Hipcamp host Mars F.
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This campsite has an incredible view of Mt. Shavano. It's located on top of a mesa with sounds of the north fork of the south Arkansas River each night and just a short hike away. There are easy trails on the property where you can hike and view wildlife-many birds, chipmunks, deer, occasional elk, and even a free-roaming llama! The property backs up to the San Isabel Nation

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This campsite has an incredible view of Mt. Shavano. It's located on top of a mesa with sounds of the north fork of the south Arkansas River each night and just a short hike away. There are easy trails on the property where you can hike and view wildlife-many birds, chipmunks, deer, occasional elk, and even a free-roaming llama! The property backs up to the San Isabel National Forest for miles of additional hiking and biking trails right from the property.

It's a stargazers' paradise with little-to-no light pollution. Often times, you can see the Milky Way at night.

The property owners live here, but want you to have as much privacy as you'd like. This is a place to retreat and enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors.

Dive into a little bit of history and see the remnants of Ute Native American graves and the original 1880's Maysville cemetery-a once-thriving mining town located on the southern side of the property.

This property is nine miles from downtown Salida and nine miles to Monarch Mountain.

There are tons of summer outdoor activities nearby such as white water rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, hiking, and a zip line & ropes course. There is an available paddleboard onsite (with an optional outfitted converted van) for an additional expense. Winter outdoor activities nearby include skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Monarch Mountain, snowmobiling, and backcountry skiing.

O' Haver Lake is 12 miles/15 minutes from the property and is a wonderful place to enjoy non-motorized water sports, hiking and fishing.

If you're up for a 4x4 challenge, you can drive 10 miles up CR 240 for beautiful views and water activities at the North Fork Reservoir. It's a very difficult drive, but worth it!

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
1 site
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Pets allowed
No campfires
No toilet
Amenities
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Have a question? Send Mars a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Stargazer Lane @ Monarch Retreat in Colorado.

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Forest
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Hipcamper Will

Breathtaking views, quiet, simple

Will C.
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June 5th, 2020

This was my first experience using the app and it turned out incredible! Easy to find and as soon as I parked I met Lamar (at a safe distance) and he walked me to where I was camping for the next couple of nights. A secluded spot with a nice little opening with breathtaking views of Shavano in the background. All in all a great experience and would recommend their beautiful property!

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Hipcamper Mars
Response from Mars, the Host, on June 11th, 2020

Will! So glad you enjoyed your stay at the property. Looking forward to having you back in the future!

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Hipcamper Tommy

Beautiful and welcoming experience!

Tommy C.
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June 17th, 2020

Mars and Ashley are wonderful hosts!The camp ground is a short drive to neighboring Salida, making it feel accessible, yet secluded enough to feel peaceful. Mars took us on a hike through the property and was knowledgeable about the geography and history of the land. He even showed us some grave sites of the original Maysville cemetery. We took a full day to visit nearby O Haver lake, where we spent our time fishing and paddle boarding, finishing the evening with a sunset hike into the San Isabel National Forest. Overall a beautiful, worthwhile experience.

View of Mt Shavano from our campsite Stargazer Lane @ Monarch RetreatOriginal Maysville cemetery View from our sunset hike
Hipcamper Mars
Response from Mars, the Host, on July 4th, 2020

Tommy! Thank you for sharing your experience. It was such a pleasure to have your crew out to the property.

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Hipcamper Shannon

Gorgeous views!

Shannon B.
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June 10th, 2020

My family had a beautiful time here! The hosts were so welcoming, and our spot was perfect. The view of the mountains is absolutely breathtaking. We loved exploring the whole area and can’t wait to come back.

Hipcamper Cayla

Great spot, primitive feel, views!

Cayla T.
recommends this listing.
June 11th, 2020

Omg LOVE this spot! You could not ask for better hosts and the location is spot on!

Stargazer Lane @ Monarch Retreat
Hipcamper Mars
Response from Mars, the Host, on July 4th, 2020

Cayla- I am so thrilled this worked out for you guys to stay at the property! Glad you enjoyed your stay!

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Hipcamper Rebekah

Magical land,safe feels,good peeps

Rebekah H.
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June 11th, 2020

This land is fantastic! The space is great, and it is clear that the very helpful host truly loves it and wants you to be safe and comfortable, too. There are some homes nearby, but far enough that you feel like you are camping and out in nature.
Stunning views and great access to San Isabel Natl Forest and the Arkansas headwaters area. I had to cut my trip short due to severe weather, but I plan on hitting them up again in the future. This is a great consideration, especially if you're just looking for a relatively short jaunt from the Denver-Boulder metro and more privacy than your typical camping area. Thanks Mars!

Hipcamper Mars
Response from Mars, the Host, on July 4th, 2020

Rebekah! It was such a pleasure to host you and get to chat for the bit that we did. Thank you for sharing your experience! I was bummed about the timing of Mother Nature bringing in the weather. Hope to have you back at some point for a redemption stay!

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Hipcamper Tyla
Tyla G.
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June 12th, 2020

Great stay. Beautiful land.

Hipcamper Mars
Response from Mars, the Host, on July 4th, 2020

Glad you enjoyed your stay!

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Hipcamper Wouter
Wouter R.
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June 16th, 2020

We camped here with a pop up camper. The site was beautiful. The site is affectionately called "Stargazer Lane", and it delivered! The milky way was clearly visible with the naked eye. The property was well maintained and the views are spectacular. Mars was flexible with our party and the site was very private.

Hipcamper Mars
Response from Mars, the Host, on July 4th, 2020

Wouter- I'm so glad you guys enjoyed your stay and the stargazing delivered! :) Thank you for sharing your experience!

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Hipcamper Fernando
Fernando T.
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June 26th, 2020

Stayed here for one night and loved how private the site was, not to mention the stars at night. I ddint get to meet Mars, but his friend Jeff helped me feel super welcome.

Hipcamper Mars
Response from Mars, the Host, on July 4th, 2020

Glad you had a good experience! Bummed I wasn't able to be there to greet you but thankful Jeff made you feel welcomed!

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Hipcamper Joanna
Joanna T.
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June 30th, 2020

Perfect spot for our first night! We were secluded and the views were amazing!

Hipcamper Mars
Response from Mars, the Host, on July 4th, 2020

Yay!! Glad you enjoyed the views! :)

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Property
Mars F.’s Land
State
Colorado
Country
United States
$25/night
1 Site
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