Age: 30-45

Member since July 2017

Family of six who loves to travel

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We are an adventure-loving family of six and we enjoy traveling and exploring. We love wide open spaces and are enjoying living in our early 1900's farmhouse with chickens, goats, cats and dogs...oh my!

Rylie is a high school English teacher at a technology school and Heather homeschools the four kiddos with the help of a charter school for enrichment.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Rylie is great with computers and technology. Heather is great with planning and organization.

HilscherFam's Pets

We have three dogs who stay at home when we travel. We also have goats, chickens and cats. You may be rousted in the morning by our goats who call for their breakfast if we take too long.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Near National Parks or anywhere with wild untamed beauty. We love waking up to wide open spaces.

HilscherFam's Hometown

Parlier, CA

HilscherFam's Guest Details

HilscherFam's Rig

Rig Type: Truck Camper

9 feet long

We have recently restored a vintage 1967 Travel Queen cabover camper that sits on a double cab Chevy Silverado truck.

HilscherFam's Travel Preferences

  • Travels with kids, ages: 15, 13, 11 & 9

HilscherFam Has 1 Host Location

Hilscher Farm

Parlier, CA, US
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HilscherFam's References (44)

References from Hosts (6)


July 2019

Wonderful Family

We didn't have much time to interact with the Hilscher family, but they were very communicative and respectful. Site was left clean and we'd gladly host them again.


July 2019

Great fam (I think)

I only say "I think" because I didn't get to meet them. They came in later in the evening (after great communication as to their arrival delays) and I was not at home. My husband did my normal greeting job and got them plugged in. I got home after all lights were off and they left the next morning before I was descent enough to go outside! But they did leave a sweet gift and note on our outdoor table. Maybe will have to meet them at THEIR place sometime!

Kevin and Julie

July 2019

Wonderful family!

We had a great time meeting the HilscherFam when the stayed at our site. They have done an awesome job in restoring their vintage camper! It was a short stay but we enjoyed them while they were here. Very courteous and polite. They even gave us a customized gift of glass coasters that showed a map or our area. Always welcome back!


July 2019

Kids? What kids?

Very friendly and polite family. I hardly knew there were any kids around


March 2018

Sweet family

Very nice family. Nice conversation. Cool restored camper. Enjoyed hosting them. Welcome back anytime. Have a good Easter break.


July 2017

Nice respectful family

Nice quiet respectful family. I know they just join boondocker welcome. I Would welcome them back any time

References from Guests (38)


September 2019


Our stay at the Hilscher Farm was great. Very friendly and kind host and dogs, quiet and safe location. We had a very good nights sleep. Would stay again most definitely! .


September 2019

Great host!

My family spent just one night at the Farm, but the Hilscher were really welcoming and helpful. Thank you!


September 2019

Quiet Location. Close to Sequoia Park

We didn’t see much of our hosts since we spent most of our time driving into the Sequoia Park and Kings Canyon. An excellent location to use as a base for sightseeing, and gracious hosts who provided recommendations for sightseeing and meals.


August 2019

Great jump-off point for King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

The Hilchers are an amazing family living with purpose and intent and a true focus on raising their children well. We wish we had more time to get to know them.

The valley here is full of fruit and nut farms offering a oddly attractive beauty. It is over a mile in elevation lower than King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. The thought of coercing our class A up that grade in the approximately 100 degree temperatures was a bit worrisome. Hilchersfarm to the rescue! We based here and drove our car on the southern loop of the parks one day and through King's Canyon, to the end of hwy 180 the next. Put down a lot of miles, but also got in some hikes, waterfalls, and lots of giant Sequoia. King's Canyon is not to be missed (drive it slowly and really take it all in).

Thanks again Hilchers and thanks for the Mexican restaurant recommendation; outstanding!


May 2019

Serenity at its finest

This being my first Boondockers Welcome experience was wonderful quiet and a great time for learning. My hosts were kind and considerate. Thank you for the very pleasant visit.


April 2019

Citrus farm living

As a back to the land wannabe we really enjoyed our stay here. Great weather good advice on our upcoming Yosemite visit. Tough decision to stay longer or in the Parks.


April 2019


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March 2019

Nice safe location near citrus orchard. Close to grocery store. Friendly dogs, cute goats!

We really appreciated having a safe place to pull off the road. And we enjoyed meeting the pups, goats, and chickens!


March 2019

Great Host & Place

Really enjoyed my stay here. Limited time with hosts, but time spent with them left with me feeling they were very kind & considerate. I appreciated the generosity that they showed, by allowing me to pick some fresh citrus from their small farm!
Loved the farm animals, the little goats were so cute & made my laugh & smile quite a bit
Fell in love with their three dogs, who reminded me of mine back home, always excited to say hi, greet me in my comings and going’s & made me feel loved. I still miss them! Hope to make it back some day and say hi.
Thanks Riley & Heather!


March 2019

A Peaceful Welcoming Retreat

Riley and Heather made us feel very welcome and put up with a few delays from us happily. The three dogs added to the visit and also made us welcome. Thank you so much for a relaxing time, although too short


February 2019

Nice quiet stop

Thank you for having me again. Very nice quiet farm spot. Your dogs were happy to see me again too!


February 2019

Thank you !

We enjoyed our stay, even with the orchard fans going off in the wee hours !


February 2019

Baby Goats and Baby Goats

I got to hold and play with little tiny baby goats. This has now become my favorite place in all my travels!


December 2018

Wonderful Quiet Farm

This was a great stay, quiet farm, friendly family! We appreciated the mandarins and grapefruit shared with us too! I just wish we could have been able to connect more during our stay.


November 2018

Quiet interlude on the road!

It’s often challenging to find a quiet spot for an overnight stay. WalMart parking lots — a diminishing option—and rest areas in states where it’s allowed, are practical but noisy places. The Hilscher Farm offers a quiet spot, close and far enough from urban services. Our host was very welcoming and accommodating. This was our first guest experience with Boondockers Welcome, and it was excellent! Thank you!!!
PS: highly recommend Ortega Taqueria in Reedley for great tacos! :)

James Swanson

November 2018

Short, quick, enjoyable visit

Worked perfectly for us on our trip south from WA.
Nice chat with H, but it was a school night and we only talked for a bit.
I'm sure we'll see them again.
Looking forward to it.


November 2018

Great Boondocking In The Central Valley! Super Family!

Thank you guys so much! Close enough to Fresno/Visalia/Tulare, but far enough out that you are away from it all! Awesome family!


November 2018

As always, fantastic.

I adore this family. They are always so nice and beyond friendly. And I love their farm. Baby animals everywhere!


October 2018

Nice rural farm

Was greeted by 3 nice little dogs. Very friendly hosts. Thank you!


October 2018

Great Place and Friendly Host Family

This is a great location to explore the area. We spent full days checking out the Fresno area as well as Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. They offered us 20amp power too. Their family of dogs were very friendly and protective of us which led to some barking but overall a quiet place to stay. Thanks again for the great hospitality.


August 2018

Great spot for visiting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

We stayed here for two nights while visiting the national parks. The Hilschers let us have some of their delicious peaches and gave us a couple good tips about local Mexican food. We beat the 99 degree heat at the local libraries, as we were visiting in August. We would stay here again!


August 2018

Good stay

I liked your farm. The fire ring would be nice in cooler weather. Your dogs were friendly and kept the critters away. I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you personally. Thanks for the stay!


August 2018

Great stay and in a great location.

We enjoyed our stay very much. Our host was very kind and informative. The location is great as well, only an hour or so to different national parks. Thank you for letting us boondock.
Kasia and Steve


August 2018

Hands-down the best Boondocker place to stay.

Hands-down the best Boondocker place to stay. The family is wonderful, the scenery is amazing, and if you love animals it’s a total bonus.


June 2018

Couldn't have asked for more!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! There was a great private place to park Clark (our trailer), our kids loved playing with the dogs and checking on the chickens and goats. The highlight for us and our kiddos was being offered to swim in the pool after a hot day and puck some lemons and oranges off of their citrus trees!! Thank you for being so welcoming!


June 2018

Yet another lovely stay.

These folks are my favorite. I wish I had time to spend with them today, but my insomnia kept me up so late that I slept past their dinner outing. But there will be a next time! And I can already tell you- it will be fantastic!


June 2018

Lovely Farmhouse Surrounded by Agriculture

We arrived late due to mechanical problems and had to leave early. Reilly greeted us and introduced us to the dogs. The parking place was level and easy to get to. Reilly offered us 15 amp electric but the connection out by the parking place was low voltage so we went with our batteries and the generator for breakfast. We had asked about the generator and were told it was okay.

We were sorry we didn't have time to get to know the family. We would recommend this pleasant stop to anyone needing a place headed for the Bay Area from SoCal.


June 2018

Friendly folk

Booked in for 2 nights but only stayed 1 after a day trip into Kings Canyon turned into an 2 day adventure. Sorry for any inconvenience. Easy driveway to back into. Thanks for the opportunity to stay.


June 2018

Perfect stay

H and R are both very accommodating and kind. They helped us in and gave us tips about our upcoming travels in generous fashion. The farm was peaceful - a really nice place to both rest and visit the national parks in the area. Thanks so much to the hosts!


June 2018

The BEST first time bondocking experience

The Hilscher family was the perfect place for our first time boondocking. They were amazing hosts, letting our kids all play together and swim in their pool. My kids enjoyed seeing the animals, and the location was perfect and easy to access with our 38’ rig. Highly recommended and many thanks!


May 2018

I cannot possibly tell you how great this stay was...

The Hilsher's are SUCH nice people! So accommodating and friendly. It was a beautiful place to stay, but really the best part was their family. Truly. They gave me a tour and let me walk around and play with their farm animals. They have 2 very friendly goats, a whole bunch of chickens, a few #UglyKittes and 3 #UglyDogs and all of the animals are super friendly. And they had 2 little baby chick that were so #Adorable. They offer 120V out of one of their barns and before I left offered me some of the strawberries that they just picked up at the local fruit stand.
It was quiet and peaceful. I slept great and they let me fill a few of my water jugs from their well water spigot.
If only everyone was this nice. I would definitely stay at their farm again!


May 2018

Very quiet private spot. Awesome hosts.

We can't say enough great things about Hilscher Farm. Very quiet, private area too park. They are surrounded by nut, grape and citrus fields. Riley, the host, was great to visit with and offered tons of local knowledge. We are very thankful for the opportunity to boondock overnight as we make our way to Sequoia National Park.


May 2018

Great night on the farm!

We had an awesome time at the farm! Rylie was so accommodating and gave us tons of recommendations for what to see in Yosemite National Park. He also had suggestions for restaurants in the nearby town.

This was our first Boondockers Welcome experience and it was so great. The electric hook up was the icing on the cake, and there is also water available, if needed! We would highly recommend the Hilscher Farm, their three dogs will be very excited to greet you!


April 2018

Nice Place to Spend a Night

We scheduled four days but something came up and we arrived a day late and then left early due to the heat. Still, our hosts were very gracious and eager to help us any way the could, not to mention flexible. One word of caution, GPS's will want to take you down tiny, bumpy farm roads because it's a shorter route. Stick to the major highways. You'll be glad you did.


April 2018

Great Spot

Such a nice place to boondock with friendly dogs and chickens and goats. Weactually stayed 2 nights and are so grateful to our hosts for their hospitality.


March 2018

Wonderful Host

You will stay amidst the groves and orchards of central California within jumping off distance to Fresno and several renowned parks. I highly recommend this courteous host family.


January 2018

Easy Access

Easy to find and good Access for camper. welcoming Hosts, quiet area. Much Appreciated as we passed through.


October 2017

Don't miss out on a stay with 'The Fam'

100% awesome people. We had such a good time hanging out with all of them, they were incredibly fun and hospitable. We are looking forward to keeping in touch with this sweet family