Great experience! This is a working ranch with the campsites set into the surrounding hillside, giving you a beautiful view of the animals and mountains. (My pics from the weekend speak for themselves!) I stayed at site #4, which was still only a few minutes from the restrooms/shower despite being among the more private ones offered.
The entire staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the whole operation has a great story; the founder takes in horses (many of them truly beautiful retired racehorses/show horses) that would otherwise be put down and offers lessons and trail riding. I did a two-hour ride and it was such an incredible highlight.
Just one word of caution: the location is fairly remote and there's no cell service, so I would recommend arranging at least one ride when you book and/or pre-researching some hiking trails/activities in the area before you arrive. There are a ton of great things to do within ~45 minutes (I hiked Dripping Springs in Temecula on my way in, which was gorgeous)—just don't show up expecting that you'll be able to wing it on the activities front.
Overall, Saddle Up Ranch 100% exceeded my expectations—great people, stunning scenery, and beautiful horses. Thank you, TJ!
This was my first Hipcamp experience and I honestly cannot imagine a more exceptional introduction! I didn't meet Chris as I was only there for one night (my one regret!), but Karen could not have been warmer or more welcoming.
They have an absolutely amazing setup—there's a full bathroom with shower and an outdoor kitchen that's detached from the main house and right alongside the tipis. Beyond that, every possible need is anticipated—there was French press and the world's most delicious local coffee set up in the tipi itself (seriously, it was so good I stopped to buy a bag on my way out of town), outlets, shampoo/conditioner, basic condiments and cookware, a grill (which I *loved* making use of after a day of hiking in JT)...I honestly can't think of a single thing that could have made my time there better.
I absolutely plan to come back and can't recommend Camp Temanōs highly enough. Thank so much for an incredible stay!
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