Hipcamp host James C.
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Come experience the beauty and magical presence of our Arabian Horses.

  We are breeding, raising, and training our horses to become lifetime companions.  Once you connect with our Arabian Horses you will want one for your own.

Come visit Sterling Creek Ranch, camp in the shade of our Oak trees overlooking the pasture, or simply set up your tent, camper, or RV in


Come experience the beauty and magical presence of our Arabian Horses.

  We are breeding, raising, and training our horses to become lifetime companions.  Once you connect with our Arabian Horses you will want one for your own.

Come visit Sterling Creek Ranch, camp in the shade of our Oak trees overlooking the pasture, or simply set up your tent, camper, or RV in our spacious meadow for a more private experience. 

We offer an outstanding farm stay experience for young and old.

Stay a night or two, become part of the family here. Meet and hang out with our horses and alpacas, or just sleep out under the stars and enjoy the silence.  Explore the outstanding wildlife, birding, and recreational opportunities offered in Durham, nearby Chico, and Butte County.

We would be delighted to guide you to our favorites places including LLano Seco Wildlife Refuge minutes away, or less than an hour away both Lassen and Plumas National Forest. Nearby Lake Oroville also offers excellent swimming, boating and fishing locations.

For for a spectacular view of the Sacramento River Valley take an excursion with us up to Bald Rock State Park.  We also offer access and support to thru hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail. I am an experienced Pacific Crest Trail 'Angel' and a member of the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

Come soon and enjoy a visit to our Farm. Prepare to come and be amazed!

We also offer horse accommodations to travelers hauling their horses on advanced notice.  Easy access to both CA Route 99 and Interstate 5.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
4 sites
Up to 16 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Water hookup available
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 50ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send James a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Great cycling on paved and gravel country roads. Durham to Chico Bike trail is two miles away along Midway Road. 12 miles to ...Read more


Canoe and kayaking on Butte Creek 2 mi away. 20 minutes to Thermalito forebay and Lake Oroville. 30 minutes to Sacramento Riv...Read more


Steelhead on Butte Creek in spring season. best bass fishing in state on Lake Oroville Sacramento River 30 min away has great ...Read more


This is a walkers and hikers paradise with many places to explore: Butte Creek offers great birding and wildlife. Llano Seco ...Read more

Horseback riding

While we don't offer horses for rent several of our horses are experienced lesson horses. We can give you a supurb introduction...Read more


Dozens of places to paddle just a short distance away.

Wind sports

World class wind and kite surfing on Thermolito Forebay is ten minutes away by car.

Snow sports

Winter times cross country skiing is availabe in Joneville and Butte Meadows one hour away. There is SNOPARK access there too f...Read more


The Durham public pool is 2 mi away for small fee. Butte Creek had a number of swimming holes for cooling. Happy to show you ...Read more

Wildlife watching

Superb Bird watching and Wildlife Viewing at the Campsite. We are adjacent to several wildlife refuges and there lots to watch...Read more



Natural features you'll find at Sterling Creek Ranch in California.


Just a short drive to Lassen and Plumas national forest.

River, stream, or creek

Both the Feather River and Sacramento Rivers are close by.

Swimming hole

Butte creek has dozens of swimming holes. Let us show you our favorites.


Feather River Falls is a very large waterfall located about an hour away. Great hiking in the national forest.

The vibe at Sterling Creek Ranch

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Hipcamper Lexi
Lexi S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 28th, 2017

This site is beautiful. You not only get to have a beautiful sunrise and sunset by staying here, you also get to meet the host. The host of this site was the best part of staying. He is very generous, has amazing stories, and you can clearly tell he cares a lot about his animals and keeping his farm in beautiful condition. He also mentioned to us that people with horse trailers looking for somewhere to stay can stay here, just let him know beforehand. The site is large and open and there are some shady spaces to park and pitch a tent to get out of the heat. You can also camp out in the meadow for an evening underneath the stars.

Enjoying the meadow view. You can take your tent out here to get away from it all and hang with the Alpacas.The best thing about this campsite is the host! He is generous and full of amazing stories. Feeding time for the alpacas.A beautiful farm that houses many farm animals. It's a great place to stay if you are looking for a place to camp with your horses or if you want to get that farm feel for the weekend.
Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 8th, 2018

Jamie was an awesome host! This place is great. There are alpaca, horses, and chickens. We enjoyed talking with the host about how he cares for the ranch and animals. I took my boys and they had so much fun. Jamie was super accommodating and friendly. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Jesper
Jesper K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 6th, 2018

We booked at last min. stay at Jamie's ranch, which is located quietly in the middle of an almond plantation about 3h north of San Francisco.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly man who turned out to be James. He's a man with tons of stories and memories that he loves to share.

We camped by the fence next to his neighbor. Besides from the dogs that barked (mostly because they were curious), everything was really peaceful and relaxing. We fed his Alpacas, groomed the beautiful and incredibly friendly Arabian horses.

James let us use the fridge, so the beers were cold, had picked up gas for the BBQ, made a bonfire at night to grill S'mores on and let us pick olives and cherries from his garden.

Don't expect a remote campground where you are completely isolated. It's more like a farm stay where you'll engage with the host and the other guests. But it's definitively not the last time we'll be visiting the ranch.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on May 2nd, 2019

It was a wonderful experience having Jesper and his friends from Denmark visit the ranch. We shared food, campfire rituals, and customs. I learned alot about Denmark and plan to visit there soon!

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Hipcamper Liza
Liza D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 9th, 2018

James was a fantastic host. So welcoming and friendly. We loved his home and he provided a restroom and wifi. He was a wealth of information in every way. Wish we had more time to enjoy his property. Truly a gem.

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Hipcamper Matt
Matt C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 8th, 2018

My family and I had a great time at Sterling Ranch. James was an excellent host and took the time to show my children around and teach them about all the animals. We definitely will return.

Hipcamper Mark
Mark S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 24th, 2018

Great place and host. We will be back!

Hipcamper Teresita
Teresita D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 2nd, 2018

It was a nice location and the host was very hospitable. He was very happy to offer fresh produce and eggs from his garden. He also had knowledge of the area and local happenings. He offered to take us on a couple tours, as we were there to see family we declined. He is a talker though and you should be really up front when you get there if you do not want to be disturbed. The other issue was the roosters. They start at 4:30 in the morning.

Hipcamper James
Response from James, the Host, on May 2nd, 2019

They Roosters have left to spend time with the Foxes. If one desires an intimate or private experience there is plenty of space in the back meadow which provides a private and quiet wilderness farm experience surrounded by wildlife.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Kristen
Kristen K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 7th, 2018

James was very hospitable. He greeted us immediately and introduced us to all his animals. He has amazing knowledge and stories to share, we loved meeting and feeding all his animals!
His horses were especially beautiful and friendly!

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Hipcamper Birgit
Birgit G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 11th, 2018

We (2 adults, 2 small kids) stayed hier one night with our RV. It was a wonderful experience. James is such a nice host. He had so much patience with our children, let them pet and feed the animals and hold the chicks.

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