aeolian acres is home to the North Fork Tipi Haven, North Fork Valley Hemp and Elsewhere @ aeolian acres Artist Residency (2019) We welcome you to enjoy this magical place with us.
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 squalid conditions. 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 their 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 barn can be explored by you until we figure out what to do with it.) 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. However, we are in a drought so no campfires for the time being. You can use the 3 burner camp stove in the kitchen area.
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 $10 and if available, we have extra 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 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 and can host a 420 Happy Hour if you are over 21.
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
The vibe at North Fork Tipi Haven SUN
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The host, Karen, was so communicative and helpful before my visit. Unfortunately we had to leave earlier than expected, but the tipis and the location are absolutely beautiful. Hotchkiss is also a very cool little town, and only about a 5-10 minute drive away. Overall an awesome property in a really gorgeous area. Looking forward to coming back.
We had a fantastic time camping in the tipis and would definitely come back. Karen & Tony are friendly and welcoming hosts. The community kitchen is well stocked with cooking supplies, the tipis are clean, and the property is great for exploration.
This is a stunning spot overlooking the North Gunnison River. Karen and Tony's four tipis face the rising sun to the east while a small creek behind them provides an intimate escape from the sun and heat. Whether you're relaxing with your morning coffee watching the sunrise behind Landsend Peak and Saddle Mountain or grilling dinner by the stream in the little kitchen area peaceful thoughts and peace of mind come easy here.
Tony and Karen are friendly and helpful without being overbearing as some hosts tend to be. They help out with friendly suggestions on which wineries to see and what's the best place to view the Black Canyon of the Gunnison from.
I stayed in the Sun Tipi and in the morning the interior of the tipi had more in common with stained glass than it did a tent. The painted sides came alive with the sun. Then when you step outside and get to experience the entire valley before you springing with green and life as vibrant as the colors on the side of the tipi.
This place is AMAZING. We ended up not making it in until late at night, but were greeted with a lit path to our beautiful tipi and a lantern on the porch (which was perfect for stargazing). It rained overnight, but the tipi was completely waterproof! The inside was pristine and there were even little candles that you could light - I wish we had brought matches! I loved that our site was right next to the well-maintained compostable toilet too. In the morning, the view was incredible!! We had the best day + I wish we had been able to spend more time making a fire or doing yoga on our tipi deck. We will be back for sure!
We arrived to Tony tending to his cute garden and warm greetings, then showing us around and giving a tour of the tipis/grounds shortly thereafter. The tipis themselves are well made and surprisingly spacious and a bed is supplied so don’t forget to bring sheets and pillow. We know there is a bathroom but didn’t realize it’s a compost toilet so that was quite a first experience - and there’s a mini instruction on the door that’ll guide you. Such a unique experience in a private space and well made tipis and you may also expect some guest animals around your tipi at night. We may have had an elk loitering around the front of ours but no harm done!