We know you will enjoy our HISTORY…HORSES… and WESTERN HOSPITALITY. Ranch headquarters are located in the beautiful little valley of Walker’s Basin…deep in the heart of the Tehachapi Mountains.

We’ve been a working cattle ranch for over a century, and have operated our guest ranch since 1965. Rankin Ranch is one of the oldest and largest family owned ranches in California. Six generations of Rankins have lived and worked on our 31,000 acre cattle ranch. We truly enjoy the opportunity to share our lifestyle with our guests. We hope you enjoy the following history of our ranch and local area.

The Rankin family is happy to welcome you for a great ranch vacation.  Bill and Glenda, the 4th generation, are pleased to have their children and grandchildren working along side them to continue the family tradition started in 1863.  Being a family run business, it is not uncommon to meet most of the Rankins during your stay.  From Glenda’s welcoming spirit and love of sharing the family history to Bill’s vast knowledge of the farming and cattle industry to the grandkids’ welcoming smiles, the entire Rankin family is delighted to meet every guest and loves to share our way of life with you.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Good time to go

    We are open to guests during the spring, summer, and fall. While each season brings it's own unique beauty, the spring and fall are the ideal times for adults to visit the ranch, while the summer months are very family oriented.

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Bill and Glenda Rankin
  • Address

    P.O. Box 36, Caliente, California, USA, 93518
  • Tel

    661-867-2511
  • Fax

    661-867-0105
  • Capacity

    55
  • Open

    Apr-Oct - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $165-215 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, People of all ages

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Highs

  • A wonderful supervised children’s program - featured in Sunset Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens Vacation Guide.
  • Rankin Ranch has a very loyal following with guests coming back for generations upon generations
  • The "Sunrise Trail" ride winds up to the ridgeline on the western side of Walker Basin in time to see the sun rising over the Piute Mountains to the east. Seeing the sunrise from the back of a horse is amazing
  • Truly impeccable reviews
  • 2011 California's Best Getaway - CaliforniaWeekend.com; Chosen as one of the 21 Coolest Vacations in 2011, True West Magazine

Lows

  • Rides last approximately one hour; however the trail rides are very scenic passing through our mountain and meadow cattle country and down Walker Basin Creek
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    Apr-Oct
  • Nightly rate

    $165-215   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

    $80-95
  • Nightly rate (children)

    $80-180
  • Minimum stay

    No minimum stay
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • Advanced reservations are strongly suggested. Reservations are taken up to one year in advance and secured with a $150 deposit per person.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, Riding
  • Extras

  • Gratuity

    Gratuities are seen as an added "Thank You" and are not required.

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Environment

  • We at Rankin take our role as stewards of the land very seriously. We do our best to care for the land and our natural resourses to preserve our land for the generations to come.

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg Temp (°F):

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Avg Rainfall (in):

3.43.32.31.4.62.07.12.11.23.541.92.9

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    3500 ft.
  • Remote Location

 

Nearest Airports

  • Bakersfield Airport, Bakersfield

  • Nearest town / city

    Bakersfield
  • Distance to ranch

    45 miles
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour
  • Airlines

    United, US Airways, Continental
  • Los Angeles International Airport

  • Distance to ranch

    135 miles
  • Time to ranch

    2 hours 45 mins
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Skywest, Northwest, Alaska, United Express

Nearest Town / City

  • Lake Isabella

  • Population

    2,500
  • Distance

    20 miles
  • Time from ranch

    30 mins
  • Facilities

    grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, bank, atm, gas station, museum
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops
 

Our horses

  • guest horses

    20
  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Geldings

Our Riding

  • Guided rides

    You’ll experience a variety of terrains on the trail rides which will take you down the creek, out in the meadow, and up and over our chaparral covered mountains on your two horseback rides each day. Rides begin after breakfast, however, the “early birds” enjoy the weekly sunrise ride leaving the corral at 5:30 a.m. Each ride is about an hour long.

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    225-250 lbs, no riding experience needed
  • Saddles

    Western

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

    Beginner
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride
  • We offer both children's and adult rides, however the adults are always more than welcome to ride with their children.
  • Max riders per ride

    10
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • There are times when guests will have an opportunity to trot or gallop, but their safety is always our number one priority.

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 1 hour, Afternoon - 1 hour, Evening - n/a
  • Riding

    On specified trails
 

Setting

  • Private Land - 20,000-40,000 (acres)

  • Rankin Ranch is located in beautiful Walker Basin, California. Our family has been ranching in this valley since 1863 and the original ranch home and barns are still being used today. The ranch headquarters sets at 3,500 foot elevation with the surrounding mountains reaching elevations of 7,000 feet. The valley floor provides meadows for our cattle and horses to graze as well as farmland where we grow hay and carrots. The mountains are covered with oaks and pines and wildlife is plentiful in the area. We enjoy all four seasons with some snow in the winter, green hillsides with wildflowers during the spring months, golden hillsides with warm days and cool nights in the summer, and a lovely "Indian Summer" throughout the fall.

Everybody enjoys our home cooked meals complete with top quality hand chosen meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade breads and desserts. 

Guests are welcome to bring wine or their alcoholic beverage of choice to accompany the meals and enjoying during our evening patio party.

Good to know

Alcohol

BYOB

Snacking

BYO snack

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, everyone eats together, children dine separately, scheduled meals
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire)
  • You'll definitely love

    fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegetarians, other

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Guest Favorites

  • Tri-tip and Chicken BBQ with all the Trimings at the Meadow BBQ
  • Rudy's Authentic Mexican Food
  • Steak Fry at the Original Rankin Home
 

Your Chef

  • Your dedicated chef is Rudy

  • Rudy has been preparing delicious meals at Rankin Ranch for over 30 years. 

    Helen Rankin shared our treasured family recipes with Rudy and they have become favorites at the guest ranch. 

    Each day he serves three ranch style meals for our guests and everyone loves his cooking.  We recently published a ranch cookbook featuring our guest ranch recipes and had over 150 books pre-ordered from throughout the United States, the UK, Hong Kong, and Holland.  This was a testament to the fabulous meals that Rudy prepares.

Sample Menu

    Breakfasts Bacon, Eggs, and Hashbrowns with Toast, Cold and Hot Cereal, Fresh Fruit and Yogurt

    Lunch Rankin Ranch Tamale Pie, French Bread Pizza, Green Salad, Fresh Fruit Platter, Cottage Cheese with American Cheese and Pickle Platter

    Fresh Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies for Dessert

    Dinner Barbecued New YorkSteaks, Green Bean Medley, Mashed Potatoes, and Ranch Biscuits with Butter and Jelly

    Apple Cobbler a la mode for Dessert

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 4 and over



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 staff is 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. The children's program is available only during our "Regular Season", over Spring Break and during the summer months.

Detailed Activities

  • Arts & Crafts

    play-doh, coloring, sketching, We offer a variety of arts and crafts from building boats to race in the creek to our Create a Barnyard contest. The activities are tailored to fit the interests of a wide range of ages.
  • Activities

    Cowboy Day, Talent Shows, Swim Meets, and more!
  • Games

    scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, pool table, Fooseball, Shuffle Board, Tether Ball, and more!
  • Riding based activities

    animal care, horse care, trail riding,Riding offered for children 6 and over.

Babysitting

  • Available for children age

    0 to 4
  • Provided by

    We are happy to arrange to have a babysitter available for children who are under age four. Those under age four are welcome to participate in any of the children's activities as long as they are accompanied by a parent or babysitter. Our supervised children's program is for ages 4-11 years.
  • Hourly prices from

    $10-15

Our cattle ranch was founded by my great-great grandparents, Walker and Lavinia Rankin, in 1863.  Walker was the first person to bring white faced Hereford cattle into the area and we have continued raising this breed of cattle through the generations.  The ranch was passed down through the generations.

My grandmother, Helen Rankin, was a very strong woman and matriarch to our family. She was very couragous and dedicated. My grandfather, Leroy Rankin, third generation cattle rancher, passed away at a young age in 1954.  Helen was left to raise three young children. The question of whether to keep or sell the ranch arose. She decided to keep the ranch and continue with her late husbands work.

Not only did she continue the family cattle ranch, but in 1965 she opened our guest ranch. At this time my father, Bill, was in college and returned home on weekends and school vacations to help with the cattle, farming, and guest operations. Helen was so immensely proud of her family and our dedication to the ranch. She instilled in her children and grandchildren a pride for our way of life. Today, my parents both still work on the ranch and myself and my three siblings have all come home to help continue the family tradition.

Thanks to my grandmother's commitment to the ranch, we have all had the opportunity to grow up in this wonderful way of life. I would not trade my childhood experiences for anything. We worked hard, but there was always sense of belonging and being a part something greater than yourself. The greatest things that I feel ranch life has taught me are family values, a strong work ethic, honesty, and respect. I look forward to raising my children, the sixth generation, on the ranch.

Lowdown

  • Ranch established

    1863
  • Guest ranch since

    1965
  • Ranchers for

    Currently the 4th, 5th, and 6th genearation live and work on the ranch. generations
 

Owner Info

  • Owner - Bill and Glenda Rankin

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • The Rankins will tell you…It is truly a privilege to inherit the stewardship of the land, but along with this opportunity comes a great responsibility, and a lot of hard work. Six generations have gratefully accepted this challenge since 1863.
     

Our Wranglers

  • Wrangler - Amanda Rankin

  • You will enjoy riding directly with the owners of the land. The head wrangler position is filled by Amanda Rankin, her brother-in-law, Clint Wilder, and Amanda's sister-in-law, Taira Rankin, for the 2011 season. Our assistant wrangler has been with us for over 20 years and worked in various capacities at the ranch.

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | Regular Cabins$165-$215n/a

    • Description

      We have 6 Regular Cabins with a total of 12 Rooms. These duplex cabins can be reserved as a single room, or the two connecting rooms for larger families or parties. You'll enjoy daily maid service in your clean, air conditioned cabin which is wood paneled and carpeted. Each room has large picture windows which provide beautiful views of the outdoors. There are comfortable chairs for reading and relaxing after those fun filled days of horseback riding, swimming and hiking.
    • Rooms

      12
    • Max occupancy

      5
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      seating area, air conditioning
  • Cabin | Deluxe Cabin$165-$215n/a

    • Description

      The "Chimo" is our deluxe cabin. It is a duplex unit, with two connecting rooms; each with private bath. Its larger floor plan can accommodate a family of eight. Each "Chimo" room has two queen beds and two queen sofa sleepers; larger bathrooms each with separate shower and tub. There is an extra 15% charge to the daily rate during Regular Season and Off Season for the deluxe rooms. All cabins are situated in private locations and are surrounded by beautiful oaks and pines. Comfortable outdoor chairs provide the perfect setting for guests to r
    • Rooms

      2
    • Max occupancy

      8
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      no minimum
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      fridge, microwave, seating area, air conditioning, Handicapped Accessible

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone

Additional Services

  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of up to 30. Looking for a little peace and quiet in a secluded location, Rankin Ranch is the perfect location for small meetings and gatherings.
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of 40-50. Rankin Ranch is the ideal location for a destination wedding. Your wedding will be an event to rembmer!

Onsite

Shopping

  • Our gift shop offers a variety of souvenir items from t-shirts to western decor. There are also a selection of sweets in the gift shop and a soda machine available.

Outdoor Activities

  • wagon rides
  • bird watching
  • shuffleboard, ping pong, vollyball, swing sets, archery, soccer, bocce ball

Water based Activities

  • outdoor pool
  • Additional Activities

    • Guests enjoy exploring the great outdoors while bicycling and hiking in our beautiful valley. You are always welcome to just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet too.
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    stocked pond, unguided, BYO equipment
  • Another activity enjoyed by all is fishing at little Lake Julia. Our "stocked" pond is ready and waiting for fishermen of all ages. Parents love taking their children down to the lake to enjoy family time together. The lake is surrounded by plenty of room to run and explore Walker Basin Creek. Bring your poles and bait (or ask for American cheese from the kitchen...it works great) and head to the pond and try your luck.

    Most everybody is successful at catching a rainbow trout. Clean your catch...then give it to our kitchen staff and they'll cook it for you at any meal during your stay. Catch and release is acceptable, so long as the fish is unharmed. We ask that you only catch what you plan to eat during your stay (one fish per person per day limit). There's nothing quite like a freshly caught trout baked with lemon and served at the meal of your choice.

  • Wildlife and birding

  • Deer, rabbit, squirrel, and coyotes are often seen, and our guest birdwatchers have spotted over 200 varieties of birds including the California Quail, meadow larks, and golden eagles in our valley. The ranch is also home to wild pigs, mountain lions, and bears - these animals tend to stay in our cattle country away from the ranch headquarters and are rarely seen.

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • Whitewater Rafting

  • The Kern River is only 45 minutes from the ranch. Many guests enjoy taking a rafting trip to extend their vacation. A variety of trips are available from 1 hour to multiple days.
  • Distance

    30 miles
  • Time from ranch

    45 mins

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