Hipcamp host Jim R.,
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This is one of our most lavish campsites. This large round canvas tent is situated on a deck all by itself with its own view of the coastal mountains and the valley below. Basic essentials are provided; water, firewood, basket of cooking utensils and paper goods and 2 queen size 4" sleeping pads.  It can be cold, bring your sleeping bag. 

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
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: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)

2 miles up the canyon is 7,000 acres of National forest that is dedicated to off roading. Ballinger Canyon.

Horseback riding
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Songdog Glampout in California.


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Hipcamper Brad

Probably better options out there

Brad W.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 1st, 2020

I would not recommend going in the summer. The heat was way too hot to handle. The flies, bees and ants were really bad, so prepare for that appropriately. The water tub was basically a bath for bees. Views are great. Long drives to get to great hiking. Price could have been adjusted given the time of year and heat.
(Non-camp related) was not great seeing a Trump flag hanging on the pole as we entered. Made me regret booking this site.

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Hipcamper Collette
Collette R.
recommends this listing.
January 12th, 2016

Songdog Glampout is THE best spot to go if you are looking to see millions of stars and feel like you have the desert to yourself. Jim, owner of Songdog Ranch, is a truly amazing man and has great local wisdom/is amazing at suggesting things to do. We wandered around his property and hiked at Carrizo Plains - absolutely stunning views!! The campsite is situated near the top of the ridge line and is secluded and amazing. Can't wait to go back!
FYI - if you throw Jane (the farm dog) a stick or pinecone - she will be your new best buddy ;)

Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa W.
recommends this listing.
May 18th, 2016

Had the best time at Songdog! Went with 4 other people and had no trouble fitting 5 in the yurt (there were 2 full sized sleeping pads provided and we brought one of our own). Bathroom is a short jaunt down the road with an epic view. We made friends with one of the dogs on the property (what a sweetie) and she was totally cool around our own dog. Will definitely be coming back! Great host and great spot!

Hipcamper Steve
Steve P.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2016

We had a great time at the site. The night sky alone is worth it. My son quickly made friends with Jill and Jypsy (the two awesome ranch dogs) and Jim was super helpful with suggestions on what to do and where to explore that came in very handy for this trip and even for future trips. Definitely ask for the "tepid tub" - it's very humble and rustic but it will cool you down in the desert heat and make you feel like you're taking an authentic Old West bath!

Hipcamper Christine
Christine M.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2016

The glamping spot was great. The site was in clean perfect condition, with all the materials for a fire laid out when I arrived. I stayed one night by myself with 2 dogs, was just passing through, but it was a really neat experience and would love to come back with friends. It feels remote, with beautiful views and the stargazing is amazing. The outhouse is a short walk away.

Hipcamper Margo
Margo D.
recommends this listing.
March 21st, 2016

Songdog Glampout was amazing! I would highly recommend staying on the ranch. The campsite was very private, clean, and comfy. We watched the suns set and rise. Beautiful!

Hipcamper Christina
Christina H.
recommends this listing.
March 31st, 2016

Songdog Glampout is a gem. Secluded, serene, and lovely. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper Whitney
Whitney R.
recommends this listing.
August 18th, 2016

Songdog was great! Beautiful set up with huge tent, comfy mats, pillows, nice chairs around the fire pit and the quiet and solitude that was only rivaled by the incredible stars at night!

Hipcamper Jumong
Jumong K.
recommends this listing.
September 6th, 2016

It was great experience. camp was beautiful. saw so many stars and even milky way!


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