Please see all our listings (or message for links) to decide which site is best for your party. We offer a room in the retreat center, entire house, a converted bus, 2 tents with beds, a car/van camping site and 6 BYO tent sites as well as entire property rentals.
If you are looking for privacy, please see the SkyPark or Stars listing.
Adventuring souls are invited to brave the journey up to the top of the Santa Cruz mountains, where you can overlook the Bay on clear days and pretend you're in The Shire on foggy days; it’s magical every day. Plenty of wildlife watching and hiking nearby. Nothing else is close, so plan to eat before you arrive or bring your cooler stocked.
Things to be aware of: 1. There are 3 stretches of rough unpaved road leading to our retreat. The last 20 minutes of the drive have potholes requiring you to slow down to 5-10 MPH. Once you climb higher in elevation and get excited by the epic views opening up, slow down and enjoy nature... you will arrive soon enough! If you are afraid of heights, you should know that you will be driving on a two-lane road on the side of mountains and so this type of adventure might not be for you.2. The restroom facilities are composting toilets in privacy tents. We have all put a lot of work into offering our guests something better than a hole in the ground!3. This is NOT a place to party-it is a place to reconnect to nature.However, responsible use of legal substances is totally fine. Instruments also welcome. 4. We are 100% off-grid, so no wifi and limited cell service.5. This is a micro-climate, which means it can get very hot and occasionally unseasonably cold. Currently it is unpleasantly toasty from about 11a-4p. That’s a good time to go adventure off the hill!
The property is on one of the highest peaks near Loma Prieta, at 2,950 feet elevation with views of the Pacific Ocean from Pebble Beach to Davenport. Due to being above cloud cover, there are new amazing sky formations and views to be expected every day. It is sacred land that hasn't been touched by many people, looking down upon Nissene State Park. You can also see Capitola's Lover's Point and the Santa Cruz boardwalk at a distance.
Dogs are welcome, but we've had some issues with people thinking their dogs aren't aggressive but they are or thinking they aren't barkers but they are or not cleaning up after them...
1) Must play well with other dogs and humans2) Must not be yappers 3) Must clean up their waste4) If you let them off leash, you are responsible for keeping them safe from snakes 5) We maintain the right to ask you to leash any pups that disturb the land or our other guests6) Do not let them chew on the land art installations!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
The vibe at Zen Mountaintop Retreat: Lower Hill
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
The view is wonderful as was our host, Lux. It is a friggin long drive to get there (45-50 min off Hwy 17) but the directions only give the # of miles for the first leg, which deceived the time commitment to get there. It seems that the site is still under construction. For instance, we had a flat tent site that was lovely, but no table to put anything or to sit down. Our host brought us a little table that worked fine although there was no flat spot for it. Would I recommend it? With these warnings - yes. The sky is amazing from there.