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 showers, 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, la


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 showers, 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 toaster/broiler oven, microwave, 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 ADA 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
  • Response rate: 89%


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.

Places to see near River Ridge Ranch

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Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole Z.
recommends this listing.
April 24th, 2018

My friends and I visited "Sierra Foothills Group Camp" in March and we could not have had a better experience. The property is stunning - vast, diverse, and accommodating. We found several hikes, a river, wildlife, and many camping spots. The best part of our visit, though, was our host, Gary. Gary is a one of a kind human - he's spectacularly generous, quick to respond to our questions, and loves to teach others about the property. On the final day of our stay, he took our large group on a walk around the property with his biologist colleagues. We learned about the history of the land, his property management and maintenance, as well as lots of really great information about the flora and fauna all around us.

We will be back to camp at the Sierra Foothills Group Campsite - it was one of the most refreshing weekends I've experienced thus far. Thanks so much, Gary!

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Hipcamper Carrie
Carrie H.
recommends this listing.
July 25th, 2018

We absolutely loved our time here! The site was perfect for accommodating a large family camping weekend, with plenty of shade and sufficient kitchen facilities for meal prep. The watering hole on the campsite was not really appealing for swimming this time of year, but the Lower Coffee Campsite watering hole was only 10 minutes away and perfect for cooling off! Our only issue with the site was dealing with the aggressive yellow jackets during mealtimes (we had two people get stung). But bee stings aside, we had a wonderful time and hope to come back!

Hipcamper Pedro
Pedro S.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2018

Fantastic oasis for peace and relaxation.
Perfect for friends, families, groups, weddings...
Full kitchen beyond our expectations. We could have prepared any type of meal here.
Private and very well maintained.

Hipcamper Nancy
Nancy L.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2018

This was a great site, our group all enjoyed the place a lot. The pictures and descriptions on the site were very accurate and when we got to the site the place was simply awesome and superrrrr huge!

Our campsite host Gary was super helpful with recommendation for hiking trails, and always very responsive when we asked him questions on message board.

All my friends love the place so much and I think they are expecting me to book something of this quality for all the future camping trips to come... and I have to tell them don’t get your expectations up coz this is a special place and won’t be that easy to come around =)

Highly recommended!

Hipcamper Gary
Response from Gary, the Host, on September 6th, 2018

Thank you, Nancy. And, your group was super easy and super clean. Welcome back anytime.

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Hipcamper Jordan
Jordan W.
recommends this listing.
October 29th, 2018

River Ridge is a magical place. End of story.

Brought 15 friends out, rented the whole place for the night, Gary had extra firewood stocked for us and was extremely responsive regarding a late checkout and making it work for our group. The pasture and pond are perfect.

Everyone in the group's already talking about making it annual trip. That good.

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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.

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 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 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.


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River Ridge Ranch
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