Please bring your own supplies....$20.00 per person, per night. Check out the Facebook Page: TheGypsyRanch or Midget Cory Walters to get idea of me and the site. The vibe is very good.
You can definitely do what you want and be creative as you please. It's all about RESPECT on this property. And as long as you have it, then I'll make sure you are taken care of.
I also do daily trips to the local market. I can shuttle supplies if needed.Also, there's an outside refrigerator and freezer with microwave if needed. Thank you and hope to see you soon.
- Check in: After 8AM
- Check out: Before 8PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 1 month out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at The Gypsy Ranch
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The Gypsy Ranch is the ultimate camping spot for a peaceful riverside hang or a group weekend of outdoor sports and river floating. Cory, the host, is truly one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, and is determined to make sure that you have the best time possible. He's still working to clean up the property from previous owners, so expect to see some little junk piles here and there, or dirt mounds from the BMX track under construction. That said, there are plenty of beautiful spots to put up your tent, and a long, gorgeous stretch of river to explore or float down. There is even a waterfall and swimming hole deep enough to safely use the jump rock. Cory has lots of big plans for the site including completing a zipline, expanding the river beach and clearing out more camp sites. In the meantime you'll be plenty entertained by the volleyball net, kickball court, horseshoe pit, barbecue, fire pit, and the host's very friendly dog, Mendo. I suspect that this site will just get more and more awesome over time. I highly recommend the Gypsy Ranch for some good old fashioned NorCal fun.
Cory was super accommodating and we had a great time. He is a great host and the camping was awesome. It’s primitive camping so be prepared. River access is 10-15min walk. There’s camp spots closer if you don’t mind hiking your stuff down a steep trail. No individual fire pits but that was fine considering the fires going on. Would come back!
I'm reluctant to say anything about how great Gypsy Ranch is in fear of it becoming mainstream crowded, but it's a GREAT place to camp. Rustic with tons of character, nice hiking and exploring, and AWESOME SWIMMING! Taking the host's driving directions guides you through beautiful country and small towns along the way. Speaking of the host, Cory was awesome. Extremely hospitable, accommodating, and makes you feel welcome, like family. My wife and I came with another couple in two small 24' RVs and Cory went out of his way to make sure we could fit them both on the upper grounds. Out of the blue (major coincidence) another friend and his family showed up there the same day we did. What a surprise that was. It's a fun place for kids, is dog friendly, and also a treat to catch a glimpse of Midget Cory Waters ride on the BMX track he's built on the ranch. We loved it there, highly recommend Gypsy Ranch, and will be going back.
From the get go, Cory was such an awesome host! I booked a spot at The Gypsy Ranch the morning of my departure and received a confirmation as well as a welcome message almost instantly. Similarly, Cory was quick to respond to any questions that came up during my trip and provided all the information that I needed about the ranch.
The upper camping grounds had what he called a "manzanita maze" which provided plenty of nooks for tents, portable restrooms, and areas to hanging out/cook with tables and seats. Since we arrived at night, we didn't have the opportunity to explore the lower camping grounds until the day after, and boy, were we missing out. Like others have mentioned, there was an assortment of activities and equipment (i.e. volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole, etc.), areas to explore, and restrooms. I wish I would have brought my giant inflatable flamingo to float down the river! The waterfall was very close by, accessible by a flat canal trail. Overall, I thought it was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area, perfect for watching the Orionid Meteor Shower. I would definitely would recommend The Gypsy Ranch for campers of all levels: backpackers, glampers, etc. Cannot wait to return in the near future!
Corey was the greatest host imaginable. He was beyond friendly, helpful, attentive, and caring. His land is the real deal - pure wilderness tucked in right at the entrance of Mendocino National Forest. I am so glad we camped there and not in the forest, which is very hard to access and if you require to resupply would have been a huge (and potentially dangerous) mission each time. No, this place is perfect, perfectly located, serene in nature, and a host with a big warm hart who will welcome you like a family member and go above and beyond ensuring all your needs are taken care of. CAN'T WAIT to return in the future!
Rustic camping. We stayed on the lower level, with a firepit and buckets with seats for bathrooms. No water down there, and the fridge up top had no electricity and was moldy, even though host said it was working, so bring your own cooler. Lovely stream right next to campsite, mostly knee- to waist-high. Sweet swimming hole at the dam-made waterfall, 15 min away. Lots of games like horseshoes. Good if you're okay with the steep walk down from the upper area to the lower area, the rusty stuff around, and at this time of year the ticks in the high grass in the area—we saw 4 on our dog, so be careful.
A truly magical place! The Gypsy Ranch is a wonder to behold. Cory has done incredible work to make his property a haven for campers of all ages. He and his dog Mendo work the property daily, clearing trails and tending to the various amenities (volley ball court, wiffle ball field, various creek beaches, etc). The lower campground affords countless areas to pitch a tent and listen to the creek under a blanket of stars that rivals those seen from Montana (we agreed over beers on our second night at the Gypsy Ranch).
Cory is a true host in every sense. He cares for his guests as much as he cares for the land, and that's saying a lot. We'll be back soon to see Cory and Mendo!