Hipcamp host Diana C.,
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This is an ADULT ONLY camp (16 yrs +) beginning September 11, 2022

Note: Due to high demand, there is a minimum 2 night stay for current weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) thru December 1,  2022.

You can rent BOTH of our sites (Tipi and TENT/RV) for friends/family. Maximum total for BOTH sites is


This is an ADULT ONLY camp (16 yrs +) beginning September 11, 2022

Note: Due to high demand, there is a minimum 2 night stay for current weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) thru December 1,  2022.

You can rent BOTH of our sites (Tipi and TENT/RV) for friends/family. Maximum total for BOTH sites is 8 people. Tent site does NOT require 2 night minimum.

PLEASE READ ALL THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION BEFORE BOOKING-It answers questions and helps you to camp successfully.

Camp and enjoy a comfortable, 18 foot tipi/tepee on a private, 23 acre ranch in rural Descanso, CA, located in the Cleveland National Forest, 45 minutes east of San Diego.

AT&T cell service only!  Pick up WiFi near host's house 75 yds. away

We provide:

1.  The TIPI canvas, 2 chairs inside (BYO sleeping bags/bedding, etc)

2.  Three (3) separate 3" bare sleeping pads (arrangeable)

3.  Bathroom with shower, sink, toilet (shared use with one      TENT site if booked  (BYO ALL personal stuff)

4.  Covered prep area

5.  BBQ  (Must bring your OWN charcoal, starter...everything)

 Tipi sleeps up to 4 people. Base price is for 2 people; $15 per extra person.

A propane fire pit inside the TIPI  ($15 extra per tank) is available providing warmth during cold months, October-June. Temps can be very cold at night here! Highly recommended. You can cook on the outdoor wood firepit only when fires are allowed during wet months (not summer)   BYO camp stove!

Check out all the property options such as fire pits, firewood, tour and shuttle under "Extras" at the left. Firewood from any outside source is not allowed due to possible wood diseases! Must buy from us as the wood comes from our property. Thank you.  Or, decide when you get here and pay us $10 cash per bundle.

Bring extra sleeping warmth!

Electric outlets around prep area and bathroom.

There is seating with soft lighting inside Tipi and lights at prep area.

The seasonal Sweetwater River flows through the property (January-June).

Abundant bird life on this property!

There is a variety of hiking options and nearby trails connecting to California Riding & Hiking Trail and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park trailheads. Shorter/ easy  hikes on our property (15-25 min) are great warm-ups. Hike 1 hour to a beautiful rock setting at Descanso Falls (not on most maps or google) 

Elevation here is 3,440 ft.

This TIPI experience is great for hikers, mountain bikers, road bikers and touring motorcyclists who enjoy camping. We also have parking for a horse trailer and 2 metal horse corrals ($15 each). Water for horses.

Watch an awesome full moon rise with no city light pollution! Stars galore!

Start your day in the mountains! See EXTRA OPTIONS where HOST can shuttle you to a drop off point or trailheads in Cleveland National Forest & the Cuyamaca Mountains!

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This is also a great place to just read and enjoy the surrounding trees, birds and horses munching on hay or being trained. Trail rides offered 7 miles down road.

Take a break from the city life, breathe deeply and enjoy quiet, starry nights...well, maybe some coyotes yipping and howling!

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Diana a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 67%

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Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Sweetwater Tipi Camp


Sweetwater Tours

Sweetwater Ranch Glampout is located on Clark Ranch. Option 1: $30. Owner gi...Read more

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Firewood bundle

Start your trip off right with a big bundle of our oak and pine firewood wait...Read more

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Propane fire pit HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for warmth inside TEEPEE/TIPI November th...Read more

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Ride your mountain bike about 3/4 mi to Merigan Fire Road TRAILHEAD from our property. Host shuttles riders and hikers to trail...Read more


Closest fishing is 25 minute drive to Lake Cuyamaca. Check open season.


Easy-moderate hiking on our ranch trails 1,2,3 & 4 hour loop hikes from our ranch Close to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Horseback riding

There is a Trail Ride Horse Business 7 miles down the road from here. See Host for information


Bouldering on our property

Wildlife watching

Lots of birds, coyotes, bobcats, etc.



Natural features you'll find at Sweetwater Tipi Camp in California.


50-55 minute drive to San Diego beaches and beautiful, historic Hotel del Coronado and beach


50-55 minutes to San Diego coastal communities


Approximately 1 1/4 hrs to Anza Borrego State (desert) Park totally along scenic Highway 79


We are located in the Cleveland National Forest.

Hot spring

45 minutes away in Jacumba Commercial-day use


Lake Cuyamaca is a 25 minute scenic drive! Enjoy boating, fishing or hiking around its shoreline. Lots of pine trees and a good...Read more


Located in the Cleveland National Forest and Cuyamaca Mountains-a 25k acre park with many miles of beautiful trails.

River, stream, or creek

Sweetwater River runs through our property January - June

Swimming hole

Descanso Falls - Hike or drive to trailhead


Descanso Falls - hike or bike 2.5 miles from Sweetwater Tipi Camp during wet season (Dec-June)


32 acre ranch with oaks, pines, boulders, shaded areas, historic Indian encampment and historic barn. Lots of seating. Quiet. S...Read more


Approximently 1/8 mile dirt/gravel drive to tipi/barn area

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Hipcamper Heather

Stargazing from the tipi!

Heather S.
recommends this listing.
October 8th, 2022

We loved life in the tipi! The views were amazing! It was so silent that we could hear the owls. We felt close to nature and Native American life. The bathroom was modern, clean and a pleasant surprise! We can’t wait to go back!

We traveled from RI to experience life in this fabulous tipi!Authentic design! Relaxation!
Hipcamper Sharon

Great place!

Sharon F.
recommends this listing.
April 12th, 2022

Great place! Family had a lot of fun. Hope to be back.

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer H.
recommends this listing.
March 8th, 2022

My son and husband loved the site, it had a swing, a fun faux mine shaft, great rocks to climb and explore, super friendly barn cats, mini horses, everything to entertain curious campers. The host's were very accommodating and were kind enough to postpone the trip since it was a terrible rainy and cold day/night but my son wanted to camp anyway so they toughed it out. They want to go back in the summer to explore the great property more and enjoy that the place has to offer without the cold :)

Hipcamper Amanda

Perfect get-away!

Amanda S.
recommends this listing.
September 12th, 2021

We had such an amazing time!! I booked the tipi for my family of four and my husband ended up having to travel for work at the last minute. I decided to keep my reservation and take my 6-year-old twins for a girl's trip. Diana and Ken went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. Ken shared the history of the ranch and was so passionate about the area. It was hot during the day, but there was plenty of shade and places to relax, and then it cooled down at night. The microwave and bathroom made it a really easy and enjoyable camping trip while solo parenting. I couldn't recommend this place more! If you are thinking about booking, pull the trigger. :) Thank you Diana and Ken and your wonderful family and pets for the great weekend.

Hipcamper lyle

Beautiful , fun , qualitycamping

Lyle R.
recommends this listing.
September 12th, 2021

Let me start by saying Diana and her husband ken were incredible hosts ! They answered every question and we’re very helpful and accommodating. Overall I was very happy to support these lovely local people !
The property exceeded our expectations, the barn , teepee , grill were very nice , cool and functional . Would strongly recommend staying with them . ( if your lucky , they will give you a history tour of the ranch and you’ll fall in love even more ) thanks again Diana and hope to be back in the future ❤️ Book it now !!

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Hipcamper Stephanie

Awesome experience

Stephanie W.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2021

The stay here definitely exceeded expectations! The hosts were so nice and hospitable but also allowed for you to have your freedom and create your own experience. The ranch history, animals, and hiking trails were all amazing. We definitely wish we could have stayed for longer. This is definitely a hidden gem!

Hipcamper Alyssa

Unique and one of a kind!

Alyssa C.
recommends this listing.
June 1st, 2021

My family had a great time staying at the Sweet Water Tipi Camp during Memorial Holiday weekend. The other family camping in the tent area also had twin girls that played and loved visiting the local little ponies and horses. I'm glad we brought extra warmth and bedding for a decent nights sleep. I do wish I brought ear plugs for the rooster that seemed to start at 4am. We were also able to move over a picnic table closer to the tipi to make our own cooking area and happy we brought a cooking stove. We found that the fire place cooking area for the Tipi was located in an odd spot around the way for us. However, the tent camping area had a nice round fire pit ring. Fortunately we hit it off with the other family and shared with them in the more open traditional fire sitting ring.

Bring shade if you need and more lounging sitting options for outdoors. Extra warmth, ear plugs for the extra early rooster and daily horse caregivers working around the stables if you wish to nap. Over all a very unique spot and amazing hosts with great history and stories of the ranch.

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Hipcamper monica

Expensive for what you get

Monica K.
doesn't recommend this listing.
May 28th, 2021

1. Sleeping cushions where uncomfortable. Ground was uneven which made it impossible to be comfortable.
2. Did not allow us to bring our own firewood. Charged $10 for a few logs. Did not allow us to have a fire the first night because it was slightly windy.
3. No hot water in the bathroom. Actually, my husband had 30 seconds worth.
4. The $15 extra charge for the propane tank to heat the tipi. It did not hear the tipi and we turned it off before we went to bed (open flame) so it was pretty to look at for 10 minutes but totally worthless.
5. The kitchen was dirty. It had a microwave oven and there was a sink with cold water near the coral.
6. $173 + $15 + $10 uncomfortable sleep and no hot water.
If it had been half the price I would not complain but for the money, not worth it.

Hipcamper Bridgette
Bridgette B.
recommends this listing.
May 15th, 2021

I’m so happy my best friend and I decided to make this our quick get away from the city. It’s very clean and well taken care of. As soon as we arrived Diana gave us a tour of everything and answered any questions we had. Shortly after Clark let us help him feed the animals on the ranch. Thank you Diana and Clark for sharing your beautiful property with us and making us feel so at home!


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