Riverside camping experience on the River Ranches 35 acre plot #7...also lovingly referred to as Jack Rabbit Hollow Farm Sanctuary. Our River Ranch Campsites are located directly on the North bank of the San Antonio River and the southern most end of the Jack Rabbit Hollow Farm Sanctuary. Access to the river is just a few steps from the main fire pit. The entire campsite
Riverside camping experience on the River Ranches 35 acre plot #7...also lovingly referred to as Jack Rabbit Hollow Farm Sanctuary. Our River Ranch Campsites are located directly on the North bank of the San Antonio River and the southern most end of the Jack Rabbit Hollow Farm Sanctuary. Access to the river is just a few steps from the main fire pit. The entire campsite area is sitting amongst huge old cottonwoods and new growth from the previous year's beaver dam. Native grasses and plants cover the woodland floor along with patches of cactus and wild roses. River Ranch Campsites have one main communal fire pit and a small cooking area with a counter, sink and bbq. The bathroom can be accessed from all sites and there are two riverside sites that each have their own small metal camp fire containers.
The Jack Rabbit Hollow Farm Sanctuary is located in the stunning alpine desert of the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Just 2 miles from the Town of Antonito and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, the campsite is only 5 miles from the CO/NM border with the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument and beautiful San Antonio Mountain in our southern view. To the West there is a clear view of Los Mogotes Peaks in the San Juan mountain range which is the area where Carson National Forrest and the Rio Grande National Forrest meet. To the East the view is of the Piñon Hills with the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range behind them provides a layered spectrum of earthy hills, blue mountains and open sky. In the North there is the wide plains and farmland of the San Luis Valley and on a clear day Crestone Peak can be seen nearly 80 miles away. There are only a few neighbors on nearby ranches and so it is very private and undeveloped. You may also see livestock grazing on an around the campsite as this is an agricultural community with reverence for cows, goats and sheep. You may also come into contact with our farm animals who are a part of the animal sanctuary along with the wildlife who inhabit this stretch of land. We have three goats, two sheep, chickens, ducks and our security/rodent management team of 7 cats and Lizzy the dog. All our animals are safe and friendly and usually stay close to the farmstead home which has a large pasture in between the campsite area so you also may not come into contact with them especially if you are tent camping. The Wildlife that are being protected here include: Rabbits, Prairie Dogs, Beaver, Fish & Crawdads, Porcupine, Badger, Foxes, Coyote, Deer, Owl, Crow, Falcon, Geese, Sandhill Crane and more bird species It is prohibited to fish, hunt or trap wildlife at this campsite.
From the River Ranch Campsites you will be on the banks of the San Antonio River with cottonwood trees and willows along the riverbank. Fresh mint grows here and other wild edible plants such as wild roses. If you wish to take a nature walk and learn about these plants and their uses feel free to reach out and we'll make a plan.
The closest town is Antonito, approximately 2 miles away, which has a general store, post office, restaurants, laundromat, Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, museum, historic buildings, parks, the oldest church in Colorado, Cano's Castle, Indiana Jones B&B and film location, as well as Marijuana dispensaries.
Some other local attractions in the San Luis Valley area include the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Penitente Canyon, Lobatos bridge and petroglyph site, Fort Garland Museum, Alien Watchtower (Hooper), Colorado Gator Farm and more. There are also many ski resorts in the area such as Wolf Creek, Monarch and Taos Ski Valley as well as hot springs resorts like Sand Dunes Swimming Pool, Valley View, Joyful Journey and Ojo Caliente.
HISTORYThe History of this area is very tied to the landscape and the people who have lived here for thousands of years. Prior to the first Spanish conquistadores who invaded these lands they were inhabited by the Ute, Navajo, Comanche, Apache and Kiowa nations. There are still artifacts indicating that there were indigenous campsites along this same stretch of river and we have found fragments of arrowheads as well as other evidence that flint knapping was done in this area. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived they were looking to expand New Spain and establish new settlements. After the United States won independence, President Thomas Jefferson sent explorer Zebulon Pike along with other expeditions to connect the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Pike's Stockade is not far from here and was his last outpost before being arrested by the Spanish. Not long after, Mexico became an independent nation as well and this was followed by the Mexican American War that lasted two years and the larger US government took this land along with New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and California from Mexico. Regardless of which political entity claims this land today, we recognize that the original people to spend time here and camp on this river were indigenous tribes who hold the purest wisdom and respect for the natural forces that make this place so special.
WHAT TO EXPECTThis is a dry, arid zone and so, aside from being next to the river, you can expect a lot of desert climate with little vegetation and precipitation. The springtime is very windy and you might see dust devils or sand storms. In the summer the river can sometimes run dry but when it is not there can be a good deal of mosquitos so bring repellant with you. Fall can also be windy and temperatures can often drop to -40 F. The winters here are very cold so we recommend checking the forecast if you are looking to camp here in the winter.If you keep those climate factors in mind you will be prepared for anything mother nature throws your way during your stay.
Our campsite is beautiful, remote, and has a diverse spectrum of plants and wildlife. We hope you enjoy it here as much as we do.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 25% off
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Wild Plants Nature Walk
Learn about the native and wild plants growing on the property. Depending on the time of ye...Read more
Start your trip off right with a bundle of firewood waiting for you at your camp for your fi...Read more
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
When conditions in the San Antonio River are suitable. Sometimes the water is too high or too low to be swimmable.
Natural features you'll find at Jack Rabbit Hollow River Ranch Camp in Colorado.
Prairie, meadow, or plain
The River Ranch Campsites are surrounded by an 850 ft. grassland meadow that wraps around the entire length of the River. The m...Read more
Jack Rabbit Hollow (JRH) Farm is a 35 acre farm animal sanctuary that produces pasture raised eggs and produce grown using perm...Read more
Shared ranch pasture land with grazing livestock and neighboring ranchers. JRH Farm is 35 acres that sits on the North East cor...Read more
Due to temporary flooding a 4 wheel-drive vehicle with high clearance may be required to access the campsites. We will notify y...Read more
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A wonderful property! Lots of sites to choose from to set up camp, the one by the river stream was secluded and peaceful, with a steel fire pit and plenty of flat ground.
Tranquility on the rio grande
We had an absolutely wonderful time here. It was everything we expected it to be. Abe and his wife were super friendly. It was all around great and we will stop there again on our travels. Lizzie, the dog, was a sweetheart and we enjoyed her company.