The Daniels family - Dr. Bruce, Liz and their daughter Melissa - are eager to share the bounty and beauty of Marin's agricultural landscape with visitors. From their Cow Track Ranch in Nicasio Valley, the Daniels welcome guests from all across the world to enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of this diversified, family-owned farm and ranch. Cow Track Ranch sweeps from the floor of Nicasio Valley up through shady side-canyons to steep slopes overlooking West Marin’s rolling hills. Lush grasslands in the valley give way to a mix of bay and live oak forests and coastal scrub on the slopes. Native bunch grasses persist in hard-to-reach hillside pockets, and redwoods tower in deep tributaries of Halleck Creek. This diverse landscape is a fitting place for the Daniels’ diversified agricultural operation: Black Angus and Texas Longhorn cattle graze the hillsides, well-tended by Bruce, a retired livestock veterinarian. Liz produces a line of home-grown products such as produce, flowers, soap, cooking salts and infused oils.
In 2010, Liz and Bruce converted a guest cabin on the property into a bed-and-breakfast called The Bunk House. Guests from all over the world stay at Cow Track Ranch while exploring West Marin.
Whether roaming the grounds among Bruce’s friendly cattle, pulling fresh greens from Liz’s garden, or enjoying locally-made cheeses and pastries on the front porch, Bunk House visitors revel in the peaceful productivity of this working landscape. The Daniels host and plan a full calendar of weddings and special events each year. Couples can tie the knot atop a scenic rise, then stroll down to the restored 1870’s-era barn for the reception.
Under the Daniels' thoughtful stewardship, Cow Track Ranch has become a resilient, multi-faceted presence in Nicasio Valley. The area's natural beauty attracts many visitors, and over the years, Liz, Bruce, and Melissa have leveraged that attraction to share and teach about the benefits of Marin's agricultural lifestyle. By welcoming guests to this MALT-protected landscape, the Daniels are ambassadors for sustainable agriculture in West Marin and beyond.