Hipcamp host Tim H.,
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Our forty acre retreat offers wildflowers, wifi, a year round creek, and a pond that supports endangered pond turtles. Our 16' diameter canvass bell tent is furnished with two single beds, linens and towels. Located next to a swimming pond and creek. Children and well behaved dogs are welcome here. 

Guests are welcome to wander deep into the surrounding national fore


Our forty acre retreat offers wildflowers, wifi, a year round creek, and a pond that supports endangered pond turtles. Our 16' diameter canvass bell tent is furnished with two single beds, linens and towels. Located next to a swimming pond and creek. Children and well behaved dogs are welcome here. 

Guests are welcome to wander deep into the surrounding national forest without concern for poison oak, we have none. Hammocks and comfy lounge chairs invite relaxation. For more activity we suggest frisbee golf practice baskets and kite flying in our large meadow or diving practice off giant rocks into our pond. Fly fishing in the creek can provide fresh trout for dinner. Mushroom hunting, white water rafting and fishing are all available with experienced guides. Our night sky puts on a spectacular show, far from the city lights. Poker chips, good books, ice and herbs are available at the main house. Mountain bike trails and guided rides are also available ask Joe your man on the mountain and host.

Pantilokpom features off grid solar power, gravity fed spring water, and various natural building projects including two papercrete structures, an Art Barn, Pond Cabin and a semi restored Log Cabin.

contact us for weekly and group rates.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Wifi available
No picnic table
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Tim a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours


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Hipcamper Erinn
Erinn H.
recommends this listing.
October 30th, 2017

Staying in a cabin at Pantilokpom was dreamy- I honestly did not want to leave. I took my mother up and over the mountains to this place with a destination that seemed so far from anywhere familiar. Aside from terrain so reminiscent of my childhood, I'd never known communities tucked so far back amongst forgotten highways and recently paved roads. We were greeted by Davide, an Italian by way of Mexico City. He was the designated host- so accommodating and kind. After setting us up in our perfect little cabin, we shared delicious beers and toasted to travels and adventures. Having arrived after dark, he built up our anticipation of beautiful morning pond views which did not disappoint. Although we didn't get the opportunity to meet Joyce, the owner and visionary behind this beautiful property, I read about her impressive background in architecture and her use of natural materials in her buildings. She owns and runs the hostel in nearby Arcata and knows a thing or two about international travelers and creating the perfect hosting experience. There are so many resources for the multiple outdoor kitchens, that you can arrange to not have to bring any of your own implements. You will not be near a store, so ensure you have everything you need. Water, electricity, propane, wifi, and tools are all available on site.

Enjoy any number of canvas tents.This canvas tent boasts an intimate location close to the creek.The stunning views on the drive up to the property.Enjoy the beautiful creek that runs through the property!
Hipcamper Greg
Greg W.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2017

We stayed at Pantilokpom with our two kids (4 and 6). There was a another group of campers and we had plenty of space for everyone. During the day the kids would go looking for frogs or paddle the canoe in the pond. The common kitchen has two fireplaces and pots and pans. We enjoyed our time and Joyce came down to chat with all of the groups over a glass of wine on our last night.

The main campsite.The kids can play while you read a book.The view across the pond toward the house.Can sit by the river all day.
Hipcamper Amy
Amy S.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2017

What a sweet camp, and what a lovely host Joyce was. Truly enjoyed the peace and quiet by the creek and the visits from the pups. Would love to return and spend more time with Joyce and her lovely crew :)

Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin F.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2017

This place is a real gem! We rolled up mid day and found Joyce in her recycled hemp adobe cottage, who couldn't be cooler. Super helpful. Showed us around the grounds and left us to set up and enjoy the peace and quiet of the creek (which runs through the property). We brought our camping kit, but somehow forgot to bring a wine opener and a french press, so were really appreciative to find the outdoor kitchen / prep area stocked with everything we'd forgotten: pots and pans, utensils, french presses.. There's a hose with potable water right there as well. Great place - great host. Kind of a magic spot. Thanks Joyce!

Hipcamper Savannah
Savannah M.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2017

Great escape from the valley below, nice and secluded about 10 miles in off the nearest road, Pantilokpom has a beautiful pond great for cooling off, which also feature a zip line, canoe and paddle board. Really great camp site with cabins, outhouses, hammocks, and a nice heated shower. The pond is really cool and from the canoe and paddle board you can see all kinds of creatures. The nearby creek is also cooling and relaxing. Great place to just chill. The cube thing is awesome! Joyce is super nice and helpful and a wonderful host. This is a really magical place.

Hipcamper Quetzaly
Quetzaly T.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2017

Awesomely unique place! We were lucky to have the whole place to ourselves so that was magical in and of itself.
Be aware - It's a drive to get to the spot and getting there at night is even trickier because GPS isn't accurate, AND there's no reception. Fortunately, we were able to obtain written instructions. Recommend you try to get there before dark.
Great place for the whole family. There are so many activities; zip line to pond, kayak, boat, stand up paddle, creek, hammocks, outdoor kitchen, outhouse, disc golf baskets!

Hipcamper eric
Eric W.
recommends this listing.
August 15th, 2017

What an amazing, peaceful, welcoming and relaxing place! The hosts are amazing, graceful and engaging, the camping was easy, the terrain beautiful. I will definitely want to come back. Our kids (2 families, 4 kids between 5yrs and 8 yrs) had a TOTAL blast. Highly recommend Pantilokpom!!!

Hipcamper Jennifer
Jennifer J.
recommends this listing.
August 23rd, 2017

Best place! We were here a few nights and could not get over how wonderful this place was! Beautiful location and wonderful amenities! Can't wait to come back!

Hipcamper Eugenia
Eugenia I.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2017

Amazing place and people!! I would definetly come back ! Beautiful, peaceful cute place.

Thanks Joyce for the great experience :)

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