“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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Rankin Ranch Hotel Caliente
- Rankin Ranch California/Caliente