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Tough to find, you will need a high clearance four wheel vehicle to get in there but the drive is beautiful through the canyon. The Barker Ranch was built around 1940 by Bluch and Helen Thomason who tried their hand at gold mining. In 1955...More
Who knew that this once small ranch in the middle of no where would be the hideaway and capture location for Manson and his "Family" . So sad that this place has burned down now, used to be much more impressive. Want to come visit...More
Sure, this place is difficult to get to and has some "history", but your trip will be well worth it.
The accommodations are sparse and, admittedly, a little run down (or burned to the ground). But, that's part of the experience that makes Barker Ranch...More
Do NOT go in from the Warm Springs Camp! We rented a jeep from Farabee Jeep Rental place by Furnace Creek. The road gets EXTREMELY treturous and unless if you are an experienced 4x4 driver and have your head screwed on straight, I would not...More
We found it VERY difficult to find the ranch and we had a great time doing it!
We rented a Farabee Jeep, thank god. Someone had previously told me that I should have no problem getting there in my Kia Rondo and there is no...More
We went up to barker's ranch jan.17,2010. It was quite a ride up there. Only one kinda rough spot where 4wd helps. Someone has burned the place down but there is still plenty to see.I got a bunch of fabulous pictures. Another ranch is right...More
I really love Barker Ranch! Yes you have to know how to get there and as of Jan. "08 4 wheel drive is the preferred method of traveI especially as there are other places nearby to explore which do require some wheel beneath you. I...More
Getting to Barker Ranch is quite easy. The road gets a little rough after you pass the ghost town of Ballarat. Any 2wd drive truck or 4x4 can make it. Goler wash road as of may 2007 is still in pretty good shape. On the...More
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How was the road into Barker Ranch? Would any high clearance 4x4 make it? Or do you need a Jeep? Planning a trip there in November 2015.