The location is about an hour west of Las Vegas in the California Mojave Desert. Even though the lights of Vegas are visible on the Eastern horizon, above Tranqvillium there is no light pollution and the entirety of the visible part of the Milky Way is shining down on us. Tecopa Hot Springs is 30 min West from us, along with China Ranch date farm. From China ranch it's a 40


The location is about an hour west of Las Vegas in the California Mojave Desert. Even though the lights of Vegas are visible on the Eastern horizon, above Tranqvillium there is no light pollution and the entirety of the visible part of the Milky Way is shining down on us. Tecopa Hot Springs is 30 min West from us, along with China Ranch date farm. From China ranch it's a 40 min hike through Mars like terrain to a swimming hole complete with a small waterfall, where the Amargosa River comes above ground. The ancient lake bed where Tranqvillium is located is surrounded by medium height mountains, which are perfect for rock scrambling, and the world famous Red Rock climbing site is nearby too. The place is very rugged and is recommended for experienced campers who are not taken aback by wilderness living.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
10 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-in site
Max length 100ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Stargazing at Tranqvillium in California.

Hot spring
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

The vibe at Stargazing at Tranqvillium

Places to see near Tranqvillium

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Hipcamper Stepfanie
Stepfanie A.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 15th, 2017

Driving here from southern California was beautiful and peaceful. I called the host to clarify directions, which I recommend. The campsite itself is under a lot of construction so it might not be the prettiest. But if you can overlook that, the desert sunset is quite gorgeous. You can set up a tent anywhere or park your vehicle anywhere-- it's a spacious campsite. They're building some sort of tiny house (I believe they're building more), which I can imagine being super cool. I'm so curious to see the result of their project. This campsite was peaceful. I saw a black-tailed jackrabbit, and I'm sure there are a few more desert creatures in the area. Do bring water, and make sure to fill up for gas as there aren't any gas stations within the area (I filled up at Baker). You're only 1 hour away from Death Valley and it looks like you may be able to go off-roading or hiking in the nearby mountains (about a 15-minute drive). There is cell service when you get to the spot but you might not be able to have it for about an hour when you're on the 127 or the Old Spanish Trail Highway.

Where the campsite is located.Another mountain range closer to the campsite.You can set up the tent anywhere but I chose to be closer to the bathroom and picnic table.people desert poc
Hipcamper Aria
Aria Z.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 20th, 2017

Erik was a great guy and an excellent host. I would recommend this site to campers who are not afraid to get their hands dirty. The scenery is stunning and the site he is working on is coming along nicely. Can't wait to see what this place looks like when he completes this self sustainable coop. We will be in touch with Erik .... He is a great person.

Hipcamper Scott
Scott O.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 22nd, 2017

Stargazing at Tranqvillium is such a cool and unique camping experience. I would highly recommend it as this place really allows you to be one with nature (especially at night with the millions of stars--and Milky Way--to look at).

Erik is a gracious host and made sure that we were taken care of. He is also very knowledgeable of the area and can point you in the right direction for exploring (cool natural hot springs, trails and nearby towns to check out). His communication was also great prior to our trip, answering all questions we had.

The camping here is very primitive, so be prepared for that. He has a basic solar shower and bucket for restroom needs. He does also have a small fire pit for cooking and warmth, but you may want to bring your own if you plan on camping outside of the base camp.

Wonderful experience and host and am looking forward to visiting again soon.

Hipcamper Camille
Camille M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 6th, 2019

Overall, I had a good time. Pretty location, gorgeous star gazing as promised. I think the thing that bothered me was that it was kind of a trashy site. Like I understand that a construction project is underway and that entails wood with nails sticking out lying around. But what bothered me was the trash- the collection of beer bottles by the couch, the random pieces of trash around, the super sketchy broken down car. Idk, we drove up and my boyfriend said, “you paid to camp here?” Overall, we ended up having a great time - even though we got a flat tire that ended up needing replaced. Erik was a great host, was attentive, gave really great instructions and I really appreciated it! I think once the project is done this will be such an amazing place to stay. Just for now it was subpar at best. Would only go again after the construction project is complete.

Hipcamper Kortney and Erik
Response from Kortney and Erik, the Host, on March 22nd, 2019

Camille, thanks for the review. The bottles and cans are collected as building materials, and it is true that they should be stored in a more organized way. We are going to continue the building process and clean up and update the site more in March. You can follow developments here:, and you are welcome to visit again anytime when you feel the conditions are more acceptable.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Emily

A night in the stars

Emily W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 5th, 2019

Eric the host was amazing. It is definitely wildness camping but once nightfall hits and you are magically transported to a starry wonderland!! I would definitely recommend this site. We felt safe and private, the host was gracious but allowed us our privacy and we knew anything we needed he would be there!

Amazing sunsets
Hipcamper Tyler

Great desert camping

Tyler N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 15th, 2019

Erik is a great host. The campsite was just as I expected it. Very remote but had some great amenities like the portable fire pit and picnic table.

Hipcamper Steven
Steven H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 21st, 2020

Tranq was extremely helpful in directing us to the site as we were pulling in pretty late and had trouble seeing in the dark. Awesome spot with a great milieu, just wish we could have stayed longer!

Hipcamper Javan

Good views but no shade.

Javan B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 8th, 2020

This spot needs a shade structure. It’s a patch of
desert with great views, but it’s very hot. Some shade would help keep the camping area a few degrees cooler and provide some shelter while setting up camp.

Hipcamper Kortney and Erik
Response from Kortney and Erik, the Host, on August 13th, 2020

Dear Javan, I regret that you were less than happy with your experience. This site is wilderness camping in the desert. (Desert is synonymous with HOT in the summer, wilderness camping means NO conveniences) It has primitive conditions, and it is clearly spelled out in the description. If you feel anything in the description was misleading please point it out and I will do my best to correct it. It is very important to read the description first instead of being disappointed later because of things one assumed, and leave a bad review. Thank you.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Annie
Annie G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 10th, 2020

Such an amazing camp and the host was so kind and helpful. Such a cool project he is working on and we were thrilled that’s what our money went towards. Would love to come back!

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