Astro Camp is a simple no-frills dry tent site whose greatest feature besides overall privacy is the VIEW. If you want to experience dark sky astronomy or stargazing especially during a meteor shower, this is the place. There is open sky at night, but that means NO natural shade so it can get hot at mid-day during summer. There are some trees nearby with small level ar
Astro Camp is a simple no-frills dry tent site whose greatest feature besides overall privacy is the VIEW. If you want to experience dark sky astronomy or stargazing especially during a meteor shower, this is the place. There is open sky at night, but that means NO natural shade so it can get hot at mid-day during summer. There are some trees nearby with small level areas where you can chill in your camp chairs during the hottest part of the day, with a great view over the steep canyon where you'll feel at one with the birds and wildlife. Astro Camp is a loosely spaced group of 4 level tent areas on the side of a North-facing mountain, about 120 feet down a gentle trail from the parking area, giving flexibility for solo, couples, friend groups, and extended families.
The ranch is about 15 minutes from the freeway ramps, so campers on road trips have found it a convenient stopover during road trips along the 5. There is plenty of parking at Astro, but it's not particularly level so if you're just car camping check my other listings which have good level parking spots. If just one party in your tent group wants to car camp contact me, we can make this work.
The tent sites are built into the slope and a natural gully for some wind protection at chair and tent level. It can be rough on light easy-up style canopy frames, so consider one of those flexible pop up cabanas for shade that will flex like the reed, not break like the extruded aluminum oak. Use the slope and berm to your advantage to make a roomy grotto with a killer view. Bring plenty of rope, paracord works really well. There are a couple of cinder blocks and bricks around camp to help weigh and tie things down. There's also a trash basket, bags, and a dog bowl, and a picnic table with an expansive view from the canyon below all the way out to Tehachapi and beyond.
Liron Mountain Ranch is 24 varied acres high in the soft rolling hills of Lebec overlooking Tejon Ranch and the Grapevine. There is a network of trails criss-crossing the property to explore the different microclimates, from sunny exposed slopes to a cool oak-shaded canyon. Enjoy seasonal wildflowers and watch the amazing variety of wildlife. The varied terrain and elevation changes make the ranch an excellent place for cross country and obstacle course racers to train while camping. There's a rope climb over a rocky outcropping, and over time I'll be adding more physically challenging obstacles.
It's less than 3 miles from the entrance to the Hungry Valley OHV area where Piru Creek crosses Gold Hill Road with some nice boulder pools, and is near Frazier Park which has a decent selection of small town stores and restaurants. Be prepared for strong winds, high elevation sun, and insects. The ranch tops out at 4,500' elevation and sees 4 seasons.
This area features amazing spring wildflowers, hot summer days with pleasant nights, crisp clear fall weather, and freezing nights and some snow in winter.
Unlike public campgrounds that tend to be boisterous, loud, rowdy, and messy, Liron is private and secluded in the Estate district of Lebec so it's rare to see another person the whole time you're up here. This is maintained by a LOCKED GATE along the road; please read and print out your entire confirmation message and contact me right away if you don't see the gate instructions.
There is about 1.5 miles of maintained dirt road between pavement and camp that regular passenger cars can easily handle most of the year. Immediately after rain there are some slippery parts of the road where good tires and 4wd are desirable. About 2-3 weeks of the year at various times December-Feb the road may be impassable due to deep snow and mud.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Crows and redtail hawks are active about the canyon, with many other less conspicuous birds to be found. There are ground and ...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Astro Camp at Liron Ranch in California.
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Just me, the stars, and the birds
Description was right on: great for stargazing, no frills, just what I wanted. Asked Art for clearer directions and he emailed me better ones, with a map. Turns out you need a gate code, which I know til arrival; was able to get Art on phone (not text) right away so that worked out. "1201" in the directions = 1201 LeBec Road, look for non-descript tin building there
Arts land is stunning. We would return in a heartbeat. Clean, beautiful, private, and well kept.
It is not for the faint of heart! Which we loved. Getting up to the site was on an uphill dirt road so I would recommend a confident driver and a capable car.
The site like I said was beautiful. We arrived around 5pm and unfortunately had to leave at sunrise. We got to see the comet and stars while still being near “civilization”.
There are two sites on the property, which we did not realize, until morning. Both are private, great picnic table (important!).
Astro camp site is a hike from your car and the tent area would fit a 2 person tent well, but would be tight with anything bigger.
The second site was more dirt and less grass, but not a hike to.
We must have had great luck with no bugs and minimal wind for being without trees to block.
I would recommend for those who are experienced campers looking for a scenic and private site. We’d love to return.
Locked gate and no communication
The host’s directions included passing through a gate on a shared dirt road to enter his property. When we arrived, the gate was locked. We tried texting and calling the host but got no response. We had to camp on the public dirt road next to I-5 since there was no other way to get to the campsite.
At 3:45 AM, the host was leaving the property and found us at the gate. He said the gate code was in an email I had received, but I was unable to find a code or any instructions about how to unlock the gate in any emails. We declined the offer to enter the campsite since it was the middle of the night and all our sleeping gear was already unpacked.
The host was quick to respond to my last-minute inquiry! He also encouraged me to message him with any questions or problems I had. My friend and I were the only people at the site on a Saturday in August. The campsite itself reflected its description on the website.
Hilly desert with high winds, but very private and a nice place to let the dogs unwind after a long drive. Very basic. Directions are intimidating, but if you arrive during daylight hours you'll be fine. Just 10 mins off the freeway. You could do a motel 6 or you could have total privacy and a scenic view. High winds, but we have a rooftop camper so wasn't a big deal. A motorhome would be perf. Road up isn't that bad, but it's a little rocky and steep. Wouldn't wanna drive it in the dark for the first rime. Would stay again. Art was informative and quick to answer questions