Hipcamp host Rod S.
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Enjoy camping on a private historic ranch in the Sierra Foothills -- serene, private, beautiful views in the heart of El Dorado County located at 6400'. Nearest neighbor is 12.5 miles away! Come rest & relax!

Just three miles down the road, you can find swimming holes, waterfalls, hiking and fishing in the El Dorado National Forest. Bring your mountain bikes. Plenty t


Enjoy camping on a private historic ranch in the Sierra Foothills -- serene, private, beautiful views in the heart of El Dorado County located at 6400'. Nearest neighbor is 12.5 miles away! Come rest & relax!

Just three miles down the road, you can find swimming holes, waterfalls, hiking and fishing in the El Dorado National Forest. Bring your mountain bikes. Plenty to explore on the 40 acres here on the ranch as well. You can find grinding stones left by the Miwoks, beautiful meadows, and a pond.

Campsite #2 is great for couples or families. Plenty of shade for your tents as well.

NO CAMPFIRES or GRILLING over open fire when windy (bring charcoal for backup cooking just in case)

Firewood is available upon request at 10.00 per bundle

Kyburz is the nearest community and is situated along the South Fork of the American River and U.S. Route 50. South Lake Tahoe is even closer to Kyburz, at just under 25 miles or 31 minutes, away, which gives guests the ability to experience the beauty of Lake Tahoe also.

Accommodates more than one RV or 1 tent with optional RV and tent space available. Large trailers or RV's OK. Lots of trees for shade. Ranch owners assume no liability for any injuries.

* Big groups are more than welcome! Please inquire directly if you'd like to book the entire ranch, as that is something we offer. *

There are bees and yellow jackets so if allergic, please bring your epipen!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 15 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Rod a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Old West Ranch Site #2 in California.


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Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan W.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2016

Not sure I want to review this place for fear it might become too popular!

This was one of the best camp sites I've been too in a long time. There is plenty of room, two picnic tables to use, a grill lift for the campfire, and enough space between the few sites that you don't feel bothered or hemmed in from other campers (unlike Yosemite campsites). On top of that, Rod's a great guy, super interesting, very nice and chill (his dog Zook also became a quick friend of our group!). The property is well taken care of and there are lots to explore.

We'll definitely be back!

Hipcamper Steve
Steve M.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2016

From the moment you drive off the I50, along the meandering and beautiful Silverfork Rd and through the gates of the Old West Ranch you know you're in for a digital detox. Here life is simple and off the grid. The site is nestled in a pretty meadow surrounded by towering redwoods. In every direction there are trails, climbs and rivers to explore. Water is pumped fresh off the mountain and Rod provides a great stack of free kindling and firewood per site. All the plots have fire pits but the one we had also had a great suspended iron grate you could lower for cooking your supper. The amenities are basic. The portaloo was the cleanest I've ever been in and for a nominal fee Rod has a great hot outdoor shower for use. The important thing to note about Old West Ranch is be prepared. It's a along drive if you've forgotten the garlic or any other essentials. That said that's what I liked about the place, it forced you to stop doing the usual running around and made you enjoy the moment. Rod is a perfect host. He lets you be but is there if you need any local knowledge or advice on anything. You're allowed to wander Rod's 40 acres to your hearts content. It has a fence all the way round so you can't get too lost. The perfect environment for kids to have the freedom to roam, reminiscent of times past.

Hipcamper Sam
Sam W.
recommends this listing.
June 7th, 2016

Very tranquil, pretty campsite miles back from Rt 50, near (in early June) a small stream. The host is a very friendly man with good trail recommendations, and his dog is great, too. A good campsite, without a doubt.

Hipcamper Kate
Kate L.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2016

It was great. Lovely view and very quiet, private and serene. We hiked at Caples Creek which was close by and fantastic hiking. Only complaint was that the port-a-potty had not been emptied for a long time and was pretty gross. Other than that, we highly recommend.

Hipcamper Leah
Leah W.
recommends this listing.
August 10th, 2016

Rod is a welcoming camp host and Zuke is an awesome camp dog... grateful for him sharing his property. The camp sites are spacious and the view is tranquil.
The drive up is an easy one and with quick access beautiful swimming holes and hikes.
We are already planing our next trip.

Old West Ranch Site #2Camp site #2Fallen bridgeLittle big swimming hole
Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly F.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 12th, 2016

Great site in the trees just south of Lake Tahoe! Rod supplies firewood included in your stay and the sites all have several picnic tables, and really great fire rings with grills. The property pets are just wonderful to hang out with and will quickly become your best friends!

Perfectly shaded, yet warm and sunnyBeautiful 40 acres to exploreGreat campsite in the woodsHuge picnic tables at every site - perfect for cooking a delicious camp dinner!
Hipcamper Doug
Doug R.
recommends this listing.
October 10th, 2016

It was awesome. Amazing wilderness around that area to explore with amazing trails.

The camp itself was great, plenty of space and campsites were not too close to each other. Yeh firepitvwas the best, with a grill that we cooked dinner on over the camp fire.

Would highly recommend. The only suggestion I would have to the owner would be to communicate a noise curfew, some other campers were playing music up till 1:00am and ruined the serenity a little. This was more the fault of other inconsiderate campers not the camp itself, but I don't think a noise curfew was communicated which may have helped.

But overall I know we will be returning as it was just lovely.

Old West Ranch Site #2Old West Ranch Site #2
Hipcamper Don
Don M.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2017

What a great place to get away from the Crowds. If you are looking for a nice , clean and relaxing campground, this is your place. Campground host Rod is easy going, and very helpful. There are hiking trails and fishing within a 10 Minute Drive. The Campsite is remote, so plan well, the nearest store is at least 30 minute drive. I do a lot of camping and this site is definitely one of the best places I have camped at.

Our View from Campsite # 2Monarch Butterflies EverywhereOld BarnCampsite # 2 . The Fresh Drinking Water from the Spring was refreshing.
Hipcamper Julie
Julie K.
recommends this listing.
July 12th, 2017

Rod has an awesome property in the foothills of the beautiful Sierras! 10/10 would recommend. Such a good jumping off point for exploring the area. Private, quiet, serene.


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