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The Cottonwood Cabin is a 120 sq. ft. room with a full-size bed and is best for solos or couples. Free wifi. A/C, heat, table and chairs, clothing hooks, mirrors, curtains, flow-through ventilation/ceiling fan. Patio in front with table and comfortable metal chairs. There is a



The Cottonwood Cabin is a 120 sq. ft. room with a full-size bed and is best for solos or couples. Free wifi. A/C, heat, table and chairs, clothing hooks, mirrors, curtains, flow-through ventilation/ceiling fan. Patio in front with table and comfortable metal chairs. There is a toilet and outdoor shower 30' away. The Pavilion and Kitchen are all clustered nearby.  10' diameter river rock fire pit (firewood available by donation).

Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i.e., dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food scraps in compost buckets, sticky marshmallow removed from forks and surfaces (ick!). Thank you.

Enjoy: The Kitchen has a cooktop, large fridge, microwave, full dishes and utensils and pots and pans with a big washing area in the back. Propane bbq.. There's a River Barn to use as a remote space and Turtle Cove for swimming (usually delightful until July or August). Saturday morning Farmer's Market in downtown at 9 AM - Noon. 

Swimming in North Fork Tule as season allows, miles of hiking trails on ranch. River Ridge goes from 1,000' elev. to 3,000' elev. and passes from 3/4 of a mile of superb riparian corridor through Valley Oak grassland to Blue Oak Woodland and ends in Chaparral. Abundant wildlife. Next to Giant Sequoia National Monument (free). Hike right on the ranch. We are over a one hour drive to Sequoia National Park, but we're only 16 miles to groves up Hwy 190. There are 33 giant sequoia groves in our Southern Region of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, some easily driven to and some remote. Our ranch is a nature preserve and an education demonstration site, teaching sustainable and regenerative land use practices. River Ridge Institute, our non-profit, hosts a variety of events for the public. 

Please see the Rules and Safety section to review our Waiver of Liability. 

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 2 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Gary a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Superb mountain biking on the trails in the Giant Sequoia National Monument up the road.


Success Reservoir has houseboats for rent by the hour or day. Five miles back on Hwy 190.


Early Spring trout on the ranch. Bluegill in late Spring through Fall. Bit 'o Bass now and then. Carp in summer. Superb fishing...Read more


It's seven miles roundtrip from the camping spot to the top of Lumreau Mtn at 3,000'. It's uphill almost all the way, but even ...Read more

Horseback riding

Guided rides are available at the Balch Park Pack Station and the Golden Trout Wilderness Pack Station, both up the road from t...Read more


Whitewater paddling in the Middle Fork when safe. It's a drop pool river with a mild lower section above Success Reservoir. The...Read more

Wind sports

Sailboating, byo, in Success Reservoir.


Famous climb sites up Highway 190.

Snow sports

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing up the mountain in Spring.


Turtle Cove, our swim hole, has plenty of water as of June, but will gradually slow down over the summer.

Whitewater paddling

Rafting trips stage out of the Kernville area- a great day trip, in season. Also, a very dangerous river when flows are high.

Wildlife watching

Birding on River Ridge is excellent with over 100 species to date. Along the river corridor or out on our pastures in the Valle...Read more


Natural features you'll find at RR Cottonwood Cabin in California.


We have a small, sandy beach at Turtle Cove that is sometimes submerged in early Spring!


Crystal Cave at Sequoia National Park is a favorite. 1.5 hours to entrance of Park.


Giant Sequoia National Monument entrance is 4 miles away- 323,000 acres.

Hot spring

California Hot Springs is a great day trip! About an hour and a half gorgeous drive to the south. Warmwater swimming pool and t...Read more


Nearby Lake Success, on the drive from Porterville/Strathmore into Springville, with a car overlook spot and boat dock access, ...Read more


While our sites are on the flat, there's a 3,000' mountain on the ranch. Over 8,000' nearby.


We have 100 acres of prairie/pasture on the ranch.

River, stream, or creek

The North Fork of the Tule River runs through River Ridge for 3/4 of a mile. It is vegetated by Sycamore, Alder, Willow and Oak...Read more

Swimming hole

Note. As of July 11, 2018 our swimming hole is margins, for some!


Angel Falls is up Highway 190 about 18 miles, just past the PG&E powerhouse. Fabulous swimming holes. CAUTION: Can be extremely...Read more

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Hipcamper Matthew

Lovely location and great amenities

Matthew J.
recommends this listing.
June 27th, 2022

We stopped for one night and we’re so amazed by the facilities. It is very peaceful, well kept, and has lots of amenities like a wonderful heated (!) outdoor shower. Wished we had a full group to bring as it would be a perfect celebration spot- lovely outdoor/indoor kitchen and common areas. Would definitely come back. Thank you!!

Hipcamper Kathryn
Kathryn M.
recommends this listing.
June 10th, 2022

A great place to stay host was very kind. Very clean and open and there's even swimming.

Hipcamper Araceli
Araceli S.
recommends this listing.
January 6th, 2022

This was the perfect place to stay during my New Year’s weekend getaway. The kitchen had everything we needed for the simple meals we cooked. The communal fire pit was lovely to sit by, and kept us cozy. Everything was clean and well kept. Gary was attentive and we appreciated his prompt communication.

Walking around the ranch and finding the labyrinth was a highlight for me!
The hike up to the top of the hills by the property wasn’t easy but it was lovely and I would recommend it for those who love steep climbs.

Hipcamper Marianne

Tranquil cabin close to sequoia

Marianne M.
recommends this listing.
August 9th, 2021

This was a perfect spot for our home base during a weekend exploring sequoia. We especially appreciated the cabin’s ac during the 100+ days, and loved the outdoor communal kitchen. Can’t wait to stay again.

Hipcamper Marianne

Air-conditioned isequoia base camp

Marianne M.
recommends this listing.
August 1st, 2021

Grays’s place was the perfect spot for us to stay during our wanderings into Sequoia. We originally booked it for the location and for the AC (it was over 100 F while we were there), and were pleasantly surprised by all the amenities his beautiful place has to offer. We loved cooking in the huge and super well-equipped outdoor kitchen and visiting with the other folks staying there. We can’t wait to go back.

Hipcamper Madeline
Madeline W.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2021

Exactly as described + more! It was a little confusing finding our cabin even with the detailed instructions but fellow campers helped us and were very nice. I would recommend.

Hipcamper Tony

Can’t say enough about this place

Tony F.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2021

The Cottonwood cabin was a really enjoyable and nice space to stay in. There was a heat spell during our stay and the AC was heaven. The swimming hole was slowing down but still very refreshing and the grounds were immaculate. It was a real pleasure and a joy to stay at this wonderful place.

Hipcamper Aaron
Aaron S.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2021

Great host, cozy stay, absolutley worth the trip !

Hipcamper Emily

Everything you could ask for

Emily O.
recommends this listing.
December 26th, 2019

Went here during Christmas and it was the perfect site. There was one other camper (in a tent) and we often cooked, hiked, and had fires together. The cabin we stayed in was warm, had a great view, and plenty of seating. Futon mattress. The hot outdoor shower was so fun!! The kitchen / outdoor cooking area has everything you need. Great waterfalls and gnarly creeks. Gary was very helpful and has a beautiful mission to conserve and restore land. Would love to come back! Great for big parties too!

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