Drive in your trailers, set up your tents, and high-line your horses, then kick up your feet and relax under the "Lazy Fay" windmill, around your rock lined fire-pit, or at your 8 foot picnic table. The restroom is a short stroll away, or drive. Locate it by the office. Shaded by mature oak trees, this rolling meadow is the perfect combination of shade and sun. Just a short
Drive in your trailers, set up your tents, and high-line your horses, then kick up your feet and relax under the "Lazy Fay" windmill, around your rock lined fire-pit, or at your 8 foot picnic table. The restroom is a short stroll away, or drive. Locate it by the office. Shaded by mature oak trees, this rolling meadow is the perfect combination of shade and sun. Just a short stroll from the site, you'll find a gate leading to the many trails we have access to, including access directly to Folsom Lake.
With direct access to hiking, biking, and horse friendly trails that lead to, and around Folsom Lake, we encourage guests to bring all their toys ... think about bringing light weight paddle boats, water floats, fishing gear, binoculars, hiking gear, mountain bikes, and of course your horses.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 30% off
You know what would make this trip even better?
Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to Meadow View
Trash Bag & Collection Services
Don't want to deal with packing in and packing it out? We will provide you wi...Read more
Kids Hand-Led Horseback Ride
2 Hour Trail Ride - To The Lake!
Explore some of the most beautiful spots around Folsom Lake that very few are...Read more
1 Hour Trail Ride - To The Lake!
Explore some of the most beautiful spots around Folsom Lake that very few are...Read more
Farm Fresh Eggs - A Dozen
Enjoy fresh, free-range eggs while at your campsite, or pack them up and brin...Read more
Organic Pasture Grazed Angus Beef
Beef raised here at the ranch is lean and fresh. Purchase a "beef box" and le...Read more
Start your trip off right with a Medium bundle of firewood waiting for you at...Read more
Firewood Large Bundle
Start your trip off right with a Large bundle of firewood waiting for you at ...Read more
Kids Hand-Led Horseback Ride
Kids Hand-Led Horseback Ride
Extra 5th Wheel Or RV Max 20To 30'
Bring Extra 5Th Wheel or your Rv For Hold your Horses & Eagles Nest Can Not b...Read more
THE CLASS-EXCLUSIVE 3- TO 6-PASSENGER TRANS CAB™ SYSTEM MULE PRO-FXT™ side x...Read more
Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000
Each units is 24 Hour
Fishing Poles, Tackle & Bait
Forgot your fishing gear? NO PROBLEM! Let us set you up with fishing poles, ...Read more
All guests must obtain parking pass for there extra car's.
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Light weight water craft can be carried to the lake, or, guests can opt to pay for the boat launch/ramp a mile away.
Bring your fishing license and fish anywhere around Folsom Lake!
Bring your paddle boat and launch at a walk-in location, or opt to use the paid boat launch/ramp a mile away.
Deer, hawks, eagles, coyotes, turkeys and bear … we have a bit of everything out here! Not to mention our ranch animals (cattle...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Meadow View in California.
Places to see near Ascension Ranch
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Peaceful paradise on working ranch
Beautiful Oak studded rural farm property for a real get-away. The roads were in great shape and it as easy to find using google maps. The hosts were super welcoming and showed us to our area and then left us on our own. Perfect for what we were looking for. The working dogs were friendly and visited our site late every night while on patrol for predators. We enjoyed meeting the dogs and their adorable puppies. Bathrooms were clean and well stocked but a bit of a walk to get to. We will definitely come back again and recommend it highly.
Worst hipcamp ever
Under no circumstances would I ever stay here again, nor would I recommend this Hipcamp to anyone. If interested in the details feel free to read the novel below.
Recently, my family and I stayed at Ascension Ranch, and unfortunately the experience was nothing short of terrible. So much so, in fact, that we ended up leaving a full twenty-four hours early which I will detail below.
To begin, the hosts instructions specify that when one arrives at the HipCamp they will need to text the host for the gate code, and then the host will come out to greet you and show you to your camp. When we arrived, there was no gate, no keypad to enter a code, and no service making it impossible to contact the host. We then drove onto the property where we found two RVs and no markings whatsoever indicating where the Hipcamp sites were. I cautiously approached one of the RVs as we were on a stranger's property in the middle of nowhere, and a woman came out. She was very abrasive and there was a moment where I truly thought that we might have been on the wrong property as her demeanor was not what I would expect from a Hipcamp host. After I asked her a couple of questions, she finally acknowledged that we were on the right property and gave me instructions to reach our camp.
When we arrived at the camp, we were all a bit surprised as the camp itself is called Meadow View, the photos in the advertisement clearly show a meadow with a lake, but it was honestly just a very large, mostly dirt pasture. Upon reading the listing again I realized that it mentioned the lake was a 5-minute walk, so that misunderstanding is on me. Besides a few trees, the camp also had a small windmill with a solar panel array on the front which powered a water pump that dispensed water into a large steel tub for the horses that roam the pasture. And down the hill, a little way from the campsite, there was a porta potty.
Now, I have been to music festivals, and I have even camped in the deserts of Mexico with thousands of people and a limited number of porta potties. However, never in my life have I ever seen a porta potty in the state that this one was in. It was literally a couple inches from being full, and unusable. The service record indicated that it had not been serviced since June, and I have photos that prove this. As it was late at night, we agreed that we would bring it up with the host in the morning and inquire about the dozen eggs that we had purchased but that they had not provided.
When we woke, we found multiple horses in our camp. This probably sounds rather idyllic, but it wasn't. These horses clearly had learned that some humans will give them food. As we had been instructed to not interact with the animals in any way, we weren't sure what to do. It's a 600-800 lb animal trying to bully food out of you. One of the largest male horses then approached my six-year-old nephew and began to eat the cereal out of his bowl. This was completely unacceptable and potentially dangerous.
I then went to speak to our host to inquire about the eggs, the porta potty, and what she would suggest we do about the horses. The host went to get the eggs, which she gave to me in a dirty plastic bag, and turned to walk away. I had to ask her again about the porta potty, at which point she mumbled something about needing to call someone. I then asked what she suggested we do about the horses -- she didn't have any suggestions.
Returning to camp, we began to pack up so we could head out for the day, hoping that the porta potty would at least be serviced by the time we returned. Then, the same large male horse that had eaten my nephew's cereal, walked up to our trash can, kicked it over -- and began to eat the garbage. We loaded up the car and went down to the host to inform her what was happening; she did not care in the least. The only response I received was that it sounded like her horse named Pilot. Unsure as to what to do, we headed out for the day. When we returned, there was trash strewn about the camp, and the porta potty had not been serviced.
The next morning, something was wrong with the horse's water pump. I know this because when we woke there were six horses in our camp, all of whom looked extremely agitated. And as time passed, they became so agitated that two of the horses began to fight running directly through the center of our camp and nearly trampling my brother-in-law.
This was the point when we said enough is enough. We decided to pack up and leave a day early as a dirt field wasn’t worth the risks and unkept facilities that accompanied this Hipcamp.
We packed out properly, took our trash to the garbage cans, and left. And then we spent one more amazing day at the river before we headed home. I messaged the host on the Hipcamp messaging app informing them that we would not be returning. I received no response, which I'm sure by now you are not shocked by, neither was I.
Pretty and private - fix the potty!
We spent 4 nights at Meadow View on Ascension Ranch.
We are very seasoned campers used to all sorts of different environments. We normally tent camp but we rented our first RV for this trip (so glad we did!). The site was spacious with more than enough room for our 4 adults, 2 kids with an RV and a Travel Trailer. Nice area with plenty of trees. Very hot and dusty at this time of year (100 degrees +). It is quiet with plenty of room between campsites.
The horses were a pro and a little con. Most of them were very friendly and approachable and fun to watch and say hello to. They typically stopped by two to three times per day. The two geldings could be very pushy and very difficult to move away from the table when you were preparing food. You have to put EVERYTHING away when you are not at the table. The horses will explore every item. We lost a coffee carafe finding that out 😊. Overall having and enjoying the horses was worth it but you should be very comfortable with them or this isn’t the spot for you. We did worry that it didn’t seem like the horses were getting enough water so if the owner sees this hopefully they will check. It was almost always bone dry by the time the horse pecking order worked it’s way through (mares first in case anyone wants to know 😊)
The walk to the lake is 25-30 minutes with quite a few hills. This is not a walk to make with all your beach toys, etc. the lake is just too low to make it feasible at least in high temp months (not the fault of the ranch but maybe should be in the site details). The site/ranch is close to Folsom Lake Recreation area which was where we went to swim and relax and bring our beach toys. It was $12/day per car. Keep in mind Folsom Lake is very low right now and surrounded by very deep mud. It’s an easy walk down but a somewhat brutal walk up if you go when it’s so hot.
We never met Roshan and her husband maybe if they were there we would not have had any issues. The porta-potty was truly horrendous! Just about full to the brim and filthy everywhere inside – truly unusable unless you are totally desperate. It is also not just for the Meadow View campsite but is shared with another very large camp site.
There is ONE trash can at the site – if you have a large group or are staying multiple nights you will need a safe place to put all your extra trash because if you don’t lock it away the horses WILL get into it and you will have quite a mess on your hands. The can is literally strapped to a tree – put the lid on tight!
We had no problem with the two dogs on the ranch but were told one of them wasn’t friendly so that was a little concerning since they can freely move around.
We had no issue with bringing in our own water but make sure you bring plenty especially at this time of year.
We would possibly go back at a cooler time of year but not without making sure the porta-potty situation was dealt with. For the cost of the site this should be a given. Trash really should be handled as part of the cost as well in my opinion.
Secluded, lots of room, shaded. Lake is about a 20 min walk. The host Mike/Jenna are good people. Willing to help out w/ whatever to make the stay that much better. We were able to fill up w/ H2O when we got in. It was cool seeing the horses and other animals roam around. Caution Stinky the goat tried to bully his way to the food and was able to snag a banana.
A wonderful time!
Awesome staff and lots of laugh with all the farm animals! It was a great 2 nights, 3 day stay. We had amazing beef and enjoyed swimming at the lake! Don’t forget to rent the ATV’s, it was a blast riding and exploring the camp. After a hot day the cool nights were very enjoyable. My family and I cannot wait to come back!
Very hot and dusty dry in june…
We booked this site in April for June 18 wondering it would be nice but when we get there it was so dry ,dusty and very Hot. Setting up tent and putting thing together was very exhausting . Felt like shouldn’t have come around this time. Owner was very fast in responding but very little reception on phone line. Disappointment was when we get there was the portable potty was very smelly and they have been trying their best to fix but they couldn’t but luckily I bought my pop up portable potty and very other family had to use in bushes . Foxtail everywhere . Horse are very cute . But careful when you set up your food they come and go and they tends to welcome and eat your food if you leave it out . So it’s kinda extra work dealing with leaving your stuff on the table. Which the picnic table was near the shade and have a little fences so the animal don’t come to our station. Overall we enjoy our stay . Lake looks beautiful but another exhausting walk during the hot days . Long walk and it’s too much work just to go to the lake . Which the lake was near too and no shade at all by the lake . Plan very carefully when you go to ascension meadows ….
Beautiful but do your homework!
Pros: plenty of space to bring a big group, solitude with a great deal of space between campsites, in the evening horses come to the campsite to drink, goats pass through in the afternoon, close proximity to Folsom State Lake facility for day use.
Cons: My 8 year old was nearly thrown off a very tall horse! The horse rides should only be taken if you are experienced. Although Jenna is as sweet as can be and try’s her best, she’s not experienced enough to handle all the horses on the ride or handle a horse who runs off. We heard coyotes howling all night and they sounded close by. The lake is further than advertised- about half an hour walk. We went to the state park day use and it was much better.
Overall, a beautiful and special spot but be aware of cons!