As you leave your home in the city (especially the Portland/Seattle areas) your drive starts out tense. Drivers cutting you off, brake lights forcing you to slam on yours, and slow drivers generally make the drive miserable. However as you make the turn on the gravel...you feel it as the stress leaves your body...its like your whole being knows you are leaving the ci
As you leave your home in the city (especially the Portland/Seattle areas) your drive starts out tense. Drivers cutting you off, brake lights forcing you to slam on yours, and slow drivers generally make the drive miserable. However as you make the turn on the gravel...you feel it as the stress leaves your body...its like your whole being knows you are leaving the city behind. Then you see the trees and you feel the Shinrinyoku (Japanese for "taking in the forest atmosphere"). It's like the trees know your stressful life and they invite you to bathe in their essence! And then you see the gate and the main camping area...you are here and the first thing you notice is how quiet it is!! You head up to Big Baldy to check out the view (Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier) and you take a deep breath of fresh mountain air. Back at camp, as night rolls in you see more stars than you can count and you and your family hear some coyotes in the distance while roasting marshmallows as the adults sip on adult beverages. This is El Rancho de CMS!
At El Rancho De CMS there is no Cell service and limited incoming text service. However if you must check in to the modern world there is a road to the top of the property that allows for full 4g service so that you can upload pictures and video to Facebook/Instagram (#FunAtElRanchoDeCMS). Down in the main camping area we have multiple bathrooms that use the Lovable Loo compostable toilet system (Google lovable loo for more info) just do the business and cover with sawdust. We have camping in multiple areas!
El Rancho De CMS is currently at 96 acres and borders State land with another 640 acres. The last 7 miles are all gravel/dirt roads coming in so if its been wet out the roads will be muddy (4x4 recomended). During the summer months the roads are really dry and cars can make it in, but an SUV is recommended due to rough roads, and potential clearance issues. During the winter the Ranch gets enough snow to make it hard to get in! During Spring months there are some creeks that are running and fun to play in to get a break from the heat. So depending on what kind of adventure you are looking for the Ranch is pretty versatile. Give us a call and let us help you have a heck of a time getting away!
Kid and Dog friendly!!!! Kid area includes trampoline, tire swing, zip line, and more to come. Friendly dogs are allowed to run free at the dog owners discretion. Dog kennel available for "Time-Outs".
Finally, please be sure to rate the experience and tell the world about your time at El Rancho De CMS!
*Note bring extra gas (5 gallons) as there is no gas stations once past the major towns of Goldendale from the West and Mabton from the North. From the South Biggs Jct./Hermiston are the closest towns. Call for more info and tips!
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Cross Country, Snow Shoes, Snow Mobiling
During certain times of the year there is a small water hole that gets about 4-5 ft. deep. It is located on State land nearby.
Wild horses have been seen, Wild turkeys, and Deer
Natural features you'll find at El Rancho De CMS #CampCMS in Washington.
River, stream, or creek
There are small creeks that run certain times of the year
The vibe at El Rancho De CMS #CampCMS
Places to see near #ElRanchDeCMS
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Just hoping the spencers adopt me!
We had our annual big family camping trip at El Rancho de CMS and it far exceeded my expectations. First and foremost, our camp hosts were incredible: gracious, generous, available, considerate and helpful. Not only did they make sure we had everything we needed, they went ABOVE and beyond to ensure we really got to experience everything the property had to offer including breathtaking mountain views accessible on a short hike, nighttime star gazing, a jeep ride with Steve throughout the mountain and we just fell in love with them - having their company added tremendous value to our trip and we made lifelong memories.
The site is a dream for families - our kids didn’t even crack open their tote of toys. They spent the entire time roaming, jumping on the trampoline, ziplining and swinging on the giant tire swing. This morning they wokeup at home and asked if we could go back to camp.
If you’re a foodie - the outdoor kitchen is a camping dream and we couldn’t have asked for a better setup!
The only thing I would caution is that the road into camp that is not maintained is rough, rocky (and long, about 7 miles) and I think it would be ideal if you were in a vehicle with some clearance such as SUV or truck. That being said, two minivans did make it into camp (albeit, a little nerve rattled). IMO, it’s worth the drive because you are headed to an adventure of a lifetime 😀
Positive, fun, well spent
There are so many great things I could type out about this host. I’m torn between wanting to share this spot with everyone I know but also wanting to keep it a secret because it was like a little oasis. The hosts were by far some of the nicest people I’ve ever met before.. it felt like we were catching up with family we hadn’t seen in awhile. There were so many options for all of our kids to do, an incredible view at night of the stars and a perfect mix of rough camping and clamping. We will never forget our weekend at El Ranch De CMS and will for sure return again and again.
Fantastic camping stay
The host Steve and Pat were nothing short of amazing. They made a point to connect with each member of the parties staying there and that included the small kids. Steve made it a point to take my wife and I on a tour of the property and he spent his own gas money to so. The say was one of the best camping trip I have ever taken and we can wait to return for another fantastic time