Paradise Ranch

If you enthusiastically help out with the Airbnb, you will have access to the sauna, jacuzzi, theatre, game room in a rustic 3,300 sq. ft. custom ranch style home when the Airbnb is vacant.
There is a wide variety of activities to do nearby, and volunteers will have access to hiking, biking, charming resort mountain town with stores, restaurants and breweries. Big Bear is the only 4 seasons resort in Southern California., There are 3 snow resort mountains, Big Bear Lake, Hot Springs, thousand of acres of hiking, wild fauna and flora, off roading, fresh air and pollution free skies year round!
You will have the opportunity to prepare and eat meals family style, and most groceries will be provided for personal meals. We will do our best to accommodate any dietary needs via Costco throughout your stay. There is also a farmer's market close by if you want more selection.

Great year round sunny weather

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Shopping & Entertainment

Winter Activities

Big Bear Snowplay

Alpine Slide

Off-Roading Gold Mountain

King of the Hammers


Dog Friendly

Largest lodgepole pine tree In the world

Gold Mountain

Castle Rock Hike

Searching for Gold

18 Things to do in Big Bear

5 best hidden swimming holes in Southern California

Deep creek hike (clothing optional pools)

Hot Springs

Mono lakes hot springs

Kern River Hot Springs


I create a sense of community with ambition and sarcastic humor. We are in the planning stages of duplicating an aquaponics system that I created on my property in Los Angeles, The Big Bear project will be larger combining all my years of organic farming. The greenhouse build will be underground for a more efficient temperature control. I welcome any suggestions from your past experiences for any of my projects. Whiteboards are currently hung in the volunteer area with an outline and system being created. I welcome any suggestions and always encourage teamwork. Helpers will commit 25 hours a week to help organize, prepare and execute the building of this aquaponics system and help out with the Airbnb. It will be 25 hours a week and a combination of Airbnb, Home improvement and Agricultural. You will help me plant fruit trees, vegetable garden in the Airbnb area and help clean/organize the house for guests. There will also be opportunities to make some money, pet sitting, leading hikes, educational classes for guest's kids, snow equipment tuning/repair, yoga, nutrition, bodywork, etc. but not guaranteed. Your input with the planning for the future aquaponics, subterranean greenhouse and organic pool with be much appreciated. We will be growing lettuce, green onions, bok choy, peppers, zuchinni, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs, etc. We also welcome anyone with cleaning/housekeeping & building skills and LOVE anyone who can use power tools! In return, we offer accommodation ranging from private rooms in the house (with common kitchen & living room) and private 24 foot RV (ideal for couples). We expect you to keep your accommodations clean and in good order, and all tools returned prior to leaving. We provide sheets, beds, pillow cases, comforters, bed warmers, blankets, towels, and you get to use a fully equipped kitchen. We particularly welcome Worldpacker couples and singles who want to stay longer periods of time. (We have a 3 month minimum, but sometimes shorter stays are available on a ""last minute"" basis). We provide some staples, but don't provide/cook meals. Ever so often we host a potluck ""International dinner"" - they're always great fun! In order for the environment to be pleasant for all of us we require outside smoking only, no drug abuse, light alcohol consumption. Be NICE and be open minded! DO your part with assigned household chores NO complaining unless accompanied by solutions Personal hygiene - deodorant is ENCOURAGED! NO drama Please use this opportunity to go out of your comfort zone, learn, grow and share :-)

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Estados Unidos


This experience was amazing, Derrick was a fenomenal host. He went above and beyond to provide for us and help us immerse ourselves in the area we were in. This trip was eye opening and a truly memorable experience. I not only got to know Derrick as a host, but I met several international travelers as well as locals that made a great impact on me.

3 dias atrás

Estados Unidos


This was such a great first workpackers experience. It was a lot of fun and Derrick was an amazing host. I highly recommend this experience!

3 dias atrás

Coreia do Sul


It was perfect as my first world parker experience! Beautiful nature, friends, and worthy content

15 dias atrás



Derrick was very generous and I was always provided with more than enough in terms of food, amenities (eg. gym, books), food, opportunities to explore etc.
his properties in both big bear and LA were lovely to stay in and I appreciate him a lot for hosting me and teaching me so many new skills (eg. cooking, construction). i would definitely consider coming back :)

22 dias atrás



Derrick was our fist host, so our expectations were higher, but it could not have been better! From a place to sleep, to any food we wanted/needed, he provided everything! Also, everything we could have needed for the projects, he also provided, making the tasks easier and more enjoyable. On top of everything, he is a very nice guy, always makes jokes and is open minded to experiences! We thank you Derrick very much for everything we lived in our time together and hope we can travel with him again, someday!

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