Hipcamp host Jim R.
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Camp in a 35 acre land surrounded by hills, mountain views and an open sky. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular year round.. It is 15 minutes from Temecula wineries, 40 minutes from the artsy town of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains, and just 15 minutes from downtown Hemet. Best camping from early autumnto lush springtime.

Cooperative managers Jim and Dawn host


Camp in a 35 acre land surrounded by hills, mountain views and an open sky. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular year round.. It is 15 minutes from Temecula wineries, 40 minutes from the artsy town of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains, and just 15 minutes from downtown Hemet. Best camping from early autumn to lush springtime.

Cooperative managers Jim and Dawn host campers who want to enjoy nature, participate in permaculture gardening all while off-setting their travel footprint. Fees are used to plant trees and enrich the land.  The property is a restorative ecovillage where we invite you to participate in creative local solutions to larger global problems.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
10 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Back-in site, max length 35ft
Water hookups
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No potable water
Have a question? Send Jim a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.



Horseback riding


Natural features you'll find at Camp Out at Down-To-Earth EcoShire in California.


100 year old ranch being restored into an ecovillage...


The vibe at Camp Out at Down-To-Earth EcoShire

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Hipcamper Emily

Great place-very welcoming hosts

Emily M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
March 26th, 2019

Jim and his wife were great hosts! They were so welcoming upon arrival. They are creating an amazing eco-village on the property- we were able to get a tour the next morning from an artist who’s helping with the eco-village. It’s an awesome place in the making and we’re excited to go back and stay as they continue to create the eco-village. The campsite area was exactly as expected and perfect for an overnight stay. The bathroom is under construction (it’s an old train car that they’re transforming into a full bathroom) but the toilet was a real flushing toilet (which was amazing) and soon they’ll have a solar heated hot water shower and sink. They also have a really cute long haired dachshund :) We had a great experience.

Hipcamper Isabel

Perfect stopover in eco garden

Isabel K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
April 4th, 2019

Jim and Dawn were very welcoming and kind. They even started a fire for us, we arrived in the evening. The place is beautiful and peaceful and I love that they are working on a completely sustainable setup. In the morning we got fresh eggs and vegetables from their organic garden for a yummy breakfast. We would totally recommend to go. We used it as a stop over between Joshua Tree and the coast but wine country is very close as well.

Hipcamper Sy
Sy S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
April 14th, 2019


Hipcamper Heather

Beautiful area, awesome hosts, eco!

Heather P.
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(Site 4)
April 22nd, 2019

This was such a fun site! Not only were we surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, we also got to enjoy fresh eggs and veggies from their garden, and learn about the dozens of sustainability projects they are working on. Jim let us pick our favorite spot based on tree coverage and shade, and let us use a big table and fire pit. We drove to Temecula wineries within twenty minutes, and could get groceries in Hemet 15 minutes away. Definitely recommend!

Fresh veggies and eggs made our meals next level!Trees helped with shade, and were right next to the (compost) toilet and patio area.
Hipcamper Fiona

Perfect stay

Fiona B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
April 26th, 2019

What a great place they have here! So exciting the eco village Jim and Dawn are building. They are both so friendly and welcoming. We only stayed here one night but had a really nice stay! The site we had was private, with a picnic bench and fire pit (which Jim kindly lit for us), shower was also hot. The stars are amazing out here and the sunrise. Hope to come back one day!

Hipcamper Nikki
Nikki N.
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April 29th, 2019

Welcome to Hemet, California where you are surrounded by desert mountains, boulders, and a big open sky. Just a little over two hours from Los Angeles and about an hour and a half from San Diego heading east, we drove onto Jim and Dawn's Ecoshire. Our hosts have created an oasis nestled in the hills from the reclaimed land they acquired. The property is being used as an educational ground for permaculture practices and self-sustaining, eco-friendly structures. If you want to learn how to reuse water and provide your own solar energy, be sure to ask Jim as he can take you around the property and teach as you go.

We arrived as the sun went down and the full moon started to rise up. As you walk through part of the 35 acres of land, you may hear neighboring horses and cows. As the sun goes down, you will hear the owls and the resident coyotes in the night. Our site was cozy and nestled in front of a hill. The emphasis on community can be felt as the vision is well underway at the Ecoshire with communal buildings. You will find an old boxcar that is being restored with reclaimed materials. They have turned it into a beautiful bathroom with a well-lit shower. Rustic luxury in the desert, simple yet sustainable.

In the morning, we walked through the Peace Garden and ate our fresh picked snap peas and added new starts to the garden as well. The hens provided eggs for our morning scramble and everything from our breakfast was harvested on site. If you are lucky Jim and Dawn will share some of their delicious home-brewed mead with you! They plan on expanding their operation, as it is very environmentally friendly and will bring more honey bees to the land. If you want a desert oasis experience with a wild, wild west feel, AND get a bit of inspiration out of the whole thing be sure to visit the Ecoshire.

Outdoor kitchen headquarters. This area is still in the works of becoming more of a common space for everyone. Early morning garden. There are some nice tent spots situated right in front of the boulders here to protect you if it happens to be windy. We forgot the proper utensils to make hot dogs, so we made use with some smores sticks I had. It was quite the adventure trying to get them from the fire to the plate.
Hipcamper Nicholas

Exceptional experience

Nicholas G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
May 5th, 2019

Excellent place to camp - the hosts were amazing. I wasn't there for the Eco Village but it was a nice perk. It was more than I could have asked for and I left with some fresh vegetables.

Hipcamper Navid

The best of ecoshires hands down!

Navid Z.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
May 10th, 2019

This experience was so touching to my husband and I for so many reasons. We are so grateful to have met everyone and to have new friends in Hemet. It was our first time visiting and will be coming back so often to see the place blossom. Thank u Dawn and Jim and the rest of the crew that helped to bring this precious piece of land into what it is now. You are a true blessing to this world. God bless!

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Hipcamper Greg

Great place to camp

Greg E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
May 12th, 2019

I am quickly becoming a huge Hipcamp fan. Three for three in terms of great experiences. Jim and Robert have a really cool space near Hemet and they are super friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back.

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