Desert Tower Tent Camping

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The Desert Tower is a 93 acre property in the midst of a great field of boulders on a hillside cliff overlooking California's Imperial Valley. One can camp anywhere in the rocks you like. . . there are tons of hidden gems out there with some great views. There is a sandy area in front of the tower that is very nice and close to the bathrooms -- Enjoy the views and the Read more...

The Desert Tower is a 93 acre property in the midst of a great field of boulders on a hillside cliff overlooking California's Imperial Valley. One can camp anywhere in the rocks you like...there are tons of hidden gems out there with some great views. There is a sandy area in front of the tower that is very nice and close to the bathrooms -- Enjoy the views and the nighttime stars! PLEASE CHECK IN BEFORE DARK.


Fires are allowed
Potable water is available
Pets are allowed
Have a question? Send ben a message!
  • Listing type: Private
  • No. of sites: 5
  • Accessible by: Drive
  • Accommodation: Tent Only
  • Check in after: 7PM
  • Check out before: 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: None
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Drew

Such a cool spot. I highly recommend anyone to go there. Be prepared to pack your stuff in because there are many different spots you can camp within the property. Ben, Sam, Gabrielle and family were gracious hosts. Bring your love for desert history and star gazing.

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Hipcamper Dominic

We had a great time here. Lovely people, a beautiful piece of property, and a ton of character. The tower itself is a roadside attraction that you can climb to the top of for a view of the surrounding area. Inside you'll find a gift shop of all sorts of knick knacks and books about the area. The owners are very pleasant, have friendly dogs roaming the property, and they inform you of all the fun things to do and cautions around the property. Incredible views, lots of property to explore, some bouldering options, and an easy to find location. We look forward to coming back!

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Hipcamper Harrison

Looking for a quick desert escape look no further! In 7 years the Desert Tower will be 100 years old. This is a magical place with a sweet Boulder Park, great hiking trails, beautiful scenery and views forever. Camping is close by and an Airbnb is availbe for longer stays. The real gem here is the family vibe from Ben who is to thank for preserving the Desert Tower and Sam, Gabriella, Nikolai and Johnny. Chris a local artist was helpful is guiding us around the property. Thank you for all, for helping a peace seeker feel at home. I am looking forward to coming back and spending a few days exploring the area including the Valley of the Moon! <3

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Hipcamper Dorothy

THE BEST hosts I have ever met.. My boyfriend and I were on our way to the campground when I received a message from Ben, that he suggested we reschedule the camping since the snow has been coming and going. But we were too excited to camp there, we insisted that we go that night and he said he will be waiting for us. Besides, we were planning to spend our Christmas Eve and Christmas so I was excited that we might have white Christmas in California! So as we approach, the wind blows stronger, snow and rain falling harder... things weren't looking too good. It was still snowing and raining when we got there and sun has already set so it was a bad condition for setting up our tent and air bed. But as Ben approached our car, first thing he says is to offer to stay in the tower. We couldn't believe it at first because the tower is the historical attraction, which was built in 1920s and has the most unique tchotchkes from worldwide for visitors that it'll take time to look at each different pieces. The floor even had a lit up Christmas tree and a fireplace that everything was already set up for our perfect Christmas. Ben and his family were wonderful for letting us stay there, away from cold. In the morning they made us the coffee and gave us extensive information on places we can go, hot springs, Salvation Mountain, Salton Sea, dunes where a scene from Star Wars was filmed, etc... We originally camped there to go to the dunes, but they made our trip more adventurous. Gabby was wonderful for giving us peacock feathers as a gift! They made us feel like at home. I highly recommend staying here, camp during Summer time and Air BnB during Winter time-- they are lovely hosts that we were sad to leave the next day! I also found a beautiful wooden doll made in Oaxaca in their store, which my lover secretly bought and Ben secretly wrapped for me as a surprise. Now I have a piece that keeps this memory locked forever :) best best best

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Hipcamper Susan

Nice desert getaway! We live in San Diego and were looking for a relatively local escape and wanted to see the desert bloom. This was an easy, kid-friendly destination with nice boulders for climbing and exploration.

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Hipcamper Zofia

A perfect get away spot. My husband and I were looking for a chance to leave the city behind us for a few days and we found it here. Ben, Sam, Gabrielle and family were such amazing hosts and more than friendly. The camping situation offers many spots that are easily walkable from the parking area, pack light and bring enough water! They also have an AirBnB house that we can't wait to check out next time. We enjoyed a full day to explore the area, see the hot springs and boulder out in the dessert.

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Hipcamper Zofia

This is the perfect getaway. My husband and I were looking for a chance to leave the hustle of the city for a few days and the Desert Tower couldn't have been more perfect. The camping spots are easily walkable from the parking area, my only tip is to pack on the lighter side or expect multiple trips. Be sure to bring enough water and sunscreen to last you the trip. During the day when it got a little too sunny we read and hung out under a giant boulder. The rest of the time we had the chance to explore the area, boulder over the terrain and check out the hot springs. Ben, Sam, Gabrielle and family were such gracious guests. In the evenings Gabby teaches a yoga class outside which was divine. We can't wait to come again and stay in their adorable Airbnb home thats nestled into the rocks. Be sure to go up in the tower and use the telescope to see the sights like the Salton Sea and the Stagecoach Road. The gift shop below houses such beautiful and funky trinkets and you can always hang out with one of their dogs that are lounging about.

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Hipcamper Tiffany

What a great spot! The owners are wonderful - sweet, welcoming, great with our kids in the tower (and we had 7 of them!!). The land itself is so cool with the history and boulders. Camp spots are great! Boulder Park is awesome! The flying saucer retrieval area right outside Desert Tower is a must too!! Definitely going back in the fall!!

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Hipcamper Matthew

Great camping experience. Be sure to check out the cistern on a hot day in the desert. Nice folks and great land: A+++

Hipcamper Chethan

Ben and family are welcoming and super friendly! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend camping here and I look forward to my next visit!

Hipcamper Anber

Stayed there for the weekend, Ben and everybody on site were super nice and very welcoming. Check the weather, our first night there was very windy but temp was great.

Hipcamper Rick

Very nice place. The owners are very friendly and accommodating.

Hipcamper Bahija

This place is great. We were a large group with a bunch of dogs and it was not a problem. Ben, Sam and Gabby are very chill, friendly and accommodating. We will be back.

Hipcamper Herb

Very nice owners, good with kids and dogs. No fires if windy! Great boulder climbing!

Hipcamper Mike

Super nice people and an amazing view. The campsite was well maintained and clean.

Hipcamper Thuy

Hubby, pup, and I camped at Desert Tower the weekend before Thanksgiving. We needed an out-of-town get away that wasn't too far (1 hr from San Diego), and is easily accessible as we have quite a bit of gear. The folks there are super nice and accomodating. They have 3 friendly dogs that will frequently visit your campsite. Your dogs are allowed to be off-leashed, if you wish. Property is huge with lots of areas to explore and hike. Reminds me a lot of Joshua Tree. No showers, but flushing bathrooms are nice and clean! Great history about the tower and views up there are spectacular.

Hipcamper Astrid

As a first Hipcamper I had a great experience! There were several campgrounds to pick from and they were all really good! It was pretty windy in January so make sure you pack warm clothes!

Hipcamper Carolina

This place is a gem! I'm from Los Angeles, but had never explored the Imperial Valley. It's gorgeous and just a few hours drive for us. Camping among the boulders was a very unique experience. Ben (the host) was great and very accommodating. We seemed the be the only campers on the 93 acre property and thus got to pick the best camp site with a fire pit and a bench.

You do have to walk your gear in from the parking lot, which for us was just a few minute walk -- not bad at all. There was running water by the parking lot, and a clean toilet and a sink. Just make sure to have Ben point it out clearly (it wasn't so obvious to us).

I would say the only two downsides were being right next to a highway (you could hear the cars driving by from our campsite) and the jumping jolla cacti all over the place. But with a little care, both were totally worth the trip.

Hipcamper Eric

I had an amazing experience camping at the desert view tower. Ben and his family were very friendly and accommodating, all around just good people. Access to toilets and a water hose long enough to reach almost all the way to my campsite was a definite luxury. The grounds themselves were beautiful, awesome bouldering and plant life. The view from the tower is pretty breathtaking, found myself taking in this view multiple times during my stay. It is a nice property to explore as the Tower itself is a great visual landmark, making it impossible to get lost among the boulders. There are some dogs on the property that paid me a visit a couple of times and then went about their business. Had access to multiple firepits for my fires at night. This was my first experience with Hipcamp, and overall I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thanks again to Ben and Family for having me.

Hipcamper Tony

Ben at Desert Tower Camping was very friendly and accommodating. The campsite I chose was very private and quiet, which is what I was looking for. I had an awesome time stargazing. I only wished I had brought warmer clothes as it got cold at night and it was quite windy. I would suggest that anyone looking to camp here check the weather AND ask if a windy night(s) is expected.

Hipcamper Katherine

It's a gorgeous place. Quiet, beautiful star-gazing. Some things to keep in mind: there are picnic tables, but not at the campsites, so you should being a table. We had to cook and eat on the ground. The campsites are about a ten minute walk from the parking area over and around some rocks. Not a big deal, except when hauling a heavy cooler. The wind is very intense. We didn't stay the second night because we just couldn't sleep with all the wind. And it was too windy to have a campfire. The host is great, but did mention the wind is consistently strong.

Hipcamper David

Great location great people and lovely setting. Fantastic article for kids

Hipcamper Jackie

I had a great solo camping experience with my dog over the Memorial Day weekend. The landowner Ben is warm and welcoming, and made sure I had my pick of campsites upon checkin. Camping among the boulders feels isolated yet safe with the conveniences of small solar lights along the trails to each site, two outdoor bathrooms with cold running water, and community picnic and firepit areas. I loved the clear views of the valley, exploring the Boulder Park, and relaxing with my journal. Will definitely recommend to others and would stop by again once it's cooler!

Hipcamper Jimmy

Great place but check the weather! Anything over 10mph winds and you will have a tough time.

Hipcamper Alexandra

This place is a desert gem. Ben was really cool! We'll be back :)

Property
The Desert Tower
State
California
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Coordinates
32.657° N, 116.099° W
$35/night
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