Hipcamp host James Z.
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Enjoy a wonderful camping experience at “Zoppeland, the second happiest place on earth”.

Not far from Los Angeles, about an hour and a half drive north, at 5000-foot elevation, is a beautiful place called Lockwood Valley. Surrounded by Las Padres National Forrest, this area is home to all types of flora and fauna native to Southern California.

We offer primitiv


Enjoy a wonderful camping experience at “Zoppeland, the second happiest place on earth”.

Not far from Los Angeles, about an hour and a half drive north, at 5000-foot elevation, is a beautiful place called Lockwood Valley. Surrounded by Las Padres National Forrest, this area is home to all types of flora and fauna native to Southern California.

We offer primitive camping on private land that has a variety of terrain, from sage brush meadows to scrub oaks and pine tree forest. Our camping sites range from cleared flat areas with fire rings and log seating to areas that you choose to set up camp.

Water and toilet are on site and firewood is available.

What sets us apart are all the fun and interesting activities our Guests can enjoy while they are here. The sports and activities we offer (see below) have been developed as participant activities for the past 15 years. They have been enjoyed by Youth Groups, Families, and Friends and as participant entertainment at all kinds of celebrations and special events!

At Zoppeland, you can camp out, relax, hike, enjoy nature, and engage in fun and exhilarating activities, some of which you may never have experienced before and may never again!

We are here to not only help you to be comfortable in natural surroundings, but also to entertain you. Our goal is for our Guests to have a most wonderful outing that they will never forget!

All ages welcome.

A mini-mart and pizzeria are located just 7 miles away. Frazier Park and grocery store are only 10 miles away.

This area is known to have very little “light pollution”. This is a favorite spot for amateur astronomers and star gazers. The night sky is beautiful! The Milky Way is easily evident on moonless clear nights in the summer. 

Our property borders the Las Padres National Forest where there are unlimited hiking opportunities – guided and unguided.

The nights are pretty quiet. Owls can be heard occasionally, and coyotes howling. If we are fortunate, you may hear the Timberwolves or African lions roaring! Not to worry, they are confined at a movie wildlife compound a few miles away.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
3 sites
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send James a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

You know what would make this trip even better?

Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Zoppeland


Firewood bundle

First firewood bundle is included with your booking. Anything after is $30.

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Guided Hike

$35 per hour for groups up to 8 people. Larger Groups – negotiable.

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Medieval tent rental

For those happy campers that have no tent or wish to expand, we offer a medie...Read more

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Equestrian Activities

Trail Rides Riding Lessons Mounted Archery Horseback Skill-at-Arms – which in...Read more

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Ground Activities

Archery Spear Throwing Western Roping Slingshot Marksmanship Guide Hikes into...Read more

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding


Natural features you'll find at Zoppeland in California.


The vibe at Zoppeland

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Hipcamper Mario
Mario O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
January 5th, 2021

James is a terrific host. He is warm and kind and very mellow. He takes care that his guests enjoy the scenery and the activities he can offer. It is a great place to bring your kids (big and small) to do fun outdoor play; very much needed in today's world of screens and gadgets. Our family thoroughly enjoyed the hiking (it's next to Los Padres National Forest), the archery, dirt skiing (ask James) and the peace, quiet, and big open sky. 1 1/2 hours from LA. We will be back for sure.

Hipcamper Brittany

Forest meets the desert perfectly..

Brittany T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
January 20th, 2021

James was a wonderful host. We got there later than expected and he greeted us and guided us to the site in the dark. He made sure we knew how to get a fire started as well before leaving and the site was very well stocked with wood. He let us know that he would need to help us move to another site in the morning as other guests were arriving.

The second site was very secluded and beautiful but it is not a drive in site, something we hadn’t packed for. The site is a few hundred yards up a relatively narrow trail, easy to navigate, and one part is fairly uphill, but not extraordinarily difficult. Just keep in mind when packing. He provided a wheelbarrow for transporting our things and made sure we had all the tools we needed as well and when we got low on firewood there was plenty around to find with ease. He even walked us further up the trail past the site to show us an incredible landmark called the “Sandcastle” and pointed out a few other things we could explore.

We also participated in the horseback archery. It was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. 100% worth every penny and it was really fairly priced. James really took his time with us and provided individual feedback to help us improve.

We would definitely come back again! He mentioned he just started with Hipcamp. I suspect it’ll be even better the next time we go.

Night 1 site.. fully drive up and plenty of wood, including some that can be used as stools/tablesZoppelandGoing over the basics before startingZoppeland
Hipcamper Michael

Majestic camping trip

Michael A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
January 26th, 2021

Wow!! This place is amazing !! Everything from camping, hiking, archery, horseback riding. We did it all while we were there. I can't say enough good things about the host James. He was super friendly and helpful. James made sure we had what we needed and was a joy to be around and still was able to give us our space and privacy. He was very knowledgeable about the area and gave great instruction for archery and the horseback riding and continued to provide feedback while we did those activities. This was extremely helpful and fun with the archery. His horses were beautiful and were a joy to see, pet, & ride. I really liked the fact that we got to groom the horses before we rode them. It gave us a chance to spend some time with the horses and build a rapport with them before riding. Best family camping trip ever and we can't wait to go back.

Guinness posing with us for a picture.Horse play in the snowRiding horsesMore archery
Hipcamper William

Perfect campsite near mt pinos

William A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
January 18th, 2021

We had the best time camping at James’ property. It was the perfect option for us, as all public campsites are currently closed due to COVID lockdowns. James was very friendly, respected our privacy, and supplied us with firewood and water for dishes. We camped at site #1 and were able to drive right up to the fire pit and unload our equipment from the vehicle. He showed us a few other sites and they were all nice and secluded too. There’s tons of great hiking nearby as his property is located less than 45 minutes away from the Mount Pinos Nordic Base and an hour away from Rose Valley. The stars were bright and the Milky Way visible. There’s not much of anything that I would change. I highly recommend this destination and will definitely visit again soon. Thank you James! 🙏

Hipcamper Tree

Perfect place for a weekend getaway

Tree W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
February 28th, 2021

James is a superb host - welcoming, friendly and helpful. His land is beautiful and there are incredible trails into the Los Padres National Forest. He took us on a horseback ride that included amazing sandstone formations and a spectacular overlook. In the morning the 3 camping groups came together for some archery practice, which was quite entertaining. My daughter cried as we left and wants to go back immediately. I can't say enough good things about James and Zoppeland.

Hipcamper Rich

Amazing place, so much fun

Rich H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
March 4th, 2021

Zoppeland is amazing and James is one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have ever met. He spent time teaching my son and myself about horse care and we enjoyed every minute with James. The camping was great. The additional activities are so fun. The trail ride is special as you get an actual trail ride to an amazing geologic location with beautiful views on amazing horses. It was so much fun. I can't wait to go back. I highly recommend Zoppeland.

Hipcamper Michael A.
recommends this listing.
January 25th, 2021
Hipcamper Kyu N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 28th, 2021
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