Pitch your tent at our ridgetop site, and get a glimpse of the ocean through the mountains, twenty-five miles away as the crow flies. Or park your RV at one of our more secluded parking spaces. Our property covers 150+ acres of rocky Mendocino terrain; the hiking is beautiful, oak groves and needlegrass give way to open fields of Mediterranean grasses and manzanita, but it
Pitch your tent at our ridgetop site, and get a glimpse of the ocean through the mountains, twenty-five miles away as the crow flies. Or park your RV at one of our more secluded parking spaces. Our property covers 150+ acres of rocky Mendocino terrain; the hiking is beautiful, oak groves and needlegrass give way to open fields of Mediterranean grasses and manzanita, but it can be strenuous. We have a strong, vibrant community here, both on the Ranch, and on the hill as a whole; during the summer, the local town of Laytonville hosts multiple music and culture festivals.
- Check in: After 10AM
- Check out: Before 2PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at The Ridgetop Camp in California.
The vibe at The Ridgetop Camp
Places to see near The Rusty Shovel Ranch
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I had a great stay at RSR! The ranch is located at the top of a small mountain and by a wonderful small mountain community. On the way up the hill, I passed by the local weekly market just outside the RSR where they local produce and art. Will and his dad were great hosts during my stay and made sure I was comfortable. There was an upcoming wedding being prepared for during my stay so I wasn’t able to see the the camping area how it usually is but the the space was creatively decorated and even had some wooden pallets for me to set up my tent on. The ranch as a handful of friendly animals that are not at all bothersome including lamas, pigs, a horse, chickens, turkeys and more. The property extends quite a bit but isn’t recommended to explore as there are some predators the further you go down the mountain. There are, however, smaller trails to wander. If you’re looking for a short day trip, the famous Chandelier Drive Thru tree is only 20 minutes away! I would highly recommend stopping by RSR for your getaway!
Will and his dad Kevin greeted us and were very friendly and helpful. We set up camp on the wooden platform which was perfect. The 4 mile drive up to the campsite is a gravel road. It can a little intense if you don't have four wheel drive but if you go slow it's not too bad. The site is on the top of a mountain so we had a nice breeze, gorgeous sunset and sunrise. The only issue is there is no bathroom so you need to find your own spot or you can use the one in the main house. There is a nice road to hike on and friendly neighbors. It was our first hipcamp experience and we liked it very much!
Sweet spit with great views
We had such a relaxing time! Kevin is hilarious and we loved his stories from being a captain. Best part of our stay was their mini horse Cricket - she stole my heart! Also their hens and ducks lay amazingly delicious eggs.
We were surprised how many people lived up the dirt roads and how many trucks drown up and down during our stay, but wasn’t bothering us. The views from the camp site were great, we were able to see snowy peaks of “near by” mountains, which was magical. And let’s not forget the sheep, super talkative group of rescue sheep, they made my day with their funny noises.
The view here is amazing! I'm so glad I arrived right in time to watch the sun go down over the mountains. Kevin greeted me and was super helpful and friendly, and I loved saying hi to the chickens, turkeys, alpacas, and playing fetch with their dog Collie! The designated camp spots had enough room for my truck and tent and there's even a platform and carpet already set up so you don't really need a footprint. There's an outhouse, firepit, and trash bins, everything you need. The directions were accurate and my map app on my phone actually brought me right to it as well. You drive up a steep mountain and get away from all the more touristy areas down in the Avenue of Giants, I'm glad I reserved here instead of a regular campground.
Will’s place was perfect for my first time camping. My dog loved running around the front yard and meeting the farm animals. We couldn’t enjoy the property as much due to rain but would love to come back (: