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Spend a night on a working cattle ranch with history dating back to the late 1800's. Once the original Lynch Ranch, the Smith Ranch offers a primative, dry camp with easy access down a dirt road and plenty of privacy. Tucked back in the Oak trees, you'll have views of Tierra Redonda mountain and the Coast range. (Cow camp is just over the hill from Hearst Castle but takes an

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Spend a night on a working cattle ranch with history dating back to the late 1800's. Once the original Lynch Ranch, the Smith Ranch offers a primative, dry camp with easy access down a dirt road and plenty of privacy. Tucked back in the Oak trees, you'll have views of Tierra Redonda mountain and the Coast range. (Cow camp is just over the hill from Hearst Castle but takes an hour and a half to drive to the coast and San Simeon.) The ranch also offers some of the best star gazing this side of the Sierras!

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 35 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
No toilet
Amenities
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Several short trails on the ranch or a 5 min drive to San Antonio Lake, South Shore.

Boating

15 min from Lake Nacimiento, 5 min from San Antonio Lake, South Shore

Fishing

15 min drive to Lake Nacimiento, 5 min drive to San Antonio Lake, South Shore.

Hiking

Several short trails on the ranch or a 5 min drive to San Antonio Lake, South Shore.

Swimming

15 min drive to Lake Nacimiento, 5 min drive to San Antonio Lake, South Shore.

Wildlife watching

Bald eagles, golden eagles, quail, doves, red tailed hawks, turkeys, coyotes, wild pigs, bobcats , and deer. Look out for snak...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Cow Camp in California.

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(Cow Camp)
September 16th, 2022

We actually didn't stay because of the heat. Also we had one broken down motorcycle on our trip. However,the owners communication was great. Directions etc!

Hipcamper Jocelyn
Jocelyn D.
recommends this listing.
(Deer Camp)
September 4th, 2022

Remote and private. Would definitely stay here again. We arrived after dark and missed the turn to deer camp. The directions were very clear however we missed the sign. The campsite was great.

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Hipcamper Anne

Peaceful awesomeness

Anne D.
recommends this listing.
(Cow Camp)
July 31st, 2022

This is our second time here. We absolutely love this place. Rosalie and Bandy are the best! Always accommodating, and super responsive. We'll be coming back soon!

Hipcamper Devin
Devin C.
recommends this listing.
(Cow Camp)
July 3rd, 2022

Perfect secluded spot with plenty of space. Great spot for dogs too!

Hipcamper Cari
Cari S.
recommends this listing.
(Deer Camp)
June 25th, 2022

Vast peacefulness in the beauty. Private, safe and quiet.

Hipcamper Anne

Perfect peaceful place

Anne D.
recommends this listing.
(Cow Camp)
June 19th, 2022

Cow Camp is simply amazing. I couldn't be more impressed with the setting and thoughtful touches. We have a 33ft travel trailer, and found everything to be so easy to navigate. We've found a new great place to stay. Bandy and Rosalie couldn't have been more helpful. Thank you again for the wonderful time!

Hipcamper Adam
Adam D.
recommends this listing.
(Cow Camp)
June 13th, 2022

Bandy and Rosalie were friendly, helpful, and quick to respond to our questions. We will definitely be booking with them again.

Hipcamper Rachel

Gorgeous tranquil nature spot

Rachel S.
recommends this listing.
(Deer Camp)
May 30th, 2022

Beautiful peaceful spot , gorgeous view of golden fields and lovely setting under oak trees. All you can hear is the birds chirping!

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Hipcamper Annalise
Annalise A.
recommends this listing.
(Deer Camp)
May 5th, 2022

Secluded campsite, amazing for stargazing. We had such a nice stay here and would definitely like to come back for a longer stay

Property
Smith Ranch
State
California
Country
United States
$40/night
2 Sites