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.
- Check in: After 10AM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
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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.
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.
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.