving skills). The last straw was when we asked him to bring propane for the BBQ grill and he told us that we were high maintenance and unappreciative, and rudely told us to “leave him alone” cuz he had food poisoning. Was there no other staff that could’ve brought it? I HIGHLY regret doing business with Bronse. He is deceitful and defensive, over promised and under delivered, and does not care about doing the right thing. Despite everything, our group volunteered to stay 2 nights with his agreement to refund us for the last 2 nights so that we can find a larger rental that would sleep everyone. We drove half an hour to his office to get our money and he refused to see us. Never got a dime back! BEWARE of doing business with this dishonest man!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark twain said it best over 100 years ago and it is truly correct, " if you read the news your misinformed and if you don't your uninformed." Straight from the horses mouth, the fore mentioned review has no truth to it the ranch is agritourism at $300 a day not a hotel, motel, holiday inn nor room service. This is truly a loved and unique bonding experience you and yours will cherish. . This group that arrived last year was based on a group of unhappy people before they arrived. If you constantly like to bicker and be unhappy no matter where u go on vacation and lack appreiciation for nature then the ranch life may not fix the tune you bring with you .
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Excellent Place to Disconnect and Relax

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I needed to get away for the weekend. We wanted to go somewhere we could relax, disconnect and have a little adventure. This place provided exactly that. There were plenty of hiking trails to explore and lots of animals to see. The donkeys liked to visit us in the morning so we would feed them apples while we enjoyed our breakfast. They provided us with an ATV so we had tons of fun exploring some of the more rugged out of the way trails. They also provided us with bows and arrows since our cabin was close to the shooting range. We all had so much fun that we didn't want to leave. Bronse and the guys at the ranch were wonderful hosts. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Didn't want to leave!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the ranch with several members of our family for a large family reunion in Midpines. Bronse and Armondo were very accommodating and friendly! It was so nice to just relax and enjoy the serene surroundings and unplug from everything. The teenagers enjoyed exploring the ranch and all of the animals hanging around. We did not want to leave and could have stayed permanently! Definitely worth the trip up the hill.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not for the faint of heart

  • 3 of 5

This place is really rugged. I would not recommend it for children, elderly people, etc. We stayed in the hunting lodge, which only has one viable bedroom downstairs. The other bedrooms are upstairs, but the staircase is very steep with no handrail and open treads. Plus the house is quite dark and hot - the only electricity is via generator. After the initial gasoline was used up, we had to buy our own and replenish 5 gallons of gas every 6 to 8 hours. There is an inverter system which allows a few of the lights to run for a short while with the generator off. The bathroom had a mucky little shower and nowhere had much water pressure. The stove only works by burning wood, which was was way too hot to do, so we used the barbeque to cook and also brought a portable camp stove. If you like shooting and offroading, and you don't care about dirt or heat, this could be the place for you. While it is stated on the website that the river is on the property, it is unreachable with most vehicles. We have a 4 wheel drive Honda Pilot and were told we shouldn't try it. So we drove out the bumpy road and went another 19 miles to finally reach the river, which was great once we got there. Many of the activities that are described are very far apart because the ranch is huge. We never saw the dog or the horses or the pigs. (We did see two donkeys and a bison, though!) There is a tiny chicken coop the size of a dollhouse with miniature chickens in it that we just felt sorry for because they seemed in too small a space. On the upswing, the ranch hand who assists Bronse was very nice and helpful. Also the ATV was fun, and we brought one of our own as well. It is a great place for that! The scenery is gorgeous; truly it is breath-taking! I just wish the house was better maintained and that there was more warning on the website about needing to bring gasoline if you expect to use electricity. We ended out going home a day early because it was so hot inside and outside of the house.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Such a wonderful place this is....

  • 4 of 5

Before we left, I told Bronse, the owner that he was blessing others with what he provides. It is a glimpse into a life very different from the current hectic pace so common now and offers experiences we could not get elsewhere. Our family was blessed in ways that cannot be put into words. To take in God's creatures peacefully grazing in front of the lodge, gazing at the stars and watching our family, who now live a distance from one another gather together, was a gift. Thank you Bronse from the bottom of our hearts for the past weekend - we are all talking about the next time we visit Bison Creek Ranch!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The ranch is in a unique micro climate that is rare in nature, the landscape is green through August then blooms into an array of yellow flowers within its meadows in the fall. There is more to see and learn here in nature than one would imagine with daily sights of deer, turkey, wild boar, black bears, and herd of bison. There are also many vintage pioneer mining camps and equipment you and your family can see and learn about the 1849 Gold Rush! Like an natural and native history museum you can also see and learn about the Indian artifacts here on the ranch.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Yosemite Airport at 2 Miles Nearest Barpub : Road House Saloon at 5 Miles Nearest Motorway : hwy 49 at 3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Miners Inn at 5 Miles Nearest Ski : Badger Pass at 45 Miles

Here on the ranch we offer a one of a kind wonderful Agri/Tourism experience which is comprised primarily with a herd of American Bison, horses, mules, and donkeys along with gold mining and prospecting adventures. We have many private gold mines where you and your family could see gold mining artifacts from the 1800's and learn how to prospect for gold, work a sluice box, and use panning equipment. The domestic and natural wildlife roam freely though out the ranch therefore, we also offer daily ATV or horseback riding tours of the ranch.

You can also go:

tubing down the river,


hunting what's in season,

four wheeling,

ATV riding,

horseback riding,






wildlife photography and viewing,

mountain biking,

trap and clay pigeon shooting.


Rental rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

No cleaning fee here as we are not a hotel nor a bed and breakfast trying to nickel and dime every customer with fees. Instead we are a traditional American ranch in which only a $350 refundable deposit is required to hold your vacation dates. Reservation deposit is fully refundable up to 45 days prior of arrival date. All guests are also welcomed to camp, bring their motor homes, and atv's!

Mail a reservation deposit of $350 to 6108 Mosher rd. Mariposa Ca. 95338 to Bison Creek Ranch. All we need is your word it's in the mail to hold your vacation reservation here on the ranch!

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From the Owner

Everyone working on the ranch seems to be knowledgeable about the history of the ranch and the natural environment. The owner has hand built all the individual log cabin structures through hard work and true grit .... seems to be John Wayne like in character. He is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic when teaching folks about the ranch's natural and native environment if they wish to do so. He can show you anything from how to track a wild animal to how to eat edibles off the land. On the ranch you feel like your in the 'land of the free' and American with ultimate 'freedom to do what you want' to say the least!

Property Type

  • cabin


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities


  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Internet
  • Telephone


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Mountain View


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1
  • Half Bathroom


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 3 bicycles


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Amenities on the ranch are simply put as you can enjoy being more of an American! You can freely text on your cell phone while you drive your own car or one of our new atv's about and there are no stop signs nor traffic lights to wait on. You can freely turn your dog off the leash and not worry about picking up his poop among concerned strangers. You can freely turn your music up if u want, sit on a tailgate to star gaze and drink beer with the car keys in your hand. The kids can freely run around past midnight with a bb gun in their hands if you wish them to do so. As a matter of fact, you yourself as an adult are free to act as a kid, child or clown while on the ranch. Simply put you are more free, more of an American. Additionally, a romantic ideal getaway with your loved one or family! An agri/tourism learning experience for the whole family. Yes, plenty of fun and learning for the kids and pets alike to enjoy. Our guests have access to our greenhouse and fresh eggs at our henhut as part of the full ranch experience. You and yours can sit by the grand rock fireplace or outdoor cowboy bbq facility with plenty of oak and pine wood provided, use our dvd library, a cd library, pots and pans for cooking, and an antique clawfoot ivory tub for a luxurious ole time hot bubble bath! A million stars can be see on a stary night while relaxing in the hottub!

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