Hipcamp host Robert B.,
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PITCH YOUR TENT UNDER THE MAJESTIC REDWOODS ON THE OLDTIMERS SKID LANDING AND ENJOY THE PRIVACY, SERENITY AND THE SOUNDS OF NATURE ALL AROUND YOU.  EASY WALKING ON OUR PRIVATE LOGGING ROADS.  SEE THE RESULTS OF THE CZU FIRE AS YOUR HIKE DOWN TO THE PRISTINE AND BEAUTIFUL YEAR AROUND CREEK THAT RUNS THOUGH THE RANCH.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Remove your rubbish
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical connection
No water connection
No sewage dump point
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-in site
Max length 34ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Robert a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Experience the Chardonnay Sailing Charters

Fishing

THE RANCH IS JUST A SHORT DRIVE TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN. SANTA CRUZ HARBOR IS A 35 MINUTES DRIVE FROM THE RANCH.

Wildlife watching

All kinds of birds and critters!

Biking
Hiking
Paddling
Wind sports
Surfing

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at PEACEFUL REDWOOD LANDING in California.

Forest

UNBELIEVABLE HIKING THROUGH SEMI TO STEEP TERRAIN. REDWOODS, DOUGLAS FIR, MADRONE, TAN OAK, SO MANY TYPES OF PLANTS AND FERNS,...Read more

Mountainous

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS ON THE COASTAL SIDE. THE TOWN OF DAVENPORT SITS TO THE WEST OF THE RANCH.

River, stream, or creek

UNTOUCHED CREEK RUNS THROUGH THE RANCH. AMAZING BEYOND WORDS.

Ranch

SMALL WORKING RANCH. HORSES, GOATS AND CHICKENS. EGGS AVAILABLE.

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Hipcamper Branden

Beautiful camp site

Branden S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 12th, 2021

Amazing and kind hosts. They go above and beyond to provide a good experience. Pure silence in the woods that feels secluded yet safe. Very kind people running the operation.

Hipcamper Miriam
Miriam S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
October 12th, 2021

This review is for site 2 -- the one closest to the river. This is a very beautiful and private spot about a 10 minute walk from the main property. You can't drive down to it so the host takes you and your things in a golf cart. The site is very basic - at the time we went (a few months after they started this Hipcamp) there was a bucket toilet, no fire pit (also understandably no fires anyway at this time of year), and also the only water was the creek or hiking back up to the main property. The site is large with plenty of room for 4 tents and 2 picnic tables. We had a great time hiking down to the creek and just hanging out in the forest. The kids also liked meeting the animals and playing on the swingset and trampoline up near the house. Our hosts were super nice and accommodating.

Hipcamper Noah

Great!

Noah E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 4th, 2021

Great stay. Site #2 is super private and so nice next to a creek. Robert the host is very grascious and his ranch with horses is so nice. He has lots of land to hike around. Great location near santa cruz. The onlu issur is they recently had a fire here and its a bit ashy around. But would definately come again. Thanks robert!

Hipcamper elaine

So close yet so far away!

Elaine N.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 3rd, 2021

We had a lovely weekend at Redwood Landing, just what we needed. Very peaceful and quiet at the end of the road in the hills of Bonny Doon. We stayed at campsite 1 and be aware if you stay there it’s very open and exposed. Great for stargazing, but there’s a stretch in mid day when there is no shade anywhere in camp. We found a little spot down a trail to set up our hammock and lounge chair for those hours and it was fine.
Looking forward to trying campsite 2 next time which looks truly magical. Very near the creek so cooler/more shade, more wildlife, and the sound of running water all night.
The description mentions the CZU fire and that made me a bit nervous, but this area was spared the total devastation I’ve seen elsewhere from that fire. Most of the redwoods and a lot of other trees did survive here. It looks like a natural/healthy fire passed through here that cleared out much of the undergrowth.

Hipcamper Jenny

Serene, secluded oasis

Jenny C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 1st, 2021

Robert was simply an excellent host! He promptly met us at the parking area and drove us down to our beautiful and secluded campsite. We enjoyed the birds, creek, amazing redwoods, and nature bathing. It was our first camping trip with kids & they loved it. They quite enjoyed the mini “tractor” that Roberto transported us on. We were sent away with a great goodie bag of eggs & we heard the legendary story behind his property. Definitely a special trip. Thank you!

Hipcamper Dani
Dani S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 30th, 2021

We had a great time staying here! Doug and his family were so generous and kind, and we enjoyed the beauty and quiet of the property. We would definitely come back again!

Hipcamper brigitte
Brigitte T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 13th, 2021

Lovely stay on the Ranch. We stayed in Site 2 which was a extremely private. I enjoyed that the only thing i could hear from the site was the stream and nature. Started our day with a cold plunge in the stream and took day trips to santa cruz and pescadero. Would stay again. Thanks Robert!

Hipcamper Jane
Jane C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 7th, 2021

Doug was most hospitable and our group of 8 adults, kids and dog had a fun time last weekend at Site 1 - an open field w/ lots of room to run and play. Nice shady trail down to the creek and Site 2. The amenities are basic - picnic table, running water, and a bucket for potty. Lovely touch w/the tablecloth and flowers - very welcoming! Fresh eggs are delicious too.

Hipcamper Robert
Response from Robert, the Host, on September 28th, 2021

Thank you Jane for your review! We are so pleased that your crew had an enjoyable time here at Banks Ranch!

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Hipcamper Karin

Beautiful seclusion with creek

Karin J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 7th, 2021

Robert and Denise were wonderfully gracious hosts, and the property is wild and beautiful. Near their beautiful ranch home were goats, horses, a small play area, and Cinderella pumpkins to see. That is also where we refilled water bottles with drinkable water from a spigot. Our campsite, number two, was a mile off the road, and Robert took us and our things to the site in his all-terrain vehicle, which was a fun adventure. A toilet was provided but bring your own toilet paper. At night, owl and cricket sounds lulled us to sleep. By day, we could hear the creek below. The creek is so beautiful, it feels like a sacred space. Within close driving distance were the Roaring Camp railroad and Henry Cowell Redwood Forest with its Garden of Eden swim hole, both of which we really enjoyed. If you want the seclusion of a backpacking adventure while having access to a few amenities, this is perfect. We really enjoyed ourselves.

Creek down the hill from campsite #2Play area on the ranch.Cinderella pumpkin growing on the ranch. There were goats and horses on the ranch.
Property
BANKS RANCH IN THE REDWOODS
State
California
Country
United States
$95/night
2 Sites