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Magical Harrison Serenity Ranch

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· Palomar Mountain, California
67 acres
16 sites
3 Lodging
13 RV/Tent
This land has been a community gathering space for the Native's Ceremony and Healing Space for over a thousand years. Feast your eyes upon the Matates and traces of the people that once gathered here so long ago. Upon the mid 1800's we had a Settler named Nate Harrison find this to be the ideal space, and he set up homestead here, and lived an amazing full life. He was to become the first African American to aquire land here in San Diego County, and his homestead remains to this day; studied by archaeology students to this day. Sensitive habitat and magic lies within our gates, and we must approach the mountain as we would any sacred space; with RESPECT. We welcome you to enjoy Nate's land and inspire who you are deep inside your heart.
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Palomar Mountain, 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 Nicole Z.Joined in June 2019
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713 ratings · 530 reviews
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Emery R.recommends
January 23, 2023
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
If its raining then road up the hill can be a little dicey, part of it is a dirt road. but once youre up there its beautiful. great views of the valley, nice amenities, very enjoyable stay.
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Sarah W.recommends
December 12, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Beautiful land with friendly hosts! We really enjoyed our stay and we'll be back ASAP. Cabin is super cozy with amazing views from the deck. Camping spots also have great views with huge fire pits.
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Alesha W.recommends
November 26, 2022
Safari Tent
We had a lovely time :) the location is gorgeous, the beds were soft, and we felt secluded which was a great way to "get away" even though we had neighbors. We'd love to come back but next time we'll rent an SUV - the 10 or so miles up the mountain can be tricky for a car driver who isn't used to that terrain.
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Oskar H.recommends
November 21, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
We loved the view, amazing place. We are coming back soon.
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Amy C.recommends
November 14, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Gorgeous views
The property’s campsites all seemed to have epic views. The sites were private, with fire pits, tables and chairs. There was a hot shower, flush toilets and portable toilets with hand washing stations. It was a perfect spot to park for the weekend and hike with our dogs. Friendly and helpful camp hosts.
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Jordan B.recommends
November 14, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Quick winter trip
The property was so beautiful! The check in process included a tour with Lauren who was friendly and warm and showed us her favorite spots. The view was fantastic and the bathrooms were the nicest bathrooms i have ever seen at a campsite. Very clean and well stocked. Can't wait to return!
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Marie D.recommends
November 14, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Great location, awesome camp site and really great host. Took a group of 8 people, 2 dogs and 5 cars and they were so accommodating to our big group. We plan to come back every year and make this an annual friends gathering. Heads up- the road up IS as daunting as other reviewers mentioned. However, our group included one Mazda sedan, one Tesla, a jeep, a compact AWD SUV, and a 4 runner. While the 4 runner and jeep handled it the best/fastest, the other cars got up no problem. Just had to go slowly.
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Keely A.recommends
November 13, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Beautiful views
So amazing! We had the best time. I would definitely come back. Make sure you have 4x4 when driving up the hill. It is pretty uneven!
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Paw L.recommends
November 8, 2022
Safari Tent
We love the tent and the view of this place. Shoutout to Lauren for greeting us and showing us around when we arrived. I look forward to coming back and staying longer.
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Katie M.recommends
November 7, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
I was skeptical about this trip as some of the reviews were mixed. We went in November and the trip exceeded my expectations. The views all over the site were incredible, and the place is very well maintained. They even had indoor bathrooms that were kept in very good condition.
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Artem Z.recommends
November 6, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
I even couldn't imagine that this place so beautiful. Great view from campground on the valley. Restrictions and showers are available. Nice and quiet place even on Saturday when almost the whole place was packed you still get some privacy. Sedans with low clearance could get in trouble when you turn on the bumpy and dirty narrow road. Not an easy way to get there but it is definitely worth it!
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Megan P.recommends
November 6, 2022
Zen Tent
Great Campground
Super nice campground. Clean bathrooms. Super dog friendly. The glamping tent beds were very comfortable. Beautiful views and nice people.
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Juan T.recommends
November 6, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Very beautiful camping site!
Nicole is very friendly and very helpful. Her place is absolutely beautiful. We will for sure be back again in the near future. Highly recommended to anyone that loves a nice peaceful camping experience.
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Alexander P.recommends
November 5, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Super helpful and nice staff. Amazing grounds. Super fun place to camp!
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Bancky G.recommends
November 4, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Camping in the clouds!
The views were beautiful. Our campsite was right across the bathroom/ showers, very clean, and plenty of warm water. The host met us upon arrival and gave us the tour of the whole property, she was very friendly, personable, and accessible for any questions, needs, and concerns through our stay. Highly recommend! Due to the altitude, on an overcast morning, you sit right above the clouds, absolutely breathtaking!
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Barbara F.recommends
October 30, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Amazing location
This was such an amazing experience! Nicole is the sweetest host, she made sure we had everything we needed and showed us around so we could choose a camping spot, which was pretty tough because they were all so spacious and unique. The view is breathtaking anywhere you stay, and it’s just overall such a peaceful experience, which was much much needed. 10/10 :)
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Zia Y.recommends
October 26, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Tent camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch was amazing. Absolutely beautiful views and gracious hosts. Lauren greeted us upon arrival and gave us her favorite spot. There were also great amenities and privacy. We will certainly be returning!
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Arielle S.recommends
October 24, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Beautiful, quiet tent site with full bathrooms and potable water. Definitely need 4 wheel drive to get up the road.
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Felicia P.
October 24, 2022
Zen Tent
Getaway for the Weekend…
This was a wonderful weekend spent at Harrison Serenity Ranch. Our host was very sweet and gave us a quick tour of the property. The yurt was cozy and the beds were comfortable. The view from the Ranch are spectacular and the area is quiet and quaint. While we would definitely come back. There are a few things to note: The road there has VERY bumpy terrain. An AWD is suggested although you can make it in a car as long as it doesn’t sit too low. They do not provide a map of the layout of the Ranch. Maybe it was just me but I kept getting turned around. We were not directed to where there might be a kitchen/bbq. The Ranch itself is a little rundown. The yoga deck is in great shape but there is an abandoned “healing sanctuary” nearby that is a bit eerie. The benches need to be fixed. They’re broken and nails are sticking out. We signed up and paid for for the hike but nothing was ever communicated with us regarding it… All in all, we would come back as the pros outweighed the cons, the Ranch is just an hour outside of San Diego and the area has gorgeous views. It was a great little getaway for the weekend.
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Emma I.recommends
October 23, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Awesome host and beautiful property!
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Krissi D.recommends
October 18, 2022
Safari Tent
Great spot
I had a peaceful stay on Nicole’s land. The views were beautiful, area was quiet, and tent was clean and comfortable. Jeremiah was super helpful and welcoming when I checked in. Will definitely return for a longer stay next time!
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Tyler F.recommends
October 11, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Great view and pet friendly
Nancy and friends were very communicative and directions were great. Check in was smooth and we had options on camp site which was helpful since we had our pups with us. Very clean and a great place to either relax or be active. The view is fantastic and we were lucky enough to watch a thunderstorm in the distance. The road getting to the entrance was a bit rough but a sedan and a Jeep made it no problem. Highly recommend and can’t wait to come back.
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Guilherme D.recommends
October 10, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Very nice hospitality, make sure you get a spot w a view!
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Ralph P.recommends
October 10, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Nicole is very friendly and helpful, the views from this mountain is breathtaking, if you sleep in, I recommend get your butt out of the sleeping bag, and watch the sunrise from the mountain side. Clean camp, bathrooms and showers available, I would suggest you check it out.
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Den D.recommends
October 9, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Everything we could ask for!
We looked at so many reviews of Serenity before going, and the majority of the reviews did it no justice… we absolutely loved it! Our host, Lauren, was amazing. She drove us around to multiple sites for us to choose from, was super helpful, and sweet. Super clean, obvious pride is taken here, peaceful, and it’s very quiet. The views are to die for! We will absolutely go back!
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Seda E.recommends
October 8, 2022
Zen Tent
All the best things about camping: being in nature, quiet, stars, moon rising, sunset, long walks and none of the hassles: no pitching tents, no packing and carrying tent, sleeping bag, mats, chairs, etc. Harrison Serenity Ranch is serene, quiet, and an amazing find only one hour away from San Diego. The outdoors showers, the indoor toilets and showers, yoga deck, the views are almost too good to be true. The road is not well maintained and you do need to go quite slow unless you have a 4x4 or a truck but that’s part of the adventure too. Definitely will be back.
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Hipcamperrecommends
September 30, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Loved the views. Facilities were conveniently located and clean. Light pollution is minimal so be sure to bring your wide angle lens!
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Nicole S.recommends
September 28, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Beautiful Palomar
Great host and great views ! Will be back again soon. Only set back is the long bumpy dirt road in but luckily I have a Jeep!
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Sarah C.recommends
September 25, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Serenity Is Only The Beginning
Serenity is only the beginning at the Harrison Serenity Ranch! It’s a beautiful, well-preserved piece of land with wonderful hosts and views. From sunrise to sunset, the ranch was absolutely lovely. We were greeted by Lauren who was absolutely great at giving a tour around the place and she was there daily if anything was needed. It was also great to meet Vicky, the owner of the land. She passed by the campsite on day two of our stay and was incredibly sweet! The camp sites are first come first serve but each have a unique view and aren’t too far away from portable toilets (which were very clean). There are also fresh spring water spouts and hoses throughout the property. During our stay, the weather was warm but just perfect to us and the evenings were cool and perfect. Favorite part was watching the sun set from their yoga deck not too far from the camp sites. It’s a great place for pets too! I’d recommend this place for others! The drive up the mountain is quite the ride but it was worth it once at the top! Wishing Harrison Serenity Ranch all the best! With it being so close to home, I can’t wait to go back!
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Joshua W.recommends
September 19, 2022
Camping at Harrison Serenity Ranch
Amazing views and clean facilities
Loved our weekend stay at Nicole’s! Host was very enthusiastic and welcoming; she even took us on a tour of the whole site right when we arrived so we didn’t have to guess where everything was. The indoor sink and showers was a huge plus for new campers in our group. Overall a great camping experience!!
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