Rankin Ranch

Rankin Ranch Caliente, California
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USD $185 per night
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This historic California cattle and guest ranch has been family owned and operated for over 150 years. Enjoy lodging in comfortable mountain cabins, three home cooked meals each day, horseback riding, supervised children's activities, and more.

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The Quarter Circle U Rankin Ranch is truly a well kept secret, located deep in the 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 150 years ago. Guests travel from across the United States and Europe to 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.
Parents and grandparents especially appreciate the supervised children’s program for ages 4-11 during our regular season. 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.”

Typical Day

7:30-9:00 Breakfast is served
Morning Ride as Posted
9:30-12:30 Children’s Activities throughout the morning
12:30 Lunch on the terrace
Afternoon Rides as Posted
1:30-3:30 Children’s Activities throughout the afternoon
5:30 Adult Patio Party/Children’s Activities in the lounge
6:30 Dinner in the Garden Room
After dinner the children go to feed the animals (Adults are welcome to join in.)
8:00 Evening Activity

Age range, type of group

Families, Couples, Singles, and Groups are all welcome. Spring Break and the summer months are ideal for families with our Supervised Children's Program having organized activities throughout the day. The spring and fall are a more adult oriented time frame.

Sleeping and meals

All of our cozy mountain cabins are surrounded by beautiful scenes of nature. Each of our regular rooms can accommodate up to 5 people. They have a queen, a twin, and a day bed with a trundle bed underneath. All the rooms are set up with the bed configuration and a sitting area. They all have their own private entrance and bathroom. We do have two deluxe rooms that will accommodate up to 6 people. They have two queen beds and a day bed that pulls out into two twin beds. The deluxe rooms are a larger room and have larger bathrooms. They also have a little kitchenette area with a microwave, small refrigerator and sink. The only difference in pricing is a 15% charge on top of the regular rates.


No pets allowed.
All rooms are non-smoking.
Children must be 6 years old to horseback ride.
Pregnant women are not permitted to horseback ride.
Supervised Children's Program for ages 4-11 (younger children are welcome to participate with parent supervision).


All Inclusive Rates…lodging, meals, horseback riding (age 6+), children’s program (ages 4-11), evening activities and all ranch activities from arrival to departure. Adult rates $150-$250 per night. Child rates $0-$200 per night.


    By Guest on Dec 31, 1969

    Yee-haw! We love Rankin Ranch!!! My family and I are city dwellers and have had little to do with life on the ranch so we weren't sure what to expect. I booked the trip to celebrate my husbands 60th birthday. There were 12 of us - 6 adults and 6 children. Everyone of us had a blast and all can't wait to go back. The Rankin Family and their staff are awesome! They took care of our every need and were so accommodating. They even baked a cake for my husband! We had so much fun! We rode the horses, fished (fishing in their small lake is great because you catch fish left and right and as long as you clean them, the cook at the ranch will cook them for you), enjoyed the petting zoo, loved feeding the animals, we swam, square danced, did archery, played shuffle board, pool, foos ball, bingo just to mention a few. We finished our trip with a hayride and lunch in the meadow. Their food was really good and their beef was fantastic! This is a trip that any family would benefit from. There is no cell phone service or internet so it really allows you to detach and focus on your family and on God's beautiful creation. Worth every penny and worth the drive. If you are considering Rankin Ranch book it! You will not be sorry.

    Reviewed By: Cheryl A

  • "Bliss is a few hours away from Los Angeles"

    By Guest on Dec 31, 1969

    I discovered Rankin Ranch twelve years ago on a fluke. I was flipping through the travel section of the Sunday LA Times and saw a story about a weekend trip to this ranch. I read it, thought, “Hey a nearby dude ranch, cool,” and called to book a weekend in September. I didn’t really know what to expect except I knew that the mountains above Bakersfield were beautiful, and I love to ride horses. I had some second thoughts when I got their brochure which details some of the things you won't find as well as what you will (more below) but I needed a break from a lot of things in my life at the time so I figured what the heck.

    What I discovered on arrival was the perfect respite from my hectic life. Besides being in just beautiful country the main reason that it is so blissful is that it has basically no contact with society. This drives some folks crazy – for me it’s perfect! No cell phone service. No phones or TVs in the rooms, no internet (OK the office broke down and got wireless – shhh don’t tell my office), radio service is spotty (XM seems to work well though). I find myself immediately relaxing as my car climbs the Grapevine, leaving LA. And at the point in the hills where my cell phone beeps “no service,” it is like a weight is lifted off my shoulders. I can just relax and “be” with no demands on my time from anyone.

    Then there are the people, a group who have become like family. I don’t just mean the owners and their family – they all treat everyone like family the first time you come up to the ranch. But the ranch gets so much repeat business, with guests returning year in and year out on the same weekends, folks like me, that by now there is a core group of friends that are always there for each of my trips. One year my friend Claudia and I decided to go in May for my birthday instead of in September when we both usually go. Two of our friends from our September weekend overheard us talking about changing our trip, and showed up in May to help celebrate my birthday.

    And then there are the horses. Picture this. Its 6am – the sun is barely lighting the sky and you walk into the meadow and whistle. 30 horses respond – running through the ground fog, nipping each other’s butts, kicking and snorting as they run into the corral. A few of them walk over to the woman who whistled – who isn’t the person who usually calls them in – because they figure that she may have carrots. And they’re right. One, named Twiggy, slaps his heavy head over the woman’s shoulder like a puppy dog – sniffing at her hair, waiting for his carrot – or three or four. The rides are through beautiful country – the creek, the mountain behind the cabin or the meadows out where the cattle are grazing. The weather is usually beautiful and sunny – I can ride in a tee shirt in the morning and in a tank top in the afternoon. The days are peaceful and unhurried and perfect.

    Yep, bliss can be found a short drive from L.A.

    Reviewed By: Dianeinla

  • "The BEST Guest Ranch in California!"

    By Guest on Dec 31, 1969

    I have been coming to Rankin Ranch since I was very young with my family. My parents continued the tradition by bringing all of their grandchildren every summer. This summer, most of the grandchildren will be coming and taking time off work to be there. The oldest ones are 30. I think that is a testament to what a wonderful, family vacation spot this is.

    My husband and I just took our 4 year old son for Memorial Day weekend. We had such a great time! He participated in the children's program (scavenger hunt, swimming, treasure hunt, arts and crafts, and hikes), while my husband and I enjoyed two horseback rides a day, beautiful walks in the basin, fishing, and time to relax. This guest ranch is run by the most marvelous family and they are quite possibly the nicest people you could ever meet. All of our needs were met and the food is delicious. You get three full meals a day, two horseback rides (ages 6 and up), and time to connect with other families and your own. This is a great place to unplug...no cell service!

    This is the Rankin's 150th year as a working cattle ranch. It has a great rustic charm and is a wonderful place to take a deep breath and unwind. I can say, without a doubt, we will always include Rankin Ranch as a yearly destination.

    Reviewed By: Katie W

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Bill and Glenda Rankin
Rankin Ranch
23500 Walker Basin Road
Caliente, California 93518

Listing # RA-1256259

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