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“An Opportunity to Step Back in Time”
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Rankin Ranch
Northern California
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9 reviews
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“An Opportunity to Step Back in Time”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

“People tell us one of the things they like most about Rankin Ranch is the freedom their kids get to have out here.” Glenda Rankin said as I checked out of our cabin after our three night stay. I had to agree. My 9 year old Christina had quickly transitioned from being ambivalent about joining in on all of the activities, to becoming a regular in the pack of kids that participated in all the horseback rides and ran around the ranch feeding goats and chickens and sheep and enjoyed lively square dancing in the evening.

Rankin Ranch is located in a beautiful mountainous area that does not get cell phone service or have wireless reception, although there is a pay phone available. So visitors get out from behind their computers and phones and interact with the natural environment around them and with each other. It’s a bit like having the opportunity to step back in time, to an era when people routinely communicated face to face, and kids could run around and play outside all day. The Rankins infuse the ranch with their gracious manners and warm hospitality; this is a place where your fellow guests will say hello and smile as they walk by.

Rankin Ranch isn’t a place for the hard-to-please who expect some level of luxury. But if you would like your family to reconnect with nature and experience a simpler way of life, would enjoy riding horses twice daily through some beautiful countryside, can be laid back enough to enjoy comfort food that isn’t fancy but is satisfying, a cabin that doesn’t have TV or wireless but is well-kept and cozy, and a game of horshoes or bingo, then you should consider a visit to Rankin Ranch.

We’ve found if we get the kids hooked, the parents will keep coming back.” Glenda said after I told her how much Christina had enjoyed the ranch activities. Very true as well – Rankin Ranch is now a strong contender with Disneyland as a possible site for her next birthday celebration.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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RankinRanch, Owner at Rankin Ranch, responded to this review, 23 May 2013
Thank you so much for taking a moment to share about your stay at our ranch. We do feel that the ranch gives children the opportunity to just be "kids" and everyone can "unplug" from the technology filled world that we live in. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and will look forward to seeing you again.

Amanda Rankin Barrett
5th Generation Ranch Owner
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Westminster
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

This was our 4th time here (and 3rd time in the past 3 years)! You can stay one night, 2 nights or as many as you wish (unlike the other dude ranches where you must stay on specific dates for X amount of days).

If you stay one night, you get 3 full meals and 1 horseback ride (check-in at 3pm). If you stay 2 nights, you get 6 full meals and 3 horseback rides. Each meal is a lot of great food!

The mountain scenery is beautiful. The family owners are the nicest people. If you are an old west re-enactor like we are, there are many photo opportunities - such as the c.1860 Barn, which was the Stage Stop for the overland mail route, on the property.

You stay in a spacious duplex cabin which has very comfortable beds. The per person price is all inclusive - room, meals, and horseback riding (although you can pay a little extra for a ride on the day of your arrival).

Look them up on Facebook "Rankin Ranch" or at rankinranch.com. BTW, kids are never bored at Rankin Ranch!

Room Tip: Ask for the cabin above the old barn. It's the most secluded. If you have a large family, then...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Westminster
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

This was our 4th time here (and 3rd time in the past 3 years)! You can stay one night, 2 nights or as many as you wish (unlike the other dude ranches where you must stay on specific dates for X amount of days).

If you stay one night, you get 3 full meals and 1 horseback ride (check-in at 3pm). If you stay 2 nights, you get 6 full meals and 3 horseback rides. Each meal is a lot of good food!

The mountain scenery is beautiful. The family owners are the nicest people. If you are an old west re-enactor like we are, there are many photo opportunities - such as the c.1860 Barn, which was the Stage Stop for the overland mail route, on the property.

You stay in a spacious duplex cabin which has very comfortable beds. The per person price is all inclusive - room, meals, and horseback riding (although you can pay a little extra for a ride on the day of your arrival).

Look them up on Facebook "Rankin Ranch" or at rankinranch.com. BTW, kids are never bored at Rankin Ranch!

Room Tip: Ask for the cabin just above the old barn. It is away from the other cabins. The largest cabin is...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

I took my daughters to Rankin Ranch last week, and had a wonderful experience. The owners are genuinely delightful people, and the employees took such good care of us. I am not a horse person, but I definitely enjoyed my stay. The girls loved petting and feeding the animals, and riding through the beautiful scenery. We also had fun meeting other familes, some from the town next to ours, and some from the other side of the globe. The kids were busy all the time. I did some hiking and just sat in the sun. This is a great family getaway spot.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 1 December 2012

If you can, spend a weekend at Rankin Ranch or a week if you can afford it. It is the perfect family vacation spot, especially for city dwellers in need of peace and quiet. My family and I have visited 4 times and hope to return again soon. If I am fortunate enough to have grandchildren one day, I will take them to Rankin Ranch as well.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Rankin Ranch is a very special place which we have been staying at for several years. The Rankin family is incredibly kind and caring, and the horseback riding is terrific, especially for the infrequent rider. This is old-fashioned fun (horseshoes, square dancing, catching frogs) and the food is family fare (steaks, turkey, burgers), but a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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La Jolla, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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Reviewed 5 July 2012 via mobile

Every summer my granddaughter and I take a special trip together. This June 2012 we visited the Rankin Ranch and it was the best trip ever. I found the ranch by doing an Internet search and it was everything we had hoped for...and more. We chose this place mainly for the horseback riding but enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Rankin family and all the ranch had to offer. Kids especially love this place because every day there is a posted schedule of all the activities offered...making boats and then going down to the river for boat races or swim olympics in the pool or learning how to square dance or bingo night, and a wonderful hay wagon ride to the meadow for dinner and a rousing game of horseshoes....my granddaughter, age 10, enjoyed it all...even though she was the only girl there for most of our stay. We swam in the pool, took walks around the ranch, fed the farm animals every evening, played shuffleboard (making up our own rules because we didn't have a clue how to play), and, best of all, we went for a wonderful horseback ride twice a day. There are many trails on the Rankin's vast land (I was told they own over 40,000 acres) so each ride was unique. At night we would fall into bed in our rustic but extremely comfortable cabin happily tired from a day of fresh air, horses, delicious food, new friends and just being together having fun. It just doesn't get any better than that. I highly recommend the Rankin Ranch for a fabulous family vacation.

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Rankin Ranch
Address: 23500 Walkers Basin Road, Caliente, CA 93518
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Region: United States > California > Caliente
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Caliente
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Quarter Circle U Rankin Ranch is truly a well kept secret, located deep in California's Tehachapi Mountains. It has been a working cattle ranch since the days of the Civil War, and the Rankin family still raises White Face Hereford cattle just as their ancestors did over 150 years ago. Guests travel from across the United States and around the world visit this guest ranch. They enjoy the fact that it is a "real" working ranch, and are fascinated with its century old history. Many guests emphasize the importance of the "family" atmosphere; meeting and visiting with Rankin family members is routine as they all live right on the ranch...4th, 5th and 6th generations. "Western hospitality" is part of your package! The favorite activity at the ranch has always been the horseback riding. We have both adult and children's rides (riding starts at age six) which explore our meadows, Walker's Basin Creek, and mountain ridges overlooking our beautiful little valley. The guided trail rides are about one hour long and all levels of riders are welcome. Parents and grandparents especially appreciate the supervised children's program for ages 4-11 during Spring Break and the summer months. They enjoy arts and crafts, hikes, and visits to the animal farm. Other ranch activities include swimming, hiking, fishing (trout stocked pond), shuffleboard, ping pong, recreation room and planned evening activities. Adventure West...Kidstuff says, "A full operation cattle ranch, Rankin offers a fun filled, down home kind of vacation, complete with tradition, history and diversions for both young and old." ... more   less 
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