Hipcamp host Richard C.
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Welcome to private tent camping and small camper van parking amongst the redwoods one mile from Mendocino Village. Get back to basics…join us on the last remnant of California’s wild frontier. We offer three private campsites for tent camping (you bring the tent) or camper vans and small RVs (your total combined vehicle length - tow vehicle + trailer - must be no more than 2


Welcome to private tent camping and small camper van parking amongst the redwoods one mile from Mendocino Village. Get back to basics…join us on the last remnant of California’s wild frontier. We offer three private campsites for tent camping (you bring the tent) or camper vans and small RVs (your total combined vehicle length - tow vehicle + trailer - must be no more than 20’ or you might get stuck getting in here, then you’ll be in a fine old pickle.) I provide the land and the trees, you provide everything else you need from tables and chairs to flashlights and bug repellent. The campground is close to town yet very private.

My sprawling, 1.25 acre Mendocino property is beautifully situated in the redwoods. Washer and dryer is available as is WiFi (remember, if you don't connect to WiFi you won't have to answer any messages.) Facilities are an extremely well maintained porta potty (hey, it's camping!) Sorry but Smokey says "no campfires” and there is no guest shower to enhance the experience of ‘roughing it.’

I'm here to offer any help as needed during your stay. I want you to have at least ‘quite a pleasant time,’ at best ‘a life-changing experience’ while visiting the coast. I've lived here for twenty-something years and can give you information about places to hike along the headlands, trails to discover in the forest plus all the local gossip. We can also discuss Mendocino's days as a lumber town in the 1800s and 1900s, its counter culture links to the back-to-the-land movement of the late '60s and early '70s and whether today ‘the old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born.’

Two minutes west of the campground is the once frontier town of Mendocino with restaurants, a well stocked market, art galleries, wine tasting and an eclectic mix of urban and rural types. Five minutes east of here is the wilderness of Jackson State Forest with tens of thousands of acres of forestland and wildlife and the inherent risks associated with both. The Mendocino coast offers kayaking, river canoeing, equestrian trail riding, pot growing, places of historic interest, spiritual eccentricities, aging hippies living in cabins in the woods and miles of public land for hiking and biking. You can also just sit quietly under the trees and stare blankly into the distance.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
3 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
No campfires
No pets
Potable water available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 20ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Richard a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding

2 stables nearby.

Wildlife watching


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Hipcamper Lisse
Lisse L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 13th, 2017

We loved our stay at RINC Ranch! The place is incredibly peaceful, with no neighbors in sight once you enter the property. The redwood grove we camped in was the absolute highlight of our visit. Watching the light pour through the trees was a lovely way to end the evening. Richard’s home is directly across from the redwood grove where we put our teardrop trailer. He was incredibly welcoming. He gave us a bunch of tips on what to see in the area and even offered us some wine in the evening when we returned from a hike. There are so many public lands surrounding Mendocino that you need to check out while you camp here! The drive to the property is also beautiful, we pulled over several times to take photos and take in the views. You’re only one mile from downtown Mendocino which has a lot of cute shops, places to eat, and a grocery store if you need anything for your stay. We hope to be back soon!

Richard's home is just across the way from where you will campBeautiful landIf you're bring a trailer, you can park right in the grove next to camp!
Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 19th, 2019

We had a wondeful stay at RINC. Richard was very friendly, informative, and organized. The campsites were clean and private. The port a potty was clean.

Hipcamper Drew
Drew S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 4th, 2017

Richard was a wonderful host and we couldn't recommend him enough! When we arrived, he kindly gave us a lay of the land, and provided tips on nearby hiking trails.

The campsite was as advertised and provided the peace and quiet we were looking for! The location was extremely convenient for getting into town as well.

We were interested in learning about Mendocino, and Richard was kind enough to chat over a glass of wine. We had a great time learning more about him and what's happening in this beautiful part of California. An amazing stay. Thank you Richard! We hope to reunion soon :-).

Hipcamper Veronika
Veronika C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 2nd, 2017

We enjoyed our stay for an overnight, convenient and a deal in Mendocino! You are in a neighborhood near the road, and hear a small amount of traffic but it is not bothersome. You don't see other houses so much and feel like you are in the woods. The host took the time to meet us, making us feel welcome, and showed us around. As promised, the port-a-potty was spotless and clean and had a hand washing station. The campground was clean as well. We shared with two other parties, but there was plenty of space and it didn't feel crowded. You are very close to the town of Mendocino and the site is easy to get to. We would love to stay again! Check out Pacific Star Winery and enjoy the whale watching there at the same time.

Hipcamper afton
Afton M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 3rd, 2017

Richard was very nice & helpful, even though I had a very short stay. His property is pretty, well maintained & quiet, but also just a mile drive from town. Good pick!

Hipcamper Seth
Seth H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 13th, 2017

Richard was a great host, he coordinated with us and showed us where to get water and where to park and use the bathroom. His place is nestled in the woods in a calm quiet spot.

Hipcamper Roxanne
Roxanne A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 26th, 2017

Nice property under the redwoods!

Hipcamper Shikha
Shikha K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 13th, 2017

It was a lovely spot nestled in the back with the trees. Richard was super responsive and friendly and keeps everything in great shape, from the porto potty to the water spigot. The spot is also very close to town, so we could walk around during the day and explore. My only caveat was that there were quite a lot of mosquitoes during dawn and dusk and we got bitten up pretty badly, so bring bug spray.

Hipcamper Anne-Christin
Anne Christin L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 27th, 2017

Lovely place in the Forest near Mendocino. We were very thankfull for Richards Tips for Hiking and getting to know the town- thanks alot!


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