Hipcamp host Richard C.,
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Welcome to private tent camping and small camper van parking amongst the redwoods one mile from Mendocino Village. Get back to basics…join us on the last remnant of California’s wild frontier. We offer three private campsites for tent camping (you bring the tent) or camper vans and small RVs (your total combined vehicle length - tow vehicle + trailer - must be no more than 2

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Welcome to private tent camping and small camper van parking amongst the redwoods one mile from Mendocino Village. Get back to basics…join us on the last remnant of California’s wild frontier. We offer three private campsites for tent camping (you bring the tent) or camper vans and small RVs (your total combined vehicle length - tow vehicle + trailer - must be no more than 20’ or you might get stuck getting in here, then you’ll be in a fine old pickle.) I provide the land and the trees, you provide everything else you need from tables and chairs to flashlights and bug repellent. The campground is close to town yet very private.

My sprawling, 1.25 acre Mendocino property is beautifully situated in the redwoods. Washer and dryer is available as is WiFi (remember, if you don't connect to WiFi you won't have to answer any messages.) Facilities are an extremely well maintained porta potty (hey, it's camping!) Sorry but Smokey says "no campfires” and there is no guest shower to enhance the experience of ‘roughing it.’

I'm here to offer any help as needed during your stay. I want you to have at least ‘quite a pleasant time,’ at best ‘a life-changing experience’ while visiting the coast. I've lived here for twenty-something years and can give you information about places to hike along the headlands, trails to discover in the forest plus all the local gossip. We can also discuss Mendocino's days as a lumber town in the 1800s and 1900s, its counter culture links to the back-to-the-land movement of the late '60s and early '70s and whether today ‘the old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born.’

Two minutes west of the campground is the once frontier town of Mendocino with restaurants, a well stocked market, art galleries, wine tasting and an eclectic mix of urban and rural types. Five minutes east of here is the wilderness of Jackson State Forest with tens of thousands of acres of forestland and wildlife and the inherent risks associated with both. The Mendocino coast offers kayaking, river canoeing, equestrian trail riding, pot growing, places of historic interest, spiritual eccentricities, aging hippies living in cabins in the woods and miles of public land for hiking and biking. You can also just sit quietly under the trees and stare blankly into the distance.

RV only area
Vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
3 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
No campfires
No pets
Amenities
Potable water available
Wifi available
Bins available
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
Camping vehicle details
Water hookup available
No electrical hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Back-in site
Max length 20.0 ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
Have a question? Send Richard a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding

2 stables nearby.

Biking
Boating
Hiking
Paddling
Surfing
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Leave the default world behind... in California.

Beach
Forest
River, stream, or...
Waterfall

46 Reviews

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Hipcamper Emily
Emily A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
February 23rd, 2020

Richard is super nice, the property is well maintained and beautiful, and the location is amazing. Highly recommend if you need a place to camp!

Hipcamper Shannon

Calm serenity close to town

Shannon M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 25th, 2019

Very peaceful! Secluded yet so accessible to the main area of Mendo town. Exceptionally clean bathroom, very nice host.

Hipcamper David

Perfect!

David H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 6th, 2019

It was the perfect campsite! Private remote feel, yet very secure. Might never stop car camping if I could replicate this everywhere. Richard was an outstanding host!

Leave the default world behind...
Hipcamper David
David R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 23rd, 2019

Wonderful host, beautiful surroundings. Very close to Mendocino while being in secluded woods.

Hipcamper Dee

Short but sweet

Dee W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 17th, 2019

The site was great just wish I had more time to enjoy it. Richard was great with showing around and giving great points to local attractions.

Hipcamper Russ
Russ W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 15th, 2019

Richard was the consummate host - welcoming, easy-going, helpful with suggestions for exploring the area, and all around a great guy. The location is just as he describes and an easy walk, bike, or drive into town. This spot was exactly what I was looking for as a mixture between escaping the city but also having easy access to the conveniences and attractions of Mendocino. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper Amanda
Amanda H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 19th, 2019

We had a wondeful stay at RINC. Richard was very friendly, informative, and organized. The campsites were clean and private. The port a potty was clean.

Hipcamper Lisa

Quiet, friendly, private, beautiful

Lisa D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2019

We loved Richard’s! Would love to stay again.

Hipcamper Guy
Guy P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 12th, 2019

Richard was a great host who is very knowledgeable about the area. As our first Hipcamp experience we felt extremely safe on his property and would definitely go back.

Awards

Best of 2018 California
Finalist
Property
RINC Ranch
State
California
Country
United States
$47/night
3 Sites

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