Hipcamp host Gary A.,
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Walk in a couple of hundred feet to a tucked-away site on our fully-protected working ranch and nature preserve. 

HIDDEN has a soft, leafy roof of oaks overhead and soft flooring and is surrounded by trees and shrubs. It has almost full shade all day. It is close to kitchen and toilets and fire pit and



Walk in a couple of hundred feet to a tucked-away site on our fully-protected working ranch and nature preserve. 

HIDDEN has a soft, leafy roof of oaks overhead and soft flooring and is surrounded by trees and shrubs. It has almost full shade all day. It is close to kitchen and toilets and fire pit and wifi and dining tables. It's a two minute stroll to Turtle Cove, our swim hole.

This site has a maximum of one tent. 

Kitchen access: Communal kitchen. Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i.e., dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food scraps in compost buckets, sticky marshmallow removed from forks and surfaces (ick!). Thank you. 

Refrigerator, microwave, cook top, sinks, dishes, glassware, utensils, pots and pans, etc. 10' diameter river rock fire pit (extra firewood available by donation), propane bbq, swimming in North Fork Tule as season allows, miles of hiking trails on ranch.  

River Ridge goes from 1,000' elev. to 3,000' elev. and passes from 3/4 of a mile of superb riparian corridor through Valley Oak grassland to Blue Oak Woodland and ends in Chaparral. Abundant wildlife. Next to Giant Sequoia National Monument (free). 

We are about a one hour drive to Sequoia National Park, but we're only 16 miles to groves up Hwy 190. There are 33 giant sequoia groves in our Southern Region of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, some easily accessible and others more remote.

Our ranch is a nature preserve and an educational/demonstration site, teaching sustainable and regenerative land use practices. River Ridge Institute, our non-profit, hosts a variety of events for the public.

Please see the Rules and Safety section to review our Waiver of Liability.

Our friends at WildPlaces host all kinds of community outdoor events and are a Hipcamp site, too.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Gary a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Superb mountain biking on the trails in the Giant Sequoia National Monument up the road.


Success Reservoir has houseboats for rent by the hour or day. Five miles back on Hwy 190.


Early Spring trout on the ranch. Bluegill in late Spring through Fall. Bit 'o Bass now and then. Carp in summer. Superb fishing...Read more


Turtle Cove has plenty of water as of June, but will gradually slow down over the summer.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Hidden Tent Site in California.


We are lucky to have a sandy beach at our Turtle Cove swim hole. Chairs and overhead shade are provided. Hang out here in the m...Read more


Crystal Cave at Sequoia National Park is a favorite. 1.5 hours to entrance of Park.


Giant Sequoia National Monument entrance 3 miles; Sequoia National Park 1.5 hours.

Hot spring

California Hot Springs is our neighbor to the south on Deer Creek. It's an hour and a half trip and you can do it as part of a ...Read more


Success Lake, located on the road to Springville and east of Porterville, is a recreation spot with access for boating, swimmin...Read more


While our sites are on the flat, there's a 3,000' mountain on the ranch. Over 8,000' nearby.


We have 100 acres of prairie/pasture on the ranch.

Swimming hole

Note. As of July 11, 2018 our swimming hole is marginal, for some!


Angel Falls is up Highway 190 about 18 miles, just past the PG&E powerhouse. Fabulous swimming holes. CAUTION: Can be extremely...Read more


We are a working ranch and nature preserve.

River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Lindsay
Lindsay V.
recommends this listing.
November 15th, 2021

Stunning campsite. Super quiet and peaceful 🙏🏼 Gary was a wonderful host

Hipcamper Amy
Amy M.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2021

Excellent place!!

Hipcamper Morgan


Morgan P.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2021

We booked 3 weekdays for our honeymoon and this place exceeded our expectations! The weather was pretty hot and sunny, so it was nice to cool off at Turtle Cove. We found it super convenient to have pretty much any cooking supplies you could need available. There are so many little surprise details about the communal spaces that popped up throughout our stay, which I won’t spoil for you here!

In regards to the surrounding area, we loved visiting the Sequoias for the day. The waterfalls nearby are a hidden gem usually reserved for locals, but Gary’s directions there will allow you to enjoy them no matter where you’re from!
As many other reviews have said, it is clear that Gary has put a lot of work into making this an amazing place to stay. We will definitely be back and tell our friends!

Hipcamper Danijela

Peaceful and perfect!!!

Danijela S.
recommends this listing.
September 14th, 2020

We loved staying at River Ridge Ranch and Gary was awesome! Super responsive and we had the site to ourselves. It was gorgeous and really private. We would 100% stay there again! It was BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for making the start of our road trip incredible!!!

Hipcamper Oscar

Adventurous clam and peaceful

Oscar H.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2020

It was an Experience

Hipcamper Carrie

Hidden gem!

Carrie A.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2020

The River Ridge Ranch is a little slice of Heaven on Earth. My friend and I had a wonderful time there with our dogs. We really enjoyed the swim hole, hammocks, kitchen setup, outdoor shower and that our dogs could be off leash.

The kitchen was fully supplied with not only utensils, but condiments, foil, instant coffee, etc. it was a nice surprise there was so much there. We brought our own sponge which I’d recommend.

Gary came by a few times and was a pleasure to chat with and gave us helpful info on what to explore.

Overall our trip was fantastic and we’ll be back! Thank you, Gary!

The river/ swim hole Communal Kitchen area with bar Communal Fire pit Great signs to the camp sites
Hipcamper Angela

Awesome camping site

Angela C.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2020

We had a great time! It was more than expected, actually. Thanks to the host for everything that was provided in the pavilion. We would definitely visit again!

Hipcamper Hailley
Hailley H.
recommends this listing.
July 1st, 2020

River Ridge Ranch was spectacular and a perfect place for a much-needed getaway!

Hipcamper Lauren

Unique experience

Lauren U.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2020

This compound was amazing! Gary was a great host and an even greater person! The sites were all secluded but close to the main area that had a huge fire pit and full kitchen. We loved the grill and fridge access. It was really right in between glamping and camping. Highly recommend going up to lower or upper coffee camp to swim in the Tule River. Would 100% stay again.

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