Please feel free to scroll down and read a few of our most frequently asked questions.
We love rainy days at the Dairy. All the animals and birds are tucked in nicely with shelter and warmth. The days are lazy, cozy and relaxed. The camels do not give ride in the rain. Even on a day with scattered showers, the camel ride area substrate might be to muddy or slippery for them to give rides comfortably so on rainy days, we forgo the camel rides.
High, gusty winds don't bother the camels but they may bother our guests. Branches can come down, tarps or other objects can blow across the property. On windy days, we often do not offer camel rides and limit guests to areas we feel are safe and secure.
We recommend checking with your favorite weather app for weather in Ramona AND Santa Ysable (we are between the two) before your visit.
You do not need to pre-purchase tickets to attend an Open Farm Days or Festivals. Ticket and feed packages can be purchased at the gate.
If you do pre-pay for any tickets online, You are always eligible for a full refund if you contact us either by phone or email at least 24 hours ahead of your scheduled visit.
Yes... and no. Camel rides are currently only available as add-ons to Private Tours and Open Farm Days.
This is because we do not keep camels tied and saddled. They are out in their paddocks and pastures being camels unless they have a scheduled job to do. We love to offer guests the opportunity to ride the camels and schedule specific personnel to groom, saddle and handle the camels for your rides.
We offer camel rides for children and adults up to 200 lbs. at our Open Farm, Festivals and for Private Tours.
Our camel ride experience is what we call "county fair style" rides. The rider mounts the camel from a platform (you walk up about five stairs) and gently sits down on the camel's back. There is a railing around you and light bars to hold onto. The camel is hand-led by a trainer around a large oval area between pepper trees and our bull camel, Zohan's bachelor pad. Each ride is approximately 3 minutes long.
CAMEL RIDE WEIGHT LIMIT IS 200 LBS and ALL RIDERS MUST BE AMBULATORY, ABLE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, ABLE TO BE TOUCHED BY OUR PERSONNEL WHO ASSIST IN HELPING THEM ONTO THE CAMEL and IN GOOD HEALTH.
Oh how we wish you could! We hand-milk our camels. We keep our camels, outdoor milking parlor and all milk handling equipment clean. It is delicious and healthy. We also test our camels for the same diseases that dairy cows are tested for.
Unfortunately, California is one of the most restrictive states when it comes to making farm-fresh milk available to guests at the farm. State regulations make it illegal for us to share our milk with the public as cheese or milk to drink.
Yes, we can change that. It will cost our family about $200,000.00 to $300,000.00 in equipment and buildings to be able to let guests try the milk. We do the math... all the time... and with the current regulations and the nature of a milking camels, how little milk is collected from one camel and how few camels are actually eligible to share milk; we are not able to make the numbers work.
All of our camel milk goes into the making of our Camel Milk skincare products including soaps, lotions, lip balms, bath bombs and skin serum.
We do sell delicious, imported camel milk chocolate at the Dairy made by Al Nassma in Dubai.
If you have questions about aquiring camel milk for human consumption, email us: email@example.com