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Guests can reconnect with nature with a stay in this unique modified school bus camper for the ultimate off-grid retreat. The yellow bus sits in a secluded spot amid trees which featuresa short stroll to the creek's swimming holeand provides guests with all the basics they will need. In the back of the bus, there is a room with two twin beds, comfortable warm bedding, pillows

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Guests can reconnect with nature with a stay in this unique modified school bus camper for the ultimate off-grid retreat. The yellow bus sits in a secluded spot amid trees which features a short stroll to the creek's swimming hole and provides guests with all the basics they will need. In the back of the bus, there is a room with two twin beds, comfortable warm bedding, pillows and soft linens, an indoor composting toilet and a wood burning stove for the cooler months. 

The kitchenette is in the main part of the bus. Guests can use the propane camp stove to cook indoors and the refrigerator as food locker or cooler with ice. There is no running water or electricity, but basic camp crockery is provided, including cookware, dishes, and utensils. Coffee, tea, sugar, salt, and pepper. Dish soap and towels are also provided for clean up. Meals can be enjoyed at the cozy booth inside or guests can head outside to the nearby creek swimming hole to make the most of the peace and quiet and fresh air. 

The vintage look and feel of the Yellow School Bus has been preserved to give adventurous and imaginative campers a one of a kind experience amid the trees where wild life can be spotted throughout the seasons. The property is surrounded by National Forest and wildlife is prolific, from birds to bears, fox, deer and more.

Trails are just steps away from the front door of the bus for walks along the creek or guests can drive to hike parts of the Pacific Crest Trail near the California Oregon border. Nearby activities include seasonal mushroom hunting, rafting, bird watching, kayaking, fishing on the Klamath River, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and much more.

Two adults can sleep on the bus comfortably, one in each of the twin beds, although on occasion couples have requested to share one. Each bed has a standard twin mattress, sheets, a wool blanket, comforter and two pillows provided. Additional guests may bring a tent and sleeping bags or bedding to pitch at the bus camp site. There is enough parking in front of the bus for two cars.

Accommodation provided
Rv or trailer provided
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 5 people per site
Potable water available
Bottled water or jugs
No fires
Toilet available
No pets
No showers
Bath in river or stream
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Rachael a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

Boating

Activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

Fishing

Activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

Hiking

Hiking trails begin steps from the bus in addition to parts of the Pacific Crest Trail nearby. Inquire when booking for referra...Read more

Horseback riding

Activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

Paddling

Activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

OHV

Activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

Climbing

Activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

Snow sports

Both Mt. Shasta and Mt. Ashland are close. Activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

Swimming

The creek swimming hole is moments away from the bus.

Whitewater paddling

The Klamath River is 2 miles away from the camp. Guided activity available nearby. Inquire when booking for referrals.

Wildlife watching

You will be immersed in the wild forest while staying on the bus. Activity available nearby also. Inquire when booking for refe...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Yellow School Bus Camper in Forest in California.

Forest
Mountainous
River, stream or ...
Swimming hole
Farm
Ranch

Places to see near A Madrone Ranch Retreat

Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve
Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve
32 miles way Explore
Klamath National Forest
Klamath National Forest
37 miles way Explore
Valley of the Rogue State Park
Valley of the Rogue State Park
38 miles way Explore
Castle Crags State Park
Castle Crags State Park
58 miles way Explore
Six Rivers National Forest
Six Rivers National Forest
58 miles way Explore
Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest
Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest
58 miles way Explore
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
64 miles way Explore
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
66 miles way Explore
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
70 miles way Explore
Collier Memorial State Park
Collier Memorial State Park
70 miles way Explore
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
71 miles way Explore
Tolowa Dunes State Park
Tolowa Dunes State Park
71 miles way Explore
Alfred A. Loeb State Park
Alfred A. Loeb State Park
71 miles way Explore
Redwood National and State Parks
Redwood National and State Parks
72 miles way Explore
Tule Lake Unit
Tule Lake Unit
74 miles way Explore
Harris Beach State Park
Harris Beach State Park
76 miles way Explore
Crater Lake National Park
Crater Lake National Park
78 miles way Explore
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
86 miles way Explore
Patrick's Point State Park
Patrick's Point State Park
86 miles way Explore
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
88 miles way Explore
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
89 miles way Explore
Willamette National Forest
Willamette National Forest
95 miles way Explore
Umpqua National Forest
Umpqua National Forest
95 miles way Explore
Fremont-Winema National Forest
Fremont-Winema National Forest
96 miles way Explore
Humbug Mountain State Park
Humbug Mountain State Park
98 miles way Explore

The vibe at Yellow School Bus Camper in Forest

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Hipcamper Dikla
Dikla M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
July 19th, 2018

Yellow school bus review.
We found the site easily, and our host took us to the bus in a short slightly bumpy road.
the bus camp site is located between the trees and feels totally privet.
Near the bus ( 3 minutes walk) there is a great swimming hole as promised, with a hammock , chairs and a good comfortable picnic table .
We really enjoyed that spot with the clear refreshing water.
The bed linens were smooth and soft, and the compost toilets were clean. The bus it self gives an interesting ( my three years old was so happy!) though a bit rough experience, because of its age and the lack of light in most of it.

Two notes:
When we came it was 18:30 and the bus was boiling hot at about 100 degrees. We couldn’t even think about eating in there , more over to cook in it... luckily we were equipped for out side dining so we went to the swimming hole with our own stove and dishes, and ate a nice dinner at the lovely picnic table.
It was Only around 23:00 that the bus has cooled down to a pleasant temperature.
Night time was nice and cool and the thick blankets came in use.
The bus was shaded and cool until about 10 AM .
The second note refers to the showers - the amenities specified hot showers - when actually it was a 18 liter hit-in-the sun camp shower.
Since no one filed it with water prior to our arrival , we could not have showered in that evening but only the next day after it heated.
Camping shower is just fine , just needed to be written as such, and off course filled with water a head.
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In short - if you like pampering cozy nooks - this might not be the best fit for you. If on the other hand you seek an interesting lodging experience, great swimming holes and privet feeling in the woods, you have come to the right place :)

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Hipcamper Rachael
Response from Rachael , the Host, on July 28th, 2018

Thank you for choosing to stay in the Yellow School Bus. We are happy that you and your family enjoyed your camping experience here and would welcome you back. Perhaps the next visit you and your family might prefer to stay in our Creekside Vintage Camper, a 3 minute walk from the bus. It is also off grid, but has some electricity provided by RV batteries for indoor lighting at night, hot/cold running water, a bathtub/shower combo, working refrigerator, oven, stove and heating for even more comforts in the middle of nature. This off the grid vintage yellow school bus offers a truly unique camping experience. It is rustic and does not have electricity yet allows guests some homey amenities, like real mattresses and warm comforters, and the chance to be surrounded by nature to truly disconnect. We always provide a camping lantern in the bus for nights. We will add a note for guests to bring additional flashlights or lanterns for more lighting if they'd like. Thanks for the tip about that! We appreciate getting your notes about the accommodations. I've added a few comments below. Temperature: Your arrival coincided with one of the hottest summer peaks we've had (103 on that day!). Triple-digit highs are not typical, but can happen. Thankfully the summer night temperatures do come way down even on a day like that. It is great that the cool creek water and swimming hole are close by and, as you discovered, provides a beautiful outdoor picnic area, relief from the heat and fun recreation. Klamath River enjoys a comfortable year-round climate with four distinct seasons. Summer high in July is usually around 90 degrees and winter low in January is about 29. For comfort the Yellow School Bus does have many screened windows that open for air flow when warm and a wood burning stove for heat during colder months. Shower: The shower provided is a 5 Gallon Portable Solar Camping Shower as you mentioned. However most people opt for bathing in the creek. I will be sure to modify our listing so that it is clear to our guests what to expect in the future. Thank you again for your feedback. Sincerely, Rachael and family

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Hipcamper Brandon
Brandon J.
recommends this listing.
December 13th, 2018

A beautiful winter experience. Frosty so come prepared, but glorious if you are. Will definitely be returning in summer to try out the watering hole.

Property
A Madrone Ranch Retreat
State
California
$39/night
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