We invite you to come and enjoy our incredible 378 acre, ocean view horse ranch! We have a variety of things to offer from Tent Camping and RV sites, to Horseback Rides. We are located on the beautiful Sonoma Coast just north of Bodega Bay. We are also surrounded by some of the best beaches in Northern California and over 10,000 acres of parks and protected land. Chanslor Ranch has been entertaining guests for over 45 years and is unique because it has protected wetlands that provide habitat for countless birds, cattle and other wildlife.
Your specific camp site will be assigned upon arrival.
Located in the basin of the Chanslor valley. This is a group of five individual sites along the Salamander Ravine, located between hills...
Located on Chanslor's rolling mountain hills, overlooking the ocean. Fireplace and picnic table at this site. Houses up to 4 tents and 10 people....
Perfect for the cozy camper! A small secluded camp tucked away in the trees running along the Salamander Ravine. Space is limited at this site....
Located on a small platueau off the path down to the valley, facing the ocean view. Fireplace and picnic table. Perfect for intimate groups....
Located along the rising hill of the Chanslor vista with superior ocean views. Tent is equipped with 2 cots, plush cots pads, a lantern, a battery...
Located along the ravine of the Chanslor gully, resting on a flat space, surrounded by hill. Comes equipped with a fireplace and picnic table....
Creek. Located on Chanslor's rolling mountain hills, overlooking the ocean. Fireplace and picnic table at this site. Houses up to 4 tents and 12...
The Calla Lily Canvas Platform Tent is tucked in a small valley of Calla Lilies, facing west toward the sunset. Tent is equipped with 4 cots,...
Warm Spring camp is a beautiful large flat riverbed site along Salmon Creek. This camp is only accessed by hiking/backpacking in on a trail, with...
Located along the rising hill of the Chanslor vista with superior ocean views. Tent is equipped with 2 cots, plush cots pads, a lantern, a battery...
Located on Chanslor's rolling mountain hills, overlooking the ocean. Fireplace and picnic table at this site. Houses up to 1 tent and 4 people. $60...
Located along the hogback of the Chanslor vista, overlooking the valley toward the mountain. Fireplace and picnic table. Near the Rocky Hilltop...
Miwok village was home of the Miwok tribe for around 1,000 years. With fishing close by and mountains to break the wind, it is obvious why they...
With beautiful views of the ocean, these spots are located on a grassy, flat area, overlooking Salamander Ravine. All RV’s have electric (30...
Located along the rising hill of the Chanslor vista with superior ocean views. Tent is equipped with 2 cots, plush cots pads, a lantern, a battery...
Located beside the stables, this site has a sitting area with chairs around a fire pit, an Argentinian style BBQ grill, and a picnic table. Perfect...
Nestled into Chanslor's rolling mountain hills, overlooking the ocean. Fireplace and picnic table at the site. Intimate and perfect for romantic...
Located on Chanslor's rolling hills, overlooking the ocean. Equipped with fireplace and picnic table. Can house up to 2 tents and 8 people. $60...
Located on Chanslor's rolling mountain hills, overlooking the ocean. Fireplace and picnic table at this site. Houses up to 4 tents and 10 people....
Located on the terrace above Chanslor's pond with ocean views. Fireplace and picnic table at the site. Perfect for large groups of up to 20 people,...
Hidden Ravine is perfect for couples or solo campers. Even with other camping areas nearby there is almost total privacy. Chanslor Ranch is very convenient given the access to Bodega Bay shops, markets, etc. The welcome from Sarah was very friendly. She showed us where to find water, restrooms and firewood ($2 per large piece, on the honor system) as well as where to park. We will definitely be back soon and look forward to the potential addition of more backcountry backpacking sites.
Miwok was a fantastic spot! Large open area great for groups or the solo camper. This was my first camping trip alone and I felt completely safe. The only bummer, the campers up above were not considerate of the quiet time, but that is definitely not Chanslor Racnch's issue. Will be back for sure!! Thumbs up!
Really beautiful property! The ranch is easy to find and the person who checked us was very friendly. It's a short well marked walk to the campsite from there. The view is gorgeous if you get the opportunity to have a break in the fog! It gets a little windy but nothing too much to handle. Highly recommend the campsite! There are also some beautiful walks around the property to explore.
We ended up switching campsites and camped at Shelter Rock instead. This was a really good decision because the rock gave us some protection form the wind. Our night at Chanslor Ranch was a really great experience. The camp hosts were so helpful and the land owner even gave some of our gear a ride up to the site in his ATV. The view was stunning and there were wild irises growing all over the hills. Will definitely be coming back this summer :)
Had a blast at Olamentko! The spot was beautiful and the green rolling hills right next to the coast and sand dunes made for awesome scenery. The campsite was super organized with fire pits, trash cans and port-a-potties. Had a blast camping here and was nice to be a 15-minute walk from the beach!
Overlook was our first time out with Hipcamp. And it was a pleasure. Both the experience of booking and the quality of the site itself were worth the extra $'s.
On to our stay. There is a reason they call this site Overlook. It has expansive views of a little valley as well as the water over Bodega Bay. It is nestled on a nice flat spot right over the top of a hill.
The site included a picnic table, dedicated trash can with a brand new bag, clean fire pit with grate and lifter, as well as a spacious site far from neighbouring campers. We were also able to buy local firewood for $1 a piece and enjoy a clean restroom not too far from our site.
As for the campground itself, it was an eclectic mix of tent camping, yurts, tipis as well as a few trailers. Everyone was nicely spaced for privacy, but you could still check out all the different set-up folks had when you went for a hike through the grounds.
The grounds also boast a horse farm and there were a number of riders out and about. And as an added bonus we stayed near their sheep who were getting their spring haircuts one of the afternoons. Plus, they had the cutest baby sheep ever!
There are a lot of campers on the lower part of the property at Chanslor Ranch but the Teton Rock campsite is away from everyone and much more private. The view is spectacular and it was an easy and short hike in with our equipment. It's just far enough we enjoyed sleeping under the stars in peace and quiet, but were still close enough to easily hike back down and head into town for supplies. I'd definitely love to come back!
This is the best camp of Chanslor Ranch in my opinion. None of us expected such peace and seclusion. Although this one isn't facing the ocean, it's also not facing any road. The large meadow, the cute little shady river, and all the space around is just for your group.
The ranch is actually a mile away, across the mountain. It's a hike-in campsite, but if you don't want to carry your gear, your cooler, your guitar and your wood, someone will bring everything there for you on a quad for and extra $20—that includes picking up your stuff on the way back too. Wood is sold at the ranch for $2 a log. There is no grill grate on the fire ring, so remember to bring one if you want to BBQ. We booked a horseback ride at the barn next to the ranch entrance, and rented surf boards in Bodega Bay for the end of the day... We had a great weekend!
This site was awesome - amazing sunsets, close to amenities, and great access to the land. Chanslor Ranch was a great find. Recommendation, though - buy wood in Bodega Bay - it's cheaper ;)
Also, didn't have any trouble with them, but saw raccoons on our second night. Keep your food locked up!
Great campsite near Bodega Bay, lot of open space with some shade. There are plenty of trails and outdoor things to do around there, restaurants in Bodega Bay, privacy to do whatever please you. Just be careful when you go during the rainy season, some of the road into campsite are not pave (dirt path which get muddy and then chaos ensued, but that might be an adventure you're into)
Unfortunately at the last minute my plans had to change so that I couldn't camp at Chanslor - but the staff was so helpful and gracious, answered my questions and replied quickly to an email I sent. I'm planning to actually make it up there soon - from the experience I had the staff seem very kind and helpful!!
This is a nice alternative to the RV/generator nightmare that is Bodega Dunes Campground. Olamentko is situated along a small creek on a grassy slope and has nice shade coverage. Close but not too close to the very clean non-stinky porta potties. The porta potties even have little foot pump sinks with soap! One of them pumped dirt out with the water...but one worked great and it was nice to be able to wash your hands. A steep walk uphill you'll find pay showers. You can also walk down to the beach, not a short walk, but a pleasant walk. The slope is sort of steep, it was slightly difficult to find a flat spot but we did ok. Check in was pleasant, very nice host. Charged $5 for my dog, I did not see that posted but I may have overlooked it. Not a big deal. Pleasant stay but nothing super special.
Picturesque with very pretty hills overlying the camping areas and roaming horses and long hair cows. Clean bathrooms with showers are available a short walk away at the main check-in house. The beach is a pretty 5-10 min walk. What I didn't appreciate before booking is that the campsite is actually below the level of the road and also that the road (Hwy 1) isn't far away. There can be some road noise and light pollution. It's not deal-breaking but you should know you're not way off the beaten track. I'd do it again without hesitation. A nice balance of convenience and natural beauty.
We arrived late after slow-travel through a snowstorm in the mountains, but our camp host was incredibly flexible, helpful, and generous. She gave is a great dinner recommendation and lent us a tarp because the ranch was fairly wet and muddy after recent rains. A beautiful place, plenty of privacy, and clean bathrooms. :)
I loved hidden ravine, and the Chanselor Ranch! The campsite it tucked sweetly into a little grove of trees and bushes, right alongside a little creek/stream. It is nice and cool, and secluded, and yet has a nice amount of space for moving around and setting up camp! Chanselor Ranch also offers great proximity to not only exploring Bodega Bay, but the land around Hidden Ravine is full of beautiful hikes, vistas, and horseback rides! I can't wait to come back to this amazing place, and I would highly recommend Hidden Ravine as a sweet hidden gem.
Our campsite #2 was great under trees and far enough from other campers. Though it was close to town, u felt like u were further away.
Nice showers and Myra was great help. It was raining and we needed an extra tarp and she was able to provide.
You are able to bring your dog and your own firewood. Property was nice and clean and very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend!!!
Camping at Olamentko was a great experience start to finish. We were greeted by a super nice lady who walked us through the rules and showed us where our site was. Or campsite was awesome and the location is great. I liked being right next to the beach and a short drive to a restraunt or grocery store, but when at the campsite it feels like you're in the middle of the woods/hills. I realized after leaving we forgot to place the table back in its original location which is one of their requests, so if anyone that works there read this, I'm sorry! I will definitely be back again soon.
Cool spot. Gorgeous coastline. The beach is less than a mile away. Come and see the horses at the main house, set up camp, hang out at the beach all day or fish in the pond, then come back to your camp and eat dinner by the fire. They even have hot showers if you feel so inclined. Those offshore breezes make the tent sites a little windy so bring layers and strategically park your car so it acts as a windbreak.
The Overlook campsite is perfect if you're looking for somewhere that's easy to access, yet feels secluded. To get there, you drive from the main check in office a few hundred feet through the tall grass. Once you get there, you can't see or hear the other campsites, so it feels like you've got the place all to yourself (except for the cars passing on Highway 1 in the distance). Our favorite part was the sunset. From the campsite you can see the sun set over the horizon with nothing blocking your view. Would recommend!
Ranch: Great ranch, wonderful staff and nice bathrooms that you can use at the main house. Lots of trails on the acreage + easy access to beach.
Site: Get Spot #2, the other spots are just fire-rings in a field and we saw quite a few garden snakes in these because the grass was high. Access to porta-potties nearby. You have to walk ~10 mins to get to the real bathrooms.
For a better idea of the campground, view the Chanslor Ranch Site directly.
Beautiful view, a ways up the hill but not too far a walk to the toilets, and a very clean campsite. The tipi was functional, which we didn't expect, and surprisingly cool during the heat of the day. The ranch itself was clogged with people but apparently that's unusual. This is a really cool place to camp and we will be back.
Just came back from an incredible weekend at Chanslor Ranch on the Mesa Camp site! Camp host, Myra, was great and incredibly helpful throughout the weekend. Views are as incredible as advertised. Great beach about a mile walk away. They have an ATV to take your stuff up & back to the site for $20 (otherwise it's about a mile walk and part is up quite a steep and rocky incline). Note they don't sell ice (yet) on property. We will absolutely be back as soon as we can swing it!
People were super friendly. The property is in a great location and the tent was very spacious for 4 people! We even fit 4 surfboards in there and had plenty of space for the rest of us. There is also a nice view of the ocean from this spot and really relaxing to fall asleep to the waves. I would highly recommend this tent/campground.
Mesa Camp was a beautiful and relaxing stop along the California coast. It was windy when I first set up the tent but I managed without trouble. The hike up to the top of the hill is worth the sweat and gives an even lovelier view of the bay. The best part about my stay was the incredible sunset I observed through the tent. I recommend this campsite for solo or group travels!
I originally booked for another site but I wasn't aware it would be close by other groups. The camphosts were accommodating enough to put us in this new site which had a lot of privacy. It was on a bit of a downward incline to get there but nothing dangerous or strenuous. It has fantastic views of the land and an amazing view of the sunset. It was close enough to the house where I could take a 5 minute walk to use the facilities (bathroom, shower) but far enough where all I could hear was nature. Every now and then I could hear passing cars and the horses on the ranch but it wasn't anything disrupting. I would definitely camp there again and would try out their other campsites.
We had an awesome stay in one of the Tipis. The host was very accomodating when we had a few last minute campers join our group. We didn't realize that the fire pit was going to be inside the Tipi, and recommend sitting low on the ground to avoid smoke. There are plenty of places to hike nearby, and local restaurants a short drive down the road. We loved all the horses!
This Tipi has a million dollar view of the Sonoma coast! It's a steep walk down the hill to the showers and water. That was the only problem! When there gets to be a ton of campers the bathroom line gets full. We loved the experience though and the views! Staying in the tipi was super fun for our boys! I'd totally recommend staying here. You have to at least stay in a tipi once in your life!
Wind horse was amazing. There are 3 tipis in a row on a hill and this one is in the middle but hands down the best view and most privacy of the three. The staff was great and the site was clean. There is a catch and release pond, hiking/walking trails, horse back riding, kayak rentals ect. I love about 30 mins away in the same county and never knew about this spot... For sure needs to be known! I looked at other tipis for rent and they didn't close all around which had me worried about snakes but this one was really closed up AND it has a fire pit inside which others don't. It does get a little smoky but not when sitting or lying down and noting you wouldn't expect for lighting a fire inside. I never do reviews but after last nights stay I just had to because it was a blast
The view is incredible from Tree Frog--the highway is hidden but the ocean is in plain sight. And though this site is close to the check-in office, it feels more private than a lot of the sites at Chanslor; it's tucked away in between a hill and some bushes. The tent at Tree Frog is also a lot brighter than the other tents and tipis on the property.
Turkey Point has a ton of space. It's perched at the back of Chanslor Ranch, affording it a nice view of the ocean and other sites. The tent is lined with a tarp on the east side for extra protection from the elements. Best of all? You can drive right up to the site--no hiking required.
Buffalo Tipi is the most private of the tipis. It's nestled at the back between trees, overlooking pastures and the ocean. There are fire pits inside and outside of the tipi, plus a picnic table. Make sure you've got 4WD if you plan on driving right to the site; it's at the top of a steep, dirt road.
Olamnetko is awesome! We were looking for a few adjacent sites that we could block off for our friendsgiving and ended up booking multiple of the sites here, which was perfect for our group. While camping here, we met two other groups who found Chanslor through Hipcamp. We invited them to our friendsgiving, and one of the fellows generously offered a fancy bottle of Mezcal to the mix. No complaints!
Chanslor definitely isn't the most remote camping experience. However, it is perfect for groups and other campers you meet here will most likely feel like extended family. Olamentko is great because it's shielded from the wind, has huge fire pits, picnic tables, and plenty of space for playing games. Also, there are plenty of trails to explore at Chanslor. A few other nuggets to consider when camping here: 1. Bring a surfboard, Salmon Creek is right around the corner! 2. Stop at Bodega Bay Oyster Co. on your way up & roast 'em on the fiyaaaaa ✌🏻
After purchasing our new Airstream and not being able to get into any of the State Parks at the last minute, we came upon Hipcamp and Chancellor Ranch just north of Bodega Bay. Chanellor Ranch is just east of hwy 1 with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. This is a working ranch and stables, where you can go on trail rides, rent a kayak, go mountain biking and hiking right on their property. The staff was fantastic, and very friendly and helpful. There are limited spots for campers, along with multiple tent sites, teepees and platform tents throughout the property, some more remote than others. Our site had electric & water hook up. There is a dump station 1/4 mile down the road at Dunes State Park (if you have an annual pass dumping is free otherwise $8) There are restrooms/showers available, too at Chancellor Ranch along with wifi at the office (did not use but was posted, plus no cell service) Beautiful views, peaceful, not too crowded, multiple outdoor places to explore with Bodega Bay and multiple state beaches close by made a wonderful experience. Will definitely stay again!
Great site far enough away from other sites to feel secluded. Pretty intense wind kept things pretty cold until the sun set and it died down. I would bring extra tie downs to support your tent during the day. The view overlooking the Ocean was a huge plus. What a sunset!
Since there weren't reviews for this site and very few pictures, we weren't really sure to expect with this site and decided to just go for it, knowing that the area was very beautiful. That being said, we couldn't have had a more perfect spot for our group. the site was a short walk from the parking lot, and we could barely see any other campers from where we were. Behind was an incredible un-obstructed view of the rolling hills, in front of us a view of the ocean. We had a group of 7 but you could have fit several more people if you wanted to. The site feels secluded and private but still very accessible, unlike many camp sites I've been to where you're surrounded by other camp groups. The folks at Chancellor Ranch were very friendly and accommodating. They even have a service to carry your things if you've brought too much for the 1 minute walk from the parking lot :) We highly recommend it!
The tipi camp is great and I would highly recommend it! Conveniently located just north of Bodega Bay with amazing coast views from every camp site. The camp sits on the bluff and is exposed to the wind so be prepared for that, but otherwise no complaints! We camped in a rain storm and we stayed totally dry since the tents are on concrete/wood settings.
The place was very easy to get to and the staff was friendly and helpful. Be warned that not all of the sites are created equal or maintained very well. We ended up asking to switch and they were gracious enough to get us in a different spot. The porta potties were in really bad shape, so we ended up hiking up to the house to use the bathrooms there. Luckily we were staying at a spot that wasn't that far of a hike up.
Where to start.......great location with amazing views and quick access to the beach for hiking and surfing, I would recommend one of their tee-pee's. They have very friendly staff, and if you like animals they have a small farm, which is great for kids.
This is a great place to relax, make a fire, and get back to the basics.
This place is awesome. Tons of sprawling land and campsites to choose from.
-mostly private (except for some bothersome kids from another campsite)
-super helpful staff that offered to drive up our gear to the site
-we were allowed to have a campfire
-very, very windy
-lots of cow poop and urine on the campsite itself
We'll definitely be back to Chanslor Ranch.
Beautiful spot! And, the people working at Chanslor Ranch were super friendly and helpful! They allow fires now and even offered to drive up some firewood for us on their atv. The site was mostly dirt and some horse poop unfortunately, so it's a bit hard to figure out a good spot for a tent. We made it work just fine by borrowing a shovel from the staff to move the poop out... Also, Teton Rock has great views so campers from the campground below all decided to walk up and take over our campsite while we were making dinner and again super early in the AM - different groups with kids kept coming up with no regard for our personal space. Keep this in mind when booking! The Shelter Cove spot which is right next to Teton Rock looked a lot better and the campers there were left alone by the hoards.
Shelter Rock was covered in wild flowers and has an amazing view of Bodega Bay and Point Reyes on a clear day. There is a short, but steep hike up to the camp spot, but once you are there you feel like your by yourself. Spot includes a fire pit and you can buy fire wood and have it shuttled up to the spot for a fee. Great spot that I would highly recommend.
Good camp area for medium sized groups -- lots of flat space for tents. Simple infrastructure: picnic table, fire ring. The bathrooms are a bit of a walk away but there's a portapotty provided nearby. Not pa particularly private area though -- I'd say 2 and 5 are probably the best bets in terms of space and shade, but look at other areas of chanslor ranch for privacy.
Surroundings of course are gorgeous being that it's in bodega bay, and camp hosts are friendly and helpful.
Absolutely great location. Wonderful hosts and very accessible to town for forgotten supplies. One thing to note about this particular site is that you don't have a wide open view of the ocean. All you need to do is walk a minute up the hill to see this panorama. The advantage this brings the site is both fantastic privacy as well as much needed shelter from the wind. Also, bring a grill grate and water so you can enjoy your camp food!
The Overlook site is but one on the Chanslor Ranch. It is tucked beneath a large group site and perched well above a couple others. We didn't hear much of other campers at all, better than State Parks at times. The staff will help you get parked and drive your gear to Overlook in their Mule (atv). The site is big enough for a couple 4 man tents, you could do more, but you may not get a level pitch for your guests tents. Best case: a couple or two folks in smaller tents. The view is quite grand, we sat for some time looking down at the Turtle Creek Pond and looking out further to the surf breaks at Salmon Creek (there is parking at the beach, but you'd best be on dawn patrol surf session, otherwise, the hike isn't strenuous -- you can do the mile or so in your wet suit carrying your board). The bathrooms are a short walk back up to the camp registration office, but they are clean, there are 5 and they all have showers, but there can often be a line. This is also the area where you'll pick up firewood for a buck a piece. Overlook has half a 50 gallon steel drum as its fire ring, so don't get overzealous with your fire (camp fire -- not bon fire). There is a fire extinguisher at the site as well, which is nice -- but please, don't burn this place down. We hiked over to the Salmon Creek beach, walked around fishing pond, fished the pond (with barbless hooks), and threw back our catch (per rules, but salmon creek isn't far if you want to catch dinner). We also took a nice hour long horseback ride, which was scenic and lovely. This ranch is JUST north of Bodega Bay's town limit. So there are restaurants and markets near enough should you forget anything. Jenner isn't more than 10 miles north. All in all, I'd highly advise this particular site. I'd also suggest walking around and taking note of other sites on the Ranch you'd like to try another time, maybe the Tipi's... Staff was all friendly and helpful.
Wind horse was amazing. There are 3 tipis in a row on a hill and this one is in the middle but hands down the best view and most privacy of the three. The staff was great and the site was clean. There is a catch and release pond, hiking/walking trails, horse back riding, kayak rentals ect. I love about 30 mins away in the same county and never knew about this spot... For sure needs to be known! We just stayed one night which was good for us. These tipis are also pretty well closed around the edges which I haven't found at other tipi rental spots also it has a fire pit inside which was really cool. It does get smoky but not too bad and not at all if your sitting to lying down. I never do reviews but felt like I had to after last nights stay!
When we arrived at Chanslor Ranch we were greeted by a Myra. She was so warm, helpful and accommodating. She offered us an upgrade to one of their teepees overlooking the ranch with views of the ocean. We gladly accepted! Our stay was so pleasant. The ranch and its trails are absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend staying at any of their many camping spots.
This site is beautiful! Shelter Rock is one of many groups of campsites in Chanslor Ranch, but since it's a 10 minute walk above the parking lot, it feels isolated from the rest of the ranch . We only had 2 neighbors and they were each pretty far away. The beach is maybe a 20 minute walk away and there are lots of wild blackberries growing on the path. There's a portapotty halfway between the parking lot and the site (
Great place to stay. It's a low-key place with beautiful views especially when they let the horses out to pasture at night and you see the horses on the opposing hillside. The campsite itself is great. It feels a lot more private than some of the others. You definitely need 4WD or AWD to drive up to the site. It's a bit of a walk to the bathrooms and showers, but there are hot showers and clean bathrooms. They have firewood for sale and it's not a bad deal as long as you get bigger pieces. The camp staff are really friendly and helpful.
This campsite is beautiful, but not private; the trail to the fishing pond and beach runs the length of the campsite, and the ranch leads horseback tours along this trail several times a day. The 10:00 quiet hours are STRICTLY enforced, the camp hosts do not tolerate music or loud talking after 10:00 pm and will call the Sheriff if campers do not comply.
There is no running water at this campsite. There is running water at the main ranch compound, which is a 10 minute walk away.
The fire pits do not have any grill grates and there are no BBQ's at this campsite. Be sure to bring your own stove of grill grates for cooking.
Overall this is a very nice family campsite, the ranch is beautiful and it is a short walk to the beach.
It was beautiful and relatively private... but soooooo windy. Like SOOOOOOOOOOO windy. I wouldn't camp at this site again, but I would try one of the lower sites with more shelter from the wind. Everyone was nice and there are lovely hikes around the property. They have horse back riding around the property too, which is cool, except when the leaders bring the horses/people real close to your campsite so the horses can poop real close and stink up your space. Overall, this place was a fun spot.
A fairly private, large spot off the main trail. It shares trees with the Hidden Ravine campsite, and if you have considerate neighbors, won't really hear them at all. This spot was cozy and we felt secluded enough during our stay. Staff was super nice and lots of things to do on the ranch, including hiking and kayaking.
We had a great time at Olamentko! We were a bit skeptical upon arrival seeing how big and busy the property was (lots of trail riders, RVs, people camping near the paddocks), but the Olamentko site felt secluded and quiet. The beach was a short walk from the campsite, and there were nice trails throughout the property.
We had a great trip to the ranch. Shelter Rock is everything I hoped it would be. We were there on a Friday night in August and were the only ones camping in the upper section of the hill. There were about four more sites surrounding us within about 150 yards or more away from Shelter Rock which is in the middle of the other sites. Shelter rock is the largest rock formation of the group and was very helpful in keeping the ocean breeze in check. The hike from the parking area is about 20 minutes up and 10 coming back down. There is a well maintained porta potty with a hand washing sink at about the midway point. The trail is a full double track that is relatively flat on the first half and fairly steep loose shale on the second half. We brought wagons to haul our stuff which was good considering all the crap we hauled up there. Taking the wagons back down the steep section of trail was precarious and not recommend. My advice is to pack light and bring enough water.
The camp host was very friendly and helpful when we arrived. The roads around the ranch are unpaved so leave your Ferrari at home and bring the SUV. Camping in some of the lower sites were a lot less private than the hike in ones. The pond was nice to look at but access for fishing in it was difficult due to brush around the perimeter trail and the pond plants surrounding most of the basin. We never made it to Salmon Creek or the warm springs which are supposed to be bath water temp. They said you could rent a kayak or bring your own if you don't mind hiking it in. The upper part of the creek is supposed to be too shallow for boating but from the hot springs area of the ranch to the beach was deep enough to float around in according to the host.
We enjoyed our stay at the Miwok campsite at Chanselor Ranch! Would recommend. Surprisingly there were mosquitos and yellow jackets, so just be aware. When the sun is out it can get warm quickly, with fog it can be very chilly. Bring a variety of clothing. Great places to walk/hike and fun watching the horses stroll by.
Such a beautiful site (especially when not foggy) and just far enough away from others to have good privacy. About a 10-minute walk uphill from parking lot - and they drove our stuff up! Camp host was super supportive. Definitely very windy, so we made a fire in the pit, but was challenging to cook on it because there isn't a grate for grilling or pans.
Overlook is a great site! After checking in with the awesome camp host, we were shown to the parking area. Site is about a couple hundred feet away, down the hill. Nice flat space overlooking the pond and acerage of the ranch. Water is at the office, so it's best to fill up jugs and walk them down when you first get there. Overall, great place to spend a chill weekend!
You definitely need a 4x4 or AWD to get up there but it's worth it. The views are beautiful and it is nice and private except for the occasional hiker. Bathroom access is not convenient though, it's either a drive down the hill or a long steep hike. Still I would love to come back and stay longer then a night.
We had a wonderful time camping at Mesa Camp. The staff was incredibly kind, helpful and accommodating. When we arrived, it was pretty windy, but the view was spectacular. To our pleasant surprise, the wind died down just as we finished setting up camp and getting ready to prepare dinner, and the weather throughout the rest of the evening and into the morning the following day was spectacular. We slept well and enjoyed the peacefulness of the morning. We'll definitely camp here again!
The Wife and I really enjoyed the Rocky Hill Top... Great view yet still somewhat secluded. We have a new 4Runner so we got to use the 4wd features to access the site which was fun. The facilities at the farm are clean and within easy access of the hilltop. We had 3 others for one of the nights for a total of 5 with no problems. The only thing to be aware of is that the weather in June. While it was for the most part sunny during the day, in the evening and at night, the clouds rolled in from the coast and it was cold, overcast and drizzling. Be sure to bring your rain fly and warm clothing / sleep gear.
We loved our stay at Chanslor Ranch! Windhorse tipi was a fun experiences for the entire group (3 adults, a black lab, and one adorable 4 year old!) The staff was great, the view would have been spectacular if the fog had ever burned off, but that is the risk with summer on the coast. We spent the second night at the newest site- Rocky Hilltop #2- which gave us a great rock cropping to explore, a full view of the ocean and town in the distance, and easy access to the trail that winds around the property. In the morning we even caught a glimpse of the llama. The bathroom/shower trailer is awesome and would entice even "non-camping" people (think of your very pampered parents!) to reserve a spot. We would absolutely recommend a trip here for any of the tipis or either Rocky Hill spots. We imagine that all of the options are great and have their own charm. Plans for a return stay are already underway!
Amazing view, most private site we saw (compared to the other sites at these grounds). The sun can be a bit intense during the day, but there's a tree to huddle under. This town has a marine warning sound thing and all you can hear every 15 seconds or so is BEEEEEEEP. All in all we really enjoyed ourselves though. The staff are fantastic.
Two standout features of this campsite are the relative seclusion from other sites and the dramatic and beautiful views in every direction. If it happens to be windy, as it often is on the Sonoma coast, the site is quite exposed as other reviewers have noted, but we found that a robust campfire and a bottle of champagne completely negated the wind chill. It's only a third of a mile from where you park, so lugging in some luxuries is totally doable.
The Ranch staff were very open, helpful and friendly and management obviously cares about providing an exceptional camping experience. There are plenty of great hikes on the premises, including a trail that connects to South Salmon Creek beach. We didn't try any of the watercraft, but it would be great fun to SUP or kayak to the ocean.
Plus, a Redtail Hawk scoped out our campsite one morning, so the name is not some copywriter fiction! Two thumbs up!!
Really a great spot. Was skeptical when pulling into the place because it is also has spots for RVs to rent, and seemed a bit crowded, but don't worry, the campsite is not close to the RVs, and it really is a 'Hidden Ravine'. The campsite is surrounded by trees, very isolated, so you basically dont have any neighbors. I would recommend bringing some insect repellent, bugs were not too bad, but nice to have some. I would definitely book this campsite again!
What a great camping spot! Up the hill from the base camp, and adjacent to the horse pasture. It has a spectacular ocean view, but also has tree protection from the gusty wind that hits most other sites. It is also feels nice and private, and the stargazing is amazing! The only inconvenience is the drive down the steep hill to use the bathrooms. But the bathroom facilities, including showers are excellent. Worth the inconvenience!
My boyfriend and I camped here during our camping trip through out California. We are from Texas so camping in Cali was a whole new experience! This is by far one of our favorite campsites. We were exhausted and chose to stay in a teepee, which was an excellent choice! There are three tepees you can choose from and all three are on top of a hill that overlooks the ranch and has an ocean view. Sonoma coast is beautiful. There are pebble beaches and sand beaches with beautiful rock formations. Some beach entrances are more accessible than others and some allow dogs on a leash (which was perfect because we brought our dog). The ranch is dog friendly too, they just ask you to keep them on a leash for the security of their horses. The women that checked us in was super friendly (I wish I could remember her name because she contributed greatly to this review): she showed us the land with maps, told us info about our teepee, and gave us a hand out of bodega bay that informed us of the dog- friendly beaches. The beach is within walking distance. The land is amazing! There is a spring that feeds to a creek that flows around the ranch, you can choose to kayak it too. The creek water is advertised as a hotspring, but really it is cold. There might be a hotspring somewhere that feeds into the creek, but I would not expect it to be hot. The trails are so beacutiful, we saw rabbits, a little snake, Hawks, and lizards. You can also chose to go on a horse back ride with a guide. The campsites are well spread out for privacy and they do allow campsite fires. You can buy wood from them or bring your own. A shower fee is included and there is access to toilets and porter potties. Any campsite you pick seems pretty neat considering the ranch had a lot to offer.
This camp in one of our favorite regions of NorCal. The proximity to Bodega Bay, Sebastopol and local area attractions is nice. Although, Chanslor Ranch is a very nice place to set up camp. The hospitality, facilities and serenity are what we were looking for in a weekend getaway. From our campsite, #5, great views surrounded - ocean, rolling hills, wild quail, horses and friendly campers were all very much appreciated. We will return again soon.
Chanslor Ranch is a beautiful property with sweeping views of the ocean and grassy hills. This site isn't very close to the others, which is nice, but it's also right beside a parking lot. (This is great for campers who need easy access, but it's not super private.) Fortunately, you can back your car right into the site, which is handy. It's fully equipped with a fire pit, fire extinguisher, and brand new picnic table. Turtle Dove is also right near several trails--head down to the pond or up to the headlands in 15 minutes.
I had an awesome stay at Chanslor Ranch! The camp host, Myra, was incredibly kind and spent most of her giving me a tour of the ranch and showing the different ends of the property. The ranch is perfectly situated on the coast in Bodega Bay with Salmon Creek running through it to the ocean. There is SO much to do here that I’m not sure you could even do it all in one weekend! There creek is great to kayak through (offered) and is easily accessible from the back end of the property. There trails all over the campground so it’s just matter of choosing one to explore! As it is a ranch, there are horses which you have the option of riding through the property. The hilltop camps have a spectacular view of the ocean and Salmon Creek leading to it as well as the textures of the ranch overall. I opted to stay in one of the Tee Pees which also had an incredible view of the ocean from the hill. They have ample parking and awesome bathroom facilities as well. This is a great weekend getaway (or weekday!) for anyone looking for a fun and/or peaceful environment. I highly recommend giving Chanslor Ranch a go!
Site manager is very nice. We had 3 families and she gave us big site so that everyone could stay together. Nice location minutes to bodega bay.
Con is that it is exposed place and no trees. It could be windy from seabreeze which is normal for seaside camp. You should have nice peg for tent and shades and thick wear.
We loved Hidden Ravine. It was tucked away and hidden so we felt in our own little world. The ranch is large with lots of great running and walking paths. Great views from the top of the rolling hills. Great friendly staff. Excellent time and we look forward to returning.
It was great. Take them seriously when they say you need all wheel drive or four-wheel drive car. The TIPi is up high on a very rough dirt road. Also they did say they would have firewood there and we ended up going through scraps to get enough to make a fire --so that was a little bit disappointing. But other than that it was completely beautiful little place to stay and quite exceptional to be in a TIPi.
Chanslor Ranch is a great property overlooking Bodega Bay and the Pacific. Meet Up Camp was a right next to the HWY 1 and the entrance road. We actually moved up to Coyote Rock camp up the trail for a better view and more seclusion. If you're looking for a quick and easy set up right off the road, Meet Up Camp works, but if you want a better view and more privacy, check out some of their other camp sites on the property. Chanslor Ranch staff are super nice and extremely helpful!!
Spent one night camping at Red Tail Point. It is an easy half mile walk to the site with a pretty view out to the ocean and across the preserve and the Salmon Creek below. Lots of bird activity on the river below and in the air above. The site is very exposed to the elements but somewhat secluded. It has a pit toilet a few feet away which was very useful. And a nice big fire pit if you choose to carry in wood. No picnic table which was fine and made it a little more like backcountry camping. There was very heavy misting from the fog off the coast which was beautiful but annoyingly wet, but hey that's the chance you take camping on the coast. One big drawback during the day was the sound and dust from the Ranch staff's vehicles. A strange practice in a wildlife preserve. I think there were more campsites off in the hills that might have been a little quieter which I would have chosen first but this was all that was left. We still enjoyed our time here.
Great fun! I loved sleeping in a teepee. Great to have 4 wheel drive for this one as not possible to get my 2 wheel drive up the hill into the parking spot for the site - so steep and soft dirt.) Bathrooms are clean and the views are great. Loved hearing the ocean waves all night from a distance.
We stayed at olanmentko 5 sept 16-18. Great spot. Set between hills so wind wasn't bad at all and you can actually hear the ocean at night when it was quiet. The horses and small fishing pond were awesome entertainment for the kids and the beach was a quick hike away. Bodega market and the town is a two minute drive away if you need kites, firewood, ice or food and they sell firewood at the ranch office as well. The hosts were great and the ranch and our spot (5) was really nice (I wouldn't have wanted olanmentko 1 due to close proximity to Portajohns) only downside for us was no running water for dish washing or real bathrooms close enough for us but we made due and bringing large containers of water with spigot type opening to mimic a faucet is the best thing to do. You can refill them at the office with potable water.
Teton Rock was awesome! The view from the site was incredible when the fog cleared. Being able to see the ocean and bay was amazing. The site felt very private, much more so than some of the lower sites on the property. The rock itself was great for climbing and provided some shelter from the wind, though the wind wasn't a big issue at all. While the walk from the parking lot to the site is fairly short (about 3/4 mile), the second half is up a rather steep hill. I'd recommend packing lightly. The port-a-potty near the site was clean, though it was located at the bottom of the steep hill. Overall, we had an awesome time and would definitely go back!
We loved camping at Red tail Point Camp! The location was beautiful and peaceful with great views of the ocean, mountains and Salmon Creek. There were at least two nice flat spots for tents, a fire pit and an outhouse close by. The campsite was just a 5 minute walk from the car on a well maintained dirt road. The staff at Chanslor Ranch was super friendly and helpful and gave us the great recommendation to hike around the property. We will definitely be back!
This was a gorgeous campsite - it is high on a ridge with a nice open view of bodega bay. Very pretty at sunset. We had read previous reviews that said this site was especially windy, so we brought extra outerwear. It wasn't that windy for us, so we lucked out but I think it would even be worth the views in the breeze. Enjoy!
Great spot. I used the Direct Book function with Hipcamp but apparently got double-booked with another party, sadly. Chanslor Ranch staff were very accommodating, and we got placed in another fantastic tent cabin up the hill. I'd recommend future guests to call ahead of time and double-check that your reservation isn't a duplicate.
The Miwok Village Group Site was the perfect location for a birthday camping weekend with 9 friends and 3 dogs! It was remote enough that we felt like we had a ton of privacy to just enjoy the woods and creek. Chanslor Ranch staff was super helpful and took our heavy items to the site for us for an additional fee. It rained over night but we still enjoyed every moment of our stay. We will be back!
This place is AWESOME! There is everything from tents to RVs to tepees and they are spread out so well across the massive property so that you never feel like you are on top of other people, and every site is unique and fun in its own way. The property is well maintained and you can follow your outdoor dreams to the beach or up hills and never be bored. Beautiful vistas of sun rises and sunsets are always a short walk away.
Great spot. The Tipis were clean and this one and the Elk? Tipi had the best ocean views. Nice fire pits, lots of room up the hill and on the trails to walk around and space to be by yourself. Buffalo Tipi is higher up the hill and would be the most private. The people that run the horse rides on the ranch were really nice too.
This is about the fourth time I've told this story, between trying to get in touch with Chanslor Ranch and Hipcamp, but hopefully it'll save others some pain and frustration.
Long story short, our stay at Chanslor Ranch was not great. When we arrived (at 6, prior to the 8 pm cutoff), it was too dark to figure out how to get to the sites and the maps provided on the office door were too wet to read (office was closed). I finally found a staffperson (behind a door reading "Keep out") that took us up to a site, and we pitched our tent. We were woken hours later by a group of men who told us that we were in their site. Fortunately they were nice enough to let us stay, but it was pretty awkward.
The next morning after walking around for a half hour trying to find our site (which we finally found, but had no sign), and after multiple attempts to call or otherwise contact a staffperson, we learned that our site was given away to another family because the Chanslor Ranch staff didn't update the reservation list after early the morning we registered. The camp staff wasn't able to move the other group that day so we were ultimately told to move to yet another site up the hill, in the dark.
The staff people offered a refund, which seemed reasonable. But after emailing them and calling multiple times over the course of a week, I got no response and ultimately had to go through Hipcamp for recourse.
The pros: We were able to get a reservation on a holiday weekend, it was a beautiful spot, campsites aren't right on top of each other, and it's nice to have a camp experience that's somewhat removed from the RV scene.
Cons: Terrible signage/maps, terrible customer service, "walk in" distance can be pretty far and sites difficult to find, pretty $$$$ for being a half mile away from a pit toilet and more like 3/4 of a mile from a flush toilet w/o TP; overall a pretty disorganized operation for the cost.
I'm a lifelong camper and I'm sure I'll give Hipcamp another try, but I guess after this experience I had a new appreciation for the infrastructure of public campgrounds. I won't be returning to Chanslor Ranch.
We have camped at Chanslor Ranch before and had a magical weekend. This time we stayed in one of the tipis and unfortunately it had not been cleaned/maintained in a few days or weeks. The carpets were muddy, wet, and in a pile in the corner. There was all sorts of debris inside and there was trash left in the fire pit. We may camp here again but will avoid the tipi☹️