The home of Scofield's Cowboy Campfire and the Red Mule Wagon and Carriage works, Red Mule Ranch is a unique and beautiful place. Located near Fiddletown, California, its buildings (all constructed by Ron Scofield himself) are a monument to the craftsmenship of days gone by. With few reminders of the modern age, Red Mule is a place to lose yourself in the richness of the American West. As a Cowboy Campfire guest, you can ramble through Marie's rose garden, and roam the buildings and grounds where there is always an assortment of horse-drawn vehicles, some of which are here at the Red Mule Wagon and Carriage Works for repair or restoration. Ron has been a wagonwright/wheelwright for almost 40 years and has really perfected this forgotten craft. These skills translate well into the craftsmanship and creativity seen here in the rustic, yet strangely elegant atchitecture here on the the Ranch with it's classic red and white signature look (of which I tried to duplicate the colors of this website for consistancy).
The Chuck Wagon
The Stage Coach
The Light Freight Carriage
Ron and Marie Scofield
Red Mule Ranch wouldn't have ever existed without the ingenuity, style, and just hard work of Ron Scofield. He's not only a talented craftsmen, he's an artist as well. See the fine Western drawings and paintings in his gallery and on this website. Together, Ron and Marie set the stage and provide the hospitality for an unforgettable experience. The Cowboy Campfire events throughout the years owe a part of their success to the vision of the old west that is so effectively represented at Red Mule Ranch. Ron and Marie purchased the bare property in 1972 and since have created the setting you can now see that resembles a full fledged 1880's town.
The Ranch has been featured in many TV shows, documentaries, commercials and last year the San Franciosco 49'ers Cheerleader Squad (Gold Rush Girls) came to the Ranch to shoot a few pictures for their official 2013 calendar.
The Ranch is also a natural for an evening of old west immersion and relaxed good times with friends. We've been told that it's just so nice to get far, far away from the modern hustle 'n' bustle and riff-raff one gets more than plenty of on a day-to-day basis... can't say we disagree. Ron built the Ranch at this place and in this way for a clear purpose which is plainly evident to anyone who comes to one of the Cowboy Campfire shows, or has the pleasure of watching a sunset from the log cabin stage.
From Country Livng Magazine (Volume11, No. 6)
One can see why Ron Scofield is well known for his dedication and commitment to keeping alive the old American West. He expresses all facets of the old west through his wagon and carriage building, art work, architecture, and of course his music. Ron is a self-taught guitarist and vocalist favoring the style of the early cowboy classics. His songs depict cattle drives, cowboy camps, chuck wagons, the pioneer experience, and anything that serves to keep the old west at the forefront in the minds of all within the sound of his voice.
Since Scofield's Cowboy Campfire got started over 20 years ago, Ron has entertained at and provided the setting for the music and cowboy poetry events at the Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown. He has performed in Genoa at the Cowboy Festival and been included in the Rhymers Rodeer programs several times, and countless other gatherings in Arizona, California, and Nevada.
Sunset at Red Mule Ranch
Below is a time-lapse video shot on the evenings of October 8th and 9th 2015, set to Sourdough Slim's rendition of "Red River Valley"... and it's BRILLIANT!
All of us here at the Red Mule hope you all have an unforgettable evening when you come up for a show and a proper dinner. If you do, please spread the word to your friends. We promise to do our best to earn an evening of your time and attention this summer at our little time machine. See you then! -
The Scofield Family and Cowboy Campfire Staff
Scofield Family Coat of Arms since the Battle of Hastings.
Jim and John were the names of the two red mules that pulled our wagon across the United States on that epic six month journey in 1976, The Bicentennial Wagon Train. They were brothers and we developed such a kinship with them... really like family, in a sense. They are no longer with us, but their memory lives on in the name of our ranch and the road leading through this rural area of the county. Welcome to Red Mule Ranch!
Below is a time-lapse video shot by Ross Mehan in the wee hours of June 28th 2015.