Valley Vista Ranch is a versatile 85-acre property in Mariposa Co., 5-miles east of Coulterville. This well-maintained property near Greeley Hill lies at the west edge of the Stanislaus Nat'l Forest, 26-miles from Yosemite. With build-ready pad, power, water, stunning views of the Central Valley and coast range, two large shop buildings and a second well, this property is an ideal setting for your dream home, ranch or recreational retreat.
The property is forested with a variety of deciduous and conifer trees, including Black Oak, Royal Oak, Live Oak, Canyon Live Oak, Sugar Pine, Ponderosa Pine and Cedar. Many types of native grasses, shrubs and other understory plants populate this picturesque property. The ranch includes well-maintained roads traveling throughout the picturesque terrain. Care, stewardship, regular upkeep and fire protection measures of the land is immediately apparent on arrival. Additional sites and pads on the property are ideal for a variety of uses, including outbuildings, cabin, recreational retreat, storage for off-road, ranch or recreational vehicles, equipment, horse barns and more. This scenic property, located along the historic John Muir Trail, includes rich habitat for quail, deer and other wildlife and supplies a wide range of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast - See Recreation section for more.
A key feature of this stunning property is the primary building pad with power and water that provides an ideal setting for your dream home, ranch or recreational retreat. Another highlight is the 3,400-Square foot high-quality Butler metal shop building clad in custom hand milled lumber. Nearby is a second large Butler metal building which serves as versatile multipurpose and storage facility. Three-phase power and easy ranch access are special features. An enclosed second well and 2,500-Gallon water tank is housed in a custom crafted wood clad pumphouse building.
Outdoor activity opportunities on the property and in the region include hiking, fishing, Atv, biking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and more. Other activities are available in the surrounding hills, mountains, lakes, rivers and streams of the Sierra Nevada. Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area at Lake McClure is just a 20 minute drive away and Don Pedro Reservoir is just a short distance further, offering boating, watersports and fishing for multiple species including bass, trout, panfish and more. The nearby Tuolumne and Merced Rivers and tributaries/streams flow down from Yosemite and the Sierra and provide excellent fly-fishing. 26-miles away you will find yourself in Yosemite, one of the most unique and picturesque National Parks in the US. Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, biological diversity, including unparalleled hiking, camping, fishing and sightseeing.
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Region & Climate
Greeley Hill and the neighboring communities in Mariposa County offer year round residents and visitors exceptional climate and weather. The small community of Coulterville is a monument to another time. The Hotel Jeffery, built in 1854, has entertained the likes of John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt and is now ready to entertain you, either in the historic bar, the dining room or the delightful back yard and patio. Take the downtown walking tour to see why Coulterville has been named a California State Historical site and drop by the museum filled with old photos and fascinating displays. For Yosemite travelers, Highway 132 provides a scenic, laid back alternative to the caravans of RVs, trailers and lead-footed drivers that can make Highway 120 a frustrating journey. East of Modesto the road follows the Tuolumne River through rolling hills and picturesque cliffs to La Grange. Between La Grange and Coulterville it passes the southern end of Lake Don Pedro and the northern end of Lake McClure. After Coulterville the road, officially designated at the Historic John Muir Route, climbs towards Greeley Hill, offering impressive vistas both back, over the Central Valley, and ahead, of Sierra peaks yet to come. From Greeley Hill, where you can pause at several cafes, fill up your gas tank or stock up at the store, the shortest route turns north on Smith Ranch Road well marked for Yosemite, joining Route 120 at Smith Ranch. The slightly more adventurous can continue east on Greeley Hill Road, the original Coulterville-Yosemite turnpike, built in the 1870'S when Coulterville competed against a group working on the old Big Oak Flat road through Groveland later to become Highway 120 to complete the first road into Yosemite Valley. Three miles past Smith Ranch Road is a well marked left turn on a Forest Service Road, S20, to Highway 120 at Buck Meadows, six miles distant.
The property is near historic Coulterville and Greeley Hill in Mariposa County. The region has a rich history in the gold mining era and continues to provide a Gold Rush feel in Greeley Hill and in the other friendly nearby communities. The town of Greeley Hill was settled in the 1850'S. Besides mining, logging, ranching, and cattle raising were some of the profitable enterprises in this small town, which continues today. See Region & Climate section for more.
Greeley Hill is in the northern part of Mariposa County along CR J-132 Greeley Hill Rd. which follows the famous John Muir Trail route. The ranch is about halfway between Sonora and Mariposa, 5-miles east of Historic Coulterville and 26-miles from Yosemite National Park. Greeley Hill and nearby towns and communities provide plentiful shopping, dining and other resources and amenities to residents, along with close access to Yosemite National Park. Numerous international airports are a few hours drive to the west, north and south.
Directions to Ranch
From Coulterville, CA: Travel east on Greeley Hill Road (J-132) approximately 5.3- miles to the property main entrance along the south (right) side of Greeley Hill Road.
From Greeley Hill, CA: Travel west on Greeley Hill Road (J-132) approximately 1.3- miles to the property main entrance along the south (left) side of Greeley Hill Road.
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