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On-site Tour of the 250-family Riverbed Ranch Off-Grid Farming Community

Dec 17 @ 11:00 am MST - 3:00 pm MST

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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am UTC on Saturday, repeating until Dec 17, 2022

Tour the site of the 250-family homestead community being built on the Utah OSR Land Co-op’s 1,245 acre Riverbed Ranch in Juab County, Utah.

About this event

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION (twice we’ve had people drive around for 5 hours before finding us, because, they didn’t follow the directions. Don’t be that guy).

The Academy of Self-Reliance staff will be giving a tour of the Utah OSR Land Co-op’s 1,245-acre Riverbed Ranch property, where we are building a 250-family self-reliance community and where our 125+ shareholders are already constructing wells, homes, and barns!

  • Guided tour starts at 11am.
  • Bring a water bottle & sack lunch (and snacks & quiet games, if you’re bringing children).
  • Drinking water, restroom and limited cell service available.
  • Plan for 2 hours each way if coming from Utah County*,  15 minutes more from Salt Lake County.
  • Unless you have really good tires, we’d recommend you only drive 35mph on the gravel roads. Probably be wise to make sure your spare tire is good, and you have a jack and lug wrench — just in case!  In fact, I’d pick up one of those $9 tire repair kits.

IMPORTANT: RSVP by registering for a free ticket so we know with whom to coordinate a caravan and/or carpool. First-timers would be wise to do so — you CAN get lost.

  • If you live in American Fork or further North, meet each other at the Walmart in Saratoga Springs at 8:45am, in the Southwest corner of the parking lot (next to Chase bank). Put a sheet of paper with “OSR” printed large & bold in your front dash so you can recognize each other. Then whoever has google maps (or GPS) can take the lead, but don’t go over 35 mph unless everyone has beefy tires.
  • If you live South of American Fork, meet at 8:44 at the Southwest corner of Santaquin’s Macey’s grocery store parking lot. Jesse will be there in his red crossover. After registering, please text Jesse so he knows to expect you.  His number (minus the 7’s) is 385722179116.
  • If you’re relying on Google maps on your phone (and not GPS in your car), be sure not to browse away from the Google maps app, you may not be able to get back to the directions because cell towers are rare out that way.
  • Please register. If you don’t, the caravan leader (Jesse) will be tempted to stay home and clean out his garage.


If you’re driving out by yourself, follow these directions (or, you may get lost):


If coming from Northern Utah County or points north of that:

Use Google Maps and search for “Utah OSR”. if you don’t have new or extra-strength tires, you might consider going to Dugway first, it’s paved all the way there. Takes a little longer, but it’s a much better road. Then turn directly South just past the LDS Church. That road will take you to the Pony Express Trail road where you turn right/West. Then 7.2 miles after the Simpson Springs campground, you’ll turn left on River Bottom Rd and go 7 miles to our 12′ tall green gate on the left.  It will have a big chain and lock on it only to keep the cows out.  So drive through it to the Welcome Center and go inside.

If coming via Southern Utah County:


Before leaving home, use Google maps to search for “Utah OSR” and follow the directions. Unless you’re an Adrenalin junky, best to slow down on the curves. Oh, and watch out for sheep, cattle, and antelope.

If you don’t have a smartphone to take with you, note that the roads out that way have big metal sticks with printed numbers on them stuck in the ground near forks in the road with little arrowheads pointing the way — each number represents a specific road. When you come to a fork, you should look for and follow #7. For example, not long after you leave the asphalt road, you’ll come to a fork. Over on the left side of the road, just before the fork, you’ll see one of those sticks. Among other numbers, it’ll have a 7 with a small arrowhead pointing left. Go left.

If you keep following the sticks, as you approach the southern end of Keg Mountain you will eventually turn North off the main road (“Weiss highway”) and, in about 10 or 11 miles, arrive at the Riverbed Ranch. If you follow Google maps, it will have you turn North sooner and shave off 10 minutes, but the road is rougher, so you may want to keep going and let Google direct you to the next turn.

Seriously, watch out for sheep, cattle, and antelope. 

Preparation for the Tour

If you haven’t already, please watch at least the 1st intro video about “Operation Self-Reliance” so what we’re doing at the Riverbed Ranch will make more sense.


Dec 17
11:00 am MST - 3:00 pm MST
Event Category:


Academy OSR
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