Hipcamp host Richard C.
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Welcome to private camping and RV parking amongst the redwoods one mile from Mendocino Village. We offer three private campsites for tent camping (you bring the tent) or RVs (Your total combined vehicle length must be 28' or less.) I provide the land and the trees, you provide everything else you need from tables and chairs to flashlights. The campground is close to town yet

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Welcome to private camping and RV parking amongst the redwoods one mile from Mendocino Village. We offer three private campsites for tent camping (you bring the tent) or RVs (Your total combined vehicle length must be 28' or less.) I provide the land and the trees, you provide everything else you need from tables and chairs to flashlights. The campground is close to town yet very private.

My sprawling, 1.25 acre Mendocino property is beautifully situated in the redwoods for camping. 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 port-a-potty (hey, it's camping!) Sorry but Smokey says "no campfires" and we don't (yet) have a guest shower. Find yourself in nature. Reconnect with what really matters.

You can drive directly in, park amongst the redwoods and crack open a beer. The circular drive makes entrance and departure easy. There are three campsites that are private from each other where you can either setup your tent or park your RV.

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 25 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.”

We can help you discover spectacular walks along the ocean bluffs, trails through the redwoods and possibly the meaning of life. Mendocino is one mile from the campground with restaurants, a well stocked market and Big River Beach. The area offers kayaking, river canoeing, equestrian trail riding, pot growing, places of historic interest and miles of public land for hiking and biking. You can also just sit quietly under the trees and stare blankly into the distance.

  • Find yourself in nature
  • Leave the default world behind and reconnect with the elements. Feel free to stare slack-jawed at towering redwoods or stroll along the coastal headlands while contemplating the meaning or meaninglessness of life (your choice.)
  • Put away your next-generation smartphone and experience an unmediated world directly through your senses. You are cordially invited to turn off all media technology and relish the boredom of not much going on.
  • My property is a private and QUIET place, an alternative to the unnecessary stresses of contemporary society. Very VERY quiet hours: 08:30 pm to 08:30 am. These hours should be kept even quieter than 08:31 am to 08:29 pm which are pretty darn quiet anyway.
  • Sorry, Smokey says “no campfires” and Smokey’s “The Man.”
  • Feel free to express yourself while camping here. Share your stories, insights and ideas with anyone who will listen.
  • It is recommended that you refrain from smoking anything on the property even if you don't inhale.
  • If you're visiting in an RV, please don't run a generator; it scares the birds.
  • Please enjoy the wildlife but don't shoot it.
  • No timber harvesting, gold prospecting or claim staking.
  • Take time to visualize an emerging utopian society all watched over by machines of loving grace.
  • Leave here with an altered perspective on life and what really matters. After your visit feel free to change everything.
  • Be with nature | Be quiet | Leave no trace
  • Connect with yourself, not us: - - -.com | #- - - | You won’t find us on Facebook.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
3 bookable sites
RV details
Max length 24ft
RV hookups
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 4 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot, hose, pump or well, bottled water or jugs
No campfires
Toilet available
Portable toilet
No pets
No showers
Bins available
Recycling bin, trash bin
No picnic table
Wifi available
Have a question? Send Richard a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding

Ask about our private rides that we can setup during your visit.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Tent Camping or RV - Mendocino in California.

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Places to see near RINC Ranch

Russian Gulch State Park
Russian Gulch State Park
1 miles way Explore
Van Damme State Park
Van Damme State Park
2 miles way Explore
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
11 miles way Explore
MacKerricher State Park
MacKerricher State Park
13 miles way Explore
Hendy Woods State Park
Hendy Woods State Park
24 miles way Explore
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
38 miles way Explore
Richardson Grove State Park
Richardson Grove State Park
48 miles way Explore
Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park
56 miles way Explore
Salt Point State Park
Salt Point State Park
56 miles way Explore
Mendocino National Forest
Mendocino National Forest
57 miles way Explore
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Humboldt Redwoods State Park
73 miles way Explore
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park
81 miles way Explore
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
85 miles way Explore
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
91 miles way Explore

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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!

Doesn't get much better than camping in a grove of redwood treesRichard's home is just across the way from where you will campThere are tons of coastal walking trails just one mile from the property!Beautiful land
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!

Hipcamper rudy
Rudy M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 1st, 2017

Nice and quiet, close to town, too. I'd stay there again.

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