Will Rogers and the Ranch
The Will Rogers Ranch is an adventure-making choice for anyone visiting the Los Angeles area. Los Angeles seems a world away from this natural wonderland near the ocean in Pacific Palisades (near Malibu). We recommend it for those interested in the era of early film-making or want to learn more about Will Rogers, an influential American humorist with Native American roots. Pacific Palisades, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean, has a population of approximately 25,000.
Read more about Will Rogers here: notablebiographies.com.
Go to gutenberg.org to check out his writing in Rogers-isms, the Cowboy Philosopher On the Peace Conference.
Read even more through our Oklahoma section. (Will Rogers was originally from Oklahoma and his childhood home and a nearby museum are open to the public.)
The home is open to the public but visitors must be on a tour with a tour guide and group size may be limited. Photography inside the house is prohibited. On view are personal items and furnishings owned by the Rogers family during the time they lived there. The home also features a window in the office of Will Rogers with a stunning view of the mountains behind it. Information can be found at parks.ca.gov, which you definitely should read beforehand because the grounds are used for a variety of events that change daily. The tour is free, except for a small parking fee.
At the gift shop, you can purchase water bottles and other items that will help with hiking or riding horses on the trails. It also runs a short film about Will Rogers with amazing original footage of his lassoing and other events where he was featured.
For information about renting horses with the benefit of a guide to take you to the high parts of the mountains, click here: willrogerstrailrides.com. We found these horses to be ideally suited for riders with limited experience as they are familiar with walking slowly on the paths.
The video below describes the overall experience of visiting the Will Rogers Ranch. To see other videos we filmed on location at literary landmarks, click here: Author Adventures YouTube Channel.
This is the seventh stop on our Southern California Author Adventures Trail!