Pitch your tent under a heritage oak tree just steps from the beautiful Cosumnes River! You will have your own trail to the path that leads straight to the river. You can also access our community hang out area and use the BBQ and communal fire pit, chairs and benches. There is a walking trail near the river and we have another camp up by the pond if you want your privacy.
Pitch your tent under a heritage oak tree just steps from the beautiful Cosumnes River! You will have your own trail to the path that leads straight to the river. You can also access our community hang out area and use the BBQ and communal fire pit, chairs and benches. There is a walking trail near the river and we have another camp up by the pond if you want your privacy. You can park right by your site. On the other side of the property we have a small farm with animals that you are welcome to pet through the fence. There is also a playground for kids. Choose to explore and socialize or enjoy your privacy! Fall asleep to the gentle sound of the river under stars. We are also just a short drive to beautiful wine country and many popular hiking and climbing trails.We would be happy to tell you about neat places to explore nearby (there are many) and help with directions!
*Update January 2017: Due to low bookings through the winter, we have decided to cancel our portable toilet rental for a couple of months. Guests who book before March 15th will not have access to a portable toilet. There is a nearby public park with restroom facilities. Thank you for your understanding. Coming March 15th we will have a more permanent solution.
Notes for booking: Children are allowed on any site and not included in the group number. The max number for each site is for adults but families are welcome. We just ask you use common sense and if your party is very large please book two adjoining sites.
The 5 sites at this camp have a maximum of 2 adults but all families with children are welcome. Each site is good for one large tent or two smaller tents. If you plan to have more than two adults in your party please book an additional site. If you have questions about this please contact me directly. These sites also allow for you to park right near your site.
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 1 month out
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I ended up arriving a lot later than expected at the camp site as I had spent the whole day driving up from Southern California but Coral and her husband kindly greeted me when I arrived. I was given a quick tour of the property so I could get my tent up. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to properly meet the hosts as the next morning was a busy day that needed an early start. However, the property is stunning and well kept. The river that runs through their "backyard" is awesome to dip into in the morning - so refreshing and clean! The location is prime; further up elevation near the mountains and surrounded by wineries! I highly recommend staying here whether you're just stopping through, you need a little getaway or are on a winery hopping.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at River Ranch Retreat. We were two families, each with two children, ages 6,7,8&9.
Communication with Coral before, during and even after our trip was great, and she and Will greeted us upon arrival to show us the lay of the land. The posting describes the place perfectly: when you drive in their house is on the left. Straight ahead is the communal fire pit and BBQ area with chairs and even a couch and ample room for multiple groups to lounge/cook as needed; just beyond that is the main access to the river which is great because it is very close, even enough for us to see hear our children playing there while we cooked. Behind and to the left of the house is the area with the fenced in animals- and free range chickens! There is a great shaded play area there including zip line, slack line and seesaw that all the kids enjoyed immensely. To the right of the communal area is the row of campsites, there are 5 of them. Across the field, away from the river, is another site which we didn't really see but if you really want privacy and to be away from other campers you could book that one (site 6). The sites all have plenty of space for a car and a large tent. They each also have access to the little path that goes to the river, though it's just as easy to walk over to the fire pit area and to the beach that is right there.
The river is amazing. We were there Labor Day weekend, so it was pretty low but still there were wading and dunking pools galore, it was shaded and cool, the water cold but we could still play in and enjoy it. You can walk right down - or up- the river in the water or on the rocks and find lots of cool swim and hangout spots.
Coral was extremely helpful with giving us ideas of hikes to do in the area as well as where to eat. We ended up taking one day to drive the 50 min to Shealor lake to hike about 4 miles (at 8,000ft) and it was well worth it. We then dined at the Gold Vine Grill which she recommended and it was really good. It was nice to take a one meal break from camp-cooking.
The area is full of wineries and lakes and great places to explore so if you get antsy you can always go exploring- but the river that is right there is worth spending time in, on, around. This is a great campsite with lovely hosts.
We had a fun experience camping in this spot. We had the entire place to ourselves, as there were no other campers the night we went. We spent a long time at the river catching frogs and picking pyrite from the water, finishing the day with dinner and a fire at the communal area. Coral was very helpful prior to our arrival, we didn't get to meet her unfortunately, however her husband was a great host, he showed us around the property, the zipline, and told us all about the animals on the property. Definitely recommend.