Camp on the beautiful and only certified organic white sage farm in the U.S. High desert, with boulder mountains and views. Rolling southern california terrain, home to all kinds of birds and wild life. Camp on top of the mountain, or camp in a cave or anywhere in between. See the Milky way on most nights, all have incredible stars. 40 acres. Explore for indian artifacts, visit the Jacumba Hot springs down the road. Plan a large gathering for the meteor showers... This is the prettiest property in east county! This is the old west!
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
The vibe at Sagewinds Farm High Desert Camp
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Ellen was a great host and very kind! if you love primitive mountain camping...this is your place! We pitched a tent right in the high desert mountains and enjoyed a ton of rock climbing and hiking right at our site. I wouldn't recommend bringing dogs, Ellen has 5 that roam the property and they weren't too excited about our dogs being on their land. Other than that we had a great stay!
We stayed twice recently at Sage Wind Farms in Jacumba and had a wonderful experience. Ellen and Ken are warm and friendly, available if you need them, otherwise they leave you to explore. You can camp anywhere you would like on the property but we chose the flat area, up a slight incline behind their home. There is enough room to pitch several tents but make sure to bring ground tarps as the base is rocky. You will definitely need pads under your sleeping bags. The campsite provides a picnic table in this area that looks out over a shallow desert valley, bordered by beautiful bouldered hills. Sage Winds sits on 40 acres adjacent to another 40 acres of undeveloped land, so there's plenty of privacy and room for exploring. There is a sink and toilet in the barn and you can plug in your cell phones in the tie-dye shop. Water is available via hoses on the property or from the bathroom sink. For drinking water, it's best to bring what you need. The night skies are gorgeous but it can get windy, so make sure your tent is well staked. The ranch has four large dogs who visit camp regularly. They are friendly and well mannered but if you don't enjoy dogs, this might be an issue for you. Jacumba is an interesting town of only 400 people. It's best to bring all your supplies in as there is only one small convenience store in town and stores close fairly early. There are gas stations nearby. We visited the desert tower and the alien repair shop on our first visit. The sulphur hot springs are a nice treat, especially because there are no showers at camp. It's $25 for a day pass but the rate drops to $15 after 5pm. The outdoor pools are too cold to use after 5pm in the winter but the large jacuzzi and newly working sauna (fits 3 to 4) are a welcome treat. On our second visit we drove 45 minutes to the closest Mexican border crossing, purchased insurance, full coverage at $19 per car, and ventured into Tecate. The beer factory/garden was bought out by Heineken and is being renovated currently, but we parked, walked through town, had margaritas, guacamole and mexican pastries. Recommended by a local, we drove to Parque del Profesor at sunset and had the most amazing views. We ate dinner in Tecate before heading back after dark. It was midweek, but also the holiday, not sure if one cancelled out the other, but we had absolutely no wait rentering. It felt very safe and family friendly the entire time we were there. The highlight of our second visit was a 14 mile roundtrip hike to Goat Trestle Canyon along the abandoned Jacumba railway. The scenery is rugged and amazing with abandoned railcars that are beautifully graffited. While the hike is flat, it is long and unshaded, except for the many dark tunnels. This hike is well worth the effort, but do not attempt without ample research, water, food, flashlights and a comfortable pair of walking shoes.
FANTASTIC!!!! My only hesitation in writing this glowing review is that I don't want too many people to find out about this amazing place!!
Ellen was great - greeted us when we arrived along with her friendly dogs and miniature horses. Her hands were covered in mulberry juice and she led us straight to get some for ourselves.
We set up camp on clearing with amazing views in every direction, offering a perfect vantage point for watching the sunset over the hills to the west.
We explored the property on foot - following Ellen's tie-dyed trail markers to the top of the mountain on the property and scrambled and climbed around on the massive boulders at the top. The views from the top are stunning.
During the hottest part of the day, we set up our camping chairs and portable camping table in the cave and played cards. In the late afternoon, the breeze picked up and cooled everything off. Then we spent the night watching the meter shower.
We also checked out the "Institute of Perception," a funky collection of sculptures, murals, and grounds created to facilitate spiritual meditation and realization. There are some really cool abandoned train cars and you can hike up to the top of Jacumba Peak.
We'll definitely be back to visit Ellen, Jack (my favorite of the dogs that roam the property), and the rest of the crew. Perfect weekend!
This camp site/ experience was pure magic! I don't really want to write this review actually because I feel like it's such a hidden gem that I want to keep all to myself! Ellen and Ken, the farm owners and operators are so knowledgeable about farming and producing sage essential oil and products, I picked their brains for a long time and even bought tons of sage for my business. Ken taught us how he distills his oils and Ellen showed us her impressive tie dye clothing/ art collection. Their property is expansive and there are SO many options for you to choose to camp, we chose to follow their thoughtfully placed tie dye marker path up their mountain and camp on the edge of their rocks so we could get a panoramic view of the stars. We enjoyed exploring around their mountains, star gazing, and smelling the organic sage in the wind. Other options to camp would be behind their house there are plenty of trails and other rocks to find a closer hidden spot, or even behind the horses/sage farm! Ellen gave us free range to choose where we wanted to explore and camp! It was fun to take pictures in the sage farm and pet the horses too! We will totally be back! Hit the candy cottage store on the main road on your way home!
Super fun little get away. Isolated camp site with some nice (short) day hikes. Would totally recommend. Her 5 dogs were super friendly and I even invited one in my tent and he slept between my legs for a little while. Ellen is great and I really enjoyed meeting her. Listing was accurate. If you want to get away for a night or two but not be at a busy public camp ground just go here!
This place was great! Ellen and Ken were very hospitable! They made themselves available when we needed something but the amount of space in their land gave us room to roam and explore. The smell of sage coming from their sage farm made the area feel sacred and positive. Great for star gazing! We loved it and would visit again!