Hipcamp host Kyle M.
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Garth's Boulder Gardens's Kiva and ancient fire pit were discovered 20 year ago. The fire pit was discovered under five feet of earth.  Garth, the landowner  accidentally found it while leveling an area for a Bird Avery. The fire pit was assessed to be around 1000 years old. A clay roofless circular safety wall called a 'Kiva' was formed around it using stones, clay and Josh

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Garth's Boulder Gardens's Kiva and ancient fire pit were discovered 20 year ago. The fire pit was discovered under five feet of earth.  Garth, the landowner  accidentally found it while leveling an area for a Bird Avery. The fire pit was assessed to be around 1000 years old. A clay roofless circular safety wall called a 'Kiva' was formed around it using stones, clay and Joshua trees.  Bring your own wood. A portable restroom and a potable water spigot are close by,  There is plenty of parking space, and room to set up tents.  There is a table and two chairs. Up the road a bit is the main area where Garth's tepee is and the massive boulder gardens, and other features built over the past 40 years. Its a great hike on foot, or you may decide to drive, either way its a must see. Everyone is welcome here, the residence are warm and inviting and you'll be welcome everywhere you go on the 640 acres property. Hope to see you soon!

Thank you!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
1 site
Up to 17 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Kyle 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
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Ancient Kiva in California.

Cave
Desert
Mesa or canyon
Mountainous
Prairie, meadow, ...
Swimming hole
Ranch
Driveway

The vibe at Ancient Kiva

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Hipcamper Kyle

Comfortable and inviting

Kyle J.
recommends this listing.
October 6th, 2019

Great weekend with friends. Plenty of area to explore and discover awesome spectacles. I will be back!

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle K.
recommends this listing.
January 13th, 2020

Garth's Boulder Gradens was awesome! We really enjoyed our stay at the kiva. Definitely leave plenty of time to explore the gardens, there so much to see! We hope to come back in the future!

Hipcamper Jose

Magical and wondrous

Jose R.
recommends this listing.
March 23rd, 2020

Staying at Garth's Boulder Gardens was nothing short of magical. We came in with very few expectations and left with a renewed sense of purpose and fresh perspective. It's unreal that such a beautiful place can exist in this day and age amidst all the current social chaos and political upheaval. The kiva camping site was just a slice of a much larger property that can only be described as a video game map, with unique locations and interesting people at every turn. You gotta see it for yourself!

Hipcamper Angie

Breathtaking hippie wonderland

Angie T.
recommends this listing.
May 17th, 2020

Garth’s Boulder Garden is an breathtaking hippie wonderland. The ancient fire pit tent site location is right next to Garth’s entrance, so not the best for privacy etc. but it is picturesque and the fire pit itself is beautiful and definitely worth seeing. If you’re looking for a remote campout this might not be the site you want to choose. The other ten/rv sites in Garth’s Boulder garden are much more secluded and less traveled by traffic in the night so I imagine more comfortable campsite locations. We were grateful to be able to stay at such a wonderfully private campground. Such a treasure. Five stars for sure! Loved the bird sanctuaries. Loved all of the cool hippie touches and man-made clearings and rock steps and all of the artful embellishments. So unique and so beautiful. Will definitely be back. Kyle, our host was friendly and wonderful. All of the 640 acres were immaculate and breathtaking. We loved our stay and we hope you will too :)

Hipcamper Maria Alejandra

Super magical, relaxing experience!

Maria Alejandra S.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2020

The ancient fire pit is a magic camping spot! Kyle was very nice and helpful! He gave us tips and different spots to explore the garden. It was an amazing place and can't wait to go back.

Hipcamper Alex
Alex S.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2020

I would definitely recommend visiting Garth’s boulder gardens. We stayed over at the ancient Kiva and really enjoyed our time there. Kyle was very kind and welcoming. The land is beautiful and there’s lots to explore!

Hipcamper Gage

Beautiful desert experience

Gage A.
recommends this listing.
June 15th, 2020

The Ancient Kiva site is perfect for a big group of people. It is near a yurt that is really cool to hang out in and is a 15 minute walk to the pool and the amazing boulder gardens. This is not a private site really, the main entrance is only a couple hundred feet away, but we did not mind at all. No one bothered us and we were able to do what we wanted! I would recommend this site to anyone, it really is something special. All 11 of us that went unanimously decided we need to come back.

Hipcamper FIKRET
Fikret M.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2020

This is a huge great place to camp, run by lovely people. We had a fun and peaceful time. Garth's Boulder Gardens is an oasis in Pioneer Town for nature lovers.

Hipcamper Ellen

Best unforgettable experience

Ellen V.
recommends this listing.
August 29th, 2020

The best and most wonderful secret spot full of adventures and beauty! Kyle was amazing and his setup is like no other, if you’re looking to escape crazy society or get in tune with nature and yourself this is the place. And the stars!!!!

Property
Garth's boulder gardens
State
California
Country
United States
$100/night
1 Site

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