- Check in: After 8AM
- Check out: Before 8PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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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.
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!
Beautiful spot & Corey was so great & accommodating! This place is eventually going to be really awesome if one enjoys group camping, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The creek was perfect & so fun! Biggest con's were: no actual porta potty (it's a poop bucket), the campsites are pretty far from the parking lot so you have to carry all your stuff, and we saw both a rattle snake & a scorpion but had no prior warning that they inhabited the land. All in all though, it was a fun, rustic weekend getaway!!
The Gypsy Ranch was a cool and unexpected experience! The host, Cory, was a really nice guy- he was always very responsive, attentive, and caring for his guests. The space was huge and beautiful however lots of poison oak and lots of walking to get to the camp sites and river! Be prepared to hike all your things down to the sites; about a 10 min walk including stairs, bridges, etc.
Overall, the experience was great and the river really ties his place up nicely. We will definitely be back. Thanks Cory!
I almost don’t want to tell anybody about this place because I want to keep it all to myself!! Great campsite, outside of cell reception, river and waterfall were better than I could have dreamed! Dogs running around, games everywhere, and Cory is a great great host. We’ll definitely be back soon.
We had a really nice time at the gypsy ranch. Corey was a great host and was super welcoming. We came on a busy weekend (Memorial Day) so his site was packed, but everyone was incredibly nice and respectful. We got the last site which wasnt especially comfortable, but we weren’t there to hang out at the tent so it didn’t make a difference to us. The waterfall was a 15 min hike from the site and made the trip 100% worth it. Do be warned that it’s a bit of a trek down to most of the camp sites so pack lightly or be prepared to make multiple trips. Big thanks for Corey for sharing his home with us!
The Gypsy Ranch is a an awesome weekend getaway just a couple hours drive from SF. Tent camping with communal BBQ grills, a hammock, a fridge and freezer (a godsend in this weekend's 100+ degree heat), and an AWESOME swimming spot. Cory is a warm and welcoming Host, and he made us feel right at home from the very start of our stay. We camped in the lower area -- a short walk from where you park -- which was equipped with bucket toilets and tons of flat spots to pitch your tent. We will definitely be back to The Gypsy Ranch!
Gypsy Ranch is the best! Cory is such a generous, laid-back host with a big heart, and his huge property has everything you'll ever need to get some quality float time in on a hot day. He's a pro at hospitality and tries extra hard to make you feel welcome at his home. From a well-stocked outdoor kitchen/cooking area (fridge, freezer, chairs, tables, grills with charcoal included!) to provided floaties and a pump, be ready to arrive and just relax. The river is amazing with some of the coolest, clearest water I've ever had the pleasure of floating in. And you have it all mostly to yourself, with perhaps a few friendly neighbors.
If you don't get to camp in the maze on the upper level, just be prepared to haul your sleeping gear a ~10 minute walk down some steep steps to the meadow (the cooking area is close to the parking, though). But it's very well-marked with clear trails and small lights at night. The stars are incredible!
Also, ask Cory for recommendations for the best spots the river before you go explore! I wish we had known that you can put in upstream and float all the way back to camp, with access right there. The waterfall area is a 10-15 minute walk out along the ridge, not shaded, which can get rough when it's 105 out. But it's so worth it.
I'd also recommend bringing your own backup water jugs. Cory kindly provides some bottles, but the spigot water is sulfuric, and it's nice to have extra hydration because it gets real hot out there. And be prepared for bucket toilets (well stocked with TP though!). Basically, as long as you know what to expect, you'll have an awesome time.
We're so excited to come back soon and see all of the new updates he's planning to make! Thanks Cory!
WOW. Go here now. This is one of my new favorite campsites. The access to the waterfall and swimming holes are insane. There is plenty of space to spread out between campers. Cory is the nicest camp host ever.
I didn't quite believe the photos prior to visiting and there is actually so much more than you would expect from what's been shared by previous campers. Endless swimming holes along the river, and swimming under the waterfall is just a 5-minute walk from camp. I went for a solo quiet weekend by myself, and definitely want to plan to come back and share this hidden gem with my friends. There are lots of outdoor games already setup like a volleyball net, horseshoes, etc.
I did expect to drive right up to camp, but it's set up so everyone parks in one area and then there is a brief hike-in to set up camp. Which is totally great, just something to note for future campers.
Thanks so much Cory, I'll be back for sure! 🚐🤙