Covid update..... We are open for campers who want to help with the farm chores. Our animals don't care about Covid-19. They still need to be fed and cared for. As far as hiking, it could include bringing the goats along to feed on the brush. So it is a slow walk and perhaps just sitting and talking in the scenery while the jaws are munching around you. And of course the occ
Covid update..... We are open for campers who want to help with the farm chores. Our animals don't care about Covid-19. They still need to be fed and cared for. As far as hiking, it could include bringing the goats along to feed on the brush. So it is a slow walk and perhaps just sitting and talking in the scenery while the jaws are munching around you. And of course the occasional head but or flying kid that the older goats send sailing. 🤠 Or you can bring a hoe and loppers and help clear the trail along the ditch. So if you want a great place to isolate and sit by a real campfire, give Camphand a try. This is a different type of Hipcamp. We are an off-grid camper spot in the middle of Summit County. Our 21 acres backs to the National Forest so you have 220 square miles of wilderness area within a brisk hike or snowshoe trek in winter. Our camping area is next to our pond fed by the crystal waters of the Blue River. In winter it is your personal skating pond. We are spitting distance of Boulder Creek Canyon, Class IV whitewater. Bring your raft when the water runs high!
Here is the catch: to camp on my land you have to be a livestock tender by County Code. So you will be required to spend some time tending livestock. What would that mean? Yesterday for me it was feeding the chickens and collecting eggs. I worked on fencing to keep the goat out of the garden. I have to put fence around my tree planting to keep them from eating the bark in winter. Sometimes it is taking the pack goat for a hike. You may have to clear the ditch of debris, or fix a fence. Or if you are a zen beekeeper, you could help me with the beehive. Maybe we can figure out how to get some honey from that thing. We can tailor your farm activity and limit the time involved to allow for plenty of time for you to discover the mountain paradise.
If you are hesitant to camp with a new listing, check out our other Hipcamp experience at South Park Forest and Plains. We were voted #6 in Colorado in 2018 as the best camping site.
We will tailor this farm stay to your ability and liking. Your accommodations will be a 1998 Lance slide in camper with sleeping for four (or five with the fold down bunk) and a full kitchen and bathroom. There is a solar shower and the camper runs on solar energy. The camper is located next to the pond and there are kayaks, a canoe and a raft you can paddle around the pond./
We offer most of the day for your recreation and there is a lot of it around. We are located 10 miles north of Lake Dillon. For hiking, Acorn Creek Trailhead is within walking distance and Columbine Trailhead is across the river.
This has been a tree farm for the past 25 years and a ranch for the past 100. There are various pieces of heavy equipment and other potentially dangerous hazards such as log piles and boulder piles. So if you have curious children that cannot be controlled, this is not the camp for you. There is an irrigation ditch crossing my property and the machinery and such is on the other side of the ditch so if that rule to stay out of that area works, bring on the kids and they will enjoy what we have to offer. If looking is the best activity, the marmots sunning themselves on the piles of logs and boulders are quite entertaining.
There are several hundred newly planted trees in the field. One activity for potential campers is making cuttings of cottonwood trees we will plant into the field.
Send a message if you would like to stay and maybe help out a bit. We can plan an adventure that helps our farm animals and gives you a great place to center for all that Summit County has to offer.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 2
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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We are ten .miles from Green Mountain Reservoir, a favorite windsurfing lake for decades.
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We built a sand beach on our pond. It is a great place for kids to play in the kayaks while parents watch with a drink in hand. 😏
We are surrounded by 230 square miles of wilderness. I think you will find a tree or two.
Hot Sulfur Springs is just a short drive over Ute Pass.
We are half way between Lake Dillon and Green Mountain Reservoir.
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Our ranch overlooks Boulder Creek Canyon
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We have 6 acres of flood irritated pasture fed by the beautiful Blue River below. How does that work? The ditch meanders alon.t...Read more
Our pond is ready for swimming and paddling
We are 15 miles from Cataract falls
Our flood irrigated meadow is planted with trees that have been the income for this property for 25 years as a tree farm.
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Our driveway is 1/3 mile long, so your nearest neighbor won't be wondering what you are doing. 🧐
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Camping out with goats and chickens
My daughters and I had a wonderful time at Jon's ranch. The camper was comfortable and clean... and it was nice to be able to cook there and prepare coffee in the morning.
We fell in love with his pack of goats and especially enjoyed going on the goat walk and feeding the babies from a bottle. Nugget, the big goat, loves to be pet but can also be a little pushy -- Jon taught us to walk around with a stick and was quick to put Nugget on a leash or put him away when he was too much. We loved feeding the chickens and collecting eggs throughout the day. Jon even gave us a dozen fresh eggs which we enjoyed for breakfast and hard-boiled to bring on a picnic. When we left he gave us a jar of homemade tomato sauce.
We enjoyed canoeing and kayaking on the small pond near our camper; roasting marshmallows on a campfire with free firewood provided by Jon; and picnicking on a hiking trail that Jon led us to, right near the Blue River where we watch rafters on the rapids.
Jon will make you feel useful by offering jobs throughout the ranch... but there isn't a huge expectation that you have to help with anything. All the odd jobs were a great way to keep my kids busy and make them feel like they were helping out and learning about caring for farm animals.
Don't be misled by the appearance of the site (when you first drive up, it feels a bit like a junkyard)... Jon's hospitality, the animals, the amenities and the gorgeous 360º views make up for it!
Contain the large goat & fix the rv
The area is beautiful and Jon the host is very kind, but we had a mixed experience in the RV and with the animals. We had poor weather (rain and cold), so we experienced some rodent issues during the night. There was also a dead mouse under the sink from the mouse traps.
The largest goat, Nugget, left myself and my 6-year old with bruises, which resulted in our being a bit fearful of being around him.
We also arrived at 4:30 pm, but the RV was not ready so we had to leave and come back. About half of the RV features worked, but the microwave/ fridge/heater options were not functional while were there.
The kids had a great time, despite the issues, but I would be wary of booking this with small kids, animal fears or bad weather.
Beautiful setting with a pond and snow capped mountains as the view. Camper needs some plumbing improvements & working refrigerator that the host is working on and warned us about. We enjoyed tending to the goats and chickens - except for a feisty male goat that roamed the property and we always needed to carry a stick and keep an eye out for his aggression. It was manageable, and he was fun to take on a walk, just couldn’t quite relax because of him. There is a lot of “stuff” on the property which makes it look junky - but the great view from the camper made that easy to ignore. Jon was a wealth of information on the area and on farming - and directed us to some beautiful nearby hikes! We enjoyed our stay.
A lil slice of heaven.
Jon has carved out a lil slice of Heaven. The kids enjoyed kayaking around in the pond and collecting Chicken eggs, we enjoyed sharing the camp fire with our host and hearing a little bit about his Adventures and time in Summit County. The Goats were fun as well, the Billy goat was a tad aggressive but Jon put him on a rope even though he had raised from a baby and you can tell they have a bond. Have an open mind re first impression of the property, when you first drive into the property it looks like a Surplus Yard as he said ahead of time he has lots of old Tree farm gear and old equipment on the upper or entrance of his 20 acres. AND the lower half of the property is absolutely stunning. The Stars and the views of the valley are incredible. Jon always had firewood for us to burn in the fire ring as long as we wanted. The pond is clean and there is fresh eater running through the property. We had a great time and hope to return soon.
Jons camp was fun! We took the goats on a little walk and hung out, unfortunately it rained and snowed before our visit so it was extremely muddy and wet. The camper was decent, my only complaint is that the thermostat was a little janky and there was no water, so washing our hands after a muddy goat trip was a challenge. Over all, we had a good experience and will definitely go back!
Fun, beautiful, and private
The whole experience at camphand ranch was awesome. Our host (Jon) was incredibly hospitable and the site itself was awesome. My friends and I enjoyed swimming, hiking, spending time with the goats, and sitting around the campfire. I would highly recommend this opportunity to everyone, as it was a nice private spot and gave us the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Colorado mountains.
This campsite was the perfect choice. Close enough to town just in case we needed anything, but far enough away where it was very peaceful and full of nature. On top of that, the view was absolutely stunning, with the mountains and greenery around the camp. You could even hear the calming babbling of the Blue River that was just a short walk away. We spent the nights gathered around the campfire, making s’mores and staring at the hundreds of stars. In addition, the camper was cozy and comfortable to sleep in. For farm hand work, we helped clear parts of a trail, fed the chickens and even went on a walk with all the goats! Also, Jon was an amazing host! He helped us find the best hiking spots, one that had a gorgeous lake and waterfall, along with helping us find places to go white water rafting, canoeing, and anything else we wanted to do. He had great stories and lots of tips and tricks on staying in Colorado. Overall, he was very welcoming, kind, and eager to help us with any needs we had! We had a wonderful stay, and would definitely go back again!
Sunset over the gore range.
Our son had a blast at Jon’s camp! So many things to see and do. We saw marmots! And we all had an unforgettable time with the chicken and goats. I got along with Nugget (the feisty make) and Jon was constantly checking to make sure we felt safe and always willing to put him in the pen. My son is STILL talking about collecting eggs and scattering grain. We hiked around the property and had fun with the canoe and kayaks. Jon is super friendly and a long time local. We left feeling like we had made a new friend. We’ll be back later in the season when the sun doesn’t rise so early 😆.
Fun stay with goats and chickens!
We had a great time at John's place! The kids loved helping out with the goats and chickens and John was so nice to answer all their questions. He was very friendly and we enjoyed our conversation when he'd stop by the campsite. The camper was just fine for our family of 5, we stayed nice and cozy. Plenty of firewood was available. John had told us beforehand that there likely wouldn't be any service, and indeed our gps stopped once we got to his road so we were uncertain we were in the right place. For any future campers, it's all the way down the road and to the left. You'll see farm equipment and materials on his drive before you get up to his place. My kids want to come back next weekend to see if any baby goats have been born yet!