Check out our latest addition to our retreat center -Enchanted Forest Retreat Tiny House!
This group site allows max 5 people and 1 vehicle. 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
Check out our latest addition to our retreat center -Enchanted Forest Retreat Tiny House!
This group site allows max 5 people and 1 vehicle. 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 extra charge. 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 week day rates is 30% off the listed weekend rates.
We just paved most of the road going down to the campground!
SPECIAL COVID RULES & TICK SEASON WARNINGS:
1) ONE HOUSEHOLD PER SITE - Due to the current covid restrictions, it's been necessary to restrict use further to maintain compliance and safety to stay open. If you'd like to camp with friends or family from outside your "bubble", please reserve an additional site for each household and respect mask/social distancing guidelines when mingling. We realize these are not ideal conditions but better this than not being able to camp at all, right?? =}
2) NO 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 welcome for cooking, etc. 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
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.
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. ;)
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.
There are 6 (4-5 person) sites available in a separate listing plus this group site (up to 12 people). Please contact us if you're interested in renting for any events.
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!
NOTICE REGARDING RVs and TRAILERS: While we can not offer hookups, theoretically we have no problem with RVs - the reason we state we don't allow them is that the road is dirt and steep in a couple of places getting down to the campground and VERY narrow in one spot (10ft). Our concern is that your RV and/or trailer will not make it down without damage and/or not make it back up at all! 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 what is possible.
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.
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 2 picnic tables. Limit to 12 people and 3 cars.
- 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 Weeknight discount: 30% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
On property is limited but bikable - we are also very near the demonstration forest, which we're told has some fabulous mountai...Read more
Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches.
Santa Cruz Wharf is great for fishing as well as many other local areas. No fishing on property.
On and off property. Big Basin and Henry Cowell parks are not far and well worth the visit!
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
Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches
Nearby in Santa Cruz and surrounding beaches. Can also wade in our creek but wouldn't call it swimming!
Natural features you'll find at Enchanted Forest Retreat w/Showers in California.
12 miles to Capitola Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
New and old growth Redwoods throughout property.
River, stream, or creek
Creek runs through property and is accessible with a short hike.
Mini waterfall on the property. Fun, easy hike to get to.
Places to see near The Enchanted Forest Retreat
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
While the trees on Maraia's land were truly magnificent and just what our sheltered-weary souls needed, we were disappointed in the lack of attention given to Socially-Distanced protocols. The camp was crowded with many young people, many of whom were not wearing masks, especially in common areas. There was only one sign posted about wearing masks on the kitchen door, which was mostly going un-heeded and there were no other indications/reminders about maintaining physical distance. There was some evidence of "Staff," but no indication that there was anybody maintaining/cleaning the area or overseeing or enforcing COVID-19 Safety Standards. Also, we camped at site #4 which was in close proximity to site #3 and the campers, all of whom seemed to be high school students, were loud well past the 10pm noise curfew, which really detracted from the experience. Unfortunately, we left a day early because of these complaints and didn't get to fully enjoy the land.
As far as the protocols to which hosts agree (COVID-19 Host Safety Standards, https://support.hipcamp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360043415632), in this list of 10 standards, we saw non-compliance with 4 of them.
3. Adjust the space between sites or reduce occupancy at your property to ensure proper six-foot physical distancing.
Practice physical distancing by keeping at least six feet away from Hipcampers. Create highly visible, six-foot spacing indicators to help guests keep their distance between sites and at shared bathrooms, kitchen facilities, and other amenities.
there were no highly visible, 6-foot spacing indicators. not at the campsites, nor at the bathrooms, nor in the kitchen.
5. Limit or restrict access to certain high-risk shared amenities.
Establish a schedule to minimize the number of people using shared amenities at any one time. Close or prohibit access to shared amenities for which you’re unable to maintain a proper cleaning schedule.
there were no schedules posted.
6. Ensure your property has enough soap or hand sanitizer for all guests.
Create signage to encourage Hipcampers to regularly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be made of at least 60% alcohol.
there was no signage to encourage this.
9. Update your listing to include expectations for safe camping at your property during COVID-19
Update your listing to explain your health and safety expectations—include what you've done to help make your property safer, as well as what you expect from your guests. It helps to also post these expectations onsite at your property.
the listing has no mention of any of this. there was also no posting of expectations on the property.
Good campsite, good experience
Overall, good campsite. Had clean bathrooms and kitchen area to wash dishes (has sink and refrigerator only, no stove). Has grill outside. One downside was that the campsite did not have a fire pit or picnic table. Looked like the tables were being made but not sure if they are planning on installing fire pit. Would be a great campsite if they fixed these two issues.
Maraia was a great host and the site and land was beautiful. I really enjoyed the first 2 days of my stay. I was in site 2, which I chose for privacy. On the 3rd day a group arrived and set up can in an unmarked site above me, giving me almost no privacy. There was also a woman at that site shouting into her cell phone for an extended period of time, which was so disturbing that I got in my van, rolled up the windows and listened to music.
Cool little spot, neutral feelings about the host as we never spoke or saw them but not my first time camping so didn't really need to see or talk to them. So I guess if you have no idea what you're doing this might not be the place for you but anyone who understands typical campground etiquette will fit right in. Highly recommend checking out the summit store, cute lil grocery store.
Beautiful bay area forest getaway
Maraia was an excellent host and the property is beautiful. I had a group of 13 spread out over sites 3, 4 and 5 and they are nicely situated above eachother on a graded sections of a hill. The group site was in view but sound didn’t carry very far so it kept a private feel. The creek nearby makes for a nice hike and the area was very clean! I plan to come back, especially with the convenient location off highway 17!
This place was awesome! Beautiful campsite right in the redwoods of Sanat Cruz mountains. Clean bathrooms with hot running water. The host was super chill and attentive. Definitely hope to return soon.
Wonderful hideaway in the trees!
We were delighted with this place! The hosts were friendly. The facilities were clean. The surroundings were gorgeous. The property offered many opportunities for hiking and exploring. What more could you ask for? I can’t wait to go back!
Amazing campsite! We had a great time at site #2 (right next to the bathrooms and kitchen). The site was large enough for both of our tents and had space to eat outside. The sites are also spread out and we had no sound issues (also very easy to social distance!). The bathrooms were very clean as were the shared amenities.
The campsite is also very close to lots of state parks and we had a great time hiking in the redwoods and hanging out on the beach!
Maraia is a great host and I hope we have a chance to come back!
Perfect camping getaway
Nestled amongst redwoods, we couldn't have asked for a better place to spend the long weekend. Private enough with all the amenities. The toilets were clean and such a luxury to be able to have a shower (warm water!! shampoo & soap dispenser!!) after a long day out hiking nearby. Roads are narrow and steep in places so be careful when driving. We stayed at campsite #1 which is a slight climb up from the bathroom and communal kitchen, but is also more secluded and has its own water tap (super convenient!).
Thank you Maraia!