Riverview Ranch & Resort

Family Fun All Around

Galena Horses-vacation rental

What else is there to do around Riverview Ranch n Resort?


Here is a continued list of things to do in the area.











Nearby Parks, Nature Preserves, Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding trails, Hunting, Bird Sanctuary

1.6 miles north is the Aiken Trailhead entrance to the Galena River Trail. Turn right out of our driveway and follow River Road. Cross the railroad tracks twice and cross a bridge then look for the entrance to the trail on the left. This trail includes some prehistoric sites. There is a Thunderbird Effigy Mound that is 1,000 years old. This trail goes all the way to Galena along the Mississippi river and along the Galena river, and goes past Galena to Bueler Preserve.
Galena River Trail Map
Another Galena River Trail Map.
Galena River Trail Info

Two miles away is Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve.

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area

Mississippi Palisades State Park 21 miles south of the ranch (31 minute drive).

Schurmeier Teaching Forest - Horses Welcome. 14 miles (23 minutes) from Ranch

Tapley Woods Hunting.

List of Public Hunting Lands

More Hunting location info

Here is a DNR map showing nature preserves, wildlife areas etc: Map of DNR sites

We are in the heart of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

The Raptor Resource Project has some cool webcams always live so you can see the Eagles and other birds live in their nests or landing sites in the Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

See and hear the many different species of birds. There are Deer, turkey, Bald Eagles, racoon, opossum and other critters commonly cross the roads so please slow down and watch for them. In the fall the Geese form majestic chevrons above your head on their journey south, stopping in the river for a while before continuing their journey south. In the spring you'll hear their honking again as they make their way upriver and spend more time here. There is an eagles nest that can be seen in fall and winter through the bare branches of trees. In summer you can see the nest from a kayak or by trudging through thick underbrush. It is easier to see in fall/winter when the trees are bare. Map showing approx. location of Eagle nests.

A new bird sanctuary: Valley of Eden Bird Sanctuary

Dubuque IA (across the Mississippi)

A 34 minute drive away is the The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. This is really cool.

We recommend Hu Hot Mongolian Grill. They put on a show preparing your food. We love it. All you can eat.

28 miles from the ranch (47 min drive). The Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is free.

Tour Lock and Dam #11 - 35 minute drive from the ranch. More info.

Dubuque Tour Boats

Dubuque also has casinos and water parks.

Bring your motor boat

There is a motor boat launch at Blanding Landing a 15 minute drive away. Bring your motor boat or jet skis.

Fly-in - I'll pick you up

Private Airport six miles away: 3IS4 - Merkle Airport 2,900 ft runway.

Bicycling

Petting Farm
We have six bicycles of various sizes for use by our resort guests. No charge. There are beautiful and well maintained trails leading all the way to Galena about 7 miles away.
Map of Aiken Trail Head Route to Galena.
We have helmets you can use.

Watch Migrating Birds


We have a fantastic view of an estuary where migrating birds stop for a few months on their way north in the spring and south in the fall. Experience the wonder of hundreds of honking geese flying overhead and landing and taking off in the water in front of you.

Check the Weather Radar.

Check the Weather.

Swimming

There is a public beach one mile north of us where you can swim. It's not the greatest beach for swimming though. There are branches in the water and a muddy bottom. - The beach is just south of the launch site (green area on the map of the local river area). I'd recommend bringing some flotation toys so you can get away from the shoreline where the water is deeper or rent the kayaks and/or canoe and go to Beach Island.

Art

Take painting classes with a local artist, Sandra Principe. If we get 10 or more people interested in taking a class we might be able to get Sandra to come to Riverview Ranch. Let me know if you and 9 friends are interested. Otherwise classes are held at the Eagle Ridge Resort, a 21 minute drive northeast.

West Street Sculpture Park In Galena city. This is an interesting collection of metal sculptures.

Trolls' home.

Trolls living nearby get pixie dust from fairies and sell it to us. We use the pixie dust to change our horses into unicorns for an hour. Ask wrangler Roger where the trolls' home is and he will give directions to it, only if you promise not to disturb them. The trolls have placed large stones to block passage down their road and will demand a hefty toll to drive through. You can walk or bicycle past these stones and enter the enchanted forest without paying the toll, at your peril. I recommend anyone entering the enchanted forest wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring extra water, trail mix to offer any squirrels who might attack, and extra pixie dust "just in case." You can get the pixie dust from the Trolls if they are home. Disclaimer, we are not affiliated with the Trolls in any way. We ask that anyone who enters the enchanted forest, and returns alive, regale their adventure at a campfire so the rest of us can better understand the magic in the enchanted forest. It has been our experience that only children with active imaginations can see and communicate with the Trolls, angry squirrels and other creatures in the enchanted forest. So adults should take their cues from their kids and it should be the kids who tell the story of your adventure at campfire.

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