Hipcamp host Gary A.,
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Imagine yourself and your group, tents facing the fire pit, on a 12,000 sq. ft. mowed circle amid 100 acres of gorgeous pasture; it's like sleeping in a planetarium. Shade sails provided in summer. Ideal for those who truly love the outdoors and sleeping under the stars.  Please read the Accommodations section for details. This site is self-contained.

Campsite area
Bring your own
1 site
Up to 20 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
Have a question? Send Gary a message!
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • 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 an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Firewood bundle

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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


Mid-late summer means the river is low; we provide a list of our favorite nearby water spots.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Starry Night in California.


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.

Swimming hole

Swim in the North Fork Tule as it runs through the ranch (depending upon season) near your camp or explore the Middle Fork of t...Read more


What is a waterfall? We have them in Winter and Spring on the ranch, along the North Fork. Or, there's the much larger Angel Fa...Read more


River Ridge is a 722-acre nature preserve and working ranch. We host, educate, demonstrate and try to provide leadership in sus...Read more

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The vibe at Starry Night

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Hipcamper Stephanie

Starry night lives up to its name

Stephanie M.
recommends this listing.
July 23rd, 2020

Starry Night campsite is everything we were looking for for a getaway from San Diego. We came in the dead of July so it was HOT to say the least, but we planned accordingly and planned day trips to the Sequoia Forest and had a great time exploring nature. The amenities and everything were perfect and the site was so secluded and the show at night with the stars was unbelievable. We are already planning our next trip to Gary’s amazing property.

Gary stopped by to make sure everything was up to par which we thought was very sweet of him. The bathrooms were kept in great shape and the shower hut was so cute and cool!

Just one side note I like to mention: There are many bugs/pests (crickets, ants, beetles, dragonflies and more!) so make sure you are with a group who doesn’t mind that stuff. I brought my adventure cat and he got bit by American Dog Ticks so if you are bringing animals to the site, I just think it should be noted!

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Hipcamper Kathy

Open skies with birds and stars!

Kathy F.
recommends this listing.
May 25th, 2020

Starry Night campsite was located in a meadow that had so many beautiful birds singing. It was surrounded by grassy plains full of tiny flowers. At night the milky way loomed above. It was very peaceful and had all that is needed for simple camping including a outdoor cooking area where you could set up you camp stove, running water and a outdoor shower. The outhouses were kept immaculate as were the camping ground. It would be a lovely place for large group camping!

Hipcamper Jake

The best that earth has to offer.

Jake C.
recommends this listing.
June 2nd, 2020

To call Starry Night a campground is a severe understatement. Starry Night is more than just a campground. This place must be the most unbelievable plot of land I've ever step foot on (and I've been to many, many incredible places). I cannot put to words how grateful I am for Gary and Emma, they were extremely kind and accommodating. When I told Gary how much I loved his property, he responded with "This isn't my property, this is the Earth's property". That spirit of openness was truly present at all times during our stay. Both my girlfriend and I felt so at home the entire time. If you are reading this, I ask you to please visit River Ridge Ranch. The stunning landscape and starry skies will inspire you, and hopefully provide you with a deep sense of connection to this beautiful rock we call our home, Earth.

Hipcamper Alex
Alex G.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2020

Camping at River Ridge Ranch was an amazing experience. I highly recommend it. My family camped at Starry Night. It was immaculate and a great escape.. Gary is a great host. you wont be disappointed.

Hipcamper Kevin

Best group campsite - ever!

Kevin W.
recommends this listing.
June 12th, 2020

This was a very well maintained campsite. Instructions were easy to follow, the binder with info about the camp and directions to short hikes, plus EZ ups for shade, a small table, chairs, bench, food locker, fire pit, grill, and kitchen area was all icing on the cake! I have camped at a lot of places and by far this was the best Group Site that I have stayed at.

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Hipcamper Carie

Private prairie under the milky way

Carie B.
recommends this listing.
June 18th, 2020

My family of 4 and our dog completely loved our time spent at River Ridge Ranch in the Starry Night Camp. Yes, it is mid-June with summer heat, but the beautiful river just a walk away and the scenic drive to see the Sequoias nearby cooled us off just fine. Breathtaking and secluded, we felt like we had our own prairie for the 3 days we stayed. The night sky was absolutely everything we needed right now. Just WOW.
Gary stopped by to see if we needed anything and we felt very safe on his enormous, private property. There is a quaint town about 15 min away for refills on ice, firewood and the essentials. If you need to get away from all the stress and worry going on and reconnect with nature and loved ones, we highly recommend Starry Night Camp. We would love to return in the Fall!

Hipcamper Christen
Christen M.
recommends this listing.
June 24th, 2020

The site is secluded and beautiful, a great place to appreciate nature.

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Hipcamper Leonard


Leonard A.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2020

Words can’t even begin to describe this gorgeous piece of land! The campsite was very secluded as well as secure. Our host Gary was very gracious! There was every amenity that we needed. Private Port a Potty, canopy, chairs, little tables, dish washing buckets (1wash 1 dry) bbq, fire pit. The night sky was beautiful. There were hiking trails on the land so we didn’t even have to leave to find a place to hike. I would definitely, 100% recommend this site for a family camping trip!

Hipcamper R Chalom
R Chalom B.
recommends this listing.
July 10th, 2020

Our family had sick am amazing time staying at starry night. This place is beautiful, secluded and peaceful. Gaty is the definition of a mench he provided a guide the bathroom were kept clean a shower with privacy was provided as well and the wildlife around us was really great! We saw deers, lots of wild goose bird of prey etc.

We would love to spend another stay there in the footie and recommend it to everyone looking for a beautiful place to spend some time in nature. Than you Gary!


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