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Barker Ranch - Death Valley NP

The drive to get to the old ranch is a long, bumpy, rocky (washboard) road. If you have a high... read more

Reviewed March 1, 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada
Charles Manson was captured here. In the middle of no where.

Tough to find, you will need a high clearance four wheel vehicle to get in there but the drive is... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2017
Henderson, Nevada
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Reviewed March 1, 2018

The drive to get to the old ranch is a long, bumpy, rocky (washboard) road. If you have a high clearance 2- wheel drive truck/SUV you can make it up to the last 1/4 mile where you find a steep hill - not very big...More

Date of experience: December 2017
8  Thank batesmotel911
Reviewed October 2, 2017

Life is short. There is so much to see in Death Valley. It is beautiful and other worldly. It is filled with silence and colorful rocks and it is the lowest part of the U.S. You can spend weeks in Death Valley and not see...More

Date of experience: August 2017
13  Thank elizabethlascheid
Reviewed March 18, 2017

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

Date of experience: March 2017
3  Thank HappyTrailsToAll
Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

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

5  Thank Stacey M
Reviewed November 19, 2014

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

Date of experience: October 2014
2  Thank George_Fallar
Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Rent a jeep from Farabee's and you will have a blast. It's best to enter from the Ballarat side. The scenery, mountains, cabins and roads were unbelievable. It's a great adventure.

6  Thank rawarii
Reviewed February 3, 2013

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

Date of experience: January 2013
6  Thank Mell72
Reviewed April 21, 2012

Recommend Death Valley National park as a great day trip from Las Vegas This is a good place to stop for lunch

3  Thank JD5636
Reviewed October 1, 2010

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

12  Thank Laurac35
Reviewed February 1, 2010

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

10  Thank travlinpete
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