The Work Family Guest Ranch is a 12,000-acre, family-owned guest ranch located outside of Paso Robles, California near San Luis Obispo County. 

It’s a great place for a unique California family vacation or a California guest ranch experience. You could enjoy a New Zealand style farmstay/farm stay, or just spend part of your day experiencing a western style horseback ride through the pastoral hills and valleys on the ranch. Looking for a ranch experience of your own? Work Family Guest Ranch is happy to customize our California ranching experience as the quintessential Paso Robles getaway, family vacation, day adventure or as an added touch to your next visit to Paso Robles wine country.

This vacation experience puts you in touch with horses, cows, goats, chickens, horseback riding, old barns, hay stacks, fields of barley, grazing cattle, rolling grassy hills, majestic oaks, barn owls, an environmental stewardship discussion, and many opportunities for California wildlife photography and amazing sunsets.

Work Family Guest Ranch is situated roughly midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA in the Cholame Hills, situated just outside of the rustic country town of San Miguel.

“Devoted to connecting people & families to the rural way of life.”
Owned and operated in San Miguel, California since the 1880s.

California horseback riding at its best!
Rejuvenate your soul and relax amongst the rolling, oak-studded hillsides at Work Family Guest Ranch. Nestled in Paso Robles, CA, the ranch offers 12,000 acres of oak woodlands in a working cattle ranch setting. The Work family warmly welcomes you to experience “life off the beaten path” in California’s rugged countryside from the vantage of horseback or the comfort of homey lodging facilities.

Whether you’re looking to book a horseback riding adventure, disembark on your first farmstay experience, arrange a wedding getaway, secure year-long horseback riding privileges or to enroll in one of our annual horseback riding camps held throughout the year, Work Family Guest Ranch is here to accommodate you.

Horseback riding opportunities abound at the Work Family Guest Ranch. Numerous trails meander throughout the ranch with riding for a variety of skill levels. Whether you’re driving in from San Francisco or Los Angeles, CA with a horse trailer or want to have us match you up with one of our horses to fit your horseback riding ability, just let us know. Work Family Guest Ranch is happy to custom-tailor our horseback riding program to meet the needs of individual horse riders looking for a unique experience in the rural northern portion of San Luis Obispo County, CA. From the rolling, oak-studded hillsides to the magnificent hilltop views, Work Family Guest Ranch will be a horseback riding adventure you’ll never forget.v

The unique experiences we offer present the chance to experience life from the panorama of the ranchers and farmers who carry on multigenerational ranching traditions. Imagine having the entire ranch at your family’s footsteps, soak in the sights and sounds of an untouched California landscape while delighting in the rough and rugged. Experience California wine country untamed, and be sure to book your stay today at Work Family Guest Ranch.

Experience California ranch life
The California ranching lifestyle isn’t as far away as you may think. Work Family Guest Ranch is devoted to connecting people and families to the rural way of life. Take a step back in time to a place far away from urban development while soaking in beauty of California ranch lands that are being preserved for future generations to come at the Work Family Guest Ranch.
The ranch offers a fun-filled, down-home kind of getaway to experience and explore the unique adventures of ranch life. Whether you are looking for a simple unique California vacation experience or some horseback riding over the rolling grassy hills, the guest ranch is an attraction near Paso Robles that you won’t want to miss!

Youth Horse Camps
Youth horse camps are held throughout the year at Work Family Guest Ranch. Introductory equine clinics and horse camps provide children the chance to introduce themselves to horses, build upon their skills and experience the thrill of camaraderie on the horse trail. Youth horseback riding camps are also a great way to introduce children to the California ranching way of life with fun educational opportunities along the way.

Ranchstay at our Guest House
Ranchstay at our guest house at the Work Family Guest Ranch offer visitors the opportunity to see the ins-and-outs of the California ranching lifestyle. Get your hands dirty in the garden, help tend to the farm animals, partake in a farm-to-table dinner and relish in the magnificent Paso Robles sunsets. This New Zealand-style farm stay opportunity is a one-of-a-kind experience in San Luis Obispo County, CA.