Hipcamp host Kathleen G.
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Pitch your tent in the privacy of this quiet wilderness where the elk and the coyote play. This is a wildlife Sanctuary where we do not allow hunting. The wild animals here are so used to our presence that they often go about their daily life with little concern for us. We are treated to deer and elk wandering through the camping area. Get up quietly and you never know w

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Pitch your tent in the privacy of this quiet wilderness where the elk and the coyote play. This is a wildlife Sanctuary where we do not allow hunting. The wild animals here are so used to our presence that they often go about their daily life with little concern for us. We are treated to deer and elk wandering through the camping area. Get up quietly and you never know who you might see in camp. 

 The camp is a mile from the front residential area. The back one hundred acres are surrounded by forested lands with miles of trails to explore where it is rare to meet another person. 

 There is a giant crystal housed in a gazebo that overlooks the surrounding fields and woods. Time to meditate with the giant crystal in the gazebo can be booked.  Campfires and sing-a-longs can be arranged.  

Our pool and hot tub are open seasonally, late May through September.  The use of the hot tub and pool can be arranaged for a small fee to help cover propane costs and maintainence. 

Our policy on who counts as a person: I have been asked the question of " Do children count?" In my book everyone counts. We often give extra attention to our very young guests. In the pool yard, it is possible to have me bring out age-appropriate toys for your children to play with. Children playing in the pool often create more work than adults do. Babies in diapers when in the pool still add to the work of keeping it clean for everyone's use. That being said, I understand that people are interested in keeping their expenses down when entertaining a large group. So to make it more affordable for our large parties with children under the age of 2, they may include them for free. We charge $10 per person for the use of the pool for the duration of your stay. You can reserve the Hot tub for $35. for a two hour resevation.  Pool and Hot tub hours are Noon to 9pm.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
4 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Pull-in site
No hookups
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Kathleen a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Fishing

We are within walking distance of the Skookumchuck River. Where the private road crosses the river there is a deep hole favore...Read more

Horseback riding

Bring your horses and enjoy the vast miles of trails that lead off our property into forested lands stretching for miles.

Paddling

Many people like to float down the Skookumchuck River.

Swimming

Our pool was the 2013 winner from the Washington Aggregate and Concrete Association for Best residential design. It has arrang...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wildlife watching is one of our greatest assets. You are visiting the wildlife living space. Wander it quietly or just relax ...Read more

Biking
Hiking

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Giant Crystal Retreat @ DragonsGate in Washington.

River, stream or creek

The Skookumchuck River is within walking distance. It has areas favored for fishing and swimming.

Swimming hole

There are swimming holes along the Skookumchuck River.

Waterfall

There is a lovely waterfall at the very end of our road. It is beautiful to explore and walk along.

Farm

There are many farms in the valley which lends a beautiful landscape as you drive across the Skookumchuck Valley.

Forest

The vibe at Giant Crystal Retreat @ DragonsGate

Places to see near Dragons' Gate Gardens & Wilds

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Hipcamper Ronald
Ronald H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
October 10th, 2017

Had a wonderful stay out at Giant Crystal Camp. The property near the crystal structure has 4 different areas, each with their own picnic table, to pull your RV (in my case a Vanagon) up to, or to pitch your tent. The hosts came down once the sun set and got a great fire going over at the communal fire ring - complete with the makings for smores! I was treated a beautiful clear night with a great view of the stars and milky way. In the morning I wandered along the large fields and spent a bit of time up in a tree stand watching for wildlife while enjoying a hot cup of coffee. Back up at the house there are some outdoor showers with instant hot water, should you need a rinse during your stay. Thank you both for the great stay and pleasant company!

Was happily greeted by a clear night, giving me a chance to take in the stars.Evening light at camp.River had a great time bounding along in the tall grass.Was a bit cool the night stayed, woke up to frosted grass outside my door. Was beautiful!
Hipcamper Kevin
Kevin M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 4th, 2018

Arielle and Moaz we're amazing hosts. They set me up with a site for myself, two kids, and my dog that was right by the fire ring. They joined us for a campfire and amazing conversation. I'd come back here with no hesitation!

Hipcamper Sid
Sid B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 19th, 2018

Things we loved:
- Kind, friendly hosts who seemed eager to please.
- Pretty surroundings.
- Clean fresh water that the hosts brought to our campsite.
- The pathways around the camp (to the shared campfire ring, to the toilet) were lit at night by solar lights, which was helpful in the dark.
- Warm outdoor showers were available. Just be aware you have to go to the main house and be escorted to the shower by the host. It's a fairly open shower area; might be a little uncomfortable for guests wanting more privacy -- but we didn't mind showering with the chickens :)

Things we struggled with:
- The pit toilet was on the less-than-nice side. Hosts did mention they were planning to clean it soon.
- Lots of mosquitoes in the evening (which is to be expected) but make sure you bring bug spray!
- Low signal / internet connectivity (again, this is to be expected in remote areas -- just flagging for future guests.) We use Verizon for internet and Google Fi for phone service.

Overall we enjoyed our stay!

Getting some good sunshine for the solar panels. There is some tree cover at this campsite, but not a whole lot.Kids enjoyed playing near this interesting gazebo that houses a very large, special crystal.We appreciated the picnic table that was provided.
Hipcamper Devyn

Underwhelming

Devyn Y.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 3)
May 13th, 2019

Campsite wasn't what I expected. A couple of items that were supposed to be included were not ready for the season (hot tub/pool). The website mentioned firewood was included so I didn't bring any. I felt like the host didn't believe me before I finally convinced her otherwise. I also felt like I was being babysat by the host.

Hipcamper Aisha
Aisha H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
February 11th, 2018

My partner and I had a fantastic stay here, the camp was beautiful! Moz was a great host, super friendly, helpful and made us a great fire upon arrival making sure we got comfortably settled in!

Hipcamper Richard
Richard L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 22nd, 2018

Had a great host and a super great time. My family and I enjoyed the site and my dog I think would also agree with this. Super pet friendly place with lots of room to roam. For the first time using the site I was some what skeptical, I mean who would allow this in their back yard but now I can say it was well worth the adventurer, Will be back to this HIPCAMP again. 100% recommend to others both this camp site and the Web Site.

Hipcamper Heather
Heather L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 13th, 2018

Spacious area, beautiful property! Kathleen was attentive and easy to communicate with! Thanks for having us.

Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle V.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 13th, 2018

Beautiful find, a small spot of tranquility, wonderful pool and hot tub. Wonderful hosts. Lifestyle friendly.

Hipcamper George
George B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
August 16th, 2018

Very gracious hosts. The pool and hot tub were amazing! Our failed camping trip was saved by this gem! What an experience!! Almost felt like i was on a different planet that weekend. Definitely recommend!!

Property
Dragons' Gate Gardens & Wilds
State
Washington
$55/night
4 Sites