Hipcamp host Mehmet M.,
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Note: We are open and hosting a limited number of campers during Covid-19 emergency. All our camp sites are outdoors and spaced at least 100 feet apart. Commons areas are closed or are used in staggered and limited occupancy. Campers are encouraged to bring a




Note: We are open and hosting a limited number of campers during Covid-19 emergency. All our camp sites are outdoors and spaced at least 100 feet apart. Commons areas are closed or are used in staggered and limited occupancy. Campers are encouraged to bring all gear needed to stay out at the campsites and enjoy a truly lovely wildflower bloom amidst this crisis. 

Xico, Mehmet, and the people who come here respect the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.


Upon confirmation, you will receive the gate code. Please make sure you have gotten the gate code before departure by contacting us.


Important note in access this site. River Site Glorious requires portage across the river in thigh deep moving water. Gear must be carried in packs. Both hands must be free to cross the river using a guide rope rigged only in spring and summer. If upon seeing it, you are not wanting to cross, we will have an alternate site on this side of the river.

It is a river site that you will find ranks very high on the list of perfect sites. *** This one requires a portage across the river to a swinging bed and a sand bar for tent set up. Waist deep, moving water, a rope across the river for balance, bring minimal gear in backpacks ***

You can use only small camp stoves and 2-4 person tents. No ginormous codo-style tents. There isn't room. Packs are needed to access this site as the terrain is steep.

 It accommodates 2-4 campers max campers. Not recommended fopr beginners or children. Cross through the river to get to this beautiful, secluded campsite. Sleep on the swing or pitch your tent. No bedding provided. Campsite NOT available if the water is too high to cross.

Your LNT and Wilderness ethic must be sharp given the close proximity to water. NO HUMAN WASTE! You must use the chemical toilets. NOTHING in the river except your warm, naked (optional) body.

(By booking this lodging/camping, you agree to save and hold harmless Mehmet McMillan and Xavier Garza, WildPlaces and its fiscal sponsor Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs. You acknowledge that there are hazards such as uneven surfaces, bodies of water, wildfire, wildlife and noxious plants. ALL of these are beyond the control of the owner and you assume all responsibility for your own safety. See Rules/Safety for Liability Form that must be signed before or upon arrival)

 Toilets are composting or chemical.  Use your own camp stoves and opt to stay clear of the house entirely for maximum seclusion. The toilets are located near the house which is a 5-10 minute walk from the site.  

You provide tents, tent footprint (tarp), lights, sleeping bags, food, insect repellant, wood, camp stove and other stuff. There is an outdoor , hot water shower and the river (NO SOAP of ANY KIND IN THE RIVER. CARRY WATER 5 FEET AWAY FOR THE WATER, LATHER UP AND RINSE ON THE SHORE)

NO CHARMINE FLOWERS! Peeing is fine away from trails and tent sites. Ladies, do not leave your TP behind, buried or otherwise. We will mail it back to you. NO DEFECATION EXCEPT at the Latrines, no matter your LNT expertise.


The River Sites are super unique in part because one never finds a campsite that close to a river. With the luxury of camping on a river comes the responsibility of being extremely mindful of your impacts. The river sites are right on the river bank and about as close to sleeping in a river as you can get without being on a raft. It is, however, especially sensitive to human impact so being fully knowledgeable about the 7 Leave No Trace Principles allows use this site. If not, then you really should research it, especially as HipCamp guests follow a strong nature ethic.


Guided Activities

RECREATIONISTS PLEASE NOTE that we offer guided road bike and mountain bike excursions that can be catered to you! We can put you on world-class single track, technical and road bike trails!  

I. Enjoy a 40 mile round-trip road bike ride at 7,200 feet along the majestic Western Divide Highway in the Giant Sequoia National Monument and literally see the top of the mountain. The ride will take you through high Sierra meadows, Giant sequoia groves, Quaking Aspen forests, iconic granite outcroppings, all under perfect blue skies with clean air to breath (Yeah, remember that?). We will transport your bikes from the Land to the start point on the Western Divide, and provide  healthy, simple snacks along the way, and transport back down to camp. Costs are on a sliding scale of $50/person.

II. Single track, technical mountain bike rides can be launched from Camp Nelson Trail in the GSNM (technical) or rides that launch right from the Land onto foothill trails that double as the route for the Fat Tire Classic occurring in October (moderate, technical). We will transport your bikes from the Land to the start point on the Western Divide, and provide  healthy, simple snacks along the way, and transport back down to camp. Costs are on a sliding scale of $50/person.

III. (Spring and winter only) Also, we offer the ultimate RECREATION EXPERIENCE by guiding you, our guests, in meaningful habitat stewardship projects either on the Land near your campsite or within the nearby Giant Sequoia National Monument. All stewardship projects  are free of charge though we do invite you to become a member of WildPlaces, the non-profit arm of our Land that has been protecting and conserving wild places in the area for 20 years.


Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
No ADA access
Toilet available
Fire ban in effect
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Wifi available
No kitchen
No picnic table
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Mehmet a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

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Hipcamper Nic
Nic C.
recommends this listing.
October 3rd, 2016

The River campsite is one of many great campsites located on the property and is only seasonally available due to the required river crossing to get to the site (there are times when the water is flowing too fast to safely allow guests to cross the river).

The property itself is in the foothills just outside of Porterville, in the quaint town of Springville. The property is at the very end of private country road and is nestled in a small valley that is surrounded by rolling hills. The lifeblood of the property is the Tule river, which runs through the property and has an abundance of areas to explore and enjoy. The property is a work in progress, but the infrastructure allows all of the amenities that a camper could want. There is a compost toilet along with a portable toilet option, both of which have a small wash area for those who desire. There are solar showers on site, but since we only stayed for a night, we didn't need to access those at all.

The landowners, Mehmet, and Chico, are very welcoming and offer a number of communal spaces to hang during your stay. When I arrived they explained that their intent isn't for campers to have to stay at their campsite during their entire stay and are welcomed to the outdoor kitchen, garden, and outdoor dining area during the stay.

There are many projects that are happening on the land, many of which exhibit the owners' connection and love for mother nature. One of my favorite features is the steam hut that is used for both traditional and recreational purposes and has been said to house nearly 20 people during certain occasions.

The river site itself was a great experience, as there is shade, a suspended bed (with bug netting) and a sandy plateau that allows to pitch a medium sized tent. The site is on the water's edge but has plenty room to spread out and feel comfortable on the land. I don't know if I enjoyed the sounds of the running water or the bright, bright stars more, but both together were simply magnificent.

I would say that this camping experience isn't quite roughing it, but also isn't glamping either. It felt like a true camping experience where we were far enough away to feel in our own world, but I could easily make the 3 minute walk back to the car if we needed something in a pinch. We definitely want to come back to this site and enjoy camping on the river during the summer!

The River Campsite has a flat sandy area that can be used to pitch a tent if you don't want to sleep on the suspended platform bed.The weather was a little cool for proper swimming, but we had to take one last dip during swimming season.Some serious camp vibes happening down by the riverEmpty nest looking super inviting for an afternoon nap
Hipcamper Zane
Zane S.
recommends this listing.
October 1st, 2019

The site was close to all the amazing sceneries. Our host was gracious and very knowelegable of the area, he helped us find some cool sites and let us know of whats near and far. Especially in an area with no service, his directions were so accurate we had no trouble finding anything. Also the dogs on the premises are 100% worth the visit to this campsite.

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Hipcamper Annie
Annie D.
recommends this listing.
May 6th, 2017

Gorgeous property, great views and about an hour drive from sequoia national park!

Hipcamper aaron
Aaron C.
recommends this listing.
July 4th, 2017

One of the greatest camping experiences I've had.
Meeting mehmet and Chico was truly inspiring . It was so incredible to meet people who love and respect nature the way they do, I would go back in a heartbeat.

Hipcamper Kendall
Kendall N.
recommends this listing.
March 22nd, 2018

like no other! Plenty of sites and plenty to see!

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Hipcamper Jason
Jason J.
recommends this listing.
August 5th, 2018

We had a relaxing time on their beautiful peaceful property next to the river. We came on the right weekend, and were invited to participate in their monthly Aztec ceremony in their temazcal (sweat lodge). It was an intense spiritual and physical experience.

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Hipcamper Emily

Beyond expectations

Emily Q.
recommends this listing.
April 14th, 2019

What a place! Chico and his dogs made us feel more than welcomed. Great location and the design of the communal areas makes it a great way to be in nature and yet convienent. Charming and beautiful place! Hope to make a trip back

Hipcamper gavin
Gavin S.
recommends this listing.
April 28th, 2019

We had a great time at this site over the weekend! It was our first time with Hipcamp so we didn’t know what we were getting into, and these guys really outdid our expectations. The common areas are very comfortable and laid back, everything feels very well maintained and you can tell the property is very loved. Our hosts were extremely welcoming and helped us with everything we needed. More than just a campsite, the whole property feels like a community based around enjoyin life and everything nurture has to offer.

Hipcamper Heather

Garden of eden. gorgeous experience

Heather P.
recommends this listing.
May 27th, 2019

The River Ridge property as a whole, is divine. Truly a Shangri-La. Impeccably clean and lush with flora and fauna to boot. Gary has spared no expense to create a comfortable and gorgeous stay at his nature preserve. Each and every location on the River Ridge property lends its own unique charm and individuality while still part of a collective vibe. Perfection incarnate!

Adorable Cottonwood cabin on property
Seating area next to Airstream at River Ridge property near our campsite.
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