Rankin Ranch

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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!

EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED IN THE AMERICAN PLAN RATE- lodging; three full meals; horseback rides; and all the ranch activities. The favorite activity at the ranch has always been the horseback riding. We have both adult and children rides (riding starts at age six) which explore our meadows, Walker’s Basin Creek, and mountain ridges overlooking our beautiful little valley. Our head wrangler, will pick the perfect horse for you and guide you through beautiful trails across the ranch.

Our wonderful supervised children’s program was featured in Sunset Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens Vacation Guide. Parents and grandparents especially appreciate the children’s program. Our counselors are on duty from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and join the children again in the evening with planned activities for ages 4-11. They enjoy arts and crafts, hikes, and visits to the animal farm.

Other ranch activities include shuffleboard, ping pong, swimming, hiking, fishing (trout stocked pond), and planned evening activities. We have a large recreation room with a pool table and games. 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.”

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.