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 had chosen this area to camp. Quiet and serene, this camp consists of 3 traditional tipis, on a flat grassy area along Salmon Creek. This camp is only accessible by hiking/backpacking on a trail of ~ 2 MILES.  All belongings and gear Continue reading...

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 had chosen this area to camp. Quiet and serene, this camp consists of 3 traditional tipis, on a flat grassy area along Salmon Creek. This camp is only accessible by hiking/backpacking on a trail of ~ 2 MILES. 

All belongings and gear need to be packed in and out.

This site covers up to 15 people, additional people is $12/person extra. Porta-potty is located 2 miles away. A private, backcountry bucket-toilet can be rented on the site, upon request for additional cost. 

This site can hold up to 8 additional tents and max of 50 people.

wind could be up to 30 mph

This is a backpacking site. That means there are NO facilities. The closest toilets is a 2 mile hike. Absolutely everything -- you know what that means -- needs to be packed in and packed out. Thanks for your help keeping our land fresh and clean!

CHECK-IN TIMES: 12 PM (please call if you planing to arrive after sunset).

This site is not accessible by vehicle in order to preserve the environment of our land. A porter service *may* be available for purchase to bring your gear to your site.

Horses and people share trails.

There is a 72 hour cancellation policy.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Moderate walk (5 - 10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 62 people per site
No potable water
Fires allowed
No toilet
Pets allowed
No showers
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
River, stream or creek
Swimming hole
Hot spring
Horseback riding
Wind sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching
Snow sports

The vibe at Miwok Tipi Village

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Hipcamper Pierre
recommends this listing.
July 19th, 2016

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!

Hipcamper Natasha
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 6th, 2018

Camping around the Bay Area is always a challenge, with so many outdoor aficionados it is hard to find a place that is not overly explored. Camp Mesa was the antithesis of that.

Because it is at least an hour and a half away, it is a trek to get out here. Given that, it is definitely worth it. Camp Mesa has so many options in terms of how you want to camp. If you like a bit more of a view, there is a trail to a campsite that has that. If you want more of a river site, you can find one near the river that passes through the property. If you want a bit of a nestled spot with an abundance of shade, you can stay in the Tipi site.

We stayed over at the Tipi site, and although it was the furthest site (about a mile and a half hike) it was a nice place to spend time with access to all the trails and hikes of the other spots. Please note, that unless you purchase a porter service, you will have to bring all your gear in, so please pack accordingly. The tipi site was nice because it has access to a nice grassy field for frisbee and football catch and you also have access to the river. We brought a hammock as well which was a nice touch to all the trees that was providing us shade for the weekend.

In terms of the essentials, you will have to use the bricks that are around the site to build you a fairly useable fire pit. I recommend building the pit two brick layers high as to allow the fire to get air to burn better. Unless you are adept at building fires, bring fire starters to make your life easy! There are no grill tops to cook, so you may want to do a lot of skewers. The tipis were nice, but they are also dusty. A bunch of us elected to sleep in our own tents, but if you do not have your own gear, the tipis are a great alternative to buying your own gear!

The scenery and the hikes were all amazing and were easy hikes for the entire group. Overall this is such a welcoming place for people of all camping levels. The staff is so accommodating and helpful and are doing a great job to help everyone enjoy the outdoors as best as possible. Keep up the good work!

Hipcamper Neha
recommends this listing.
August 18th, 2016

Tricky to get to but secluded and pretty by the creek. We really enjoyed it!

Hipcamper Jonathan
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2016

A great secluded spot right on the banks of the river. Will definitely be back.

Hipcamper Reuel
recommends this listing.
November 8th, 2016

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!

Hipcamper Cara
recommends this listing.
April 25th, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Miwok Village! The landscape was gorgeous and staff was kind and welcoming. I would certainly recommend this site and look forward to returning!

Hipcamper scott
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2017

Epic weekend at the Miwok camp site! Hand claps for the staff as they were super helpful and available for my questions leading up to the weekend. They even stocked our site with firewood, this was clutch since the site is about a mile trek from where we parked. The site itself was perfect, a large field with lots of great stops to set-up camp. The best part by far was that Miwok campsite is the furthest from all the other sites so you won't have stranger walking by. We did have a few kayakers pass by in the river which runs along the site, but all very friendly people. The weekend we went was a bit windy but we were the most protected by far since the sites between two hills. We backpacked in so carried all of our stuff in and packed everything out.

Day two we went into town to stock up on some whiskey and ended up eating lunch at the Bird cafe, highly recommend. We enjoyed the rest of the day hanging by the river and got some fishing in (make sure to have proper license and understand the rules and regulations). We noticed Chanslor Ranch also have Kayaks for rent, we didn't have time to do this, but it's an option that looked super fun. The river water is a bit cold but we ended up jumping in anyways to cools off.

I highly recommend this site for small or large groups. This is a great intro to backpacking for you and your friends.

Hipcamper Alison
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2016

This was a great spot!

Hipcamper Nora
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
April 13th, 2017

We ended up switching sites once we arrived at Chanslor Ranch as there had been a tremendous rain storm the evening before and many other campers had cancelled. The camp staff also let us know the Miwok site was likely flooded, a 2 mile hike and unreachable by the ATVs. We ultimately chose the Goose Group camp which was nearly drive-up and accommodated our 10 person group easily. There are tons of wonderful group sites at Chanslor Ranch, it's a truly magical property with wonderful and accommodating staff.

We did walk to the Miwok site. It was an extremely secluded site in the valley on a very lush river bank, nearly 2 miles from the closest portapotties. The grass was rather long with no clear fire pit, but would be great for campers comfortable with primitive sites. Be prepared to bring in all your own water!

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