Hipcamp host Jim R.
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Secluded away from prying eyes where no one sees you but you can see all. This single site has the best of all for the reclusive campers. Isolated away from all other sites with a commanding view of the valley below and the heavens above. It comes with our standard pergola, table, 2 chairs and fire ring with cooking grill nestled at the west end of our mesa road. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Short walk
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Jim a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Draw Camp in the Far West in California.

Mesa or canyon
Prairie, meadow, ...

The vibe at Draw Camp in the Far West

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Hipcamper Sandra
Sandra G.
recommends this listing.
April 25th, 2019

Jim is a great host and his camp did not disapoint! I would highly recommend Draw Camp / Far West to anyone wishing to camp in the area of the Carrizo Plain.

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Hipcamper Christina
Christina T.
recommends this listing.
April 26th, 2019

Songdog and Jim are the best! This is really what Hipcamping is all about. Jim has created an oasis in the middle of the badlands, with a huge variety of sites to choose from depending on what you're looking for. Draw Camp, one of his newest ones, is as the end of the road past the other Songdog West sites, on the far end of the mesa. All of the dirt roads are drivable with a regular little passenger car, and this one dead ends in a loop at your campsite. No neighbors in sight or earshot (the outhouse shared with other sites is a little walk away, but that ensures total privacy). In mid-April, the flowers are unbelievable — there were thick blankets of flowers in every direction. We were lucky with the superbloom, but Jim said every April is still beautiful.

The site has his standard setup with a picnic table, pergola, firepit and grill, trash can, water spigot, and two very comfortable lounging chairs — everything you need to just settle in and stay for awhile. Even though it was still quite relatively cool, we opted to spring for the extra soaking tub to fully enjoy the sun, and we were so glad we did. Jim brings it right up to your site and sets it all up for you — he even knows the best spot to put it for maximum views. When it's hot, nothing feels better!

Sunsets are amazing up here; you have a line of sight across the whole expanse of the valley, stretching out to the mountains on the other side. And the stars are night are crisp and clear. It's just so quiet and peaceful, and we didn't want to leave.

Jim is such a wonderful and experienced host, too. He has firewood for sale if needed, and is full of local tips and suggestions. We were headed up to Carrizo Plain the next day (just a quick drive up the highway, so close!) and he gave us a map and detailed instructions to get to the best spots. We're already planning the next trip back and can't figure out if we want to try out other areas of Songdog, or stick to this one most perfect campsite ever. Thank you, Jim!

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah K.
recommends this listing.
May 26th, 2019

Songdog ranch has become a favorite amongst the friend group. This visit was no different. Thanks, Jim!

Hipcamper Lauren

Songdog is the best

Lauren S.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2019

This was our second time staying at Songdog and Jim and the site were amazing! There was some confusion regarding our site, but Jim was extremely quick and generous in rectifying the situation. We love how friendly he is and how the site makes you want to stay longer than the time you have it booked for.

We love that Jim keeps the sites extremely tidy. My hubby was excited that the toilet was stocked with soft toilet paper. We also like the wood Jim has available for purchase. He starts you up with lighter fluid and fire starters and our fire lasts all night. The option to rent out a tub to stay cool in will be ideal for when it gets hotter later in the year. We can't wait to go back and try his other sites. Thanks for another wonderful trip Jim!

Hipcamper Paul

Amazing sunset views

Paul M.
recommends this listing.
June 30th, 2019

Loved staying here for the night with the kids. We stayed at Draw Camp which demands a view of the valley below and catches a killer sunset. Nice table, benches and chairs and ample locations for our tent. Jim greeted us and we bought wood which he kindly delivered. Well dispersed camp sites so very private. But the REAL outstanding option was the tub. A massive self filling bath big enough for the entire family. Delivered and filled at our site. A must on a hot day. What a great idea right?!?!

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Hipcamper Emma
Emma W.
recommends this listing.
July 3rd, 2019

Jim is such a good host at song dog ranch! He is welcoming and respects your privacy too. There are mini hikes you can do from the campsite and the kids brought their bikes which the trails were good for! The campsite was peaceful and watching the sunset in the Californian tepid bath was magical! I’d definitely go back!

Roasting marshmallows at sunset Sunset from our camp spot Camp set up View from the campsite
Hipcamper Natalie
Natalie N.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2019

Our stay at Draw Camp was great! This spot had the most amazing view and was very secluded. We weren't sure where to go when we arrived and ended up at the Song Dog Ranch house, where Jim met us and showed us to the site. The tub was an awesome addition I definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Rebecca
Rebecca O.
recommends this listing.
July 15th, 2019

Perfect quick getaway. Gorgeous views, well maintained site, very private. Rented the tub which was a lot of fun and kept us cool until the sun went down. Can't wait to visit again!

Hipcamper Peter

Excellent family trip to cuyama

Peter Y.
recommends this listing.
July 28th, 2019

Jim was an excellent host with a beautiful piece of land in the Cuyama Badlands. The area is quite hot in the summer so I would highly recommend getting the large tank to bathe in! (our corgi puppy loved it)

Jim came around to check on us and make sure we were all set and was on call for anything we would need! This is a great spot for dogs and we will certainly be back!

View from the MesaThe little lowrider in the desertBakken exploringCampsite at sundown


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