Put the phone down, take a break from the office, bond with family, and just enjoy the outdoors!

Join us for an epic adventure.

The Diamond S Ranch sits on 1500 acres of  secluded ranch land in the beautiful Sierra Valley. The ranch has been such a great part of history, and the inside of the barn has been turned into a Sierra Valley History Museum. Our barn is covered with 19th Century memorabilia. You can almost picture the struggle of early pioneers, when working together was critical for basic survival, a concept that is sometimes lost in our fast paced world.

We turned our huge Dutch-Style barn, built in the 1800s into an amazing event venue!

Camp at the Diamond S Ranch

Join us in Summer 2019. Multiple sites with access to hiking, and mountain bike trails!

The Diamond S Ranch is a great wedding venue location!

Breathtaking landscape, and a venue that you can party all night! Lasting memories.

Itchy Back Saloon Cheers

A beautiful hand-made bar located inside the Diamond S Ranch. BYOB & enjoy!

“People always ask if I grew up there,” says Ken Smith, who then clarifies, “but no, I was raised there. I never did grow up.” Smith is referring to Diamond S Ranch, a 1,500 -acre playground for adults located in Beckwourth, Calif. Smith, the founder of Explore! Sierra Touring Company, may have one of the best jobs in the world…

Growing old is mandatory.
Growing up is optional.

Share an adrenaline rush with your co-worker or experience a memory with your soon-to-be best man, friends, or family. It is an adventure like no other.

Exhilarating Adventure! My husband and I had an incredible time! Ken and Cathy were great guides, and the tour was beautiful! I would recommend this to anyone …”


"Wow! All my wife could say for the next 3 hours was "That was sooooo much fun!" Ken & Cathy took us by the hand . . . showed us the ropes . . . and actually let us play in a snow covered meadow. Snowmobiling should be on list as one of the great therapies to board-um and stress! So much fun. A two hour escape in one of the most beautiful settings. DO IT!"









“This place is great for private parties, especially if you like camping and music. We were looking for a place to have a couple of nights of music and camping for a Fifty Birthday Party. It worked out great. About 200 kids and adults hung out and caught up with each other without being bothered by anyone. We had five bands play over two nights and it was awesome! The hosts are as cool as the Itchy Back Saloon and the Barn it’s in. Ken and Kathy Smith take the lead and Ken’s mom, Maylou, is so awesome, so down-to-Earth, and cool; she sets the culture for the whole 1,500-acres.”

Rustic, Romantic or Rugged Event Venue

Have you ever imagined holding a special event in a rustic and romantic 19th Century barn surrounded by pine trees and the largest alpine valley in the West? Well, go ahead and kick your imagination into high gear. The Diamond S Ranch may be the “real deal” venue you’ve been dreaming about.

The Smith Family Ranch has hosted many wonderful special events including; weddings, family reunions, corporate groups, sports groups, concerts, fundraisers and more. Do it all yourself, or you can also add an ATV Tour, Trap Shooting Expedition, or our signature Tri Tip BBQ to any of your special events.

Our ATV Tours Start At The Ranch!


If it ain’t fun, don’t do it! Explore! Sierra Touring Company is a result of the high octane energy that lives in all of us! ATV & Snowmobile tours like you have never experienced.


No experience? No problem! We train before you head out on your adventure. If something were to happen on the tour, we are certified and there to help. (We haven’t had to bury anyone yet!)


During your 2 or 3 hour ATV tour, you will drive through 10 different trail experiences. We offer ATV and Snowmobile tours on the famous trails in the Lost Sierra!


Ready. Set. Adventure! Don’t bring your battery charger, you will not need your phone…this is a once-in-a-lifetime memory that does not involve screen time!


Our patrons are everything to us. We are so honored to have been voted a top adventure destination in California! Come experience miles ATV trails, that can include trap shooting, and a tri-tip BBQ!


Capturing a moment that you will never forget is an understatement. Breath in the fresh air at the top of the Diamond S Ranch mountainside, get the thrill you never knew you needed, and remember It forever!

Getting Married? We Have The Wedding Venue For You!

The Diamond S Ranch is one of the most unique wedding venue locations in Northern California. We are proud to offer a full kitchen for a reception, storage for drinks, a full saloon, and the opportunity to have multiple bands play. Rental opportunities are available for camping all weekend!


1500 acres of surrounding ranch including natural spring, pond, & pines | Interior of Barn seats up to 200 guests | Ranch History Museum | 3-day access to facilities for set up, event, & take down

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We’ve had some awesome clients.

Share an adrenaline rush with your co-worker or experience a memory with your soon-to-be best man, friends, or family. It is an adventure like no other. We have had the honor to tour with corporate to solo-preneurs. We love our businesses and our family/friend tours. Come join us!

Vacationing we wanted a trip to remember Nevada/California. We choose ATV and what an awesome experience one that would definitely repeat for years to come. The terrain, dust, rocks, peaks,valleys. Hell the view was wicked. Definitely one of those memories you never forget and are thankful for having experienced Special thanks to our guide Chris!

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Harwich, Massachusetts, TripAdvisor member since 2014

Well leave it to me and my friends for trying to go snowmobiling when there wasn’t enough snow in the general Lake Tahoe area. Luckily we were directed to Scott at Explore! Sierra Touring Company to go ATV riding! We chose a 3 hour ATV tour, and had a blast! Beautiful views, terrain and an all around good time! Whether you’re an experienced rider, or never been on an ATV before – they work with you and you will have a great time! The ATVs are well maintained and have enough power to have a blast, even while climbing up the mountain!

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Las Vegas, NV, YELP member since 2017

Being a person who experiences the mountains and all it has to offer from horse back, I was some what skeptical to plan a trip for my family to experience the same on ATVs. I quickly found that my skepticism was unfounded. The minute you drive onto Explore! Sierra’s historic ranch property, you get a smile on your face which never stops. Ken Smith and his crew make you feel welcomed and part of the family. It was an amazing bonding experience for my daughter and new son-in-law and our two families. The views were breath taking and the wild life was abundant.

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Greagle, California, TripAdvisor member since 2012

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The Diamond S Ranch is where it begins.