This listing is for tent camping sites with a short 1-5 min. walk or hike to camp.
About the sites:
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!
- Check in: After 8AM
- Check out: Before 8PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 1 month out Weeknight discount: 25% off
- Response time: Within an hour
- Response rate: 100%
The vibe at The Gypsy Ranch Tent Camping
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
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.
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!
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!
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!