Holcomb Valley Ranch provides campers with an enchanting escape from the city chaos. We invite you to kick back and relax on the Ranch, a private 400+ acre horse ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains by Big Bear Lake. With only a handful of campsites generously distanced from neighboring campers, each campsite is about an acre or more in size and has its own fire ring and p
Holcomb Valley Ranch provides campers with an enchanting escape from the city chaos. We invite you to kick back and relax on the Ranch, a private 400+ acre horse ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains by Big Bear Lake. With only a handful of campsites generously distanced from neighboring campers, each campsite is about an acre or more in size and has its own fire ring and picnic tables. While there is access to shared restrooms, we are also happy to offer our guests the option to reserve their own private portable toilet for extra social-distancing comforts. The Ranch feels remote and private, yet is only four miles to town where you can find grocery stores and a large recreational freshwater lake.
Breathe in the fresh mountain air. Position your yoga mat or camping chair next to the meadow and gaze out at the grazing horses meandering through the open sun-filled field in the summer. As the sun goes down and you warm yourself by the campfire you’ll be blanketed in a sea of stars. Don’t forget the s’mores and always remember to follow the “Leave No Trace” principles! RVs must operate off their own power source (i.e. solar or generators). The Ranch has plenty of water spigots for guests use.
There is no charge for children aged 10 and under.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 50% off
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Holcomb Valley Ranch is just 4 miles from one of the largest freshwater recreational lake in the area, Big Bear Lake. Boat are ...Read more
Holcomb Valley Ranch is just 4 miles from one of the largest freshwater recreational lake in the area, Big Bear Lake. Bring you...Read more
The 400+ acre ranch offers plenty of room to stretch your legs, on the flat to rolling terrain and meandering dirt roads throug...Read more
Holcomb Valley Ranch is just 4 miles from one of the largest freshwater recreational lake in the area, Big Bear Lake. Enjoy!
Holcomb Valley Ranch is just a few minutes drive from the Pinnacles. A well renowned area for rock climbing. Bring your own gear!
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We have a beautiful 80+ acre meadow. It's vast open space is the heart of our ranch. While our horses are out to pasture, we as...Read more
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Beautiful mountain escape
This was a remarkable property, and we feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to spend an evening under the stars, and with great company (the horses). The site was so private we felt like we had the whole place to ourselves, the host Mr. Ed was so friendly and made us feel like family from the very start of entering the ranch. The landscape, old buildings and farm equipment make for fun short hikes too! Can’t believe this hidden gem was here all along, so close to Orange County. You will love every bit of your stay at the ranch, don’t hesitate to book an evening or two!
Quiet, beautiful, serene.
Follow the directions that are sent to you prior, they are specific and the easiest way to get there. Even with no service we were able to arrive just fine. We were greeted by a cowboy, maybe it was cowboy Ed or cowboy Chris, but I basically call anyone with a cowboy hat on, a cowboy lol. Our site was perfect & beautiful!! My dogs had a blast being off leash & free. The horses were calming to stare at in the meadow. I can’t say enough good things about this campsite.
Beautiful & enchanting camping
My friend and I came for a weekend night and had such a magical time :) the views looking down into the meadow where the horses graze were truly enchanting... our host was very friendly and offered more amenities than were originally offered when we purchased on Hipcamp! We paid $20 for two firewood bundles and cozied up for the night under the most gorgeous starry night sky. Truly speculate! In the early morning light we walked about half the perimeter of the meadow and two of the horses came up to us for a nice pet, very sweet. I would return here again and again, it was a perfect camping experience!
Excellent hosts, beautiful sites.
This site is a gem. The camp hosts are the most helpful and friendliest we have encountered. We got a flat tire on our truck just as we got to the front gates of the ranch. Both Cowboy Ed and Cowboy Chris came down to help us change the tire. They were so friendly and kind with their time despite the heat and being busy checking in other guests. Thank you so so much Chris and Ed. We also needed a can opener and they came to the rescue. The site itself is beautiful. It does look like the pics on the hipcamp site. It's clean, quiet, and so peaceful. The drive up is definitely not for sensitive cars. We had a truck and it was rough. Make sure to take your more rugged car up there. We can't wait to come back and we are very appreciative and grateful to our camp hosts for helping us.
Camp at a horse ranch? yes please!
It was so magical! We came for fourth of July weekend because we wanted to escape the fireworks in LA. The grounds are beautiful and dog friendly. It's a former Boy Scout camp, so there's lots of interesting buildings and parts leftover from that. There's also the horses! We stayed by the meadow and had a view of the horses each night. Our last night there we walked down to the fence for sunset and the horses eventually all came up to say hi! It was absolutely amazing and breathtaking! I really loved camping here. The drive into the grounds was a bit rough for my Prius, so take it slow and don't get here late/after dark for less stress. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place.
Fantastic, secluded, large campsite
This place is amazing. Typically we try to avoid paying for campsites and look for dispersed sites on BLM or in State Parks, but now that we have a 7-month old baby, we wanted a guaranteed spot that was not right next to a loud group of campers. What we got was perfect: a very secluded site with the most amazing view of the meadow. The property has some great old buildings to explore plus you can walk down to the stable and see the horses up close as they drink. Great for kids. Mike asked us what type of experience we wanted and set us up with the perfect spot. Ed, our host on site, was great, keeping us informed on the rolling fire bans. We will certainly be going back. Worth every dollar. Not a single complaint.
Majestically exploratory experience
Holcomb Valley Ranch
The property was the old Boy Scout Camp nestled North of Big Bear. We stayed at site #20 and we were tucked in the back with forest trees all around. I loved that the host Christopher took the time to check in prior to arrival for our needs and provided recommendation which would meet and exceed our expectations throughout our stay!
Our camp site was secluded from other campers and we probably had a whole acre just to ourselves and our 3 kids. This was important to me with COVID to ensure our daughter with a Congenital Heart defect would be safe!
There was hot/cold water single shower for us to use- there is no electricity to the spacious shower building so bring your flashlight or lamp. We didn’t mind it at all, after all- we were camping!
I’m a germaphobe and the porta potty they provided was VERY clean and designated for our campsite only- although I didn’t use it but once in 5 days because we have a bathroom in our RV.
There were NO mosquitos (phew!) but we did have a few little bugs, small flies and some bark beetles- thankfully NONE left any marks/bites on us!
The guidebook Christopher provided was SPOT ON and there was plenty of adventures and exploration on the list on and off the property. Watching the horses on the meadow was a ritual every evening at dusk. Some of the horses were so friendly and even came up to the fence for a photo op and a pet- it was majestic.
We didn’t get to everything, but we plan to come back again and again to enjoy and relax under the pine trees that made soothing sounds as the wind blew through them!
Last but not least, out campsite host Cowboy Ed was so accommodating and checked on us almost daily just to make sure we were doing alright and even walked the property to give us a complimentary bottle of wine from the camp hosts!
A cannot miss experience!
Such an amazing site! We loved every second of our stay. Holcomb Valley Ranch exceeded all of our expectations. The location is beautiful and peaceful, and located near a ton of hiking. During COVID times, we really wanted a campsite with ample space and were very focused on that when looking to book our trip. Each campsite here had a ton of space and we were never concerned. Cowboy Ed who greeted us at the gate and took us to our campsite was so nice and welcoming (and wore a mask the entire time)! Our campsite looked out onto the meadow where there were horses grazing during the day and evening. The only thing I would note as other reviewers have, is that the road to the ranch is a bit rugged, but doable. We have a large SUV and were fine, but something to be prepared for if you have a small compact. The ranch is near the Pacific Crest Trail, and there were some pretty awesome views from the trail. If you are considering staying here, just do it. We cannot recommend Holcomb Valley Ranch enough, and cant wait for our next stay there!