Hipcamp host Robert M.,
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In a small clearing with tall Pines all around you may hear their song in the evening breeze, trees and hills mute other sounds in this isolated camp site. In addition to the Pines there are many other tree and plant species to enjoy. You're located in between the Yuba River and the New Bullards Bar Reservoir, so plenty of great access to water. The Ranch house where I live


In a small clearing with tall Pines all around you may hear their song in the evening breeze, trees and hills mute other sounds in this isolated camp site. In addition to the Pines there are many other tree and plant species to enjoy. You're located in between the Yuba River and the New Bullards Bar Reservoir, so plenty of great access to water. The Ranch house where I live is a quarter of a mile away over a ridge or two and unseen in this quiet place. Deer and an occasional Bear may come by to see what you are doing in their forest. Back roads invite easy hiking while deep woods call the more adventurous. Please do not arrive after 8:00 pm unless you have coordinated a time with me prior to arrival. The sites are intended for tent camping so there is no access for camper vans except for very small ones.

Currently seeking funding through GoFundMe at yuba-canyon-vistas to enhance your camping experience through additional hiking trails and more. If you care to donate. Thank you. 

SITE 1                                                                                                                                                                      Site number 1 is TANBARK On this site you will meet a Tanbark Oak Tree , she is young yet but will give you nice afternoon shade. She is called Tanbark because the bark of her kin was once used in curing raw hides into leather. The bark stripped from these trees was placed in a vat along with water and the strong Tannic Acid helped in curing the hides. Deeper into the canyons and below the driveway leading to the property you can see some of her Grandmothers, many times larger and older. Your tree is probably 50 years old while they are 200 or more years old.  Note that this tree is one of several species of Evergreen Oaks that live on the property alone with other Oaks which are Deciduous and loose their leaves in the fall giving us a final golden show then. Your Tanbark isn’t showy at all and looks the same year round. She is a quiet tree and will see to your restful nights.


DOGWOOD  Shading your camp is a Pacific Dogwood tree, early in the year campers can enjoy her seasonal bloom but later you will have rosettes of Orange Red seed clusters for your pleasure.  Dogwood will give you nice filtered shade and attractive bark patterns as well as fall colors as she prepares to shed her leaves for the winter. These leaves compost and add to the richness of the soil in the web of life in the Forrest and are important part of a healthy environment . This is an important function but was overlooked by Forest Management Specialists only a few years ago and Dogwoods were classed as WEED TREES, fortunately that attitude is changing and contemporary understanding sees the forest as a network of many beneficial exchanges. As part of this exchange let the soft rustle of Dogwood’s  leaves lull you to blissful  sleep on a peaceful night under her branches.

Site 3 This site is being redone.  

Site 4

MADRONE  Here you will camp next to a young Madrone tree with the dark green substantial leaves of an EVERGREEN tree. These leaves are meant to last through a few seasons so they are sturdy, thicker and a little waxy as compared to the leaves of a Dogwood tree for instance. Your Madrone is not large but from your camp you can see other larger ones, especially a group that grew up from the base of a long ago grandmother, now a mini grove. Madrone is a motherly tree and gives much to others, in the Spring clusters of little lantern like flowers which smell nice and and produce Nectar  In the fall clusters of nutritious little fruits come on which look like mini Oranges and delight the Birds. On this small Ridge in addition to the trees you might find as I do a special quality, something that calls to the Spirit and I envision Native American people coming to this place to seek special understanding in times of stress or celebration. Mother Nature welcomes you here, rest well and enjoy special dreams.

Site 5

Greet the Sun. At site five you can see far over the river canyons to the top of The Sierra Crest, and early in the season, mountain sides of snow but at any time of year you may see the Sun come up over the the sharp outline of the Sierras Nevada Mountains. Depending on atmospheric conditions this can be quite dramatic as the day comes on back lighting the soft clouds that often gather above the high mountains. Such a great start for a day of exploring mountain trails or basking on the shore of the nearby Yuba River.

Site 6

The Hayfield, wait a minute where is the hay you might be thinking, well flash back to the year 1900 and you will see the hay, a whole hill top of it. It wouldn’t be the only Hayfield around for there were many others scattered through these hills. The Horse and Buggy era had it’s own negative Environmental impact. It took acres of land to produce enough hay to feed the Horses, Mules, and Oxen who did the work of moving people and freight from place to place, especially through these steep River Canyons. Think of it as  mile per fork of hay or MPH you get the picture. Of course now the hay is gone and in it’s place tall Ponderosa Pines as well as many other tree Species inhabit this hill top. One can see here the rejuvinative capacity of Nature when give a chance, so there is yet hope. Sleep here where hay once grew and dream of positive change.

Campsite area
Tent sites
5 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Robert a message!
  • Check in: After 7AM
  • Check out: Before 6PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Yuba Canyon Vistas in California.


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Hipcamper Brad

Canyon edge camping ⛺️

Brad S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 25th, 2022

Robert lives on the edge of a lush densely wooded canyon. His driveway snakes along to his meet and greet location. The home he built looks like a giant tree house hanging off the hill. From there Robert begins to tell you about his property. Then you follow him along the bumpy road that hugs the canyon to your site. Due to the dramatic terrain and the serpentine road the property feels vast. The tent sites feel very private and remote. I have explored this area for decades but this was a very new perspective for me. I loved it.

Hipcamper Rhani
Rhani R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 4th, 2022

Robert was an excellent host and the site was very private. Will book again!

Hipcamper Robert

Definitely private. site 4 on a hil

Robert B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 4)
July 17th, 2022

Overall we didn't stay. Robert was an awesome host. The site was definitely secluded. The site in general though was slanted. To the point it would be hard to sleep comfortably. Their was definitely fresh bear scat and a tree in the site where a bear was digging. It's the woods. That's to be expected. Great just not for us!

Hipcamper Zora
Zora R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 9th, 2022

Robert was a wonderful host. His camp spot is near some wonderful swim spots, and was very private. Robert gives a fantastic tour of local trees and is generally really sweet! 10/10 would recommend.

Hipcamper James

Private sites, close to river

James B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
June 26th, 2022

Great host, great camping spot. Beautiful property with sites that were very private. The spot we had was a little tight for 5 people, but it worked out well and was close to river. Robert is a super nice guy!

Hipcamper J

Beautiful, quiet campsites

J K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 24th, 2022

Robert was a wonderful & accommodating host! The land he is stewarding is beautiful, and it was so lovely to wake up in such a magical place.
Bring mosquito repellent!

Hipcamper Marrianne
Marrianne B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 10th, 2022

Robert is amazing! So friendly and knowledgeable about all the plants on his awesome property! We stayed at campsite 1 which had a picnic table and was not too far from a well kept outhouse! I can definitely see myself staying here again for another trip to the Yuba!

Hipcamper Nial “Adrienne”

Car camping

Nial “Adrienne” O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 9th, 2022

The stay was great. Quiet property. Robert was very nice and gave us a tour of some of the native plants which was really cool. Only thing is be prepared to drive to the river / trailheads. Thank you ! 4 WD recc'd.

Hipcamper jason

Not van accessible

Jason F.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 6)
July 25th, 2021

We pulled up with our Sprinter van for a two night stay and Robert came out shaking his head and told us we could not get to the camping area with our vans. We wish that was more obvious when we booked. Nonetheless we had to reverse out of his property on a dirt road and try to find somewhere else to stay at 8 pm. It made for quite the adventure!

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