Hipcamp host Andrea B.,
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El Deseo Ranch is 1/2 mile east of La Cumbre Peak, the highest mountain in back of Santa Barbara. Our gate is off of East Camino Cielo, one of Santa Barbara County's most scenic mountain roads with spectacular views of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and Santa Ynez Valley. Our 160 acre ranch offers a quiet mountain retreat in the wilderness yet is only a half hour drive to

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El Deseo Ranch is 1/2 mile east of La Cumbre Peak, the highest mountain in back of Santa Barbara. Our gate is off of East Camino Cielo, one of Santa Barbara County's most scenic mountain roads with spectacular views of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and Santa Ynez Valley. Our 160 acre ranch offers a quiet mountain retreat in the wilderness yet is only a half hour drive to the City of Santa Barbara. Our land is mostly chaparral with pine forests on the higher peaks. There are several hiking trails nearby as well as rock climbing and bouldering. We are next to the Los Padres National Forrest. Hang gliders and paragliders have two launch spots close by. It is a popular spot for both mountain biking and road biking. We are 8 miles west of Divide Peak OHV area. We have a small herd of Miniature Nubian dairy goats on the property that enjoy hiking with guests. We also have chickens and four friendly dogs. We welcome visiting dogs who are friendly to strangers and new dogs. We can not accept any aggressive dogs on our property.

We offer private tent camping with scenic mountain and ocean views. Our tent area is about 60 feet from our parking area so you will need to walk a bit away from your car. We welcome car campers but our parking areas are not as private as our tent camping areas. Our RV space is just off our driveway so you will experience some traffic although it is usually less than 10 cars per day. 

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
2 sites
Up to 12 guests per site
Up to 4 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
Ask about max length
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Showers available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Andrea 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: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 98%

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We have 2 dome tents available for renting.

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

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Hiking
Wind sports
Climbing
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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch in California.

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Hipcamper Stefany

A whole new side of santa barbara.

Stefany H.
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(Dispersed site)
May 18th, 2022

I've been to Santa Barbara many, many, times and never experienced it like this before. The drive up was stunning view after stunning view, and then when we got to the site, the views were even better! You just feel like you're on top of the world up there.

Our dog got along wonderfully with the dogs at the site, and there were dog-proof containers to put our food in. Our trip was in the spring and there were so many wildflowers.

We did the goat hike. The goats were dehorned and super sweet, we even got to feed them. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the land, pointing out local flowers, etc. This will be a great memory to treasure. My only regret is that we didn't have time to explore the rock formations and pine trees.

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Hipcamper Dan

Beautiful mountainside camping 🏕

Dan G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 8th, 2022

Beautiful place to camp; we stayed at campsite #1

All the animals are wonderful: Gracie, Oli, the goats, etc

The hosts Andrea & Paul are lovely - we would highly recommend if ya looking for a retreat up In the mountains; just a 5min drive from beautiful views on top of the Camino Cielo.

Thanks again,
Dan & Morgs

Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch
Hipcamper Andrea
Response from Andrea, the Host, on May 11th, 2022

We enjoyed hosting you Dan. You are welcome back anytime.

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Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda A.
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May 3rd, 2022

Site 2 was heaven on earth, I’ll
Be back!

Hipcamper Andrea
Response from Andrea, the Host, on May 4th, 2022

Yes, please come back and visit us again!

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Hipcamper Max
Max H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 1st, 2022

Easy directions, easy access with easy to identify signage. I love all the extras that come with the space and it felt very private. Would visit again!

Hipcamper Georgia

Private, beautiful campsite!

Georgia P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 25th, 2022

We loved camping on Andrea's land! We camped in site 2 and the tent sites were level and very private. The layout was well thought out and we really enjoyed the space. Andrea was a wonderful host. We got to meet the goats and learn all about raising and caring for them. We also loved the ranch dogs and enjoyed taking Gracie on our sunset hike with us. Andrea gave us a great hike recommendation that had epic views of the coast line and surrounding area.

Gracie the friendly dog!Beautiful sunset view right on the property
Hipcamper Ashley
Ashley E.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 25th, 2022

The camp site was gorgeous and had everything we needed! Andrea was super sweet and informative. She brought the dogs and goats along the path to visit us, which was always such a treat to see. This was the perfect place to get away from the big city. We would love to visit again sometime soon!

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Hipcamper Courtney
Courtney H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 11th, 2022

Great spot! Beautiful views and a quiet remote camping spot. Friendly dogs on the property that spent time with us at camp. Plenty of hike options. It can get windy at night so a low profile tent was helpful. The road to arrive is best for those that don’t get car sick easily, and keep a very close eye out for bikers.

Hipcamper Lauren

Beautiful place, lovely hosts!

Lauren B.
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(Dispersed site)
March 28th, 2022

This special ranch is nestled in the high peaks just 30 minutes outside of Santa Barbara. Our family of 4 stayed in a campervan on site 1. The quiet, the views and sheer rugged beauty of this area were striking. The ranch was a perfect home base for hiking, bouldering and scampering (as well as road and mountain biking, if you are so inclined). Andrea was a truly warm and gracious host and was happy to share her knowledge and experience of their ranch and off-grid lifestyle. What a special experience it was to hike with her and the goats, as well as make goat cheese right in our own van! We were treated with about a pound of delicious cheese to take with us. The ranch dogs were all friendly and extremely well behaved, especially Gracie, who was happy to visit but was never intrusive. In fact, she guided us faithfully along a solo hike through tough terrain. Many thanks to Andrea and her ranch animals for an experience never to be forgotten!

Hipcamper Amanda

Beautiful views, cute cozy sites

Amanda J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 24th, 2022

Andrea's land is so dreamy! Hiking trials available right off the property, and the sites are nestled right between little hills. Very lovely, quiet, and rejuvenating - truly a special place! Andrea does a lot to make the sites homey and welcoming too. Thank you! We loved our time here.

Hipcamper Andrea
Response from Andrea, the Host, on March 24th, 2022

Thank you for visiting and taking Gracie on a hike. Come back anytime!

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