This listing is for tent camping sites with a short 1-5 min. walk or hike to camp. Prepare to hike your gear from the parking area to your sites (about 1-5 min depending on the site). Bring your own supplies, I recommend packing light. There is an outdoor communal fridge and freezer with electricity hookups near the parking areaavailable for anyone to use. There are many spots
This listing is for tent camping sites with a short 1-5 min. walk or hike to camp. Prepare to hike your gear from the parking area to your sites (about 1-5 min depending on the site). Bring your own supplies, I recommend packing light. There is an outdoor communal fridge and freezer with electricity hookups near the parking area available for anyone to use. There are many spots to pitch a tent. Most of them are a short walk down a hill - closer to the swimming area.There is a private camping site near the parking area for easier unpacking, near the BBQ areas. This spot is ideal for one-night stays.When you arrive. Follow the signs and park in the parking area. Take a walk to the camping spots to choose your site. Check out our Facebook page: TheGypsyRanch or Midget Cory Walters to get more information about myself or the camp. The vibe is very good. You can do what you want and be as creative as you please, overall it’s all about RESPECT on this property. I do daily trips to the local market and can shuttle supplies if needed. There is also an inside fridge, freezer and microwave if needed. Whatever you need, I’ll make sure you are taken care of! Before you arrive. Please call or text me with your ETA, as I try to greet all guests! We also provide day use for $10 per guest per day....Cheers y’all
Campsite area
Bring your own tents
32 sites
Up to 7 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
  • 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.

Horseback riding

For additional cost I can provide this in town....You can explore Mendocino Forest like you never believed

Wind sports
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at The Gypsy Ranch Tent Camping in California.

River, stream or ...
Swimming hole

The vibe at The Gypsy Ranch Tent Camping

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Hipcamper Whitney
Whitney S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 3rd, 2017

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.

This Gear Tree came in super handy for getting our packs off of the ground. We slept without the rain fly and the stars were AMAZING at night. We even saw some shooting stars!Whitney is underneath the jump rock in this photo, but couldn't jump because of an injury.. You climb up on the right side of the rocks. We will definitely be jumping next time we camp here!Cameron, Cory and friends hanging out by the picnic table. There are lots of great spots to settle and hang out along the river here
Hipcamper Francine
Francine A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 22nd, 2017

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!

Hipcamper Kayla
Kayla V.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 28th, 2018

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!!

Hipcamper MidgetCory
Response from MidgetCory, the Host, on May 28th, 2018

Yeah.....I thought I told people about the wildlife we have in the National Forest....I'm sorry for not being more detailed....I'll have that worked out.....But thanks for coming and come back anytime. Cheers

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Hipcamper Ruby
Ruby R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 28th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper MidgetCory
Response from MidgetCory, the Host, on May 28th, 2018

Right on....see you guys soon

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Hipcamper Soof
Soof H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 29th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Laura
Laura K.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 29th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Cassandra
Cassandra P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 25th, 2018

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!

The Gypsy Ranch Tent CampingThe Gypsy Ranch Tent CampingMaking dinner at one of the designated cooking spots -- complete with grills, tables, chairs, and trees to hang a hammock from!The Gypsy Ranch Tent Camping
Hipcamper Christina
Christina T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 25th, 2018

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!

Hipcamper MidgetCory
Response from MidgetCory, the Host, on June 25th, 2018

Thanks for the great review. I just now changed the description and noted that you will have to hike your things from the parking area. You guys are welcome anytime. Cheers and thanks

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Hipcamper Julie
Julie M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2018

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! 🚐🤙

There is a zip line to transport your gear from the upper parking area to the tent camping area!This spot was rad. The Gypsy Ranch Tent CampingGeneral use area / toilets on the left
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