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Dear Glenda and Rankin Ranch,

We have just returned home from our stay at beautiful Rankin Ranch.  I wanted to express how much we enjoyed our experience with you in peaceful Walker Basin.  We were so impressed with your hospitality, the lovely grounds of the ranch house, the delicious food, and friendly staff.  I loved the low-key, quiet feel of the ranch, and the way you keep everything in a natural setting.  I will never forget the BBQ under the magnificent willow trees out in the meadow.  One of my favorite memories is an early morning walk along the road, when I enjoyed perfect stillness while bird watching.  I also had fun visiting and joking with Bill Rankin, as well as the rest of the Rankin Family.  Many thanks again for your thoughtfulness with the birthday card and t-shirt for Jim!  We will be talking about our experience for a long time and hope to return.  Thank you for creating a very peaceful, memorable, and beautiful experience in Walker Basin. Best wishes, Georgette (May 2015) May and September are the perfect time for a peaceful adult getaway, especially during the weeknights.
One of many wonderful submissions tour 2009 Rankin Ranch memories contest…
I've been hooked on Rankin Ranch since my first trip in April 2006. I’m a single person and was looking for a safe vacation spot that I could go by myself. Other “singles” vacations I looked into were just not my style. When I found Rankin Ranch it was exactly what I was looking for. I love to ride horses, the location is great and you can just relax and have peace. I came to the ranch alone but I wasn’t left out of anything… they have a way of making you feel at home and part of the family. I tell my friends that it’s great because you can spend time by yourself, but you also have opportunities to meet other people and be involved in ranch activities. Meal times are great because everyone sits together so you can get to know the other people who are sharing the ranch with you. The food is GREAT, the Rankin family is full of smiles and they all made me feel very safe. And last but not least I can forget Dave and the fun and informative trial rides. I look forward to coming back every year. Angelique (Victorville, Ca.)
Hi Rankins!
First, thanks again for a great time. Our year wouldn’t be the same without this trip. People have wondered why we go to the same place every year, but they’ll never understand unless they’ve been there. After 14 years and 18 visits, it’s really become a second home. And what lessons everyone can learn from each of you - that of hardwork, dedication, warmth, humility and serving others. You really do put most of us to shame. So just know that all of that is greatly appreciated. Thanks again, Chris & Sharon (Visalia, Ca. - October 2007)
We look forward to seeing Chris and Sharon each fall. 2019 marks their 26th year vacationing at Rankin Ranch!
We decided on the Rankin Ranch for part of out dream holiday because of two things: (1) its location – being near to the other places we were visiting and (2) Its excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. We were not disappointed. The ranch is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a lovely basin surrounded by wooded hills. Only 2 1/2 hours from L.A., but it could be in another world, and significantly because of its elevation its 10° or more cooler than the Bakersfield valley. The horses are wonderful, well looked after and most of them are real working quarter horses though ideal for complete novices like us. The family and staff make you really welcome, and after a hectic 10 days sightseeing this was an oasis of peace and calm. Park the car and forget it, lovely walks, no TV, fresh air, early morning rides and plenty to keep the kids occupied. Something to do every night whether it was Bingo, Hay Ride and barbeque, Pool Competition, magic show, and in the heat of the day, chilling by the pool, or practicing archery in the shady grove near the playing field... if you want to spend peaceful days in a little piece of heaven on earth, getting back to nature while having all your needs taken care of and the kids occupied and enthralled then you should book now. All in all it was just about perfect. Thanks again, Michael & Dawn (United Kingdom - August 2008)
To the Rankins & Everyone in that very large family,
Thank you all for a fantastic visit and fabulous vacation!! Every one of you made Morgan and I feel so welcome. Whether it was letting me put my morning milk in the refrigerator or tracking us down to see if we were going to ride or straightening the mess only Morgan can make – it was all done with caring and a smile. Rankin Ranch is a magical place! I hadn’t seen my daughter in a year (away at college), nor been on vacation in 9 years; Nothing I could have imagined would have been better than the reality of our time there. On our last day, we were already talking about our next trip there. You are each so special – and so are the other guests, who contributed to the fun of it all. We had THE BEST TIME! Stay healthy, be blessed, and we will see you soon! Gratefully, Morgan & Melannie (Agoura Hills, Ca. - October 2007)
Follow up letter from Melannie in January 2008... “It is going to be our annual mom and daughter retreat. We had such an incredible, relaxing time.”
Rankin Ranch was honored to be one of the destinations chosen to included in Parents Magazine's article "Where the Wild Things Are".  They complied a great list of family vacations ideas. Spend your summer vacay showing kids animals and sea creatures in their natural habitat.  Family travel experts nominated their favorite mountain, woods, and beach destinations, and then Parents dug up details to pick the heads of the pack....If your kids love horses, they'll flip over this all-inclusive dude ranch in the south-central part of the state, two and a half hours or so from L.A.  Read the full article written by Karen Cicero in the April 2014 issue of Parents Magazine.
CaliforniaWeekend.Com…2007 Featured Article “So what is it about this particular ranch that keeps them coming back? Part of it could be the area's beauty — a majestic tapestry of meadows and pine forests found in the mountains about 40 miles east of Bakersfield. Part of it could be the boundless recreational opportunities in the area, including several daily horseback rides at the ranch. And part of it could be the Kids Program that provides trained counselors for the youngsters almost any time of day. While all of that's appealing, we have our own theory why people get hooked on Rankin Ranch: The Rankin family. There's just something that feels good about experiencing a few days in the life of a hard-working ranch family where old-fashioned family values aren't really old-fashioned.” Read more
Rankin Ranch: Escape From Reality We were pleased to have been featured on our local news station, KERO 23. During the summer of 2009, Rankin Ranch was included in their “Staycations” segment. Read more here
Los Angeles Times…September 2007 Travel Section by Donna Wares “It’s lively and fun, but relaxing too – and that’s what keeps folks returning yearly to family-run Rankin Ranch in the Tehachapis.” See More October 2007 Homesickness. That’s what struck me when I began reading about the Rankin Ranch in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times. It is a very appropriate article. Ah, the memories flooded back of the winding drive up to the Ranch, the pleasant welcome we received on arrival. The wonderful food and camaraderie with other guests, the barbeques, horseback rides, cows calling out at night, following the activity of the cattle ranch, discussions with Bill in his truck, and many other pleasant times. I first started coming to the ranch when my grandsons were about 12 and 14 years old. Now, Jesse, age 28 is an insurance agent in the area, and Jacob, age 26 is a contractor who just remodeled our kitchen. Both boys smile broadly when reminded of the Ranch….Please give my warm regards to Bill, Glenda, Sarah and Amanda, Jason and Dave. Richard Gripp (La Mesa, CA) Great Escapes: Southern California…May 2008 by Donna Wares