Hipcamp host Jessica H.,
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No drugs of any kind including marijuana allowed. No loud music allowed. No visitors allowed, only paid guest. 

Our trash and recycling capacity is limited, especially recycling, please try to take away recyclables and trash as much as possible. 

Please read the description of the site before you book it! Every site is different.

This camp site allows max 5

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No drugs of any kind including marijuana allowed. No loud music allowed. No visitors allowed, only paid guest. 

Our trash and recycling capacity is limited, especially recycling, please try to take away recyclables and trash as much as possible. 

Please read the description of the site before you book it! Every site is different.

This camp site allows max 5 people and 1 vehicle. No loud music allowed any time. Quiet time 9p - 9a. Our onsite staff will go around and enforce the rules. Feel free to message/text the host at any time to report violations of rules at any campsites.

The vehicle traffic damages the road and it is very expensive to do road works. Also increased traffic causes disturbances to the residents and neighborhood so we have to strictly limit the number of vehicles. In case you need one more car contact host for approval with parking fee of $15/day for one extra car.

Pet fee $10/day, dogs must be on leash all the time! Contact host to pay the pet fee.

Trailers/RV/CamperVan!!

Only site 8, 12 and 5 are good for trailers. No vehicle can drive into Site 7, 9, 10 and 11. Other sites may be ok with small trailers. Check with the host. Any trailer larger than 20ft, take your own risk, there is a narrow point only 9ft wide.

Welcome to the Enchanted Forest Retreat! We are a meditation retreat center with 45 acres of some of the most gorgeous redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains to enjoy hiking, creeks and small water fall exploration, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, star gazing, relaxation, meditation and more.

Our campground has running water from a natural spring, Men and Women's Restrooms each with 2 toilets and 1 hot water shower and plugs for charging phones, laundry shed with sink and hot water, one BBQ grill by the fence up above the creek (the kitchen is Staff Only not for campers), and an outdoor amphitheater. We have meditation teaching at the amphitheater and campers are welcomed to attend for free.

25 minutes to Silicon Valley - 25 minutes to Santa Cruz Boardwalk we're centrally located in the south bay. Dogs and kids are welcome - dogs must be picked up after and kept on a leash if other campers are present.

We have a main trail on our 45 acre. The head of the main trail is right by the red Main House, just follow the paved the road down and it will become dirt road. It's about 45min to 1hr hike down to the end where the Amaya creek serves the boundary to the neighbor's property. On the main trail there is also a small waterfall, but it is not visible from the trail, you have to go off the trail on the left side to find it. I put pink ribbon on the tree there, but at other spots too so may not be the best sign

Please note:  This is camping - there may be bugs, critters, dirt, unpredictable weather (pack for the cold, just in case - we get surprise fog often!), early sunrise, no cell data, etc etc. It's not the Hilton - but it is gorgeous. ;)

NOTICE REGARDING RVs and TRAILERS:  While we can not offer hookups, theoretically we have no problem with RVs, the road is steep in a couple of places getting down to the campground and VERY narrow in one spot (10ft). If you feel you're willing to take this risk (we won't be held liable), you're welcome to reach out to us and we can see if the site good for RV/trailers is possible.

The campsites are numbered by "age" not by location.

Site #1 - Well shaded. Distant from other sites. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #2 - Well shaded. The most private of our sites. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #3 - Well shaded, 2-level terraced site. Fairly private but close to Site #4, if you are a group looking to be nearer to one another. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #4 - Well shaded, 2-level terraced site. Fairly private but close to Site #3, if you are a group looking to be nearer to one another. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #5 - Very open, sunny and scrubby site. Some shade in the morning as the early sun is rising and then very sunny the remainder of the day. Limit 1 car. Could be private or grouped with Sites 3 & 4. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #6 - A 2-level, mostly shaded site hidden amongst the trees, not far from 5 but feels very private. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #7 - Well shaded and has a purple picnic table, Site 7 and site 11 share the same stairs going down, site 7 is on the right side with a purple picnic table and site 11 is on the left site with a red picnic table. The stairs going down is kind of deep although short, not good for small kids and old people. Park by the road and walk down the stairs or park in the parking area by the Men's bathroom. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #8 - Has some shade right by the fairy ring of redwood trees, pretty open and near the large group site. It is on the opposite side of the ring from site 12 so can be grouped with site 12. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table

Site #9 - Well shaded, 2-level terraced site, have to park in the lower level area, can not drive car up to the higher level area. The lower level is smaller but more leveled. Fairly private but across the road from site 3, can be grouped with Site 3 & 4. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table

Site #10 - Away from all the other campsites, private but quite some distance from the bathroom, about 10 min walk, not good if you have small kids to take to bathroom at night, make sure you are ok with the distance to the bathroom before you book. Drive down the paved road and there is a narrow dirt road on the right hand side before reaching Site 1, turn right on the dirt road, hidden behind the trees at the end there is a pretty big open area with a RV (occupied) there, site 10 is before the RV on the left side, walk down a small path, at an corner with good shade and red picnic table. If you don't see the picnic table, you haven't found site 10 yet. You can pitch your tent in other flat area too if you want.  Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #11 - Well shaded and pretty private and large, but have to park by the road and walk down the stairs which is kind of deep although short, not good for small kids and old people. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table.

Site #12 - Has some shade right by the fairy ring of redwood trees, pretty open and near the large group site. It is on the opposite side of the ring from site 8 so can be grouped with site 8. Limit 1 car. Has 1 picnic table

Site #13 - Well shaded and very private, away from all the other campsites, but the furthest away from the bathroom, about 10 min walk, not good if you have small kids to take to the bathroom at night, make sure you are ok with the distance to the bathroom before you book. Drive down the paved road it is the first campsite, shortly after passing the gate to the campground by a giant redwood tree, it is on your right hand side.

SPECIAL COVID RULES TICK SEASON WARNINGS:

1) MAX 3 HOUSEHOLDS - Due to the current covid restrictions, it's been necessary to restrict use further to maintain compliance and safety to stay open.  The group site is large enough that it can accommodate 2 or 3 max households but if you'll be camping with friends or family from outside your "bubble", please respect mask/social distancing guidelines when mingling.  We realize these are not ideal conditions but better than no camping, right? =}

2) NO OPEN FIRES - The nearby recent fires have left everyone very sensitive to fire risk so no, we're sorry but fires will still not be allowed under any conditions.  Your propane or coleman style camp stoves are ok for cooking.  Please bring nothing that requires coals/wood, etc.

3) TICK SEASON WARNING: The Santa Cruz mountains are tick territory and depending on the time of year ticks are easy to pick up so doing a tick check at the end of the day is highly recommended.  If this is a concern, please use tick repellent and look to the county HSA for more information.

Now that that's handled - Welcome to the Enchanted Forest Retreat!

Shopping such as Safeway, Costco and the big box stores are 20 minutes away in Soquel; however, we have a charming little market (Summit Center) 3.5 miles away that has a great selection of groceries, drinks and hot foods, etc.

While we are not strictly ADA compliant, the facilities should be able to host most. Please feel free to reach out with any questions and we'll help however we can!

Other Listing:

The large glamping tent is in the prime location of the campground, very close to the bathroom, kitchen (staff only) area, and outdoor amphitheater,  with great views of the forest. It allows max 4 person, with a queen bed, a twin bed and a sofa. Bedding is provided. There is a private propane BBQ grill and picnic table. No electricity in the tent, the bathroom has electrical outlets

The Tiny House is cozy 100sf (10x10), insulated, has an indoor propane heater, with the prime location right at the center of the campground, steps away from the bathrooms and kitchen cottage, yet privately tucked under the redwood tree and overseeing the beautiful outdoor amphitheater.  There is also an outdoor picnic table in the back

Group Site - Very large and has 1 large picnic table. Limit to 12 people and 3 cars.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
13 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Up to 1 vehicle
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 15 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Ask about slideout accommodation
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
Laundry present
No kitchen
No wifi
Have a question? Send Jessica a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 40% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

On property is limited but bikable - we are also very near the demonstration forest, which we're told has some fabulous mountai...Read more

Boating

Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches.

Fishing

Santa Cruz Wharf is great for fishing as well as many other local areas. No fishing on property.

Hiking

On and off property. Big Basin and Henry Cowell parks are not far and well worth the visit!

Horseback riding

There are horse rentals/trails not far from here but we do not have our own. Horse camping would be possible but getting trail...Read more

Surfing

Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches

Swimming

Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches. Can also wade in our creek but wouldn't call it swimming!

Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Enchanted Forest Retreat w/Showers in California.

Coastal

12 miles to Capitola Beach and the Pacific Ocean.

Forest

New and old growth Redwoods throughout property.

River, stream, or creek

Creek runs through property and is accessible with a short hike.

Waterfall

Mini waterfall on the property. Fun, easy hike to get to.

Mountainous

Places to see near The Enchanted Forest Retreat

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Hipcamper Melissa

Private spot among the redwoods

Melissa B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 12)
July 2nd, 2022

Nice private spot among tall redwood trees. You can see other campsites but they are quite spread out. I couldn’t back my trailer into site 12 but Jessica allowed me to set up closer to the road in front of the site. Note: Site 8 is a nice open space for Rv campers. The road to the campsite is steep and narrow but manageable with my truck and and 15 foot trailer. I saw wild turkeys in the morning!

Hipcamper Rachel
Rachel M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 13)
June 29th, 2022

Our spot was amazing and secluded. We didn't use any amenities or even do much exploring around the campground, we stayed in a camper. His are steep and road narrow, but the stay was great!

Hipcamper Allie
Allie D.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 28th, 2022

Beautiful, secluded area!

Hipcamper Jamie

Wonderful property

Jamie M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 28th, 2022

We spent 4 nights on this beautiful property. Overall it was a wonderful time. My wife was pregnant and we also had our 2.5yr old + golden retriever puppy. Site #2 was peaceful and not right next to any other site like most others are. Bathroom facilities were clean and very useful for my wife. GORGEOUS and easy hike down to the creek, my son loved it……..We only had two knocks: 1) there is a ton of car traffic and people drove pretty fast. It was scary to have our son or dog that close to the road. The worst part about it was that most of the traffic was from the employees of the campground. There was a big white truck and a silver ford focus that constantly came flying around the corner. It was dangerous but also terrible for the environment. It would be great to see the owners provide them with a golf cart or something more appropriate. 2) there was quite a lot of trash at our site when we arrived. Three bags of dog poop and wrappers all around. I put the blame on the campers before us, but a quick cleanup check before we arrived would have been appreciated……nevertheless, we absolutely would love to go back one day.

Hipcamper Morro

Lovely camping but not for hammocks

Morro S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8)
June 24th, 2022

The campground is beautiful, but if you’re a hammock camper you better have alternate sleeping arrangements. There’s nowhere to hang a hammock in most of the sites, being that old growth redwoods are like 15 feet in diameter. I had hoped there’d be some smaller trees around, but not so much.

We stayed in #8 because another reviewer said #8 was “clearly the best”, but I don’t think it was that “clear”. Yes, there was a really spectacular fairy ring, but I think each of the sites has pros and cons.

For example, staying in #8 you have a walk up a pretty steep hill to get to the bathhouse; I’m a backpacker so it was ok for me, but i doubt my 75-year-old in-shape-for-her-age mother could do it very easily.

The road to get in to the campground is pretty long, curvy, and narrow. I used to live in the area, so it wasn’t a surprise, but I’d highly recommend having EVERYTHING YOU NEED *BEFORE* you drive in, because it’s a LONG drive back out to the nearest store.

Speaking of which, that nearest store is #%$! AMAZING! It’s like a gourmet food & wine shop, with incredible EVERYTHING - prepared foods, groceries, omg it was hard to leave without spending ALL the money. :))

I wish we’d had more time to camp here! It was quiet (in spite of being AT LEAST half full) and full of really intense old energy from the trees. I’d gladly come back (although this time I’d DEFINITELY make sure I had everything I needed BEFORE driving all the way down in, lol).

Highly recommend!

My chair by moonlightThis one was like 15 feet in diameter or more!This one was like 15 feet in diameter or more!My chair by moonlight
Hipcamper Tiffany

Camping under the redwoods

Tiffany S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 13)
June 23rd, 2022

The property was beautiful and peaceful. The amenities were very nice to have while camping. We stayed at site #13 which was very secluded with a lot of shade. The bathroom was a hike to get to with a good uphill climb on the way back, so be prepared for that if you choose that site. We ended up extending our time at this location because we enjoyed it so much.

Hipcamper Karen

Not easy at all with an rv

Karen G.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 5)
June 23rd, 2022

If you want a rustic mountain experience in seclusion, this is the place. However, the website said they could handle RV's. They really cannot! We have a 30 Ft. trailer with no pull outs and my husband is an excellent trailer backer. The road is VERY narrow and windy. I don't know how we made it in one piece to the campground, but there is NO WAY we could make it to the campsite and out again. Save yourself the stress and risk to vehicles. If you have more than a 10ft trailer that is more than 6 ft wide...Don't try it!

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Hipcamper Suzy

Creek camping

Suzy M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 23rd, 2022

We had a wonderful stay. Hiking along the creek was our favorite. Appreciated the warm clean showers and playing ping pong ia fun!

Z Chillin'Creek side boysOur cool tent3 boys and a dog
Hipcamper Michael
Michael C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 12)
June 20th, 2022

The showers and bathrooms were a really nice touch and made my long road trip a lot easier. Only complaint is it is fairly difficult to find on such tight, tiny and twisty roads. But that’s not a big deal at all considering the seclusion. Would recommend for a nice private little stay!

Awards

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The Enchanted Forest Retreat
State
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