Camping in a large pasture with beautiful views of the Vulcan and Santa Rosa Mountains. Just minutes away from the ever popular PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) head and a mile away from the popular Anza Borrego State off-road/hiking park. Private camping, in a very small town. We are located 25 minutes from the Julian Pie Company. This site is out in the country with no real amen
Camping in a large pasture with beautiful views of the Vulcan and Santa Rosa Mountains. Just minutes away from the ever popular PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) head and a mile away from the popular Anza Borrego State off-road/hiking park. Private camping, in a very small town. We are located 25 minutes from the Julian Pie Company. This site is out in the country with no real amenities for miles. This is a working sheep ranch, that uses working border collies for our everyday operation.
- Check in: After 11AM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
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The location is gorgeous! It was a wonderful experience to see the dogs working and to meet Jennifer and Ron. They are friendly and helpful and it was an absolute pleasure to stay on their land. We got to see the sheep and lambs and learned a lot about the farm. Please note: you do hear dogs and coyotes at night, if you are looking for silence this is not the place. We all sleep through everything and my kids loved hearing the animals. Absolute A+ hosts! We will definitely be back!
One day at a sheep range
Jennifer and her husband, Ron, definitely went out of their way to make us feel like home. After my booking, she reached out and let me know about the weather, settings, overview about her ranch, etc. Whenever I sent her text messages for questions I had about the trip, she replied almost immediately. On the day of, she even sent me a weather update to make sure I was coming prepared, which was very nice of her.
Their ranch is very clean and well organized. Jennifer and Ron would interact or respect the guests' privacy based upon their preference. We love to interact with the hosts, so Jennifer and Ron joined us for dinner at the cantina (which was built from scratch by Ron, and totally worth to check out if you stay at their ranch), and they even helped us with grilling our meat!!! Needless to say, they are the most helpful and caring hosts :-D
My best part of staying there is when Jennifer showed me a demo of sheepdogs working daily job. I even got to pet the newborn sheep and hold him for photo. It was such a wonderful experience! We booked their place as a rest stop for our main destination, Anza Borrego, but we ended up enjoy the ranch and the hosts more than the real destination.
P.S. Their description, "Mountain View Working Ranch", is indeed correct. The view was magnificent in the morning.
What a stay
Jennifer and Ron are wonderful folks. They took us around their beautiful ranch, showed us how their Border Collie Paige worked with their sheep, and provided me an excellent wood-fired grill to cook. We had a fantastic stay and will be back!
Staying here was great. The location is perfect to get to Anza Borego and the Pacific Crest Trail. And the hosts are very friendly and helpful. We highly recommend camping here.
What a beautiful place to camp! Wish we would have stayed more than one night as it was a stunning landscape with wonderful hosts. Definitely recommend! Just be prepared for a bit of wind.
We usually do primitive camping when out in Anza Borrego, but decided to switch it up this time when we found this ranch on HipCamp. The hosts, Ron and Jennifer, were amazing with communication... sending multiple messages to make sure we’d find our way and asked questions to better prepare a site for us. They met us out on the street and we followed them down an easily traversable dirt road, along the side of their 40-acre (if I remember correctly) ranch.
We drove by a beautiful pasture spotted with blooming Baby Blue Eyes where the sheep graze, and were led to the site they set aside for us. There was a picnic table set up, a fire pit and a jug of their natural well water (which tasted good, albeit a tiny bit gritty). A couple very clean port-a-potties about 100 feet away. Two other small groups of fellow HipCampers were also there, and Ron had spaced every one far enough not to be effected by one another, but close enough to easily be able to hang out with new friends.
After we unpacked and settled in, Ron came back and offered a tour of the ranch, as well as a demonstration of how their border collies (they had 9 on the ranch at the time) herd sheep. Their dog, Paige, made me want to ask a little more out of my own dog. On Jennifer’s command, she’d shoot out and circle the perimeter of the field to suss out any stray sheep. Round them up, split them up, make them go this way and that, have them stop… Paige made it all look easy.
We were able to check out the the barns, enclosures and other buildings. It’s a good thing their farm is so organized, because you get the feeling there’s always some improvement under construction, or some event happening on that end of the farm. They’ve got a separate building they’ve dubbed the Silver Bullet Cantina (I’ll give you one guess as to their favorite beer) which has got a small kitchen, a full-on bar, cool décor and music always playing… the kind of place you can easily lose half the night in. Luckily, it’s usually available for guests to use.
In summary: very friendly and helpful hosts, fantastic land, and convenient facilities. One last thing: it got pretty windy when we went (end of March), and apparently that is the norm for the area, so plan/pack accordingly. Also, those of us with T-Mobile had no service the whole time we were there, and the one person with Google Fi had data service off and on, but who cares about screens and service when you’ve got all them stars? Definitely worth another visit.
Amazing piece of land, secluded but still close to the main road. Booking, and getting there was a breeze. Jennifer the host was waiting for us and showed us our site. It was just us and another group about 75 yards away. The view is spectacular, plenty of space for the kids to run around. I would definitely come back.
Ron and Jennifer were great host! The camp site was absolutely perfect and the tour of the ranch was even better. Ron and Jennifer made sure we had everything we needed from water, firewood, and a very "interesting" grill. You'll have to stay there to find out why, but I will say it cooked some of the best burgers we've had!
I'd also like to mention that Ron and Jennifer were very accommodating. Because we work during the week it meant that we wouldn't get to the campsite until very late. Ron and Jennifer stayed up well past 10pm to guide us to the campsite and to make sure we had everything we needed. For us, this said volumes about their hospitality.
Don't hesitate to book this amazing campsite...