We've recently discovered that our former bomb storage magazine's grounds offer a nice, very private camping retreat. They are quite rustic. Don't get us wrong. No fancy camp, here. We are offering the paved area specifically for car, van and small trailer camping. Nearby, we have a mowed area that will work for another private tent camp spot, either as a group site, or each
We've recently discovered that our former bomb storage magazine's grounds offer a nice, very private camping retreat. They are quite rustic. Don't get us wrong. No fancy camp, here. We are offering the paved area specifically for car, van and small trailer camping. Nearby, we have a mowed area that will work for another private tent camp spot, either as a group site, or each site as two separate individual camp uses. Thus, the two listings. We pretty much assure you the stars will be out with a slight view of the Napa River and vista beyond of the "Sulphur Mountains" to the East. A propane cook stove is OK on site. A communal cook area with a propane grill, camp stove and a nice stainless counter prep area is located a short walk away. To give you a little more idea of the tent camp site, it is literally a mowed spot along the short driving approach to the Magazine.
You park in the small parking lot in front of the Magazine and carry your camping gear a short distance. It's very basic. However, our private yurts, a Tiny House and tent camp sites in the Preserve may be available, too, if you prefer. You'll be surrounded by the sounds of nature with distant reminders that you are across the Napa River/Mare Island Strait from urban life. The campsite is near marshes, so there is a good chance of mosquitoes mostly just after dawn until full sun and in the evening till after dark. Good news is that you are very close by to the Magazine so easy access to the portable restroom and your vehicle. Bring your s'mores kits, some warmish drinks, cold ones and gather around our outdoor fireplace at the visitor center, evenings. The sunsets are often quite spectacular and even night walking reveals the majesty of the region with its lighted Carquinez Bridge. Pop up in the morning for breakfast and a hike to the hilltop for the potential for 7-county panoramic views of the Bay Area if the fog disappears. We have bikes and helmets for riding the entire Island to rent for a small donation.
While the Preserve is a a vibrant and spectacular natural, scenic, historic and cultural land, it is not protected forever as parkland. Your stay helps us make a strong case for a permanent park on the 300 acres of wildlands of the Navy’s now closed oldest ammunition depot in the West, with 7-county panoramic views of the Bay Area. The Preserve is grassroots and volunteer-run with no funding from the City of Vallejo. We are so excited because so many Hipcampers have stayed in our yurts and camped at our bunker campsites. Now, here's another cool campsite. Your stay helps us protect and share our park with you. Hope to see you one night, soon!
- 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
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Borrow our used bikes with helmets for a donation. Not fancy, but get you around the Island, or bring your own.
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If you're looking for a unique camp site for your van, and don't want to travel too far outside the Bay - this is the place for you. We have a VW Vanagon, and the site had tons of space for us to spread out. It was very private, and just a short walking distance from the porta potty. Myrna was a great host. Super friendly and helpful.
Interesting place! We had a great time bike riding around the old base to Mare Island Brewing.
Definitely not pristine wilderness camping but nice for a quick get away from the city.
Mare Island is such a special and interesting place! Myrna has created a really cool atmosphere, and hiking around to see all the history was fun! Camp Ammo was a great car-camping spot for the night: a paved site right near a bathroom, and very quiet since it’s just the one spot. Easy to get to, short walk to the visitor center, and no fuss!
Bay area jewel
We actually only drove by our site, as it had an event that day. But it was a really cool place. Myrna was kind enough to upgrade us to a beautiful yurt site with a kitchen and all kinds of cool stuff. The preserve is beautiful. However we ended up with a flat tire on the camper after lunch and couldn't get to our spare...so camped on a Mare Island street about a mile from the site while wsiting for a big tow truck the next day.
. Avoid 10th and walnut streets on your way there. There is a steel plated curb. Myrna came by to check on us. She is fantastic! We will be back.
Stayed here before, great campsite, love the place! Got a very unique character with the old bunkers and you get a great view above the bay. Definitely recommend staying here :)
A cool and quirky camping experienc
This was definitely a one-of-a-kind camping experience (in a good way). The Mare Island Preserve is a beautiful spot with a lot of character. The sites are mixed in with some old infrastructure from the Naval Shipyard and the Ammo Magazine site is perhaps the most integrated. You'll be camping on some nicely maintained grass with a portajohn and an old cable spool for a table. This is all in front of the old ammo magazine which is a big concrete bunker that's all locked up. Note there's no water on site so you'll need to bring in all you'll need. It's right down the road from the visitor's center which is very DIY but nice all the same. Here you can learn about the history of the island and the preserve, use the kitchen tent and enjoy the coffee cart. Not your average camping experience to be sure but all the more fun for it.