Hipcamp host Jim R.,
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Open air sites for car and motorcycle camping on a 200ft mesa looking over a vast central California Valley to the west.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Jim a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Songdog West Campsites in California.

Desert
Canyon

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Hipcamper Phillip
Phillip M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 20th, 2021

We had an amazing stay at Songdog! Jim stopped by to say hello in the morning and we had a riveting round of catch the stick with a local pup :-) . We will be returning as soon as we can! It does get pretty chilly in the evenings, so stock up on firewood. Thanks for having us, Jim!

Hipcamper Ko
Ko T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
October 18th, 2021

I stayed at Camp 4 West site for an overnight solo camping, and it was exactly what I needed - a tranquil, serene getaway from hustle bustle of city life.
Jim’s Campground is very well maintained. There is a picnic table, a fire ring, and a couple of chairs to sit by the fire (nice touch!). These days I try to practice “pack in pack out” philosophy but for those who like the convenience there’s a trash bin set up as well.
Potable water is available and several outhouses (super clean) are located on the ground.
The sunset was gorgeous, and I had a great time reading a book by the fire in the evening, and watching and listening to birds in the morning.
Thank you, Jim, for sharing your beautiful place with others!

Camp 4 WestCamp 4 West Sunset was spectacular
Hipcamper Christina

Wonderful camping spot

Christina S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
October 9th, 2021

I had site #3 which looked over a beautiful valley. The toilet was very close by and the site had everything I needed. There was a fire pit, picnic table, chairs, and tables. I was able to get decent service there with Verizon.

Hipcamper John
John J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
September 27th, 2021

We had a great time at Songdog Ranch! The host, Jim is a cool guy. We were able to purchase additional firewood from him when we were running low. There are several sites on the property but each site has a good amount of space and is relatively private. We arrived after dark but the directions were clear and we were able to find the site without an issue. I was driving a low sedan and had plenty of clearance on the dirt roads. Outhouses were very clean and a large trash bin was provided. The views were amazing. I would book again for sure.

Hipcamper Hannes
Hannes K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 26th, 2021

What can I say! It’s always pleasant to stay at Songdog.

The only downside is a perceived uptick of party crowds – people don’t realize bass carries pretty far in the desert (which is not Jim’s fault). Ladies and Gentlemen, there might be tired kids on the neighboring campsite, ramp down your rave around midnight. At least this crowd reacted pleasantly and respectfully when I did my Karen routine and asked them to quiet down a bit at 3AM.

Thanks for the jumpstart on Sunday Morning Jim!

Hipcamper Rebekah

Perfect weekend trip

Rebekah B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 26th, 2021

We did a weekend girls camping trip for my birthday, and this was the perfect spot. The campsites are huge (we were on site #1). Plenty of space for our 4 cars and 3 tents (and definitely room for more). The shade from the covered picnic table was a lifesaver as it was pretty warm during the day. The views were amazing, even with smoke in the air from the wildfires. Jim provides firewood for $1 per piece, along with matches, kindling, and lighter fluid, if needed. Recommend bringing a hammer/mallet for your tent stakes as the ground is pretty hard (we forgot ours and had to improvise). Only downside was the outhouse ran out of toilet paper, but we had brought some so no biggie. We will definitely be coming back for another trip!

Hipcamper Spencer

Sunset, sunrise and campfire songs.

Spencer H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 21st, 2021

Jim was the ultimate host! He greeted us upon arrival and gave us guidance as to the facilities and amenities. Small world as it appears my neighbor has been a regular there for many years.
The campsite exceeded all of our expectations and we were all extremely pleased at how many features and amenities there were provided. Well water from a tap with a dog dish and hose bibs, fire pit with grill, covered dining table bench with hooks and room for our cooking table, bathroom nearby and the views- whoa! Sunrise and Sunset were incredible. Well, it was amazing and we lucked out with the full moon. plenty of flat land for multiple tents and the mesa was very quiet. Played guitar by the campfire and had a great night's sleep listening to the coyotes.
Jim came by the just before sunset and made sure we we were all good. Truly a magnificent option if you want peace, serenity and views! I would recommend to anyone needing a break or stop over for a road trip. Super value!

Covered diningGreat sunsetsTons of flat land
Hipcamper Song
Song H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 19th, 2021

The campsite was very peaceful, quiet, and clean. The view on top of the campsite is very clear and the weather is decent. The host, Jim, is cheerful and very kind to every customers. I’m definitely coming back there again.thank you

Hipcamper Daniel

This is the spot!

Daniel R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
September 10th, 2021

Songdog is probably one of my favorites hipcamps! The views were perfect. Each camp site is massively spread out giving you a great sense of privacy. The toilets were very clean. Totally coming back.

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Awards

Best in 2021 California
Finalist
Best of 2019 California
Finalist
Best of 2018 California
Finalist
Property
Cuyama Badlands
State
California
Country
United States
$40/night
4 Sites

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