Meander. Stroll. Mosey. That is what you will be inclined to do as soon as you set foot on historic Rancho Grande, which might be just 15 miles from Ojai, but feels like you are a world away. Here you can meander through the hills on horseback, take a moonlight stroll around Upper Lake and mosey up to the barbecue grill for some home-cooked vittles before turning in for the night.
There are no city lights, sounds of traffic or nearby neighbors on this approximately 200-acre piece of back country heaven. Instead, you will find cattle, horses, fishing lakes, open land and cabins that perfectly balance rustic charm and modern comforts.
Located in the secluded back country of the Rose Valley Recreation Area in the Los Padres National Forest, visiting Rancho Grande is a bit like being transported back to the Old West – but with modern conveniences. However, it is just a short drive from the village of Ojai – just in case visiting city folk need to pick up some organic produce at the farmers market or take in a little arts and culture, fine dining or boutique shopping.
This working ranch was built in the 1800s, and original buildings dot the landscape, including the Rose Valley School House, which has been transformed into a guest cabin, and the original home, which has been updated with modern comforts and is now known as The Lodge. Another of the original buildings is now used as a central power station for this off-grid ranch and houses the batteries for the solar panel system and the back-up generator.
From the ranch, you can explore the surrounding mountains on the Nordhoff Ridge Trail, Howard Creek Trail or Piedra Blanca Trail. On the ranch, you can live out just about any Old West dream, including hosting a barn dance in The Rock Room event hall, picking apples from trees planted in the 1800s, fishing or swimming in one of the three spring-fed lakes, rounding up cattle or telling tall tales around a campfire.
Where we’re located
Rancho Grande is located in Rose Valley, about 20 miles northeast of Ojai, a town nestled in a scenic valley surrounded by orange groves and natural beauty. The town is easy to explore and an ideal destination for family vacations in California, offering boutique hotels, art galleries, and concerts in the park, summer festivals, and recreation opportunities, including hiking, wine tasting and spiritual retreats, as well as the farmers’ market on Sunday with local organic produce.Chain stores are prohibited in Ojai to encourage local small business development and keep the town unique. Ojai is known as a destination for wellness and fitness, from luxurious spa resorts to more casual,
Chain stores are prohibited in Ojai to encourage local small business development and keep the town unique. Ojai is known as a destination for wellness and fitness, from luxurious spa resorts to more casual, all-inclusive health and fitness packages. While kids are playing baseball, parents can enjoy time off, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It’s an ideal week (or weekend) vacation that the whole family can appreciate, while their child gets a wonderful experience playing baseball in an awe-inspiring outdoor environment. Ojai is close to many other destinations; it is less than a 2-hour drive north from Los Angeles and a 45-minute drive south from Santa Barbara.