Our family has visited Rankin Ranch (grandparents, parents, chuildren) for nine years straight. Not only that, but my husband used to vacation here as a child. I agree with everything that the other reviewers have said about friendliness, complete relaxation and natural beauty. The magic of this place is that the simpler things become fun. Suddenly, children are gloriously happy making little boats to sail on the creek, your teenager wants to play horseshoes with you, and you find yourself excited over a jugsaw puzzle.
Here are a few additional thoughts: Keep in mind that children have to be six years old to ride. The younger ones will still be busy and happy, but they may be envious of older siblings. Teens who haven't grown up visiting the ranch might find the pace too slow, and you don't see many couples without children. The food is tasty, as others have said, but don't expect gourmet; it is old fashioned, hearty fare. The cabins are clean and comfortable, and perhaps in need of updating...except that one of the many reasons that people love Rankin Ranch is that you can come back year after year, and it never changes.
- 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