Hipcamp host Bryce P.
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The Rivendell campsite is right next to the Elfin Forest behind a neighborhood in Los Osos/Baywood, Ca. There are private group campsite at Rivendell is including a gas firepit, kitchen area, shower, and bathroom. The site is open to the stars and is nestled amongst beautiful pygmy oaks!

This is a great spot for couples, families, surfers, hikers, and people who enjoy


The Rivendell campsite is right next to the Elfin Forest behind a neighborhood in Los Osos/Baywood, Ca. There are private group campsite at Rivendell is including a gas firepit, kitchen area, shower, and bathroom. The site is open to the stars and is nestled amongst beautiful pygmy oaks!

This is a great spot for couples, families, surfers, hikers, and people who enjoy nature and outdoor activities! 

The campsite is located at the corner of Los Osos which sits between a neighborhood, the Elfin Forest trail, and a main road South Bay Blvd. You may be able to hear the road noise in the morning and during the day, but it is usually very quiet at night and perfect for enjoying a clear view of the stars. We want to be respectful to our neighbors, please refrain from loud noise or amplified music late at night. Best suited for nature lovers.

The El Moro Elfin Forest is part of the Morro Bay estuary which is a 90-acre natural area belonging to San Luis Obispo County Parks and California State Parks. Its plant communities include coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe, pygmy oak woodland, maritime chaparral, coastal dune scrub, and oak and manzanita complex. The Elfin Forest supports more than 200 species of plants, as well as 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles and amphibians. It is home to rare plants, butterflies, snails, and birds. Land of the Chumash.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Bryce a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 80%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
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Natural features you'll find at Rivendell in California.

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Hipcamper Nikki
Nikki N.
recommends this listing.
June 30th, 2020

This place is truly one of a kind. The pygmy oaks are unique to this area and the host Bryce has built a beautiful spot incorporating the mystical trees. With the Elfin Forest right behind the campsite, there’s totally Lord of the Rings vibes in this area. To get to the campsites you pass through the Rivendell gate and each campsite is named after Lord of the Rings regions.

When we arrived Bryce showed us to the campsite and was so helpful in making sure we had everything we needed to be nice and cozy in our campsite. We took a couple of trips to get everything to the campsite, there’s a little wagon available to assist in the unloading process :)

There are a couple of different grill options to use ( standard coal grill or the wood-burning Santa Maria grill) I was curious about the Santa Maria one, so we ended up grilling our marinated steak and veggies on that one. Super yummy dinner!
After dinner, we sat around the gas-powered fire pit and chatted for hours while the fire kept us warm. Since it’s so close to the coast you may get some coastal mist, so make you sure you have everything covered or inside your tent if you want to keep it dry overnight!

I was definitely impressed with the bathroom amenities as they installed a touch-less sink faucet (definitely helps with covid safety) and a heated outdoor shower.

I would definitely recommend this spot if you’re looking for a unique camping experience with a walking trail right by your campsite!

Getting the Santa Maria grill fired up. Grilling our steak and veggies.Make sure to bring your own lighting on this site.The mystical pygmy oak covering makes this a truly one of a kind campsite.
Hipcamper Bryce
Response from Bryce, the Host, on July 2nd, 2020

Thank you so much for visiting Rivendell! I hope you have you guys visit again soon!

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Hipcamper Armando

A great little spot near morro bay.

Armando R.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2020

The owner Bryce was great host. He checked on us throughout our visit. Everything exceeded our expectations. The spot under the oaks was perfect for our tent. We had a nice fire and the ambiance was amazing. We are already planning our next return trip. An A+ site and host.

Hipcamper Bryce
Response from Bryce, the Host, on July 2nd, 2020

Thank you, Armando! We really enjoyed having you at Rivendell!

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Hipcamper Katie

A hidden gem of california

Katie H.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2020

This was was our first Hipcamp experience and it set the bar extremely high!! My boyfriend and I went for Fourth of July weekend and had a much needed relaxing getaway.

The campsite was an absolute dream come true. Very private, large area with many options for tent placement, beautiful surroundings of the Elfin forest, and amazing views of the mountains and back bay. We highly recommend setting up your tent in the Shire, which is shaded by the oak trees. The Rhun site is excellent for cooking and campfire! We loved the LOTR touches as well as the calming water feature.

The site is an easy and scenic 10 minute drive to Morro Bay. The generous hosts provide both a charcoal and a Santa Maria style grill. We loved the Santa Maria grill so much that we're looking into getting one for ourselves :) That being said, Morro bay and Los Osos both have great restaurants close to the site. Grocery stores and coffee shops are also close by.

Another impressive amenity was the bathroom, hot shower and kitchen sink area. All equipped with touch-free faucets and very clean!! The outdoor shower was so nice and even had an instant water heater.

We greatly enjoyed the Elfin Forest preserve boardwalk, about a mile loop of pygmy oaks and other native plants along with stunning views of the bay and Morro Rock. We mostly enjoyed going to the beach at Morro Rock but there is so much to do that we have to come back! Hiking, kayaking, fishing, exploring, all in the hidden gem that is the central coast of California.

Perhaps the most surprising part of our trip was the ferocious orange beast that guarded the site.. Cheetoh the camp cat! Cheetoh is easily the coolest and sweetest cat I've ever met. He makes for a great welcoming committee and provides great customer service checking in throughout your stay :) The hosts were so welcoming and kind. Bryce and his wife were really helpful and made sure we had the best stay. They even came back in the middle of their fireworks show to help us with the lights!! Thank you so much!! We will most definitely be returning soon.

Sunset from viewpoint along the Elfin Forest Preserve trail.Cheeto protecting us from the creatures of the Elfin forest!Elfin Forest Preserve boardwalk.Loved the lighted oak trees.
Hipcamper Bryce
Response from Bryce, the Host, on July 10th, 2020

Thank you for the review! We really enjoyed having you and Lucas at our campsite. We hope to see you both soon!

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Hipcamper Chris

Rivendell is simply magical!

Chris T.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2020

From its location in the Elfin Forest to its stunning mountain views to the unbelievably gracious hosts themselves, words can't express what absolutely great time my family had at Rivendell.

From the minute you arrive on the camp site, you can tell Bryce and his family took due care in making it as perfect as possible. The site comes equipped with multiple grills, potable water, power receptacles and a newly-built "outhouse" with a wonderful, private outdoor shower.

We had three children in our group (12, 6 and 4) and they thoroughly enjoyed running around, climbing trees, playing in the brier patch and talking a beautiful scenic walk in the Elfin Forest.

Words can not express how magical Rivendell is and how much we are looking forward to going back.

Special thank you to Bryce and his entire family. They made our trip even more special!

Hipcamper Katherine

Magical family camping adventure!

Katherine T.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2020

An amazing experience at Rivendell! Our hosts were lovely and pleasant- available if we needed them but not intrusive at all. The space was perfect for our group- with three young kids the twinkle-lit tree area transformed to a magical spot, perfect to crawl around and explore. Steps away from the Elfin Forest, we were able to easily walk to our next adventure- and the views were stunning! The campground had a great bathroom/kitchen/shower set up which feels luxurious for avid campers and a very comfortable accommodation for the novice campers who like a little “glamping”! Close to State Parks, beaches, the town (for groceries and supplies). We can’t wait to come back!

Hipcamper Lucas P.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2020
In the Elfin Forest
United States
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