Hipcamp host Ellyn H.,
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We are so excited to host you! This area has the unique designation of a community with privately owned property in the middle of the Anza Borrego State Park.  Primarily due to rugged outdoor loving folks in the 1930's that would make the 6 hour journey by car from San Diego to spend time among the jackrabbits, kit foxes and burros!

About the property


We are so excited to host you! This area has the unique designation of a community with privately owned property in the middle of the Anza Borrego State Park.  Primarily due to rugged outdoor loving folks in the 1930's that would make the 6 hour journey by car from San Diego to spend time among the jackrabbits, kit foxes and burros!

About the property

Our property is not a commercial campground. You will be "glamping" at our home. The five acre parcels are "Jack Rabbit Homesteads"  granted in 1938 that ensure privacy and back up to Cleveland National Forest. George Leetch of Canebrake said it best...the people who come here "find the peace and beauty of the desert vastness a healing seclusion and comforting relief from the frenzied outside world”. We work to cultivate an atmosphere of united fellowship and good-neighborliness prevails, but a respect for privacy is held in high regard.

We are on the floor of the AB desert surrounded by hiking and four wheel driving trails. The closest town is Julian to the north 45 minutes away and Ocotillo to the South 25 minutes away You can find hot springs 5 minutes away and the stars at night are endless. There are several small stores 10 to 15 minutes away to buy ice and sundries should you need them. 

For those looking for outdoor adventures there are four hikes of varying levels directly from our site. There are hot springs 5 minutes away as well as four-wheel drive roads. If you want snow, Julian is 45 minutes away up the mountain and offers good opportunities for snow play. Off-road biking is available in Ocotillo which is 25 minutes away to the South. Road biking is super fun from our site as there is so little traffic where we are!

We live onsite and like to greet Hipcampers at arrival and then leave them to enjoy themselves. We do offer different extra experiences as well if you want to hike, learn to bubble, or learn to prepare raw food. Make sure you take a look at our ‘extras’ during booking if you would like to do one of these.

About the listing

This listing is our tent or platform style listing. 

Pitch your tent or sleep outside on the platform at The Willows...OK the willows are "snags." But, out on the desert floor you will be with a walk to the new Willows Wash-room on a lined pathway.  Enjoy the great outdoors knowing it's a 1 minute walk to toilet and shower.  I like to wrap myself in a tarp, sleep on the platform and call myself a burrito.

The site has a cooking station and sink with water supplied through a hose. There is a cooler to use to store your dry goods. We have big brown umbrella for you to use and a private firepit. 

Amenities listed below:

-Private shower and toilet for each listing

-Private fire pit

-Potable water via spigot

-Cooking station with sink

-Wifi available, no cell service

-Fully house trained pets allowed

-Trash, Recycling and Composting bins available

-Laundry service available

Additional details to note

Bring your own firewood or buy some from us. Quiet hours are after darkness falls until sunrise please.

Campsite area
Tent site
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry present
Have a question? Send Ellyn a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

You know what would make this trip even better?

Take advantage of these offers available to add to your trip to The Willows -Tent/Burrito Camping


Vegan Raw Food Prep with Ellyn

In this two hour workshop, learn about preparing your food raw for health and...Read more

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Mr. Heater

Unit per stay. Bring extra Colman Green Propane Bottles if you need them.......Read more

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Bubbling with Ellyn for adults too!

Ellyn (and John) toured the US performing The Bubble Show (check out our Face...Read more

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Firewood bundle

Start your trip off right with a bundle of 6 pieces of firewood waiting for y...Read more

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Anza Borrego Jr. Explorer

The adventure begins with a bandana challenge that you can complete as a fam...Read more

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Trailer Cooler for the Daytime Heat

You can have your hot desert and some cool too by renting the evaporative coo...Read more

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Hiking with Ellyn

Learn the plants and animals of the desert habitat of Anza Borrego in a one h...Read more

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)


Natural features you'll find at The Willows -Tent/Burrito Camping in California.


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Hipcamper Komathi

Dancing under the moon light!

Komathi S.
recommends this listing.
April 18th, 2022

The moment I saw Ellyn and Nimue again, I felt the positive energy of the camp in my soul. This camp makes me forget all my real life stress, real life logistics and problems instantly.
My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the campsite, the stars, the bonfire, night walks under the full moon light, dancing to latin tunes around the fire...it was simply magical and therapeutic to our souls.
I cannot thank Ellyn enough for running a campsite as beautiful as this so remote in the desert. Ellyn has put in so much effort to making people happy. Very blessed to have met Ellyn and enjoyed this campsite.

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Hipcamper Sonia
Sonia O.
recommends this listing.
April 11th, 2022

Thank you to Ellyn for sharing such a special spot in the desert. The sink and bathroom setup made for a comfortable and pleasant stay in the hot desert. This camp spot was so unique and allowed us to fall asleep under shooting stars.

Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren W.
recommends this listing.
March 16th, 2022

We loved camping at Ellyn’s place! The setting was beautiful and we enjoyed the campsite amenities. Ellyn herself is a gem.

Hipcamper Margaret

You want desert solitude?this is it

Margaret W.
recommends this listing.
March 4th, 2022

If you want solitude, this is it. This was my first time staying on private land, instead of a campground. There was no one around. I could hike in to the desert, and saw no people, no buildings, heard to cars. It was great. The owners 5 acres is up against Cleveland National Forest (which is desert, not forest, just to be clear).
There was a cold front when I was there for 2 nights, and rain, so I opted to stay in one of her Airstreams instead of tent camping.

Hipcamper Tracey
Tracey M.
recommends this listing.
February 21st, 2022

Tent camping on Ellen’s wonderfully eclectic property was a perfect way to enjoy the desert! She is a gracious host and we will be back again!

Hipcamper Carly
Carly O.
recommends this listing.
February 8th, 2022

Ellyn's place was beautiful and completely silent. We had everything we needed with the tables, sink, hose, and bathroom facilities. We also got the chance to hike in the wash near the site. We enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back next time we're in Borrego

Hipcamper Becca
Becca M.
recommends this listing.
January 9th, 2022

The campsite is absolutely amazing! Ellyn is so sweet, and the location is perfect for exploring and star gazing. There are easy trails in all directions, so if you don’t want to drive anywhere you can still enjoy nature.

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Hipcamper Ellyn
Response from Ellyn, the Host, on February 8th, 2022

Thanks for the pix and it was great having you out!

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Hipcamper Corey


Corey S.
recommends this listing.
December 28th, 2021

Ellyn was kind, passionate and respectful! She really loves what she does and takes pride in sharing her land. The space was great - it had a platform, firepit (but you need your own grate if cooking on it) and running water - definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Stacy

Sleep under the stars!

Stacy H.
recommends this listing.
April 18th, 2021

What a slice of desert heaven! The space itself looks out onto a valley, meandering walks thru ocotillo forests and boulder washes are right at your hearth, and Ellyn is a fount of knowledge. Her energy is so warm and kind! Bring a sleeping pad and bag and sleep under the incredible light show of night sky. Ellyn has a huge umbrella to sit under and read during the warmer daylight hours and there is plenty of cool water to fill your pack before a brisk morning hike. Overall, a gem in the desert!

Sunrise from the platform!This is the road to get to Ellyn’s place. :)Because selfie.Ocotillo forest!
Anza Borrego Glamping
United States
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