Getting away from everyday life and truly “unplugging” is becoming essential for health and wellbeing, especially for anyone who often deals with high levels of stress. If you really want to get “back to nature”, Northern California’s Camp Navarro is a great option. Just two hours from San Francisco surrounded by redwoods, oak trees, and a river, the camp is setup to accommodate large groups during peak season, with more flexibility for smaller groups during the off-season.
Business retreats, school camps, conferences, weddings, and other large events are welcome, and there are a variety of accommodations for groups size 25 to over 100, and festivals for over 1000 guests:
Power and other event infrastructure are built-in throughout Camp Navarro and highs speed WiFi is available. There’s also plenty of parking and a 10,000 sq ft main lodge on the river. The Great Hall of the lodge accommodates large groups and can seat 400 at a time for meals.
The industrial kitchen is equipped for prepping and serving meals for over 500 people. There is also a wood fired pizza oven, two BBQs, and a great catering team that will take care of your whole group. The camp provides top-quality food from local sources and its own farm and varies its offerings from home cooking to upscale dining.
Executive Chef Mitchel Mount has an extensive resume in the restaurant world, from being on the opening team for Tra Vigne, a famous Napa Valley restaurant, to lead baker at La Brea Bakery and kitchen lead at Saucy. With his Cal-Med cooking style, pizza-making and baking expertise, he will ensure your guests enjoy every meal during their stay.
History and Mission
Up until 2012, this camp was used as a private Boy Scout camp for 60 years, starting in 1956. Before that it began as a lumber company in the early 1900’s, and a piece of old railroad is still visible on the property.
During the Depression it was used as a Civilian Conservation Corps, as well as a WWII army camp. It’s only been open to the public for a few short years, but Camp Navarro has become popular very quickly! Founder and CEO Dan Braun has been a nature enthusiast since childhood, and his ultimate goal was to own a camp. He’s also co-founder of The Evergreen Lodge and Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides.
Historic properties like this one are rare and often not preserved, and the owners see the importance of the public being able to enjoy the redwoods and serene atmosphere of the area. The camp has organized many local, state, and federal partnerships to ensure proper preservation of the land. They also work with nonprofits and scholarships to give children and family groups the opportunity to share the true “camp” experience.
Camp Navarro has been used extensively for many well-known large corporations including Google, LinkedIn, AirBnB, Capital One, The North Face, The Outpost, plus many prestigious weddings and events. There are annual music festivals hosted in the area like The Redwood Ramble and Camp Deep End as well.
Besides the activities you plan for your event, the campgrounds also offer camp-classics. From bonfires, games like archery, rock climbing, lawn games, a rope swing into the river, volleyball, badminton, soccer, kickball, and more.
Education hikes, wilderness fire-starting, swimming areas, bands, and hammocks are just a sampling of what could be in store for your event. There are plenty of trails for hiking and running as well. The Trading Post Café provides artisan coffee every morning, plus snacks, camp merchandise, and high-speed WiFi.
The camp has become the “go-to” venue for corporations, providing inspiration and quality experiences for both small and large companies. Being used for bonding trips, work and meetings, or a combination, this redwoods area will help your team achieve greater results with the connections you build here. Previous attendees have said it’ll be difficult to go back to everyday business life after breathing the fresh air and enjoying just enough camp nostalgia, with a grown-up twist.
While many large groups and businesses are drawn to this camp, sometimes it’s possible to host more than one business at a time. So, if you’re wondering if your group is too small, don’t hesitate to send an inquiry. Standard events often range from $175 - $275 per night, per person. Groups under 50 may have higher rates, and the time of week and year will also make a difference in price.
If you want your special day to be truly unforgettable, Camp Navarro may be just what you’re looing for. Providing an all-inclusive experience on the 200-acre property, the supportive staff will create a unique and stunning event your guests won’t be able to stop talking about. The weekend event package will provide your group with exclusive property use from Friday to Sunday.
Event packages include event manager planning services, accommodations for the wedding couple in the Honeymoon Cabin, camp day-use for guests not staying overnight, customized website and RSVP services, bonfire and lawn games, string lights and up-lighting, and high speed WiFi. Other items included:
April – October
November – March
What to Pack
Of course, this will depend on the time of year you’re attending, so check with average temperatures of this area when choosing your clothing. Suggested items for warm weather include hats, a swimsuit, sandals for the water, t-shirts, and shorts.
Suggested clothing for cold weather includes long-sleeve shirts, jackets or sweatshirts, boots, and rain gear. If staying overnight, you’ll want a sleeping bag or bedding, blankets, and pillows. Bring your own toiletries such as a toothbrush and bath towel for the shared bathroom facilities. Bring a daypack, sunscreen, etc for day hiking. Kids can bring kites and outdoor toys. Other items good to have along include:
Around the Area
If you’d like to explore the area a bit, camp is only eight miles from the Mendocino Coast; over 90 local wineries and some breweries are within 20 miles in the up-and-coming Anderson Valley; and the town of Navarro is close by too.
There are a variety of accommodations nearby if you prefer not to stay at the camp. Here is a list of local suggestions.
If you’d like to experience camp, make great connections, and help create great experiences for yourself and event guests, volunteering at Camp Navarro is an excellent way to unplug and help out on your new favorite “workcation”.