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Rankin Ranch

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We were there for a business retreat and the staff and accommodations are excellent. Staff members go our of their way to see to it that our every need is met. The staff always exceeds our expectations and we are looking forward to our return.

Thank rollins494
Fullerton, California, USA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived with families from Britain, across the US and the UK. Many were returning guests. We were impressed by the perfect 5 star reviews. They weren't lying. By supper on day 1 we were one big family with the Rankins, who have owed this 31,000 acres since the mid 1800s. And they love sharing not just the land but...

Thank Zootarts
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We were very pleased with our stay - Rankin Ranch exceeded our expectations. For my farm/horse crazy 11 year old daughter - this was bliss. She was out the door first thing in the morning to visit the farm, she rode twice a day, flew kites, milked a goat, climbed trees, played horseshoes, fed the chickens, etc. She went from...

Thank mld40
Tehachapi, California
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We have been to this great working cattle/guest ranch two times and every time leaving looking forward to our return. The Rankin Family pull out all the stops to show you a good time. Your day will start up in the historic ranch house with a different wonderful breakfast every day cooked for by Jose who has been there forever....

Bothwell, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 August 2016

What a wonderful experience the Rankin's gave our family. Beautiful location, amazing food and scenery and some of the nicest people we have met. The kids had a wonderful time and were so well looked after, and we felt you all did such a good job of making us feel welcome and at home. Sarah, the food was great and...

Thank GordyTPAdv
Cupertino, California
Reviewed 30 July 2016

What a wonderful vacation to spend with family. It was the first time riding horses for most of our family (Kids age range was 12-22, 6 adults plus grandma- 15 in all). It was like Cowboy Camp for the whole family! The Rankins are genuinely wonderful people, and the staff was fantastic. It was a joy and a delight to...

Thank PTAMom2010
Reviewed 27 July 2016

I booked this place from my kitchen table in London on a rainy day in January - I had no idea what to expect..... I stayed with my two kids, a boy aged 13 and a girl aged 10. The ranch is pleasingly remote and arrived at after a hair raising bendy, twisty drive that signals to the kids that...

1Thank Oddlykeen
San Diego, CA
Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is a dated, yet clean resort that would be a lovely stay for families with kids 6-11. I think the rave reviews are about the tons of planned activities for the little ones and the sweet staff. The view is beautiful. However if you are looking for a riding vacation there are much better places. The rides are rather...

2Thank SMPH
RankinRanch, Owner at Rankin Ranch, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that your stay was not a five star experience. Our family strives to provide a wonderful ranch stay for all of our guests. During the summer months the ranch is a very family oriented destination with a variety of activities geared towards children and the horseback rides are just one hour long as advertised. During...

Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 14 June 2016

We have gone to the Ranch 4 years in a row. Never disappointed. The kids are always busy and having the time of their lives. If you are looking for a full family experience this is the place to have it. Can't wait to go back next year.

Thank mdye3
RankinRanch, Owner at Rankin Ranch, responded to this review

We always love having your family visit us and will look forward to 2017!

Naperville, Illinois
Reviewed 29 May 2016

I had the crazy idea of spending a weekend in a ranch during a business trip to SB, and this place is just a dream! The two sister managing the ranch are happy to join their guests for meals and rides. No internet, no TV, no cell phone.. the best way ever to spend 100% of your time with your...

1Thank Elisabetta F
RankinRanch, Owner at Rankin Ranch, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us while you were in California. We are glad that the ranch provided a peaceful getaway for you to relax and recharge. We will hope to see you again sometime in the future.

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  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Breakfast included
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 

Additional Information about Rankin Ranch

Address: 23500 Walkers Basin Road, Caliente, CA 93518
Region: United States > California > Caliente
Price Range: RM352 - RM1,078 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Rankin Ranch Hotel Caliente
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We would be happy to have you and your daughters stay with us. We often have single parents that bring their children to the ranch and have a great time because of the quaint atmosphere. Guests enjoy getting to know each other at meals, while horseback riding, at the social hour before dinner, and during the fun evening activities. We usually have 35-45 guests each night during the summer and it is a very quaint and comfortable environment. Please let us know if you have any other questions. - Amanda Rankin Barrett, 5th Generation Ranch Owner

over a year ago

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“Middle of the property was a perfect distance for walking to everything.”
mld40, 31 Aug 2016 | Read review
“This is a great guest ranch and you will have a wonderful time.”
MRCINC, 10 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All rooms have good views and are well placed to appreciate the ranch”
GordyTPAdv, 4 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All cabins are great, quiet and allow plenty of space to relax”
391elisabettaf, 29 May 2016 | Read review
“Any where on the ranch is great place to be!”
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