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.
Directions: 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.
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.
Step #1 - Head directly to the campground upon arrival using the first driveway on the right, there is no check-in office.
Step #2 - Unpack and settle in, you may pick the location of your choice.
Step #3 - Walk up to Doc's Bar and use the information board to sign up for activities and get an update on events.
All activities are included in your stay besides horseback riding and shooting, sign up at our SZ Check-in station upon arrival. Activities may be limited January through March due to weather, check with onsite staff upon arrival.
Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is available for guests who can ride independently ($60/person), and arena rides are available when kids need to be led around ($40/person). For more information regarding riding at the ranch, click here.
Shooting: We provide all supplies necessary and include a hayride out to our range ($50/person). For more information regarding our shooting range, click here.
Barn Rules: Kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times when around the barn and animals.
Oak BBQ: We will provide wood and get the fire started on Saturday nights (April through October). If you’d like a BBQ any other time please bring your own wood and/or charcoal in addition to food, tableware, and drinks.
Packing and Planning
Off-site Amenities: The nearest amenities are 45 minutes away, pack in everything you plan on needing.
On-site Amenities: One potty, two showers, s'more sticks, seating around the fire pit, a nightly campfire, and picnic tables.
Cooking: Santa Maria style BBQ, bring your own food, drinks, and tableware for all outside dining. We also have one Weber grill for guests to share, please bring your own briquettes. Our small camp kitchen has a pop-up toaster, toaster oven, microwave, two-burner stove, Keurig, and wash station for dishes. We don't have a campfire for cooking over.
What's Provided with Cowboy Village: Each cottage has six twin beds, two full beds, linens with a down comforter, bath towels, an electric heater, and a fan.
What You Bring: Food, drinks, tableware, pots/pans/utensils, chocolate/marshmallows/crackers, toiletries, flashlight, 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 in Hollister, King City, and Coalinga.
Water: We provide filtered drinking water, bring a reusable container and you can refill as necessary.
Campfires: The community campfire will begin every night at sunset. We have plenty of seating and the fire is included in your stay. Campfires are provided ALL year long!
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 please be aware that our curfew isn’t until midnight.
Curfew: The common area will shut down every night at 12am (lights out, fire out, music off).
Dogs: We no longer permit dogs onsite, our policy is firm so please don't ask for an exception. Thanks for respecting our boundaries and our animals.
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.
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.
Firearms: You are permitted to bring your own firearms and ammo as long as you check them in with Tim upon arrival. He keeps all shooting supplies locked up until it’s time to go to the range. The same rules apply for airsoft guns.
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
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.
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Map & Address
“Not all those who wonder are lost.”
- Said the last group of friends who never made it out
Be sure to write down the directions below, GPS doesn’t always work out in the country.
Bar SZ Ranch
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.