Rankin Ranch

Rankin Ranch: Comfortable Mountain Cabins
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.

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