Hipcamp host Dan C.,
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Pitch your own tent on the shared hilltop in one of two designated spots, or you have the option to set up further down the trail away from the amenities - your choice. All campers have access to an outdoor kitchen, grill, multiple tables, an outdoor shower and bathtubs (propane heated). Also lots of wilderness trails (being aware of snakes and poison oak) and amazing vistas

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Pitch your own tent on the shared hilltop in one of two designated spots, or you have the option to set up further down the trail away from the amenities - your choice. All campers have access to an outdoor kitchen, grill, multiple tables, an outdoor shower and bathtubs (propane heated). Also lots of wilderness trails (being aware of snakes and poison oak) and amazing vistas on this 34 acre property just minutes outside of Calistoga, with lots of dining options. 

*Bring your own roll of toilet paper to be safe; can be wet in morning and/or multiple campers

*There is a possibility you will share the hilltop/amenities with one other camping party, max. They will either be in the other camp site ("Pitchtent") or in the "Tent Cabin," but there should only ever be two camper parties total.

*We have two old, friendly dogs! One will bark at first, but they don't bite; treats should be available in the camp and will quiet them down. When they get to know you, they're your new best friends (and the same with your doggies).

*Please be extra respectful of the privacy of our neighbors down the hill. 

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 34 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: flat
No Fifth wheels, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, or Class C RVs
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
No potable water
Laundry absent
No hot tub
No playground
Have a question? Send Dan a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Hiking
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Whaleback Ranch Tentpitch and Tub in California.

Forest
Mountainous

Places to see near Whaleback Ranch Camp and Tub

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Hipcamper Amber

Almost glamping!

Amber G.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2022

Dan’s spot was perfect for what we needed. I loved the bath experience, outdoor kitchen area, hot water availability, and electric outlets. The views were nice. We were conveniently located near petrified forest and wine country. Some considerations for future visitors- there are two large friendly dogs. It’s their home so there were some landmines around the campsite. Dan came out with a shovel and scooped and we did have to do some scoop maintenance during our visit. Also, the site is rather close to the home where the owners reside. That being said, it still felt very private and we used the tub cover propped for additional privacy while I bathed. The outdoor toilet is compost so essentially an outhouse with no house! Didn’t bother me or my husband a bit. We did do some hiking and there is petrified ash fallout for exploring. I would definitely stay here again!!!

Enjoying our dehydrated dinner and a cold beer!
Hipcamper Dave
Dave W.
recommends this listing.
June 22nd, 2022

Such a peaceful area, with great views, outdoor hot-tubs, and two very friendly dogs

Hipcamper Rebecca
Rebecca B.
recommends this listing.
June 6th, 2022

Dan & his wife were amazing hosts. they greeted us when we arrived and gave us recommendations for dinner in town.
when we got back, we had a nice soak in the outdoor tub and watched the fog roll in through the mountains; it was beautiful!
it rained overnight and they gave us a towel to wipe our things down & plastic bags for our wet items in the morning. very thoughtful!
before we left, we wandered on one of the trails on their property and came upon the most idyllic pod; we saw the tiniest cutest frog 🥰 haha
we didn’t end up using the outdoor kitchen but it was well equipped!
all in all, it was a perfect one night camping get away!

a pond down one of the trailsview of the misty mountainsthe view from the campsiteone of the outdoor tubs
Hipcamper Kenna

Cool experience

Kenna S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
June 5th, 2022

Beautiful views and friendly host. The host has some cute pups and the amenities are nice.

Hipcamper Andrew

Wilderness bliss

Andrew C.
recommends this listing.
June 4th, 2022

Wonderful little spot, good facilities and beautiful hiking area! Would happily stay again <3

Hipcamper Elizabeth
Elizabeth D.
recommends this listing.
June 3rd, 2022

The view is breath taking and so quiet! Short drive to Downtown Calistoga and everything you may need!

Hipcamper Todd

Naked mountain adventure

Todd S.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2022

Excellent price for over priced calistoga area. Spent the day at meadowlark using the day use pools (affordable and European style) and then crashing here. Made use of the tub and shower and grill. Dan was super responsive and allowed us to stay after check out since no one else was coming in that day. Spent the morning walking around naked with the dogs and enjoying the sun. Great place for budget travelers who don’t mind rustic. Do watch out for the prickly things that can get between dog toes, and the ruts on the driveway. We will def be back. The view from the toilet is lovely.

Hipcamper David

Cool bathtub with a view

David H.
recommends this listing.
May 9th, 2022

Great spot on top of a hill. Plenty of room for a small trailer. Very responsive host to all questions. Wonderful sitting on top of the world drinking coffee watching the sun come up on some rocks with a view. Even better watching the sunset from a large bathtub that holds two looking over the valley. Only minutes from Calistoga.

Property
Whaleback Ranch Camp and Tub
State
California
Country
United States
$65/night
1 Site