Hipcamp host Matt D.,
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DRARS.org -  Downer Ranch is now part of the CedarZen Project. Perfectly situated within a 30-minute drive to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park Entrance!

Welcome to Downer Ranch Agricultural Tourism site. We offer a wide variety of agricultural experiences. We now offer horse boarding onsite! Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering horseback riding until the 2021 se

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DRARS.org -  Downer Ranch is now part of the CedarZen Project. Perfectly situated within a 30-minute drive to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park Entrance!

Welcome to Downer Ranch Agricultural Tourism site. We offer a wide variety of agricultural experiences. We now offer horse boarding onsite! Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering horseback riding until the 2021 season. All required facilities are now available onsite, including non-permanent compost toilet tents (while permanent facilities are being built presently), Enclosed Outdoor CedarZen Shower, Outdoor eating area with seating with solar lights and a BBQ that offers both Charcoal and Gas grilling options :)

UPDATE - Communal fire pits are the only allowable space for open flame as we are in high fire danger season. NO FIRES AT YOUR CAMPSITE! Violation of this policy will void your stay with no refunds and immediate removal from the property.There may be a few sites cleared with an acceptation to this rule based on fist responder / military trained spec ops. If you see a site with a campfire, it should already be to our knowledge. You may ask them how they got a fire cleared for their campsite, and they should respond accordingly. If they do not, please inform the host as we will remove them from the property for all our protection.

We currently have 8 horses that are free to roam the property. They love any candy that is peppermint or sugar cubes and the likes. FYI- That is how you win them over :) They probably won't leave your side after!  Fruit/veggies are their last choice. Think of them like children. What would your kids prefer? But yes, they need healthy snacks too!

Downer Ranch is situated on 72-acre 100-year former cattle ranch and gold mine that is fully fenced with 3 cattle corrals. We are an animal rescue and sanctuary that also operates a campground, equestrian and hiking trails throughout our entire 72 acres along with another landlocked 140 BLM acres accessible at the top of the mountain.

Currently 8 horses live onsite are completely free to roam, so please be mindful when sharing their home and please remember to secure the gate when you enter and leave the property, they are escape artists! For events upon request, we can put the horses in a secured area.

This amazing and beautiful property has a neat history as well, including a 100+ year cattle ranch, logging and even a gold mine dating back to 1902! Many of the mining/logging/ranching roads have recently been graded. The property is mostly rolling hills with a neat steep hiking trail to the top of the mountain which brings you to the top of the property that joins the 140 acres of BLM land.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 100 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Back-in site
Max length 75ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Matt a message!
  • Check in: After 5AM
  • Check out: Before 4PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out

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    Activities

    Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

    Horseback riding

    There are many easy trails all they way to the mountain peak for the experienced rider. Must sign release of liability upon arr...Read more

    Off-roading (OHV)

    Please see host for OHV rules and policies. Must sign release of liability. Please see host for this.

    Biking
    Hiking
    Wildlife watching

    Terrain

    Natural features you'll find at Sundance Grounds Event 50 Person in California.

    Cave

    We are slowly opening the old gold mines up. That consist of 2 caves and an additional being shred up.

    Forest

    Oak cluster Forests throughout the 72 acres.

    Canyon

    We have several canyons all a nice short walk to access.

    Mountainous

    We have 2 small mountains that gain a 1000ft elevation lookout.

    River, stream, or creek

    We have 5 dry creeks (Only active during heavy winter and early spring).

    Waterfall

    We have 3 waterfall only active during heavy winter rain or snowfall.

    Farm

    We have chickens that produce both eggs our for dispatching that are free range and very friendly.

    Ranch

    A true rustic off grid ranch, dirt roads and lots of dry horse dung. If you are the complaining type, this WILL NOT be the plac...Read more

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    Hipcamper Justin
    Justin D.
    recommends this listing.
    September 9th, 2021

    We had such a great time at Matt's Sundance Grounds site! He was a very accommodating host and helped us out a lot. It's a great location to visit Kings Canyon, see the Sequoias, swim in Hume Lake, or just relax on the property with the horses! Matt has a lot planned for this site, and i have no doubt he will continue to build out the space to make it even more accommodating for campers!

    Hipcamper Vanessa

    Definitely stay here!!!

    Vanessa B.
    recommends this listing.
    August 2nd, 2021

    Beautiful grounds and equally great host who was attentive to us during our weekend stay and getting the opportunity to enjoy the horses who would come right up to you and enjoy being petted was the highlight our stay! The views are spectacular and the outdoor shower is a must! You will love it. I highly recommend staying here and we will definitely be back. We booked for a large socially distant group gathering and it was perfect!! Thank you Matt for your hospitality, quick response to questions and kindness to our group. We all had a lovely weekend thanks to you!!!

    Property
    DRARS.org CedarZen Downer Ranch
    State
    California
    Country
    United States
    $1,682/night
    1 Site