Hipcamp host Matt D.,
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Perfectly situated within a 30-minute drive to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park Entrance!

Welcome to Downer Ranch 1 Agricultural Tourism site. We offer a wide variety of agricultural experiences. We now offer horse boarding onsite! Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering horseback riding until the 2021 season. All required facilities are now available onsite, inclu


Perfectly situated within a 30-minute drive to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park Entrance!

Welcome to Downer Ranch 1 Agricultural Tourism site. We offer a wide variety of agricultural experiences. We now offer horse boarding onsite! Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering horseback riding until the 2021 season. All required facilities are now available onsite, including non-permanent compost toilet tents (while permanent facilities are being built), Enclosed Outdoor Shower, Outdoor eating area with seating with solar lights and a BBQ that offers both Charcoal and Gas grilling options :)

Communal fire pit is the only allowable space for open flame as we are in high fire danger season. NO FIRES AT YOUR CAMPSITE! Violation of this policy will void your stay with no refunds.

We currently have 6 horses that are free to roam the property. They love any candy that is peppermint or sugar cubes and the likes. 

FYI- That is how you win them over :) They probably won't leave your side after! 

Downer Ranch is situated on 72-acre 100-year former cattle ranch and gold mine that is fully fenced with 3 cattle corrals. We are an animal rescue and sanctuary that also operates a campground, equestrian and hiking trails throughout our entire 72 acres along with another landlocked 140 BLM acres accessible at the top of the mountain.

Currently 6 horses live onsite are completely free to roam, so please be mindful when sharing their home and please remember to secure the gate when you enter and leave the property, they are escape artists! 

This amazing and beautiful property has a neat history as well, including a 100+ year cattle ranch, logging and even a gold mine dating back to 1902! Many of the mining/logging/ranching roads have recently been graded. The property is mostly rolling hills with a neat steep hiking trail to the top of the mountain which brings you to the top of the property that joins the 140 acres of BLM land.

WINTERTIME RECOMMENDATION - It is highly advised to have a 4x4 or AWD vehicle during this time. Once the heavy rains start, the roads can be very slick and muddy.  Winter is usually December to February. Please message the host if you have questions as to weather and road conditions during your stay.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
99 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Back-in site
Max length 34ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Matt a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 5PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 18 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off

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Horseback riding

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Off-roading (OHV)

Please see host for OHV rules and policies. Must sign release of liability. Please see host for this.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Downer Ranch Animal Sanctuary in California.


We are slowly opening the old gold mines up. That consist of 2 caves and an additional being shred up.


Oak cluster Forests throughout the 72 acres.


We have several canyons all a nice short walk to access.


We have 2 small mountains that gain a 1000ft elevation lookout.

River, stream, or creek

We have 5 dry creeks (Only active during heavy winter and early spring).


We have 3 waterfall only active during heavy winter rain or snowfall.


We have chickens that produce both eggs our for dispatching that are free range and very friendly.


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Hipcamper Daniel

Magical, secret paradise

Daniel L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 25th, 2020

Matt's ranch is one of the most special places I've ever been. I only wish we'd had more time to explore the 72 acres, and to spend time with the wonderful horses and dogs. It was possible to hike down and hang out with Matt and the animals if we wanted to be social, and to trek up into the mountains and wooded paths if we wanted a little more seclusion. Spending a few hours reading in the shadow of a flowering tree, watching the sunlight shift in the valley, reading a book as a piebald horse came by for a pet, made for perhaps the best afternoon I've ever had. Not to mention that Matt was a lovely, generous host, who I feel lucky to have met. Highly recommended.

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Hipcamper Rachel

Private campin spot under the stars

Rachel M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 29th, 2020

Our stay on the ranch was wonderful! Matt was a great host, very kind! We woke up to the horses surrounding our van, and all of the other curious animals that live on the property giving us a warm welcome! We drank our coffee with one of the chickens on board the van as well as one of the sweet ranch dogs. All in all, a beautiful spot to come and camp out for the night

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Hipcamper Scott
Scott B.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 15th, 2020

Matt is a responsive host and the property is nice for camping. Great location nearby to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

In my opinion, there were too many folks staying on the property during our visit. In normal times it would have been fine, but given the current COVID pandemic I thought the facilities (bathroom, fridge, etc.) were inadequate for the number of people staying.

Hipcamper Ileana

Convenient spot and nice host

Ileana R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 8th, 2020

Matt made our stay at Downer’s Ranch great. Even though it was really cold outside, he came out, welcomed us, chatted and gave us tips. What he’s doing to provide a home to 2 dogs, horses, chickens, (and maybe more?) is truly incredible. You just have to like animals to stay here! You might have to clear some horse poop for your tent or triple check that you’re not accidentally letting Cookies, the very energetic, outdoorsy dog ,into the road when you drive out. He likes to follow you!
The pickings for restaurants or markets are extremely slim nearby so be prepared food-wise. But the fire pit he’s made in the communal area is huge and there’s a great BBQ if you bring some charcoal.

About a 30 minute drive into the National Parks, so it’s a great launching place.

No service for us (we had ATT), but there’s complimentary WiFi!

All in all, this spot is very functional/convenient for Sequoia and King’s Canyon explorations, and Matt is super nice. It’s just the fact that you’re sharing space with many other animals that gives this place some unique characteristics that non-animal lovers would find challenging.

Hipcamper Renee

Not great.... yet

Renee E.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 11th, 2020

Matt has a nice piece of property and some exciting plans for it, he’s very friendly and will tell you all about it. The campsites are rough and the property is disheveled. Trash, random parts, bones and unconnected hoses and ropes lying around. There was just one tent bathroom and water was not marked. The mosquitos were vicious and lots of flys since you are on a horse property with droppings. Might be nice once the projects are complete.

Hipcamper Jose

Exactly what he advertises!

Jose T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 14th, 2020

This place is exactly what he advertises, an animal sanctuary. I was greeted by Matt with a super friendly smile and recommendations as to where we should go. The horses do roam free and it’s cool to see them hanging out around the property. If you have a 4WD capable vehicle with good clearance you can rip straight up the mountain. Overall it was a great time and I definitely intend to go back with my friends.

Hipcamper Melissa

Girls weekend adventure

Melissa H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 15th, 2020

We had a group of girls go up and had a great time feeding the horses peppermint candy. We trucked up the mountain and picked a spot that was a bit farther away from the cleared areas so it was an adventure to find places that were level for the tent. We drove up into the park in the afternoon to kill some time at the lake. We had a great time!
Just a couple things to be aware of...... really no toilet so expect to water the trees and bring a shovel.
Trash service isn't great either so expect to "pack it out".
It would be a good thing to bring shade and if you want/need the fire pit you better stay in the cleared areas by the motor home.
Matt was friendly and helpful and loved sharing the animals.

Hipcamper Lauren
Lauren S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 24th, 2020

Matt was very welcoming, accommodating and informative host. He allowed us to use already established tent, which was fantastic. However, it was hard to justify the price given the proximity to the road, basic amenities and cleanliness of the property. Would recommend to Matt to lower the price.

Hipcamper Jenna

Good views and friendly host

Jenna B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2020

Matt was very friendly and easy to communicate with. I greatly enjoyed his property and learning about the land. So close to Kong’s Canyon and amazing views!

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