AOPA Foundation – A Night for Flight
Auction Ends: Sep 22, 2011 09:00 PM EDT

Unique Experiences

Private tour of the Reagan Ranch

Item Number
Estimated Value
13000 USD to JNP3
Number of Bids
45  -  Bid History

Item Description

After winding up seven miles of rustic road in the Santa Ynez Mountains just north of Santa Barbara and after crossing several cattle guards, you will find yourself at Rancho del Cielo—a "Ranch in the Sky" set on 688 acres of rolling, tree-covered hills. The Ranch was Ronald Reagan's home for nearly 25 years—serving as the "Western White House" during eight of those—and it embodies Ronald Reagan's character and ideals.

Ronald Reagan said of his beloved Santa Barbara, California ranch, “No place before or since has ever given Nancy and me the joy and serenity it does.”  As Monticello and Mount Vernon convey the distinctive personalities of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, similarly, Rancho del Cielo uniquely communicates the essential truth about Ronald Reagan. As Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney said, "The Ranch, I thought, symbolized a lot of America to him and its potential and its splendor … it kind of brought him closer to his version of American and what America was: the strength and capacity to grow and the clarity that you had from the top of the mountain, the brilliance of the landscape and the horizons, East and West."

The winning bidder is entitled to an exclusive private tour of the Reagan Ranch, which is not open to the public, including a visit to the tack barn which still houses President Reagan’s saddle collection. You will take in many of the scenic sites on the Ranch including the helipad where Marine One operated from and is still home of the San Marcus VOR. The package includes a tour of the Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara and transportation to and from the Ranch property.  The Ranch tour is for up to four people and includes a picnic lunch on the Ranch itself.

Special Instructions

The tour will depart from the Reagan Ranch Center at 217 State Street in Santa Barbara, CA and must be scheduled a least one month in advance. The tour is valid up to one year from auction date.

Donated By:

Young America's Foundation