Hipcamp host Richard L.,
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El Primo was born out of a desire to camp away from mainstream camping sites.

Today, it's slowly becoming a post-industrial-agriculture tiny, off-grid, farm. In the meantime, it's a Hipcamp that let's you camp inside of a small Quonset Hut, big enough for two adults. There is also a semi-enclosed fenced area that offers privacy to dance the night away and wind blockin

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El Primo was born out of a desire to camp away from mainstream camping sites.

Today, it's slowly becoming a post-industrial-agriculture tiny, off-grid, farm. In the meantime, it's a Hipcamp that let's you camp inside of a small Quonset Hut, big enough for two adults. There is also a semi-enclosed fenced area that offers privacy to dance the night away and wind blocking while enjoying the view, the 'fireplace' or taking an outdoor shower. South of the property is an unobstructed view of Joshua Tree National Park and the foothills that wrap around it. Note: My other Hipcamp property is on this same parcel of land and is adjacent to the fenced area and includes a bath tub large enough for two. That listing is called "El Primo Desert Bath."

Running water for the outside shower and other water endpoints are provided by an on-site water tank and gravity. There is no filtering, heating, electricity or septic. The water supplied to the tank is potable but not ready for drinking (without boiling it first) as there may be bacteria in the piping or endpoints. Bring your own water for drinking and cooking. When showing, please use "bio-compatible" soap/shampoo only. Also, on the 5-acre parcel, is a vintage Spartan trailer currently available only to admire as art, and other attempts at structural art scattered around. If you're unsure if it's art, then it's art. lol. There is much more land full of desert bushes and marked by washes with sand you thought you'd only see at the beach. Feel free to walk the property and wear appropriate shoes.

For the like-minded, there's a 300 watt solar powered lithium ion battery with enough power to inflate an air mattress, charge a phone or two, and power an LED light strip for the night. It can even power the string lights in the fenced area. You'll need to unfurl the solar panel (included) upon arrival to get some juice for the night. There is also a small rocket stove, stored in the Quonset, that you can use for cooking with.

There's a picnic table with umbrella to enjoy your camp meals with friends, or a solid place to park yourself and your sketch pad or laptop, to dream big.

The tranquility of El Primo is what you will find in the Desert Heights area of 29P.  You'll also see such a density of stars and you'd swear you can see the gas clouds of the milky way. In the day, the sky is usually blue and always enormous. The moon at times will be so bright, you can read a book under it. The sunsets are stunning and the sunrises turn the foothills pink. If you're lucky (and into military aircraft), our largest neighbor, the Marine Corp. Air Ground Combat Center, will be running ops the night of your stay. It'll be like camping in Afghanistan. It's very hot at night in the summer months and in the winter months it will get cold. It will be very windy throughout the year (I've clocked 24 mph with the wind speed meter kept in the Quonset). Yet, with the right attitude, preparation and gear, it's awesome all year round. I hope you think so too.

This is also a great place to practice 'boketto' -- 360 degrees of pure vastness. Unplug and become unplugged.

The loo is a single wall outhouse (a single panel of corrugated steel fencing) and a bucket toilet.  Toilet paper and bucket liners are inside the Quonset on the left side of the back wall. 

One heavy duty garbage bag is inside the Quonset near the Rabbit art. Use one of those for your entire stay and take it with you. And pack your poo please!

Please respect my neighbors, the land & leave no trace. 

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 3 guests per site
Park at listing
Wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Richard a message!
  • Check in: After 11AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 5% off

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Hipcamper Nikki
Nikki N.
recommends this listing.
December 6th, 2021

There’s something quite freeing about staying at this location. The neighbors are far enough away to feel like you have your own space. It’s a peaceful, expansive landscape out here. A good place to recenter yourself.

There’s a nice wind barrier around the fire pit if it happens to be windy while you’re there. There’s also an open-air shower you can rinse off at the end of the day. The tub is a real winner here too. It’s perfect for taking a quick dip at the end of a hot summer day.

The Quonset is quite cozy inside, with some nice rugs underneath your feet. Just bring your own bedding to complete the setup. It gets a bit toasty in there during the warm days, so I’d suggest opening the doors once you get there to cool it down a little bit.

Hipcamper Michelle

Coziest spot in the desert

Michelle G.
recommends this listing.
November 4th, 2021

Absolutely loved this spot here. The spot itself was so cozy and perfect for me and my friend. Would definitely recommend staying here with your friends!
The running water was also a major plus!

Hipcamper Natalie

Amazing location with amazing view

Natalie L.
recommends this listing.
July 5th, 2021

I go camping A LOT and this has definitely landed on my favorite spots list. Super private but close enough to a paved road that i felt safe camping alone. I did a solo trip and was the only one on the campus that weekend. Lots to see nearby. There was also cell service so I felt safe and Richard was super responsive to questions. Caught the sunset in the outdoor bath and pitch a chair to catch the sunrise across the mountains. There was absolutely no obstructions. I’ll be back soon and excited to share this wonderful place with loved ones next time

Hipcamper Richard
Response from Richard, the Host, on July 7th, 2021

Thanks so much Natalie for choosing to stay at El Primo and putting it on your favorite list! I look forward to having you stay again.

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Property
Richard L.’s Land
State
California
Country
United States
$75/night
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