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Pool Ranch

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· California
30 acres
4 sites
1 Glamping
1 Caravan/Tent
2 Tent
Pool Ranch is for everyone. It's a place for life. A place where humans and nature are supposed to remember they are interconnected. It's a place for creativity and adventure. Friends, it's also a place to play pool in the desert. Welcome to our 30-acre off-grid homestead, within an international dark sky community and hub for nature-based activities. Step directly from our backyard into Anza Borrego, the largest state park in California. The goal of our ranch is to function as an evolving testing ground for living. Building Pool Ranch prioritizes materials and collaborations that celebrate the abundance of Ranchita, and neighboring rural San Diego communities. We want to actualize the true benefits of community. Our vision is to be an example and invitation for rural communities to create income through environmentally passive, and community centric eco-tourism. Take a peek, and share with us what you discover: https://instagram.com/poolranch
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California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Julie & Andy M.Joined in October 2014
Response rate: 80%Response time: Within 8 hours
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86 Ratings · 73 reviews
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Josephine F.recommends
January 9, 2023
Just Average A-Frame
My bf, cat, and I loved our stay at Julie and Andy’s A frame!! The views were just stunning and we were pretty close to the state park. The communal kitchen was also super convenient— they had almost everything you would need for cooking! We’d definitely be back if we’re in the area :)
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Zoe C.
January 6, 2023
Just Average A-Frame
I really hoped to fully enjoy it
Overall the experience is okay. The view and lounge were AMAZING. Booking 4 mths prior, I was informed the price will be 25% higher than what was listed. I agreed because there will be added improvements and facilities. I would gladly pay the 75$ addon to use the hot tub and sauna. Sadly, we didn't use them because of the rain and the distance we had to walk in the dark. The unlit route between the sauna / hot tub and A-frame should have been communicated before arrival. A solar lantern that was provided shortly died after 1 hour but I'm glad we brought our headlamps. We were informed 1 day before our stay of the need to bring our own “propane” for heating. We had to drive out of our campsite at JTNP (1hr trip) to buy it. The A-frame had nails exposed inside and the PVC was covered with scratches. The noise during the night caused by high winds was a surprise. The abrasion between the frame and the PVC board drove us crazy and woke us up 6 times during the night. I'm glad we brought our own sleeping bags to keep us warm since we were not comfortable using the propane heater. The heater's warning tag states it should be only used indoors “with ventilation”. We chose not to use it since we didn't feel safe using it in an enclosed space. The host Andy told us that it is safe to use but did not know about the ventilation warning. Overall I was not sure there was adequate ventilation. Andy was helpful but I wished details were communicated beforehand and better organized.
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Iyanna N.recommends
December 29, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
Andy’s hospitality made our stay absolutely delightful! The directions to the property and pre-camping instructions prepared for guests supported an easeful arrival. We’re also grateful for the hiking and sightseeing suggestions. PS: The views - sunrise and twinkling starry night sky - are to LIVE for. Thank you for a beautiful weekend!! We will return!
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Jenna C.recommends
December 26, 2022
Overlandia Backcountry Group Camp
Such a great weekend getaway to escape the holiday craziness. Super helpful hosts and amazing set up! 🏕️
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Eileen R.recommends
December 20, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
Stars stars stars
Loved this cozy A-Frame! The design is so simple, yet beautiful. It reflects and frames the landscape. I came up with my pup in December and it was cold, but we had the place to ourselves and the snow on the mountains beyond the property was really gorgeous. After dinner by the fire, I watched a meteor shower from the bed!
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Melanie D.recommends
December 20, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
Not So Average A Frame
The Just Your Average A Frame is hilariously humble and ironic because it is well beyond average. In fact the entire property is way beyond average. Andy and Julie have created an all inclusive camping experience in one of the most stunning locations I’ve seen. They are very responsive and welcoming hosts. The A frame was well equipped with bedding and heat, a campfire with plenty of wood. They have a common area with a kitchenette to hang and socialize with other campers. Couldn’t recommend this place enough. Truly one size fits all.
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Rachel H.recommends
December 11, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
Starry Night w/Anza-Borrego access!
Great spot with sweeping views of the surrounding hills. As explained, it truly is the backyard of the Anza-Borrego park so you can walk in from it! Tent spot was great but hard to access so plan accordingly. The amenities are better than expected including an outhouse, shower and fully stocked kitchen area. Get out and see the beauty folks! Hosts are very responsive and helpful.
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Alex C.recommends
November 28, 2022
Overlandia Backcountry Group Camp
Serenely Beautiful
We loved camping in the Overlandia area of Julie & Andy's ranch. The entire area is absolutely beautiful for sunrises and sunsets, and it was great to walk over to the main kitchen+firepit area to hang out in the evening, while still having infinite privacy for our own campfire and cooking setup in the Overlandia site itself. We would definitely return to Pool Ranch the next time we're in the area!
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Marie N.recommends
November 27, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
Had an amazing stay in the A-frame - perfect for stargazing and get lost in nature! Julie and Andy were super welcoming (thank you again for the bread!). Highly recommend!
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Jonathan A.recommends
November 27, 2022
Nomadland Overflow Camp
Me my fiance and our German shepherd stayed here for one night and we both loved how secluded it was. It made us feel like it was just the three of us surrounded by land and that's the best part of camping. Will definitely have to come back again.
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Leon H.recommends
November 27, 2022
Overlandia Backcountry Group Camp
Place was great. Easy to find, remote and the hosts very informative and friendly. Highly recommend for great star gazing and desert panoramas.
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Layla Q.recommends
November 17, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
The A frame was recommended to me by a friend and it did not disappoint!! Gorgeous views, clean dwellings and awesome hosts :) we brought our dog, and he loved it to. I’d go again!
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Ryan L.recommends
November 14, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
Cozy and Cool A-frame
Amazing views, great amenities and super cool A-frame that was a perfect getaway. We stayed at Pool Ranch which was highly recommended by friends. Love walking the property, talking with our Hosts Julie and Andy, and feeling at home in the communal space. This Hipcamp feels lived in and welcoming with all the glamping/camping comforts. I’ll definitely be back at Pool Ranch! The sunrise was top notch 😊
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Hae Won K.recommends
November 14, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
Julie and Andy were great hosts. Very communicative and accommodating. When I booked, I didn’t realize the spot was a little hilly. My senior dog has mobility issues so they were very kind to let me set my tent up on a flatter area. Their campsite is thoughtfully organized and had beautiful views. There is pretty good privacy between guests while offering a very cool communal space.
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Julian B.recommends
November 9, 2022
Overlandia Backcountry Group Camp
Masterclass Hipcamp experience
This is my second time visiting Pool Ranch and once again had an incredible stay! The views are mind blowing and amenities are so solid. ps. Take Andy and Julie up on the "Campanadas"
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Lois S.recommends
November 7, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
Beautiful land, peaceful vibe, amazing night sky, sunsets and sunrise. Highly recommended. Thank you Julie & Andy.
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Chris P.recommends
October 30, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
A-Frame A+
Amazing views, quiet and comfortable. We would definitely stay again.
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Harry C.recommends
October 30, 2022
Nomadland Overflow Camp
A Night Under Pool Ranch
Love this spot ! Very secluded and open with an absolutely amazing view of the sky of the night, great amount of space too !! Julie and Andy are very easy and helpful hosts and will help you with whatever you need. Absolutely recommend !!!
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Jeremy A.recommends
October 23, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
Had a really wonderful time. The view really can’t be beat, and the extra linens we added on were clean and comfy. Easy trip into the park, and plenty of privacy. Great spot!
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Emilie J.recommends
October 23, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
10/10 recommend!
Beautiful campsite and wonderful host. Absolutely will return! Fully stocked kitchen and the shower was amazing after hiking!
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Chris S.recommends
October 22, 2022
Overlandia Backcountry Group Camp
Great night under the stars
The overlandia camp was great. It was like having your own private plot of land right behind the state park. Andy was a great host, he was there when you needed him but you didn’t have to see him if you didn’t want to. His bus on the main property was awesome and the pool tables were a great touch. He even had extra toothpaste after I forgot to bring any. The campsite itself was super clean and had everything you could need including a great view of the area. I camped out in the back of my truck and had a wonderful two night stay.
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Maggie F.recommends
October 21, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
The stargazing, watching sunset and sunrise from the A-frame were the most magical things. We and our 4 month old Golden retriever had an amazing experience and we would highly recommend this to anyone who want to have a gateway to unplug and recharge. The host Julie went above and beyond to make sure our stay was enjoyable. She answers my questions promptly and comes out to help us whenever we needed her. Thank you again for everything and we will definitely be coming back!
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Michael J.recommends
October 17, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
Such a treat!
This place is such a gem. Exceeded all my expectations and the hosts are the best. We stayed for a weekend with a full moon and it was amazing.
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Chris A.recommends
October 8, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
Above average views indeed
Julie and Andy were very great and welcoming hosts. They made check in very easy and the amenities were very amazing. The above average views indeed were very above average. Hoping to visit again soon.
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Caroline M.recommends
October 6, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
Absolutely breathtaking view! It was such a gorgeous place. Feels private and nicely tucked in on the slight hillside. Bathroom and shower with the same gorgeous view was a bonus. Owners were very kind and hospitable as well.
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Jack S.recommends
October 3, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
Dogs, motorbikes, and stars ✨
Our stay at Pool Ranch was awesome! The location is gorgeous— truly amazing views of the rolling hills and rocky landscape. Nice little “hikes” around the area to check out the sunset, etc. Our puppy was able to explore and roam around the property— he had a blast as well. I brought my dual-sport motorcycle and was glad I did, because there were lots of fun dirt roads and trails in the area to explore. The tent site was really nice, sturdy platform and convenient table. Also was nice having a little camp fire right next to our zone. It was nestled between some boulders and we felt like we had lots of privacy. The common areas were really cool. Convenient to have access to a kitchen and bathroom. Lots of funky decorations and fun things. We unfortunately didn’t get to try out the pool tables. I think the best part was the lack of light pollution for stargazing! The altitude helped as well, I’m sure. We ended up leaving the rain fly off of our tent so we could sleep under the stars. So gorgeous! Overall we had a great time and would recommend Pool Ranch :)
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Alexanna N.recommends
October 2, 2022
Above Average Views Tent Camp
Camping under the stars
We had an incredible time at Pool Ranch! Such a crazy experience getting to camp under the stars 🌟 and waking up to the best sunrise ever
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Alia K.recommends
July 12, 2022
Overlandia Backcountry Group Camp
Summers at Pool Ranch
Couldn't be happier with our Pool Ranch weekend! I'm just sad we didn't stay longer because there's so much more to do. Julie and Andy were the perfect hosts-- thank you for sharing your high desert haven with us! ❤️ Favorite moments include hiking around the property, playing pool under the stars and then rematching the next morning under the cover of the sunshade. Jumping in the cowboy tub and rinsing off in the solar showers afterward. Cooking delicious food in the communal kitchen and roasting open face s'mores on the campfire. Even though we were in the high desert, the heat was beatable! There's enough shade everywhere and the cowboy tub helps cool things off. The nighttime temps are just dreamy... cool enough to make you want to bundle up!
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Hamza G.recommends
June 20, 2022
Overlandia Backcountry Group Camp
A beautiful and secluded campground, with all the basics well covered: I highly recommend.
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Jessie M.recommends
June 15, 2022
Just Average A-Frame
Great Desert Getaway :)
We loved our stay here the most breathtaking views and the best star gazing! The community space was perfect for cooking we used it for breakfast and the amenities were stocked up and clean. Love the decor in there! It was pretty hot during the midday we went around and explored Julian for a few hours which was so fun! We would definitely stay here again!
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