Note, to return visitors and those who saved this listing--I was called to leave town for a while. My property mate, Lux Vivens, will take care of future listings for KOTS which you can look up by title "Car/Van Site With Priceless View."
She manages several additional listings, including for the entire house.
The property is on one of the highest peaks near Loma Prieta, at 2,950 feet elevation with 360-Degree views of the Pacific Ocean from Pebble Beach to Davenport. Due to being above cloud cover, there are new amazing cloud formations and views to be expected, every day. It is a sacred land that hasn't been touched by many people and feel like a National park as there are no neighbor in sight, also looking down upon Nissene State Park, which is alone is a 10,000 square feet area. You can also see Capitola's Lover's Point and the Santa Cruz boardwalk at a distance.
We're in a high wildfire region and so only very small camp fires can only be created close to the house, in small contained area, between November to mid-April. The burn barrel in site #1 can be used between the months of November to February.
Also, please note the following: the last 20 minutes of the drive have potholes requiring you to slow down to 10 MPH. Once you get higher in elevations 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.
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 guests
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out Weeknight discount: 50% off
The vibe at Billion-Dollar View in Gods Country
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Stunning views from the top of the hill. It's a bit of an adventure to get here (make sure to follow the directions provided) but it's worth it. A number of different places to pitch your tent with really beautiful sunsets and sunrises. The host is super friendly!
This location is perfect. The views are spectacular. I'd like to keep it secret for myself!! Joanna was friendly and let me choose where to camp. She brought us food in the evening and even offered us to sleep inside if the weather took a turn for the worse. Which it didn't. I hope I get to return.
A great property that's worth the long ride up the bumpy road. Joanne is friendly and welcoming. The campsites themselves are works in progress and could use a little more love but overall, this place is awesome with plenty of space to explore and enjoy epic views.
What an amazing place! The drive up to Joanne's place is pretty sketchy if you don't have a 4x4, we were driving a small rental car and there were many times I thought we'd burst a tire.. But once we got up there it was definitely worth it :) Joanne is lovely, super friendly and welcoming, she offered us hot drinks and full access to her bathroom etc when we got there and the following morning. She allowed us to choose where to camp on the whole of her land, all of which has incredible views of the mountains. Throughout the night it was absolutely silent which was glorious. This is honestly a beautiful spot and Joanne is so generous to share it!
From the moment of arrival, my dogs and I felt welcomed and cared for. Joanne is a thoughtful hostess who is constantly working to make guests comfortable and happy as KOTS evolves. She has put so much of her warm, artistic self into this beautiful site. The site name is 100% apropos: my overwhelming memory is of falling asleep looking up at more stars than I even thought you could see at once.
The approach is rugged but was completely manageable (I had a bit of an advantage being in an SUV with 4-wheel drive but I still had to go cautiously slow for the last several miles at least). My GPS did NOT get me all the way there, and I was grateful for Joanne's directions. I know nobody prints the directions any more--but my advice is, print the directions!
Serenity and respect are central to this camp's culture. Because it is such an open space and removed from noise pollution, every voice or car door slam carries far in the night air. Joanne takes feedback seriously--small group sizes and considerate behavior are enforced. Even so, as a sound-sensitive person, I might take earplugs next time to get even better sleep.
The terrain is gorgeous and the views grab your heart. From a logistical perspective, it's also hilly, rocky and dusty My blind older dog did fine, but I had to be careful to minimize how much he had to go up and down the hill when scoping out a potential campsite. It was very hot when we arrived mid-afternoon. Joanne looked after us and made sure we were hydrated and had shade. There are some shady spots in the camp and some shade umbrellas. Next time I might take a canopy to set up.
It's rattlesnake season and although we didn't see any, we were told that a few had been spotted around the camp. Curious adventurous dogs (or blind, shade-seeking dogs) need to be watched with extra care.
The dogs and I didn't venture down the mountain to enjoy any trails or beaches this time, but the peace and great company (and STARS) were all we needed this time. Since my younger dog usually needs to burn energy, I'll be planning a hike or a beach visit before or during our next stay. Joanne has several recommendations for nearby activities. I have to admit I wasn't keen to go back down and up the long, winding rocky road this time around.
This was my first Hipcamp experience and I couldn't have asked for a better one. Thank you Joanne <3!
This place is a gem!
The view is stunning from the morning to the night. We saw 2 sunsets there, it’s the perfect location for that!
The place is very well maintained and still looks natural. The art here and there gives it character. We had a very nice spot for our tent and the place is set in a way that even if they were few neighbors (really not a lot) we could not see them so we had complet privacy. It was very calm.
The host Joanne is extremely friendly and nice to talk to. You can see she sincerely care for the people. She brought us something to drink, and made sure we had everything. She gave us advice on what to do during the day.
I will definitely go back!
The directions she gave were really accurate and we didn’t have any issue to find the place.
Campers, be ready to be amazed.
I'm so glad Joanne decided to share this little piece of the great outdoors with people! It's a true gem and so close to our place. Perfect for a quick getaway! This was our first trip with hipcamp but it by far exceeded our expectations. We'll definitely be back!
Don't get discouraged by the bumpy drive on the dirt road to get there, it's *absolutely* worth it:
Great views, great host and the other campers up there were extremely nice. The setup of the campsites is done in such a way that you can chose to meet people or enjoy your privacy if that's more your thing. Despite the fact that there were 3 other couples up there it felt like we got the place to ourselves once we descended to our campsite.
Next to Joanne's house there's a bunch of tables so some people took their breakfast up there with a view. We spent quite some time just hanging out there, taking in the scenery and chatting with the host over a glass of wine.
There are lots of small tables made from tree stumps to just sit and enjoy as well as pieces of art to discover that mix well with the atmosphere!
Although it got quite warm during the day there was always a cool breeze going and there's plenty of shadow under bushes and trees, as well as some Umbrellas that Joanne set up there for people to use. It can get windy in the night so make sure you bring stakes for your tent!
The Uvas Canyon county park is just down the road, so if you get up early you can get a quick hike in, our puppy loved it there!
All in all I can totally recommend this place, and we'll be back for sure, especially since it's just about an hour away for people living in the south bay like us.