Hipcamp host Rancho E.
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FYI: Our Tent Camping will close for the winter on Sept. 30th, but check out our other listing for our Glamp sites - they're open for the winter! 

Our site is a 10-acre homestead and working organic farm close to epic beaches and wide open nature in Bolinas. We're surrounded by preserved agricultural property and Pt. Reyes National Seashore, so you'll really feel like


FYI: Our Tent Camping will close for the winter on Sept. 30th, but check out our other listing for our Glamp sites - they're open for the winter! 

Our site is a 10-acre homestead and working organic farm close to epic beaches and wide open nature in Bolinas. We're surrounded by preserved agricultural property and Pt. Reyes National Seashore, so you'll really feel like you've escaped the city. You’ll love our land because of the bounty of organic produce from our on-site farm, our cute sheep and llamas, abundant bird and wildlife, nearby hiking trails, surf spots and live music at Smiley's Saloon. Hipcamp guests are an integral part of our farmstead: you help us keep small-scale organic farming alive and rent affordable for our resident team who live in 4 houses on the property.

BYO TENT SPACE: We have space for a group of 4 campers max for BYO. Preferably no more than 2 tents, but I'm flexible as long as they aren't huge. 

KIDS: at this time, we can't host young children under 12 as we are a working farm with related hazards such as electric fences, poison oak, open ponds and heavy equipment.

COOKING/FOOD STORAGE: We have a modest 8x12 outdoor camp kitchen shed with fridge, small freezer, coffee maker, cooking tools, eating utensils, storage and prep space. Bring a cooler for storing food & bev if you're cooking multiple meals as the fridge is shared by all and can run short on space. We have 2 shared charcoal grills for cooking. Please bring charcoal if you want to grill. 

CAMPFIRES: We have 2 communal fire rings with seating (chairs and stumps).  Bring wood and paper. You are also welcome to gather wood and kindling from the property, but it's tough to see at night. No fires outside of these 2 rings.

PETS: trained, well behaved dogs are OK, but must be kept on a leash and attended at all times. We have free ranging chickens, ducks, cats, sheep and a llama that don't like to be chased (or attacked) by unfamiliar doggies.

GAMES & LEISURE: We have a big meadow that is great for yoga and sunbathing. We also have cornhole and bocce. 

NEARBY: Once you've reserved your tent cabin, I'll email you my go-to list of nearby activities, restaurants, hikes and rentals.

RESTAURANTS & STORES: There are three restaurants and a coffee stand in town about 1.5 miles away. General Store and Grocery close at 6pm.

Don't forget: layers of clothing (it can get cold and damp at night), closed-toe shoes or boots, headlamp or flashlight, ice, secure cooler, sleeping bag, towel, pillow, reusable water bottle, Tecnu soap or wipes for poison oak encounters and sunscreen.

We're close to the Palomarin Trailhead (3 miles), Pt. Reyes Bird Observatory (3 miles), downtown Bolinas (1.5 miles), Commonweal Retreat Center (1.8 miles) and RCA Beach (2 miles).

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Rancho a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Mountain Biking: Bolinas Ridge Trail. Leisure Biking in the Redwoods: Cross-Marin Trail.


Point Reyes National Seashore has fantastic hikes. Stop by the Point Reyes National Park Center to chat with a ranger about hik...Read more

Horseback riding

5 Brooks Ranch offers horse rentals, guided rides and short-term boarding with access to over 120 miles of trails that take you...Read more


Blue Waters Kayaking offers guided tours of Tomales Bay, rentals and classes. Don't miss their Bio-luminescence tours!


RCA, The Patch and The Groin are all great spots. 2-Mile Surf Shop has rentals, lessons, surf report, and new/used boards, wet...Read more

Wind sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at BYO Tent Camping at the Farm in California.


Bolinas Beach for family-friendly swimming and sunbathing, Agate Beach for tidepools and cliffs, RCA for an off-the-beaten-path...Read more


Pt. Reyes NATIONAL Seashore. Need I say more? It's a treasure.

Hot spring

For those in the know, there's a secret tidal hot spring nearby in Stinson Beach that's only accessible during a negative tide.


You'll hit Bass Lake on your way to Alamere Falls from the Palomarin Trailhead. It's a great swim spot, though a bit chilly.

Swimming hole

Hike up to Bass Lake for a refreshing swim in the National Seashore!


Alamere Falls can be reached from the Palomarin Trailhead just down the road from the Farmstead. The hike is 8.3 miles and sup...Read more


The Bolinas Lagoon is a hugely important resource. Great viewing of sea life, baby leopard sharks, rays, sea lions, and birds ...Read more


We're a real live working organic farm! Come joins us and get your hands dirty if you want.


We're next door to some pretty cute cows.


The vibe at BYO Tent Camping at the Farm

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Hipcamper Leah

Bring-your-own tent site - wow!

Leah W.
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June 16th, 2019

My boyfriend and I loved staying at Big Mesa Farm for our weekend camping getaway. Ashley was a fantastic host. The site had hot (outdoor) showers, compost toilets, picnic area and a grill with fresh water set up for us. Ashley brought us some fresh-cut, homegrown organic lettuce straight from the field for our burgers! Will definitely bring friends and family back to stay again.

The host (Ashely) cut us some fresh lettuce for burgers straight from the fields!Unique details make Big Mesa very charming!Colorful wildflowers alongside the pond!Lots of mossy oak and rustic features on site!
Hipcamper Karen

Great camping at big mesa farm 🏕

Karen B.
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July 6th, 2019

We loved spending 4th of July at Big Mesa Farms. It was a beautiful location with an awesome outdoor kitchen space next to a pond and fire pit. The bathroom facility was great and the hot shower was on point. We got to explore the property and Ashley showed us Cheryl the llama and the herd of sheep at the farm. We had a blast. We were looking for a great camping experience close to SF and we found it here. Easy drive to visit Pt Reyes, Hog Island Oyster and hiking adventures in Marin. Ashley was a great host and we would definitely come back again. Would love to try one of the tent cabins and also come back with a big group to rent one of the houses on the property.

Hipcamper Sarah

Spacious, full of amenities

Sarah R.
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July 7th, 2019

Our stay was the best. Ashley was such a welcoming host and the site was gorgeous - very spacious, unexpectedly great amenities like an outdoor shower and outdoor grill and indoor fridge and kitchen storage items. And the views of the mountains over the little water hole was beautiful. Highly recommend

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Hipcamper Elliot
Elliot H.
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July 18th, 2019

Great stay! Ashley was very responsive and met us upon arrival. The outdoor heated showers were a wonderful touch

Hipcamper Donald

The farm is awesome!!!

Donald G.
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July 22nd, 2019

Staying at the farm was an awesome experience. Ashley and friends where really welcoming and had great suggestions about the area. The kitchen set up took camping to another level. We where able to make some amazing meals and had everything we needed to cook. The firepit was awesome to hang out and relax at the end of the day. The bathrooms and showers where really good. Its pretty cool being able to brush your teeth at a sink and have deer go walking by a few feet away. Lots of wildlife, one of the best camping experiences Ive had in a long time! Will be back!

Hipcamper Ken
Ken G.
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July 30th, 2019

Very relaxed, great amenities, and close to everything Point Reyes which is why we visited. Recommended!

Hipcamper Rachel

Beautiful spot!

Rachel F.
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August 2nd, 2019

This place was great!! We chatted with the cows on the way in, and picked a few blackberries on our way out. You get the best of everything here! True tent camping, but the outside kitchen with electricity was so convenient! Plus taking a private hot shower while still being in nature... ugh!! This whole property is such a gem. Plus there were homemade muffins waiting for us when we arrived! We hope to come back!
P.s. Raccoons WILL somehow open the kitchen door even if you latch it (I think it needs locked or something and we couldn’t do that?) and eat anything you bring with sugar in the first few ingredients. But like.. did you really go camping if raccoons didn’t steal something from you?

Muffins!! Super close to a beautiful sunset view over the ocean!
Hipcamper Deanna

A lovely getaway

Deanna G.
recommends this listing.
August 4th, 2019

Ashley’s farm exceeded our expectations. The space is so lovely, and it’s very well maintained. Loved the little touches like the outdoor bathroom and showers with soap and flowers and the fresh bottled water and breakfast muffins. We’re looking forward to staying at Mesa Farms again.

View of the pond and surrounding mountains. We pitched our tent adjacent to a small pond.
Hipcamper LaReina


La Reina H.
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August 7th, 2019

Big mesa Farms is a dreamy little hideaway in Bolinas. The place is set for you to relax and enjoy all the sounds of nature. I loved the little goats and sounds of coyotes at night. Its so great to escape the city and be able to star gaze near the ocean.I will be back again for sure.

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