About Dakota Tipi Village - 12 ft.
Come stay in one of our 12 foot tipi!
You have access to a fire ring season permitting and a BBQ. There will be a campfire with Native American story telling and songs. This tipi, is just the tipi with 4 camp chairs for star gazing. Upgrade for a double bed.
Forget anything? We have sleeping bags, air mattresses and blankets available for a small laundry fee. Single burner camp stove and a basket of cooking utensils is available for a small butane and clean up fee. We have a propane space heater for rent as well.
There are 40 acres of off leash dog access, all dogs must have up dated medical records. No aggressive dogs.
The valley has plenty of places to go hiking, There are olive orchards, vineyards, pistachio farms, a catch and release pond and a 300 yard golf driving range near by. We have stables for those of you who have horses.
A few miles away are some off road trails. Its an excellent place for star gazing at 3500 feet. The valley is known for being a harmonic vortex It has a unique mountain range and the Cuyama River flows north to the ocean. The Bitterroot condor sanctuary is a few miles away. Only in this area does the California condor, the eagle, the owl, the hawk and a rare leopard lizard lives.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 2
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at Dakota Tipi Village - 12 ft.
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Dakota Tipi Village Camp is situated between the picturesque mountains leading out of Ojai, and the intriguing expanse of flat oil fields heading towards Bakersfield. It's on native land, a valley that's having a revival turning agricultural farms into vineyards. There are things offered nearby, from horseback riding and hiking to wine tasting, but the valley itself is kind of hidden. One of those corners of the world that remind you that California is one incredibly varied and wide open state.
The property itself is owned and managed by Thomas, a Chumash native. He greeted and spoke to us for the first hour or so, telling about the ancient spirituality of the land (vortex mountains), the issues it has now (no water regulation) and other native facts. The tipi was extremely well built, and even had a little fire pit for morning coffee. It had two beds and side tables too. Would be a great place to camp in the winter months. Though because of the high altitude - was 100 degrees during the day but got quite freezing in the early morning. I was glad he left us blankets and bedding (though they were dusty and the dogs had sat on them while we were speaking). There was a separate BBQ and then a fire pit with surrounding stumps. We were allowed a fire, had our meal, and stargazed.
Because of the high altitude, THE STARS were magnificent. We could see the Milky Way, though it only touched one horizon. The other horizon did have slight light pollution coming over the mountains, but barely. There was also a few night flood lights from neighboring farms, as well as a generator that created the only noise during the night.
Things Thomas hopes to bring to the land are:
-A few claw foot bathtubs with natural hot mineral water. The springs are ready, but a walkway needs to be built.
-Figure out some sort of bedding situation, whether to offer it or not (it can get quite dusty).
-A shaded area for coffee and tea in the morning. The structure is built but there's nothing usable yet.
- A shower.
- More trees and landscaping. Some trees are planted and growing but are baby and brand new!
- He offers visits to his other ranch to see the horses.
What is current (August 2016):
- An outhouse with flushing toilet (think 80's RV style) and toilet paper.
-Tipis, most barren inside, some with beds.
-A very large fire pit with some scrap wood (still recommend bringing some yourself). Note that the fire pit is shared amongst all tipis.
-Outdoor chairs and a grill that could probably be started up.
In conclusion, I think this land has great potential, but Thomas recognizes that he needs help. Anyone interested in work-trade please inquire. Once the mineral baths get going, if they will be well built and well-kept, I'd definitely visit again for a little private getaway. Hopefully the neighbors can tone down their floodlights and generators. It wasn't too obtrusive though, and the drive through the mountains to Ojai was magnificent, as well as the oil fields over the cliff by Taft. There's a lot more to learn about this land than I was able to explore. In August it was fairly brown, but it the spring will be green. The tipis were so cool, and didn't feel ingenuine at all as they were built by a native. Would be a good spot to do some motorbiking around, or to explore a bunch of different things while having a comfortable base. Solar showers would be good, Thomas plans to install something similar in the future. He was very welcoming and accommodating, and would work with you on what you need. Close to LA, but in a culture so far away. I give my best wishes for the progress on this HipCamp!
What a fantastic spot. If you want to just get away, and be transported to simple, excellent desert camping, then this is the place. Thomas was super helpful and gave us info about some great open hiking and things to do to fill our time. We're planning on making this an annual destination.
This was such an incredible trip. Maxiwo, our host, was extremely kind and welcoming. He shared so much about his culture and was a highlight of the trip. The dogs on the property are awesome and very friendly. The tipis themselves are comfy and snug while the site as a whole has a lot of potential and is growing quickly. Highly recommend!
We loved it here. Yes, it's basic and still work in progress but that's what we enjoyed. Away from it all, take it slow, enjoy the quiet remoteness . Maxiwo was great, he found the right mix of being present and sharing his people's story and traditions and giving us our space. And that night sky! We happened to stay the second night of the Perseid Meteor shower with clear view of the Milky Way. One of my favorite nightly shows ever. We will be back!
While our stay was definitely a memorable weekend and delightful, I would maybe wait to stay here until the facilities are up and running and in good shape. The area is beautiful and Thomas the owner is great and has so much great wisdom to share. But our tipi had quite a draft coming in at night and when it's 40 degrees and the wind is howling, it is definitely not the most enjoyable night of sleep. We ended up sleeping in our cars the second night. Additionally the bathrooms were under construction and so we had to drive to a port-a-potty to use the restroom, and we didn't know about this till we got there (There's no trees to hide behind). overall we enjoyed ourselves and made some great memories but if bathrooms and a enclosed shelter are desired it might be best to wait a couple of months till all the work and construction is done!