Riata Ranch Guide To Three Rivers
To learn more about what there is to do in the Three Rivers area, scroll down to get some quick ideas or read our more comprehensive guide!
Riata Ranch has a variety of different options for all levels of riders when it comes to horseback riding. Enjoy a relaxing trail ride, have a lesson in Western performance or roping and riding, or take a Trick Riding class - there's something for everyone to enjoy!
Slick Rock Recreation Area
Want to cool off from the warm summer heat? Riata Ranch is located on the Kaweah river so it's easy to jump in and have a refreshing swim here on the ranch! If you'd like to enjoy a day playing in the water, there's no better place to go than the Slick Rock Recreation Area in Three Rivers. If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, there's also several nearby white-water rafting companies for the thrill seekers to enjoy come summertime!
Exploring The Area
Sequoia National Park
Riata Ranch is just minutes away from the Ash Mountain entrance of Sequoia National Park, which preserves and protects the largest trees in the world (by volume!), the Sequoia tree. The massive Sequoia trees are an awe-inspiring sight to behold, and visitors come from all around the world to behold these spectacular trees and enjoy the beautiful Giant Forest and Sierra Nevada mountains.
Kings Canyon National Park
Pssssst!!! Do you love the landscape of Yosemite National Park but don't like all the crowds, then come to one of the National Park Service's best kept "secrets": Kings Canyon National Park, home of the deepest canyons in the continental United States! One hour away by car, enjoy Kings Canyon's breathtaking vistas from mountaintops and serene hikes to nearby waterfalls, rivers, and cascades while enjoying the canyon's peaceful trails without all the crowds.
Sequoia National Forest
Want to enjoy exploring with your dog by your side, take a horseback ride through the Sierra Nevada mountains, or gather some pine cones as souvenirs of your visit? Unlike the National Parks where bringing animals are not permitted, the national forests happily welcome pets and riders! They also allow for collecting of natural materials unlike National Parks, so if you're looking for a Sequoia cone to remember your visit, Sequoia National Forest is the place to go! This forest is home to Hume Lake which is free and open to the public to enjoy a refreshing swim in the summertime heat. Sequoia National Forest also is host to the Buck Rock Fire Tower which visitors are allowed to visit and enjoy the view!
Local Food and Drink
The Gateway Restaurant and Lounge - This top-rated restaurant is a favorite among visitors and local residents alike. Known for its continental cuisine, excellent service, and breathtaking views, the Gateway Restaurant offers a wide range of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with daily specials often featuring seasonable soup, fresh salads, and seafood. The Gateway has one of the largest selections of fine liquors including 20 varieties of Tequila, over 30 vodkas, and 60 types of whiskeys, including rare treats like Pappy Van Winkle. The Gateway’s large outdoor patio overlooking the Kaweah River offers the finest open-air dining in the area. Enjoy the scenery while you savor your meal!
Three Rivers Brewing Co. - Proudly brewed and located at the gateway to Sequoia National Park, Three Rivers Brewing Co. creates its own beers right in the heart of Three Rivers. Enjoy their house-made brew and wine either inside or on their spacious patio next to the river while listening to a local band!
Sierra Subs and Salads - Repeatedly voted as one of the top 100 places to eat in the United States, Sierra Subs has some of the best food around! Sierra Subs and Salads is located in the heart of Three Rivers, California just outside of Sequoia National Park in the Southern Sierra Nevada. Their food can be enjoyed at picnic tables by the river, inside in their shop, or be prepared to-go. With an array of options, both healthy and delicious, Sierra Subs offers fast, fresh food made from scratch that tastes great!
The Totem Market and Gifts - Are you less of a fine dining person and prefer a bar that feels like "everybody knows your name"? Then The Totem Market and Gifts is right up your alley! The bar hosts a hometown feel with nightly drink specials and wine tastings, and food made in-house or specially made from various local vendors. Try their Tri-Tip classic - you can't go wrong!
Reimer's Candies and Gifts - If you're looking for a sweet treat or the best ice cream around, Reimer's is the place to go! For over 50 years, Reimer's has been hand crafting sweet treats at the little red candy factory in Three Rivers, California. The Three River's shops include an old fashioned candy store where you can peek through the windows and see them making delicious confections and the ice cream shop features 24 of our own original ice cream flavors! Enjoy those tasty treats on their popular river deck with a picture-perfect view of the Kaweah River.