Weekends at 1:30 pm, please confirm schedule at entry kiosk when you arrive.
No reservations required, no added fee. Enjoy your visit!
The docent-led tour to the Beauty Ranch includes a visit to the barns on the ranch, the Pig Palace and the silos. The tour is approximately 1 hour in duration. The trail is mostly dirt, with some slight uphill portions. Almost all of the trail is unshaded.
The docent will talk about the life and work of Jack London - the writer, the socialist, the farmer - and his innovative approaches to ranching and farming. We may also talk about the natural environment of the park - the trees, flowers and animals.
When Jack London built an efficient facility in 1915 to house and feed his prized pigs, neighbors derisively called it the "Pig Palace" and the name stuck.
Be sure to visit the cottage before or after your tour.
Jack London and his wife Charmian lived in the cottage from approximately 1911 until his death in 1916. The cottage and its adjacent stone kitchen building were originally built by the Kohler and Frohling winery company about 1862 and were used as winery office and headquarters. The cottage has been restored and furnished with artifacts and furniture to appear as it was when the Londons lived there. The cottage is open noon to 4 p.m. and the fee is $4 per adult, $2 for seniors and students.