Hipcamp host Luis R.
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Super quiet and private 10 acres of private redwoods, and a waterfall with the ocean and Santa Cruz mountains a short hike away! Glamping or camping opportunities, great for a quiet romantic getaway or a group of friends and family. Sleep in a modern, warm "tiny house" studio constructed from a shipping container (2-3 people) or set up your own tents throughout the property.

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Super quiet and private 10 acres of private redwoods, and a waterfall with the ocean and Santa Cruz mountains a short hike away!  Glamping or camping opportunities, great for a quiet romantic getaway or a group of friends and family. Sleep in a modern, warm "tiny house" studio constructed from a shipping container (2-3 people) or set up your own tents throughout the property.  Rustic cabin with electricity, sink, and flushing toilet. Close proximity to excellent hiking (skyline to the sea / big basin state park), and a few miles away from some of California's most beautiful beaches and some of the best surfing and kitesurfing between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.   Also a short drive away from Costanoa resort and Highway 1 Brewing restaurants.

** 3 different sites ** are available to accommodate separate small groups but the property is ideal for single private groups…  ** Site 1 (the container studio) is fantastic to sleep in, insulated and warm, and feels like a modern studio without electricity (for now).  ** Site 2 (bring your own tents) are recommended for the more outdoorsy, or rest of a larger group.  ** Site 3 is for a small group willing to tent camp, hammock-tent camp, or car/van camp further away from the main cabin + container studio area.  The *rustic* cabin is unfurnished and isn’t intended for sleeping (mostly there for the bathroom and as a storage area), but is possible to use for sleeping in case of unexpected weather.

* We've been giving priority to first bookings choosing between using the container or tents, or you can reserve the entire property to keep it completely private.  When sites are booked separately: A) we've been optimizing for small groups so the space remains intimate, B) shared facilities become the bathroom in the rustic cabin, and central fire pit in a courtyard area near the cabin.  

* A couple items of camping gear are available onsite for use by extra guests at any of the sites: 1 x 4 person dome tent, and  2 x 1 person hammock tents (with mosquito nets). 

* There's plenty of space elsewhere on the property to spread out, and its still a work in progress so we really appreciate ideas/suggestions regarding other site locations that would work well + other potential improvements to the facilities.

Let us know if you have other questions, and hope you can visit sometime!

Accommodation provided
Cabin
No. of sites
3 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 15 people per site
No potable water
Bring your own water, purify from river or stre...
Fires allowed
Fire ring w/ grill
Toilet available
Flush toilet
Pets allowed
On leash
No showers
Bath in river or stream
Bins available
Trash bin
Picnic table available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Luis a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Wind sports
Surfing
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Wild Waterfall @ Rancho Rio in California.

Beach

~4 miles away

Forest
Mountainous
Redwoods
River, stream or ...
Waterfall
Driveway

Places to see near Rancho Rio Waterfall & Redwoods

Butano State Park
Butano State Park
3 miles way Explore
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
3 miles way Explore
Portola Redwoods State Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
7 miles way Explore
Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park
11 miles way Explore
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
15 miles way Explore
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
24 miles way Explore
Henry W. Coe State Park
Henry W. Coe State Park
40 miles way Explore
Presidio of San Francisco
Presidio of San Francisco
44 miles way Explore
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historic...
45 miles way Explore
Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site
45 miles way Explore
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
46 miles way Explore
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site
47 miles way Explore
Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park
48 miles way Explore
Fremont Peak State Park
Fremont Peak State Park
51 miles way Explore
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Nation...
51 miles way Explore
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
52 miles way Explore
Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park
53 miles way Explore
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Mount Tamalpais State Park
53 miles way Explore
John Muir National Historic Site
John Muir National Historic Site
57 miles way Explore
China Camp State Park
China Camp State Park
58 miles way Explore
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Mem...
63 miles way Explore
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
64 miles way Explore
Andrew Molera State Park
Andrew Molera State Park
65 miles way Explore
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
69 miles way Explore
Caswell Memorial State Park
Caswell Memorial State Park
71 miles way Explore
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
76 miles way Explore
Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park
77 miles way Explore
Limekiln State Park
Limekiln State Park
86 miles way Explore
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
89 miles way Explore
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
96 miles way Explore

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Hipcamper Dara
Dara K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2018

We loved our stay at Rancho Rio!!! It was the perfect weekend getaway - beautiful, quiet and close to the beach. Luis was a great host, very responsive. The shipping container tiny house was immaculate and the air mattress was very comfy. I want to come back soon!

Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 15th, 2018

This was a cool property to camp out on. There are neighbors relatively close by but you still have a lot of privacy with basic amenities that were great. owner was super friend and very informative. would recommend for a low key getaway

Hipcamper Mark
Mark W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 23rd, 2018

Love my stay!

This spot really is out in the wilderness, but has enough amenities for an extended camping stay. I grew up camping on the east coast where forests are noisy (birds/bugs/cicadas/etc). This was my first foray into the redwoods and it was beautifully quiet and peaceful. Even in the height of summer when the waterfall flow was low it was still beautiful to hike around. The place is rugged, but has running water and electricity, and the storage unit apartment is pretty cool (I opted to stay in my tent by the fire ring, but I only stayed 1 evening).

Go grocery shopping in Pescadero or similar beforehand, as that portion of 1 is mostly just open fields and ocean views, although there is a small general store in a glamp-ground up Rt. 1 a bit.

Make sure you have images of the directions when you go off of Route 1 (my phone GPS followed the whole way, but cell service goes away quickly). Be prepared for a rumble strip style drive if you do not have an SUV / truck, as it is a 2 mile gravel road through the woods. The property's driveway turns into more of a dirt/root road that is a little bumpy in spots but overall the trip off of Rt. 1 is pretty flat and travelable by a Sedan. I drove my 3-Dr Hyundai Veloster down it at 5-10 mph and eventually made it, so your car will probably be fine in a dry season. Have good tires!

If you're looking to get away in a unique location that's fun to explore, this is the spot for you.

Hipcamper Christina
Christina T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 28th, 2018

Beautiful redwoods all to yourself! Definitely a perfect stop if you're traveling down the 1. Since it was late summer when we came, the waterfall was a bit dry, but I bet in the spring, it's really awesome! It truly is right there, a backdrop to your campfire and redwood surroundings.

The place is a couple of miles in from the highway on a mostly dirt road, and the last stretch can be tricky if you don't have high clearance, but we were totally fine with regular passenger cars and going slowly (would recommend arriving in the daytime to be safe!). It's so convenient to get to any of the parks or beaches between Pescadero and Davenport! We grabbed groceries in the city, which you might want to do before heading there and settling in. It's a ways to a bigger store in either direction, if you're going to prep anything more than basics.

The shipping container studio is simple but clean, with just an air mattress. There's space to pitch tents or for camper vans to park. I was kind of expecting more level, open space to spread out, but it really is mostly forested, and the neighbors were closer than I thought they would be. We could see/hear them walking in and out of the cabin on the next property over, though we weren't bothered by them and vice versa. One neighbor's dogs were barking the whole time, though again, far enough away that it wasn't a big issue. It does feel very private! It's backed up against the ridge, and we explored the trails on the grounds a bit. The trees really are amazing; it's so rare to have all of those redwoods to yourself and not be smushed into a crowded campsite in the park just on the other side of the ridge.

The other structures on the property (old cabins, storage sheds, etc) can be a little creepy to explore, especially if it's dark — there's a lot of things just exposed and lying around in them, so be careful if you're bringing young kids. As Luis mentions in the listing, they're not for sleeping in or really hanging out in at all, more for storage, and access to the toilet/sink.

Luis generously provided camp chairs and a table we used to prep food on by the gigantic firepit. Just a heads up that the firepit doesn't have a level grate to it, if you're planning to cook on it.

Luis himself was a wonderful host! We never met him but he was attentive and thorough in giving directions, instructions, and advice beforehand. This is a new listing and you can tell that he's really looking to improve on it and make it even better for future campers. It's a sweet spot in a fantastic location, perfect for a relaxing getaway! Thanks Luis!

Rancho Rio is so close to the backside (or frontside? Depends how you look at it) of Big Basin. In just a few miles' hike from the property, we were watching the fog roll over the coast from the top of Chalk Mountain.Lots of space to angle your camper van so that it has the best view of the redwoods.Quick inside snapshot of the studio when we first arrived.This is the old cabin where the bathroom is. A bit creaky and musty inside, good for haunted ghost stories.
Hipcamper Luis
Response from Luis, the Host, on September 6th, 2018

Christina - thanks very much for the review and helpful comments, it was great to have you as a guest and hope you can visit another time soon!

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Hipcamper Robbie
Robbie H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 30th, 2018

Wild Waterfall is a beautiful drive along the coast and you end up at an enchanting redwood forest with half bath in cabin and newly constructed tiny house with french doors and ample space for 2 people!!!

Hipcamper Diana Lynn
Diana Lynn M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 13th, 2018

Just a gorgeous remote location! Functional restroom, running water to bathroom sink, comfortable clean cargo container, fire rings for personal fires & cooking, the tallest Redwoods I’ve ever slept beneath (east coaster here) and all over just an Incredible quiet location.
There are neighbors close by and they were cutting down wood for winter which I found perfect for the scenario we were in, you can hear nature and the neighbors dogs and sometimes we heard the other campers move about but otherwise it’s peaceful and no where near like a crowded KOA.
We found this location filled with local trails by us and by the massive pacific coast. There is a local brew pub nearby, stores and so much more but we never left the campsite. It was so much more than I had anticipated and I plan to revisit Rancho Rio Waterfall (which is dried up at the moment but still a gorgeous site to behold) & the redwoods (which took my breath away every time I opened my eyes).
I would highly recommend Luis and his site. His communications are informative and timely. Just overall a wonderful experience!!

Grilled banana with chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallows... just heavenly!The location was filled with little surprises from everyone who has been there💙. This little gem was located right outside of the bathroom with running water... just such a nice luxury when camping the way we did! 
Plenty of room for any sized tent!From inside our tent to the out of doors beauty...
Hipcamper Luis
Response from Luis, the Host, on November 14th, 2018

Thank you Diana, delighted to hear you had a good trip and hope you can visit another time soon!

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Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 15th, 2018

Really easy to get to, very remote and quiet! It was a great retreat for a night

Hipcamper Luis
Response from Luis, the Host, on November 21st, 2018

Thx Andrew - glad you had a nice getaway and hope you can visit another time in the future.

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Hipcamper Tali
Tali S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 12th, 2018

Luis' spot is a beautiful, private area nestled in the Redwoods on a mountain. Our first thoughts driving up were just how wonderfully isolated we were, and how unusual it is to be able to experience the California Redwood forests on your own. The shipping container is as described - small, but clean and modern, and it's useful to have the battery-powered lamps that he does. Just be sure to bring your own bedding if you plan to use the air mattress. As he says in the posting - no electricity in the outlets yet! There is a small fire pit in the driveway that can be used, although some instruction about the availability of wood would be nice. The rustic cabin is a little dingier than it looks in some of the photos, and the flushing toilet is behind a shower curtain - definitely be sure to arrive before dark so that you can find and turn on the lamps inside and familiarize yourself with the set-up. Overall, as long as you're okay with a little disrepair in the bathroom cabin, this is a gorgeous spot to stay, especially if you like the solidity of having some walls around you in the forest!

Hipcamper Leanne
Leanne D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 18th, 2018

The site was enough room for my group of 10 people. It was a great place to hang out by the fire and the area is beautiful. We ran out of firewood and ice pretty quick, but luckily the Costanoa resort is right next door to stock up.
The property isn't as private as you might expect. There are neighbors nearby, but you also have neighbors at a regular camp site. There was a fallen tree on the path to get right inside the site so we had to move that. The road is fine for smaller cars, but if you have a car that sits pretty low then you'll probably hear a lot of scraping sounds. My Honda Accord was fine driving through, though.
The downside is there isn't a lot to explore nearby or trails. You're in a private neighborhood and then have to walk a ways out if you want to go to the beach or another trail (to my knowledge). We weren't sure where to go so we ended up staying at the camp for the two days- still fun. I would maybe suggest tidying up the property a bit more so it doesn't feel so much like you're sleeping in someone's backyard. Although, it wasn't a huge problem to us. Happy to have used the old shipping container room and extra chairs left by the host.
There is a great fire pit, but no level grate to cook on top of (just so others are aware).
Overall, we had a good time here and it was big enough for the group. I would recommend if you need a spot to stay.

Property
Rancho Rio Waterfall & Redwoods
State
California
$90/night
3 Sites