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Shimmerback Ranch

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· Willits, Mendocino, California
150 acres hosted by Ben G.
4 tent sites
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Nestled in a magical valley along Dutch Henry Creek, Shimmerback Ranch is a working farm and queer land community, with whom guests may share common facilities such as the kitchen and bathhouse. We're proponents of plant medicine and are known to throw an occasional dance party in the woods. Shimmerback Ranch is clothing optional/body positive, which means you can be naked if you want. We are respectful and inclusive of all people, and we expect the same of our guests. We have two land dogs, Lola and Jenny, friendly and rambunctious pit mixes. Please note that while our road can be challenging for some 2WD vehicles (though most do just fine), we're happy to shuttle guests in using our land truck. Shimmerback Ranch is perfectly situated an hour south of the Avenue of the Giants redwood groves, an hour from the stunning Mendocino coast, less than an hour from Mendocino's famed wineries, and just two easy hours from the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn more about this land: Camp along our beautiful year-round creek and enjoy 150 magical acres of classic Mendocino woodlands and meadows. Stroll across our swinging bridge to take a dip in the gorgeous swimming hole. Doze off in a hammock after a ridge-top hike. Soak in the wood fired hot tub under the stars. Guests have access to our fabulous outdoor kitchen, solar shower and flush toilet. There's even wifi and a big screen projector for outdoor movies.Camp along our beautiful year-round creek and enjoy 150 magical acres of classic Mendocino woodlands and meadows. Stroll across our swinging bridge to take a dip in the gorgeous swimming hole. Doze off in a hammock after a ridge-top hike. Soak in the wood fired hot tub under the stars. Guests have access to our fabulous outdoor kitchen, solar shower and flush toilet. There's even wifi and a big screen projector for outdoor movies. Shimmerback Ranch is perfectly situated an hour south of the Avenue of the Giants redwood groves, an hour from the stunning Mendocino coast, less than an hour from Mendocino's famed wineries, and just two easy hours from the Golden Gate Bridge.  Shimmerback Ranch is a working farm and queer land community, with whom guests may share common facilities such as the kitchen and bathhouse. We're proponents of plant medicine and are known to throw an occasional dance party in the woods. Shimmerback Ranch is clothing optional/body positive, which means you can be naked if you want. We are respectful and inclusive of all people, and we expect the same of our guests. We have two land dogs, Lola and Jenny, friendly and rambunctious pit mixes. Please note that our road can be challenging for some 2WD vehicles. If you have concerns about your vehicle let us know; we may be able to shuttle you in using our truck. Please note: If you wish to use the hot tub please order the hot tub extra with your booking and let us know in advance so we can get the tub heated up. If you wish to cook in the kitchen, please order the propane extra with your booking.
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Colin M.recommends
April 22, 2024
Shimmerback Ranch Creekside Magic
Lovely camping with amenities
Lovely quiet space next to a small creek, with a full outdoor kitchen, small hot tub, showers, etc. It allows a great balance between camping and retaining some creature comforts. Close to Wilits, about an hour from Ft. Bragg and the coast, we had a wonderfully relaxing three day stay. Ben and Chas are great, welcoming hosts.
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Paul C.recommends
September 13, 2023
Shimmerback Ranch Creekside Magic
Ben has an absolutely fantastic setup; almost a glamping scenario depending on the upgrades you choose. We loved our morning soak in the hot tub followed by a cold plunge in the creek adjacent. We were even visited by a busy river otter during our hang in the river. The open-air kitchen is completely stocked—you can leave all your cooking gear at home. The campsites all have a nice mix of sun/shade and have plenty of room for multiple tents. You get to know the other campers coming and going, and Ben cultivates a community vibe. The sound of the adjacent highway is somewhat audible most of the time, so if you want a remote/wild experience this may not be for you. We'll be back for sure!
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Vennette V.recommends
August 9, 2023
Shimmerback Ranch Creekside Magic
We absolutely loved our stay here. Relaxed by the creek at the swimming hole for a long afternoon and explored around the area. Wonderfully maintained property with so many things to do!
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Olivia B.recommends
July 31, 2023
Shimmerback Ranch Creekside Magic
My family & I love this place and are hoping to make a visit to SBR an annual occurrence! It's truly a one of a kind place filled with magic. ✨
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Lily F.recommends
July 24, 2023
Shimmerback Ranch Creekside Magic
awesome and so cool and good and aw
this was so magical and amazing. will definitely be coming again soon
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Laeesha C.recommends
July 10, 2023
Shimmerback Ranch Creekside Magic
Great camping experience! The creek is beautiful and the swimming hole was very refreshing. Loved the wood-fired hot tub in the evenings, amazing for star-gazing. The kitchen is very well stocked and made preparing meals extremely easy. We were the only group there for most of the time which was awesome, the campsites aren't super private so I'm not sure how it would be with multiple groups there but there are a lot of areas to hang out.
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Willits, Mendocino, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Northern Yuki First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Ben G.Joined in September 2021
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