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Downer Ranch: Horses roam free around the property

General

  • Stay at a 72-acre California animal sanctuary and historic goldmine
  • A half-hour drive to Kings Canyon National Park entrance
  • Naturist-friendly campground with hiking trails and firepits

Downer Ranch is a 72-acre animal sanctuary in rural California, about 10 minutes’ drive from the little town of Squaw Valley and 40 minutes from Fresno.

Book your spot here and you’ll be staying among the resident animals at this 100-year former cattle ranch and gold mine. The gang includes free-roaming horses, sheep, dogs and cats – they’re a friendly bunch, and even more so if you happen to have a stash of suitable snacks. You’re perfectly welcome to get to know the animals and learn about them, but please don’t put yourself or any children on the horses (and please remember to close gates – they have a reputation for being escape artists…)

This is a fabulous area for hiking, close to trails in both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. As a warm-up for those routes you can follow walking trails around the ranch itself, including a rather steep walk that takes you up to the top of the property, which joins onto 140 acres of BLM land.

Facilities at this property include compost toilet tents (both permanent and temporary), an enclosed outdoor shower and an outdoor eating area that’s got seating, solar lighting and a barbecue with both charcoal and gas grilling options.

Campfires are allowed at the sites most of the time, except during periods of high fire alert. Two communal fire rings are also available and you’re welcome to use these at any time.

Life here is pretty ladiback, so the campground welcomes naturist guests but you're under no obligation to shed your clothes if you don't want to.

Please note

Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

Reception is unmanned after 10 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time so that the team can provide information about your unit/site.

At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.

Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.

If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

No charcoal barbecues allowed.

This is a quiet park: no music is allowed.

Guests are advised to bring a good quality flashlight with them as parts of the park are unlit.

The campground/park does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Breed-specific legislation (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 06/01 and 10/31 (subject to weather conditions).

If staying in winter (November-March), you are strongly advised to have a 4x4 or AWD vehicle; once the heavy rains start, the roads can be very slick and muddy.

Campfires will not be allowed on individual pitches during periods of high fire alert; please use the communal firepits.

Please note that this is a naturist-friendly campground.


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Features

Coronavirus

Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: self check-in (unattended)

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Hand sanitizing stations

More frequent emptying of bins

No cash accepted on site

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Swimming pool entry quota

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Teens' club

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Tents for hire

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Nudist

Rallies welcome

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Type

Farm

Very large (over 200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Caravan storage facilities

Gray water hook-up for caravans

Motorhome service point

Water hook-up points for caravans

Location

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  • 40580 Ruth Hill Road, Dunlap, California, USA, 93675
  • Timezone America/Los_Angeles PDT (GMT-07:00)   GPS 36.7335°N 119.1259°W

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Attractions and activities nearby include:

- Project Survival Cat Haven: five minutes’ drive

- Sierra Peaks Winery: 10 minutes

- King’s Canyon National Park entrance: half an hour

- Sequoia National Park: 40 minutes

- Fresno (for the zoo, Forestiere Underground Gardens and Meux Home Museum): 40 minutes

- Pine Flat Lake (walks and fishing): 45 minutes

- Old Town Clovis: 45 minutes

- General Sherman tree: an hour and 15 minutes.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

RV, travel trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
Depart by:  4 p.m.

Downer Ranch cancelation policy

No refunds within 30 days of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 90 day(s) of arrival.

The park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

Deposit transferable during COVID-19. Downer Ranch will debit the balance from your card 60 days before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 60 days then the balance will be taken immediately.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.

Payment methods accepted at the park

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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • Does Downer Ranch have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Downer Ranch dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Downer Ranch? Attractions and activities nearby include: - Project Survival Cat Haven: five minutes’ drive - Sierra Peaks Winery: 10 minutes - King’s Canyon National Park entrance: half an hour - Sequoia National Park: … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Downer Ranch?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  Anytime –  Anytime
    Depart by:  4 p.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Downer Ranch? From $56 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 90 day(s) of arrival.

Admission
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorization from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Please pick any available site on arrival.
The park will send you further check-in information 2 day(s) before your arrival.

Dogs
A valid vaccination certificate must accompany your dog.
Dogs must be kept on leashes and supervised at all times.
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.
The campground/park does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Breed-specific legislation (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro) and/or any of the following: Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Rottweiler, any Mastiff or Tosa.
Your dog must be tattooed or microchipped.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Please note that the toilet/shower facilities are unisex.
Public areas are non-smoking.
Quiet hours must be respected between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
The park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.
This is a quiet park: no music is allowed.

Pool
Please note there is no lifeguard on duty.
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 06/01 and 10/31 (subject to weather conditions).

Reception
Reception is unmanned after 10 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time so that the team can provide information about your unit/site.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Firearms are not permitted.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality flashlight with them as parts of the park are unlit.
If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.
No charcoal barbecues allowed.
Open fires are prohibited.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Additional terms

Please note that this is a naturist-friendly campground.

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