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Barker Ranch

#36 of 47 things to do in Death Valley National Park Features Animals
Death Valley National Park, CA
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Charles Manson was captured here. In the middle of no where.

Tough to find, you will need a high clearance four wheel vehicle to get in there but the drive is... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
Never knew this was here...

Who knew that this once small ranch in the middle of no where would be the hideaway and capture... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2014
Stacey M
Fullerton, California
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This ranch was the final hiding place for Charles Manson.
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18 Mar 2017
“Charles Manson was captured here. In the middle of no where.”
18 Dec 2014
“Never knew this was here...”
Death Valley National Park, CA

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Tough to find, you will need a high clearance four wheel vehicle to get in there but the drive is beautiful through the canyon. The Barker Ranch was built around 1940 by Bluch and Helen Thomason who tried their hand at gold mining. In 1955...More

1  Thank HappyTrailsToAll
Reviewed 19 December 2014 via mobile

Who knew that this once small ranch in the middle of no where would be the hideaway and capture location for Manson and his "Family" . So sad that this place has burned down now, used to be much more impressive. Want to come visit...More

3  Thank Stacey M
Reviewed 19 November 2014

Sure, this place is difficult to get to and has some "history", but your trip will be well worth it. The accommodations are sparse and, admittedly, a little run down (or burned to the ground). But, that's part of the experience that makes Barker Ranch...More

1  Thank George_Fallar
Reviewed 31 March 2013 via mobile

Rent a jeep from Farabee's and you will have a blast. It's best to enter from the Ballarat side. The scenery, mountains, cabins and roads were unbelievable. It's a great adventure.

6  Thank rawarii
Reviewed 4 February 2013

Do NOT go in from the Warm Springs Camp! We rented a jeep from Farabee Jeep Rental place by Furnace Creek. The road gets EXTREMELY treturous and unless if you are an experienced 4x4 driver and have your head screwed on straight, I would not...More

6  Thank Mell72
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Recommend Death Valley National park as a great day trip from Las Vegas This is a good place to stop for lunch

3  Thank JD5636
Reviewed 2 October 2010

We found it VERY difficult to find the ranch and we had a great time doing it! We rented a Farabee Jeep, thank god. Someone had previously told me that I should have no problem getting there in my Kia Rondo and there is no...More

12  Thank Laurac35
Reviewed 1 February 2010

We went up to barker's ranch jan.17,2010. It was quite a ride up there. Only one kinda rough spot where 4wd helps. Someone has burned the place down but there is still plenty to see.I got a bunch of fabulous pictures. Another ranch is right...More

9  Thank travlinpete
Reviewed 9 October 2008

I really love Barker Ranch! Yes you have to know how to get there and as of Jan. "08 4 wheel drive is the preferred method of traveI especially as there are other places nearby to explore which do require some wheel beneath you. I...More

4  Thank 4wheelwoman
Reviewed 20 May 2007

Getting to Barker Ranch is quite easy. The road gets a little rough after you pass the ghost town of Ballarat. Any 2wd drive truck or 4x4 can make it. Goler wash road as of may 2007 is still in pretty good shape. On the...More

6  Thank manafest1
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