Hipcamp host Karen H.
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aeolian acres is home to the North Fork Tipi Haven & camping and North Fork Valley Hemp.  We welcome you to enjoy this magical place with us.

Off-leash dogs, off-leash kids and free range parents are welcome!

The Ute Indians lived on the Western Slope for over 10,000 years and they are considered 'native' to Colorado. However, white settlers moved in and forcibly


aeolian acres is home to the North Fork Tipi Haven & camping and North Fork Valley Hemp.  We welcome you to enjoy this magical place with us.

Off-leash dogs, off-leash kids and free range parents are welcome!

The Ute Indians lived on the Western Slope for over 10,000 years and they are considered 'native' to Colorado. However, white settlers moved in and forcibly removed them in 1881 to 3 separate reservations where they now live in. We wish to honor the Ute's by erecting tipis in the traditional east facing location to welcome the Great Eastern Sun. The Ute's worshiped Trees and believe the poles of the tipis contain the spirit of the tree and one should give thanks to the trees for providing shelter. If you have time please visit the Ute Museum on Hwy 550 just south of Montrose. 

I don't know how to right the wrongs done by my ancestors beside honoring the Ute's spirit as best we can by respecting, preserving and sharing the land with you. It is indeed a magical place with 100 year-old cottonwood, elm, box elder, juniper and sage trees in various stages of decay with Love Gulch and Farmers Irrigation Ditch running through it.

Mr. Wooten built his 'plantation style' house after houses in the panhandle of Texas where he was from, and for many years had an apple orchard on the property in the early 1900's. He built the main house over 2 log cabins and put on a second story. It was customary to build over log cabins rather than tear them down.

The North Fork Valley, encompassing Crawford, Hotchkiss and Paonia, was an important fruit orchard area for the western US in the late 1800's, its heyday being well into the early 1900's when the coal mines opened.

The valley is a banana belt perfect for 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. Coal mines up the road in Bowie and Somerset paid better, so many of the orchards languished over the years. Since the closing of all the mines but one, today the NFV is home to the largest concentration of organic farms in the state of Colorado, the best grass fed beef around, West Elk AVA for high altitude wines, and  a world class Creative Community.

The North Fork Creative Coalition serves the multitudes of creatives that call the valley home. There are many pick-your-own peaches, cherries, apples, pears, nectarines and if we are lucky, apricots, in the valley. Delicious Orchards 1 mile down Hwy 133 is an excellent place to pick your own, drink local hard cider and listen to live music on the weekend over a wonderful brunch. It is all about the farms, art, music, outdoor adventure, fun and relaxation here in the North Fork Valley.

During the  1940's-70's, the Mowrer's operated a Hereford Bull operation on the property and the barn with the bull pens are still intact. The open field behind the house, where the oats were grown for the cow feed, is now home to the North Fork Tipi Haven.

Made sense for us to farm people and share this special piece of land with others since we purchased the property in Sept 2017.  As promised by Mr. Fox, we have discovered many interesting things on the land like "scarred-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. 

Revisit your love of paperback novels while lounging under the 100 year-old cottonwood, elm and box elder trees. The tipis are fully lined for excellent ventilation along with an 'ozan' just in case it rains...it seldom rains here.     Colorado blue sky reigns most days. 

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 IKEA foam mattress for your comfort and we ask that you bring your own bedding. We do have bedding available for $20 and if it is available we have extra twin mattresses 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. We will also supply drinking water in the kitchen area. If people want them, we will build solar showers. In the meantime, 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, 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 1.3 hours away by car.  We highly recommend driving over Kebler Pass to Crested Butte for a day of exploring. 

We are 420 friendly.

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No showers
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Karen a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


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.


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!



Natural features you'll find at North Fork Tipi Haven RAVEN 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.

Mesa or canyon
Prairie, meadow, ...
River, stream or ...

The vibe at North Fork Tipi Haven RAVEN

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Hipcamper Megan
Megan K.
recommends this listing.
June 30th, 2018

Upon driving onto the property, I was shocked and pleased by the upkeep and overall uniqueness of the place. The hosts were knowledgeable about the area and super interesting people! They told us about farming and talked a bit about the spiritual influence of the place. Everything was so intentionally laid out and the calming energy of the place was so apparent. The common area for cooking had every utensil & pot you could ever need, and the hosts provided fresh water and coffee and tea for the morning. The camping was elevated by above ground decks and comfortable mattresses inside of large tipis. At night we could look up and see the stars through the hole in the ceiling and in the morning, we woke up to the most amazing view of Mount Gunnison. Overall I highly highly recommend this spot. It isn't just a place to camp, but its a whole experience of its own.

Plenty of space to cook dinner, make coffee, or just chill and listen to the creek.Tent is spacious and elevated on a wooden deck. Chairs & table to sit at and drink coffee in the morning.Lots of space between tipis for privacy.Toilet area hidden by trees.
Hipcamper Karen
Response from Karen, the Host, on June 30th, 2018

Megan, thank you for coming to stay, and for your wonderful words! It was a pleasure to show you around, and we're really happy that you appreciate the special nature of this place. We thought it was just us! We hope you come back soon!

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Hipcamper nic
Nic B.
recommends this listing.
July 30th, 2018

these tipis are fresh, new, and lovely! the owners live on the property and have great plans for their land; we enjoyed meeting another family with kids and shared s'mores over the campfire. the tipi sits up on a new deck so the ground is flat, clean and very comfortable; there is a queen-sized foam mattress so you are truly 'glamping'. very eco-conscious hosts and we plan to stay there again!

Hipcamper Courtney
Courtney B.
recommends this listing.
August 25th, 2018

The tipi was super spacious and very clean. The owners are very sweet, they even left us some extra towels (when it rained) and fresh picked peaches. It was also a great location close to all the wineries nearby.

Hipcamper Meritxell
Meritxell P.
recommends this listing.
September 15th, 2018

We had a lot of fun and the tipi was spacey and comfortable. The only thing is that it started raining in the middle of night and I understood that hosts were supposed to "close" the tent for us. The inside got wet and we closed it ourselves. It dried quickly because it was warm. Another minor issue was that another guest got confused with what tipi was his and came to our tipi. We were asleep and we got a bit shaken.

Hipcamper Therese
Therese C.
recommends this listing.
September 17th, 2018

We had a fabulous time at Tipi Haven - Karen and Tony are wonderful hosts - the entire place is set up with such care and attention - an inspiration to me! We highly recommend staying a night ( or a week or a summer....) at Tipi Haven - surrounded by beauty and nature.

Hipcamper Margot
Margot G.
recommends this listing.
September 22nd, 2018

These Tipis are awesome! Clean, spacious, and comfortable. We loved our stay and all the local produce, meat, and beverages available nearby. Great showers at the laundry and a cute coffee house (Coal Train) down the road.

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Hipcamper Harmony

Wonderful family glamping!

Harmony B.
recommends this listing.
May 28th, 2019

We love it here! We came for a night last summer with our two young daughters and immediately thought that we wanted to come back with our friends! So, we brought two other families with us end it was perfect. Glamping at its best! The teepees are great, the land and views are beautiful, and it makes for a wonderful family vacation when the kids and the dogs and the parents I’ll get a run free :-)

Hipcamper Lynette

Best birthday ever!!

Lynette E.
recommends this listing.
June 2nd, 2019

I spent the weekend at the North Fork Tipi Haven for my birthday. It was wonderful! The weather was perfect. The tipis were comfortable and clean. The morning view was breathtaking. I will be back!

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Hipcamper Dave

Laid back loveliness

Dave C.
recommends this listing.
June 13th, 2019

Very laid back

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