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Desert Mountain terrain welcomes campers along historic route 74. Co-located with Horse Rescue, beautiful wilderness dispersed/primitive camping, bring your tent and enjoy stargazing beds, hammock lounges, grills and picnic accessibility. 13 miles from Palm Desert - 25 miles to Idyllwild - an easy mountain-desert escape. 

Potable water access and enticing outdoor showe

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Desert Mountain terrain welcomes campers along historic route 74. Co-located with Horse Rescue, beautiful wilderness dispersed/primitive camping, bring your tent and enjoy stargazing beds, hammock lounges, grills and picnic accessibility. 13 miles from Palm Desert - 25 miles to Idyllwild - an easy mountain-desert escape. 

Potable water access and enticing outdoor shower. Relax in the communal Safari Tent. Shaded lounge areas available to all guests. Coachella Valley, Joshua Tree and PCT adjacent!

A serene base for your mountain-biking, climbing, or outdoor adventures, and conveniently located across the road from the Sugarloaf Cafe and short drive to The Pit Stop. 

With respect and deference, we honor and acknowledge that these camping opportunities are on traditional Cahuilla Land. 

*for the most part, campers should be 18+ years of age*

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, vans and truck campers
9 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry present
No kitchen
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 34ft
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Stargazing @ Nightingale Ranch in California.

Ranch

Co-located with a wilderness-set horse rescue

Desert
Forest
Mountainous

The vibe at Stargazing @ Nightingale Ranch

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Hipcamper Dennis

Great time. bring boots.

Dennis C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 26th, 2020

We had a great experience here. Mary is a great host and very accommodating. It's mostly an open lot where you are free to find and make your own campsite. They have a communal compost toilet, outdoor shower, and several charcoal grills (bring to your site as firepit). There are also shaded communal areas that make being in the sun more comfortable but there are enough trees to find shade from the desert sun at your site.

It's a bit more "primitive" of a campsite (no table, no sink to wash up in) than a state/national park campsite but we had enough gear to make it comfortable. Super beautiful sunsets and there's enough space to make it feel private.

Highly recommend for folks who have been backpacking and don't mind some of the missing creature comforts.

I recommend boots for humans and booties for dogs as there are lots of cactus needles and general desert pokey plants everywhere.

Hipcamper Bill

A native and natural setting.

Bill V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 30th, 2020

Host Mary is welcoming and attentive. The communal areas are enjoyably chill. My cozy campsite was as close to a natural state as could be. While laying back gazing at the first stars twinkling into view an owl softly glided over close enough for an eye to eye. A conversation ensued. Bring your desert identification manual for a bountiful plant community.

Hipcamper amaris

Best campsite!! desert oasis!

Amaris M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 26th, 2020

Wow !! Nightingale Ranch is a desert oasis ! Mary and Euginie were by far the best camping host one could need. Came out by myself from Los Angeles to find a quiet meditative space and was blown away by how much this site has to offer. You are greeted by their pack of lovely dogs who also stuck around the entire camp site patrolling for safety! I’m this way I felt so safe and was not scared of any wild animals coming around. The campsite is huge, and you have the choice of setting up your tent near common areas like the hang out tipi and the horse stables or our in the privacy of the desert property they own. First day there I explored, hung out at the glamping tipi and got the chance to do some yoga on their main wood deck. At night, you are surrounded by a dreamy starlit sky and even found a raised bed platform to lay under the starry sky. Next morning I got to enjoy a hike to a small waterfall, which was only across the road from the ranch! When I returned from the hike I got to indulge in the best shower I’ve ever had outdoors! at this point, it decided to stay an extra night !! Nightingale Ranch is definitely a sacred place to come and center yourself away from city life for you can feel the great energy that has been harvested here!

I will be recommending to my friends 💕⛺️✨

Thank you Mary and Euginie for providing this place🤍

Hipcamper Nick
Nick R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 27th, 2020

Super amazing people! That was an inspiring weekend for the 4 of us roommates. Their hospitality was so wonderful....highly recommended. The horses were a bonus :)

Loved the shower and views. GREAT hiking trails in a walking distance. We miss the ranch already!

Your money will be going to a good cause if you stay here. They rescue horses and retrain them with LOVE!

We definitely want to come back someday...Thank you Mary and Eugenie for everything!!

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Hipcamper Danielle
Danielle C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2020

Amazing spot! There’s one great spot with privacy other than that you’ll need 4 wheel drive to get some without being on the edge of the property. Wonderful place to stay with cute little fire pits and BBQs to borrow! The outside showers are something I truly took for granted until a 7 mile hike in the heat happened. Fresh water and toilet nearby helps too. Horses are beautiful and love seeing people saving horses♥️

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Hipcamper Megan

New favorite place to camp!

Megan W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2020

My husband and I LOVED this place! The campers and Mary are so friendly and we loved the property. The property had the best views and is well kept. We also loved how we got to pick our own spot and all of the community spaces had the cutest little details. Our dogs were so sad to leave, they had a blast! We will definitely be visiting again!

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Hipcamper Mia

Romantic pinyon pines

Mia H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2020

Mary’s spot is super beautiful, private, with good vibrations and plenty of room to create the perfect wilderness campsite if that’s your style! Plus more glampy sites if that’s your fancy. Would definitely come back :)

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Hipcamper Alex
Alex D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 9th, 2020

Great stay! Mary was very accommodating and friendly. Lots of space to camp. Make sure to wander around a bit to find your preferred spot.

Hipcamper Maria

Great weekend getaway!

Maria D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 13th, 2020

Mary was a great host! Very warm and attentive! The place is well kept, clean, warm, and welcoming! Plenty of room to roam around and hiking trails with beautiful views! Everyone we met was friendly which made the experience better. I do recommend to bring warm clothes and a good blanket or comforter for the night because it can get windy & chilly! Highly recommend, will be back!

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Property
Nightingale Ranch & Sanctuary
State
California
Country
United States
$60/night
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