Hipcamp host Matthew S.
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As you leave your home in the city (Especially the Seattle Area) your drive starts out tense. Drivers cutting you off, brake lights forcing you to slam on yours, and slow drivers. but as you make the turn on the gravel...you feel it as stress leaves your body...its like your whole being knows you are leaving the city behind. Then you see the trees and you feel the Shinrinyoku

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As you leave your home in the city (Especially the Seattle Area) your drive starts out tense.  Drivers cutting you off, brake lights forcing you to slam on yours, and slow drivers. but as you make the turn on the gravel...you feel it as stress leaves your body...its like your whole being knows you are leaving the city behind.  Then you see the trees and you feel the Shinrinyoku (Japanese for "taking in the forest atmosphere).  It's like the trees know your stressful life and they invite you to bath in their essence!  And then you see the gate and the main camping area...you are here and the first thing you notice is how quiet it is!!  You head up to Big Baldy to check out the view (Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier) and you take a deep breath of fresh mountain air.  Back at camp as night rolls in you see more stars than you can count and you and your family hear some coyotes in the distance while eating delicous smores.  This is El Rancho de CMS!

At El Rancho De CMS there is no Cell service and limited incoming text service.  However if you must check in to the modern world there is road to the top of the property that allows for full 4g service so that you can upload pictures and video to Facebook/Instagram (#FunAtElRanchoDeCMS).  Down in the main camping area we have two bathrooms that use the Lovable Loo compostable toilet system (Google lovable loo for more info) just do the business and cover with sawdust.  We have an upper loop with multiple camp spots and a lower area with more camping areas. 

El Rancho De CMS is currently at 96 acres and borders State land with another 640 acres.  All dirt roads in coming in so if its been wet out the roads will be muddy (4x4), but during the summer months the roads are really dry and cars can make it in.  During the winter the Ranch gets enough snow to make it hard to get in! During Spring months there are some creeks that are running and fun to play in to get a break from the heat.  So depending on what kind of adventure you are looking for the Ranch is pretty versatile. So give us a call and let us help you have a heck of a time getting away.

This last weekend (Aug 25/26 {2018}) we hosted the WA Gambler 500 event Weirdos with Wanderlust which is an event where the general idea is to get a vehicle for $500 and go 500 miles.  We had about 150 cars parked in the Big Baldy area and another 25 or so parked at the Lil Baldy area.  So we can also handle events as well!

*Note bring extra gas (5 gallons) as there is no gas stations once past the major towns of Goldendale from the West and Mabton from the North.  From the South Biggs Jct./Hermiston are the closest towns.  Call for more info and tips!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, rv & moto...
No. of sites
15 bookable sites
RV details
Pull-through site, max length 35ft
RV hookups
Electricity
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 30 people per site
No potable water
Bring your own water
Fires allowed
Fire ring, wood burning fireplace
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Off leash
Showers available
Hot water , cold water only
Pack it out
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Have a question? Send Matthew a message!
  • Check in: After 10AM
  • Check out: Before 3PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Snow sports

Cross country, snow shoes, snow mobiling

Swimming

During certain times of the year there is a small water hole that gets about 4-5 ft. deep. it is located on state land nearby.

Wildlife watching

Wild horses have been seen, wild turkeys, and deer

Biking
Hiking
Horseback riding
OHV

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at El Rancho De CMS in Washington.

River, stream or creek

There are small creeks that run certain times of the year

Forest
Mountainous
Prairie, meadow, ...

Places to see near #ElRanchDeCMS

Brooks Memorial State Park
Brooks Memorial State Park
10 miles way Explore
Maryhill State Park
Maryhill State Park
28 miles way Explore
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
36 miles way Explore
Columbia Hills State Park
Columbia Hills State Park
37 miles way Explore
Yakima Sportsman State Park
Yakima Sportsman State Park
40 miles way Explore
Memaloose State Park
Memaloose State Park
47 miles way Explore
Viento State Park
Viento State Park
62 miles way Explore
Sacajawea State Park
Sacajawea State Park
68 miles way Explore
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
70 miles way Explore
Mt. Hood National Forest
Mt. Hood National Forest
74 miles way Explore
Beacon Rock State Park
Beacon Rock State Park
80 miles way Explore
Ainsworth State Park
Ainsworth State Park
82 miles way Explore
Potholes State Park
Potholes State Park
85 miles way Explore
Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park
85 miles way Explore
Squilchuck State Park
Squilchuck State Park
90 miles way Explore
Lake Easton State Park
Lake Easton State Park
93 miles way Explore
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
95 miles way Explore
Battle Ground Lake State Park
Battle Ground Lake State Park
99 miles way Explore
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
99 miles way Explore

The vibe at El Rancho De CMS

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Property
#ElRanchDeCMS
State
Washington
$13/night
15 Sites