Intro: 9 years ago I made the decision to quit my job, forgo business school and open up a small gym. Every day is a great adventure since I made my passion a profession. I have a huge love for the outdoors and my english bulldog.
The site was everything that I wanted and more. This was a great way to get outside and do some easy car camping but not be right next to another party. Jim was a great host and took the extra time to give me the lay of the land. Every camp has access to a fire ring, running water and covered bench. The stars were amazing and I will definitely be coming back.
Some advice when staying at Songdog (besides the obvious of course)
-Bring a couple of lanterns. Preferably ones that you can either hang or are magnetic (to stick to the bottom side of the metal roof shelter)
-Buy firewood from Jim. 3 bundles should get you through a cold night. He provides everything including tinder and fire starter. $10/bundle
-The firering comes with a grill so no need to bring an additional one.
-Each site has two folding rocking chairs so bring more if you have more than 2 people.
-SongDog is about 17 miles away from any gas station so either fill up in New Cuyama or Maricopa before heading to the site.
-Temperature was about 10 degrees colder than the weather station in Maricopa.
-Bring your own drinking water. Even though the site has running water you may prefer the taste of actual drinking water.
Hope this helps! I am definitely heading back to this site and highly recommend it to people who want the ease of car camping but the seclusion of backpacking.