Hipcamp host Mike
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This is a truly unique piece of land, for travelers who want to experience some pure nature and the spirit of a bygone age. The ranch sits at 7,000 feet, surrounded by towering old-growth Jeffrey pines. While nearly all the other camping spots in Big Bear Valley are packed tightly together, as soon as you enter our private five-acre Sky Ranch, you can enjoy peace and Continue reading...
This is a truly unique piece of land, for travelers who want to experience some pure nature and the spirit of a bygone age. The ranch sits at 7,000 feet, surrounded by towering old-growth Jeffrey pines. While nearly all the other camping spots in Big Bear Valley are packed tightly together, as soon as you enter our private five-acre Sky Ranch, you can enjoy peace and quiet. We have two camping options: Set up your camp on our Star Deck, located at the top of a slope in one of the most beautiful pine forests you’re ever going to see. You have complete isolation from others, surrounded by pristine forest. Panoramic views of the valley during the day, and spectacular skies at night. It is a 600-foot hike from the parking spot. Site 2 is in a forested area that’s easily accessible by car or RV (charges vary according to number of vehicles and guests). There is a slight slope. Houses are visible but not adjacent. Water and electric access app. 50 feet away. Both sites are near hiking trails, and just a couple miles from the PCT. Public bus a couple blocks away. Less than 10 miles from the lake and center of town. Come discover a pristine alpine forest — one that’s changed little since the Serrano Indians first arrived here 3,000 years ago. Key Notes: Propane stoves are OK, and we have a natural-gas BBQ grill available for use. However, for obvious reasons, wood fires are strictly prohibited throughout the National Forest region. Additional charge for large/multiple RVs and trailers.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
2 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Potable water available
Spigot
No fires
Toilet available
Pets allowed
On leash
Showers available
Hot water
Bins available
Recycling bin, trash bin
Picnic table available
Wifi available
RV hookup available
No RV sanitation
Have a question? Send Mike a message!
  • 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 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%
Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Horseback riding
Paddling
OHV
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Wind sports
Climbing
Surfing
Whitewater paddling

The vibe at Sky Ranch in Big Bear

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Hipcamper Stepfanie

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.

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on July 13th, 2018

Thanks for the nice review!

Hipcamper Barbara

Wonderful host!!

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on July 13th, 2018

Thanks, Barbara!

Hipcamper Janalee

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.

Hipcamper Mike
Response from Mike, the Host, on July 13th, 2018

Thanks for the nice review, Janalee!

Hipcamper Hannah

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.

Hipcamper Barbara

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.

Property
Sky Ranch in Big Bear
State
California
$30/night
2 Sites