*PLEASE READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE BOOKING! ***Please check in before 5 PM in the Winter months & before 7 PM in the Summer months.*** In-Ko-Pah Spirit Retreat is a Sky Show of Stars and Powerful Energy! Located in far E. San Diego County High Desert area of Jacumba Hot Springs, CA 91934. Not far from the U.S. Mexican Border. Considered part of the In-Ko-Pah Mountains.
*PLEASE READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE BOOKING! ***Please check in before 5 PM in the Winter months & before 7 PM in the Summer months.*** In-Ko-Pah Spirit Retreat is a Sky Show of Stars and Powerful Energy! Located in far E. San Diego County High Desert area of Jacumba Hot Springs, CA 91934. Not far from the U.S. Mexican Border. Considered part of the In-Ko-Pah Mountains. You will be traveling 1.6 miles on a dirt road with some bumps & ruts to reach Inkopah Spirit Retreat which sets on 10 acres off the Utility Grid. When it rains the road can get slick and 4 or all wheel drive might be necessary and in some areas the dirt turns to clay and vehicles may get stuck. Great Views & Hiking! Four Camps to Choose from: 1. Home Base - available for retreat, ceremony, ritual & camping. Host is available to facilitate: Retreats, Ceremonies, Meditation & Eclectic Energy Process by special arrangement. Sites 2 & 3 are more remote .13 of a mile from Home Base and campers need to pack gear in on a rough trail. 2. Vortex - Given this name because a shaman visited my property and claimed there was a energy vortex at this spot. 3. Earth Shrine - given this name because there was "Your Wish for the World" ceremony held here where participants wrote down their wish for the world and placed it in wooden box and hid them in the crevices and rocks. 4. Water Tank - site with an awesome view of Imperial Valley and on clear days you can see the Salton Sea. Stars! Stars! and more Stars! This site has two (2) fire pits and can accommodate up to 10 campers. Or you can walk the property with host and choose your own site. On arrival you will most likely be greeted by Bosco my dog. He is friendly and his barking is just to let me know you have arrived. I also have 5 hens and 2 cats. The most common remarks that visiting campers have are; "Such special energy present here. So peaceful, healing and therapeutic!" ***BEWARE - This is Rattle Snake Country! Bring a Comb to Dislodge any Cholla Cactus that may get attached to your Skin or Clothing.***I would suggest checking the Extended Weather Forecast before Booking and in rainy weather the dirt road can get muddy and impassable. Extreme winds occur in this area, at times! And PLEASE! There is no Trash Removal Service here off the Grid, So What You Bring in, Please Pack Out "Leave No trace". Thank you! LGBQT+ Friendly!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Wow! This place is definitely one-of-kind. Greg is a very kind and conscientious host. He welcomed me and gave me a quick tour of everything so that I would feel comfortable. Then he gave me privacy for the remainder of my stay.
The location was stunningly beautiful, clean, and remote. Do note, however, that this is not car camping. You will need to plan ahead for food storage and do not plan to make a trip to the car once night falls. The walk to the site is steep and requires good coordination to navigate. The drive to the location was also quite an off road experience, though if I was able to do it in a Honda Civic, I imagine all will be able to make the trek.
Overall, I am in deep awe at Greg’s design and approach to create such a wild experience. Definitely recommend for someone who wants more of a rugged experience than than the car camping one may be used to.
Also, Greg’s dog is amazing.
This is one of those places that you can only hope to come across in your lifetime. It is a bumpy road going up into the high desert to reach the beautiful property surrounded by mountains, incredible desert flora and mica dusted stones lining the single lane road. Once you arrive Bosco the dog greets you with Greg the owner right behind him. Greg is incredibly welcoming and gives you a lay of the land as you settle into your new environment. We had originally booked site #2 but we switched with another guest for the home base spot. My husband and I came with our 2 year old and since we did not travel light the hike up to Vortex site was too much for us. We can't wait to come back and stay at Vortex, just need to pack a little lighter! Greg is a beautiful soul who instantly connected with our family. We will definitely be coming back to Inkopah Spirit to bath in the incredibly energy.
This was my first Hipcamp experience, and I’m so happy that we chose In-Koh-Pah Spirit Retreat because Greg is such a lovely and welcoming host! He seems like a genuinely kind-hearted person who was driven to make our experience as positive as possible. Whether it was from providing insights into the land, on which the campgrounds sit, to suggesting nearby hikes and activities (yoga, meditation, etc.), Greg was so open and friendly. He even let us leave our handprints, in paint, on the unity wall that he has on boulders above his home. Such a highly recommended experience overall :-)
Great place to get away
I had a fantastic time. Greg is a wonderful host, and has done an amazing job with his property. He is very knowledgeable of the area and can point you in the right direction for hiking or mountain biking that suits you. I thoroughly enjoyed cooking on the fire, looking at the stars at night, and hiking. I also took my bow & arrow and a field target with me and enjoyed shooting at 20-25 yards at my campsite. Here are a few things a potential camper is going to want to know, and a few tips I recommend specifically for site #3.
#3 is at the top of the hill behind the cabin. It is very private and you have a lot of space to yourself up there.
#3 is maybe 100 yards from the cabin. It backs up to a massive boulder/rock mound. You can climb to the top of the mound for even more beautiful views. To the south, you see Mexico. North you can see the Anza-Borego Desert and the south end of Salton Sea, When looking east at night, you can see the lights of El Centro. To the West are beautiful mountains that you can watch the sun set behind.
#3 is a short distance from the car, but it is straight up the very steep hill. You definitely want to make sure you have your gear in as few bags/carriers as possible. The less you take, the fewer trips up and down. However some items may be worth an extra trip, if you ask me. I will detail those things next.
There are no trees, shrubs, or rocks to create any kind of shade. If you have a pop-up tent, or something you can set up to create shade, you will have a more enjoyable experience.
I took the extra trip to carry up a camping chair. Totally worth it in my book.
There are a lot of cacti and stickers everywhere...including around the campsite. Rigid footwear is crucial. I highly recommend very good padding for sleeping on. These campsites are not like the typical "State Park" sites with a sandy tent pad, etc. They are more primitive than that. I do not say that as a negative in any way. I actually really loved how rugged the setup was.
It's the desert, take a lot of water.
Overall I really loved my stay at In-Ko-Pah Spirit Retreat. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fantastic place to get away.
Beautiful scenery. great host 💯
Greg was an awesome host!! Him and Bosco showed us to our site, as well as were to hike looking for stones. We had an amazing time and will definitely be back to stay again.
We were definitely happy campers at In-Ko-Pa Spirit Retreat. It was such a treat to do a quick get-away from the city and enjoy the outdoors. Greg was so kind and such a welcoming host. He even helped us charge our electric car with wind power. My friend and our three daughters stayed at site 4 (water tank). We were able to drive to the site (on a bumpy road) and set up our tent nearby. The views of Imperial Valley and the Salton sea were spectacular and we had an amazing night sky.
Things to note: The outhouse is about a 3 minute walk at home base. It’s clean and stocked with Lysol wipes and sanitizer. There is well water access at site 4. It was very windy and took all of us working together to pitch our tent. We had to stake it in well and tie the fly down tight. It was a challenge but fun. I highly recommend the In-Ko-Pa Spirit Retreat if you are looking for some quiet time out in the desert.
Serene nature getaway
Greg greeted us with a mask on. Fortunately, there is more than enough space to practice social distancing, so check-in/out is the only time you really needed to wear one. Greg's location is wonderful, tucked away in the hills in a desert-like setting. The rock formations and colors are wonderful and contrast greatly to the monotone of the Ocotillo desert on the other side of the hill. Located near many hiking spots, off roading sites, and more. We can't wait to go back.