Pitch your tent on this beautiful ridge!
I built my home high upon a southern ridge. Watching the river of coastal fog flow in and out below me is one of the most wonderful views to behold! I have 30 acres of land to explore and camp upon in the surrounding redwood forest.
There is a main house which I live in and I tend to share with travelers. 10 miles east are Montgomery Woods redwood preserve with GIANT trees, and a little farther, perhaps a mile is the famous Orr Hot Springs Resort. If you drive a half hour west from my land you will be in the coastal Mendocino village.
There are various flat places here and there on the land for setting up tents but not much improvements to the individual sites....yet. I am hoping some of the first campers can help to create some lovely camping sites for future campers!
There are miles of trails that are available to hike or to ride dirt bikes/mountain bikes on. We are marijuana friendly!!
- Check in: After 8AM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 30% off
The vibe at Cosmo's Camp
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Great experience! The campsite is on a ~30 acre, heavily wooded property in a fairly remote part of Medocino. Cosmo is an excellent host and really made us feel welcome. We were his first campers through Hip Camp and this was the first time we used Hip Camp. So it was a learning experience for both of us.
The campsite overlooks a magnificent valley and awesome sunset views. The morning views are just as spectacular because we were above the fog and could not see a house in a full 270 degree view. And, if you happen to go out in the early morning before sunrise, the night sky is mind-blowing. Cosmo says that this is one of the "darkest" parts of California in terms of light pollution. The stars were so close you could almost reach up an touch them.
The location was a little tricky to find because Google has it a little wrong because there is no cell phone coverage so for a city slicker like me, I almost freaked. But once you know that that property is near the 20 mile marker you should be able to find it.
Cosmo is probably going to make some improvements but when we went, the campsite was pretty primitive. No bathrooms or running water. Because of the remoteness, it is very much like backcountry camping. Bring in what you need and you will be fine. That said, it is only about 45-minute drive to Orr Hot Springs and the wineries in Anderson Valley.
I highly recommend camping here and plan to do it again.
Thank you Steve for your hospitality!!
We left San Francisco at 10 am on Friday morning drove north on beautiful Hwy 101 arriving Ukiah around 12:30 after spending couple hours exploring the town had lunch at a local restaurant with outdoor sitting since we had our dog traveling with us!
We then drove to Cosmos camp on a very beautiful winding road thru redwoods for 25 miles. The road gets a bit bumpy at mid section which allowed us to slow down and enjoy the sceneries! Once arrived at the camp about 4 pm we met Steve (Cosmo was gone fishing with his son) Steve showed us the sites, we picked #5 it was closer to the main house but very private which we didn’t mind. After setting up tent and everything else (we brought our own toilet for convenience) started to smoke/drinks playing backgammon loosing $$$ to my wife (she is very good at this game) she promised to buy lunch next day in Mendocino! We had candlelight dinner under gorgeous full moon and after we played more games inside the tent.
Keep in mind fires are not allowed and bring your bug spray with you they are pesky.
Woke up Saturday morning to sound of beautiful birds singing got ready made country breakfast cleaned up and head to Mendocino it is exactly 20 miles from the camp. Mendocino is full of charming art galleries and lovely boutique shops which we explored and then headed to Fort Bragg to North Coast Brewery for lunch. After lunch we head back to Mendocino for delishous Organic Capacino frap and sweet pastries walked to the beach and basking in the sun!!
Headed back to the camp for the cool night to repeat smoke drinks and games under beautiful stars until midnight!
Sunday was easy, after breakfast we cleaned up dismantling the camp picked up garbage said goodby to Steve and promised we would be back!!
On the way back we stopped at tiny town of Hopland and had lunch at the Best Burger in the county (that was the name of it) it was behind a gas station totally unexpected ordered philly cheese steak sandwich and BLT they were absolutely delicious.
Arriving home around 2ish with planty of time to rest and catch up with emails and life as usual!!!!
We didn’t bike or hike at Cosmo’s camp I’m sure you can! We figured it’s best to enjoy the small pleasures of cool coastal towns away from the scorching mountain heath and enjoy the camp at cool comfortable night under beautiful Stars.
Can’t beat it!!!
Thank you Cosmo
Beautiful place with cool people. Had a great time here and would definitely stay again. Lots of sites to choose from, we found sunset point to be the best of them all. The property is great to explore with cool little towns around.
Cosmo was a gracious host and his property is breath-taking. I had a blast learning about his farm and exploring the tranquil and mystical wilderness surroundings. For the price, it really can't be beat. Be sure to ask Cosmo what other things he has to offer from his farm!
Cosmo's place is great! His family has lived in the area for generations and they have beautiful piece of property by Montgomery Woods. He's still getting the individual sites set up, but is super accommodating to make sure you have what you need. 👌🙏
I showed up on the wettest two days in the month to camp and Cosmo was warm, welcoming, and accommodating. He gave me options that might be more dry, like a small camper he was fixing up, and even offered for me to stay in the home on his land. He was very genuine and generous. As a single woman traveling, I felt very comfortable and safe. The views and the land were GORGEOUS. If it was more dry I would have hiked all over his land. It also was just a 15-20 minute drive from Mendocino, so it was good to check out nearby headlands and trails, ocean cliffs, cute restaurants and coffee shops in town, and small town vibes. Great spot! I will definitely be back.
Cosmo was really hospitable! You can tell that he loves where he lives and loves to share it with others. The sites are all very private. Mine had a killer view!! Everything I wanted and more!!!!
Cosmo's camp was truly a great experience! Cosmo is a super welcoming and chill host. When we arrived he gave us a tour of the property and 6 campsites. We camped at site number 1 at the top of the property. There were beautiful views of the surrounding forest and it felt very private. There is also a walking trail around the entire property with sick views of the mountains and redwoods.
The camp is only a 35 min drive from Mendocino so while we felt secluded in the forest, we also were able to drive into the town for additional hikes and views of the ocean.