Hipcamp host Ohji S.
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Along side the creek on the upper level is the 16' Water Tipi (the small tipi). It hasan earth floor with jute mats. A fire can be made inside. This listing requires walking up to the site with your gear (wagon/wheelbarrow available). Bring your own pads and bedding. Foam pads may be available upon request. Arrive Before Dark.

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Along side the creek on the upper level is the 16' Water Tipi (the small tipi). It has an earth floor with jute mats. A fire can be made inside. This listing requires walking up to the site with your gear (wagon/wheelbarrow available). Bring your own pads and bedding. Foam pads may be available upon request. Arrive Before Dark.  

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In the center of the California coast

Where the mountains meet the sea

A refuge in nature

Beside the flowing creek

A Home with Family, Friends, and Animals

Intention

Striving to create a minimal impact, with a respect and awareness of this wild and natural part of the central California coast. Practicing simple eco-sustainable and environmentally friendly living techniques

Energy

An escape from the electrical grid. There is no internet, electricity or phone service. There is minimal solar lighting, fire and propane stoves and water heaters

Food

There is an outdoor open kitchen available for the local community as well as visitors to use, with dishes, a sink, stove, and a fire-pit with grill for cooking. There is an organic vegetable garden, goats, chickens, bees and fruit trees

Water

Drinking water is spring fed and also available filtered. Bottled water is unnecessary

Fire

There is 1 fire-pit in the main area and a fireplace on the upper level. No personal fires (besides Tipi’s)

 Facilities

Structures on the land are rustic, generally lightweight and built to blend in with the natural character of the land. There are outdoor composting poopers set up with sawdust and barrels, and there is a flushing toilet with an old septic tank that is mainly used for peeing

Kids

Kids are welcome with an accompanying adult

Dogs

Dogs are welcome off leash. it may be necessary to have them on leash if they attack chickens, goats, cats or other dogs. Bury dog poop with a stick or shovel or cover it with dirt and grass. Do not put a plastic bag of dog poop in the garbage

Environment

Big Sur is remote area with beautiful beaches, creeks and hiking trails throughout the forest. Some areas can be very dangerous with steep cliffs and loose rocks.  Be aware that things like spiders, snakes, raccoons, mice, poison oak, etc.. exist in natural areas like this

Experiences

Enjoy the scenic Pacific Coast highway. Retreat into nature by yourself or with friends and family. Have a romantic getaway. Practice art, music and photography. Spend time to read & write and sit in meditation. Adventure along the creek, to the beach or up the mountains

Music

No stereos or electronic music devices. Acoustic instruments are encouraged

Driving

Big Sur has a curvy mountain 2-lane Hwy. If a car wants to pass, pull over. Do not pass in double yellow. Carpool

Garbage

Take away your own garbage. There is no trash service. If used properly, there is a recycling station  to sort paper, glass, metal, plastic and food-waste. Do not put unsorted bags in any bin

Alcohol

Alcohol is discouraged. It is not intended as a place to party or get drunk. A casual drink is okay

Donations

Donations are put back into the land. They go towards the mortgage and other resources that help to facilitate the nurturing and sharing of this sacred space

Reservations

Because there is no internet on the land, Maggie helps manage reservations from off-site and does not live on the property. There is a 2 night minimum For Friday and Saturday unless booked within 10 days prior or only one night is available

Arrival

Come with a certain level of independence. Hosts are not always available. This is a place to help people help themselves. If you need something, please ask. Make sure you have the arrival instructions. Arrive before dark to easily find your site and get any assistance you may need

Provisions

Be prepared before leaving Monterey from the north and Morro Bay from the south with plenty of gas, a flashlight, warm clothes, groceries, wood, ice, and anything else you may want or need from town

Winter

In the wintertime, Dec-Feb, the days are shorter and it is wetter, windier and colder and there may  be unsafe road conditions. As many structures are outside it is advisable to check the weather before booking

Lodging provided
Yurt
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send ohji a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 2 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing
Hiking
Climbing
Surfing
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at 16' water tipi in California.

Redwoods
Swimming hole

The vibe at 16' water tipi

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Hipcamper Scott
Scott L.
recommends this listing.
February 7th, 2018

I had never slept in a tipi before this trip and I would highly recommend it! Maggie's land sits on around 10 acres right along Mill Creek and right across the PCH from the ocean. It is a secluded, special place. The tipi itself was really special, she has 2 on her land and the 16' smaller one was where we stayed. We were able to have a fire inside the tipi and felt very private. The creek is around 20ish feet from the tipi and the sound of the creek was very peaceful to sleep next to. The outdoor kitchen was stocked with all the things you could need to cook and serve, make sure to clean up after yourselves. The farm likes to keep it's carbon footprint down so try to use propane sparingly. There is all recycling, trash, etc. near the parking area. Try to get there before sundown if possible, we weren't able to and Maggie was there to greet us when we got in. The land has goats, chickens, a couple hogs, a curious cat, and dogs. We also were lucky enough to be there when Maggie had a litter of PUPPIES.

Off the farm there are tons of options for hiking, swimming when it is warm enough, and cruising the 1. We hiked the Mill Creek Trail right off Nacimiento-Fergusson road, the trailhead is right by the farm. The hike is wonderful, and provided a lot of shade from the redwoods, followed the creek and no one else was walking it. (Be mindful of poison oak though!) We drove North up the 1 to grab some extra beverages at the general store in Loma Vista, then back down to Sand Dollar Beach in the afternoon. Highly recommend watching the sunset from Nacimiento-Fergusson road, it is right above the campsite and the view is amazing.

Overall had a wonderful experience. Be respectful of the hosts, they are offering up a pretty unique place. :)

P.S. The stars in this area are INCREDIBLE.

the 16' tipi at nightdog animalLemons and limes in the garden!From Nacimiento-Fergusson road above the site, (van not included.)
Hipcamper Marc
Marc B.
recommends this listing.
April 17th, 2018

Very much enjoyed our stay in the Tipi, the fact that the tipi has a firepit keeps it warm (bring firewood!) - also the size of this tipi was great for 2 people.

The hosts were very kind and helpful in sending us to nearby beaches. And, our dog loved being at this location (off-leash) and spending time w/ other dogs that were visiting (and the 2 dogs that live on property). Their cat kiwi, the flock of chicksn, and the 3 goats provided a lot of entertainment for us as well.

Certainly the communal kitchen can get busy -- there were quite a few other campers, but we cooked everything on the fire in our tipi!

Highly recommended, you probably won't be alone (on a weekend) but you will enjoy your time at this location. Better than the nearby campgrounds that looked to be flooded with people on this spring weekend.

Lots of room inside (we brought the grill)Tipi nestled by a creek. Flock of ChickensGoat
Hipcamper Olivia
Olivia H.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2018

I was amazed we scored this amazing camping site (complete with tipi) only 5 weeks before Memorial Day Weekend. The tipi location was amazing- a quick walk up the road from the resident area and nestled into the trees by a babbling brook. You can't beat sleeping to the sound of rushing water! Maggie and G were helpful in accommodating us, and it only took a couple trips with the wheelbarrows to set up our site. There was an outdoor kitchen available but we found that cooking and hanging out by the fire inside the tipi was the coolest part! We had visits by the farm cats and dogs - who were beyond sweet and lovable. All in all, an excellent way to spend the weekend in Big Sur!

Hipcamper Alisa
Alisa H.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2018

My children and I had an amazing time visiting this magical site. We stayed in a rustic 16 foot tipi next to a rushing stream and loved exploring the beautiful property complete with hills, trails, flowing creek, chickens and even goats. A few minutes walk to a rocky beach to enjoy the crashing surf with some fishermen. We met the lovely host family and even enjoyed sharing singing, playing music and conversation with our hosts and fellow campers. It is well worth coming to visit for family time, a spiritual retreat, or personal renewal. I give it my unqualified recommendation and we will definitely come again! Many thanks for an unforgettable visit.

Hipcamper Jillian
Jillian C.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2018

The tipi was awesome!! Can’t wait to come back!

Hipcamper Sandy
Sandy M.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2018

This was a gem of a find, tucked away just 2 mins from the main highway, yet not a semblance of urban cacophony. The tipi was super fun to stay in and the hosts were very kind and humble. I would definitely visit again and would love to play with the dogs.

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Hipcamper Mariah
Mariah C.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2018

Stayed in 16' water tipi. Arrived later in the evening than we planned, but no issue finding tipi. There is indeed no cell service, but with hosts directions all good. Having a fire inside the tipi was so magical and cozy. My boyfriend and I had the best time and were surprised at how big 16' actually is. Note there is also a grate in this tipi that can be used for cooking. It's also a couple steps to the creek below. Really wonderful time. Wish I could have gotten to know hosts a little better as they seem to have a pretty fantastic community going for them. Looking forward to coming back!

Waking up in 16' water tipi was pure magic!
Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah C.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2018

My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time at this property. The owners were super friendly and didn't mind us using the kitchen items like pots, plates, and cups. I just have a few useful notes.

1. The turn in for the property is right after the bridge in the directions, literally 5 feet. We missed it the first time driving in.

2. The tipi has pads on the ground, but I recommend bringing a tarp or extra blankets to prevent moisture from getting to your sleeping bag. Also, there are bugs (duh), if you don't want that in the night, bring a tent, there is plenty of room around the tipi.

3. There is a firepit in the tipi and it is set up for cooking. I recommend using the communal firepit for cooking, sleeping with the fire could be a bit much with the size of the pit. (We had 4 people)

Entrance Walking out of the camping area to the kitchen.20' Tipi, only 100 feet away from the 16'Water Tipi
Hipcamper Angela
Angela C.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2018

This place was great! I was a little surprised at first, as I was not the one who coordinated the weekend trip, but after walking around the property, greeting the animals, talking with Bree and unpacking, everything was smooth sailing. There is a map, and instructions on anything you would need to use or access, from the restroom to the outdoor kitchen area. There is a great hiking trail that runs along the creek about 2 mins up the road, and beach access about 5 mins up the road. I would definitely recommend this spot for anyone looking to relax, disconnect and take in some gorgeous views!

Mill Creek Trail - off of Nacimiento-Fergusson roadThe larger tipi near us, but there is a communal fire pit in that space!We called him Thackery Binks when he came around, he is super friendly (thumbs up if you catch my reference)Our tipi (16') — we had 5 girls, and decided to pitch a tent so we had plenty of room for our things and to sleep.
Property
20' Moon and Stars Tipi
State
California
$100/night
1 Site