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Red Wing Ranch

· Laytonville, Mendocino, California
40 acres hosted by Kristin F.
1 lodging site · 2 tent sites
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This property is spectacular with views and great hiking! Learn more about this land: Imagine a place where the songs of red wing blackbirds fill the air.  A place where you can see as far as the ocean to the west, the mountains of Humboldt County to the north, the Mendocino National Forest to the east, and the mountains of Sonoma County to the south.  This is Red Wing Ranch.   While staying at Red Wing Ranch you will have the opportunity to walk on a section of the original stagecoach road, canoe in our private pond, watch the sunset over the Pacific ocean, and star gaze from what feels like a private planetarium. This is perfect for artists, writers, yogis, and those seeking the tranquility of off grid living. We have 40 acres of land with beautiful hiking in every direction. The accommodation includes staying in a 550 square foot wooden yurt with bamboo floors.  The building has a wooden stove and propane wall heat. We also have a fridge, stove for cooking and propane wall heater inside the yurt. There is a futon that sleeps 2 plus a kids size bed, but please bring sleeping bags or bedding.  You can also put up two tents next to the yurt for more sleeping. We have now added also an attached kitchen and bathroom to the yurt so we have an indoor shower and full kitchen! There is a detached bathroom with a maintenance free composting toilet and simple outdoor kitchen.  You will have access to cooking utensils and cookware, camp stove, and fire pit. There is a solar system so you have access to electricity and wifi. The drive from Willits is 25 minutes, with only the last 5 minutes on a dirt road.  You can do the drive in any car, unless the occasional snowy conditions.  There is plenty of parking next to the yurt for easy unpacking.. To access the coast you do have to go back through Willits and use highway 20.
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Laytonville, Mendocino, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Coast Yuki and Northern Pomo First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Kristin F.Joined in May 2020
38 ratings · 35 reviews
Gianna D.
September 11, 2023
Pondside Tent camping
Nice site but note for dog owners
Overall, the campsite is similar to the photos and Kristin was very nice. I offer a few notes to future campers that would have been very valuable for me to know ahead of booking: 1) It is difficult to find the campsite based on the address provided. You need to stop about 2 minutes before you get to the address and look out for a small sign with a number on it on the right side. The road to get there is narrow and not ideal for non-4WD. 2) Do not bring a dog with long fur (I think pit bulls and other short haired dogs would be fine). The entire property is full of foxtails and other dry plants (at least when we went in August/Sept) that dig themselves deep into dog fur. Our dog was on the ground walking around at our site for 10 minutes and it took nearly 3 hours to get all of the foxtails out of her fur and we had to carry her around the campsite the rest of our stay.
Myles T.recommends
August 24, 2023
Pondside Tent camping
We loved our two nights in Redwing Ranch and we will absolutely come back. Kristin is warm, responsive, and accommodating and the hillside camping spot was a perfect fit for us, not to mention being able to see the Milky Way from the hilltop was magnificent. The small walk up to the hillside camp (our car couldn’t manage it) was worth the privacy it provided and overall we had a great experience!
Guada G.recommends
August 14, 2023
Pondside Tent camping
Stargazer's Delight
You see all the great reviews? They are all real. The camping spots are just perfect, with amazing historic views of the Wild West of California. If you are looking for a place to watch the stars, this is just about perfect. We were very pleased with our stay and the clean state of the property and the cute pond. Feel the wild vastness of the place! We brought our gas grill and made some arrachera tacos and grilled corn. The hosts are super nice and down to earth. We'd love to come back in the fall, 100%.
Charity S.recommends
August 7, 2023
Pondside Tent camping
Best Hipcamp Stay Ever
My family's recent trip to Kristin's site was the best camping trip my family has ever had. The property is so peaceful and serene, safe and quiet, I was in awe the whole time. When you come, make sure to walk to the top of the hill during "golden hour" - not only is the vista just incredibly gorgeous, but you'll end up with the most beautiful photos ever. We stayed at the upper campsite and loved every minute of it. It is a hike down to the bathroom, so keep that in mind if you have mobility issues. I'd also recommend bringing a wagon to carry your gear to the site from where you park. There is a grill grate on the firepit, and drinking water available. The ground also has a lot of pebbles, so a cushiony layer for your tent floor is a nice thing. Even though we had zero problems, we did see deer, coyotes, a wild turkey, and hawks at the campsite so we made sure our small dog was always on a leash. We did day trips to Fort Bragg and to some wineries in Ukiah, which were beautiful drives. We also had cell reception at the site using T-mobile. Kristin is awesome and a great host - very responsive and friendly. Thank you Kristin for such a great stay!
Judy L.recommends
July 24, 2023
Pondside Tent camping
Great tent site!
The site has everything we needed! Fire pit, grill on top of the fire pit, picnic table, great views of sunset and stars and a more remote quiet experience. Our group of 4 stayed at the hillside campsite, it's the better of the two for view and feeling more secluded, but it is a walk to the bathroom and sink (those are downhill by the pond and pond site). Two of us drove up with a Honda civic and only the last bit to drive up to the hillside tent site was tricky with a narrow dirt road with some deep grooves to avoid but we were very careful and managed. Otherwise if you have a 2wd and low clearance and don't want to try driving up to the hillside site you can probably park at the bottom where the pond yurt and bathroom are and walk up to the site, but you may want to bring a wagon or something to wheel up your stuff unless you want a workout it's a little steep. It was a bit windy so sometimes noisy with the rain fly. Instead we loved sleeping in our tent without the rain fly and seeing the stars through the mesh of our tent. One person got a couple mosquito bites. Site is mostly under the sun so bring a shade tent if you can! Went hiking in Jackson state forest (download offline maps and look up trails you want to do in advance, there is no signal in the park) and took a dip in Mendocino lake.
Breanna C.recommends
July 10, 2023
Pondside Tent camping
Beautiful sight! We watched a magnificent sunset from our campsite. Thank you!
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