Camping

Rancho la Bellota | Established Campground

Mexico
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Details

Last Visited: 3 months ago
GPS: 32.156960, -116.462410
Altitude: 508.8 masl
Place Website: www.bajarancholabellota.com

Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: Yes
Showers: Hot
Water: Yes
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Description

Rancho Bellota is a beautiful guest ranch specialising in trail riding, lessons, quail hunting, tequila tasting and much more.
Raul the owner has over 1000 hectares and the ranch is nestled away in a secluded and peaceful hidden valley down a dirt track 17km off the main road. Moderately rough track but should be no problem for any overland vehicle with good ground clearance and 4x4. (can be difficult in the rainy season) The entrance to the ranch has a gate with a swing sign hanging from the top giving a clearance of 3.2m but the sign will push out of the way another 0.5m.
Situated 49 miles from the border at Tecate it is a perfect place to rest up before or after a crossing. Guadalupe wine Valley is only 30 minutes away.
The hosts speak perfect English and are the most charming and welcoming. The ranch is wonderfully rustic and use kerosene lamps and candles but use solar pumps to harvest the sweet natural spring water. There is plenty of shade from the natural oaks and there are flat areas for camping. Haul out your own trash (rubbish) please! Fee.... Donations.
They advise contacting them in advance rancholabellota@yahoo.com in case they are away exploring the baja themselves!

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Fantastic place. Every positive word that exists can be used here, for the Rancho and for Raoul and his family and staff. So happy we went there! One thing: Raoul has the best tequila ever. So if you want to bring him something: take Belgian chocolate or light beers or whatever you like. Thank you Raoul, you young and tall man :)

We spent four incredible days at Rancho la Bellota, can only follow the previous recommendations and would love to come back!!!
Even though the road was tough, we made it with our 2WD Campervan (Volkswagen T4) with normal clearance (since there was a lot of rain, Raul drove in front of us the way up in case we need help - didn't need assistance anyway) Just drive carefully...
Thanks to Raul, his Family and the Rancho for this awesome and unique experience - it will definitely influence our journey through Mexico in the best possible way!!!

We have nothing to add that others haven’t already said. This place is a gem, and it’s amazing both for it’s taste of Mexico ranch life and it’s lovely hosts, Raul and Caroline. They made the start of our Baja adventure into 3 nights we will treasure forever. And Raul gave us many tips and ideas to help guide the rest of our trip. This place is special!

We stayed here for 3 nights. Raul and Caroline welcome overlanders to their beautiful ranch just south of Tecate. With a clean hot shower and flushing toilet it’s the perfect place to rest up. Raul and Caroline were incredibly hospitable - we could not have felt more welcome, they are lovely people to spend time with. They also have heaps of info about travelling through Baja and the whole of Mexico. I can not recommend this place enough.

Raul and Caroline were wonderful hosts for 4 days that we stayed here. They are in the process of building a separate toilet, shower and clothes washing building for camping guests. The guest ranch is aimed at horse riding enthusiasts, however Raul and Caroline are IOverlander enthusiasts too. The ranch is hidden away down in a valley along a stream and is a beautiful place to stay and to hike. The spring flowers were kicking in and all was green and lush. The road has been damaged a little by the very wet winter, but we made it in a Ram 1500 2wd van driven slowly and carefully. The road will only get better. Raul expects that anyone who visits will respect the horse riding guests who form the basis for its existence. We really enjoyed sharing the evening with them at the bar.

For me this was one of the most beautiful places that we have been to, anywhere, not just in Mexico.

Raul and Caroline are fantastic hosts and such wonderful ambassadors for beautiful Baja and Mexico. They show you around their wonderful rancho and they also make sure that you understand tequala!

There is no electricity, no phone signal and no light polution at night. They let you have use of a bathroom and also a shower. Clean spring water is available.

Enjoy! But please make contact with them first as they oftèn travel overland too.

The acces road a gravel road but 2 wheel drive will make it. There is time to make your own assessment before commiting.

We absolutely loved visiting Raul and his wife Carolyn(spelling?). We coordinated our stay with them via email before arriving. I don’t even know where to begin on describing their hospitality and kindness.

Raul and his wife were in the nearby Guadalupe wine region entertaining their guests when we arrived. The ranch hands were very polite and welcoming even without knowing that we were going to be camping there that night.

We at first were reluctant to set up our bright orange tent on this incredible property. We had convinced ourselves that we would be imposing on the beautiful setting. We were driving back out to the highway when Raul intercepted us and told us to turn around and not to worry. He’s is quite the infectious personality. Easy going and fun.

The weather turned really cold and rainy on the night we had planned on camping here. Even with all of his rooms booked up, they opened their doors to us and we stayed in a delightful room above the kitchen.

They introduced us to their group, invited us to a wonderful ranch dinner and shared their table with us. Above and beyond in their hospitality.

The following morning the group cleared out and for about 3 hours we talked all about overlanding and the joy it brings. He showed off his incredible “mini-mog” which he designed and built. A really cool build on an old Toyota hilux chassis. Then he showed me his new project which is an old 3 door suburban. It’s going to be incredible.

This is a must stop place if you’re within a couple of hours.

We are planning on coming back for an extended stay with them. I wish we would have had more time in our schedule.

Ryan Hill

We.could not stay because entrance road is only for 4×4 or Van's
No motorhome or trailer comb over 20 feet

Rancho La Bellota is a haven for seasoned travellers and newbies to Mexico alike. The owner Raul is kind and generous and speaks excellent English. Similarly, his ranch hands are friendly and helpful. The ranch itself has hot showers, flush toilets and many other amenities. Beautiful buildings surround a communal area with lots of lounge furniture, a small pool for the warmer months and a large fire pit. The main building has a kitchen and bar area, and if you feel like splurging you can rent a hotel room with ensuite bathroom. We did not, so I'm not sure the cost. We were even offered rides into town and back (easily a 45 min drive each way) for a small fee of $400MXN. The road in is dirt and as others have commented, the last stretch is pretty sketchy, but we made it in our two wheel drive GMC Savana. As you would expect from a ranch, there is livestock (horses and sheep) and super friendly Aussie Shepherds. For a fee you can go quail hunting and horseback riding. We had heard so many horror stories from Americans along the way, warning us of the dangers of Mexico. We have yet to have any issues and you will absolutely feel safe and welcome at Rancho La Bellota. Stay free of charge, but leave a tip or bottle of wine / tequila as thanks!

Raul was on Tour, but the caretakers were very friendly. When you drive to the Ranch, you will see a notice at the gate (See picture) that you have to contact by E-Mail, before you enter.

We came here after crossing the border in Tecate and can not imagine a better start for our journey through Mexico. Caroline and Raul are perfect hosts. They do not only share their comfy, peaceful and welcoming ranch with you but also share their stories about traveling Baja and Mexico. Raul can give lots of recommendations for your trip through Baja.

There is no fee for camping but you can donate.

All positive remarks from former visitors are just a faint way of indicating how good and nice this place is. Wonderfull. You feel like a guest, as an overlander you are treated like a guest. This is not a campsite, this is a meetingpoint for overlanders to exchange their experiences and views with the host. And pay for your stay the way you pay for hospitallity: with open and friendly conversations, with help and ideas for Raul , with sharing your ideas about traveling and your experiences. And offer him a meal if you want to do something more or bring a bottle of good Teguila. He is treating you like a friend, do so in return.

What a beautiful place! We hiked some of the horse trails to great views and had a really fun time exploring and hanging out at the ranch. Raul is very accommodating and an awesome resource to learn more about baja. Would highly recommend stopping! usually guests at the ranch from Thursday to Sunday so best to contact them ahead of time to make sure it is okay to come. Many vineyards in the valley and tasting rooms are typically open Wednesday-Sunday

fantastic place, excellent hosts who go out of their way to make overlanders feel welcome. 1200ha ranch with horse riding & target shooting availability. Take your time on the last part of the road, I made it fine with a 26' truck camper, touched the swinging sign but got past OK

We’d read about this place on iOverlander, an app we use to find free & paid places to camp. The two reviews were highly positive so we’d emailed the owners Raul & Caroline beforehand to ask if we could come and camp and were gladly welcomed. The ranch itself is mainly a holiday ranch with ensuite rooms, a pool, horse-riding, quail shooting etc. It happened to be off season however so no one was at the ranch when we were there, and Raul & Caroline made special exceptions for overlanders to come and stay with them!

The road getting in was a little gnarly during the last 1km in our 2wd van, and 17km from the tarmacced main road but completely worth it. We passed about 10 horses on our way in through a very narrow road and just waited while they decided they would let us pass! We then settled into the unbelievable location and wound down.

Nestled between mountains the ranch is one of the most secluded and peaceful places we’ve been. With a small dipping pool, kerosine lamps at night and no sign of electricity of wifi it was a brilliant escape. Raul was super accommodating and although Caroline wasn't there we're sure she would have been to.

Turns out Raul & Caroline are overlanders themselves, having explored all over Mexico and currently doing work to their van we had plenty to cover! We discussed the best things to see in Baja, and we’re incredibly lucky to have heard it from the horses mouth. We talked them through our solar set up as they were thinking of having a similar thing done, and stayed another night just to really enjoy the surroundings. It felt like too much of a beautiful opportunity to pass up. This is a fantastic place to visit before / after Tecate border crossing and highly recommended. Gracias Raul & Caroline!

Rancho La Bellota fits all of the description above. It’s a beautiful, relaxing safe place to rest before continuing your journey. It does have bathrooms, running water and showers! The website address is rancho labellota.com and the email is rancholabellota@yahoo.com please give them notice as to when you plan to arrive.

Rancho Bellota is a beautiful guest ranch specialising in trail riding, lessons, quail hunting, tequila tasting and much more.
Raul the owner has over 1000 hectares and the ranch is nestled away in a secluded and peaceful hidden valley down a dirt track 17km off the main road. Moderately rough track but should be no problem for any overland vehicle with good ground clearance and 4x4. (can be difficult in the rainy season) The entrance to the ranch has a gate with a swing sign hanging from the top giving a clearance of 3.2m but the sign will push out of the way another 0.5m.
Situated 49 miles from the border at Tecate it is a perfect place to rest up before or after a crossing. Guadalupe wine Valley is only 30 minutes away.
The hosts speak perfect English and are the most charming and welcoming of hosts. The ranch is wonderfully rustic and use kerosene lamps and candles but use solar pumps to harvest the sweet natural spring water. There is plenty of shade from the natural oaks and there are flat areas for camping on. Haul out your own trash (rubbish) please! Fee.... Donations. 😊
They advise contacting them in advance rancholabellota@yahoo.com in case they are away exploring the baja themselves!