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The North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River, encompasses Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The NFV is a banana belt, perfect for growing fruit with the cold air coming down from the mountains at night and the heat from the mesas warming up the valley during the day. Today the NFV is home to the largest concentration of

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The North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River, encompasses Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The NFV is a banana belt, perfect for growing fruit with the cold air coming down from the mountains at night and the heat from the mesas warming up the valley during the day. Today the NFV is home to the largest concentration of organic farms in the state of Colorado, the finest grass fed beef, West Elk AVA for high altitude wines, and  a world class Creative Community.

Delicious Orchards 1 mile down Hwy 133 is an excellent place to pick your own fruit, drink local hard cider and listen to live music on the weekend over a wonderful Sunday brunch. 

We have discovered many interesting things on the land like "Culturally Modified Trees": "twined-trees",  "paired-trees" "bent-trees" and just plain ol' bizarre trees along Love Gulch that will add some interest to your visit.  Strange juniper and sage trees just west of the tipis are an interesting respite to pick some sage to take home with you.

The tipis are custom made by the Colorado Yurt Company in Montrose, Colorado where they have been making yurts, tents and tipis since 1976. The tipis are expertly designed and made with custom paintings invoking the animal spirits that inhabit our land. As you enter a tipi it is proper to walk in a clock-wise direction, to your left, and do not step over the wood poles. The Ute's held trees as sacred and after a night in the tipi you will understand why.

Each tipi has a new Full IKEA foam mattress for your comfort and we ask that you bring your own bedding. We do have bedding available for $20 if need be. A few additional twin mattresses are available for $10. We have solar lights but you may want to bring our flashlight, 2 private composting toilets, a camp kitchen with tables, chairs and a cook stove. Showers are available at the local Ultra Mat in Hotchkiss, (next to Zack's BBQ with the best pie).

Our goal is your comfort and to awaken your sense of wonder by sleeping out in nature. We want you to have a reasonable place to stay while you enjoy the North Fork Valley of the Gunnison River. You can visit the many wineries, fruit orchards, organic farms, farm-to-table restaurants, world class classical music at the Blue Sage, interesting movies at the community owned Paradise Theater, art at the Creamery in Hotchkiss, stand-up paddle boarding, WSSUP, at Crawford reservoir, mountain biking in Grand Mesa and Crested Butte, hiking in the West Elks, rafting down the Gunnison river in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park or relaxing in one of many hot springs within an hour of us.                                                                                        

Come and visit one of the last 'non-tourist' areas of Colorado and if you really must ...Aspen, Crested Butte (over Kebler Pass), Glenwood Springs, Gunnison, Grand Junction and Telluride all are about 1-2 hours away by car.  We highly recommend driving over Kebler Pass to Crested Butte for a day of exploring and Orvis Hot Springs in Ridgeway.

Off-leash dogs, off-leash feral kids and free-ranging parents are welcome.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 3 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Pack it out
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Crawford Reservoir is the closest place to boat. 10 miles south.

Horseback riding

Want to take a ride with a real live mountain man? Let us know.

Paddling

Paddle down the Black Canyon of the Gunnison river...only 15 miles to the south.

Whitewater paddling

The Gunnison, Uncompahgre and Colorado river are all nearby. Take your pick.

Wildlife watching

Red-tail hawks, golden eagle, blue birds, cooing doves, robins and finches OH MY!

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Climbing
Swimming

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at DEER tipi in Colorado.

Hot spring

Down the road about an hour depends which way you want to go.

Swimming hole

Gunnison reservoir is only 10 miles to the south of us.

Desert
Forest
Lake
Canyon
Mountainous
Field
River, stream, or...
Wetlands
Farm
Ranch

The vibe at DEER tipi

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah R.
recommends this listing.
August 10th, 2018

Lovely

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Hipcamper Karen & Tony
Response from Karen & Tony, the Host, on July 11th, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful photographs!

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Hipcamper Carlyn
Carlyn E.
recommends this listing.
June 29th, 2018

Karen was a fantastic host! It was my birthday and they left a sweet note with apricots and fresh Paonia cheeries. The outhouses were very clean, the sunset was stunning and we were graced with a beautiful full moon. Really enjoyable evening! Went to Delicious Orchards not far from the tipis and the food & cider was delicious 🍑🍒

Hipcamper Karen & Tony
Response from Karen & Tony, the Host, on June 30th, 2018

Thank you Carlyn! It was so great to have you visit us and we're glad you had a great birthday! Same time next year? LOL

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Hipcamper kelly
Kelly R.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2018

We were so excited to hear that Uncle Tony and Aunt Karen's tipis were built and that we could come try them out! Tom and I packed up the 6 kiddos and drove from Las Vegas to their sanctuary in Colorado. We were all in awe as we stepped out of the car. There are mountains to climb, fields to run in, creeks to explore, and turkeys to chase! The kids can't stop talking about how cool it was to sleep in a real teepee. Tom and I were so impressed with the deck setup, Love Gulch, and how cool and comfortable the teepees were. The compost toilets are very clean and comfortable to use! We all can't wait to go back!

Hipcamper Karen & Tony
Response from Karen & Tony, the Host, on July 2nd, 2018

Thanks for coming out and bringing the 'tribe' to be our ears and eyes here at North Fork Tipi Haven. We appreciate your feedback.

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Hipcamper Laura
Laura A.
recommends this listing.
August 16th, 2018

We spent two amazing nights at the Tipi Haven! Karen and Tony are amazing people; they have great energy, they are very welcoming, and easy going. We enjoyed talking with them! The place was awesome, the Tipis are beautiful, cleaned, and comfortable. At first, I was worried about the toilet situation, but it was just fine. Karen and Tony have made sure the kitchen and bathroom areas are equipped with toilet paper, water, vinegar, and soap, so we can keep things clean. I would love to go back one day, and would for sure recommend it to anyone who wants some time away from the routine, city, and stress. Plus there are great clothing- optional hot springs, wineries, and dispensaries nearby :)

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Hipcamper Pamela
Pamela D.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2018

It was a wonderful trip with grandpa and grandsons. We really enjoy looking at the horses and wild turkeys on the property. Our conversations with Karen and Tony was the an added bonus.

Hipcamper Brandi
Brandi L.
recommends this listing.
September 23rd, 2018

What an amazing and unique place!? The hosts were great. Amenities were exceptional for glamping. There was enough room to feel like you were alone but little enough if you wanted to hang with your neighbors. Our dogs loved it, and so did we. Would definitely recommend!

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Hipcamper Christine

Beautiful place!

Christine K.
recommends this listing.
August 14th, 2019

What a lovely spot! Woke up to such a beautiful view. The tipi was clean and comfortable. Highly recommend giving it a try!

The morning view!View of the sky from inside.
Hipcamper Charles
Charles C.
recommends this listing.
August 24th, 2019

Awesome spot, hope to be back!

Hipcamper Dallis
Dallis H.
recommends this listing.
May 21st, 2020

Absolutely amazing experience! Clean tipis, awesome kitchen setup, and super friendly hosts. Cant wait to come back!

4/20 tip: Gunnison and Carbondale have the best spots ;)

Awards

Best of 2018 Colorado
Finalist
Property
North Fork Tipi Haven & Camping
State
Colorado
Country
United States
$60/night
1 Site

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