Hipcamp host Lucinda L.
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$25 per person per night, which works out to $50 for a couple (two people who are together).  Kids 11 and under stay free.  Morning Star Ranch is a working Thoroughbred horse farm nestled in the shadow of the majestic 7,000 foot Snow Mountain, located within the Mendocino National Forest boundary.  Reconnect with nature while fishing in stocked ponds (catch and release every

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$25 per person per night, which works out to $50 for a couple (two people who are together).  Kids 11 and under stay free.  Morning Star Ranch is a working Thoroughbred horse farm nestled in the shadow of the majestic 7,000 foot Snow Mountain, located within the Mendocino National Forest boundary.  Reconnect with nature while fishing in stocked ponds (catch and release everything under 12", we allow one "keeper" over 12" per person) or appreciating the rugged beauty which surrounds you.  The star gazing is amazing! For an additional price (cash only) limited pony rides, for kids or novice adult only, is available, if interested ask for more details.  Take a guided tour of the horse barn and small petting zoo for the kids, if interested ask to make arrangements. (Rides, petting zoo and barn tour Monday through Saturday, and by special arrangement on Sunday). Your well behaved dogs are welcome here, although they must stay on a leash at all times.  The Stonyford OHV area is just under 2 miles west of the ranch on Forest Road M10. Take a hike and practice your rock hounding in the nearby Stonyford Volcanic Complex, (in Mendocino National Forest boundaries) which is an ancient forearc seamount yielding some beautiful jasper rocks.  Close proximity to the historic Eastpark Reservoir for all your water sports and swimming. Pet one of the ranch horses who have access to wander through camp.  A friendly note to light sleepers, since this is a working horse farm, there may be horses whinnying to each other occasionally during the night, and often the bullfrogs around the pond can't resist singing a few songs after dark.  Catch a small glimpse into ranch life.  We also need to make mention that, like most of California, this is rattlesnake country so paying attention to where you put your hands and feet are important. Can’t wait to see you soon! Drive safe!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
15 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 0ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Have a question? Send Lucinda a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 98%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking

Off site, hiking trails are abundant in the National Forest

Horseback riding

Pony ride for kids and novice riders. This is a controlled ride on a full size horse being led by a wrangler, geared toward the...Read more

Off-roading (OHV)

Off site, Stonyford OHV area is a few miles further West of the ranch on Fouts Springs Road.

Fishing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Morning Star Ranch in California.

Ranch

Thoroughbred racehorse operation, racing and breeding.

Mountainous
Field

The vibe at Morning Star Ranch

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Hipcamper Peter

Stargazer's equestrian paradise

Peter T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 14)
July 22nd, 2020

I have to say we have never had such a good camping experience as we did at Morning Star Ranch. First of all, it is not THAT Morning Star Ranch from the '60s '70s! It is a lovely 170ish acres of beautiful, isolated, magical countryside where thoroughbred horses roam free(ish) and bullfrogs sing under a starlit sky. I was going to wait a few sentences to mention the stars, but wow. We stayed up all night watching those stars and it was spectacular. Comet Neowise was bright and beautiful under The Big Dipper. I suppose it won't be out much longer, but not to worry, the sky will not disappoint. This place is out of the way a bit, but it is well worth the scenic drive to get there. Ask for directions through Bear Valley/Logoda if you have an AWD/4WD vehicle and enjoy natural beauty (and are coming from the south). You might not need the 4WD, btw. Nice campsites... it is a new opening as of July 2020, so just keep that in mind.
They have an outdoor shower and a honey bucket (love saying that) and maybe 14 campsites. Trees around some and some are more open. All the campsites are near two ponds, so quite picturesque and natureful, which is now a word.
Lucinda And Bruce are the proprietors and raise Thoroughbred horses on the ranch. They are fabulous hosts and seem to have a direct connection with their animals. It's wonderful to see.
Our 11yro daughter rode one of their more casual riding horses and just won't stop talking about it. It's a minimal charge to get a special ride around part of the property. They also have chickens, which are really soft and cuddly and friendly. They are shy, but they are chickens. I mean, come on. Louis, one of their goats, is hilarious and very nibbly.
Anyway, you're sure to have fun, even if you just want to chill and relax. Make sure you bring supplies, as the ranch is far away from civilization... there is a local convenience store, but can't vouch for it as we didn't arrive during biz hours. A local place sells firewood on the way in, if restrictions are lifted when you visit.
Be good and check this place out!

a view of our campsitehorseback riding on Cody
Hipcamper Sarah

Exceptional hospitality

Sarah H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 19th, 2020

Morning Star Ranch is a beautiful property in an open valley with a small lake, fragrant flowers, and views of the surrounding mountains. The well appoined campsites are next to the lake with the option of shade or sunny areas (it gets pretty hot, 80s plus, so shade is recommended if you don't like the heat). Each site has its own BBQ grill, table/chairs, and there's also a portable toilet and outdoor cold shower.

What really made this place exceptional was our hosts Lucinda and Bruce. When we arrived they greeted us very warmly and made us feel right at home. They also offered us some treats from their property including homemade banana bread and honey. They checked on us to make sure things were going well and even offered some ice for the heat. We've camped in a lot of countries and hospitality of this level is such a treat to find.

We stayed here for stargazing (we saw the Neowise comet!) and would highly recommend this property and its hosts Lucinda and Bruce for a relaxing weekend away.

Dinner at campsite 1 at sunset. It was still very warm so sunscreen and hats are recommended. Owners Lucinda and Bruce greeted us with a handy tip sheet and a beautiful loaf of banana bread (and later some honey from their own hives!). Such warm hospitality was a wonderful treat for us.Lake views towards Morning Star Ranch. Large flocks of birds land in the evening on the lake which is a real treat to see.Campsite 1 lake side with chairs, table and bbq provided (cold outdoor shower and toilet a short walk away). The grass here is very fragrant and there's a beautiful view. It does get hot so bring hats.
Hipcamper Alexa
Alexa C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 7)
July 21st, 2020

My boyfriend and I had a great stay here. We were only here for a night but Lucinda and her husband were very nice and welcoming. We got to change spots once we arrived since there was only us and another group camping which was really nice. Their ponds are beautiful and they have two horses that roam around as well.

Hipcamper Ronald

Marvelously private and enjoyable!

Ronald C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 12)
July 24th, 2020

It was a delightful place to stay and the hosts were absolutely wonderful and welcoming. I would highly recommend this place to anyone who loves ranch animals, fishing, pondside noises and mountain backdrop. The drive is worth it and you pass through neat areas as well. Great spots for hiking and a fantastic stay. Im definitely gonna go there again with more friends!

Hipcamper David

Great getaway on a working ranch

David F.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 26th, 2020

Amazing camp ground!
- hosts Lucinda and Bruce are responsive, easy to communicate with, and very hospitable! They greeted us at the gate, showed us the tent site, and checked up on us in early evening. They even shared a home baked bread with us as a welcome gift.
- the location is easy to find, very tranquil and quiet. It feels like camping in the wild, yet with the comforts of bbq grill, portable toilet and shower.
- amazing views of the night time sky, 360 degree star gazing.
- half hour drive to the National Forest, a General Store for food and drinks and gas 10 mins away.

Hipcamper Nick

Lovely stay on working horse ranch

Nick M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 6)
July 26th, 2020

Lucinda and Bruce were excellent hosts on their lovely horse ranch. They provided a shade canopy, camp table and chairs at the campsite. They even came by in the evening and gave us a jar of their own honey! Our quiet campsite was next to a pond and had beautiful views of the mountains. We highly recommend a stay on their property!

Hipcamper Florian

Beautiful landscape and nice hosts

Florian R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10)
July 27th, 2020

Lucinda is a fantastic host. It’s a huge farm in a beautiful landscape including friendly farm animals. The camp sites are close to the farm house around 2 small ponds. One pond has a little boat you can use and we got the chance to visit and pet the farm animals which was a blast for the kids. They have several horses, chicken and two goats. The campsites come with a set of chairs, table, bbq grill and charcoal. The site also has an outdoor shower and a porter potty. Everything was clean and well maintained. It gets hot during the day 100F so make sure to bring a hat and drink a lot of water. We had a very nice time and will be back soon.

Hipcamper Allie
Allie L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 14)
July 28th, 2020

Lucinda and her husband were extremely welcoming and quick to answer all my questions before arriving at the campsite. When we arrived, they took us to the campsite and made sure we had everything we needed. They even gifted us with fresh homemade banana/peach bread and a jar of honey made by their bees. They provided a helpful pamphlet on local attractions and cautions (it also included the ABC's of Salvation). I would certainly recommend this cozy ranch for any campers!!

Hipcamper Jodi M
Jodi M A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8)
July 30th, 2020

This place was gorgeous and Bob and Lucinda were AMAZING hosts. They went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we could possibly want, were extremely welcoming, showed us around their awesome ranch, and let the kids interact with the animals. It was hot when we went but they had a shade we used, hose water we plugged a little mister into, and provided us with two kiddie pools for the kids to splash around in. We LOVED it!

Property
Morning Star Ranch
State
California
Country
United States
$25/night
15 Sites

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