Myself and a friend stayed here during a heat wave, while driving across the country, and everything was still so easy and pleasant.
By far the coziest RV I've stayed in now, and everything is laid out very efficiently. They have a rooftop viewing deck, a nice pool, funky decorations near the RV, easy parking, and a pretty scenic off-the-beaten path drive into the town.
I'd recommend to anyone looking for an easy night, without wanting to stay in a hotel.
Some friends and I stayed here while driving across the country, so only for one night. However! This was easily one of the most memorable stops of the trip.
Off the grid but hotel comfort, in remote beauty. We arrived to a stunning sunset and a bottle of wine. It turned overcast at night, but through the gaps in the clouds you could see every single star. I love dark sky areas! You're also a stone's throw from a national park/petrified forest with petroglyphs. For the cheesy roadside attraction, there's a fossil store with hilariously kitch dinosaur sculptures all over.
Short version, I absolutely loved staying here, and have been recommending it to friends since.
Some trips are fun because of the journey, some the destination. Wild Land Oasis was both.
First! Huge disclaimer. To get to their property, you need a rugged car. We were driving a 4 wheel drive, large SUV. It still got a little sporty at times, and you'll be driving down very long and dirt/clay road.
That being said, once you make it, it's a hell of a place. Highly unexpected, highly educational! The cabin you sleep in incredibly charming and makes you feel like you're in another time. Before we left, we milked goats, learned about solar/dc power, met tons of animals, hiked to a cliff and got to hear a few stories from the hosts. I don't want to give away all the surprises their property has to offer, but it's a fantastic place and I can't recommend it enough. 2 weeks later, and I'm still telling people about it.
We stayed here while on a cross-country trip from Florida to California, so we only stayed a night. However! The area all around is super cool, and I think you could spend at least a few days just visiting the dunes and nearby mountains.
Donna has 2 sites available at the moment, and both are great. The cabin, I could live in. Everything was charming and efficient - and after driving through 110 degree Texas heat - it was such a relief having air conditioning and a shower!
As a host, Donna couldn't have been friendlier and has plenty of recommendations for things to do in the area. She has several friendly dogs and horses on the property as well. I would absolutely stay here again!
A friend and I stayed here on the off-season during a heat wave, and it was still as pleasant as could be.
Easy to find, hosts are very easy to communicate with, grounds are manicured and soft - with directions laid out to different campsites. Depending on the time of the year, the area will be more or less vibrant, and I imagine it's particularly great in the fall!
I would have no problems recommending this as a stay to anyone. Particularly first time campers.
A friend and I stayed a night here, while traveling across the country. Really easy to get to (not far off the major highways), the hosts couldn't have been easier to communicate with, everything felt very safe.
They run a petting zoo, so some of the animals live here as well. I personally thought that was a fun bonus! If you explore the yard a bit there are a few different spots to set up a tent, and I believe there's possibly room for a RV as well.
They have 2 property areas - if you're new to camping, or want to be closer to bathrooms and water, go near the house. If you'd like to be a bit more secluded, they also have a separate area that's fenced in and spacious.
All in all, I'd recommend. As I mentioned we stayed while we were on the move - but if you're going to be there for a longer time, it might be possible to interact with the animals (inquire with the host) - and I'd recommend staying at the more rugged location. As a side benefit, you're not too far from New Orleans - if you're looking to explore a bit.
Roxanne and Bob's spot is so so easy. They have everything you need for a convenient stay.
The property is large, they placed straw all over the site to keep it clean, and there is even a swingset for smaller guests. There are several spots for you to set a tent, one giant tent already set up with cots and an air mattress, and an RV available. Honestly, there's enough room here for gatherings/events. It's a relatively remote area, so the drive up is rather scenic too.
I can definitely recommend staying here to anyone!
Whoa! This place is beautiful. The whole town (new to me), the American River, and the Raft California property specifically.
So, camping at Raft California, you have several options depending on your preference. For larger groups, they have an entire private section along the river where you're left to yourself, away from everyone. That area has a kitchen setup, banquet tables, etc... but still feels like camping.
If you brought a tent, there's also plenty of room to pitch one in the more common area. My friend and I came through town on a longer road trip, so we opted for the nicer setup in one of their canvas tents - more of a "glamp" setup, to keep everything extra easy. Inside those are 4 cots, so plenty of room for most families as well.
Raft California is also, and most importantly a raft guide company. As such, there are a few people coming and going, employees and tours. That also means they have lots of activities on site, clean bathrooms and showers, picnic tables, etc... basically most of the conveniences of home! On the other hand, they're also do raft tours! I'd never gone down a river outside of NC, so I had to sign up. So fun! The guides are super knowledgeable (gave us information on what it's like from their end), and entertaining. They clearly seem like they're having a great time. The river was incredible, a few times surprising me with sizable waves and drops. Absolutely loved it! I definitely plan on coming back!
Mare Island Preserve was fantastic! Straightforward, simple camping, on flat ground. There are options available for people who've never set up a tent - but we went the traditional route.
The town is super interesting. Being an old military base, it feels like you're on the set of several films. From the top of the mountain (on site), you have a hell of a view in almost every direction. While we were there, we met several other campers - all super friendly - which makes me think this isn't an uncommon occurrence. Some places just work out that way, and this is one of them. Myrna was kind of hilarious, and even told us some local ghost stories.
As a bonus, the main parking/communal area has a full kitchen setup, with lots of grills and tables. There's also an information area about the local ecology and history.
All around, I was a big fan!
Small groups or large, Montrese has you covered. The domes feel like a bonafide space ship... with the large yoga dome being particularly fun acoustically. (Seriously, if you stand in the middle and talk, your voice echoes all around you). Huge property, you can't beat the views. You're near a pretty famous lighthouse, and only about 2 hours from Big Sur (not to mention all the epic coastal California roads along the way).
There's also a full kitchen, protected areas to build a fire, giant swing sets, room to play and walk around. The smaller domes are straightforward glamping... and honestly inspiring. I'm hoping to a have a future home designed in a similar fashion. If you're interested in meeting some of the animals, that can also be arranged!
My friend and I stayed here as a start to a 10 day road trip through California. First of all, you're definitely glamping here. Hot showers, full kitchen, fresh herbs, fantastic views... you don't even need to bring a blanket or pillow! Everything and more is covered for you.
The hosts couldn't have been nicer, nor easier to communicate with. Privacy is also fantastic.
As a start to a road tip, I couldn't have asked for a better time. If this stop is a consideration for you, just go ahead and book it. You can thank me later.
Short version, I loved staying here!
I recently spent 2 weeks driving around Utah, camping all over. The night before headed back to the Las Vegas airport, I decided to stay somewhere nice. Somewhere I could just sit, not have to set up a tent, have a real bed, maybe even take a shower. All of that happened, and I loved every second. A perfect way to end the trip!
She also has an outdoor kitchen available, you're close to a bunch of amazing scenery, and as a host couldn't be nicer! All around, I'm excited to get back out there!