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Located in Sunny Southern California, this desert escape is filled with cool pieces of history and entertainment, fun for the whole family. A 162 Acre piece of private property lays home to a private campground, welcoming campers looking to drop off the grid, camp, hike and even take a dip in some watering holes. As a true oasis we have 2 swimming holes nestled into a beautiful Continue reading...

Located in Sunny Southern California, this desert escape is filled with cool pieces of history and entertainment, fun for the whole family. A 162 Acre piece of private property lays home to a private campground, welcoming campers looking to drop off the grid, camp, hike and even take a dip in some watering holes. As a true oasis we have 2 swimming holes nestled into a beautiful valley filled with hiking, plenty of shade and a great view waiting at the top of any ridge. A relaxed atmosphere, a building sense of community throughout the campground, we regularly hold pot lucks and group campfires sharing in the beauty of the Southern California Desert.

What you can expect

Communal Campfires

Restooms

Hiking

Swinmming

Fishing

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
13 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
No potable water
Fires allowed
Communal fire ring, charcoal grill
Toilet available
Flush toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Recycling bin, trash bin
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Samuel a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
Desert
Swimming hole
Farm
Ranch
Beach
Cave
Forest
Hot spring
Lake
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Waterfall
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Climbing
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Boating
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
OHV
Snow sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling

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Hipcamper Taylor
Taylor
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
June 21st, 2018

Wow!! This site is the ultimate desert oasis. Sam and Dave greeted us right when we arrived and gave us an extensive tour of their amazing property. They explained all the work they had already put into the land to make it what it was and all the work they still intended to do to make this place the ultimate must stay campground. The pair could not have been friendlier or more welcoming and they bent over backwards to make sure that we were comfortable and had absolutely everything we might need. Beyond the hospitality from our hosts, the site itself was absolutely out of this world. With two ponds and natural underground springs, this place was crawling with life unseen most anywhere else in the area. From the wonderful trees that provided ample shade at every campsite on the property, to the croaking frogs in the pond, it was hard to believe this place was in the middle of a desert. The campsites were big enough for large group camps, but each individual tent nook still felt private and shady. The sites each had a communal fire ring, which was nice when the sun crawled below the horizon, as well as a spigot and hose to put out the fires when finished. The bathroom on site was lovely, with a hot water shower and flushing toilet it felt luxury as far as camping is concerned. The garden was just starting to fruit and I'm sure there will be lots of delicious fresh produce down the road. As if the day time views weren't enough, the stars were also out of this world! With a 20 minute drive to Joshua Tree National Park down the road, and lots of hiking and exploring on the property itself this place is a no brainer if you are ever staying anywhere in the area! We hope to be back very soon!!

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Hipcamper David
David
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
July 10th, 2018

When we camped, the site was still being constructed and improved, but that didn’t affect our stay. The hosts were super friendly (they gave us fresh eggs from their coops and squash from the huge garden — we ate like KINGS) and made sure we were comfortable. The sites were shady and well-kept. And the freshwater pond helped us cool off during the 100°+ days.

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Hipcamper Samuel
Response from Samuel, the Host, on July 10th, 2018

Thank you for the review! Please come back anytime!

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
July 22nd, 2018

This place is awesome!!! Sam was such a great host and he and his Dad as well as Dave were all so great and friendly! They made sure we were taken care of the whole weekend and went over and beyond to ensure we were comfortable and had a great time.

We camped during July and were worried it would be too hot as it was our first time camping at this site, especially it being so close to Joshua Tree. We were pleasantly surprised by how much of a breeze we got during our stay. Thanks to the fresh water pond on their property, we were able to keep cool by taking a swim. It was like a desert oasis. It was so neat to hear the frogs croak when we were hanging out on the pedal boat!

Some more highlights that made our stay super awesome:
-Hot showers and running toilet (nice bathroom!)
-Rope swing and pedal boat
-Refill of wood every day for our bonfire
-Charcoal grill brought down for us to grill our food
-Fresh veggies picked from their garden and fresh eggs from their chickens!
-The owner’s doggies!
-Seeing deers roam about
-Other friendly campers and Sam’s friends
And more....

I will definitely come back here with more friends!

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Hipcamper Jesika
Jesika
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
July 25th, 2018

What a magical desert oasis! These guys were super accommodating! Gave us fresh eggs from the chicken coop, the swimming hole was very cool and the bathroom had a hot shower and a flush toilet! Can’t wait to go back !

Hipcamper Susan
Susan
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
July 26th, 2018

Auntie Bert's is a lovely oasis in the midst of the desert. It's fully equipped for a great camping experience, - shaded campsites, a swimming hole, privacy, a vegetable garden, fresh eggs from chickens up the road, grills - both charcoal and gas, a cooking station, even indoor plumbing in an immaculately clean bathroom! The entire campground is currently a bit rough around the edges as they've only just opened, and are working on improvements (this explains the less than perfect rating for upkeep). But, I wouldn't let this deter you from staying here. It's already wonderful and will be sublime in the future. I highly recommend.

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Hipcamper Jesse
Jesse
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 1)
August 7th, 2018

We enjoyed our time in this desert campsite and were grateful for the host's hospitality. This site is in a great location for exploring nearby Joshua Tree and Palm Springs.

Hipcamper Samuel
Response from Samuel, the Host, on September 14th, 2018

Hey there Jesse, I see your review has mixed feelings on our listing but your review doesn't really reflect what you had mixed feelings about. I was wondering what we could do better for any future campers.

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Hipcamper JAmes
JAmes
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
August 13th, 2018

Really enjoyed our stay here! The family who run the campsite were lovely and really helpful. There’s still work to be done on the site - but it didn’t effect our stay. Hopefully we’ll get to stay again when it’s complete!

Hipcamper Frances
Frances
recommends this listing.
(Site 13)
August 14th, 2018

This site is a desert oasis! Shady, with nice canyon breezes. This was a great place to see the Perseid meteor shower. Robert and Sam were great hosts and ready to give tips and show us around. We had a great time around the communal fire and grill. The pond is super cute- lots of bullfrogs and dragon flies. Don’t forget your bug spray!

Hipcamper Sean
Sean
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
August 19th, 2018

Staff was super nice and thorough. Property is atypical of J tree in the sense that there's lots of shade and a couple fun swimming holes. Beautiful landscape and conveniently located near town for people who want to sit at a coffee shop or go antique hunting.
Will likely stay again in the spring when there is more water.

Property
Mañana McKinney Ranch
State
California
$50/night
13 Sites