Hipcamp host Tom & Jan B.
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Sis-Q Ranch is a small working ranch that is 9 miles from the nearest town of Fort Jones (Population 660). We have limited tent space that is shaded most of the day with access to tiled bathrooms and hot showers. It is filled with wild birds surrounded by hundreds of agricultural acres. Wildlife of cougar, bear, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, etc are our local neighbors. We


Sis-Q Ranch is a small working ranch that is 9 miles from the nearest town of Fort Jones (Population 660). We have limited tent space that is shaded most of the day with access to tiled bathrooms and hot showers. It is filled with wild birds surrounded by hundreds of agricultural acres. Wildlife of cougar, bear, coyote, bobcat, raccoon, skunk, etc are our local neighbors. We are quiet, secluded, and off the beaten path. We are family & pet friendly. Our night sky has been rated as the darkest possible providing an absolutely clear view of our universe!

Sis-Q Ranch is located in the mythical State of Jefferson. If you love the outdoors, you can hike the beautiful Marble Mountain Wilderness, explore forest trails on your mountain bike, or cycle the historic roads and byways of Scott Valley.

If you love history, Scott Valley has opportunities to learn more about the Old West. Scott Valley was formerly known as Beaver Valley, and played an important role during the settlement of the West. Fort Jones was a military establishment, and the entire area was very active during the Gold Rush. Many historic sites are found in and around the local communities of Fort Jones, Greenview, Etna, and Callahan. The Fort Jones Museum holds a lot of information about our two local native American tribes: the Shasta and Karuk. It is also famous for its fabulous collection of rocks and minerals.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
3 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Tom & Jan a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Sis Q Ranch Tent Camping in California.

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The vibe at Sis Q Ranch Tent Camping

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Hipcamper Evan
Evan K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 29th, 2016

Tom and Jan Ball are absolutely amazing and friendly hosts! Going to Sis Q is like going home. All the pups are sweet and fun, and the environment is peaceful and relaxed. The Ranch itself is capable of hosting numerous guests with plenty of room for multiple tents as well as awesome bathroom facilities. If you want to venture to the neighboring tribal land, there is an awesome swimming hole with a mini natural water-slide. One of the most stunning aspects of Ranch was the star visibility at night! Sis Q has been certified by a light reader declaring it the lowest possible light pollution reading at night. We could see the whole milky way and stared into the sky for hours. Not only will you want to take Carson, one of the Ranch pups, home with you- but you will find yourself wanting to come back to stay with the Ball's the next time you are in Siskiyou County!

There is a large community fire pit in the center of the main lawn for late night hang-outs!Looking toward the sunset out through the entrance to the Ranch.Tom and Jan can give directions to a beautiful swimming hole about 5 miles down the road from the RanchTom and Jan Ball set aside two acres to create a small animal sanctuary populated by various birds and critters.
Hipcamper Jonathan
Jonathan J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 12th, 2016

The Sis-Q ranch was beautiful. Jan and Tom were friendly, pleasant, and interesting hosts who have one of the best camping sites we've stayed at.

The main area is very, very large. The green grass was barefoot-soft, and well-kept. The property has wonderful views of the surrounding hills, and has a plethora of adult trees around the perimeter to provide great shade when you want it.

The facilities--clean, full showers, sinks and toilets, make bathing a pleasure.

The surrounding area is as picturesque as it gets; Sis-Q Ranch serves as a great base for regional exploration.

Finally, Jan and Tom were the most pleasant hosts we've met. We enjoyed spending time with them, sharing a drink, and just chatting. They are both interesting, week-read people who are genuinely nice.

Hipcamper Milo
Milo L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 6th, 2017

Friendly people, quiet peaceful space, camping around the perimeter of a large lawn ringed with tall trees. There is a pond nearby hosting lots of birds and frogs, coyotes yipping at night, dog-friendly, you can hang out with 2 cool dogs Cody and Carson if you don't have your own dog. Easily accessible bathroom with good clean showers. There was a little frog sitting under the soap dish when I took a shower.

This is a good option if you don't want to camp crowded in with a lot of people and all their noises.

Hipcamper Travis
Travis S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 8th, 2017

Sis Q Ranch exceeded our expectations for our first Hipcamp experience. Welcoming hosts, a beautiful multifaceted property with plenty to see and do including, a private and shaded campsite with a soft grass bedding, communal campfire pit, a large open grassy field surrounded by trees and two other campsites. Clean, private and well working toilets, showers and large utility sinks for washing dishes, a short walk from the campsite. A 1.5 mile stroll through the alfalfa fields to a smallish river and around the property to a rustic pond adjacent to the property. Pine filled mountainous views around the valley. A locals water fall and river for a quick dip not 15 minutes away. The location is 15 minutes from a small quaint country town with a wonderful laid back coffee/breakfast/lunch place that even serves tap beer and features live local music. The Ranch is a great base camp for other adventures around the area: ie Lake Shasta Caverns, Crater Lake, Whiskeytown Lake, Brandy Beach(swimming for the whole family), hiking and waterfall exploring. To note, this area of northern California is wide spread and one to three hours of driving is not unusual to reach the most sought after destinations. A great place to act as a base camp for the more adventurous or destination for a family.

Hipcamper Violett
Violett S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 10th, 2016

Loved it here. Look forward to staying again sometime. The hosts were so nice to accommodate me on short notice.

Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 1st, 2017

Thank you Tom and Jan for a wonderfully memorable afternoon and evening spent on your property! We arrived with our two young boys to find a welcoming site with chickens, dogs and horses. Tom and Jan took our boys around to "help" with chores. We went down to the creek for wading and stone skipping. There was also a great campfire spot facing the barn and hills. Sunset was gorgeous. We really really loved this spot. Check it out!

Hipcamper Matt
Matt A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 17th, 2017

The hosts were wonderful! 100% accommodating for everything I needed and beyond. The ranch is quietly tucked away 30-40 minutes off of Interstate 5. There is about 1.5 miles of light dirt road. I'm not sure how it's decided, but there are both yurt/hut-like structures and grass space for a tent. I stayed in one of the yurts and it was clean and bug-free. Would definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Nathan
Nathan S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 20th, 2017

Tom and Jan's farm is a great place to stay. Having run summer camps out of their property for 48 years, it's well suited to groups camping out. The facilities are solid, and there are a few things to check out on the property.
The surround area is beautiful, and the blood red sun setting on the north cali mountains was most definitely a highlight.

Hipcamper Deena
Deena R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 22nd, 2017

Sis Q Ranch is incredibly charming! Wide open flat grassy areas for camping, super clean bathrooms and showers, surrounded by all the sights & sounds of nature: trees, chickens, dogs, birds, crickets, gardens, farmland. The ranch is actually a certified wildlife sanctuary! Tom and Jan are so friendly and helpful -- they have lived on this land for decades and can tell you everything about this history of the community and ecosystem of the area. We had a blast watching the eclipse with them. Things were a bit hazy during our stay due to the nearby wildfires, so we didn't get to see the starry night sky, but we were able to visit the nearby waterfall and swimming hole, which is a special place and great for a quick cold swim and picnic. If you camp here, bring your own food to cook (there aren't great restaurant options nearby) and make sure to chat with Tom and Jan!

Sis Q Ranch
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