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Holcomb Valley Ranch invites you to kick back and relax on our private, 400+ acre ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains. Centered around a 100+ acre meadow, filled with horses in summer months and surrounded by thousands of

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Holcomb Valley Ranch invites you to kick back and relax on our private, 400+ acre ranch in the San Bernardino Mountains. Centered around a 100+ acre meadow, filled with horses in summer months and surrounded by thousands of acres of mountainous National Forest. The scenery is breathtaking! Just 15 minutes from Big Bear Lake - a large recreational, fresh-water lake for summer swimming, boating, skiing, fishing and other super fun water activities. The Ranch feels remote and private. Yet is only four miles to the town of Big Bear with shopping and restaurants. Also in close proximity to incredible rock climbing at the Pinnacles, seemingly endless hiking and biking and some pretty epic off-roading 4x4 trails.

WHAT SETS US APART: Each campsite is approximately one acre, and generously-distanced from neighboring campers. Amenities include its own fire ring with grilling grate and picnic table(s). Guests also have the option to reserve a private Porta Potty for their stay. The campsites are both cozy enough for 2 or spacious enough for large groups and can easily accommodate a mix of RVs, camper vans and tents. 

PRICING: Many of our campsites are large enough to accommodate large groups up to 20 people. To be fair in pricing to both the intimate small groups of two or three people as well as the larger groups, we have set our pricing to reflect a per person rate. We have a base rate that reserves the campsite and accommodates two adult guests. Each additional guest is $25/ person per night. Kids under 10 years old, dogs, horses and other family pets stay for free!

ACCESS AND DIRECTIONS: Please pay close attention to the driving directions we provide. Your GPS may suggest you take Van Dusen Canyon Road or Rim of the World Drive, however, we highly suggest you take Polique Canyon. It is the most direct. The Ranch is about 15 minutes or 3.5 miles up Polique Canyon, on the left. Polique Canyon is a forestry road. A AWD or 4x4 vehicle is recommended. However, it is passable by both large RVs, towed trailers and small sedans. Just take it slow and watch out for fallen rocks and divots. 

CHECK-IN: After 2PM and before night fall. Last check-in is at 8PM.

CELL RECEPTION: Verizon gets pretty good cell reception at the Ranch. AT&T gets some. Other cell carries are pretty spotty.

WATER: We have several fresh spring water spigots throughout the Ranch with potable water.. 

FIRES: Campfires are permitted at the Ranch unless the Forest Service institutes a fire ban in the surrounding national forest or high winds are expected. Firewood is available for purchase on-site. Just ask your camp host for some bundles when you arrive.

COMING SOON: An on-site market for convenience goods and those forgotten items! Hoping for a July 4th weekend opening! 

After a day filled with adventure or ultimate relaxation, be sure to enjoy the breath-taking sunsets over the meadow. From June to October the 100+ area open meadow is filled with horses grazing and galloping about. The evenings blanket guests with a sea of stars. Toast up some s’mores and warm up some hot-coco over a beautiful, crackling campfire. Remember the s’mores and always follow the “Leave No Trace” principles. There are large trash bins by the entrance. 

We look forward to hosting you at the Ranch! 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
30 sites
Up to 20 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 50ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
  • 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

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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. Enjoy!

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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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Hipcamper Matthew

Beautiful mountain escape

Matthew H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 15th, 2020

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!

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Hipcamper Jessica

Quiet, beautiful, serene.

Jessica B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2020

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.

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Hipcamper Sidra

Beautiful & enchanting camping

Sidra N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2020

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!

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Hipcamper Jennifer

Excellent hosts, beautiful sites.

Jennifer K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 17th, 2020

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.

Hipcamper Tiffany

Camp at a horse ranch? yes please!

Tiffany T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 18th, 2020

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.

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Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 9th, 2020

This place was amazing, the site was very private and beautiful, enough room for our dog to run around and the kids to play freely. We can't wait to come back!

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Hipcamper Denise
Denise S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 7th, 2020

This is the best campsite we’ve ever been to and worth the more expensive fee. The scenery is beautiful and so well kept and the service exceptional. They asked us for certain preferences before our trip and met our requests perfectly. We asked to be nestled in the forest to be surrounded by trees, requested for a grill grate, and we paid extra for a private porta potty and they delivered so well. The porta potty was so clean and it seems like they emptied the bin before we got there so there wasn’t a collection of other people’s waste. We were so far from the other campsites so it felt very private. Cowboy Ed was diligent in checking that we were doing okay and we felt so well taken care of the whole time. We will definitely keep coming back here! (P.s there wasnt any cell service for at&t so i highly recommend texting the host when you are at the bottom of polique canyon so he can meet you once you arrive at the top and show you your campsite. The sites dont have labels/numbers so it would be hard to find it on your own)

Hipcamper Francisco

Late planning and circumstances = 👍🏼

Francisco M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 16th, 2021

So. Here is my honest to god review. I went on a solo trip to Holcomb valley. Originally I had planned staying at the national forest operated campground (first come first serve $24 a night). I arrived on a Friday so honestly didn’t expect availability but I tested the waters anyways.

The groundskeeper repeatedly told me nothing was available but then mentioned that this privately owned campground was just up the way (Holcomb Valley Ranch). It’s basically an old scout camp that’s being turned into a new concept. I arrived and was able to talk to Chris, Christopher, Alicia and Donny. They have a fully online booking operation through hip-camp (be aware only Verizon gets reception up there).

After using Donny’s hotpspot I was able to book. The price was steep at $125 a night, given it was just me. But let me tell you what. The sites are 1 acre each. So you’re definitely not piled up like you would at any national forest campground.

The ranch is beautiful, tall pines in any and which direction. There’s clean portapotties everywhere, as well as actual toilet facilities close by. The host Donny definitely deserves an award. This guy checked up on me to see if I needed anything and was very accommodating.

The road up to Holcomb can be vary bumpy as it’s mainly unpaved so all wheel drive would be a good idea; however I did see many regular cars drive up here. So just drive safely.

Pros: great staff. Great scenery. Close to vehicle off-roading trails. Cool hike that connects to cougar crest very close by. It’s also part of the Pacific crest trail so I met some really cool hikers making their way to Canada! Lastly, big bear city is not very far at all, so a quick 15 minute drive down gets you to grocery stores etc.

Cons: price, probably more suitable for group camping. And they had showers, but no hot water. Also, I didn’t ask the host because I forgot so they might have some, but cold showers in the morning are like 100x’s better than coffee. That sh** will wake you up.

Would I be back? Absolutely. Even if I come solo again I will probably choose this over Holcomb valley campground. I saw their sites. Not as crammed as Serrano down by the lake but still pretty close. Enjoy!

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Hipcamper Brian

Fantastic, secluded, large campsite

Brian S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 13th, 2020

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.

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