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Come join us on Capability Ranch in the guest house on our 10-acre property – a 1950’s ranch on the Ramona Grasslands, previously part of the Cagney Family Estate.

Capability Ranch Guest House features a queen bed, kitchenette, bathroom and washer/dryer, a veranda with views overlooking the four thousand-acre grasslands preserve – and a private courtyard filled with blossoms and butterflies in the summer months.

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We have horses and two friendly dogs, and yours are welcome, too. Plenty of parking for a horse trailer, paddock for overnight and tack room to store your gear (additional $30 per horse per night).

With expansive views of the open grasslands and vast skies, Capability Ranch Guest House is the perfect place to kick back, watch amazing sunrises and sunsets, stare out over the Santa Maria mountains, watch shooting stars, satellites and the numerous astronomical events and big moons in the vast, clear night skies — and breathe air so fresh it has never been used before.

Previously the Wildlife Research Institute that studied birds of prey and held the annual Hawk Watch, Capability Ranch is the perfect retreat for nature lovers, birdwatchers, hikers, horse folk, golfers, cyclists, mountain bikers, hog riders and wine lovers — or anyone visiting the area for pleasure or business who wants to relax surrounded by nature. (The sound and sight of coyotes traversing the grasslands is truly mystical).

Go 2 miles to hike to the top of Mount Woodson and stand on famous Chip Rock. Four miles to climb Iron Mountain. And if you’re hitting the Ramona Rodeo, Poway or Lakeside Rodeos, we’re in the perfect location.

We are close to the entrance to the Ramona Grasslands Preserve hiking and horse trails, and surrounded by locally-owned wineries (30+ in the Ramona area). Pop 3 minutes into Ramona’s old town Main Street for a hearty cowboy breakfast at a local diner before hitting the antique stores and museum. Then take a short ride past a camel dairy and up the hill to Julian – an old gold mining town known for apple picking, the best apple pie around and winter snow. From Julian, drive 20 minutes down Banner Grade into the desert basin, Anza Borrego State Park, and Borrego Spring.

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