2018 Vallejo Pride Bonfire & Retreat at Mare Island Nature Preserve June 15th-16th, 2018 Join us for a natural season of wildness and gathering at one of the special Pride gathering campsites. Think about booking a campsite with friends and personalize your campsite in the spirit of Pride! You can check-in as early as 2pm Friday. Plan to check-out by noon Saturday. Campsites start at $45 for up to 6 persons, +$15 per additional camper at your site. Organizations may request a campsite for $75 per organization by contacting your camp host Myrna Hayes. Vallejo Pride campsites are located next to the welcome pavilion Preserve visitor center. You’ll be a cozy distance away from the Pride Yurt. Discover the nature preserve by bike, or hike along the jogging trails, but be sure to meet the community at the bonfire 7pm-10pm. Saturday, June 16th stay a little later for a Vallejo Pride egg breakfast before checkout. And, it's quite likely that there'll be hot and cold drinks served at the Preserve's new coffee cart! About the Preserve. It'll be almost official summer in the Preserve with warmer weather and likely clear and pretty dark night skies where your camp is situated. An abundance of osprey, great blue herons and great egrets are back on their nests for the season in the Preserve. All is well...except, let's get real! It's mosquito season, too. Bring spray, stay close to the fire in the evening to smoke em away and bring clothes to cover you just after dawn and just before sunset. Tent camping on the Navy’s oldest ammunition depot in the Pacific (really, its 160 years this year), is guaranteed to be eclectic and unique! BE PREPARED: this time of year the temps are dipping into the 50-60 degrees at night. That means plan for a cool night and warmer daytime temps. We don’t really have any people neighbors, so making music or being a little noisy here is cool. Plan to hike a mile up our Scenic Vista Trail for stupendous panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mt Tam, Mt Diablo, the Carquinez Bridges, San Pablo Bay, the Napa Valley, Mt. St. Helena and the Napa River/Mare Island Strait. While you will still know urban life is nearby, you will experience the magic of the peaceful setting. Owls are night visitors. Our portable restrooms are alway refreshingly clean. The Mare Island Preserve is 1.5 miles from the new Mare Island ferry terminal with daily service from San Francisco. Direct bus service from the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station to the Vallejo Transit Center lands you a little over 4 miles away from the Preserve. Catch your favorite taxi service or call/text us to pre-arrange a pickup. Bikes are allowed on both the ferry and shuttle buses from BART. Once you’ve settled in, hop on one of our bikes for a jaunt around the strangely quirky and kinda abandoned, sort of not, former Naval shipyard, the Navy’s oldest installation in the Pacific, founded in 1854. You will stop often to photograph both the beauty and the decay of a 160 years of maritime and marine industrial history. Hike and jog our 4-mile roundtrip San Pablo Bay Trail and even golf or visit Vino Godfather tasting room, a WWII landing craft support gunboat, St. Peter’s Chapel (by appt) or a museum of Navy history.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 2 months out
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What a treat to spend the night near the Mare Island Shoreline Preserve Park (http://www.mareislandpreserve.org). I enjoyed a night hike past the historic naval cemetery and the legendary Ghost Ship sculpture ... not to mention a starry night sky not typically visible from all the city lights.