The Castle Rock Ranch in Campo, California is For Sale. This is a wonderful horse and cattle ranch with beautiful views only 45 minutes from Downtown San Diego, California. There is a main house with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus several guest houses. Own a piece of history....
The Castle Rock Ranch is situated along the southern edge of Campo Valley. Kumeyaay Indians lived in the valley for thousands of years and called it Milquatay. European settlers arriving in the1800s changed the name to Campo (spanish for grassland).
The first U.S. Mail route in southern California passed in front of the property, as did the stage coach road, and train tracks from Yuma to San Diego. Always a horse and cattle ranch, the current 39 acre Ranch was initially an 80 acre homestead, deeded in the early 1860s. The Castle Rock Ranch brand is still in use today. The original homesteader built a two bedroom home and a windmill along a shady draw at the base of the Castle Rock promintory. The area continues to be a fly way for a wide variety of birds, and home to native quail and other wildlife.
In 1941 the United States government purchased the lower 40 acres of the ranch, when it created Camp Lockett. The US Army Calvary trained here and patrolled the U.S. - Mexican Border on horse back. Troops included the 28th regiment and 10th calvary - the renowned Buffalo Soldiers. As recently as 1946, a border crossing station was in use south of the ranch. San Diego County records still list the Castle Rock Ranch address as simply “Old Border Station Road”.
The main house remains sheltered by ancient Oak trees. Stone mantels and stained glass crafted by local artist Shirley Perkiss enhance the main house. Other improvements made over the years include: additions to the original house, barns, out buildings, guest cottages, fenced pastures, a modern well, metal rail corrals and a roping arena where Jack Driscoll and Shirley hosted community gatherings.
Points of interest in Campo - Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, the Motor Transport Museum, the southern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail lies at the edge of the ranch. This hiking and equestrian trail extends north to the Canadian border. Many other trails are easily accessible from the property. Lake Morena not far away, offers boating and fishing. Gaskil Brothers Stone Store, and a newly constructed Equestrian Center - all within a short walk from the ranch. The Interstate 94, Old Highway 80, and Interstate 8 via Buckman Springs Road provide convenient auto access to San Diego and to Imperial Valley.