Ronald Reagan’s Western White House
There is no better place to understand Reagan’s principles, and his practical, down-to-earth manner, than at Rancho del Cielo, the “Ranch in the Sky.” A much needed counterpoint to the constant buzz of Washington, D.C., Rancho del Cielo conveys the true spirit of Reagan. If you want to understand Ronald Reagan, says former First Lady Nancy Reagan, then go to the Ranch.
Just as Monticello and Mount Vernon convey the distinctive personalities of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, Rancho del Cielo uniquely communicates much about Ronald Reagan that could not be readily gleaned from other sources. The very essence of his character is found here at the Ranch—his humility, his idealism, his diligence and hard work.
“From the first day we saw it, Rancho del Cielo cast a spell over us. No place before or since has ever given Nancy and me the joy and serenity it does.”
The Reagans purchased the 688-acre ranch in 1974, shortly before Reagan completed his second term as governor of California. The Ranch, overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley and the Pacific Ocean, reflects the endless vistas of freedom and possibility that Reagan considered the fundamental elements of the American experience. At the same time, the Reagans viewed the Ranch as a private retreat—a haven from the frenzy of public life. There, in a setting both rugged and pastoral, they could spend time alone or with family and friends.
Young America’s Foundation stepped forward to save Rancho del Cielo in the spring of 1998 to preserve, protect, and utilize the Ranch as unique and impactful tool to pass on Ronald Reagan’s ideas and lasting accomplishments to future generations. President Reagan committed himself to reaching young people with conservative ideas—a goal that is also central to the Foundation’s mission.
President Ronald Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo was his home of nearly 25 years and the “Western White House” for 8 years. As Regan once said,”No place before or since has ever given Nancy and me the joy and serenity it does.”
Visit Reagan Ranch Center
217 State Street
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Reagan Ranch Center is located in downtown Santa Barbara, roughly 30 miles southeast of the actual ranch.
The Reagan Ranch Center Exhibit Galleries feature original artifacts such as a 5,000 lb. section of the Berlin Wall, Ronald Reagan’s Jeep Scrambler, and the patio table where he signed the largest tax cut in American history in 1981. These artifacts are matched with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits providing access to a treasure trove of photographs, audio clips, and videos highlighting Ronald Reagan’s life and accomplishments. Tours are available free of charge and suitable for the whole family.
Galleries are open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m.