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Tranqvillium

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· Tecopa, California
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10 Vehicle/Tent
Tranqvillium was purchased in 2016 with the intention of creating Gaia Earthen Technologies Sustainable Living Educational and Research Center. Construction started in 2016 and now we have our first temporary building and working on the others. The daily operation is run by Tranqvillium, an intentional community of people who don't like to spend their money on rent and utility bills. Learn more about this land: 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.
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Tecopa, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Erik V.Joined in September 2017
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51 Ratings · 39 reviews
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Benjamin D.recommends
August 15, 2022
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Beautiful Sky
The views of the sky are stunning, the remoteness of the place is stunning. You will love the pups. Make sure to follow the directions they will send you, definitely bring water.
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Megan R.recommends
July 12, 2022
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Erik’s hospitality was wonderful. He brought us firewood after finding out we didn’t have any. We weren’t sure if we wanted to do the waterfall tour but he was very flexible offering to take us around our time preference. The surrounding things to explore were so fun! The night sky was breathtaking. This is in the open desert. No shade. He’s building a sustainable community so there are building materials around. If you want to wake up and open your tent to lush greenery this is not the spot. If you love hanging in the desert by night and exploring by day this was such a wonderful experience!
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Manolo R.recommends
June 5, 2022
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Gorgeous view, lovely host!
Erik was a fantastic host; I had a great time at the waterfall and hot springs tour—definitely recommend doing them one after the other so you can get a good walk in before enjoying the swim at the waterfall and the hot springs later on. I got so many lovely pictures of the stars, it’s one of the few times in my life I’ve actually seen the Milky Way. The weather was nice, too. Only thing I’d say is it gets pretty windy especially at night, so make sure you bring appropriate shelter and heavy tent stakes that you can use to keep your tent from flying away :P I’d love to come back again some time!
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Clint F.recommends
April 19, 2022
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Purifying time!
Loved the air and open space to think! Great Hot springs for cleansing
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Caris K.recommends
March 28, 2022
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This campsite was so beautiful! Surrounded by desert and the mountains 😍 It was fairly windy when we got there but we were expecting that, the wind died down almost entirely at night and it was a beautiful and peaceful camping experience under the stars! The hot springs that Erik showed us to were so magical, and it was definitely the better call to go to them at night. Lots of dogs on the property and all of them so sweet and friendly:) everyone we met was so kind!
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Rebekah Z.recommends
December 26, 2021
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The whole experience was honestly really cool! The people living there are super friendly and nice. We unfortunately had to leave in the night due to high winds so definitely watch the weather before you book if you plan on tent camping. The hot springs are about 30 minutes away and it was so worth it to find!
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Christhian E.recommends
October 24, 2021
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This is a great place to watch the star on a clear night . The host Erik was very accommodating and inviting. I recommend this place indeed .
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Jason C.
August 16, 2021
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This is a primitive camp site with no cover from the sun. Its a place to pull off and sleep.
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Danielle L.recommends
May 20, 2021
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Amazing Views! And those stars!!!
Amazing site and super friendly host!
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Jj M.
May 15, 2021
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Know what you're getting into
Hosts are great/interesting/helpful, but know that this is located in a dusty part of the Pahrump Valley - the dust could be blowing (see other reviews), or just coating everything (like your gear and the cool lounge-y sofas). They are homesteading, so it has the feel of a construction site. Hipcamp's direction link ("Open in Google Maps") is wrong and takes you to a very sandy location nearby for which you'd better have 4WD. Directional challenge: there are no landmarks - it's the desert! Stargazing was okay, but the desert quiet & solitude are the best parts. Okay, quiet except for the nearby rooster farm. Who has a farm of roosters? That are on Eastern time?
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Jane S.recommends
April 24, 2021
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Sky is dark, Stars are bright.
We stayed in our R.V. on the property and had a great time! Erik and Kortney are great! They are true modern day pioneers. We were very satisfied with the night sky viewing. A sign with reflectors would have helped us to turn into the road to the property. (It was unfortunate that we arrived after sundown) We looked at the property via satellite image which helped us immensely since the property is in a rural location. Get gas in Barstow or Baker before making the last leg of the journey.
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Doug W.doesn't recommend
March 23, 2021
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Not what I had hoped
Arrived during a dust bowl in the area. Sandy Valley area has them often so keep in mind. Couldn’t get the tent up in such gusts, so we only lasted about 15 minutes. Hosts seemed friendly. Communal living group in the desert. Although we only technically reserved a patch of dirt for a tent, the site was a wreck. Just makeshift wooden housing surrounded by piles of lumber with old nasty couches I wouldn’t sit on.
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Natalie M.recommends
March 14, 2021
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Peace and quiet
Eric and Kourtney were extremely hospitable. They have lots of firewood that’s available. The location is super quiet and peaceful.
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Ben U.recommends
February 17, 2021
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It was great staying here :) real cool spot
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Jack C.recommends
January 30, 2021
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A great camp, beautiful sunsets
A beautiful area and a great camp. Very close to the Tecopa/Shoshone area as well close to Pahrump The area is very secluded but within an off the grid camp and a composting toilet. Always a plus. The sunsets wee amazing, a 360 degree view. Mt Charleston, the Nopahs, and the serene Calvada area was insanely beautiful.
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Josef H.recommends
January 19, 2021
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Great spot for me and my gf to stay in our campervan! Kortney and Erik were very responsive and even provided unique directions based on where we're coming from. We still got a little lost in the dark and even got stuck in some sand on a nearby road, but Kortney and Erik's spot was exactly what we needed for the night
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Michael M.recommends
January 18, 2021
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Great for Star watching!
Kortney and Erik were very welcoming! This was the perfect spot to see the stars! The site itself is not far from Vegas but far enough away to feel secluded. Loved the peace and quiet of the night. I would come again to get more amazing photos!
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Ryan S.recommends
January 13, 2021
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Highway Country
Beautiful and peaceful desert camping. The hosts, Kortney and Erik, are incredibly kind and helpful!! I'll hopefully find myself camping at Tranqvillium again sometime down the road. -Stayed here one my way to Death Valley National Park.
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Jason R.recommends
January 9, 2021
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Enjoyable as expected
Booked last minute and Erik was still very accommodating and helpful. Had a nice time enjoying the campfire and stars and look forward to coming back
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Kevin L.recommends
January 6, 2021
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My wife and I stayed here for several nights and had a great time. Death Valley campsites are closed due to COVID, and this spot is less than 2 hours away (the route to the park also passes through Pahrump, NV if you need to pick up any supplies, they have Walmart, Home Depot, etc). Site was spacious enough to give us privacy, and Erik was very accommodating. We brought plenty of firewood, but he checked in on our next to last day to offer more if needed. Would recommend!
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Roseli T.recommends
January 3, 2021
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Primitive Luxury
There are no words to explain how much we loved this camp site and Erik's awesome hospitality. This is a diamond in the rough and the peace and quiet at night let's you be one with nature. Thank you Erik for the awesome experience and we look forward to visiting again very soon!
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Ryan E.recommends
November 28, 2020
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My first ever experience camping, and I couldn't of chosen a better place. Erik, the host, is extremely friendly and helpful. He uses the site for constructing a self sustainable housing project, with the camping sites on the outskirts of the project. I think this is fantastic, as it provides a central meeting area - should you wish to converse with Erik and anyone else assisting with the project - as well as provides an area for assistance, should you need it. The environment is exactly as described - the open desert with the brightest stars and howling coyotes to keep you company. It was the perfect experience!
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Natalie Y.recommends
November 15, 2020
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Awesome views, do the hot spring!!!
Super dope spot with amazing views. Everyone that lived/worked on the property were very nice and helpful. The hot spring down the way is a must! We will definitely be back :)
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Judy E.recommends
October 26, 2020
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Beautiful private desert setting
We enjoyed the quiet and the outstanding sunset which took up half of the 360 degree horizon. The night sky was remarkable and the hospitality was superb. We will be back!
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John A S.recommends
October 13, 2020
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Stars, mountains, dessert, quiet
Eric was most gracious, supplied us with a firepit and firewood for free and made us coffee in the morning. This is a desolate place specific for star gazing as mentioned. Private property about 10-15 minutes off the main highway.
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Polly S.recommends
October 12, 2020
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This is simple desert camping with cool neighbors. We appreciated being able to play our music without complaints. Just what we needed. We will be back.
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Kyle S.recommends
September 9, 2020
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Fun, beautiful, and creative!
It was a fun night of stargazing! The host was super nice, and had a very creative living space. We were thrilled to stay here! Would recommend!
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Jack I.recommends
September 6, 2020
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Exactly as described - amazing night sky and desert experience ! Bring ear plugs if barks and howls will keep you up otherwise enjoy the beautiful solitude. Thanks so much !!!!
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Helen B.
August 24, 2020
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I guess it was crazy to book this in August. We arrived and it was far too hot, no shade, pretty much still building site. Maybe OK in Spring or Fall and I'm sure the stargazing is great...
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David K.recommends
August 12, 2020
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Burner friendly site
This site is a perfect spot to decompress or prep for a burn. The conditions are similar to The Playa, and the host has a very open attitude about using the space. The kids and I arrived from LV side after a long drive in from Utah/SLC, and we were there around 6:30pm. It was still hot, so we huddled in the shade behind the car, and set up our tent and prepared dinner. Stars were as promised, great. You could see the milky way. No real pests to worry about, and very quiet spot. The drive out along the Old Spanish Highway is a treat, magnificent. Would camp again.
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