Are you ever in for a thrill as you go off-roading in the way back country. When I say 4x4, I mean off-road 4x4 that can be out in nature and can get dirty, go over rocks/ boulders and even parts of the car will be in brush. Leave the city behind and come explore the RWK Ranch. Words cannot describe the beauty of this ranch. There are breathtaking views of the valley below, sunsets to die for, bluffs bluffs and more bluffs. You will feel like you are on top of the world! Below is a beautiful river that snakes throughout the ranch. You can hear the tumbling of the water as it moves across the landscape and hear the wind in the trees -- nature at its finest. Families of quail will often be seen playing in the scrub oak. Time often feels like it stops as you soak up the simpler things life has to offer. The surrounding area is quiet, just you and nature for the most part. And on most nights the stars are so bright you could almost grab a hold of them. These are the best spots, like you only hear about in fables and story's of old. The 4WD camp is a higher price point than 2WD due to it's remoteness and pure wilderness.
The 4WD drive camp is a 1 mile drive over very rough road once you've entered the property!
Please note: The 4WD camp is dispersed camping. The site markers do not correlate with any specific site, feel free to set up anywhere once you've arrived! There are ponds, streams, and views abound.
- 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 River Ranch
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
The ranch is a beautiful, rugged, historically rich stretch of land that is an absolute gem. Nestled in the foothills outside of Coarsegold, Ca, the ranch is a stone's throw away from Yosemite.
I was there in the dead of summer during a pretty serious heat wave, and was still able to enjoy my time. The property offers a river, that runs 10 months out of the year, and is a great place to cool off at. There is also a small pond that is good for morning fishing (catch and release!!) and a midnight row on the boat. If the weather was a bit more mild, I would have experienced more of the endless hiking opportunities on the land. 1000 acres is a lot of space, and there are a number of trails that criss-cross the property.
The camp itself is very new and still early in the evolution of the facilities. What this means is that the camping is primitive, and you will need to bring in everything you need (including water). The landowner, Pat, has been ravenously working to add necessities to the property, as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and rudimentary maps are all available to anyone camping. There are also plans to add some sort of shower/rinsing area, but at this point they are not available (the river was fine for me)!
The Sites - The first set of sites are located shortly after you enter the property are pretty simple and mostly a home base. There is area to set up quite a few tents, but there isn't a ton of shade, so bringing an additional shade isn't a bad idea if there are a group of people coming. Beyond this first site the road gets a bit iffy for anything less than a high-clearance vehicle. I am sure that this dirt road would require 4wd at some points in the year, but was definitely doable in a 2wd vehicle with decent ground clearance during our visit. The dirt road is about a mile or so and can be hiked (mountain bike would be fun) to get to other features of the property that are tucked back. This road is the main way to get down to the river, pond, and other areas of the property.
While there is a section of the road that can probably be handled by most 2wd trucks/suv's there is also parts of the property that are 4wd only. The road back to the pond and up to the big lookout are pretty gnarly and require a vehicle with reliable 4wd. My subaru forester wouldn't have a problem with the grade, but the ground clearance in some sections are questionable (at best)!
We took the 4wd road and camped at the pond (can also be hiked in, like any other area of the property). We wanted to do some early morning fishing so the pond made the most sense. It's not a pond I would swim in, but I liked the sounds of the frogs and bugs when sleeping by the pond. Mosquitoes were kept at bay with a couple applications of bug spray, but it wasn't really an issue for us (I wore shorts the whole time). Going out on the boat at midnight, during the full-moon was pretty awesome and I highly suggest it.
Overall, I really liked my time at the ranch, despite the 100+ temperatures. I could only imagine what this property would like like in spring and late fall, as it was already gorgeous during the summer. The gold mining history was/is an added bonus, and the additions that Pat (landowner) is making, will help adding some of the amenities that some people require. I will definitely be coming back to the ranch!
Thanks for a fantastic stay Patrick! It was great to finally meet you and your wife. We have camped in many places all over the States and your property is in our top five, up there with the National Parks! The solitude was critical for us and 1000 Acre Ranch delivered. We are currently trying to get a group of 6 friends together to come and stay over the 4th July weekend.
I would highly recommend staying at RWK Camp. The owner, Pat, was extremely helpful and gave awesome advise with regard to hiking, pitching a tent, swimming, and exploring. This place is truly special with ample space for adventure. If you have a vehicle capable of 4x4 there are great backroads which are fun to drive through. There is a large pond with some small row boats which is a perfect area to pitch a tent and hang out in. Overall my girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience here and will definitely plan another trip in the future!
We had a great stay! We stopped by the first clearing when we first arrived to see if we could grab a map of the area, but there weren't any left. It didn't matter too much, though, because there was really only one road to be on. We spent some time hunting for a good spot, and ended up just across the creek (we crossed without problem in a Subaru Forester, with high ankle deep water). Just a warning- when the sign says 4x4 recommended, it really means it!
The site was great, the outhouse was well stocked, and the views were awesome! We didn't hike too much around the camp site, opting to go to a nearby trailhead near Oakhurst.
HEAVENLY! Super fun, beautiful land, completely quiet and great place to soak up sun and cool off in the river. Fun climbing around the boulders and a super cool swimming hole.
We went with our Land Rover, the terrain is bumpy! Super clean. Would definitely go again.
We just came back from a night on the ranch and had a great time. We arrived late in the afternoon on a Sunday and so we literally had the whole place to ourselves. We opted to go a bit deeper into the property and camp out by the river. 4WD is definitely needed and we were glad to have our lifted Jeep to make the drive easier, but most 4WD vehicles should be able to make it through. We brought our own table and chairs but were pleasantly surprised to find some picnic benches down by the river that we could use. We weren't exactly excited to use portable toilets (who ever is), but they were very clean! We had a quiet night's rest with nothing but the sound of the river.
I should mention that we brought or dog with us and were quickly greeted by a dog on the property. He was the friendliest guy, I think some sort of boxer mix, and got along great with our doberman. They played together for hours before we went to bed and he was back in the morning to greet us.
Our only regret was not having time to go seek out the falls and see more of the property to make the visit more worthwhile.