Hipcamp host Myrna H.
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We've recently discovered that our former bomb storage magazine's grounds offer a nice, very privatecamping retreat. So, we are offering the paved areaspecifically 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 astwo separate individual camp uses.Thus, the two listings.

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We've recently discovered that our former bomb storage magazine's grounds offer a nice, very private camping retreat. So, 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 or charcoal 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 gypsy wagon 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. BE PREPARED...temps are dipping into the 50's this time of year and the campsite is near marshes, so it can feel even cooler. 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 campfire 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!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
RV details
Max length 20ft
RV hookups
None
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
No potable water
Bring your own water
Fires allowed
Firewood provided, communal fire ring
Toilet available
Portable toilet
Pets allowed
Off leash, on leash
No showers
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Myrna a message!
  • 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

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Borrow our used bikes with helmets for a donation. not fancy, but get you around the island, or bring your own.

Hiking

Our preserve is on the u.s. navy's oldest former ammunition depot in the pacific. it's over 160 years old, so there are bunkers...Read more

Wildlife watching

This time of year we have nesting ospreys, great blue herons, great egrets and a variety of hawks and songbirds nesting in our ...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Camp Ammo Magazine Car Van Trailer in California.

Forest

Places to see near Mare Island Preserve

John Muir National Historic Site
John Muir National Historic Site
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Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Mem...
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China Camp State Park
China Camp State Park
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Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Nation...
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Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park
17 miles way Explore
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
19 miles way Explore
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historic...
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Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
21 miles way Explore
Presidio of San Francisco
Presidio of San Francisco
22 miles way Explore
Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site
22 miles way Explore
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Mount Tamalpais State Park
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Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park
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Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
25 miles way Explore
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
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Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
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Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
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Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park
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Butano State Park
Butano State Park
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Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
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Caswell Memorial State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park
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Salt Point State Park
Salt Point State Park
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Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
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Henry W. Coe State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park
73 miles way Explore
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Hendy Woods State Park
Hendy Woods State Park
94 miles way Explore

The vibe at Camp Ammo Magazine Car Van Trailer

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Hipcamper Joelle
Joelle D.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
June 5th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 24th, 2018

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.

Camp Ammo Magazine Car Van Trailer
Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah N.
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(Site 2)
August 6th, 2018

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!

At the top of the trail overlooking the water View from the trail
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(Site 1)
August 10th, 2018

Fun place

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Property
Mare Island Preserve
State
California
$45/night
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