Nansea has provided a couple of different areas for camping on her property so you get to choose which area you get to stay in. She has one in her apple orchard under the trees on a platform. If you opt for the ground here, you'll be on a slight incline. The second camping spot is on a more primitive piece of land farther away from the main house. There's some beautiful tree coverings out there too. You could probably comfortably fit 3 to 4 tents in this field. Only 1 or 2 would fit under the tree covering though. Then the third option would be a platform in the garden area to the side of the main house. I believe this is used more for open-air sleeping on a mat. It's more on the semi-private side with a bamboo fence separating you from the comings and goings of the property. Then there's a communal cooking area + table. Cooking together is encouraged here, the rest of the property is pretty grassy so this is the best location to do it too. Nansea was so welcoming and made sure we had everything we needed. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a camping spot near Lake Mendocino!
We were warmly greeted by our host Andrea and Gabe as soon as we arrived. She was very informative and made sure we had all the information we needed. They showed us around the property and told us about this trail they created that goes past a 1000-year-old live oak tree to a breathtaking meadow. You definitely have to ask them to show you to the trailhead, it's a must-see on their property! We were able to stay in the yurt during our stay. It was a bit chilly in there, but it will definitely be warming up for the summer months. They are almost finished with getting water access at each location which will be a great addition! We even got a soak at the 14 ft yurt! Highly recommend, it was such a magical experience getting to soak in there at night as the rain was pitter patting on the patio roof overhead. You must come experience this amazing location! Definitely worth the trip out there. I would recommend coming in a 4W drive vehicle though, my Nissan Sentra didn't do so well. I definitely recommend this spot for a secluded vacation in nature :)
This property is gorgeous! I especially enjoyed sipping my coffee on the hill overlooking the pond in the morning and reading Walden by Thoreau from the small collection of books they have in the shack. The camping site is on its own private section of Jason's property so you have plenty of room to yourself. The little shack they have at the campsite has sleeping mats, a gas stove, and pots for you to use. I had a nice cozy evening cooking dinner in there. I found out one of the sleeping mats could double as a couch if you prop the back up. Outside they have a nice flat spot with a big rug you could easily set up a 2 person tent on if you choose to sleep outside. There's also a fire pit and plenty of kindling and firewood for you to use, but be sure to ask if it's alright to light a fire as its a pretty dry area. Past the firepit is an outhouse with some views of the neighboring hillsides. Be sure to make a stop here if you're ever passing through Ukiah and looking for a nice, relaxing camping spot!
I've always wanted to check out what was behind those beautiful mountains on the west when you're heading up highway 5 and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. The camping spot is a bit out there so be sure to fill up your gas tank before you head out. The drive to the spot was one of my favorite parts about it too. It really feels like the wild west with the old barns, cattle ranches, and untouched rolling hills. The host, Veronica, met me at the fire station outside her property and led me the rest of the way. You won't have service much passed the freeway, so be sure to schedule a meeting time with her so she can show you the rest of the way to her property. Once we arrived, she showed me to the camping spot. There's one designated camping spot with a picnic table, but you can really camp anywhere you want in the field.
She gave me a little tour of the land after and told me all about the restoration and conservation of the land they are doing. It was so cool to see the improvements they've done upon the land. There are some old trailers around that are in the works of being restored and will most likely be added as future Hipcamp spots. She also showed me the outdoor propane shower, which was definitely a nice touch when you're all stinky camping outside.
I had such a good time being able to slow down on their beautiful piece of property and learn more about the land from Veronica. Highly recommend if you're looking for a camping spot on a majestic piece of raw land with flowing grasses.
Dive into a wilderness retreat right outside the San Ysidro Mountains and glamp in teepees to your heart's content. If you prefer something a little more outdoorsy, pitch your tent in the Oak Grove on the property surrounded by beautiful trees and hammocks in strategically shaded areas. Mountain Valley retreat is Chery's vision that attracts lovers of nature, yoga, hiking, and bodywork.
We arrived in the early afternoon and after Chery showed us the property, the yurts, and the teepees we kicked off our boots and shaded ourselves from the desert sun for an afternoon snooze. About a mile from the PCT, you may find yourself in the company of thru-hikers starting their journey in Mexico and hiking all the way to Canada. You will hear of great stories and maybe share some tips and tricks on gear, light travel, and intentions.
The main house is where you can share healthy, delicious meals that Chery cooks for a donation. There is also the option of donation-based yoga and Chery offers her services of massage and energy work with the option of the floating pool experience in one of the yurts as well. Chery has mentioned her love of circular structures and the womb-like experiences you may encounter in them. Come with a group of friends and dive into the depths of each other or come as a thru-hiker where you can rest your legs and reset and your thoughts and your packs!
Whatever it is you are looking for, Mountain Valley Retreat is a sweet little getaway with an amazing location to the Anza Borrego State Park where you can explore or just stay on the grounds and completely unwind.
We had a lovely time at Circle + X! I love the unique features they’ve built within the landscape. The geodesic dome is a prime spot to watch the sunset! They’ve got a couple of platforms for tents, perfect for a friends weekend trip to Joshua Tree! There are a couple of two-person tents in the supplies box for you as well, super handy if you don’t already have your own camping gear. There are also outdoor cushions, blankets, solar usb charger, sun shade umbrella for the picnic table, corn hole and horseshoes, and a first aid kit. The water spigot key/handle is hanging on the left wall too.
The host, Damien, answered all my questions before the trip so I felt well prepared of what to expect when I got to his property. It’s a raw, wild piece of land that you get all to your self out there. Truly a beautiful place, especially if you’re looking for some solitude away from the city.