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Happy Tales Camping

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43 reviews
· New Cuyama, California
3 sites
1 Lodging
2 RV
An old Native American Village was once on this property. It is said that an agent supplied the allotment of meat and beans at which they had a B-B-Q and all the Natives died from poison beans except for one girl. Some said you can hear the cries of women and child at night.
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New Cuyama, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Vincent W.Joined in June 2016
97%
18 ratings · 43 reviews
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Matthew B.recommends
June 27, 2022
Little Feather Tipi
Tipi Camping with the Animals
This was by far the most unique leg of our trip, and the most little CED by my 8 year old daughter. The deer and chickens and pig and dogs being the main draw for her. My objective was to get her under the night sky with no light pollution, and that was certainly delivered. Lots of talk about the area and what goes on Made it super interesting for me. Two comfy beds but bring your own light, camping stove, food and sleeping bags as it can get chilly.
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Eli C.recommends
May 30, 2022
Little Feather Tipi
Tipi camping with wildlife.
Vincent's land is an awesome spot. We arrived late, but fortunately Vincent walked us through the check in process prior to our arrival. The stars lit our path to our tipi. Inside was a cooking pit, and a clothing rack. There was also so much wildlife on site - chickens, horses, dogs, deer, and a lot of birds! There was only 1 of 4 potential Tipis available when we were there. Once they all go up, this campsite has a lot of potential for large groups or families.
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Greg H.recommends
May 30, 2022
Little Feather Tipi
Stars, horses & deer
Beautiful land with friendly horses and deer. The stargazing is out of this world.
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Patricia O.recommends
April 23, 2022
Little Feather Tipi
Teepee and Stars
My family and I enjoyed the experience of sleeping in a teepee. We were the only camper on the day we booked. The property was peaceful and private spot. Stars at night was phenomenal. Horses roam free and the kids love the farm dogs and deer on site. Highly recommend if you like roughing it when camping. BYO gear for your teepee. Myo (sorry if I mispelled) gave us a couple of recommendations for nearby spots. So extra stars for that.
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Ashley C.recommends
April 18, 2022
Little Feather Tipi
Unique Chumash teepee experience
What a fabulous time. The teepee experience is great, and the site is in the stunningly gorgeous Cuyama Valley, with tons of geological and historical stuff to explore. Hosts were incredibly welcoming, as were their sweet dogs. We got to pet and feed the horses, deer, pigs and chickens! Such a fun and memorable weekend. To note that this is definitely camping, though - with exception of a tent (since you've got the teepee!) Hipcampers should be prepared to bring everything else they would need.
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Auriane M.recommends
January 30, 2022
Site 1 - Road Warriors - Dry RV Camping
Campsite with a nice view
Vincent is really a nice host. He took some times to explain me the road to come to his camp. Then when I arrived he introduce me to his animals (horses and deers). He had a really nice campsite the view is beautiful and you can see the stars at night. I recommend this place
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Michaela B.recommends
December 9, 2021
Chumash Tipi Village - Family Tipi
A unique and interesting experience
My family enjoyed this very unique experience. Here is the list of pros and cons. Pros- Vincent, our host, was very attentive and helped us quickly whenever we sent a request. He built a fire in the center of the tipi and it kept us very warm. The tipi we were put in was HUGE! We brought two cots, had the two full beds and still had room for all 4 camp chairs and a card table. We also brought our Coleman stove into the tipi and cooked inside. They had many mats on the floor that kept our feet and tipi from keeping too dirty. It was a wonderful way to have family time. We loved the three friendly blue heelers. We fed the deer grapes and the horses apples. The stars were absolutely gorgeous and clear. We saw the milky way. Cons- Vincent really tried to help us, but the tipi's flap kept on closing and making the tipi very smoky. There is a pit toilet. It didn't smell bad at all. But it didn't have a door and the wall had some wood missing , so we didn't feel too comfortable. There is no potable water, which we were aware of but there was no spigot, no water at all available. Vincent provided some water for us and we brought a lot of water too. You are an hour and a half from fun places. Taft and Maricopa are very, very small towns. You are really in no-where-ville, so be prepared to drive. Bittercreek Nature preserve is not open and the Lakeview gusher is, well, a pile of dirt. Just be advised, this is camping, with a tipi and some beds provided. This is NOT glamping. This is really roughin' it. It was an amazing experience, but definitely an experience.
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Arnoud V.doesn't recommend
September 7, 2021
Chumash Tipi Village - Family Tipi
The place was beautiful and the host was friendly, but the tipi was very messy and the bed dirty it wasn't very clean and definitely not worth $140 per night
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David M.recommends
November 27, 2020
Little Feather Tipi
Vincent’s tipi is a cool and unique place to stay. We brought our own sleeping bags and slept on the ground in the spacious tipi. If you’re visiting in winter, I’d suggest watching the weather and packing accordingly. We underestimated how cold it would be and did not bring enough blankets. That being said, Vincent had a fire started for us when we arrived that we were able to maintain to stay warm while awake. Overall a fun stay that I’d recommend for any camper who wants to try something different!
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Sari S.recommends
October 13, 2020
Star Ship Ihwinmu
Powerful land, kind host, rustic co
Powerful land, kind host, rustic conditions
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Katie C.recommends
September 30, 2020
Little Feather Tipi
A perfect getaway.
Staying here was such a great experience and getaway! The host was so nice and welcoming and I will be back there soon!
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Danielle S.recommends
July 29, 2020
Little Feather Tipi
moonshine
this place is a diamond in the rough... so much potential. if getting back to nature is your thing, this is the place. the night sky was unobstructed and the sunset amazing.
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Jc R.recommends
July 23, 2020
Little Feather Tipi
Great place for relaxing and seeing the ski at sunset and the start, we got to see the comet while there. Great place to get away from the noise.
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Christopher P.recommends
July 19, 2020
Little Feather Tipi
High desert & clear skies!
Great site! We arrived in the afternoon. All communication between us & the host was clear. We arrived mid-afternoon in mid-July, so it was a little hot, but nothing severe--and it seemed milder than July Vegas weather! We had a great say!
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Doug J.doesn't recommend
September 10, 2019
Happy Tales Camping
We didn't
The site was bleak and open, dry, no shade. Host had several days of stubble, strange demeanor, my wife was uneasy so we decided not to stay, accepting that we would not get a refund. We went to Aliso Park (Los Padres National Forest) for a nice, shady, cool camp.
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Mia B.recommends
September 1, 2019
Site 1 - Road Warriors - Dry RV Camping
The sunset, the stars, the quiet
Our stay at Road Warriors was just what we needed. We were looking for a campsite to get some rest in later in the day and came up on this very affordable dry campsite. Although it was a bit further than we expected as we couldn't see the address until we had booked, the site was pretty clean and we pulled up to a picturesque desert sunset. We also got incredible sleep with the quiet nature of the space and had an amazing viewing of the stars after dark. The host was very friendly and came up right away to greet us. We even got to introduce our puppy to the group of dogs he has on the property. If your looking for a dry camping spot for a remote and very relaxing evening, this is the place. Also there was an awesome new cafe and coffee shop right up the road for our morning travels.
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Charlie O.recommends
August 29, 2019
Site 3 - Road Warriors - Dry RV Camping
Great camp ground! Look forward to my next visit.
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Sean C.recommends
June 28, 2019
Little Feather Tipi
A fantastic site with a lot to offer. TP camping was a blast. Come for the sun and the stars. The boat docked on land was a highlight!
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Devin M.recommends
June 11, 2019
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
10/10 experience!
This was our first Hipcamp experience and we will 100% be coming back to stay again! Our experience was amazing and Mahe’s (host/shaman) presence was the best part. He shared stories of the Chumash culture, he listened to our stories, we laughed, we sat by the fire and talked all night. That being said this experience may not be for everyone! It’s a one of a kind adventure and you should go in with an open mind. Also, do not expect a luxury tipi with running water... you are camping after all and the whole property is off grid. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND.
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Cathy C.recommends
April 14, 2019
Dakota Village - Cowboy Cabin
Exactly like the pictures. awesome
We booked on our way there. Host contacted us right away to let us know that they where not around that day. He gave us perfect directions and an over the phone orientation. Everything was accurate to the pictures. The scenery is absolutely beautiful and the air fresh. There are about 5 dogs on the property who greeted us at the road and escorted us in. They are very well behaved and I felt safe with them patrolling the area. We will definitely be back!
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Bryan C.recommends
January 7, 2019
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
Outdoorsy
Great host with alot of future projects but needs some work! Great property! Bring blankets it gets really cold !
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Jeremy M.recommends
September 18, 2018
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
Thomas was a great host and made us feel welcome and well informed about the area. The Tee Pee was as advertised and an great place to spend the night under the stars.
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Seiya H.recommends
September 4, 2018
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
The sky view was awesome!Easy to go there and find the site. Tipi was comfortable space and strong,Also Toilet, too. The host was so friendly and kind.He taught about native americans and around camp site.Dogs were super friendly and nice, too.Good walking around there and You can see some animals. There was a toilet roll, But You might need it,It wasn't sanitary.There was a tap(Actually, Water from a hose), But It was hard to use wash hands and wash veges or staff.There was many blanket which is great, but a little bit dust.Watch out your foods, There were ants. Anyway, We really recommend this tipi experience.It was so quiet and calm place. We wil come back again ! Thank you so much.
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Rebecca P.recommends
August 30, 2018
Chumash Tipi Village - Family Tipi
We had the most magical time staying here and the moments spent with the host was beyond special. We learnt about the Chumash way of life, several ancient songs from the host - an experience our family truly treasured and will never forget. Thank you Thomas - we will be back!
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Kira C.recommends
August 25, 2018
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
This was mine and my boyfriends first hipcamp experience. I was skeptical because I could t find more info online about the place but everything worked out great so take chances!! The land is special and on the up and up. This isn’t luxe camping and shouldn’t be expected to be. This is a native trying to share the medicine with the people. The dogs, puppies, ostriches, ram, chickens were darling. We packed what we would normally bring with us to primintive camping. If you bring a tree to plant you can add to his growing forest. He has trees from all over the United States. As natives are protecting the 7 generations ahead and behind. From the teachings passed down from before they were here, to the generations who will get to see the forest from the trees planted in this lifetime. Be open minded and educate yourself on the native history of Santa Barbra, Oaji mountains and the SLO region. Call him before you book on here!
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Tiffany A.recommends
July 12, 2018
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
Staying at the ranch and learning from Thomas, the medicine man taking care of this land, was one of the best camping experiences I’ve had. It was inspiring to hear the inspiration and plans Thomas has for the space and healing center. The only thing that’s missing is community that can keep coming out to the ranch and help make the healing center come to fruition. There are tipis, solar pumped water, beekeeping that you can learn about, a private toilet, wild horses who were beautiful, and Thomas even talked me through breaking down how they acted toward me and why, like an equine therapy session. He intends to sell honey and lavender (I can’t wait!) I learned a lot during my short stay there about myself, about indigenous stories and practices, about the land, and I look forward to learning more as I keep coming back.
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Jonah W.recommends
June 12, 2018
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
The TiPis were big and cool to stay in! Thomas was a huge help and drove us to some hiking trails in Los Padres near-by. Good trip over-all.
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Ilona A.recommends
May 27, 2018
Star Ship Ihwinmu
One of the most beautiful, meaningful experiences of my life. The hosts are incredibly kind and caring. The land itself has an incredible healing energy. You come in one person and you leave someone totally different. A trip of a lifetime.
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Ludo B.recommends
April 29, 2018
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
Great place to escape the city and relax in the desert! Host was very welcoming and provided fresh farm eggs in the morning for breakfast! Thanks for a great weekend!
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Taylor G.recommends
April 15, 2018
Shiloh Tipi - 12 ft.
Had an amazing time staying on this property! The views and scenery are amazing - definitely a good spot to get away from the city, enjoy the quiet and explore a little.
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