Hipcamp host Diana C.,
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Note: Due to high demand, there is a minimum 2 night booking for weekends beginning on Fridays - February 8  thru September 15, 2021 requests

You can rent BOTH of our TWO SITES (Tipi and TENT/RV) for friends/family.

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION ON LISTING BEFORE BOOKING-It answers questions and helps you to camp s


Note: Due to high demand, there is a minimum 2 night booking for weekends beginning on Fridays - February 8  thru September 15, 2021 requests

You can rent BOTH of our TWO SITES (Tipi and TENT/RV) for friends/family.

PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION ON LISTING BEFORE BOOKING-It answers questions and helps you to camp successfully.

Camp and enjoy a comfortable, 18 foot tipi/tepee on a private, 32 acre ranch in Descanso, CA, located in the Cleveland National Forest.

AT&T cell service only!  Pick up WiFi near host's house 50 yds. away

We provide:

1.  The TIPI canvas, chairs inside (BYO sleeping bags/bedding, etc)

2.  Four 3" bare sleeping pads (moveable/arrange to your liking)

3.  Bathroom with shower, sink, toilet (shared use with one TENT site if  booked  (BYO personal stuff)

4.  Microwave

5.  Covered prep area

6.  BBQ  (Must bring your OWN charcoal, starter...everything)

 Tipi sleeps up to 4 people. Base price is for 2 people; $15 per extra person.

CHILDREN walking must be counted in your booking. 

A propane fire pit inside the TIPI ($15 extra per tank) is available providing warmth during cold months, October-June. Temps can be very cold at night here! Highly recommended. You can cook on the outdoor wood firepit and/or BYO camp stove

Check out all the property options such as fire pits, firewood, tour and shuttle under "Extras" at the left. Firewood from any outside source is not allowed due to possible wood diseases! Must buy from us as the wood comes from our property. Thank you.  Or, decide when you get here and pay us $10 cash per bundle.

Bring extra sleeping warmth!

Electric outlets around food prep area.

There is seating with soft lighting inside Tipi and lights at prep area.

The seasonal Sweetwater River flows through property (January-June/July). Abundant bird life!

There is a variety of hiking options and nearby trails connecting to California Riding & Hiking Trail and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park trailheads. Shorter hikes on our property (15-20 min) are great for kids and warm-ups. Hike 1 hour to a beautiful rock setting at Descanso Falls (not on most maps or google) 

Elevation here is 3,440 ft.

This TIPI experience is great for hikers, mountain bikers, road bikers and touring motorcyclists who enjoy camping. We also have parking for a horse trailer and 2 metal horse corrals ($15 each). Water for horses.

Watch an awesome full moon rise with no city light pollution! Stars galore!

Start your day already in the mountains! See EXTRA OPTIONS where HOST can shuttle you to a drop off point or trailheads in Cleveland National Forest & the Cuyamaca Mountains!

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This is also a great place to just read and enjoy the surrounding trees, birds and horses munching on hay or being trained. Trail rides offered 7 miles down road.

Take a break from the city life, breathe deeply and enjoy quiet, starry nights...well, maybe some coyotes yipping and howling!

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Diana a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 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 Sweetwater Tipi Camp


Sweetwater Tours

Sweetwater Ranch Glampout is located on Clark Ranch. Option 1: $30. Owner gi...Read more

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Firewood bundle

Start your trip off right with a big bundle of our oak and pine firewood wait...Read more

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Propane fire pit HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for warmth inside TEEPEE/TIPI November th...Read more

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Ride your mountain bike about 3/4 mi to Merigan Fire Road TRAILHEAD from our property. Host shuttles riders and hikers to trail...Read more


Closest fishing is 25 minute drive to Lake Cuyamaca. Check open season.


Easy-moderate hiking on our ranch trails 1,2,3 & 4 hour loop hikes from our ranch Close to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Horseback riding

There is a Trail Ride Horse Business 7 miles down the road from here. See Host for information


Bouldering on our property

Wildlife watching

Lots of birds, coyotes, bobcats, etc.



Natural features you'll find at Sweetwater Tipi Camp in California.


50-55 minute drive to San Diego beaches and beautiful, historic Hotel del Coronado and beach


50-55 minutes to San Diego coastal communities


Approximately 1 1/4 hrs to Anza Borrego State (desert) Park totally along scenic Highway 79


We are located in the Cleveland National Forest.

Hot spring

45 minutes away in Jacumba Commercial-day use


Lake Cuyamaca is a 25 minute scenic drive! Enjoy boating, fishing or hiking around its shoreline. Lots of pine trees and a good...Read more


Located in the Cleveland National Forest and Cuyamaca Mountains-a 25k acre park with many miles of beautiful trails.

River, stream, or creek

Sweetwater River runs through our property January - June

Swimming hole

Descanso Falls - Hike or drive to trailhead


Descanso Falls - hike or bike 2.5 miles from Sweetwater Tipi Camp during wet season (Dec-June)


32 acre ranch with oaks, pines, boulders, shaded areas, historic Indian encampment and historic barn. Lots of seating. Quiet. S...Read more


Approximently 1/8 mile dirt/gravel drive to tipi/barn area

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Hipcamper Ibeth

Deserves at least a 2-night stay!

Ibeth C.
recommends this listing.
May 10th, 2020

My family and I stayed here for just one night, but it was so much more beautiful and bigger than I expected. We only had time to hike to the waterfall and that was amazing! You really can see the stars at night. Our toddler was in love with the whole experience. The horses are so sweet. Diana and Ken are incredibly nice people that made us feel right at home! 100% recommend for a day trip and an extended stay trip, can’t go wrong! Thank you for our stay :)

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Hipcamper Nathaniel

Descanso (rest)

Nathaniel S.
recommends this listing.
April 5th, 2019

Diana and Ken are some of the most welcoming, warm, and accommodating hosts I’ve come across in my hip amp experience. Upon arrival, they asked if I needed anything and gave me a tour of the property, explaining the amenities available and introducing me to the resident animals: 14 horses and 2 dogs.

The tipi itself functions not only an aesthetic adventure, but a temporary home as well. There’s a portable fire pit centerpiece inside which provides warmth, lighting, and completes the experience before you doze off into a dream land.
The activities on the property are seemingly endless - star gazing, animal petting, horseshoe throwing, disc golf, hiking... the list goes on.
I’d recommend staying here to anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and experience a true descanso (rest).

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Hipcamper Diana
Response from Diana, the Host, on April 6th, 2019

Thank you, Nathaniel, please come visit us again!

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Hipcamper Gayatri
Gayatri D.
recommends this listing.
April 6th, 2019

Diana & Ken were the most gracious and flexible hosts who received us right before a strong Winter storm so they really got creative and shared their additional support and generosity of HEART. They are a delightful couple who have been stewarding the land for many years and the love and care they have for the whole history of the property truly shows! We felt so welcomed on every level and will most definitely return during the warmer Springtime seasons for the greener landscapes again. Thank you so much for your combined hospitality :)

Hipcamper Janet
Janet P.
recommends this listing.
May 3rd, 2019

I don’t know where to start because my family and I had such a wonderful experience.

It was the perfect relaxing getaway, Ken and Diana are the most welcoming sweetest people ever. The tipi is located on their property and they were nice enough to show us around and chat with us. Lots of exploring and hiking around. Perfect for a small family who hasn’t had much experience camping. I definitely recommend the sweetwater tipi.

Hipcamper Baylee

The perfect anniversary getaway

Baylee M.
recommends this listing.
May 4th, 2019

We had such an amazing stay! We booked the trip for our 2 year wedding anniversary and it was more than we expected. Diana and Ken greeted us when we arrived and gave us a tour of Clark Ranch. There’s a bathroom with a shower, a grill, a fire pit, horses, a stream within walking distance that they put boards on so you can cross, and of course the tipi! It’s very private and it was so awesome to walk outside the tipi at night and see all the stars. Diana and Ken are so kind and welcoming, they really do make you feel at home. It was definitely a trip we will never forget :)

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Hipcamper Sarah

You have to stay here!!!

Sarah G.
recommends this listing.
May 6th, 2019

This was one of the most amazing weekends I’ve ever had! Ken and Diana are the loveliest, kindest, and most accommodating hosts you could ever ask for and the site is truly incredible. Ken and Diana provided a history lesson of Clark ranch along with a tour of the premises and helped point us in the direction of an amazing hike! The teepee was spacious, comfortable, and stylish. Ken helped set us up with a fire inside the tent, on the bbq, and with the outdoor fire place. There was no shortage of heat! I can’t recommend this spot highly enough! I’ll definitely be coming back!!!

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Hipcamper linn

Second honeymoon

Linn C.
recommends this listing.
May 1st, 2020

This was a refreshing getaway from the City. Sleeping under the stars in a grand teepee should be a must do on everyone’s bucket list. The Clarks were most gracious hosts and had a certain rustic warmth to them, that just surpassed Americana. There was a nearby trail that lead to a watering hole to which we played in. The cherry on top was coming back to a BBQ and roasting marshmallows by the fire. Tranquility can easily be found on this campsite and I highly recommend it.

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Hipcamper Amanda

Will be back!

Amanda B.
recommends this listing.
June 13th, 2019

What a great experience. Diana and Ken really go the extra mile (literally... took us a mile down a trail to show us where to go) to make guests feel comfortable and taken care of. The ranch that houses the tipi is beautiful and alive, and a great place to get away for a couple of days. The trails in the surrounding area provided a nice hike, were not too challenging, and had some really pretty views. Definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Veronica

Great location!

Veronica P.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2019

Diana was a fabulous host! She greeted us, explained everything we needed to know and even helped us get started on a hike! The location is ideal. It is close to great hiking spots and Lake Cuyamaca. Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Diana
Response from Diana, the Host, on July 10th, 2019

We hope to see you again! You were wonderful campers!

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Diana's Descanso Camp
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