Hipcamp host Gary A.,
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PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING! READ THIS LISTING AND DOWNLOAD DIRECTIONS IN ADVANCE. Up to 20 campers get 3 tent sites (two along the Tule River), one glamping cabin, one rustic cabin, hot shower, full kitchen, 5 toilets. Ginormous firepit (firewood available by donation), free wifi, multiple seating/dining options.

The Kitchen area has a 3-burner outside cooktop, lar


PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN BEDDING! READ THIS LISTING AND DOWNLOAD DIRECTIONS IN ADVANCE. Up to 20 campers get 3 tent sites (two along the Tule River), one glamping cabin, one rustic cabin, hot shower, full kitchen, 5 toilets. Ginormous firepit (firewood available by donation), free wifi, multiple seating/dining options.

The Kitchen area has a 3-burner outside cooktop, large fridge, freezers, countertop small oven, microwave, toaster, full dishes and utensils and pots and pans with a big commercial hot water washing area in the back. 10' diameter river rock fire pit (firewood available for donation). Gas bbq grill. 

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.

Gorgeous, clear, dark night skies. Roam on 722 preserved and carefully-cared for acres next to the Giant Sequoia National Monument with 33 groves in driving distance. Hike to the top of the ranch and see the Coast Ranges on a clear day.

This is a special place, designed for great camaraderie and memory-making, not raves or late-night partying.

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

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 25 guests per site
Park at listing
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: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 25% off
  • Response time: Within 6 hours


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


A great deal of hiking is right on River Ridge. Much more in Giant Sequoia National Monument nearby.


The river is running fine in June; it will drop as the summer progresses. Eventually, the Turtle Cove swimming swimming hole wi...Read more

Wildlife watching

The ranch is home to over 100 species of birds, 30+ species of mammals and around 20 species of fish, amphibians and reptiles.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Snow sports


Natural features you'll find at Sierra Foothills Group Camp in California.


Turtle Cove has a small, sandy beach that has 8 lounge chairs and room for more. This is a 'siding' along the river, not Santa ...Read more


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


Hmmm, 1.3 million acres next door: mixed conifer/hardwood forest with giant sequoia ranging from 4,000'-7,000' elevation. Lots ...Read more

Hot spring

California Hot Springs is open year-round for swimming and tub soaking. A great day trip.


Lake Success is 6 or 7 miles away for swimming, sailing, houseboat rentals, fishing.


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 flows through the ranch, sometimes roaring and sometimes not at all. 2020/2021 was 7" of rain-...Read more

Swimming hole

Swim in our own Turtle Cove, right near our camp sites or explore the Middle Fork of the Tule River along Highway 190 and find ...Read more


What is a waterfall? We have them in Winter and Spring on the ranch, along the North Fork. Angel Falls is up Highway 190 about ...Read more


We are a working ranch and nature preserve.

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Hipcamper diana

Family reunion

Diana C.
recommends this listing.
July 9th, 2021

We had an amazing time! Jose was great, he showed us where to go and helped us when we arrived. There was firewood everyday and plenty of places to store perishable food. It wad a really hot week! Gary checked in on us and made sure we were all good. Thank you! My family wants to return someday.

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Hipcamper Nancy

A weekend trip i will never forget.

Nancy N.
recommends this listing.
June 29th, 2021

It's truly hard to describe in words how much fun my group and I had at Gary's property. The property contained so many scenic areas to explore and had everything we needed for a glamping experience. Even though it was a hot summer weekend, the place provided ample shade where it never felt like 90 degrees. Gary was also extremely responsive to all of our questions and needs.
I honestly couldn't have asked for a better birthday weekend and a big part of that was because of this special place.

Hipcamper Sheri

Off the grid private getaway

Sheri K.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2020

We just returned from a relaxing off-the-grid private get away at the River Ranch. The property was perfect and well supplied with everything we needed. Gary was responsive and helpful to all of our requests. We appreciated the beautiful scenery, small walks around the property, and really enjoyed fishing and relaxing at the river.

Hipcamper julie
Julie B.
recommends this listing.
July 18th, 2020

A magical oasis at a time when we needed it most. Thanks, Gary, for making this a possibility. Your commitment to nature and what's essential for humans is an absolute gift to we city folk.

Hipcamper Kevin

Great, peaceful, relaxing

Kevin S.
recommends this listing.
September 2nd, 2019

Awesome place!!! Would love to come back next year!!

Hipcamper Zak
Zak S.
recommends this listing.
August 18th, 2019

This place has everything you need for group camping. It’s secluded, clean, and has plenty of amazing features like the kitchen, pond, and hammocks. We enjoyed every minute of our stay here and would absolutely come again.

Hipcamper Kim

Beautiful gem of a group campsite!

Kim C.
recommends this listing.
July 8th, 2019

We stayed at River Ridge Ranch for my 40th birthday weekend and it was a blast! It was hot but the swimming hole (Turtle Cove) was in perfect condition for all day float sessions. We really appreciated all the amenities of the kitchen and the different areas to hang out (like hammocks). Some of us braved the 3.5 mile hike to the top of the ridge, but mostly we just wanted to be at the ranch and play. Thank you Gary and Emma for solid communication leading up to the event, and for checking in on us every day. But mostly, thank you for sharing this special piece of heaven with the world! If you book this, you will not be disappointed.

Hipcamper Gary
Response from Gary, the Host, on July 30th, 2019

Hi Kim, thanks for reviewing our Group Camp in such great detail! You and your group were all lovely and friendly, and it was a pleasure to have you.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Dan

You should absolutely stay here!

Dan M.
recommends this listing.
June 26th, 2019

Our group had a wonderful weekend at this unique property. Clearly, Gary has made every effort to ensure that campers have an enjoyable stay. The kitchen has all the equipment anyone would need to prepare and serve meals for a large group. There are multiple seating areas around the camp from which to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the company of friends. The bathrooms are clean and well-stocked.

There are multiple paths and trails to explore, and the ambitious can hike to the top of the ranch. If the river is flowing, the swimming hole is an excellent place to pass the time. After dark, take a walk towards the pasture for “stellar” views of the night sky or spend some time around the world-class fire pit.

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Hipcamper Gary
Response from Gary, the Host, on June 26th, 2019

Thank you Dan! You and your group were a real pleasure, thank you for wholeheartedly appreciating the space.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin A.
recommends this listing.
October 29th, 2018

Was Way more awesome than I expected. From the Airstream to the Tent camping spots. Such a cool Venue to camp if you have a group of 20 or so friends that want to go.


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