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Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch

· Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
160 acres hosted by Andrea B.
2 RV/tent sites
Andrea is a Star Host
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Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
Near Channel Islands National Park
Within a 60-minute drive from the Outdoors Santa Barbara Visitor Center.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
El Deseo Ranch is located in the Santa Ynez Mountains behind Santa Barbara. We are an off-grid property of 160 acres, in a wilderness area. The ranch was once a part of the Chumash tribe's native lands and then became a Spanish Land Grant. We have a small herd of dairy goats and small flock of chickens for family use. Two popular hiking trails with fantastic ocean views run through the property. There are several other hiking and biking trails near by.El Deseo Ranch is 1/2 mile east of La Cumbre Peak, the highest mountain in back of Santa Barbara. Our gate is off of East Camino Cielo, one of Santa Barbara County's most scenic mountain roads with spectacular views of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands and Santa Ynez Valley. Our 160 acre ranch offers a quiet mountain retreat in the wilderness yet is only a half hour drive to the City of Santa Barbara. Our land is mostly chaparral with pine forests on the higher peaks. There are several hiking trails nearby as well as rock climbing and bouldering. We are next to the Los Padres National Forrest. Hang gliders and paragliders have two launch spots close by. It is a popular spot for both mountain biking and road biking. We are 8 miles west of Divide Peak OHV area. We have a small herd of Miniature Nubian dairy goats on the property that enjoy hiking with guests. We also have chickens and four friendly dogs. We welcome visiting dogs who are friendly to strangers and new dogs. For everyone's safety, we do not accept any aggressive dogs on our property. We offer private tent camping with scenic mountain and ocean views. Our tent area is about 60 feet from our parking area so you will need to walk a bit away from your car. We welcome car campers but our parking areas are not as private as our tent camping areas. Our RV space is just off our driveway so you will experience some traffic although it is usually less than 10 cars per day.
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Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Chumash and Barbareño Chumash First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Andrea B.Joined in November 2020
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within an hour
131 ratings · 113 reviews
Hamid H.recommends
November 25, 2023
Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch
Great location. Total peace and serenity. It is off grid and primitive camping so come prepared and plan hiking biking
Abigail C.recommends
November 22, 2023
Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch
The camping spots were secluded and well marked! The stargazing was also on point!
Parikshit S.recommends
November 22, 2023
Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch
cozy site and charming host!
Lovely property, and very cozy campsite. We had a great stay. The dogs on the property welcome you the moment you show up. The host was very responsive, and has a lot of experience hosting campers, she enjoys hosting - which is great! There’s plenty of trails around the campsite and the views from any hill around the site were stunning. We’d come here again!
Remy N.recommends
November 14, 2023
Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch
Tent camping in deseo ranch was incredible!! There were 5 total people in my group, and we adored the two table areas. The tent spot was perfect— flat and shaded and optimal for a good night sleep under the starts. Andrea was so incredibly sweet— she gave hiking advice and went out of her way to offer supplies that we’d forgotten. The views were incredible. 10/10 recommend.
Stephanie M.recommends
October 22, 2023
Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch
Everything we wished for!
We loved camping at Deseo Ranch. This setting was beautiful. Andrea has set up a perfect getaway just outside of Santa Barbara. There are many spots to set up your tent, and the compost toilet is all you need. We enjoyed our breakfast at the comfortable table and chairs. My son and his friend enjoyed playing with Amica, Lucy, and Grace. Totally worth the beautiful drive up and through the hills.
Andrew Z.recommends
October 17, 2023
Mountain Getaway at El Deseo Ranch
Andrea was a great host and El Deseo Ranch was a special place. The campsites were laid out well and comfortable, the camp dogs were very sweet and a joy to hang out with and the setting in the mountains overlooking the ocean was amazing. I climbed a small ridge and watched the sun set into the Pacific and then the star gazing at night was also beautiful. Would definitely stay again!
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