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Otter Space Conference Center

· Orick, Humboldt, California
38 acres hosted by Ella P.
5 lodging sites · 6 tent sites
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The Otter Space Conference Center was purchased in 2002 by Dr. Peter Alsop as a place of peace and healing, where human service professionals have come to train with Dr. Alsop and learn how to help children and families cope with issues such as chemical dependency, loss and grief, child abuse and trauma. We are located on the Yurok reservation right on the Klamath River just outside Orick, CA. The name Otter Space comes from a family of otters that live just down river. It’s also combination of “Artist’s Space” and “Outer Space” and implies the importance of thinking “out of the box” and valuing music and the arts in healing and living our lives fully, as well as the need to pass on earth and people-friendly skills to help our children survive into the future. We are "off the grid", through a Redwood forest and over a mountain down into the Klamath River valley. We have a 5 acre meadow, and orchard with 50 trees, peaches pears, apples, cherries, plums, pluots, apricots and grapes. We are right on the Klamath river. It's a great place to come and recharge your internal batteries. (We have solar panels and generators to charge our other kind of batteries, because we're off-grid!) There is virtually no telephone service and our internet is only available for extreme emergencies. Our Main House was built in 1952 and retains the flavor of the 50’s. It houses a kitchen, dining hall, a living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a bathtub and shower. Our log-built Lodge overlooks the Klamath River with 3 bedrooms, a full kitchen, bathroom and wrap-around covered porch. Our Pumpkin & Blue Cottages each sleep 4-5 people. They are close to the double Yellow Shower house and toilets, and they have hot and cold running water, a propane cooktop, and a wood stove for heat. We do NOT have refrigeration, and our solar batteries or generator provides us lights at night. Campers who use our Cottages may use their own sleeping bags, but we have beds with mattresses and pillows and clean bedding. We also have an Upper Barn bedroom and half-bath rental. Our two-story Riverview Yurt appeals to folks who want a full kitchen, a private shower and flush toilet overlooking the Klamath river from our 50 x 50 foot upper deck. Luscious to sit outside and watch the river flow by during the day, and to let the water lull you to sleep at night. For families (up to 8), folks who like to fish, or old friends who just want a very special get-away. Each of our six campsites have a picnic table and a fire pit. Our Maple River, Grotto River and Pepperwood River sites overlook the gorgeous Klamath River. Our Morning Meadow, Orchard Meadow, and Deer Meadow sites are close to our 5 acre meadow where blacktail deer graze in the evenings. We have a Yellow double Shower House with two separate sides, each with a toilet, sink and shower and on demand hot water, so folks don't have to wait. There's also a new Camp Shower at the corner of the orchard for our campers, along with two outhouses for camper use, one at the bottom of the road down to the meadow, and another in the woods just past Deer Meadow Camp. Feel free to pee outside (with discretion if there are other campers present)! For solid waste, please use the appropriate accommodations. Please be considerate of others. We see lots of wildlife; silver foxes, a bald eagle and a family of river otters downstream, vultures, blue heron, occasionally an osprey will fly overhead clutching a freshly caught salmon and call to each other to brag about it! There are rare sightings of timid black bears who run from humans, but sometimes can be seen grazing in the meadow with the black-tail deer. We're surrounded by old logging trails made by the lumber companies 80 years ago when they clear cut the old growth redwood on our side of the mountain, and now it's completely reforested with 200 ft tall Doug Fir, Madrone, Cedar, Oak, other pine species and Pepper wood trees, and we have written permission from the Green Diamond company to allow guest to hike on their adjacent properties.
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142 ratings · 102 reviews
Erica R.
July 1, 2024
Otter Space Otter Suite
Backcountry Beauty and Comforts
This is a great place to stay if you want to be really deep In Klamath River country. It is a a 1 hour trip on a country road and then an unpaved road to get there, so make sure you’ve packed what you want for your stay so there’s no need to run to the little town on the coast. The meadow and Orchard and riverfront are beautiful and the hosts are Very kind. They Only just acquired the property and with their youth and energy have plans to improve things quite a bit. The two tent sites we saw were tucked away in the forest, just off the edge of the meadow, looked perfect. The yurt is stunning, and closest to the river. We stayed in the main house, which is about 7 to 10 minutes walking to the river. You have to go down a little hill and across the meadow and then another little hill. The river is pretty lazy and swimmable at this access point. As of now the main house, which was built in the 40s, is a bit rundown, but it functions reasonably well. It was nice to have a roof and toilet and a kitchen and clean water from the tap to simplify things for our family, we aren’t fancy though. The stars at night on the meadow were spectacular. Blackberries and thimble berries are everywhere.
Shane A.recommends
October 22, 2021
Otter Space Main House
Great place in a great location
The perfect getaway on the mighty Klamath.
Joseph D.
October 20, 2021
Otter Space Main House
$250 /day for a unheated cabin !!!!!!!
Ronda S.recommends
October 15, 2021
Otter Space Riverview Yurt
A unique gem of a property, rustic yet with everything you need. We'll be back!
Inessa G.recommends
October 4, 2021
Otter Space Morning Meadow Camp
Directions were great, the space was beautiful and peaceful! We really enjoyed our time outside!
Rachel W.recommends
September 8, 2021
Otter Space Maple River Camp
Off the beaten path with amenities
Due to the national forest closures, we had to make some last minute changes to our camping plans. Luckily, we found a campsite for two nights prior to our backcountry backpacking in the Redwoods at Otter Space. We booked for the Maple River Camp- this spot had a fire ring, picnic table, and we fit two small tents for 4 people under the trees. This is a shady campsite, and very clean. We did ask to use the unoccupied Grotto tent site the next night as this space was open (we wanted to do some stargazing). The amenities at Otter Space exceeded expectations- self serve wood ($8 for a large bundle), an outdoor shower (heavenly), and excellent hosts. The outhouse is a portajohn like structure over dugout hole, nothing fancy but got the job done and very private. Our group was not turned off by the dirt roads (expect about an hour drive from 101) but keep that in mind before booking. We truly enjoyed our stay from listening to the symphony of frogs at night (holy cow, you will not believe the frogs), to watching the deer in the meadow in the mornings, and walking along the river. Otter Space saved our camping weekend, and we cannot wait to stay again!
Orick, Humboldt, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Yurok First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Ella P.

Joined in March 2016
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