Hipcamp host Mark B.,
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A large private dispersed group camp- Entire property (all sites) included in rental. 7 night maximum.  Longer possible with discussion.

15 acres yours to enjoy. Pass through our gates straight into BrightStar Wilderness BLM.  Ride your dirt bikes, ATV's, horses. Play your music, let your dogs run free... Great star gazing. Primitive firing range two minute wa


A large private dispersed group camp- Entire property (all sites) included in rental. 7 night maximum.  Longer possible with discussion.

15 acres yours to enjoy. Pass through our gates straight into BrightStar Wilderness BLM.  Ride your dirt bikes, ATV's, horses. Play your music, let your dogs run free... Great star gazing. Primitive firing range two minute walk away, or plink varmints on site. Hiking, Biking.  Nearby fishing, swimming, boating in the Kern River or Lake .

The Brightstar wilderness extends to Jawbone canyon.

Situated on the back side of the lake, this site provides more sunlight time than many other sites around the lake.  In some cases close to 2 hours.

Close to the lake at Mt. Mesa, boat launch, South fork Audubon nature preserve, restaurants, and scenic back road to Kernville.

Verizon has good service 

Gas/Diesel and Market with Deli 5 minutes away.

(Ice, wood, adult beverages, fishing tackle, full grocery)

Campsite area
Tent or RV site
1 site
Up to 20 guests per site
Up to 5 vehicles
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 34 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Generators allowed
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send mark a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 10% off

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Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Wind sports
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Wandering Star Ranch in California.

Hot spring
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Swimming hole

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Hipcamper Andrea
Andrea F.
recommends this listing.
June 5th, 2022

Awesome property! Backs right up to OHV trail and walking trails. Great set up for campfire. It did get windy but other than that great spot. Dogs had a blast. Will come again with more friends!

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Hipcamper Brad

Great site for a group. host is a+

Brad A.
recommends this listing.
May 30th, 2022

Wandering Star is a great property and Mark was a fantastic host. He was very responsive to any questions we had and dropped off some fresh eggs for us that were very tasty. The property itself is quite spacious and secluded feeling with plenty of different spots for your party to set up camp. We had a large party of tent campers who spread out over several of the sites and used a couple different fire pits. It is quite peaceful and quiet but we didn’t feel like we had to worry about our noise carrying to neighbors either.

Town may only be a few minutes away but you’ll feel like you’re in the wilderness for sure. Some hipcamps can feel like you’re just camping in somebody’s yard. Here, you’ll feel like you’re away from it all. You’ll hear coyotes at night and maybe see some critters too.

There is firewood available on site and the porta-potty is very clean and well maintained - though it is a porta potty. If you need a shower and potable water that’s a thing you’ll have to figure out for yourself. This isn’t glamping. It’s about as close to ‘real’ camping as you get without hiking in.

The stars are spectacular. The moon didn’t come up for us until 2am, and the light pollution from town is almost non existent, so it was pitch black after the sun went down and we had a fantastic view of the night sky.

Also, it is very close to the lake and hiking trails and there are a lot of great things to see and do in the area.

Hipcamper Matt

Great land with blm access

Matt W.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2022

Awesome property with really good basic amenities, access to BLM land, and plenty of privacy to enjoy your camp with friends.

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Hipcamper Katherine

Excellent private huge spot.

Katherine T.
recommends this listing.
May 22nd, 2022

Wandering Star Ranch is so beautiful, and huge!! 15 acres you can have all to yourself, or invite some friends to camp. Very clean porta potty. No potable water, but a small grocery store is just down the road. We were shooting a short horror film there, and it suited our needs very well. We could make as much noise as we wanted, as late as we wanted. There is plenty of firewood available for purchase, as well as the best eggs I’ve ever had in my life. And we felt very safe. A couple things to watch out for - there are black widow spiders and scorpions out at night. Possibly snakes too. But as long as you are aware, it’s all just part of being out in nature. Our group of seven had a wonderful time.

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Hipcamper Carolyne

Family camp and side by side fun

Carolyne S.
recommends this listing.
March 8th, 2022

We had a wonderful time here. Mark was very informative and helpful. He even helped us find a dump station to use when we were finished. The property was just as described. We took our side by sides right out the back gate and explored and were able to let the kids ride around the property on thier own. The kids were able to go exploring the property all by themselves too and had a blast, so did the dog :-)

The only struggle we had was leveling the RV's. Smaller ones would probably be fine but the bigger ones 35' and longer, took some extra time and relocating a couple times to find a flat enough area to get the jacks on the ground, so bring extra blocks.

All in all it was successful fun trip and I would recommend this site to others!

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Hipcamper Marc

Perfect private off-gri dry camping

Marc G.
recommends this listing.
February 25th, 2022

although there are many things to do near this disbursed camp area, my husband and i just wanted some downtime in a private-all-to-ourselves spot, and Wandering Star Ranch gave us just that. it is nestled up against some BLM land with some spectacular 360 degree views of the mountains. we nestled our van amongst some juniper bushes with our van door opening away from the neighborhood below to give us an even more private experience. our evenings were filled with sitting around our camp fire, star gazing and peace & quiet. during the day, we got some exercise walking our dog along the road that leads to the campsite and did a hike up the trail to the top of the small peak (about 20-25 minute jaunt). one of the things we were drawn to was that you can shoot on BLM land so we put together a little shooting range from cans and other stuff we found and had a picnic; we called it “picnic and pistols”. we got great cell service with both AT&T and Verizon, the local grocery at the end of the road (5 minute drive) was great for last minute shopping needs, and the Mobil next to it was great for us as it has diesel gas for our MBZ sprinter van. plenty of fire wood to buy from the host, mark, or gather the dead wood that was scattered around the camp site. mark was a wonderful host—very responsive to our questions and we even got a nice little meet & greet with him. definitely on our list of places to go to more than once!

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Hipcamper Denise

Everything we were looking for!

Denise Y.
recommends this listing.
January 19th, 2022

Mark’s place was exactly what we were looking for!

We brought our macaw, and our friends brought their dog and hawk. The amount of space we had accessible was perfect for all of us. The bathroom was super cleaned and maintained, the boat skeleton was odd but super cool, and the fire-pit had plenty of wood provided, even though we had some of our own already.

Mark was super friendly and helpful the whole way through, even as we were having a last minute urgency come up.

The scenery on the drive up was beautiful. We were close enough to drive to a very nice river hike, the local place we picked up lunch one day was very good, and right next to the site was a decent hill with an absolutely worthwhile view at the top.

We would absolutely stay here again!

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Hipcamper John
John M.
recommends this listing.
November 15th, 2021

We enjoyed our weekend here! My wife and I introduced some friends to dry camping with their trailer and we all definitely enjoyed having some space to ourselves instead of being in a packed campground. It was well worth the extra money to have some elbow room, and we especially enjoyed that there is a back gate to public BLM ground for hiking, exploring, and plinking. We only brought two trailers, but there was room for many more, just bring plenty of leveling blocks.

Hipcamper Mona

Awesome stay!!!

Mona P.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2021

great! clean restroom!!! had a little hiccup but Mark came through!!! kids had a great time riding the dirt bike around!!!

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