About Camp Cruz Small Group Retreat
This is a special listing offered for couples or small groups of up to 8 people. It offers a furnished geodesic dome, a yurt, and a tent cabin for indoor sleeping accommodations.
Privately located on 4 acres in the redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Camp Cruz is a premium campground with all the basic amenities of modern life while living outdoors in the heart of the redwood forest. It offers a covered outdoor kitchen on a deck with basic cooking supplies, a sink with potable water, a grill & stove, tables, and electricity. It has a campfire pit encircled by benches, clean composting toilets, and hot showers. The natural landscape of the site offers a creek with easy access, a vibrant garden, sun and shade, and open space for relaxation. We're near the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park and the Soquel Demonstration Forest for hiking or mountain biking. Lastly, it’s close enough to town for day trips to the beach, Santa Cruz, or Monterey.
What to Bring: Bring everything that you would normally bring to go camping (except a tent), namely, sleeping bags & pads, plates, cups, eating utensils, and toiletries. There is a mini fridge in the dome, but you will want to bring a cooler with ice for anything that won't fit. Also, BRING YOUR OWN FIREWOOD AND CHARCOAL FOR THE GRILL.
Expectations: Campers are expected to follow Hipcamp's "Leave no Trace" agreement, leaving the campground clean and everything in good condition. Upon departure, guests are expected to thoroughly clean the kitchen and all indoor spaces. We provide written guidelines on clean up to help guests meet our expectations. The dome has a shoes-off policy, and kids are not allowed in it without adult supervision. While the campground is secluded enough for late night campfires, quiet hours are observed from 11pm - 9:00am, particularly around the residences.
When requesting a booking, we ask that you tell us about yourselves and the intention behind your visit. Thank you.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Cabins & Lodging
- Check in after: 3PM
- Check out before: 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
- Weeknight discount: 5% off
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Camp Cruz Small Group Retreat
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Camp Cruz is our first HipCamp experience, and it sets the bar high!
The camp is super comfortable - the dome is cozy was well set-up for our family of four (more could easily fit). Imagine all the features of a large camp site (amazing outdoor kitchen, fire circle, creek for exploring, comfortable showers and running water, well-maintained toliets) with all the privacy of a solitary camp site in the midst of towering trees and dappled light. It's family camp for one family - an unusual and ideal situation for any small group that wants outdoor experience with both privacy and comfort. We loved it so much we had a hard time saying good-bye!
The family that runs the camp is respectful of privacy, while available for orientation and responsive to questions.
Camp Cruz was a great place to stay. We were very impressed with how much space we had and how private it felt. The dome was very cool and well equipped. Wished we had noticed the space heater earlier though as it would have been nice to have in the early hours. The outdoor kitchen was lovely. Hosts were very accommodating and forthcoming with info. We would love to come back.