Hipcamp host Kirk M.
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Campsites are located on 49 acres of mixed second and third growth redwood/fir forest.
Grounds are used as a Natural Building school, where straw and earth building techniques (among others) are taught.
Sites cluster around and share common composting toilets and there is a communal kitchen and shower area at the top of the hill. During various times during summer months, Natural

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Campsites are located on 49 acres of mixed second and third growth redwood/fir forest.
Grounds are used as a Natural Building school, where straw and earth building techniques (among others) are taught.
Sites cluster around and share common composting toilets and there is a communal kitchen and shower area at the top of the hill. During various times during summer months, Natural Building workshops are taught on the grounds; at which time, camp sites may be unavailable.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
No. of sites
10 bookable sites
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 3 people per site
Potable water available
No fires
Toilet available
No pets
Showers available
Pack it out
No picnic table
No wifi
Have a question? Send Kirk a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 35% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Sundog Natural Building School in California.

Forest
Redwoods

Places to see near Sundog Natural Building School

Hendy Woods State Park
Hendy Woods State Park
18 miles way Explore
Salt Point State Park
Salt Point State Park
19 miles way Explore
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
25 miles way Explore
Van Damme State Park
Van Damme State Park
34 miles way Explore
Russian Gulch State Park
Russian Gulch State Park
37 miles way Explore
Clear Lake State Park
Clear Lake State Park
41 miles way Explore
MacKerricher State Park
MacKerricher State Park
49 miles way Explore
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
Bothe-Napa Valley State Park
57 miles way Explore
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
62 miles way Explore
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
70 miles way Explore
Mendocino National Forest
Mendocino National Forest
71 miles way Explore
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
Sinkyone Wilderness State Park
74 miles way Explore
China Camp State Park
China Camp State Park
80 miles way Explore
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Mount Tamalpais State Park
81 miles way Explore
Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
82 miles way Explore
Richardson Grove State Park
Richardson Grove State Park
84 miles way Explore
Angel Island State Park
Angel Island State Park
89 miles way Explore
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front Nation...
89 miles way Explore
Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site
90 miles way Explore
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
91 miles way Explore
Presidio of San Francisco
Presidio of San Francisco
91 miles way Explore
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historic...
92 miles way Explore
John Muir National Historic Site
John Muir National Historic Site
95 miles way Explore
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Mem...
97 miles way Explore

The vibe at Sundog Natural Building School

Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
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Julian B.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Julian B.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Julian B.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Kirk M.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Kirk M.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Kirk M.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Julian B.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Julian B.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
Lisse L.'s photo at Sundog Natural Building School
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Hipcamper Lisse
Lisse L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
August 31st, 2017

Sundog Natural Building School is such a unique place to camp! There are several campsites to choose from, all within the beautiful redwood/fir forest. You can drive down a dirt road to the campsites to park/unpack your gear (4WD recommended during winter months!). We stayed at the camp directly across the road from the communal toilet. It was quiet and private with all the trees surrounding the site.

The communal kitchen is at the top of the property, with a fully stocked kitchen (gas stove, sink, fridge, + cooking tools), cob pizza oven, and dining area. The lovely outdoor shower is also near the communal hang out area. The host, Kirk, showed us the new cob sauna and kitchen he and his students are in the process of building down by the campsites. It's a neat experience to learn more about natural building and see what students have created here! Can't wait to come back and try the sauna! :)

Beautiful trees at our camp!forest people camperThe evening light is beautiful here! Cob pizza oven!
Hipcamper Mira
Mira C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
September 3rd, 2017

Off the beaten path in beautiful Gualala. Real nice folks at the well equipt common kitchen. Kirk was a really cool guy doing some good things for this world. Place is about 5 miles inland so warmer than the coast. Not ideal on this insanely hot weekend but would be good on colder days. Though road to the place was well marked and smooth, road on the actually property is quite rough. Doable in my Mazda3 but only by driving very carefully and definitely scrapped the undercarriage a few times. Campsites are mostly just off said rough road, some have parking spaces, some do not. If there isn't a space you just park in the road. They all have a small, level cleared spot for a tent. Next day walking past noticed some sites that were a bit more off the road that were probably nicer. Composting toilets were not for everyone but fine. One on the road was more private than one in the common area. Overall good option if you don't want the noisy busy state campgrounds but not for everyone.

Hipcamper Robert
Robert M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
September 25th, 2017

Kirk was a fantastic campsite host and a great guy to hangout with. He was even kind enough to let us use his cooking area and show us around all the amazing buildings he has built on his property.

Campsites were great and in beautiful tranquil forests with toilets & showers not too far.

Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
May 27th, 2018

Everything was great and just what we were looking for! Thanks, Kirk for sharing your site with us - we had a lovely time.

Hipcamper Tiffany
Tiffany T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9)
May 28th, 2018

The host was very welcoming! Very cool space! The kitchen has everything you could ever need. I couldn’t figure out the shower but should of asked I suppose

Hipcamper Kif
Kif S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 29th, 2018

Very interesting and unique location, the shared kitchen is a real bonus. We didn't bring cooking gear and could cook a full meal. The sites are down hill from the kitchen so be mindful of a short uphill walk to the kitchen if you are going to use it. Kirk was a great host. We had a ton of interesting conversations about the region and his natural building work, so if he's around when you visit, it's worth chatting with him.

Hipcamper Sylvia
Sylvia W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
May 30th, 2018

Sundog Natural Building School is a great place to stay. Host was very friendly and the natural building at the site is amazing. There were plenty of camp sites to choose from, even on a holiday weekend. Although the campsites didn't have a table, the outdoor kitchen was not far away and there were plenty of areas to sit and eat around it. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Jessica
Jessica G.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5)
September 3rd, 2017

Really nice land to camp on, plus plenty of shared amenities to make it feel homey. I had a great visit and would absolutely come back here!

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 29th, 2018

Enjoyed our stay at SunDog. Open kitchen was very helpful. Roads very uneven, was glad to have brought the SUV.

Property
Sundog Natural Building School
State
California
$50/night
10 Sites