Hipcamp host Myrna H.
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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 andalong with a campfire, a communal cook area with propane or charcoal grill, camp stoves and a nice stainless

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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!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
No. of sites
6 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
Communal fire ring, charcoal grill
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Off leash, on leash
No showers
Pack it out
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Myrna a message!
  • 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

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Sleepover Under the Stars Tents in California.

Forest

Places to see near Mare Island Preserve

John Muir National Historic Site
John Muir National Historic Site
9 miles way Explore
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Mem...
12 miles way Explore
China Camp State Park
China Camp State Park
13 miles way Explore
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Nation...
13 miles way Explore
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...
20 miles way Explore
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
21 miles way Explore
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
22 miles way Explore
Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park
23 miles way Explore
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
25 miles way Explore
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
28 miles way Explore
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
35 miles way Explore
Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
56 miles way Explore
Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park
59 miles way Explore
Butano State Park
Butano State Park
61 miles way Explore
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
61 miles way Explore
Caswell Memorial State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park
64 miles way Explore
Salt Point State Park
Salt Point State Park
67 miles way Explore
Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park
70 miles way Explore
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
72 miles way Explore
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
78 miles way Explore
Hendy Woods State Park
Hendy Woods State Park
94 miles way Explore

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Hipcamper Geoffrey
Geoffrey M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 30th, 2017

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.

Hipcamper lauren
Lauren G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 22nd, 2017

Perfect spot to soak up the stars in the midst of the bay!

Hipcamper Ulrike
Ulrike K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
November 12th, 2017

Great place for a weekend getaway! So close to get to and yet it feels so remote. Myrna has a great setup with camp kitchen and fire ring and is a wonderful host.

Hipcamper Abigail
Abigail M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 29th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Manojkumar
Manojkumar M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 29th, 2018

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.

View of the 7 counties from the trail up to the ghost ship.View of the 7 counties up top the hill.The cemetery with a thousand stories. It a 5 mins walk from the campsite and a must see. Lots of birdie visitors to sing music to your ears.
Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
March 30th, 2018

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!!

Hipcamper Kate
Kate A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 6th, 2018

What a fun, wackko place to camp- go check it out! But bring the bug spray

Hipcamper Deep
Deep D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
May 14th, 2018

Such a beautiful space and Myrna is a great host!! Highly recommend this gem!

Hipcamper Yonas
Yonas H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 29th, 2018

Myrna is a wonderful host! Very gracious and giving! Just remember to bring your mosquito repellent.

Property
Mare Island Preserve
State
California
$45/night
6 Sites