This is our most private site, away from all others. Max occupancy is 2 due to the fact that it's the closest to our neighbors' land and larger groups are too loud. This is a 4 minute walk from the view, tucked into the greenery.
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.
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 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
The vibe at Zen Mountaintop Retreat: Stars Site
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Note that the views on the listing of the mountains are *not* from where the tent site is located; they are from the front yard of the the property owner and shared common space with other campers. The tent site is tucked in the woods without views but with privacy from other campers. The property is shared across multiple listings. On the second night here, there were five other parties (each of 2-3 ppl each) who were camping on the property. The common spaces, like the picnic tables with the view and toilets, are shared with other guests. Thus, while the views are beautiful, you are unlikely to have them to yourself.
To get to the location, you will drive up a beautiful but rough road about 30 mins off Route 17. We did this in a Corolla, but a larger car is advisable. There is a compost toilet on site about a 5 min walk from the tent site. The shower described is a solar shower, which means the water pack needs to be filled and it heats with the sun. This was not prepared for use on the first night of our arrival.
I loved this listing! What a beautiful location and only an hour away from places like Palo Alto. The only thing was that the particular spot we camped in got extremely hot at 7am and it was hard to sleep after-- so be prepared for that, and pitch your tent strategically behind trees. Most spots were well shaded though. Weather was great in the evening and overall everything was great. Would visit again!