Hipcamp host Karen F.,
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R & R ,  incredible mountain views,  Blissful river & lake nearby, canoeing, kayaking  hiking, horseback riding, biking, golfing at Rancho San Marcos , historic sites. Fun sites to see, tours, great food. 

Lodging provided
Onsite rv or trailer
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Karen a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Under the Stars in California.


Kayaking, canoeing, birding, lake tours , nice wilderness center.


Canyon are beautiful.


Fresh Air , and stars to your hearts delight, except on Full Moon with in itself is spectacular.

Swimming hole

Refreshing in summer

River, stream, or...

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Hipcamper Ashley

Adventure under the stars

Ashley J.
recommends this listing.
October 11th, 2021

Karen is the best host ever. She’s thought of everything to make your stay wonderful! The Love Bug and location is as unique and memorable as all the reviews say. Stop debating and book it!

Hipcamper Sebastian

Just book it, it's a joy

Sebastian C.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2021

If you want a experience about the ambiance and feeling of wonder then you got it here. I've done a few hipcamp trips before but this one felt special. Acids from how beautiful the location is, when you enter the cabin the literature made by the host makes you feel like someone set this up for you. Less like a hotel room but more like a quest. Someone has this planned for you even if you didn't plan it and it's amazing. Handwritten instructions leading you to a watering whole, lists of hiking trails and just tons of little books giving you an offline experience like no other. Absolutely loved it, and plan on going back next year

Hipcamper Andres
Andres G.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2021

This was one of the best travel experiences I’ve had. Karen’s space is memorable and her attention to detail makes it even more special.

One of the most special aspects of the trip was getting to know Karen. She was very kind and shared with us many tips for places to visit in the area. They were all exceptional!

Hopefully I will be back to experience a different season under the stars!

Hipcamper Kristin

Great little gem!

Kristin C.
recommends this listing.
August 21st, 2021

Great little gem! Has everything you need for a quiet little escape in the mountains. Awesome hiking nearby and be sure to ask the gracious host Karen for directions to a very special watering hole nearby!

Hipcamper pinar

Can not wait to be back!

Pinar S.
recommends this listing.
August 14th, 2021

This place is absolutely fantastic, it went above and beyond our expectations. We didn't want to leave :)

Karen made us feel welcome from the first moment, she even wrote us notes with nearby attractions and offered us a drink both nights we stayed there.

The mattress was comfy and the camper was spotless clean.

There is literally EVERYTHING you need to have an amazing camping experience, this place is a gem, we can not wait to come back!

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Hipcamper Karen
Response from Karen, the Host, on August 14th, 2021

Sweet days & nights, so happy you 2 enjoyed your stay, it was my pleasure. You have 3 more seasons to enjoy up here!!!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Cheri

Just what i needed!

Cheri S.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2021

Under the Stars was a quiet oasis fir reading, bird watching and sitting in silence. Karen is a wonderful host with just the right balance of being friendly and leaving you be! Great home base to go do fun things all around the Santa Barbara area, wineries and coastline! I will definitely be a guest again!

Hipcamper Hanna

Such a lovely stay!

Hanna K.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2021

We had such a good time at under the stars! Perfect for a couple or two people that don't mind snuggling. The trailer is adorable, well equipped with AC, a mini fridge, and basic kitchen & kitchen supplies. Karen was an incredibly warm and helpful host, and kindly informed us about hikes & outings in the area. The garden around the trailer is a lovely place to read, relax, or enjoy some food and drinks.

Hipcamper Karen
Response from Karen, the Host, on August 14th, 2021

Thanks for coming you 2 it was fun getting to know you & happy I was helpful in guiding you to fun adventures, the swimming hole rocked !!

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Christina
Christina D.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2021

This was an absolutely perfect getaway for me and my boyfriend. The location feels like being tucked away in the mountains while still being close to "civilization" (~20mins). Karen's space feels like a magical fairy garden, full of beautiful plant life, bird life, and vintage coolness. In the mornings, you can sit/lay on one of the cozy chairs and just bird watch forever. In the evening, you can sit by the bonfire with a beer and enjoy all of the fairy lights in the garden. The trailer is a tiny vintage gem and was so cozy and cute! The bathroom/shed was also better than expected and made for comfortable bathroom visits. While the space was top notch, karen as a host made the visit just 100% amazing. She was hospitable, accommodating, and seemed to really care that her guests enjoyed their stay and had fun. She gave great hiking/nature suggestions and even showed us a cool secret watering hole spot! Lastly, when she found out it was my birthday, she even added a few special touches to the space and gave me some treats that made the day feel even more festive. I'll definitely return sometime to stay at Karen's and tk catch the los padres mountains in a different season.

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Hipcamper Amy

Such a peaceful stay!

Amy T.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2021

This was a really lovely spot in the Santa Ynez Valley. So easy to decompress here. Karen has everything you could need: fire pit, beautiful lights at night, places to relax in the shade, a clean, well-kept vintage trailer with a comfortable bed and working stove and fridge. Honestly, the place was magical. We enjoyed the hiking and wineries nearby too. Highly recommend!

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