Hipcamp host Jim R.
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For Groups Large than 25 people, Please contact us directly to best facilitate your needs. 

Notice: Due to Covid 19 precautions, the common kitchen will not be available to visitors.  The main bathroom will be staffed from 7 am till 9 pm on weekends with an attendant to clean up and sterilize after each use.  All social distancing standards are in effect.  Thank you fo

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For Groups Large than 25 people, Please contact us directly to best facilitate your needs. 

Notice: Due to Covid 19 precautions, the common kitchen will not be available to visitors.  The main bathroom will be staffed from 7 am till 9 pm on weekends with an attendant to clean up and sterilize after each use.  All social distancing standards are in effect.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy!  

Camp in a 35 acre land surrounded by hills, mountain views and an open sky. The sunsets and sunrises are spectacular year round.  Stars and open skies that you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else in southern California.  Just 15 minutes from Temecula wineries, 40 minutes from the alpine, artsy town of Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains, and just 15 minutes from the 215 in Menifee toward Hemet.  Best camping from early autumn to lush springtime where we have great wildflower blooms.

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 (turning severely damaged land into an oasis of hope) where we invite you to participate in creative local solutions to our larger global problems.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
3 sites
Up to 54 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 35ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Jim a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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Activities

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Swimming

Small pool

Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Group Sites at the EcoShire in California.

Ranch

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

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Hipcamper Jana

Great experience for a group trip

Jana F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 28th, 2020

We stayed at The Grotto. It was plenty of space for our group and the surrounding terrain made it feel private. We only had to share a toilet and shower with one other group. Jim and Chris were very helpful for getting us everything we needed. We ended up renting a pop-up canopy and they set it up for us. We went on a hike up the Lakeview Trail which gave a great view of the beautiful terrain surrounding the site. We would definitely come back!

Hipcamper David

Beyond expectations

David M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 30th, 2020

Our group had a great time. Jim and his staff went beyond expectations to make sure we had everything we needed. We were able to purchase ice and firewood at the site. Everybody had a smile. Obviously everyone there loves what they do.

Hipcamper Ashley

Amazing stay at the ecoshire!

Ashley H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 7th, 2020

Everything was amazing at the Ecoshire! Jim and Dawn are incredible hosts. They are in the midst of redoing the whole property and it’s incredible. Lots of compostable toilets with running water around the damp sites.
The food at the Grill is amazing! You almost don’t need to pack any food. They have breakfast, lunch and dinner for INCREDIBLE prices. The pool is perfect for a dip in hot days.
Chris was very helpful, always asking if we needed anything. They sell firewood and ice, which is super convenient! We will definitely be back when it’s not 100 degrees!!!

We brought a telescope, and the moon was incredible bright!!! Moon making its way up  Fire at group site 1. Our home for the weekend.
Hipcamper Richard
Richard S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 7th, 2020

Had a wonderful time. The site was great, the amenities were killer (loved that there was food on offer all day), and the hosts were super cool. Can’t wait to stay again.

Hipcamper Tess

Camping escape from

Tess C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 8th, 2020

Our stay at the eco shire was awesome! Jim and everyone there were extremely hospitable and were there to help meet any of our needs. They were also very respectful and careful about following social distancing guidelines which made our group feel at ease. The food was as great as all of the reviews said and not having to cook every meal ourself made our trip so much easier than other camping trips. We were there in some serious heat. Jim said they normally close when it’s that hot out, but wanted to stay open to give people the option to get out of their houses right now, which we were really grateful for! The heat ended up not being too bad- we drove up to idyllwild during the hottest hours of the day since it was cooler there, but if we had stayed at the camp for the day there was a small above ground pool that we could have utilized to cool off, plus plenty of shade at our site. I really enjoyed seeing what everyone there has done to restore this land and enjoyed hearing a little about their vision for its future. Would love to come back again.

Hipcamper Art

Great getaway

Art H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 10th, 2020

This place was awesome. The staff was incredibly helpful and attentive — shout out to Jim and Chris for checking on us and our site daily. Everyone there was generous with their time and resources. Amazing spot. Definitely hot during the Summertime, so I'd recommend going Fall or Spring to really have a comfortable experience, but otherwise this spot is in my top 3 favorites.

Shot of Jupiter and 3 of it's moons, taken from our site through a telescope with an iPhone X.Our group camping spot, #9, with a huge shade tree. Tree was full of bees collecting pollen, but they never bothered us. They actually provided lovely white noise to aid snoozing in a hammock under the tree.Shot of the Moon, taken from our site through a telescope with an iPhone 11.
Hipcamper Melodie

An idyllic break from urban life

Melodie S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 10th, 2020

We stayed at Group Site 1, which featured a beautiful tree buzzing with bees during the day (they didn't come down to bother us at all, even when we had food out).

The site was large, we ultimately had three tents up at comfortable distance from one another, plus our own little canopy. There was a table (seating 6-8 people) and a decent fire pit. There was a hammock in the tree, and we put up our own as well.

There were two compost toilets nearby with sinks, as well as a spigot for water (although we brought a 7-gallon container).

The owners came round to make sure we had everything we needed.

They sell all manner of tasty foods, plus firewood that is chopped on site. There are a few showers available to use throughout the property, including one that is cleaned after every use (only available between 8am-8pm).

The night sky was gorgeous and we spotted a few planets with our telescope.

Because it's summer, it did get very hot during the day. I took an hour long dip in the small pool, but didn't put enough sunscreen on and got a mean sunburn on my shoulders. I would recommend really slathering on the sunscreen. This is almost desert country, so the sun hits hard.

We spotted quite a few animals. They've got goats and chickens, but there are also wild hares, bats, birds, kangaroo mice and ground squirrels. And it's dog friendly.

The work they're doing at the D2E Ecoshire is really cool and learning about all of that, plus taking a tour of the vegetable garden was an unexpected bonus. I definitely will come back and can't wait to see it evolve into the food forest they want to plant.

Highly recommend!

Beautiful propertyBig tent, but still tons of room for many more.Small pool, about waist high.Chicken staying cool
Hipcamper Joel

Very pleasant and educational.

Joel C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 13th, 2020

This was an excellent experience for the three families that stayed at this camp site. We were able to camp together. Jim and his wife as well as the people who worked there provided excellent service. Jim gave us recommendations on places to go visit and take the kids high up in the Idyllwild forest (45min from camp site) and escape the heat. We then came back in the afternoon and enjoyed the place when it cool off. We are very impressed with all the work Jim and his team have put into recovering this site and bringing it back to nature. Can wait to see the place after the reforestation program they will implement in the next couple of months. We are definitely coming back in September and then in April.

Hipcamper Xiomara

Perfect camping site getaway!

Xiomara U.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 12th, 2020

We had a great time! Jim & Dawn we’re communicating with me since the night before my trip. They made sure we were set up with everything we needed and gave us space to just hang out. The outhouse was very clean and well kept. We will definitely be back!!!

Plenty of space for large groups Lake Hemet nearby Campsite
Property
Down-to-Earth Ecoshire
State
California
Country
United States
$60/night
3 Sites
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