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  • Established

    2002. Guest ranch since 2021
  • Owner

    Dori Newman and Neil Goldstein
  • Manager

    Dori Newman
  • Tel

    7034003674
  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $500 - $650
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Maximum Guests

    6
  • Works with travel agents?

    No
  • Great For

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Solitude, Weddings
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Welcome to the happiest place in the Hi-Desert, located between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree.

Established in 2002 as a hobby ranch by 'Cowboy Ed', Rancho Contento is ready-made for a good-times desert getaway – 10 beautiful acres with scenic views of both Joshua Tree National Monument and the peaks of San Jacinto Mountains await.

This end-of-the-road western-inspired desert oasis is ideal for family getaways, romantic escapes, creative retreats and celebrations of all kinds. Find your desert fun – and zen – at Rancho Contento.

*Price on Ranchweb.com is per/night for the entire property, not per/person

Good time to go

Rancho Contento is the perfect place to gather year round. This end-of-the-road western-inspired desert oasis is ideal for family getaways, romantic escapes, creative retreats and celebrations of all kinds.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 0 and over

Children are welcome at Rancho Contento.

Baby Sitting Provided By

By guest request.

Environmental & Social Practices

Environment

The ranch has an active well. We use a Halo 5 water filtration system for the freshest, cleanest, tastiest H20.

Community

For those looking to meet and ride with the desert locals, let us know. We'll get you set up with someone from this incredible community.

Ranch History

The recently renovated ranch house combines a modern cozy design with many of Cowboy Ed’s original art installations – each with a story.

Explore the grounds and connect with nature and wildlife, or take a hike among desert blooms.

Look for birds including Quail and Red Tail Hawks. Listen for coyotes at night while stargazing into the Milky Way galaxy. Enjoy a golden cotton candy sunset. Stay awhile... (and we’d love it if you helped feed the chickens, too!).

There are (2) 48x72 turnouts each turnout has a 16x24 shader. There’s another big turnout (the cattle pen) with shader and a 110 ft. round pen (arena)

If separate, the turnouts can hold 3 horses. If combining horses up to 9 or so.

Your Manager, Dori Newman

Originally from the east coast, Dori now lives full time in the hi-desert – and loves every minute of it. She's truly living out her dream of welcoming guests to a magical desert hobby ranch.

Your manager

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented
  • Alcohol

    BYOB
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire), bar & grille

The kitchen is stocked with cooking and baking essentials, and features a Viking stove, Viking wine fridge, smoothie bar, French Press and coffee, and all the basics you'll need to prepare a full meal, bbq or snack.

*For an additional fee we’ll stock your kitchen with your favorite groceries.

Guest Favourites

  • Kitchen In The Desert
  • Giant Rock Meeting Room
  • Red Dog Saloon

About our Wines

Let us know what you'd like us to stock

Lowdown

  • Address

    51245 Northridge Rd
    Morongo Valley
    California
    92256
    USA
  • Remote Location

    No
  • Elevation

    2980 ft
  • Private Land

    more than 50k acres
  • Public Land

    more than 50k acres

Nearest Town - Palm Springs

Palm Springs has a population of 50,000 (approx), and is situated 18 miles / 30 mins from the Ranch.

Facilities in Palm Springs include: grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum.

For shopping Palm Springs offers: small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, malls, western wear.

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required

Nearest Airports

Palm Springs International Airport, Palm Springs

Distance

18 miles / 30 mins

Airlines

Delta, United, Alaska, JetBlue, Southwest, Air Canada

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required


Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles

Distance

121 miles / 2 hours

Airlines

Delta, United, Northwest, Alaska, United Express, American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Air Canada

Ranch shuttle

No

Rental car

Required

Lowdown

  • Guest Horses

    6

The Setting

Private Land (more than 50k acres)

The property has (2) 48x72 turnouts, each turnout has a 16x24 shader. Plus another big turnout (the cattle pen) with shader and a 110 ft. round pen (arena)

If separate, the turnouts can host 3 horses. If combining horses up to 9 or so.

Public Land (more than 50k acres)


Why our riding stands out

  • Ride from the ranch along the local Morongo Valley trails.
  • Trail and ride to nearby Pioneertown
  • Trail and ride to nearby Black Rock Canyon

Lowdown

  • Nightly Rates (per adult)*

    $500 - $650
  • Minimum Stay

    2 days
  • Preferred Arrival Day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred Departure Day

    Any day is fine
  • Style of accommodation

    Ranch rustic, Western rustic chic
  • Packages available

    1 week
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Rancho Contento can cater for up to 6 guests. See below for details and indicative rates.

House | Rancho Contento

Rates (Per Room / Accommodation)*

$450 - $650
* Rates will vary based on Season and Accommodation selection. Please contact the ranch directly for Date Request, Availability and exact Rate quote/proposal

Minimum Stay

2 nights

Description

You’ll have access to 1,800 sq. ft, with three fully furnished bedrooms (#1: Queen bed, #2: Queen bed, #3: twin bunk bed) featuring Tuft & Needle medium support mattresses, and linen bedding throughout. 

Brew a fresh cup of Joshua Tree Coffee and cook up some fresh ranch eggs (all included in your stay).

Rooms

3

Bathrooms

Shared bathroom

Amenities

mini-bar, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer, Handicapped Accessible

Entertainment

tv, cable / satellite tv


Booking Policy

BOOK YOUR STAY: https://airbnb.com/h/ranchocontento

Extras

Massage

If you're interested in booking a massage during your stay at the ranch, please let us know and we'll get you set up.

Yoga

If you're interested in booking a yoga class during your stay at the ranch, please let us know and we'll get you set up.

Other

If you're interested in booking a sound bath, guided hike, guided horse trail ride or private chef during your stay at the ranch, please let us know and we'll get you set up.

Lowdown

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats
  • Communications

    Wireless Internet/Wifi.

Onsite

Shopping

n/a

Outdoor Activities

Yoga, ATV Rentals - guided, Hiking, sound baths, mediation

Water based Activities

hot springs, Nearby desert hot springs


Fishing & Wildlife

n/a

Wildlife

At the ranch, guests may see an assortment of up to 100 different species, including Quail and Red Tail Hawks.

And the nearby Big Morongo Canyon Preserve is one of the 10 largest cottonwood and willow riparian habitats in California. 


Additional Services

Corporate Retreats

Up to 10 guests

Weddings

Up to 25 guests


Local Attractions

Joshua Tree National Park

With nearly 800,000 acres of mystical beauty, Joshua Tree National Park is undoubtedly one of the world’s most incredible natural desert treasures.

Sweeping, grand in scale, and populated by granite monoliths and voluptuous rock and boulder formations, the park offers wonder to eco-travelers, outdoor adventurists and naturalists.

Two large ecosystems come together to form this quiet land, conducive to meditation and roaming, that have been carved by extremes in climate from wind to rain to an ever-present, relentless sun.

Evidence of many diverse forms of plant life from creosote and ocotillo are found everywhere, but none as unique or prevalent as the park’s namesake: the Joshua tree, standing majestically across the vast topography.

During the day, life may seem scarce since the park is largely nocturnal, featuring reptiles and animals that adapt to the lack of water and high temperatures by going underground.

Distance

15 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

n/a

Rental car

Required


Pioneertown

Pioneertown was established in 1946 when Dick Curtis shared his dream for a 'Living, breathing movie set'.

Shortly after, 17 investors including Curtis, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, The Sons Of The Pioneers, Russell Hayden, Frank McDonald, Tommy Carr, Terry Frost and Bud Abbott each invested $500 and incorporated.

The company then purchased 32,000 acres of land which would soon be known as Pioneertown. This functioning 1880s-themed town was was easily accessible from both Los Angeles and Palm Springs, and would serve as a filming location, vacation destination and permanent residence for people working in the entertainment industry, ranchers and desert lovers alike.

Distance

10 miles / 15 mins

Ranch shuttle

n/a

Rental car

Required


Giant Rock

Giant Rock is a large freestanding boulder in the Mojave Desert near Landers, California, and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. The boulder covers 5,800 square feet (540 m2) of ground and is seven stories high (approximately 30 metres or 98 feet). Giant Rock is the largest freestanding boulder in North America and is purported to be the largest free standing boulder in the world

Distance

25 miles / 30 mins

Ranch shuttle

n/a

Rental car

Required

Highs

  • This picturesque ranch is located in a wonderfully historic and unique setting, at the end of a desert road in a small town between Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. Here, you can take a hike among desert blooms around the grounds, and connect with nature and wildlife – there are many birds including Quail and Red Tail Hawks. Wind down at the end of the day listening to the coyotes while stargazing into the Milky Way.
  • If you've got a special occasion like a big birthday or an engagement, or just want some great shots for your IG, they offer special ranch photoshoots that you can book in advance. Plus you're surrounded by those iconic Joshua trees, too!
  • You can bring your own horse!
  • Rancho Contento is the perfect place to gather year round. This end-of-the-road western-inspired desert oasis is ideal for family getaways, romantic escapes, creative retreats and celebrations of all kinds.
  • Aside from wonderful riding trails to Pioneertown Black Rock Canyon along the Morongo valley Trails, guest can indulge in yoga, enjoy guided ATV rentals, hiking, sound baths, mediation and more.

Lows

  • If you're looking for a fully-catered ranch vacation, it might be worth noting that Rancho Contento is bed and barn only, which is perfect if you like to self-cater in a home-from-home