Welcome to the Bar SZ Ranch!
Check-in: 3pm - If you arrive before 10pm we will be around to answer questions and help you settle in.
Check-out: 11am - Please leave your space as clean as you found it.
Arriving: You will lose reception on your way out and GPS can be spotty, we recommend following our written directions at the bottom of this page. Pull into the first entrance and follow signs for camping, for the safety of our animals and children please respect our 5 mph speed limit.
Prior To Arriving
Guest List: Provide us with a list of each guest you are expecting, first and last names required.
Online Waiver: Each guest on your list MUST sign a waiver PRIOR to arriving, click here.
Packing and Planning
Amenities: The nearest amenities are 45 minutes away, pack in everything you plan on needing.
What's Provided for Campers: One potty, two showers, s'more sticks, seating around the fire pit, a nightly campfire, one Weber grill (charcoal not included), one Santa Maria style grill (wood not included), and picnic tables.
What's Provided with Cowboy Village: Six twin beds and two full beds in each cottage, linens plus a down comforter, a bath towel, one electric heater, one fan, one potty and two showers by the barn, s'more sticks, seating around the fire pit, a nightly campfire, one Weber grill (charcoal not included), one Santa Maria style grill (wood not included), and picnic tables.
What You Bring: Food, drinks, tableware, chocolate/marshmallows/crackers, toiletries, flashlights, sunscreen, hats, bikes/helmets, games, tennis shoes or boots, jeans, multiple layers of clothes for the evenings, and anything else that may personalize your country experience.
Coffee/Tea: We provide a Keurig coffee maker and fresh water for all campers and glampers, please bring your own coffee pods if you'd like to use it. The Keurig can also brew hot water for a morning cup of tea.
Grocery Stores: There is a Costco in Gilroy, San Luis Obispo, and Bakersfield, or you can find a standard grocery store closer to the ranch in Hollister, King City, and Coalinga.
All activities are included in your stay besides horseback riding and shooting, you may sign up at Doc's Bar upon arrival.
Horseback Riding: Horseback riding and pony rides are available in both the arena and on the trail. For more information regarding riding at the ranch, click here.
Shooting: We provide all supplies necessary and include a hayride out to our range. If interested you may bring your own guns/ammo, all personal supplies MUST be checked into a secure location with onsite staff upon arrival. For more information regarding our shooting range, click here.
Community: The onsite experience is very communal and our main campground is close to the common area. If you have young kids or find yourself in bed by 9pm you may want to consider setting up in The Grove. If you're interested, ask an onsite member for help.
Curfew: The common area will shut down every night at 12am (lights out, fire out, music off).
Cooking: We have a few Santa Maria style BBQs which you are welcome to use, please bring your own wood. We also have one Weber grill for guests to share, please bring your own briquettes. At the moment we don't have a campfire for cooking over.
Dogs: We no longer permit dogs onsite, our policy is firm so please don't ask for an exception. Thanks for respecting our boundaries.
Campfires: The community campfire will begin every night at sunset. We have plenty of seating and the fire is included in your stay. Campfires ALL year!
Wi-Fi: Wi-fi is provided in the common area although it may be a bit spotty.
Cell Service: Although there is no cell coverage on the ranch we do have a micro-cell in the common area which works for Verizon and Sprint customers. AT&T customers need to speak with Tim or Michelle if they would like to access the AT&T micro-cell.
Firewood: Wood is provided for the outdoor campfire at Doc's Bar, we do not permit additional fires for individual groups.
Bags of Ice: We have a new ice maker and are now selling 20lb bags of ice.
Weather: Although we live in the city of Paicines it is a very large area so take the weather report with a grain of salt.
Fun Fact: Our density ratio is ONE person per square mile. San Francisco has 17,000 people per square mile, San Jose has 5,000 people per square mile, Los Angeles has 8,000 people per square mile, and coming in at the top is East Hollywood at 31,000 people per square mile. Come and enjoy our open space!
Onsite Support: There is always staff onsite, feel free to ask if you need help.
Smoking: Smoking is permitted in designated areas only, you may NOT walk around the ranch while smoking. Our designated areas are specifically located far from dry grass as well as the barn, riding arena, horses and other animals. Cigarette butts are a very serious matter for our animals, please do not leave a single one on the ground.
Medical Services: The nearest medical services are in Hollister which is a 45 minute drive from the ranch. Amenities include hospital, pharmacies, and drugstores. We have a basic first aid kit on site but encourage our guests to come prepared with supplies they may need. List of Local Services
Family Photography: If you would like to book a family photo session during your stay we have a local photographer who will come out to the ranch and capture the beautiful country setting. Please contact Averi direct at 831.821.0338, Reins & Roses Photography.
Wonderful spot in a beautiful bit if countryside. Flat ground, hot showers, communal grill and fire pit, friendly hosts, fantastic views and super-cute baby donkeys. Couldn't ask for more. If you're wondering if it's worth the extra cost of staying here instead of at the campsite at Pinnacles... yes. Yes it is.
Pete - Hipcamp Traveler
- Clean up all cooking areas and put borrowed items back where you found them.
- If you need a cleaning station for washing dishes ask any onsite member. Please do not dump food in the campground or wash dishes outside of designated area.
- We have limited underground water, please conserve.
If you need help please ask any onsite member for support.
Map & Address
10001 Willow Creek Road
Paicines, CA 95043
From Northern CA, Hwy 101
Hwy 101 S towards Gilroy. Hwy 25 S towards Hollister/East Pinnacles. Pass through Hollister. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FOOD AND GAS AND CELL COVERAGE!! Pass through Tres Pinos. Continue on Hwy 25 towards the Pinnacles, about 30min. From the entrance to the Pinnacles continue on Hwy 25 another 3.2mi. Left turn onto San Benito Lateral (SZ Ranch sign). Continue on 1.6mi, staying left at the fork (follow ranch sign), the ranch is up on the right.
From Northern CA, I-5
I-5 south, exit 152. West on 152, south on 156, south on 25 towards Hollister/East Pinnacles. Pass through Hollister. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FOOD AND GAS AND CELL COVERAGE!! Pass through Tres Pinos. Continue on Hwy 25 towards the Pinnacles, about 30min. From the entrance to the Pinnacles continue on Hwy 25 another 3.2mi. Left turn onto San Benito Lateral (SZ Ranch sign). Continue on 1.6mi, staying left at the fork (follow ranch sign), the ranch is up on the right.
From Southern CA, Hwy 101
Hwy 101 N towards King City. Exit 1st St, turn right. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FOOD AND GAS AND CELL COVERAGE!! Turn right again on Bitterwater Rd. After 15.5 miles this will dead-end into Hwy 25 (Airline Hwy), turn left and you will be going north on Hwy 25. After 11.5 miles make a right turn at San Benito Lateral, with the windmill and a sign for Bar SZ Ranch. Continue on 1.6mi, stay left at the fork (follow the ranch sign), you will find us on the right side.
From Southern CA, I-5
I-5 N to W Jayne (hwy 33), left turn off the freeway, towards Coalinga. W Jayne becomes Hwy 33. Enter Coalinga and make a left turn on Hwy 198, towards King City/Hollister. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE FOR FOOD AND GAS AND CELL COVERAGE!! Stay on 198 for about 50min. When you come out of the hills you will decend down a big grade. At the bottom you will make a right onto Hwy 25 towards Hollister/Pinnacles. Continue on Hwy 25 for about 50min. Make a right turn at San Benito Lateral, with the windmill and a sign for Bar SZ Ranch. Continue on 1.6mi, stay left at the fork (follow the ranch sign), you will find us on the right side.