Looking for a vacation highlight? Come, tour a "real" working ranch. Hop on our wagon pulled by Chad and Camp for a hayride through our pastures and take in our broad vistas and spend time with our mares and foals, the backbone of historic Sunup Ranch, Minnesota’s oldest and largest Quarter Horse breeder, since 1950. The ranch raises grass-fed Angus cattle, practices rotational grazing to improve pastures and wildlife habitat, and sells grass-fed, natural beef. From the beginning, our horses have been integral to the cattle work we do on the ranch. Here's what they are saying: "Thank you, this was wonderful," California; "We loved this ranch, so beautiful and we learned so many interesting things," Minnesota. Every day is different on a ranch. Visitors will be treated to that variety by having the chance to see a mare foal, or watch as a young horse is introduced to their first saddling; groom a horse; interactive activities for young visitors; learn the ropes and rope the “Hot Heels” just like the cowboys; bird watch; bottle-feed a calf. Every tour will include a hayride, refreshments, walking tour of the barns and a drawing. Visitors can shop for unique western-themed items or buy our grass-fed beef.
The ranch covers 700 acres of varied landscape that supports extensive bird and wildlife populations. It is a birdwatchers delight, and the land has conservation protection. A little history: For 62 years the ranch has been selling Sunup-bred horses to customers from coast to coast -- Alaska and Hawaii included; Canada, Mexico, Central America and Europe. Tours are scheduled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 am, or by reservation. For reservations, call 218-838-1266 or 218-828-8895. More information on the ranch can be found at www.sunupranch.com. Reservations can be made through the website by using the “contact us” page.
Additional Date Information: Reservations for tours can be made by calling us 218-838-1266, The tours are one-and-a-half hours in length.
Desc of Green Practices in Place: Our land is in a permanent conservation easement, meaning it will never be developed. We practice intensive rotational grazing, work with the NRCS and have an extensive conservation plan developed through that agency. We cover close to 700 acres.
12316 CO 18 SW, Brainerd, MN Ranch located 7 miles W. of Brainerd on Hwy 210 then 1 mile north on Co Rd. 18. From Pine Beach Rd (Co. 77) take Co Rd 18 two miles to the ranch. Two miles from Gull Lake, Madden’s and Cragun’s resorts