Hipcamp host Gene W.
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Please make sure you and your party have read and understand ENTIRE listing description including part about reservations BEFORE requesting to book. 

Currently ONLY booking within 2 weeks> or less - NOT accepting reservations more than 14 days out. 

 If you are trying to "stay safe," stay home. Please DO NOT request to book.

Along side the creek on the uppe


Please make sure you and your party have read and understand ENTIRE listing description including part about reservations BEFORE requesting to book. 

Currently ONLY booking within 2 weeks> or less - NOT accepting reservations more than 14 days out. 

 If you are trying to "stay safe," stay home. Please DO NOT request to book.

Along side the creek on the upper level is the 16' Water Tipi (the small tipi). It has an earth floor with jute mats. A fire can be made inside. This listing requires walking up to the site with your gear (wagon/wheelbarrow available). Bring your own pads and bedding. Foam pads may be available upon request. Arrive Before Dark.  

In the center of the California coast

Where the mountains meet the sea

A refuge in nature

Beside the flowing creek

A Home with Family, Friends, and Animals


Striving to create a minimal impact, with a respect and awareness of this wild and natural part of the central California coast. Practicing simple eco-sustainable and environmentally friendly living techniques.


An escape from the electrical grid. There is no internet, electricity or phone service. There is minimal solar lighting, fire and propane stoves and water heaters.


There is an outdoor open kitchen available to use for the local community and visitors, with dishes, a sink, stove, and a fire-pit with grill for cooking. There is an organic vegetable garden, goats, chickens, bees and fruit trees.


Drinking water is spring fed and also available filtered. Bottled water is unnecessary.


No personal fires (besides Tipi’s). There are two communal fire-pits, one in the main area and an outdoor fireplace on the second level.


Structures on the land are rustic, generally lightweight and built to blend in with the natural character of the land. There are outdoor composting poopers set up with sawdust and barrels, and there is a flushing toilet with an old septic tank that is mainly used for peeing.


Kids are welcome with an accompanying adult.


Dogs are welcome off leash, unless they attack chickens, goats, cats or other dogs. Please bring a shovel to bury dog poop.


This is a remote area with beautiful beaches, creeks and hiking trails throughout the forest. Some areas can be very dangerous with steep cliffs and loose rocks.  Be aware that things like spiders, snakes, raccoons, mice, poison oak, etc.. exist in natural areas like this.


Enjoy the scenic Pacific Coast highway. Retreat into nature by yourself or with friends and family. Have a romantic getaway. Practice art, music and photography. Spend time to read & write and sit in meditation. Adventure along the creek, to the beach or up the mountains.


No stereos or electronic music devices. Acoustic instruments are encouraged.


Carpool, parking can become tight. This is a busy, curvy mountain 2-lane Hwy. If a car wants to pass, pull over. 


Please do not bring excessive single use waste into the forest, pack it out. There is limited trash service, recyclables can be seperated.


Alcohol is discouraged. It is not intended as a place to party or get drunk. A casual drink is okay.


All contributions are put back into the land, helping to facilitate the nurturing and sharing of this sacred space.  


 -IN ORDER TO BE ACCEPTED- please write  "My party and I have read and understand the description" and then tell a little bit about yourself/party, in your booking request. Do NOT request to book if you are uncomfortable being around other people or feel the need to wear a face-mask outdoors.

  We are currently not booking more than 14 days in advance and there is a 2 night minimum on weekends. Internet is usually checked once daily around noon, Mon- Fri. Maggie sometimes helps manage reservations but does not live on the property.


Arrive before dark. Dogs may bark, but are friendly. You are welcome to check-in with hosts and get any assistance you may need, but they are not always available. Make sure you read the Written Directions and Manual and have them saved, as there is no reception on the coast.


Be prepared before leaving Monterey from the north and Morro Bay from the south with plenty of gas, a light, warm clothes, groceries, wood, ice, and anything else you may want or need from town.


In the wintertime, Dec-Feb, the days are shorter and it is wetter, windier and colder and there may  be unsafe road conditions. As many structures are outside it is advisable to check the weather before booking.

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Potable water available
Showers available
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Gene a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 2 months out
  • Response time: Within 24 hours
  • Response rate: 40%

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Hipcamper Scott
Scott L.
recommends this listing.
February 7th, 2018

I had never slept in a tipi before this trip and I would highly recommend it! Maggie's land sits on around 10 acres right along Mill Creek and right across the PCH from the ocean. It is a secluded, special place. The tipi itself was really special, she has 2 on her land and the 16' smaller one was where we stayed. We were able to have a fire inside the tipi and felt very private. The creek is around 20ish feet from the tipi and the sound of the creek was very peaceful to sleep next to. The outdoor kitchen was stocked with all the things you could need to cook and serve, make sure to clean up after yourselves. The farm likes to keep it's carbon footprint down so try to use propane sparingly. There is all recycling, trash, etc. near the parking area. Try to get there before sundown if possible, we weren't able to and Maggie was there to greet us when we got in. The land has goats, chickens, a couple hogs, a curious cat, and dogs. We also were lucky enough to be there when Maggie had a litter of PUPPIES.

Off the farm there are tons of options for hiking, swimming when it is warm enough, and cruising the 1. We hiked the Mill Creek Trail right off Nacimiento-Fergusson road, the trailhead is right by the farm. The hike is wonderful, and provided a lot of shade from the redwoods, followed the creek and no one else was walking it. (Be mindful of poison oak though!) We drove North up the 1 to grab some extra beverages at the general store in Loma Vista, then back down to Sand Dollar Beach in the afternoon. Highly recommend watching the sunset from Nacimiento-Fergusson road, it is right above the campsite and the view is amazing.

Overall had a wonderful experience. Be respectful of the hosts, they are offering up a pretty unique place. :)

P.S. The stars in this area are INCREDIBLE.

the 16' tipi at nightdog animalLemons and limes in the garden!From Nacimiento-Fergusson road above the site, (van not included.)
Hipcamper Marc
Marc B.
recommends this listing.
April 17th, 2018

Very much enjoyed our stay in the Tipi, the fact that the tipi has a firepit keeps it warm (bring firewood!) - also the size of this tipi was great for 2 people.

The hosts were very kind and helpful in sending us to nearby beaches. And, our dog loved being at this location (off-leash) and spending time w/ other dogs that were visiting (and the 2 dogs that live on property). Their cat kiwi, the flock of chicksn, and the 3 goats provided a lot of entertainment for us as well.

Certainly the communal kitchen can get busy -- there were quite a few other campers, but we cooked everything on the fire in our tipi!

Highly recommended, you probably won't be alone (on a weekend) but you will enjoy your time at this location. Better than the nearby campgrounds that looked to be flooded with people on this spring weekend.

Lots of room inside (we brought the grill)Tipi nestled by a creek. Flock of ChickensGoat
Hipcamper Olivia
Olivia H.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2018

I was amazed we scored this amazing camping site (complete with tipi) only 5 weeks before Memorial Day Weekend. The tipi location was amazing- a quick walk up the road from the resident area and nestled into the trees by a babbling brook. You can't beat sleeping to the sound of rushing water! Maggie and G were helpful in accommodating us, and it only took a couple trips with the wheelbarrows to set up our site. There was an outdoor kitchen available but we found that cooking and hanging out by the fire inside the tipi was the coolest part! We had visits by the farm cats and dogs - who were beyond sweet and lovable. All in all, an excellent way to spend the weekend in Big Sur!

Hipcamper Hannah
Hannah C.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2018

My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time at this property. The owners were super friendly and didn't mind us using the kitchen items like pots, plates, and cups. I just have a few useful notes.

1. The turn in for the property is right after the bridge in the directions, literally 5 feet. We missed it the first time driving in.

2. The tipi has pads on the ground, but I recommend bringing a tarp or extra blankets to prevent moisture from getting to your sleeping bag. Also, there are bugs (duh), if you don't want that in the night, bring a tent, there is plenty of room around the tipi.

3. There is a firepit in the tipi and it is set up for cooking. I recommend using the communal firepit for cooking, sleeping with the fire could be a bit much with the size of the pit. (We had 4 people)

20' Tipi, only 100 feet away from the 16'Entrance Walking out of the camping area to the kitchen.Water Tipi
Hipcamper Alisa
Alisa H.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2018

My children and I had an amazing time visiting this magical site. We stayed in a rustic 16 foot tipi next to a rushing stream and loved exploring the beautiful property complete with hills, trails, flowing creek, chickens and even goats. A few minutes walk to a rocky beach to enjoy the crashing surf with some fishermen. We met the lovely host family and even enjoyed sharing singing, playing music and conversation with our hosts and fellow campers. It is well worth coming to visit for family time, a spiritual retreat, or personal renewal. I give it my unqualified recommendation and we will definitely come again! Many thanks for an unforgettable visit.

Hipcamper Jillian
Jillian C.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2018

The tipi was awesome!! Can’t wait to come back!

Hipcamper Sandy
Sandy M.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2018

This was a gem of a find, tucked away just 2 mins from the main highway, yet not a semblance of urban cacophony. The tipi was super fun to stay in and the hosts were very kind and humble. I would definitely visit again and would love to play with the dogs.

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Hipcamper Mariah
Mariah C.
recommends this listing.
July 31st, 2018

Stayed in 16' water tipi. Arrived later in the evening than we planned, but no issue finding tipi. There is indeed no cell service, but with hosts directions all good. Having a fire inside the tipi was so magical and cozy. My boyfriend and I had the best time and were surprised at how big 16' actually is. Note there is also a grate in this tipi that can be used for cooking. It's also a couple steps to the creek below. Really wonderful time. Wish I could have gotten to know hosts a little better as they seem to have a pretty fantastic community going for them. Looking forward to coming back!

Waking up in 16' water tipi was pure magic!
Hipcamper Angela
Angela C.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2018

This place was great! I was a little surprised at first, as I was not the one who coordinated the weekend trip, but after walking around the property, greeting the animals, talking with Bree and unpacking, everything was smooth sailing. There is a map, and instructions on anything you would need to use or access, from the restroom to the outdoor kitchen area. There is a great hiking trail that runs along the creek about 2 mins up the road, and beach access about 5 mins up the road. I would definitely recommend this spot for anyone looking to relax, disconnect and take in some gorgeous views!

Mill Creek Trail - off of Nacimiento-Fergusson roadThe larger tipi near us, but there is a communal fire pit in that space!We called him Thackery Binks when he came around, he is super friendly (thumbs up if you catch my reference)Our tipi (16') — we had 5 girls, and decided to pitch a tent so we had plenty of room for our things and to sleep.
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