The Brave Experience Snelling’s Ranch Of Horrors
By JOHN MILLER
October 12, 2017
Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors has opened once again
for those seeking thrills, chills, and a scary good time
for the Halloween season.
Located at 15080 North Snelling Road, just past the Merced
River, the park is celebrating its third year of scaring
people into the holiday spirit.
It starts as soon as you step out of your car in the parking
lot. The terror and gore surrounds you.
Visitors are able to experience two different haunted houses
of varying intensity. For those looking to get acquainted
with the property and put their nerves to the test, “The
Gravel Pit” allows guests a gradual welcome to the
For those looking to truly test their mettle and grit, “The
House of the Dead” offers a much more intense experience.
It begins with an almost suffocating journey through collapsing
hallways, and twists and turns, with each scene more scary
than the last.
If you want revenge on those ghouls, ghosts, zombies and
other abominations, you can join a few search-and-escape
paintball adventures, “The Dredging Fields”
and “The Quarry.” After signing a waiver, participants
are equipped with a paintball gun and plenty of ammo, as
well as protective gear. The only mission is to make it
through a course filled with monsters and the undead, shooting
as needed to keep evil from reaching good innocent people.
Throughout the Halloween season, residents are also able
to attend special events at the park, including the upcoming
Lights Out! Night on Oct. 19, where they will be challenged
to make it through both haunted houses and one paintball
search-and-escape course for a discounted price of $30.
But wait, there’s more. For those looking for a more
authentic haunting, Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors has
something … well … supernatural. Prior to the
ranch’s opening, property owners had always noticed
strange occurrences here and there, as well as ghost sightings,
but wrote them off as one-off occurrences. However, upon
opening the property to the public, it quickly became apparent
that in addition to their wonderfully skilled actors throughout
the property, guests were also seeing other figures that
were not the staff’s doing. After conducting their
own investigation, the owners have brought in outside Paranormal
Investigators to work on the property. And now, members
of the public can attend educational ghost hunting tours
alongside of the experts.
• Open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout
the Halloween holiday season from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.,
haunted experiences at Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors
start as low as $8.50 per person for The Gravel Pit Haunted
House and top out at $25.00 for the search-and-escape paintball
adventure at The Quarry course. Those looking to experience
the real ghosts present on the property can do so for $30.
• Tickets for Snelling’s Ranch of Horrors can
be purchased online at SnellingsRanchOfHorrors.net or in
person. For the most up-to-date information, including special
events and offers, including the opportunity to take part
in raffles for free tickets, follow Snelling’s Ranch
of Horrors on Facebook at facebook.com/LeesHauntedRanch.
Staff can be reached by phone at (209) 617-7160 or by email