About Oak Tree Ranch
Pitch your tent underneath our large California Coastal Live Oak tree and gaze over the surrounding ranches and Morgan Hill. The property is bounded by the Santa Cruz Mountains to the West and the Diablo range to the East. Originally part of the old California Spanish Rancho San Francisco de las Llagas, there are a plethora of lemon, orange and fig trees surrounding the campsite for a pick your own snack right off the trees. Easy access off the highway 101, yet tucked into the ranch for a secluded and quiet star gazing set up. Just a half hour drive to the entrance gate to Henry Coe State Park, the 2nd largest state park in California, and even closer to Uvas Canyon County Park for more of your outdoor adventures. Pinnacles National Park is about one hour drive south. Close to wineries and just over the hill to Monterey Bay beaches. As a reminder there is no toilet and no running water on site. (We are working on that). NO FIRES ALLOWED at least for now when the weather is hot and windy and the risk of fire spreading is too great.
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 1
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only
- Check in after: 2PM
- Check out before: 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 2 months out
The vibe at Oak Tree Ranch
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Oak Tree Ranch was a great campsite! You're set up in sort of the backyard of a house in the middle of a large ranch. No picnic table (bummer). Very basic set up for driving in and pitching a tent. It's quiet and peaceful. No one bothered me once during my 4 days there, despite cars coming and going throughout the day to reach the main road (many people live on this central residential compound in the middle of the ranch). You are tucked away, though, from everything and have total privacy. Vicky gave me a fire pit to use and there was firewood in a cement garage beside the campsite. The massive "Oak Tree" provided excellent, all-day shade from the blazing hear, which was a great relief.. It is, however, most certainly a Holly Tree.. Perhaps it's some local inside joke I don't understand. I'll definitely be camping here again!
We had a really nice weekend at Oak Tree ranch, but had mixed feelings about the site overall.
- Huge old oak tree
- Orange tree on site with delicious oranges!
- Easy to find and convenient to get to
- Firepit all set up for when fires are not restricted
- Good seating arrangement on large wooden stumps
- There was broken glass all over the camping area (we cleaned up much of it, but being concerned about our dog stepping on glass all weekend wasn't ideal), along with other trash on the site
- The site wasn't set up well for a good camping experience. This was easy enough to rearrange to suit our needs, but didn't feel as though the site had been prepared for campers
- As other reviewers have mentioned, it is not a particularly secluded area. We were able to hear music from a nearby party throughout the evening
Overall we had a very relaxing afternoon and evening at the ranch, and think the campsite (with some cleaning) would be a good, simple spot for someone looking for an inexpensive and convenient spot to camp out for a night in the area.
I had a great time at Oak Tree Ranch. It was nearby and felt like a good getaway. Keep in mind that it is somewhat rustic in the sense that you have to bring your own camp (picnic tables, grill, chairs, tents, coolers, etc). There was an excellent view of the night sky around midnight and it was excellent waking up in the cool morning under the large tree.
Pavlina Morgan Hill Ranch is a small plot of land tucked between tenant housing and rolling agricultural and grazing lands. The site is protected by the shade of an old oak tree, which provides ample coverage during hot summer days. While the site is just minutes away from the epicenter of Morgan Hill, the property has the feeling of being outside of a downtown. The sprawling views of grazing lands, and hill country in the distance provide a calming atmosphere. During our stay we were able to make a fire to cook over, and rest under the shade during an exceptionally hot day. The next door tenants were very kind in greeting us, as well as providing ample water for cooking etc. This property was a nice place to lay our heads on our journey down to Henry Coe State Park. Thanks again!
Definitely Bring your own Toilet Set UP! Other than that amazing little spot to check into. Fire pit was set up and didn't see anyone the whole time we were there other than the cars that come and go on the main drive way. The tree gives you ample amount of shade, even in the hottest times of the day. You have to pack out everything so be mindful. The field is open and clear, gorgeous sunset can be seen out on the horizon. Also this is a location that's close enough to the wine trail.
My girlfriend and I stayed here and loved it! The price is awesome, and the location is great too. Plenty of open space and some really nice trees to provide comfortable shade. The location is super easy to get to and makes it easy to come and go for provisions. Try it out!
Oak Tree Ranch was a beautiful spot and I would most certainly stay there again. It was quiet, peaceful and very easy to find. The host was also super responsive with great communication. I would highly recommend this spot for anyone looking to get away for a relaxing, stress free vacation.
This was an excellent campsite! Privacy is quite good here, but the site is also near beautiful downtown Morgan Hill (actually quite a nice area with restaurants, trees, etc - we were surprised how nice and relatively cheap it was. Shout-out to Jonty's Vietnamese, Mr. Falafel, and Betto's Bistro for excellent food). Running water can be found, as well as a shady spot to pitch a tent, relax, etc. Interacted with hosts very little but they were extremely friendly. There are oranges and figs to pick to have with breakfast, which is a nice bonus. 45 min to 90 min drive to Santa Cruz depending on traffic.
5 /5 - would love to come back!
If you are passing through and need a cheap place to stay this could be a potential option.
For 20 bucks a pop you get a concrete slab tucked under an oak tree. Noise from the freeway was very noticeable as well as the surrounding road. No bathrooms/ no trash/ no water.