About Coyote Rock
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.
CHECK-IN TIMES: 12PM-6PM. All guests should arrive before sundown.
This site is HIKE-IN ONLY - not accessible by vehicle - please be prepared to backpack a steep incline of 1/4 mile to your campsite.
Check the weather before your trip (strong winds up to 35 mph at times!)
72 hour cancellation policy.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessibility: Moderate walk (5 - 10 mins)
- Campsite area: Bring your own Tents
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Weeknight discount: 20% off
The vibe at Coyote Rock
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
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.
Great location. Diverse camping sites. Grassy meadows, to rocky hilltop overlooks, Tepees and full on lux-o-glamping. Sites are spread out far enough from each other that if you are looking to get some zzz's, your neighbor's party zone will not affect you.
There is usually a last minute vacancy, unlike most of the surrounding state parks which have been reserved out for the next 100 years.