El Rancho Exilio
A place of serenity and seclusion
for friends and rescue animals
Lose yourself in serenity
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Tucked away in a cove of the San Miguel Arroyo and Estuary is El Rancho Exilio on acres of a secluded park-like property that is used by Bill and Cindi Kirchhoff as a unique home for rescued animals.  Once used as a round up and corralling area by vaqueros for cattle and horses (and later by drug smugglers), the buildings on the site were ransacked and destroyed over time.  The land succumbed to dense brush, indigenous plants and wild animals.  Now it is a secure walled and gated compound. 

El Rancho Exilio
Ranch view from bluffs looking south

Cindi and Bill Kirchhoff acquired the property, which is located one mile from their residence, and have restored it to a Mexican ranchito (small ranch).  It is now a beautiful and tranquil sanctuary for animals, bird watching, a community gathering place and a compound of rustic homes for guests and friends.  A number of rescued dogs, cats, horses and other animals have found a home at
El Rancho Exilio.

Main entrance to Ranch Exilio

Bill and Cindi
Cindi, Gigi and baby Juju