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Rankin Ranch
Reviewed May 6, 2006

Took our two kids (ages 9 & 12), two sets of grandparents, and a teenage niece to Rawhide Ranch and EVERYONE loved it. The twice daily horseback rides with Wrangler Dave were the highlight of our stay. But we also enjoyed our time lounging around the ranch and sharing meals with other visitors and the Rankin family. Learning about the history of the valley and the Rankin family, and slowing down to a different pace made this a really special trip. No cell phone or BlackBerry reception. Hallelujah!

  • Stayed: April 2006
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Reviewed August 30, 2005

We just returned from the Rankin Ranch for my husband's 65th Birthday Celebration. We had all our children, and grandchildren with us, which totaled 12. It was the best family vacation ever. We have taken the Disney Cruise, rented a villa with a maid and a butler, went to a resort up in Washington State, and the Rankin Ranch ranked #1 in our family experiences. The Rankins run a tight ship, but with grace and warmth.
The children 6,6,4,18mo.,6mo. were all happy as can be. The kids camp was wonderful and kept them busy when not doing activities with the family.
We were able to hire babysitters when we needed them for the two babies, which made everything perfect. The night time activities were all geared for the children and so much fun. There is not one bad thing I can say of this vacation, all 12 people were happy and, the ones that could talk, concured that this was the best family vacation!!!!
Bring your family, bring your friends you will not be disappointed!

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Reviewed August 20, 2013
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2012
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Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Rankin Ranch

Address: 23500 Walkers Basin Road, Caliente, CA 93518
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Location: United States > California > Caliente
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Caliente
Price Range: $80 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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 
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