- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at Sky Ranch in Big Bear
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I spent the night at Star Deck, but there's plenty of space to tent camp and a couple of spots for for vans and RVs. The deck is right next to a trail, so you may see a few hikers (it's still a more private trail). The host is super chill, easy to communicate with. The nightsky was so beautiful! You can see lots of stars. I like that it has direct access to a trail. You have to hike in to set up your camp at the Star Deck area (not flat) so make sure you're comfortable carrying all of your stuff! For the other site, you don't have to walk much. Really peaceful area and pleasant for camping.
It was a great site and we will plan to go there again. We loved the area and that there were hiking trails right on the property and it was awesome that we were the only RV on the lot. No waking up to the typical RV site, where you are surrounding by other campers! But be prepared that the site is NOT level and even using our jacks and extra blocks, we could not get the RV even close to being level. So bring extra blocks! The only other thing that could be better is that there were 3 old boat trailers just sitting on the property. close to where we parked. We had to position the RV so they were out of view.
Such a cute spot. Very quiet. Feels like you’re away from the world, but it’s comforting to know that civalization is right down the road. There were surprisingly no bugs either (we went in mid-July). So that’s a huge plus.
Much different than expected. Site one looks very private and from the photos, site two does as well. We found the clearing which was an empty lot with several beautiful trees but surrounded by houses and air bnb rentals. The woman taking care of the property for the host was very nice and mentioned that there was a wedding that had left behind a porta potty which was nice because we were under the assumption that there wouldn't be a bathroom available (true dry camping) which was what we were expecting but thankful that wasn't the case because we weren't necessarily in nature but rather an open lot. Furthermore, the porta potty isn't permanent so I would assume that the "bathroom" availability listed would be in the house? Even though the host was very kind and offered for us to use the house vicinity, we weren't comfortable with that. There was also a mention of a shared grill and a solar hot water shower in the listing description..? No idea where any of that was. There also wasn't a picnic table, water spigot or trash/recycle bins anywhere near site two as listed. It was a fine spot to sleep in our truck for the night but we won't be back and I don't think it's worth $30 dollars a night. "Site two" is simply mis-listed. I think the site should be clearly explained with photos that show the space as is, rather than fancying it up to sell it. We were let down because it wasn't what we were expecting.
Site #1 is more private and shown as the deck. It’s at the edge of propert abutting the forestry land. It has a okay view too. Benefit is that there are no three campers around. You are out a few hundred yards on your own. The deck itself needs work and has many nails sticking out so be careful. Overall, the deck is private for where it easy and you can barely see the houses around.
Site was as expected, super cute. However, apparently the county was clearing out trees for a couple days on the property and the first morning we woke up to machinery and sawdust covering everything. We packed up camp and left even though we had reserved two nights, because the machines were pretty much on top of us by 830am. Mike didn’t alert us at all about what was going on until we had already been set up for a few hours and a woman (I’m assuming Mary Ellen) came yelling at us that “there was a big problem” when we got to the campsite after dinner in town (our tent was set up for over 5 hrs at this point). Common courtesy would have been to alert us on what was happening, but there was absolutely no attempt to do so. Hip amp customer service was awesome and did everything they could, and I’m 100% happy with how they dealt with it, but super disappointed by our experience with the actual site. I know the county work was out of the host’s control, but when it came to what he COUL control, the spigot water they advertised was completely dried out, but luckily intuition led me to grab a gallon of water in town after dinner “just in case”. And the solar shower and pit toilet (also advertised in the confirmation email) were nowhere to be found. It’s a shame because the tent platform is cute and it’s a quick drive to the lake, and there were so many positive reviews for the site.
The sky ranch is a nice location and land. Our group rented both camping sites the sky deck and the corral. At the corral, you use the bathroom in the main house which is nice especially for people who are newer to camping. The host is very nice but not on site and we had some communication issues with the housesitter. The host was very nice and explained she was temporary but there were times she made us feel less than welcome on site.
The ranch has a few other buildings on site that are also rented out. We had no problem with the other people but just wasn't expected.
A good campsite overall - hopefully with a new housesitter soon.