Why not spend a night tent camping at individual tent camp sites carved out of our open field near our visitor center, or get a group together, for a sleepover under the stars at the Mare Island Preserve in Vallejo? We pretty much assure you the stars will be out and along with a campfire, a communal cook area with propane or charcoal grill, camp stoves and a nice stainless counter prep area, this is a simple camp spot. To give you a little more idea of the sites, they are literally mowed spots along a trail between our visitor center and our other old time ammunition storage magazine. You park in the visitor center parking lot and carry your camping gear a short distance across a field to a mowed carve out. It's very basic. 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.
Please note that your tent campsite is along the walking route between our visitor center and our Haunted House open from 5-9pm every weekend night in October and Halloween night. The NightMARE Island event includes historic tours of the nearby Naval Cemetery, paranormal investigation tours, ghost story tours and a bunch of fun nightly programming from a HearseCon to Horror movie night and live animal visits from bats, owls and reptiles. Search NightMARE Island Vallejo for the schedule and to purchase tickets.
Our private yurts, a caravan style tiny house and car, van and small trailer and tent camp sites in the Preserve may be available, too, if you prefer.
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 visitor center so easy access to the portable restroom, your vehicle, the campfire and the food prep area. 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. 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 4PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
The vibe at Sleepover Under the Stars Tents
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My four year old and I tent camped here over the weekend and had a good time. Myrna is very accommodating and I would recommend giving her a call before showing up if you have any questions.
Myrna was awesome! A great host. There was an outdoor “kitchen/prep area” and communal campfire area. Myrna also runs a coffee cart at the visitor’s center. With a short hike there are amazing 360 views of the Bay Area. (Be sure to ask about the rich history of the island. It is fascinating!) The tent sites were a short walk from the parking area, but Myrna had several wagons to help in carrying your gear to your campsite. Accommodations are simple, but more than adequate! We highly enjoyed our stay!
This was our first time doing hipcamp, when we planned to camp at 'Sleepover Under the Stars Tents'. We had a lot of questions about the campsite and the amenities, Myrna helped us with all our queries. She is one of the best host we have had. Very friendly, hospitable and sweet. The entire campsite is a treasure trove of nature/fun/hospitality. Thanks to Myrna for keeping the place so good, clean and natural. The campsite itself was very clean and you will definitely enjoy ur view of stars from ur tent. The kitchen tent was a really good concept. It helped us prepare our food and the access to grill/fire pit was also great. We really enjoyed meeting other people by the fire pit. It was great to meet so many different folks and have a good chat with everybody. Definitely check out the ghost ship and the view of the 7 counties from the mountain near by.
And last but not least how can I forget the dear Nitro. He is a sweet boy who kept following around wagging his tail and was really was fun to be around. Definitely worth multiple visits and love to come back to Myrna's campsite again.
This is a very neat area! We had the camping spot to ourselves which was nice, and would also be great for a group. Otherwise, you will get to know the other campers. Communal fire pit and plenty of logs to sit on. Short walk to a 160 year old Navy cemetary. Neat old buildings and bunkers to explore. The visitor center is really cool too, open fri-sun. Such a perfect place to set up camp but still super close to everything in the Bay. Myrna and Nitro were wonderful. We will definitely be back soon!
*BRING MOSQUITO SPRAY AND SUNSCREEN!!