Need A break from City life?

Living a high density, fast paced Lifestyle can be exhausting

At the Bar SZ Ranch you can relax, rejuvenate, walk with a swagger, and enjoy our casual country lifestyle. Would you rather spend the weekend sitting in traffic or feeling the breeze in your hair while on our favorite tree swing. Located 2.5hrs south of San Francisco, perfect for a weekend getaway. 

 

At the Bar SZ…

we offer A dude ranch experience close to the bay area

You are welcome to feed and groom the animals, collect chicken eggs, go horseback riding, learn to rope, practice archery, take a hayride, walk a pig, snuggle a chicken, go skeet and target shooting, explore the creek, hike the vista, play games, BBQ over oak, relax around the campfire, roast s’mores, soak in the stars, and more.

 

A different kind of lifestyle

Still not sure what we do?

Imagine a super peaceful, slow-paced lifestyle where you can do as much or as little as you’d like. The intention is for you to relax and unwind and be removed from the distractions of life. Put down your phones, turn off the TV, make eye contact, and bond through play. There is something for everyone at the Bar SZ Ranch.

 

Visit Us Today

In total we have three houses, two glamping cottages, and a campground. Let us know which accommodation you prefer and for how many guests and we’ll send over the dates available.

Individual Families • small groups • large gatherings • exclusive Rentals • Houses

company Retreats • Company Retreats

Weddings • Weddings

We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.
— Charles E. Shaefer
 

Featured Reviews

Walk A Pig

If you’re looking for a plush and relaxing vacation, go to the Ritz. If you want to ride horses, climb boulders, milk a goat, chase a chicken, line dance, BBQ, watch movies under the stars, shoot lots of guns (safely!), walk a pig, play with cats and bunnies, have a campfire, do archery, feed chickens, brush horses, and tons more, this is your place! My adult children were so sad we had to leave. 

When we were planning our reunion we looked up 'dude ranches'.  They were soooo expensive for such a large group.  This is a terrific alternative - close to the Bay Area, cost effective, and so much fun.  You will read a lot about Tim and Michelle Borland, all of it is true.  These are genuine people who will do anything for you to have a good experience.  Their 3 children are adorable and so helpful.

We tried to narrow down the one single highlight of the trip - impossible.  But one of the best was the evening trail ride with the horses.  It comes with training by Michelle (a horse training expert) in the riding pavilion followed by a beautiful ride as the sun sets.  Upon returning to the pavilion we were able to get the horses to gallop.

One of the great experiences was in setting up the finances.  They did so much for our trip - from letting us use the really big BBQ, setting up the carnival games for the kids, setting up the archery, that I wondered how much more the add-ons were going to be.  Nothing!  Yes we knew about the shooting and horse expenses, but that is pretty much it - no nickel and diming.  We had such a great experience - thank you Tim and Michelle!

- Steve & Marilyn, Yelp Review

 
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Family Centered Adventure

We enjoyed feeding/petting the farm animals, horseback riding, shooting, archery, hayrides, fire pit & s'more action... going back to the house for lunch/naps, quiet time, BBQing and having all the luxuries of a house. 

We enjoyed fresh eggs from the ranch every morning. Our bigger kids couldn't wait to go "egg hunting" in the chicken houses. Our oldest learned how to rope a (pretend) cow.  Our 3-year-old twins (who are apprehensive toward all animals and are absolutely terrified of the Chick-fil-a cow) loved riding lessons with the horses. The looks on their proud faces was priceless!

This summer we went to Maui, Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe with the family and our very favorite was the ranch. It's like nothing we had experienced before. 

They take in rescued animals as well as train up college students through a work program/certificate with something to do with caring for animals (sorry, can't remember the specifics here). Knowing both only added to my depth of appreciation for them and the privilege I felt that I crossed paths with them, as well as the ranch, this summer. 

We had looked at other ranch experiences that were "all inclusive" and we couldn't justify it. The price was too high and the schedules were too strict. We wanted a space where we could be us (accommodating all the naps, melt downs and needs of our family) and spend as much or as little time doing activities as we wanted (priced accordingly). 

This was a no-pressure, family centered, adventurous and memorable vacation.

- Allie, Yelp Review

 
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Feels Like Montana

This place is just unreal! Totally blew all my expectations out of the water and I can't wait to come back soon. 

I came up for a friend's birthday celebration in a group of 10. We had booked camping sites ($50 pp/pn) but it was raining on Friday and they upgraded us for free to an exquisite, cozy house on the property - complete with kitchen, TV, towels, BBQ etc. So kind and hospitable of them!

First off, the property is amazing!! So gorgeous in the spring time, it seriously feels like you're in the middle of Montana and it's so refreshing and freeing to be able to de-stress from city life in this beautiful, peaceful environment. There are so many animals to pet and bond with and you're free to stroll and enjoy the picturesque valley to your heart's desire. In the common areas, the rustic, curated details (string lights, vintage trucks) made it feel like a real getaway. A pool table, poker room, ping pong, various sport areas and common cooking areas/fire pits make sure you have plenty of activities to keep yourself entertained and maybe even meet some friends and neighbors on the property.

Tim, Michelle and the kids were such gracious and knowledgeable hosts, and the value of the activities they hosted, horseback riding and skeet shooting were top tier. They never rushed us or seemed inconvenienced by our requests, and were so easy to chat with. The kids are really some of the most respectful and adorable children I've ever encountered, and they were such a help around the ranch.

Thank you Bar SZ Ranch for an unforgettable experience! We will be back soon and will make sure we tell all our friends about your awesome, awesome business :)

- Anna, Yelp Review

 

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