You will reach our horse and camping ranch after a beatiful drive through the scenic hills of the De Luz area of Temecula, California, where gorgeous ranches, citrus and avacado groves are abundant. Our ranch is secluded and our campsites are well spread out so that you will have privacy and feel like you are in your own little world. We have a refreshing outdoor shower with hot water and great views. There are multiple trail heads and you are welcome to explore the trails and the ranch. Our horses are all rescues and all of the ranch staff are volunteers so all of our funds and your camping fees go directly to the rehabilitation and care of our rescue horses.
This is a working ranch, meaning that we have all kinds of rescue animals that make animal noises...farting, neighing, cock a doodle-do etc..whenever they want...sometimes the rooster crows at 2:30 in the morning...this is probably why he was rescued...we want to kill him too...but it`s not his fault...we are all confused by daylight savings time. We think its pretty peaceful out here.
COME HORSEBACK RIDING!
Trail rides at the ranch are $50 per person for one hour, $65 for an hour and a half, and $80 for two hours.
Arena lessons are $45 for a private on hour lesson or $35 per person for a group lesson.
HORSEBACK WINE TASTING TOURS
Come horseback riding through Temecula's beautiful wine country, only a 30 min drive from the ranch. You'll be entertained with horse and wine trivia during your guided tour and get to stop at up to 3 wineries for tastings. Each winery gives you 5-6 tastings and each tasting is one ounce. So you will recieve a glass of wine at each location.
*All pricing includes the wine:
One Winery Tour $115 per person; 2-2.5 hour experience
Two Winery Tour $165 per person; 3-3.5 hour experience
Three Winery Tour $220 per person; 4-4.5 hour experience
We do our best to be there when you arrive and help you carry your gear to your site. Please keep in mind that we are all volunteers who get up early in the morning to care for the horses...we appreciate checking in before 9PM. If you arrive later than that, come to the house, knock on the door and wake us up.
Campsites are all different sizes and different locations. Most are small and private. When you arrive at the ranch, follow the signs to your campsite (listed by NAME NOT NUMBER). Here is a list and associated information:
1: Ox`s Den: 4 people, two tents, closest to parking lot on the right.
2: Bella`s View: 2 people, one tent. Drive past parking lot and up the driveway towards the huge pepper tree and house. At the top the driveway curves left. Just after you start going downhill, you`ll see room to pull off on the left hand side and park. The entrance is to the left. It is a short 50 foot hike over rocks, but not difficult.
3. Foxhole: 2-4 people, one large tent. One minute easy hike. Park in the parking lot. Walk to the left of the parking lot and between the horse pens towards the house. At the end of the horse pen, look for the signs leading slightly uphill into the brush. Follow the signs.
4. Hilltop: Largest site for large groups. 2-3 min hike to the top of our property. Park in the parking lot. Walk to the left of the parking lot and between the horse pens towards the house. At the end of the horse pen, look for the signs leading slightly uphill into the brush. Follow the signs.
5. Hawk Rock: Second largest site for large groups. 2-3 min moderate hike to the top of our property. Park in the parking lot. Walk to the left of the parking lot and between the horse pens towards the house. At the end of the horse pen, look for the signs leading slightly uphill into the brush. Follow the signs.
6. Moon Rock. 2-4 people. 2 tents. Second closest to the parking lot. One minute easy hike. This is a different campsite that has one area that has a fire pit, and the first tent site a 25 foot hike from the fire pit, with the second tent site another 25 foot hike from the first site. It is cool for a set of couples that still want their own space or a small group of friends. Park in the parking lot. Right in front of the parking lot is a set of 4 horse pens made out of pallets. Walk down the trail to the right of these pens. Take your first left at the moon rock sign.
7. Glory Hole: 2 people, one tent. Farthest away from the parking lot. 3-4 minute moderate hike to the top of our property. I know...horrible unprofessional name. But we let the volunteers who made each campsite name it...and some of them have questionable senses of humor. But this site is the furthest away from the neighbors damn dogs and private and awesome because it remains shaded for most of the day! Park in the parking lot. Walk to the left of the parking lot between the horse pens towards the house. At the end of the horse pen, look for the signs leading slightly uphill into the brush. Follow the signs to the top of the hill and turn left. Keep walking down the path as it narrows until you see the sign for your campsite on the left.
8. The Perch: 2 people, one tent. One minute hike from the parking lot. Park in the parking lot. Walk to the left of the parking lot and between the horse pens towards the house. At the end of the horse pen, turn right and follow the signs leading uphill into the brush. Your site is the first one to the right.
9. The Landing: 6+ people. Three tents. Two minute hike from the parking lot. Park in the parking lot. Walk to the left of the parking lot and between the horse pens towards the house. At the end of the horse pen, turn right and follow the signs leading uphill into the brush. At the top of the hill, turn right and go downhill until you see the entrance to your site (there is a sign).
Not sure why there have been complaints on the portable toilet as we have it professionally serviced every Tuesday and empty the trashcan and clean it ourselves daily. It is a portable toilet folks...if a camper trashes it in between one of our volunteers using it...that is the only way it might be dirty.
The HOT WATER outdoor shower is totally awesome and private. It has an easy to use propane tankless water heater unit which we will show you how to use. It has rocks on two sides and pallet fencing on the other two with a tree canopy overhead. It has beautiful flowers planted...please do not damage them. BRING YOUR OWN TOILETRIES.
- Check in: After 11AM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 35% off
The vibe at Saddle Up Ranch Retreat!
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Not the best time. Our site was given away we were given a different site which was just a rock. They accommodated People without reservations and when we got there the only option was sleeping on this rock which was a main trail used by other people staying in the area. It wasn’t big enough for our tent not my over 6’5” friend. Other campers felt sorry for us and they shared there spot with us we left first thing in the morning
The site, itself (Ox's Den) was wonderful and secluded and just what we wanted for our Christmas trip. There were two fire drums and a charcoal grill there already, which was very nice! One thing the review don't mention is that there is a property just over the hill with some VERY noisy barking and howling dogs. These dogs were pretty disruptive at all hours of the day and night and you can even hear the owner yelling at them to be quiet. We brought 4 dogs and the only times they really made any noise were when the pack over the hill or the dogs on site started up. Additionally, the two dogs on site were very anxious and barking as well for most of the day while in their yard. The yard is located right behind the port-o-potty, so it's pretty nerve racking trying to relieve yourself with barking and yelping dogs literally right behind you. There was water and a dish bucket on site, as well as a dumpster, which were both very useful. Overall, we enjoyed our trip but would not likely return to this location due to the barking.
Saddle Up Ranch was one of the most seamless camping experiences I've had. Jacqueline welcomed us when we arrived at a late night hour, and she was warm and kind and showed us to our campsite (#1), which was tucked away in an awesome nook next to amazing rocks that looked like monuments under the moon.
Jacqueline kept in contact via text even before we arrived and checked in to make sure everything was ok with our timing.
The night and morning on the ranch was full of stunning cloudscapes under the full moon, the wonderful and occasional sounds of horses and other wild animals, and the landscape was lush and the views serene. Highly recommended for anyone who wants an easy-breezy and memorable camping experience in or near Temecula.
Thank you Jacqueline and everyone who works there!
Saddle Up Ranch is an amazing camping experience! The ranch rescues horses and had 33 horses when I visited. If you want, you can also book a horseback riding adventure.
There's a team of volunteers from all over the world helping to keep this place running - all of them super friendly with unique and interesting life stories. You can get to know them all around a campfire at night while making smores.
There are several different camp sites here. There's a some right off the parking lot, close to your car. Or, for a very short hike, you can sleep atop of the ranch with amazing 360 degree panoramic views. Nearly all the campsites are secluded and have a fire pit. Jacqueline, the host, even showed me where they'll be adding outdoor showers at individual campsites.
Saddle Up is a beautiful spot. We stayed in site #2 (Bella's View) which was pretty secluded and surrounded by large boulders. We caught a beautiful sunset each night we were there. We arrived on Thanksgiving and the staff gave us a pumpkin pie which was really sweet. The only downside is that the neighbors have a lot of dogs that bark and howl pretty frequently. I don't know if the other sites heard this as much as we did but it was a little frustrating at times - especially when the dog's owner would yell over the barking trying to get them to be quiet. Overall, Saddle Up was a great spot with attentive hosts and beautiful views - I would definitely stay there again.
I stayed at Saddle Up Ranch Retreat on New Year's Eve with 3 friends. With it being a holiday, Saddle Up was one of the last places we could find with available campsites since we were booking at the last minute and we were grateful to get out of the city.
Pros: Really pretty location up in the hills of Temecula, only about a 20 minute drive from town, affordable campsite, running water, our campsite (#1, "the ox's den") felt very private and tucked away while still being close enough to the parking lot, fire pits, nice hosts.
Cons: Lots of animal noise through out the night (horses at the ranch, dogs nearby, coyotes), smells like horse poop everywhere you go, small campsite (at least at #1), portable bathroom doesn't seem to get cleaned or emptied often.
While we enjoyed our one night stay, we will most likely not return since there are plenty of other options around California. However, I don't want to deter anyone from considering Saddle Up Ranch because it certainly satisfied our camping needs.
Our group of eight was super excited for our last minute excursion, but were a tad disappointed at how small and inconvenient space number 6 was. I would recommend any other campsite (we scoped out the others a tad) to a group of less than 6 but would highly discourage a large group booking this spot. I would also call and confirm the number in your party and not just book online.
Otherwise, the horses were a treat, and the surrounding terrain was interesting. Volunteers that work on the ranch offered information about each horse and were friendly.
Downsides did also include a pair of confused rooster crowing through the night. Outside of the ranch were what sounded like many dogs that also barked and howled. This wasn't in control of the property but just a heads up you might need earplugs to sleep soundly! Also note, the portapottie situation is a little sketch.
Overall, a quick easy getaway! Thanks for the hospitality!
The campsite we had was well accommodated and the staff/volunteers we interacted with were all very nice!
That being said, they totally screwed up with some other campers who came a day after us. We happened to run into them when they arrived and there was no one around to help them find their site (the numbers don't correspond to any of the sites unless you know the name of yours). And with no cell service they couldn't contact the owner. We did our best to help and were able to make a call to find their site. Then that site had already been given away! The replacement site they got was nothing more than a literal rock that could fit one sleeping bag at most (they had booked a site with a fire pit and room for a tent). They ended up camping near us but they clearly didn't have a stellar time. This was not our experience, but it easily could have been.
NOT ALL SITES ARE MADE THE SAME at this location. Ours had a fire pit, a grill and privacy (#5) but others do not.
Dogs living on the site will bark all night. Someone played the radio in the valley below very loudly all night.
We didn't book ahead so it's understandable, but we were unable to get a horse ride in. Our fault, but make sure you ask ahead of time!
I don't know that I would book here again, but we did have a great weekend.