About Shelter Rock Camp

This is a site that can only be accessed by back-packing in less than a mile. There is a fire pit at this site, but no picnic table. This is a great spot with amazing views of Bodega Bay and beyond. There is a large rock providing some shelter from the wind. A porta potty is located within ¼ mile. Parking is located around 1/2 a mile away. This is a backpacking site. That Read more...

This is a site that can only be accessed by back-packing in less than a mile. There is a fire pit at this site, but no picnic table. This is a great spot with amazing views of Bodega Bay and beyond. There is a large rock providing some shelter from the wind. A porta potty is located within ¼ mile. Parking is located around 1/2 a mile away.

This is a backpacking site. That means there are NO facilities. The closest toilets will be a significant walk from where you are camping. 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!

Winter Rates $35 plus tax a night for up to 4 people. (March- May 25th)

Summer Rates $55 plus tax a night for up to 4 people. (May 25th- Nov. 15th)

* Additional campers are welcome for $12.50 plus tax per person per night (payable at check-in).

CHECK-IN TIME: Mon-Sat 1pm-8pm, Sunday 1pm-3pm. (Back country sites should arrive well before sundown).

* Well behaved/leashed dogs are welcome for $5 per dog flat rate.

* Hot Showers are available for $2 per person flat rate (covers entire stay).

“Unfortunately, we’re only able to accept campers who arrive before the 8pm Check-in Cut off time."

* There is a 48 hour cancellation policy.

*It is required that everybody check in at the camping office to sign a waiver on the day of check-in.

Details

  • Listing type: Private
  • No. of sites: 1
  • Accessible by: Walk
  • Accommodation: Tent
  • Check in after: 1PM
  • Check out before: 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Base price: $57.00
  • Additional people: $12.50

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Hipcamper Will

A little windy the night we stayed but loved the site for a casual overnighter!

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Hipcamper Eleanor

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.

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Hipcamper Kavitha

Chanslor Ranch is an incredibly picturesque place to camp! The staff is friendly and super helpful. Definitely check this place out if you're looking for rolling hills, views of the ocean, and horses trotting majestically across each sunrise.

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Hipcamper Paul

Nice hosts and spectacular view of the sunset over Salmon Creek and the Pacific!

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Hipcamper Allison

This place is awesome. Tons of sprawling land and campsites to choose from.

Pros:
-beautiful views
-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

Cons:
-very, very windy
-lots of cow poop and urine on the campsite itself

We'll definitely be back to Chanslor Ranch.

Hipcamper Kelly

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.

Hipcamper Leslie

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 (

Hipcamper Mercedes

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.

Hipcamper Jeff

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.

Hipcamper Jenny

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.

Hipcamper Alisa

Easy camping in a beautiful spot. Very hospitable hosts who helped us get our stuff up to camp and even dropped off firewood for us. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Gerry

Beautiful view. Camp staff were extremely helpful. The site itself can get get quite windy in the late afternoon., but usually calms down right before sunset. Our evenings were filled with stars. Definitely would recommend.

Hipcamper colleen

It was windy but so beautiful and refreshing. The property is amazing. The staff was very helpful.

Hipcamper Bryan

Awesome location, a bit of a hike up, and a bit pricey. The employees of Chanslor Ranch are great. Otherwise great!

Hipcamper Sveta

Nice spot at the top of the hill - great sunset views over the water. This campsite is on a ranch, so you will be near other car camping spots/ within view of civilization but there are some nice walks and a small river along the property.

Hipcamper Lizzie

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!

Property
Chanslor Ranch
State
California
Directions
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Coordinates
38.353° N, 123.055° W
$57/night
Tent Only - Hike In: 1 Site

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