Find Yourself outside as you Pitch your tent on a real life working cattle ranch. This place is nestled deep in the heart of nature all while being just minutes away from town, "where the blacktop ends." Take a step back into a simpler time as you enter this pristine unadulterated getaway. 1000 acres of private property that is secluded and boasts of miles of hiking trails, ponds, streams, even a river with a majestic waterfall, meanders throughout. This is the first time the family has allowed access to people besides close friends and family. A rare find and a place to put on anyone's that loves the outdoors bucket list. Though we have taken the minimalist approach to accommodations; with a composting luve and bucket of water the sheer size and depth to this place more than makes up for it.
Please note: The 2WD camp is dispersed camping. The site markers do not correlate with any specific site, feel free to set up anywhere! However, if you only have a 2WD car, do not go past the camp, as the road becomes rough and full of boulders! That being said, you a welcome to explore the ranch. It is quite large and comfortable hiking shoes are a must. This property's depth becomes evident as you hike over the mountains. Breathtaking sunsets are a just a short hike up the road overlooking a stunning Bluff. If you would like to venture down to the river or pond it is a few miles from where you will be camping but worth the trek, very secluded and peaceful. Downhill on way in but a pretty good climb on the way out. Bring plenty of water.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at 1000 Acre Cattle Ranch
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This property is absolutely stunning! If you have 4WD it is worth driving down to the river and camping out there. Such beautiful, pristine, and untouched land. We camped right on the river and enjoyed watching the cattle graze, swimming in the river, and fishing (catch & release) in the pond. The directions are spot on and everything was very easy to navigate while there. Make sure to pick up a map in the main camping area to get a better understanding of how vast the land is/everything you can enjoy.
We loved this ranch! We felt like we had the place to ourselves! If you want to explore via car you will need a rugged vehicle. We camped near the entrance and were able to explore the property on foot with a moderate hike. They've recently installed a great cold water outdoor shower and have a very clean "outhouse" available for use so you don't have to completely rough it, if that's not your style! Don't miss the incredible sunsets and prepare yourself for an unforgettable scene watching the stars slowly but vibrantly emerge from the night sky. We especially loved the charming boxer dog who met us at the barn and personally gave us the lay of the land while accompanying us on all of our hikes! I was sad to say goodbye to that little buddy! Coffee shop around the corner is yummy and adorable- Brewery 20 minutes away was standout. Check this ranch out! Was a perfect stop on our way to Yosemite
Our group had a great time at RWK River Ranch Camp. Unfortunately there was a VERY large group of very young people at the same time as us who had co-opted the communal picnic table for themselves, but Patrick the owner was so nice...he came down and we explained the situation and pointed out other picnic tables (somewhat hidden) that we could use. The property is gorgeous - this site is best for folks with 4x4 because then you can camp virtually anywhere and not up in the smaller area near the entrance. Would have been amazing to drive down and get closer to the stream. We hiked it in 110 degree heat and it was a little intense, but the stream was super refreshing. Watch out for straw and cow poo - the straw poked one of our thermarests which kind of sucked, so be very careful about what you are tracking in. All in all, a very unique experience and Patrick is so wonderful I'm sure this place will continue to make improvements and get even better as time goes on!
Fantastic, isolated space! I felt very connected with nature while camping here. First, the ranch is pretty remote. Inside the ranch, it's incredibly easy to find a nice, quiet spot to set up . I had a lovely time. I would definitely do it again!
Very nice and private. We met the friendly ranch dog, a boxer, that the kids really loved. He hung out with us and hiked up to the pond with us. You definitely need a 4x4 to get to the camping area by the creek. We were the only ones so it was nice and quiet. We definitely plan to return when it's green and the seasonal creek is full.
Great campsite, you feel like you are in the middle of the sahara desert once through the 4x4 trail! Explore around, down the creek our group found a great swimming hole, so bring water shoes to do the same. Cows, bulls, and horses roam the property (and can block the 4x4 road) adding to the unique experience. Could not more highly recommend!
Awesome camp ground. We had it to ourselves but there are three picnic tables that are all plenty far apart to be private. You can also camp anywhere you want to be really scheduled, but will be further away from the toilet and awesome outdoor shower.
The toilet was extreamly clean.
There is so much to explore on this campground and really is vast. We did too much just enjoyed the sunset with some beers instead. Highly recommend to feel super schluded and off the grid, but still have a loo and shower.
Beautiful land and communicative, kind hosts. We set up camp and walked down to the pond and falls, watched the sunset from the peak and ate dinner by the tent. (Car was only 2WD so we parked in the grassy area near the entrance with a few other campers.) In the morning we were awaken by cows walking past the tent and mooing loudly for breakfast! Hilarious. Great place to stay the night before heading into Yosemite. (And the little Coarsegold town is close by with good coffee and gas.) Recommend.