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Modern Off-Grid Home with Views, 160 acres, above Benton Hot Springs with Tub

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom Suite with King & Full and 1 Tiny house Queen-- with hot spring tub

The perfect writer's retreat, equestrian paradise with paddocks across pasture from house, photographer's delight, astronomer's night skies!

Dutch Pete's Ranch lies in the high desert of California's Eastern Sierra, a land of hot springs, majestic vistas and wild flora and fauna still unspoiled by creeping urbanization. The house at the historic Dutch Pete's Ranch was completed in 2010 and is found on California State Route 120 at junction of Benton Crossing Road. (Mammoth-Benton).* The Google Maps address of 51057 is incorrect. This home is 3 miles above the Benton Hot Springs on HWY 120 at Benton Crossing Road.

The buildings are on the site where the Owens Valley stagecoaches stopped in the mid-1800's, a place their drivers came to rest and buy food for horses and passengers from Dutch Pete. In the 1950's over 3000 head of cattle roamed this valley. Today, the ranch hosts about 40 head of cattle.

The striking, well-engineered buildings rest on coarse alluvial sand, at an altitude of 6,500 feet. The two-story, 1,300 square foot home was originally built to be the guest house of a larger comple. Attached is a three car garage and utility building, finished in a Cherokee red.

This house is off-grid. Pristine water comes from aquifers beneath the desert floor. The large open upstairs bedroom has one king-size bed and one full-size sleeping couch, with a full bathroom.

The main entry level living room has two supple couches and a half bathroom, adjacent to expansive dining and kitchen area. The internet is available by satellite link, but cell phones will not ring. Light and heat are provided by solar engineering supplemented with LP gas. Basic amenities include: silent, clean hydronic heating, a computer with wireless internet access and surfing by smartphone, vented gas range, washer, dryer, dishwasher, trash compactor, espresso machine, outdoor gas BBQ, microwave, TV and satellite radio. The counter tops are granite and the floor is tiger wood.

For the adventurous ones, an outdoor shower is available during the summer months for cleaning and cooling off from a rigorous hike or ride.

Outside the house, pasture and working corral stand across from sloping granitic rocks which frame Mount Montgomery and Boundary Peaks, at 13,340 feet, the tallest peaks in Nevada.

The night sky is perfect for serious astronomy with an observing platform with electricity or simply stargazing. Astronomy is fabulous because the altitude and desert climate promote clear skies and there are no obstructions and the nearest city lights are about 40 miles away. At evening, cool curtains of night air open to reveal bright star fields that highlight the long arch of a bright Milky Way.

There are numerous dirt trails covering literally hundreds of miles that connect the 160 acre property to the high desert. Trails for mountain bikes and off-road vehicles are seemingly everywhere leading to adventures in the outland with breathtaking and expansive vistas. Hiking and horse riding is spectacular on the property and area surrounded by the beauty of in the White Mountains and Sierra Nevada range. Fly fishing streams, notably Owens River, are less than an hour away on the Benton Crossing Road.

The house at Dutch Pete's Ranch is just a short walk south of aptly named Black Lake which is mysterious and truly black in spring but white in late summer as the desert sun evaporates the water to reveal salt deposits. Black Lake's alkaline waters nurture microbial life including bright purple bacteria. There are larval treats for migrating birds. It has a border of lush salt grass; this aquatic pasture is visited by a herd of wild mustangs. In spring and summer range cattle, birds and birdwatchers are in harmony with the tranquility. This 500+ acre parcel was recently donated to the Eastern Sierra Land Trust for conservation purposes.

Visitors will find serenity in this high desert oasis. The nearest towns are Mammoth Lakes, 40-50 minutes to the southwest, Bishop 40 minutes south, June Lake and Lee Vining, each about 60 minutes drive to the northwest, Tioga Pass of Yosemite National Park just 20 minutes beyond. Death Valley and Las Vegas are four to six hours away, respectively. The Mammoth Lakes Airport is about ten minutes closer than Mammoth Lakes. The ghost town of Benton Hot Springs, really a historic and active settlement of 13 persons and its sister-ville Benton, population 400, are 5 and 10 minutes South. Lunch, dinner, drinks, basic groceries, gasoline and pay phone can be purchased at Benton Station, in Benton, six miles to the south.

We celebrate the proximity to our neighbor, a rustic gem, the Inn at Benton Hot Springs, and if travelling as a larger group, we recommend renting rooms there as well, as their rooms (or tub sites) come with a natural hot spring tub. As a renter of Dutch Pete's Ranch, under management of the Inn at Benton Hot Springs, you will have a designated hot tub available to you during your stay.

Summer can bring dry, hot sunny days with occassional afternoon thunderstorms, with evening temperature falling in to the 50s. Sunrises and alpenglows are spectacularly colorful.

Keywords: Benton, Benton Hot Springs, Mammoth, Hot Springs, Ranch, contemporary, solar, off-grid, views architecture, horse, corral, astronomy, writer, views, rural, solitude, fly fishing, birdwatching, petroglyphs

More Details

Property Manager
Front desk, Inn at Benton Hot Springs
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Front desk, Inn at Benton Hot Springs

The owners of Dutch Pete's Ranch now rent the property through the Inn at Benton Hot Springs, three miles down the road. Please contact them for resrervations.

Front desk, Inn at Benton Hot Springs purchased this house in 1999

Why Front desk, Inn at Benton Hot Springs chose Benton

The owners bought the property to function as their own retreat, and are thrilled to share with others who will enjoy experiencing the wildness of one of California's last frontiers.

What makes this house unique

The alpenglows on Montgomery and Boundary peaks as viewed through the notch of rocks is spectacular! Hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, 4-wheeling, soaking in hot springs and especially astronomy are some of the activities one can do at and near Dutch Pete's and area.


Benton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • See guidelines on reservation form. Check-in at Inn at Benton Hot Springs at 55137 HWY 120, Benton, CA 93512
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom upstairs with bedroom suite includes a shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) There is an additional Queen Size Bed with Tempurpedic mattress, with very warm down comforter, in the historic TACK SHED. There is no electricity (thus heat). This is a perfect addition for summer time use.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Dutch Pete's Ranch is a unique rural ranch setting, that can be a destination in itself, or a great home base , for seasonal exploration of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. The Inn at Benton Hot Springs is managing the property, and with this partnership, the guest has access to a restorative, healing experience in soaking in your own natural hot spring tub for the duration of your stay. Day trips to local towns of Bishop, Mammoth, June Lake, Lee Vining afford some local cultural experiences---friendly, laid-back, with some fine food experiences. Mostly, it's nice to hang out, go walk the pasture over to the Benton Crags, take a drive down the Fish Slough Valley road, through Red Rock Canyon to the Childago petroglyphs. Hike or 4-wheel up to a mining ghost town, or on some old logging roads. Photograph the herds of wild horses up the same Adobe Valley. Live comfortably as an off-gridder yourself...pack in your foods. Relax, restore.


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Modern Off-Grid Home with Views, 160 acres, above Benton Hot Springs with Tub
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Second visit; incredible both times

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Dutch Pete's Ranch twice this year- over Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. We enjoyed the house and property immensely during both visits. The solitude and quiet is a treat; the house has everything you'd need for a long weekend, and the beauty of the surroundings never gets old. Along with hours of relaxing at the house and hiking nearby, we used our 4x4 truck to explore the thousands of acres of wildlife nearby. Highlights included seeing herds of wild horses, finding natural hot and cold springs, and visiting Bodie ghost town. We were pleasantly surprised to see yellow blooms all over the valley and surrounding the house in early September- a color that wasn't present during our visit in late May. We will definitely book again; looking forward to seeing how the area changes with a bit of snow.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, MA

An escape to treasure

  • 5 of 5

In October of 2011, I had the good fortune to stay at Dutch Pete’s Ranch outside Benton Springs. It is 2 months after the fact now, and I am still struggling to find words to describe how wonderful my week was. The house is beautiful and in a setting that is breath-taking. The quiet that surrounds the remoteness of the property and the blackness that engulfs the night makes it a true paradise away from civilization. The amenities in the house are very modern, eco-friendly, and comfortable so there is no feeling of rustic living once inside this fancy oasis. There is lots of room in this spotless home to settle in and make it your own. The location for me and my purposes was excellent. I hiked in the Mammoth Lakes area, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, the Rock Creek area, and the east side of Yosemite and enjoyed the drive from the Ranch through the Owens Valley every day. The commute to trailheads filled me with anticipation and the return drive back to Dutch Pete’s Ranch punctuated perfect days on the trail. If you have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful home in this spectacular setting, it will be an escape you will treasure.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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denver, co

Right Time Year!!!

  • 5 of 5

What can one say, but WOW! This is definitely one of the most tranquil and serine locations that I have ever experienced. The views are majestic, the house is exceptional and the surroundings make for a unique environment which allows you to truly relax. The owners description of this property is spot on. Understand that everything from the drive in, to the calm mornings light, to the homes amenities will quickly lull you into wishing you had more than a weeks time to spend here. Phones don't ring, because there is little access to even cellular service, and there is not another house or person to be seen. If you are looking to get away to paradise and let the world you know dissolve away, then consider even a short 3 to 4 day stay in this beautiful casa.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2011
  • Stayed: April 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Mammoth Lakes Airport
Nearest Barpub
45 Miles
Lee Vining, June Lake, Mammoth, Bishop
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Saddlebag Lakes
Nearest Golf
45 Miles
Snowcreek in Mammoth or Bishop Golf Course
Nearest Train
200 Miles
Reno, Nevada
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 120 & Benton Crossing Road
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Benton Station @ HWY 6
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
South Tufa, Mono Lake
Car: necessary

Hello---when we refer to LOCAL--we mean towns of Bishop, Mammoth and Lee Vining.

Real Local Yocal is Benton Hot Springs resort (3 miles away) and Benton Station (7 miles away) with an all-day diner, small grocer (no produce), pay phone & gas, run by local Benton Pauite Indian Reservation.




Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 12.0%

Please make reservations with management at the Inn at Benton Hot Springs, our closest neighbors, 3 miles down Highway 120 to the east. Their phone number is 760/933-

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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