Hipcamp host Ben  S.,
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***If you are showing up after dark, we unfortunately cannot accommodate you. Must arrive before 4 in the winter months, 7pm in the summery months.***

Winds here can be ferocious. A day ahead of time check the weather for Boulder Park CA (That's us). We will happily change for



***If you are showing up after dark, we unfortunately cannot accommodate you. Must arrive before 4 in the winter months, 7pm in the summery months.***

Winds here can be ferocious. A day ahead of time check the weather for Boulder Park CA (That's us). We will happily change for another date.

No road access to the camp sites. Tent camping only. No RV spaces available.

The Desert Tower is a 93 acre property in the midst of a great field of boulders on a hillside cliff overlooking California's Imperial Valley. One can camp anywhere in the rocks you like...there are tons of hidden gems out there with some great views. There is a sandy area in front of the tower that is very nice and close to the bathrooms -- Enjoy the views and the nighttime stars!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
3 sites
Up to 14 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No showers
Pack it out
Have a question? Send ben a message!
  • Check in: After 9AM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Desert View Tower Tent Camping in California.


The vibe at Desert View Tower Tent Camping

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Hipcamper Drew
Drew M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
February 9th, 2016

Such a cool spot. I highly recommend anyone to go there. Be prepared to pack your stuff in because there are many different spots you can camp within the property. Ben, Sam, Gabrielle and family were gracious hosts. Bring your love for desert history and star gazing.

Post dinner with a good drink in hand. Keep your eyes on the sky, its quite the show out there.Desert ViewsOur setup. There are 5 reservable spots on Hipcamp. The landowners can show you where the best spots are so, book what you think you will like and they may show you a better place. Prepping some fireside dinner.
Hipcamper Dorothy
Dorothy L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
December 27th, 2016

THE BEST hosts I have ever met.. My boyfriend and I were on our way to the campground when I received a message from Ben, that he suggested we reschedule the camping since the snow has been coming and going. But we were too excited to camp there, we insisted that we go that night and he said he will be waiting for us. Besides, we were planning to spend our Christmas Eve and Christmas so I was excited that we might have white Christmas in California! So as we approach, the wind blows stronger, snow and rain falling harder... things weren't looking too good. It was still snowing and raining when we got there and sun has already set so it was a bad condition for setting up our tent and air bed. But as Ben approached our car, first thing he says is to offer to stay in the tower. We couldn't believe it at first because the tower is the historical attraction, which was built in 1920s and has the most unique tchotchkes from worldwide for visitors that it'll take time to look at each different pieces. The floor even had a lit up Christmas tree and a fireplace that everything was already set up for our perfect Christmas. Ben and his family were wonderful for letting us stay there, away from cold. In the morning they made us the coffee and gave us extensive information on places we can go, hot springs, Salvation Mountain, Salton Sea, dunes where a scene from Star Wars was filmed, etc... We originally camped there to go to the dunes, but they made our trip more adventurous. Gabby was wonderful for giving us peacock feathers as a gift! They made us feel like at home. I highly recommend staying here, camp during Summer time and Air BnB during Winter time-- they are lovely hosts that we were sad to leave the next day! I also found a beautiful wooden doll made in Oaxaca in their store, which my lover secretly bought and Ben secretly wrapped for me as a surprise. Now I have a piece that keeps this memory locked forever :) best best best

Hipcamper Dominic
Dominic D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 29th, 2016

We had a great time here. Lovely people, a beautiful piece of property, and a ton of character. The tower itself is a roadside attraction that you can climb to the top of for a view of the surrounding area. Inside you'll find a gift shop of all sorts of knick knacks and books about the area. The owners are very pleasant, have friendly dogs roaming the property, and they inform you of all the fun things to do and cautions around the property. Incredible views, lots of property to explore, some bouldering options, and an easy to find location. We look forward to coming back!

View from the top looking out from the towerPlenty of spots to camp and find your own space
Hipcamper Matthew
Matthew H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2016

Great camping experience. Be sure to check out the cistern on a hot day in the desert. Nice folks and great land: A+++

Hipcamper Harrison
Harrison M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
November 17th, 2016

Looking for a quick desert escape look no further! In 7 years the Desert Tower will be 100 years old. This is a magical place with a sweet Boulder Park, great hiking trails, beautiful scenery and views forever. Camping is close by and an Airbnb is availbe for longer stays. The real gem here is the family vibe from Ben who is to thank for preserving the Desert Tower and Sam, Gabriella, Nikolai and Johnny. Chris a local artist was helpful is guiding us around the property. Thank you for all, for helping a peace seeker feel at home. I am looking forward to coming back and spending a few days exploring the area including the Valley of the Moon! <3

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Hipcamper Susan
Susan N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
March 29th, 2016

Nice desert getaway! We live in San Diego and were looking for a relatively local escape and wanted to see the desert bloom. This was an easy, kid-friendly destination with nice boulders for climbing and exploration.

Hipcamper Zofia
Zofia M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
April 5th, 2016

A perfect get away spot. My husband and I were looking for a chance to leave the city behind us for a few days and we found it here. Ben, Sam, Gabrielle and family were such amazing hosts and more than friendly. The camping situation offers many spots that are easily walkable from the parking area, pack light and bring enough water! They also have an AirBnB house that we can't wait to check out next time. We enjoyed a full day to explore the area, see the hot springs and boulder out in the dessert.

Hipcamper Zofia
Zofia M.
recommends this listing.
April 5th, 2016

This is the perfect getaway. My husband and I were looking for a chance to leave the hustle of the city for a few days and the Desert Tower couldn't have been more perfect. The camping spots are easily walkable from the parking area, my only tip is to pack on the lighter side or expect multiple trips. Be sure to bring enough water and sunscreen to last you the trip. During the day when it got a little too sunny we read and hung out under a giant boulder. The rest of the time we had the chance to explore the area, boulder over the terrain and check out the hot springs. Ben, Sam, Gabrielle and family were such gracious guests. In the evenings Gabby teaches a yoga class outside which was divine. We can't wait to come again and stay in their adorable Airbnb home thats nestled into the rocks. Be sure to go up in the tower and use the telescope to see the sights like the Salton Sea and the Stagecoach Road. The gift shop below houses such beautiful and funky trinkets and you can always hang out with one of their dogs that are lounging about.

Hipcamper Tiffany
Tiffany G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 16th, 2016

What a great spot! The owners are wonderful - sweet, welcoming, great with our kids in the tower (and we had 7 of them!!). The land itself is so cool with the history and boulders. Camp spots are great! Boulder Park is awesome! The flying saucer retrieval area right outside Desert Tower is a must too!! Definitely going back in the fall!!

The Desert View Tower
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