Hipcamp host Rod
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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 to Continue reading...

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)

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, cars
No. of sites
1 bookable site
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 15 people per site
Fires allowed
Firewood provided
Toilet available
Potable water available
Pets allowed
No showers
Pack it out
Picnic table available
No wifi
No RV hookup
No RV sanitation
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: None
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%
Horseback riding
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching
Wind sports

The vibe at Old West Ranch Site #2

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Hipcamper Steve

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 Ryan

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 Sam

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

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

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.

Hipcamper Kelly

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!

Hipcamper Doug

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.

Hipcamper Don

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.

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