With sunny skies all year long in California, there are enormous possibilities for outdoor recreation, including authentic luxury dude ranch vacations for fly fishing, river rafting, horseback riding, and more. You can even participate in drives just like a real cowboy.
1800 Refugio Road
Goleta, CA 93117
Experience the splendor and majesty of California’s Central Coast at this one-of-a-kind dude ranch near Santa Barbara surrounded by 1100 acres of natural beauty and wonder. Located just 2 hours from Los Angeles and 25 minutes from both downtown Santa Barbara and the Solvang/Santa Ynez wine country, you will feel whisked away in the rustic yet luxurious setting. Offering scenic horseback riding, spa services, home style dining and much more, you’ll have a great getaway with your family.
Nearby attraction include Santa Ynez Valley Wine Tasting & Tours, Danish Town of Solvang, Whale Watching, Shopping in Santa Barbara, Fishing & Swimming, Boating & Kayaking, Yoga & Dance, Farmer’s Market, Golfing, Biking, Museums, and Santa Barbara’s Historical Sites.
As of June 4, 2020, the ranch is open for reservations and offers most of their amenities to the guests.
1054 Alisal Rd.
Solvang, CA 93463
This secluded jewel tucked into California’s famed Santa Ynez Valley is on a 10,000-acre ranch melding the spirit of the Old West with the seductive charms of today’s most relaxing resorts. Activities include two golf courses, horseback riding, six tennis courts, 100-acre private lake for fishing and boating, extensive children's activities, barn yard activities, and an outdoor high and low ropes course with a rock climbing wall for team building.
Nearby you’ll find 50 miles of riding trails, 100-acre spring-fed lake, tennis courts, pool, spa, western-themed accommodations, fine dining, and endless ways to unplug and unwind.
Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort looks forward to welcoming you back to the property as of July 1, 2020. Currently, they are taking new reservations for the reopening.
2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd.
Quincy, CA 95971
A ranch with a focus on horseback riding, outdoor adventures, and western culture is an ultimate destination for reconnecting with family and friends. With 660 acres and access to 500,000 acres of public land for riding, 80 head of horses, this ranch is full of fun and excitement. Cowboy living is alive and well at this ranch, and the Wranglers will teach you how to ride a horse with confidence or help you improve your riding skills.
Between trail rides and fly fishing, switching saddles for mountain bikes or tapping into the scenery's inspiration for the arts, Greenhorn Ranch offers additional activities like archery, cycling, golf, hiking & nature walks, karaoke, lawn games, off-road adventure, skeet shooting, s'mores, swimming, yoga and more.
Greenhorn Ranch is open during social distancing and accepting reservations.
23500 Walker Basin Rd
Caliente, CA 93518
Rankin Ranch is one of the oldest and largest family owned ranches in California. Six generations of Rankins have lived and worked on this 31,000 acre cattle ranch. Lodging is provided in the comfortable mountain cabins which are surrounded by beautiful scenes of nature. Each evening when the dinner bell rings, you will enter the “Garden Room” to find candle lit tables, linens and fresh flowers, which will add to your dining enjoyment.
You will enjoy riding on a horse through mountain and meadow cattle country. Other ranch activities include swimming, hiking, fishing for Rainbow Trout in the ranch pond, a variety of games in the recreation room, sports equipment, and evening activities.
Rankin Ranch is open during social distancing. You need to contact them for their availability through their website.
70410 Parkfield-Coalinga Rd.
Parkfield, CA 93451
Nestled in the Cholame Valley, the V6 Ranch is on 20,000 acres of the most diverse and alluring country in the heart of central California, a four hour drive from Los Angeles. The Park-field Lodge, which houses 9 guest rooms, was built in 1991. The Lodge has a pool and spa area with the theme of old iron relics and native log accents.
V6 Ranch Blue Oak also offer camping. The camp is 2.7 mile from the town of Parkfield at the southern most entrance to the V6 Ranch. Amongst the oak landscape sits a large gathering room, kitchen area, four bathrooms, a vanity area, and four showers. Accommodations include a six room bunkhouse, three glamping tents, and water hook-ups for 30 rv's or living quarters.
The ranch offers trail rides, cattle drives, horse camping, over 50 scenic miles of trails to explore, hiking, photography, and over 200 varieties of wildflowers, wildlife, and bird watching.
V6 Ranch is open during social distancing and accepting reservations.
1110 Hunewill Ranch Rd.
Bridgeport, CA 93517
Hunewill Guest Ranch is located in Bridgeport, California on the eastern slope of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains bordering Yosemite National Park. With over a hundred well-trained horses and a vast expanse of lush green meadows and scenic mountain trails, there is something for everyone at the ranch. You'll love riding a horse through 26,000 acres of alpine meadows.
The full ranch experience includes world-class riding, delicious meals served in the dining room of the founder’s Victorian ranch house, lodging in comfortable cabins, and popular evening activities such as talent night, family dance night, creek-side barbecues, and watching the gentling of young foals and yearlings.
Twin Lakes is only three miles from the Hunewill Ranch, and there is abundant fishing and boat rentals are available at nearby lakes. Yosemite National Park is located 30 minutes from the ranch.
Hunewill Guest Ranch has reopened for 2020 summer season with rigorous cleaning for all areas of the ranch, including guest cabins. In order to maintain social distancing, they have modified how meals are served and are offering four separate dining areas, both indoor and outdoor.