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Tour the Utah OSR Co-op’s 250-family Riverbed Ranch homestead community location

Jul 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am MDT - 2:30 pm MDT

Fresh Air Tours of the Riverbed Ranch

Saturday, July 18th. Bring the kids!

Your family feeling cooped up?

Academy of Self-Reliance staff will be giving a tours of the Utah OSR Land Co-op’s 1,245-acre Riverbed Ranch property, where we are laying the groundwork for a 250-family self-reliance community and preparing to build off-grid homes this Spring.

  • First tour starts around 11am, second is about 1:30-ish, after everyone eats lunch.
    Bring something for potluck, or brown bag it.
  • Drinking water, restroom and limited cell service available (AT&T only).
  • Plan for 2 hours each way if coming from Utah County.
  • Probably be wise to make sure your spare tire is good, and you have a jack and lug wrench — just in case!
  • Register on EventBrite.

COVID-19 Policy:

  • Social distancing is the responsibility of every participant. Good idea to bring masks and gloves, just in case.
  • Radios can be used between vehicles during the tour.
  • Bring a vehicle that won’t bottom-out on rougher terrain (crossovers, trucks, SUVs),
    OR, ride with others on the tour, in which case, you’ll want to bring masks and gloves.

If it’s your first time to the Riverbed Ranch, we’d recommend you caravan out, just to be safe. People have gotten lost.
A carpool/caravan typically leaves at 8:30 am from the American Fork Park & Ride and takes the Northern route around Utah Lake.
If you live in Orem or parts south, call Jesse before Saturday if you’d like to caravan (or carpool) on the southern route. His land-line is 801-423-6426.


Plan for 2 hours each way if coming from Utah County.
If coming from Northern Utah County or points north:
Use Google Maps and search for “Simpson Springs marker“. Once there, go South-West 6.8 miles along the Pony Express Trail road until you see a sign pointing left for “Little Sahara”. Follow that road for about 7 or 8 miles until you reach the Utah OSR Land Co-op’s front gate on the left.

If coming via Southern Utah County:
Before leaving civilization, use Google maps on your phone to search for “Utah OSR Land Co-op” and follow the directions.

If you don’t have Google Maps, or a smartphone, note that the roads out that way have metal sticks with printed numbers on them stuck in the ground near forks in the road with little arrows pointing the way — each number represents a specific road. For most of the way, 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 in the road. 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 arrow pointing left. Go left. If you keep following the sticks, as you approach Keg Mountain you will eventually turn North off the main road and, in about 10 or 11 miles, arrive at the Riverbed Ranch. If you follow Google maps, it will have you turn right (NW) sooner and shave off 5 or 10 minutes. Once you pass the off-road recreation area and all the slow drivers, you can get up to 50 or 60 mph, but slow down on the turns, unless you enjoy Adrenalin rushes.  Oh, and watch for sheep, cattle, and wild antelope.

By the way, the first time out it feels like it takes  F O R E V E R  to get there. Don’t worry, it goes by faster each time you go out.  😉

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