One of several Platform Bed on the River. 1/4 mile of the The Tule River runs thru the property

Shared room

4 guests

4 Beds

Shared room

4 guests

4 Beds

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About this listing

Outdoor Campsites available for 1-5 campers. Bring all your own gear, food, kitchen. Outdoor composting toilet and shower. Hiking, Biking, Climbing tours available for fee. Each site unique w/ outdoor beds, hammocks, platform beds from trees.

15% of our Airbnb proceeds go towards volunteer-driven land and river restoration projects with the local non-profit organization WildPlaces Our guests are invited to volunteer (see (URL HIDDEN) for calendar of events).

The space

Spontaneous decisions are rewarded here. Planning to camp? Camping to plan? A little under prepared? Super prepared? No concept of how seasons work, but with relentless determination to camp?

Luckily, you have found the Land that Xico and Mehmet stewards and your request to stay is immediately reviewed. Our little secluded paradise is a blast and accepts exceptional people. Friends from the Aztec, environmental justice, spiritual, and playful communities come here regularly.

No camp neighbors, no tourist shuttles, just straight up nature as f*ck. We are both accommodating hosts and are passionate about our community and the environment. Connect with us. Do some brain picking with us or just be surrounded by some juicy-land love.

"Chico and Mehmet are one another's dream weaver and run a dazzling array of ranch, nature, spirit and song," says recent guest Iggy.

Are you a mentally exhausted Babylonian seeking a quick getaway? On the Land, staying in the little outdoor bedroom-covered shed (Outdoor Bedroom listing) or at a secret camp site (Camping Listing) is "glamping". Beautifully made and furnished with comfortable camping cots and mosquito netting for warmer weathers. You don't need to bring too much...just the personal items and a sleeping bag unless you're persnickety about a specific Dr. Brauners scent (we use tea tree) or how bright you want your lantern (our's is just right). The land has a communal patio equipped with an outdoor kitchen and a comfortable living/dining area next to a camp furnace (affectionally called The Franklin). The entire setup is warm and inviting and it's easy to find yourself cozied-up on a couch next to the fire with a book and their lovely pets. You will inevitably fall in love with the pets -- Tule the tour guide, Belknap the matriarch, Scout and Little Toes the side-kicks.

So book away and don't look any further. It's the best you're going to get for the price. It's only $10-$15 more than camping in the national parks but the solitude here is superior to designated camp slots in the parks. It is worth the extra dollars. And if you came to hang out with some Giant Sequoias, the Trail of 100 Giants is just an hour drive from the property. Dome Rock and its climb opportunities is even closer a nice little spot with the perfect view overlooking the Sierra. Xico and Mehmet are knowledgeable locals and they can craft an experience for you if you just ask. Go out there and have fun!

Side tip: Visalia and Porterville has an odd concentration of used furry suits in almost all the thrift stores if you're into that...(URL HIDDEN)(Thank you, Iggy, for allowing your words to be used here)

Guest access

Guests have access to the Tule River, hiking trails on the property, fire/BBQ pit, shared outdoor dining room, outdoor fireplace, internet, and outdoor bathroom/shower. These are very special outdoor sites with shower and composting toilet nearby. Optional indoor bedroom available as well as the Outdoor Bedroom (see other listing).

Volunteer habitats restoration and river stewardship projects occur from April - September through WildPlaces, a nonprofit organization committed to restoration of land and rivers and support of people's who love here. See (URL HIDDEN) and volunteer by emailing (EMAIL HIDDEN) for schedule of events.

And if you came to hang out with some Giant Sequoias, the Trail of 100 Giants is just an hour drive from the property. Dome Rock and its climb opportunities is even closer a nice little spot with the perfect view overlooking the Sierra.

Interaction with guests

We are available to help guests by providing a plus breakfast with fresh orange juice, Mexican pastries, and farm-grown, organic goodies ($8-10 per person).

Maps of the region can be easily found online. We have some to lend along with all sorts of books.

Guided tours for hikers, rock climbers, and bicyclists available for additional fee ranging from $25-$50 per person. Inquire with hosts.

Generally Xico and Mehmet are on the property or nearby.

Other things to note

This is the perfect launching place for high Sierra adventures in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Giant trees, biking, hiking, climbing, WIlderness are a short drive away. Guided tours available. And especially unique is the opportunity to volunteer with a local non-profit who organizes habitat restoration projects (WildPlaces: Stewardship in the Southern Sierra).

River Ridge Open Mic Music Jam on Wednesday nights.

Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Only two restaurants in town

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 4
Check In: Flexible
Check Out: 12AM (midnight)
Pet Owner: Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s)
Property type: Other
Room type: Shared room


Extra people: £8 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: £4
Weekend Price: £36 / night
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is flexible

Organize Your Stay
•Bring a map that includes our address and review ahead of travel
•Only ATT service here. Call ahead from Porterville 93257. Remember there are still pay phones or ask a stranger to call us.
•Sleeping bag/blanket, one reusable water bottle/person, maybe a daypack
•Layered clothes (keep it minimal) for changing weather conditions (preferably not cotton), closed-toed sturdy shoes and sandals, warm hat and sun hat
• Medications, special diet, lip balm

•Uneven, rocky terrain and dehydration are the two top risks. Drink one gallon of water per person per day PLUS wear sturdy shoes PLUS your alertness are highly advantageous around our house
•Bring your medications and allergy medicine. If allergic to bee stings, bring your Epi-Pen
•No firearms on the land
•No smoking on the land except in the designated spot
•Only two Campfire/Fire Safe Areas on the land. They require person who remains last and completely douses the fire, a shovel and McLeod, and charged (On) hose or five gallons of water
• Know the locations of fire extinguishers
• Minors must be accompanied by legal guardian.

Animal Harmony
•We have animals. Please leave yours at home except special circumstances.
•5 miles/hour in a car or bike.

Where the Wild Things Are:
• There is nothing that is gonna get you like in the movies.
• Stinging insects include mosquito, bees and wasps. Alergic? Bring your Epi-pen AND tell someone where you keep it.
• Rattle Snakes are super scary but unlikely to kill an adult. Best to avoid that by staying on trails, looking ahead, not reaching into rocky areas, and monitor wandering children.
• Ticks are often present. To avoid them, stay on trails, avoid tall grass, check your body/skins/clothes from feet to the waist each day. Check each other…fun.
• If bitten, remove TICK or find someone who can. Requires use of forceps to grab the embedded tick slowly by the head and pull straight outwards. Detain the tick
• Nearest Hospital: Sierra View Hospital; 465 W. Putnam Ave ; Porterville, CA (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

• Only ATT cell service on the land
• Internet available

Housekeeping Inside and Outdoors
•Think Collective Housekeeping—we all do it
•Ants and flies will come if we do not manage food and trash cans
•Own personal plate, water bottle, mug AND keep track of them
•Use the compositing and chemical toilets . Directions provided.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

19 Reviews

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Christina User Profile
April 2017
Beautiful place but photos were a bit misleading saying that the place could accommodate 5 when really you can only book one at a time and have pick based on when you arrive
Mehmet/Xico User Profile
Response from Mehmet/Xico:
We will work on that. Thanks
April 2017

Yesenia User Profile
March 2017
Awesome place to get away from everything. mehmet and xico were so great and thoughtful and undetstanding and just chill altogether. Youll love your stay

Michelle User Profile
November 2016
What a beautiful, rustic oasis. I came out by myself for one night to get away from Los Angeles and focus on recentering myself. I slept in the "outdoor bedroom" on one of the hanging beds, which sways gently, making me feel comforted like a little baby in a rocker. Sleeping under the starry night sky was incredible; we barely see the moon under the L.A. haze, so I am in awe whenever i get out to remote places and can be reminded of how vast the universe is. Mehmet and Xico were so warm and welcoming, leaving me to my own devices when I explored with their adorable dog Tule down by the river, then engaging me in conversation and keeping me company when I was in the common spaces. It is truly a gift that they share their wonderful space with others. Come here for an elevated outdoorsy experience, whether solo, with a partner or a few close friends. I love camping in remote spots, but it made me feel more secure to know someone was just a few yards away (and that Tule was patrolling the grounds). Ask Xico to make you a delicious breakfast with eggs fresh from their chickens before heading out (for an additional fee)--you won't regret it.

Andrew User Profile
November 2016
I enjoyed myself more than i thought i would have. It's nice to get away and reacquaint yourself with wonder

Armand User Profile
September 2016
Fantastic place !

Lydia User Profile
September 2016
We made a few stops along the way to Sequoia, which postponed our scheduled arrival, but Mehmet was nice enough to stay up until midnight to welcome us. When we arrived, Mehmet also patiently told us where to go, and kindly brought chairs and table to our campsite for us. The pets were smart and adorable, making the camp experience even more pleasant. I would recommend bringing lots of blankets, as the night can get really cold. There also was a miscommunication about setting up a bond fire, but Mehmet was nice enough to help us put out the fire without complaining. Mehmet's nonprofit organization is also very meaningful, and we had a chance to help pick up some trash near the rive with his volunteers as well. Mehmet decorated the site so beautifully, and it was an inspiration to see someone so artistic. Definitely a great weekend getaway!

Zee User Profile
August 2016
It was a great stay for our family and we all enjoyed the convenience and amenities of the campsite. This kind of "glamping" gives the best of both camping and comfort, specially with young children, or people new to camping.

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