Open air sites for car and motorcycle camping on a 200ft mesa looking over a vast central California Valley to the west.
This place is a gem. I'm almost afraid to rate it so well because I don't want it to get crowded, but credit is due. I hung out here one night with the ranch dogs by the fire watching the sunset and enjoying the stars. Jim was a great host. Will be back!
We drove a few hours out of our planned trip to get to Songdog and I was worried about having my husband bag on me for days if it wasn't worth it. Thankfully the drive was beautiful , the campground was remote and nothing short of amazing. Make sure you have the instructions to the campground your cell is worthless there. The ranch itself had the truck door open (Owner may not be home) for Gypsy the camp dog that spent the evening with us .We took cool showers in the waterhose on the grounds. It does get hot during the summer days so bring a kiddie pool, water guns and drinking water. We are going to go back with friends and family and rent all 4 campsites!
Beautiful, quiet camping up on the mesa. Jim, the owner, is personable and the star-gazing chairs at each site are a great touch!
Songdog is honestly the most beautiful campsite I have ever been to!! There was some rain the day we were set to camp and we almost cancelled our plans, but are SO glad we didn't. The property is beautiful by nature and absolutely beautifully kept -- no trash, well kept pavillions and probably the cleanest outhouse you'll ever find. The sites look down over the valley and mountains, giving an incredible sunset experience. Each site has plenty of space to itself, giving a relaxing sense of privacy. Very nice chairs are provided too, which makes sunset viewing and sitting by the campfire even more cozy. Thank you so much to Songdog for making this wonderful space open and welcoming to campers! I really can't wait to come back again :)
Exceeded our expectations! We were looking forward to a tranquil evening under the stars and got more than we imagined. The ranch was easy to find and Jim, the ranch owner is really great! We felt right at home as soon as we got there. There is so much land to explore and the views are breathtaking. We were the only ones there for the night and it was so peaceful. The ranch dogs really made the stay all that more enjoyable. They hung out with us the entire time. We will be back!
This campsite is a real find. It really feels like a good escape from the world. Jim is the perfect host - friendly, welcoming and very accommodating without being intrusive in any way. His beautiful ranch dogs were also good company. The campsite is beautifully kept and well worth a visit.
Amazing campsite! The quietness on the Mesa is astounding. With nothing but us and the stars, we thoroughly enjoyed getting away from the city here. When we camped there was no one there and it felt like being out in the wilderness, despite the easy access and comfort of the amenities. The abundant wildlife was a joy to see, though at night there is a lot of rustling from the rabbits and mice.
What a gem. We camped here recently and basically had the place to ourselves. The views are amazing and you can truly unwind here. Of course this is still primitive camping but that is exactly what we like about it.
Jim's (the owner) dog visited us on a regular basis. A lovely dog, high energy, wants to play ball all day long. Mike's (ranch hand) german shepherd basically stayed with us all the time and slept outside the tent overnight.
From here you can visit Carrizo Plains national monument. A wonderful drive across beautiful plains, partly unpaved. Absolutely worth a visit.
Of course the 33 from Ojai to the campground is also an absolute must see. Views and curves galore. Great for motorbikes!
Beautiful, quiet camping up on the mesa! The ranch owner is very personable and the star-gazing chairs at each site are a great touch!
Our camping experience at Songdog was one for the books (visited at the end of May). Perched on top of a hill, the sunset views were beyond dreamy. We had the entire "campground" to ourselves, but even if there were other campers, the sites are spaced far enough apart to still make it feel very private. The provided chairs, shaded picnic table area, and fire rings were welcomed touches. Jim was so personable, he went above and beyond. Such a great host! Will definitely be returning.
The most incredible camping experience ever! I hope it stays a hidden gem. Jim was the kindest, most welcoming host. We stayed here on NYE and we're surprised with snow. It was a magical time! The campgrounds are beautiful, clean, and private; and the views are insane. Definitely doesn't feel like you're in California. We will definitely be back.
When we went (10/22) we were the only ones up on the Mesa. There is a lot of land to explore which made our pup very happy to roam around. We met Jim right when we arrived and he was really friendly, offered us firewood if we needed it, and told us how to get to our site. Super peaceful and beautiful. We have already talked about our next trip!
A tranquil oasis surrounded by barren landscape in the middle of nowhere. Tasteful set up with sheltered tables and benches, a fire pit with chairs. Drinking water. Good views and sunsets, and - depending on your fellow campers - great atmosphere. Property dogs Gypsy and Jill are awesome. Ojai is about 1.5 hour drive through Los Padres National Forest.
Went for the night on 11/27/16 and it was fantastic! We had the place to ourselves and it was very peaceful. "Check-in" was simple...you just go to your spot. There were 2 provided comfy chairs, a fire-pit, and nice views all around. We were looking for some hiking and we lucked out because the property has great trails that go and go. The ranch dogs made it even more fun as they spent a lot of time up there with us! Definitely would recommend.
We had the best time at Songdog! Beautiful sunset and unbelievable star gazing. really friendly owner and such sweet Ranch dogs that hung out with us the whole time! Gets a bit windy since you're on a mesa but we didn't mind. The outhouse was super clean and convenient. Cute, too! Highly recommend for a unique camping experience! We will be back for sure.
We loved it! The land has great energy and is stunning with a very calm atmosphere. Jim was so easy to work with in answering all of my questions. Can't wait to return for an event at Speakeasy Lodge!
Great site. Clean, easy to find. Host will leave you be unless you need him. Would highly recommend
What a spot! I arrived late in the day after a long cold motorcycle ride to the ranch. Jim, the ranch owner, greeted me by inviting me into his home and splitting a bottle of wine with me.
The campsites are awesome. Super neat landscaping on top of a 200 ft Mesa overlooking the ranch property and valley below. Each site has a fire ring, and covered picnic table. There's enough vegetation between sites that even if booked at capacity (it's only 4 sites anyway) you'll still feel private.
The dogs are awesome and will hang around your campsite at will to keep you company and keep any coyotes, rabbits, or tennis balls at bay. They showed up the following morning wanting to play fetch.
All in all one of the coolest places I've stayed. If you're on a motorcycle trip, or just looking for a cool spot to stargaze give this place a shot. I did tent camping, but they also offer a "glamping" (glamorous camping) site near by. If the primitive sites are any indication, I'm sure it's well done and as beautiful as the rest of the property. Supplies (beer, food ice, etc) are only an easy 15 minute drive away. If you have Verizon, cell service is reliable. And if you need firewood, Jim will supply you with some thick, dry, ready to light firewood (I've been sold wet soggy unlightable wood before)
Judging by the inside that I saw, Jim's B&B would also be a great place. He's truly built a remarkable property out there. It was a privilege to stay on the property. If you're still waffling, JUST BOOK IT!
Only caveat: you will drive a dirt road up a 200ft mesa to your campsite. If you're in a car truck or SUV towingatrailer you're fine. If you're on a bike, itigjt be tricky unless you're riding ADV or dual sport. If it hasn't rained your fine regardless
Great spot. 10/10, would (and will) come again
Great time! Beautiful place! Phenomenal views! We loved hearing the coyotes yipping in the distance! Had the whole mesa all to ourselves, nobody except for the friendly little German shepherd that occasionally stopped in to check on us (who might actually be the camp site host). ;) Would love to come again!
came here for my 30th birthday with my boyfriend and it was the most relaxing and enjoyable weekend! the directions are so easy. we ran into Jim on the way to our site while he was doing some work and he was so nice and welcoming. the land is so well taken care of; very clean and just beautiful. so glad we found songdog ranch!
I share the same sentiments as one of the previous reviewers where I almost didn't want to leave a review because I selfishly want to keep this place my little secret! Jim is so nice and hospitable, the grounds are pristine, the dogs Jill and Gypsy are the cutest, the stars are magical, and because of all the recent rain everything was lush and green. I will definitely be coming back here with my friends and family. Thanks for the great trip!
Great place! Beautiful views, handy camp amenities (cooking grate, outhouse with tp, fire poker thingy). Friendly dogs! We love it and will be back!
Songdog was a beautiful place to spend a weekend away. It's secluded and mildly desolate, which is exactly what my group was looking for. The host, Jim, is an extraordinary host and helped us as needed. He even showed us his home and other parts of the property. Can't wait to come back again!
Jim is a fantastic host and the ranch is beautiful. The campsites were scenic and well maintained- I can't wait to head back!
What an absolutely place. You stay atop this beautiful mesa overlooking a canyon and it's just breathtaking. Jim is a very attentive and kind host, he set us up with fire wood both nights and let us move about the camp freely. The camp dogs are super sweet and the place is very unique. The only observation is that some campsites may be a bit close to each other so that's great if you're going with a group, may be a bit less isolated if it's a couple of different groups, but some people like socializing more than others, just a thought!
My girlfriend and I stayed at Songdog for a Saturday night. The area is beautiful - epic views, great sunset and amazing views of the nightsky that are not disrupted by light polution.
The amenities are great and tents well spaced out. Jim was a great host and drove out to welcome us.
I would thoroughly recommend and look forward to coming back!
This place is amazing! My buddy and I stopped for a night on our motorcycle trip to North California. We stayed at the camping site #2 and we setup our tents next the cliff which has a great view of the ranch. The camping site itself is well organized, you get a table and two benches are under shade, two chairs, the fire pit and the grill. Really happy with the experience. If you are thinking about this place - book it!