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Dear Guests and Supporters Thank you for all the love and support over the years it helped make our dreams come true and care of so many beautiful animals. It has come time for the sanctuary to move to greener pastures - we are taking a wonderful opportunity. The camps will be closing effectively November 30th as the new owners have beautiful but different plans. Plz stay in touch with us via this service, FB and insta (wild tender ranch rescue ) because we are likely to open up a new location along a mile of the most beautiful river in Oregon, surrounded by thousands of protected acres! But we won’t do that for a while - first we’re going to take a year off and just heal up. Thank you again, MUCH LOVE TO ALL
This Lodge, made by hand using the local indigenous materials, sits 300 feet above & overlooks the valley floor of Cuyama. 20 sleeping pads are provided. A large fire ring is just off the porch looking across the valley where the sun sets into the Pacific behind the Los Padres mountains. The BBQ area is covered and provides a good working area for the chefs in your group. All firewood is provided. Well water is provided but is not heated. There is an RV fridge and a large set of cooking and serving utensils provided in lodge. Disposable plates and silverware are also on hand. This facility is completely off the grid. Power can be arranged upon arrival. see host for details. ***PLEASE READ*** If your booking or booking request includes any activities , in effect, radios, generators, music, boisterous behavior, etc. , that may intrude on the enjoyment of other campers, please find another place to go. Our goal here is to offer an escape to those seeking peace and quiet. ******If you do want to be able to play music with your friends, we can accommodate you by making the entire campground available for $1500 per night, with a two night minimum. * Contact Jim directly
This is one of our grandest campsites. This large round canvas tent is situated on a deck all by itself with its own view of the coastal mountains and the valley below. Basic essentials are provided; water, firewood, basket of cooking utensils and paper goods and 2 queen size 4" sleeping pads. Be sure to bring your sleeping bag.
This experience includes the privacy of two cabins and your own river retreat, located on a 1500-acre habitat preserve; adjacent to 650 acres of state park land along the beloved Yuba River. Two round cabins reserved only for your group, the ‘moon’ cabin and the ‘sun’ cabin as seen in a design within the rock walls, hand constructed of stone gathered from the land, each with a queen bed, desk, chairs, and mini-kitchen with stove, sink, refrigerator and an outdoor bbq. The shared bath house has an indoor hot shower, sink, and compost toilet, along with an outdoor shower with views of the river. Our electricity comes from solar-power and we feature organic bedding and towels. Each cabin sleeps 2 people max. Includes Yuba River beach access with picnic area, hammock, chairs and optional river campsite. The private spot, with swimming holes and sun-warmed rocks is a 10-minute hike (vigorous hike back) from the stone cabins. Access to the 650-acre South Yuba State Park with hiking & biking trails and additional river spots is a 5-minute drive by car. Note: This rental is not ideal for young children due to its location on the edge of the river canyon.
Sleep in one of our wonderful glamping tents fully outfitted with heated beds, down comforters, crisp cotton linens, lanterns, and more. Either way, you’ll have access to hot showers, yummy EO bath products, fluffy towels, a dry sauna, and big sun decks for taking in the day. Bring your appetite for:- Dinner with dessert Friday and Saturday nights- Breakfast snack around the campfire every morning. Daytime Activities include:- Guided Hikes- Yoga- Games… and More!Drinks for purchase:- Espresso, Beer, Wine. . . Like all of our Classic Glamping Tents, the Plus is fully-outfitted with a heated Queen bed, down comforter, crisp cotton linens, rechargeable lanterns, and more. Each tent is housed on a wooden platform with a redwood deck complete with comfy leather butterfly-chairs & table. . . perfect for relaxing and taking in the grand firs forest and ocean air. All campsites include a picnic table and fire ring with grill ideal for cooking, intimate fireside storytelling, and warmth during the cool mornings and evenings.
Pitch your tent in our private, spacious campground of meadows and forest. Easy 5 minute walk to Jug Handle Beach and a two hour hike to the redwood and pygmy forest. Our 39 acre site has lots of nature trails, is peaceful and beautiful and our campground is 8 acres with just 11 sites so it is very spacious. Each campsite has space to park two vehicles, privacy, a fire pit, two picnic tables and a mowed area for tents. Water is on site. We have five port-a-potties. Sorry no showers! Campfire wood is $10 for 18 sticks, please bring cash to purchase your campfire wood. Also check out our cabins here on hipcamp or at JugHandleCreekFarm. org on line. See our group site 11 at this link: Best sites for a camper or trailer: 4, 7, 10 and 11. Site 4 have power and water. Best sites for privacy: 7 & 9 and 11 (Please note site 9 requires a 20 foot walk in and is NOT appropriate for trailers)Best sites for easy access to outdoor kitchen: 1 & 2Large sites: 4, 7 and 11. Sunny sites: 2, 4, 7, 10, 11. Shady sites: 1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 9. Please put the correct number of people down when you make your reservation. If you underestimate your total group size we will ask you to pay for the additional people. Thanks for your understanding! Basic rules: Dogs must be leashed in the campground as we have wildlife and farm animals. Be fire safe! Douse your fire when you leave your campsite and at night. We have very limited cell service and no wifi on the property. If you have an issue please TEXT me as voice messages don't get through. There is no in-person check in. Please pick up a map at the welcome kiosk near the entrance. Drive up the hill, past the farmhouse and straight back to your camp. Be safe and enjoy! Our Mission: We offer a welcoming and supportive environment for people of all backgrounds to explore nature and connect with the natural word. Nature stewardship is central to our non-profit mission and as an organization we are engaged in many nature restoration projects throughout Mendocino County. We also provide a supportive learning environment for nature education for disadvantaged youth during the school year. If you teach k-12 and would like to bring your classroom to Jughandle contact us about special rates and our immersive nature education programs.
$200 base price is for two people. All additional day or night campers are $75 a day/night. *****LOOK***** BE ADVISED, at times, the property has events with upwards of 100 people. These events are not in your space, nor near you, but you will see people walking around and will hear music in the distance until 10:15 pm. In 2022 ALL Saturdays and MANY Sundays will have these eventsWe are a farm on the beach just North of Santa Barbara and Goleta, Ca. You will camp in a historic, glass greenhouse with incredible ocean views. Inside is a cob pizza oven that works awesome. (Bring your own firewood),,, a place to pitch tents and tiny artistic structures to explore. You will have a private bath and shower (Primitive, no electricity, but the hot shower has the best view in the world of any shower!) Bring your own toiletries and whatnot). Private beach access from our property. We have a barnyard with a multitude of farm animals. Limited electricity in greenhouse (A couple of extension chords). The fire ban is ONLY for open campfires. The pizza oven and YOUR bbq or propane flame is fine. If you are camping during the rain, be advised, it gets wet in the greenhouse. It's an antique after all!
Sleep in one of our wonderful glamping tents fully outfitted with heated beds, down comforters, crisp cotton linens, lanterns, and more. Either way, you’ll have access to hot showers, yummy EO bath products, fluffy towels, a dry sauna, and big sun decks for taking in the day. Bring your appetite for:- Dinner with dessert Friday and Saturday nights- Breakfast snack around the campfire every morning. Daytime Activities include:- Guided Hikes- Yoga- Games… and More!Drinks for purchase:- Espresso, Beer, Wine. . . Family Tents are larger than the Classic Glamping Tent measuring 16’x 20' and designed to sleep 4 people. These tents are located together in the south end of the campground adjacent to The Grand Fir Forest with convenient access to the Loop Trail, Meadow, and Meadow Commons - a popular spot for children to congregate and play. This class does not include tents with bluff views. The Family Tent is fully-outfitted with a heated Queen and two Twin beds, down comforters, crisp cotton linens, rechargeable lanterns, and more. Each tent is housed on a wooden platform with a redwood deck complete with comfy leather butterfly chairs & table. . . perfect for relaxing and taking in the grand firs forest and ocean air. All campsites include a picnic table and fire ring with grill ideal for cooking, intimate fireside storytelling, and warmth during the cool mornings and evenings.
The Eagle's Nest Treehouse Farm Stay offers a secluded, tranquil wilderness experience, right in the middle of a private forest, but with many of the comforts of a well-appointed guest house 40 feet from the ground. Located on a 400-acre working ranch on the Sonoma coast, we are less than 90 minutes from San Francisco and half that from California's premier wine-growing regions of the Napa-Sonoma Valleys. We are also smack dab in the middle of some of California's most breathtaking coast. In fact, you can hear the waves crashing from the treehouse deck when the wind blows in from the north. You are near enough to civilization, but it feels like you are in the most remote and peaceful spot on earth. During the day, you can hike our miles of forest trails and never run into another person. You can check out the flora and fauna residing among the ferns, redwood trees and rolling pasture lands and then roast some of our ranch products, all grown right here, over the treehouse barbecue located at ground level. You can also explore the ranch operation, which includes Scottish Highland cattle, Kiko goats, ducks, geese and the livestock guardian dogs who protect them all. Learn about sustainable organic farming practices and if you like a really hands-on experience, you can help us herd the ducks in at night or come along in the UTV to help with evening chores. At night, when the fog is out, you can see all the stars since the lights of civilization are so far away. If the fog is in, you can hear the fog horns bleating distantly from Bodega Bay. Think seclusion, privacy, peacefulness and nature. This legendary treehouse, featured in House & Garden Magazine in 2000, the Treehouse Guys TV program and several other magazines since, has been totally refurbished and modernized using the latest structural and safety standards to serve as a guest house for our Farm Stays. It is reopening after a lengthy pause due to County permitting issues, during which further upgrades have been installed to meet residential building codes. Securely nestled high above the forest floor between two towering Douglas Firs, the large redwood deck of the Eagle’s Nest is accessed via a spiral staircase and a 40 ft suspension bridge. Once inside the treehouse proper, the rich hue and grain of the polished and oiled old growth redwood floor, walls and ceiling is astounding. Residential standards of construction throughout include two sets of 8 ft high French doors, sliding windows, a queen size bed, electricity for lights and your personal accessories, separate bathroom with flush toilet, hot and cold water, sink, and an amazing copper-lined shower with floor to ceiling windows looking out on the forest below. A powerful space heater and the insulated walls, floor and ceiling keep the interior cozy. While staying here you have access to miles of hiking trails throughout our 400 acre working ranch, half a private forest preserve and half organically certified pasture for production of organic duck eggs, goat meat and grass-fed beef (from our amazing Scottish Highland & Angus cattle). You can also enjoy a mile and a half of Salmon Creek that runs through the property, and observe our efforts to help restore the native Coho Salmon. Information on our ranching operations (aimed at production of natural, healthy food) is provided to all guests. Accommodation in the treehouse is intended for two adults in one bed (children or pets are negotiable). Price includes the Sonoma County 12% transient occupancy tax. An online search for YOUTUBE TREEHOUSE VIDEO BY THOMAS AGARATE will bring up an amazing short movie of the Eagle's Nest, including spectacular drone footage, taken by our first guest (a drone technology pioneer).
The Lake Cabin is great for 2 people or as a base camp for larger groups. The cabin holds 2 people and there is lots of room to set up tents around it for up to 50 guests. Private cabin on Lake Caldwell, a small sag pond on our 70 acre regenerative goat ranch, Angeles Crest Creamery, just 90 minutes from Los Angeles. The cabin includes a full sized bed,, a sink, an ice-filled YETI cooler, a hot plate, a microwave and a toaster oven. The well insulated, pine-lined cabin is equipped with radiant floor heating to keep you warm on even the most chilly mountain nights. There is an outdoor shower and tub with view just outside the cabin (which is turned off when freezing temps are expected at night, generally October-May). Picnic bench, chairs, propane BBQ, and propane fire ring outside. Parking immediately adjacent to cabin (1 car only please). Very private, with views of the lake, our goat barn, and Pinon Ridge. There are nice short hikes on the property. You can also participate in farm chores (shepherding goats, milking, etc). There is a sauna on site for guest use. Big Rock Creek and Devil's Punchbowl are about 10 minutes away by car. Wrightwood / Mountain High is 13 miles West. Guests can bring their own food or purchase products from the ranch to prepare. Offerings are seasonal and a list of what's available will be sent to you when you book. Check out our other listings--we also have two Airstreams available.
Super quiet and private 10 acres of private redwoods, and a waterfall with the ocean and Santa Cruz mountains a short hike away! Glamping or camping opportunities, great for a quiet romantic getaway or a group of friends and family. Sleep in a modern, warm "tiny house" studio constructed from a shipping container (2-3 people) or set up your own tents throughout the property. Rustic cabin with electricity, sink, and flushing toilet. Close proximity to excellent hiking (skyline to the sea / big basin state park), and a few miles away from some of California's most beautiful beaches and some of the best surfing and kitesurfing between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. Also a short drive away from Costanoa resort and Highway 1 Brewing restaurants. ** 3 different sites ** are available to accommodate separate small groups but the property is ideal for single private groups… ** Site 1 (the container studio) is fantastic to sleep in, insulated and warm, and feels like a modern studio without electricity (for now). ** Site 2 (bring your own tents) are recommended for the more outdoorsy, or rest of a larger group. ** Site 3 is for a small group willing to tent camp, hammock-tent camp, or car/van camp further away from the main cabin + container studio area. The *rustic* cabin is unfurnished and isn’t intended for sleeping (mostly there for the bathroom and as a storage area), but is possible to use for sleeping in case of unexpected weather. * We've been giving priority to first bookings choosing between using the container or tents, or you can reserve the entire property to keep it completely private. When sites are booked separately: A) we've been optimizing for small groups so the space remains intimate, B) shared facilities become the bathroom in the rustic cabin, and central fire pit in a courtyard area near the cabin. * A couple items of camping gear are available onsite for use by extra guests at any of the sites: 1 x 4 person dome tent, and 2 x 1 person hammock tents (with mosquito nets). * There's plenty of space elsewhere on the property to spread out, and its still a work in progress so we really appreciate ideas/suggestions regarding other site locations that would work well + other potential improvements to the facilities. Let us know if you have other questions, and hope you can visit sometime!
A single camp spot on the top of a mountain surrounded by 160 acres of no one else! Requires 4WD/high clearance AWD road to camp spot. Plenty of shade at spot with picnic area that is covered. Drinking water, sink and outdoor cold water shower. Bouldering (climbing), fire pit (seasonal), covered deck, hiking and VIEWS! Plenty of room and separate camp spots- lock the gate and you will have no visitors or on lookers. Single outdoor flush toilet with sink. We provide a Propane stove - 2 burner, propane, toilet paper, dish soap and hand soap. No COTS.
1 intimate site for 2 on this private 20 acre hot spring, nursery, and wildlife sanctuary. Leave no trace. 15 minutes to Palm Springs, Panoramic views. Amazing hot tub. The hot springs come out of the ground at 108 degrees +- and pool temperatures vary based on how cold it is outside. Your donations go to the continued support of the preserve.
A camper's heaven with waterfalls on-site! This is a completely private, gated campsite with over 4. 5 acres to call your own during your stay. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia, beautiful scenery abounds with ample opportunities for outdoor adventures. In addition to what you will find at our campsite, options for white-water rafting, zip-lining, kayaking and hiking are mere minutes away!This property is conveniently located to the charming towns of Highlands, NC and Clayton, GA where you will find a variety of local shops and restaurants. The regionally-aclaimed Dillard House is less than 5 miles away.
The Wright family has owned these 1,200 acres for 150+ years. We are now offering our open, best kept secret, avoid-the-crowds eco campsites to the public. Camp overlooking Zion National Park! Bring your gear and set up to see the unsurpassed, quiet, rarely seen views of Zion. A few minutes from Zion’s backcountry trails in the Kolob Terrace Region and approx. 40 minutes to the main gate of Zion NP. We also offer onsite horseback rides with the legendary Wright Family Patriarch, owner/operator Bill Wright. Bill is an original cowboy who has worked this land his entire life, as his father did before him, and his son’s will after. Read more about this incredible family in the recently released, highly reviewed book, “The Last Cowboys” by award winning, Times News reporter John Branch. To book a horseback ride visit zionwrightfamilyranch. com
This is a relaxing spot in the Hill Country to camp and enjoy the surrounding area with parks nearby for hiking, swimming, kayaking, rock climbing, and bicycle riding on and around the Pedernales River, as well as the many restaurants, wineries, and breweries in the area. We have a variety of campsites styles ranging from cozy secluded oak groves to more open spaces for camping under the stars. Rates: $25 PER PERSON, PER NIGHT (minimum of 2 campers). Children age 3 and under are free. If bringing children, please tell us how many and their ages. If we are not under a burn ban, BRING FIREWOOD and/or charcoal because we have fire rings and BBQ cookers at most of the sites. If we are under a burn ban, campfires (even in fire rings) are not allowed, but bring some charcoal because you may still use BBQ Cookers, which we have at each of our sites. You may also use a campstove if you wish to bring one. We have a hot/cold outdoor shower our guests are free to use. Due to some accidental trespassing onto our neighbors’ properties we can no longer allow hiking on our land. Luckily there are some gorgeous hikes at nearby parks. Nearby Parks for hiking and swimming:HAMILTON POOL PRESERVE (1. 9 mi) is open by reservation for hiking and swimming. Visits are for 3 1/2 hour blocks of time. No dogs allowed at Hamilton Pool MILTON REIMERS RANCH COUNTY PARK (2. 5 mi) is nearby and is open for hiking, swimming, fishing, rock climbing, and cycling. Dogs on a leash allowed at Reimers. CASH ONLY! $5/per person, no reservation required. We love it there!WEST CAVE OUTDOOR DISCOVERY CENTER (2. 6 mi) is open by reservation only for guided tours of the waterfall/cave-no swimming allowed. No dogs allowed at West Cave PEDERNALES FALLS STATE PARK (34 mi) is open by reservation only for day use hiking and swimming. Dogs on a leash allowedENCHANTED ROCK STATE NATURAL AREA (71 mi) is open by reservation only for day use hiking on weekends and holidays. **QUIET HOURS ARE BETWEEN DARK AND DAYLIGHT**Please, no loud voices or music. We hope you’ll come and see us!!
The Red River Gorge is a National Geologic Area with over 3500 bolted rock climbing routes. We are home to the Daniel Boone National Park and the Natural Bridge State Park. Land of the Arches is centrally located to Pendergrass-Murry Recreational Preserve (PMRP), Muir Valley and other climbing destinations. We also are minutes from Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure, Thrillsville, Red River Gorge Zipline, and Gorge Underground. Our campground is very large, with private areas, an area ideal for Boyscouts, and a large area on the Ridge near the "Hangar" which houses foosball, table tennis, and air hockey and free wifi with receptacles to charge your devices. NOTE: Large vehicles with trailers (think trailers hauling off-roading vehicles) are not a fit for the land.
Welcome to the Treehouse Cabin Retreat! If you like camping or glamping, you will love this getaway! Our unique Treehouse (sleeps 2-3) plus Rustic Cabin rental (sleeps 4-5) brings you back to nature for relaxation and unplugging. Located just minutes from the Suwannee River with wonderful, clear, freshwater springs that are great for paddling and swimming. Just escape and relax among the trees, play games, cozy up in the treehouse and watch a movie (we offer a good selection!) or visit nearby springs, parks and rivers. Enjoy an outdoor shower under the stars. Warm up next to the campfire and create new memories. Old Town is a small town, 20 minutes north of Chiefland, 45 minutes northeast of Cedar Key and 45 minutes northwest of Gainesville. We allow a maximum of 7 people and 2 cars. PLEASE NOTE, we allow up to 2 dogs with fees paid. PLEASE ADD THIS AS AN EXTRA AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. All guests and pets must be counted on your reservation. Be sure to read the Treehouse Retreat Rules and let us know if you have questions. When you book this property, you are renting both and Treehouse (1 queen bed on the main floor plus a small loft for a single bed, no bathroom in the treehouse) and the cabin (1 queen bedroom plus a loft with 2 beds), with a full kitchen and one full bathroom inside, one bathroom outside). We provide bath towels and bed linens. The kitchen is equipped with dishes, silverware and basic cooking supplies such as pots, pans, coffee maker, toaster, oven, microwave, etc. Outside near the fire pit we have a large grill and smoker available to use. We provide grilling tools as well so all you generally need to bring is food and drinks (and charcoal/wood)! Please note both the cabin and treehouse offer window A/C's and supplemental heat, but this is still camping and the buildings are rustic and may not heat or cool to what you are used to. Power outages do happen, especially during summer storms, so please be aware you may lose electricity and water at times. You are welcome to explore the trails around our property, relax in the hammock or swing, and enjoy the outdoor games. Please return everything as you find it. ~~~ Treehousecabinretreat. com ~~~ *** Please make note of our Super Strict cancellation policy. We do not offer full refunds for extenuating circumstances (such as Covid-19, other illness, weather, etc. ). If you are concerned about having to cancel unexpectedly, we highly recommend you purchase separate travel insurance (that covers cancelling due to Covid-19, etc. ) for your trip. *** * Please note that there are many photos on our site that have been shared by past guests. Some of the items/features shown in those photos may have changed, been upgraded, replaced, or may no longer be available. We try to keep the first 20 or so photos up to date with photos that best represent what you will see and find when you come.
"Experience the healing magic of Joshua Tree California for yourself. "This gorgeous Joshua Tree Highlands location is ideal to really experience the healing magic of Joshua Tree for yourself. The desert can be a fresh start, a space to integrate, to unwind, to dive deep into your ideas, to laugh and play, to feel and to heal. This is a truly magical and restoring hideaway available for camping. The owner Henry Pratt and Momma Dee are two of the most down to earth and wonderful people you'll ever meet. You'll be refreshed and grounded by the overwhelming beauty, seasonal fauna, and extraordinary views. The experience will be one you'll remember for a lifetime! This enchanted desert high land camping area offers seclusion, meditation, and fun and yet is still close enough to the Village to easily access the Cafes, shoppes, local music, farmers market, weekly art festivals and amenities that Joshua Tree has to offer. A must see and experience!Joshua Tree Love!
Enjoy nature at its best! This is a wood framed 16’ X 12’ canvas safari tent perched on a boulder outcropping overlooking a beautiful valley and surrounded by tree tops. The newly created loop trail is about 1/2 mile, runs passed a boulder filled creek, and is surrounded by big, private forest (you wont see anyone). This ‘tent’ features wood floors, cal king bed, electric blanket and heater, and a private deck with Adirondack chairs, firepit, and propane bbq. It’s a short walk to the full outdoor bathroom with hot/cold water. Shower in the trees! There are two private hot tubs (one set around 90F for day use, one at around 103F for a chilly eve). The Forest Service has recently closed most public hikes across California due to the fires. Im anticipating closures to remain for a while. So if hanging out at the property and in town sounds good, come!. If you're set on a big hike on one of the public trails, then come next year.
Located right off the 199 Redwood Highway, we welcome you to our forest sanctuary. These tiny A-Frame cabins are a favorite for campers. The river is just a few min walk down to our own private beach and swimming. The camp is also just a 3 minute walk to the lands prestine swimming hole. These A-Frame Cabins are super cozy at 100sf with an additional deck that is great for yoga or napping. The cabins include two twin size mattresses and linen bedding. This camp is a 1 minute walk to the main house, private commercial kitchen, cute compost toilet, shower house and sauna. These cabins are ideal for two people. The beds can be pushed together easily if desired. The front part of the cabin can be closed off or opened up to the elements. Since one side of the cabin is clear you can see in a bit but can also drape something over for more privacy. The reason for the clear side to is allow for the feeling of sleeping right outside amongst nature. Winter Camping: Temperatures can drop into the 20's at times throughout the winter months. Though the cabins have linens and wool blankets provided we recommend bringing an extra blanket, warm sleeping clothes and maybe even a hot water bottle if you have one! Cedar Bloom has available power and cell phone service. Cell phone service works great if you have AT&T or Verizon. Internet is limited but is available. We have several giant meadows with thousands of trees surrounding. We are right on the Illinois River with a mile of river frontage and 3 incredible swim spots. It's a great place to come and recharge and renew. We are surrounded by beautiful scenery in all directions! We are close to the Redwoods, The Oregon Caves and so much more. We are close to major cities such as Grants Pass, Medford, Crescent City and Ashland. MORE ABOUT CEDAR BLOOM. . . Cedar Bloom was purchased in the spring of 2017 by Spirit Weavers Gathering as a place of peace and healing, for all walks of life. Spirit Weavers is an annual womens gathering which happens once a year each June. We host over 1,000 women in just two weeks on the land. We are located on the Illinois River just outside Cave Junction, Oregon. Our Main House was built in 1962 and retains the flavor of the 60’s with a beautiful Mid Century Modern feel. It houses a kitchen, dining hall, a living room, five bedrooms and three bathroom with a bathtub. It currently houses Agustin and Mea and their seven year old daughter Naia. FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE OF THE ILLINOIS VALLEYFor thousands of years, the Takelma people lived in the Illinois and Rogue River valleys, what is now known as Josephine County. They lived in small bands close to the land. Interior southwest Oregon has pronounced seasons and the ancient Takelma adapted to these seasons by spending spring, summer and early fall months collecting and storing food for the winter season. Salmon was central to their food source and way of life. The salmon diet was supplemented by game, such as deer, elk, beaver, bear, antelope and bighorn sheep. Smaller mammals, such as squirrels, rabbits and gophers, might have been snared by both men and women. They gathered the root of the Camas plant, part of the asparagus family, as well as acorns from the two native species of Oaks, the Oregon white oak and California black oak. Other vegetation included manzanita berries, pine nuts, tarweed seeds, wild plums and sunflowers. The Takelma are also known to have cultivated a native tobacco plant, but otherwise relied on the fruits of the wilderness for their survival. The main utensils included horn, bone and wood-made implements and a great variety of baskets constructed generally by twining on a hazel warp. Stone was used in the making of arrowheads and pestles. The clothing and personal adornment of the Takelma was similar to the tribes of northern California. Notable characteristics include facial painting, red-headed woodpecker scalps for men and basket caps for women. The women also tattooed the skin in three stripes and men tattooed the left arm. European Settlement of the Illinois Valley began by the 1830’s, as the gold and logging industries developed. By the end of 1856, the traditional residents of the Rogue and Illinois River valleys were forcibly removed and relocated to the Siletz Reservation on the central Oregon coast. The Takelma were joined on the reservations by their neighbors, the Athapaskans and the Shasta, as well as tribes from even farther away, such as the Coos and Tillamook. It is reported that by 1906 less than ten Takelma were alive and able to speak their native language. In 1994, for the first time in over 140 years, an ancient ceremony took place to welcome home and give thanks for the returning salmon, on the Kanaka Flats of the Applegate River. People of all heritages were welcomed at the annual Salmon Gathering on the Applegate River until 2006. In 2007, the ceremony was moved to the place where it was held for thousands of years: the Tilomikh (Powerhouse Falls), on the Rogue River near Gold Hill, Oregon. Since then, the ceremony has taken place annually in its traditional location, demonstrating that the Takelma culture is alive and will continue into the future. Today, Takelma descendents continue to reside on or near the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations. The Pilgrims brought back the Salmon Ceremony to Southern Oregon. Due to the Pilgrim’s contribution in returning the Salmon Ceremony to Jackson County, Agnis Baker-Pilgrim is known to some locals as the ‘Keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony. Agnes, one of the oldest grandmothers of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, has returned to the Rogue Valley and today her voice can be heard strong and clear, proving that the spirit and blood of her people are still with us. PLANT & ANIMAL RELATIONS We are very fortunate to be surrounded by a widely diverse population of flora and fauna. As caretakers of this sacred land, we feel a strong responsibility to honor our plant and animal allies by not only protecting them and their habitat, but also to help educate others about what lives and grows here by providing people with opportunities to experience the beauty of these plants and animals for themselves. For this reason, We are honored to host the many different groups who will gather here on this land for learning and communing with the nature that flourishes here. We feel very fortunate to be involved in this process of helping promote a sustainable and abundant future for all living things on this planet by sharing knowledge and skills from the human past that can make a sustainable lifestyle a reality for everyone everywhere. The animals here include, but are not limited to deer, foxes, coyote, raccoon, skunks, and sometimes black bear though we havent seen any yet! The birds that surround us are migratory geese, quail, wild turkeys, hawks, ospreys and eagles. The fish that call the Illinois River their home are the Salmon People, Steelhead & Trout along with their friends the otter and ducks. The Land is a no-hunting zone so the animals here are abudant and safe. The plant life here is incredibly diverse. This land is home to many native grasses, ferns, and berries, wild flowers, as well as many other edible and medicinal plants and fungi such as mugwort, self-heal, soap root, and a variety of mushrooms. The tree population is a blend of hardwoods like Manzanita, Madrone, and several kinds of Oaks along with mature Fir, Pine, Cedar trees, Alder, Maple and Apples. With special attention to management of non-native and invasive plants, Spirit Weavers is committed to maintaining a well balanced forest ecosystem with high biodiversity. CHECK IN & CHECK OUT Please clean up and check out of your site by 12:pm on the day of your departure. You can check in by 2:pm on the day of your arrival. We do not offer day passes at this time. CLIMATE & THE ILLINOIS VALLEY Cedar Bloom holds the heart during the summer. Temps can range from 75-95 during the day and generally cools down to the 70's during the evenings. Swimming in the summer months is delicious. We have mostly pebbly beaches and a jagged rock and sand beach right where the Swimming hole is. The river is chilly until late June and it cools down again in late September. NEIGHBORS There is another campground right next door but since we have 100 acres, you never really see a soul besides us! Please use our pathways to travel property next to us, and respect the privacy and tranquility of our neighbors by not keeping late hours or playing loud music. EMERGENCIES If someone needs to reach you in an emergency, Cell phones work great on the land. If you don't get service and need to contact someone our land phones are available. SHOWER HOUSE & SAUNA We have twelve showers total. The first shower house is open showering with 4 showers and the 2nd shower house has 8 stalls. You are also welcome to use the sauna throughout your stay. COMPOST TOILET The "Honeydew Station" is our two chamber composting toilet. It looks like a tiny house and you will see it on your right as you drive in. Instructions are inside! FOOD & WATER Please bring your own food to camp. Town is close so if you need to run errands to grab food its a short drive away. All of our water is on a well and is super clean and ran through a UV light. Please keep food and garbage out of the reach and smell of animals so we don’t have animal visitors at night. GARBAGE If you pack it in, please pack it out when you leave. FIRES Depending on the time of year, cooking fires are permissible in the fire pits provided. June-Sept there can sometimes be fire bans in the county. Please NO bonfires. We have fire wood in the forest around the meadow for use for cooking fires but please bring your own wood to the land. We also have wood available for purchase in the Camp Store. PETS If you must bring your pet, please message us before hand. We ask that you clean up after your pup while here. We have doggie bags in the camp store. THE RIVER & SWIMMING HOLES We have a mile of river frontage and there is tons of space for all. Keiki Beach located down the trail from the sauna is the more shallow and flatter part of the river. This is a great spot for families! Mermaid Rock which is located down the trail to your left of the main house is our large swimming hole with deeper waters. This part of the river is clothing optional. Please be aware of the rocks down at Mermaid Rock & Dock. The rocks are tricky to walk on for both adults and especially children. Please keep your eyes on your children at all times while at the river. Feel free to bring rafts to play on. CAMP STORE If you happen to forget anything we have a camp store that is located in the main meadow. The Camp store sells everything from supplies to books and trinkets. If you text Mea she can meet you there anytime. GRATITUDE We feel honored to be stewards of this land. One of our main visions for this land is to protect its cultural and environmental heritage. We are excited to share about the native food forest we will be cultivating for the local community and beyond. We will also be placing the land into a conservation trust so no logging or future development can occur. For the many years to come, we will explore the ways can live in harmony with the natural world for the greater good of people and the plants and animals we depend on. We welcome you to Cedar Bloom! FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAND AND EVENTS HERE, PLEASE VISIT CEDAR BLOOM FARM & THE SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING WEBSITE OR ON INSTAGRAM @cedarbloomfarm @spiritweavers @daughterofthesun_
Our 1959 High End Airstream is just minutes from 7 World Class Ski Resorts and is comfortable and classy! It’s has AC, hot water, fast WiFi, kitchen and more! Sleeps 2 comfy and can sleep 3 for additional fee (we setup dinette as a bed too) Close to Westminster, University of Utah, and only 11 min from the Vivint Smart Home arena, The Convention Center, and Temple Square. Only about 15 min drive to the Salt Lake International Airport conveniently located off the I-80. Fast Wifi, hot shower, AC and heat, mini fridge, electric inductive cooktop, sleeps 2 adults. Off street Parking Please read all of our rules and regulations before you book with us . This a new 2014 Airstream travel trailer. You will be sharing the backyard with the 4 of us, We have a new puppy "stella" so please close the gate behind you so she doesn't run away. We have a very beautiful backyard that you are welcome to walk around and you can sit under our gazebo. Please remember that this is NOT a hotel. This is at our primary home, your own private space which is a very cool space at that! For your safety and our own we have just added security cameras on the front and back of our house. So you can rest assured knowing your car is safe while parked on our driveway. You will find the 2 town RV beds that are comfy and can sleep 2 adults easily. Fully stocked with the dish's and linens you will need. Guaranteed to be clan and comfy! We take very good care of our Airstream and expect you to do the same. Leave it as close to how you find it cleanliness-wise as possible. Thermostatically controlled climate, hot water, kitchenette is equipped with just the right gear to cook some food. Propane cooktop and oven. The water heater has a propane heater 10 gallon tank so showers are limited to short ones before having to wait for the water to reheat for the next 10 gallons. Kick off your shoes after a long day of skiing hiking, or mountain biking. Please remove shoes when you enter and be aware the front couch/bed is light colored and will show dirt. No eating on the bed. ABOSULELY NO SMOKERS, this includes Vaping or Marijuana. Full bath in the rear with warm/hot showers, brand new toilet and everything you need to clean up and kick back. Equipped with a top of the line, AC unit installed on the roof and is controlled with the thermostat on the wall above the sink . The small space heater is more that adequate to heat the space. The plumbing has been thermostatically heat taped to further prevent freeze, and the water hose is also a heated hose so no worries about freezing plumbing. The yard has wifi on a screaming fast GOOGfiber network (up to 1 GIG speeds) but it works best from outside the trailer in our backyard as the aluminum skin can interfere with wireless signal. Smoking anywhere on this property will result in loss of security deposit. Sugarhouse is a very hip and happening spot, close to bus routes which can get you to the Universities or to the Convention centers. Close to the Sugarhouse "s" rail tax line too. Also close to the Ski Slopes, many restaurants, movie theater, Pubs, and night life. Off street parking is available and we ask that you plan to park on our driveway with the car against the right hand fence. Far enough in that we can open and close the large steel driveway gate as well. We do this so we can back in and out of our driveway without the hassle of knocking on the door to ask you to move your car. Our neighborhood is very safe! Be aware: part of the experience includes having to occasionally do the RV things required to make your experience enjoyable and we will send some "how to" instructional videos after you book. We hope you are as excited to stay with us as we are to have you!!! You can use the beautiful back yard and the Airstream. The airstream has full hookups. There is absolutely no smoking anywhere on this property. No parties are allowed. Only the people in your group are allowed on the premises. This is not a hotel, so please be respectful of our rules. We offer a self check in. We are reachable if needed through text or we have pre-recorded "How To" videos. We live on site in the 1910 Victorian Home where the Airstream its parked! We won't bother you often, but you might see us come and go as our garage is next to the airstream as well! Due to severe allergies there is absolutely no smoking inside the trailer or anywhere on the premises. You are not allowed to have parties in our backyard.
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Find serenity and adventure just a quick jaunt from San Francisco with a night of camping at Angel Island State Park. Begin your Angel Island camping adventure by catching a ferry ride across the San Francisco Bay from Tiburon or Pier 41. Once on the island, be prepared to walk up to two miles to your site, so pack wisely! Choose from 16 campsites divided into four distinct camping areas (East Bay, Ridge, Sunrise, and Kayak Camp), each with pit toilets and water nearby. From the Ridge sites, enjoy picturesque views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, but expect a bit of wind. Sites in the East Bay section are more protected. If you’re traveling with a larger group, the Sunrise sites may be a good fit, as the sites can be reserved individually or combined for groups up to 24 people. Kayak Camp is also group friendly, accommodating groups up to 20, but don’t forget to secure your boat from high tide waters! Angel Island camping typically doesn’t offer much in the way of privacy, but with only 16 sites on the island, it’s likely that you won’t be battling crowds.
Get in on a little secret that lies just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Let us introduce you to the elusive Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground in Marin. On Mt. Tamalpais, just to the north of the city, there are a group of wooden structures that date back to the 1940s. They are insanely popular and rightfully so. Each cabin features a wood stove, picnic table and several benches, sleeping platforms, and of course, an outdoor barbeque. The cabins do not have running water or electricity, but primitive toilets, water faucets, and firewood are nearby. The best attribute is that they all feature expansive ocean views, as they are perched high up on the side of a cliff. The Steep Ravine Environmental Campground is also a great choice (if not one of the best in the area!) for Mount Tamalpais camping. If you like tent camping, then this is your spot. It’s also hugely popular and fills up fast, as there are only seven campsites. It is on the western edge of the park, and just to make matters more awesome, they are all overlooking the ocean. There’s lots of privacy and tons to do right around camp. The campsites are a few hundred yards from the parking area. Each site has a table, fire pit, food locker, and space for a tent. Primitive toilets and water faucets are nearby. There are no showers, but don’t worry. . . it’s totally worth it.
Ain’t no party like a Mt. Tamalpais camping party! That’s how the saying goes, right? The Alice Eastwood Group Campsite located on the Panoramic Highway near the Mountain Home Inn, has two large sites for group camping of 25 to 50 people. Each site has tables, grills, flush toilets, water faucets with sinks and a huge area to set up tents.
Set slightly away from the fray of Point Reyes—the site is near the Madrone group campsite. Across a road from the main campground, it's a nice option for those who want to get away, but don’t want to sleep on the ground. Four cabins that hold up to 5 people are available. They all have electricity, platform bunk beds with mattresses, a wooden floor, covered porch, and an electric heater. It goes without saying that these book up fast, so make plans early to ensure a spot!
If you’re looking for a Bay Area camping getaway filled with expansive views, climbing, and hiking, head to Mount Diablo State Park. Choose from about 50 sites at Juniper Campground and Live Oak Campground, both of which are perfect if you’re after solid Mt. Diablo State Park camping and not travelling with a large group. Easily accessible and located inside the South Gate at the base of the mountain, Live Oak Campground is a great spot if you are planning on exploring the entire mountain or only have one night. Take your pick among 22 sites, but be aware that the sites are close together so privacy can be an issue. Campsites 10 through 16 offer the most seclusion. Closest to the top of the mountain, the sites at Juniper boast incredible views well worth the climb. Camping here is fairly comfortable with access to fire rings, picnic tables, toilets, and some showers. All of Mount Diablo tends to be on the dry side, so be sure to bring lots of water.
Blooms Creek Campground offers a perfect Big Basin camping experience amongst the redwoods, provides many nearby hiking options, and multiple amenities. There are 53 campsites, a few of which are very close to the actual creek. Each one includes a picnic table, fire pit, and a proper food locker. The campsites are on the large side, which is great if you have children running around.
Discover a hideaway about 1. 5 miles from the Big Basin Redwoods State Park Visitor Center and a quick drive from nearby Santa Cruz. The Wastahi Campgrounds are quiet and beautifully forested to offer more of a backcountry camping feel. With a limited 27 campsites available, you'll feel one with nature and enjoy the scenic history around you. There are even a few campsites (86 and 97) that are nicknamed the “Honeymoon Suites" for their privacy. In addition to the smaller private walk-in sites, there are some large group sites. It's usually busy and one of the hiking trails (the Sequoia trail) runs right through the campground. Book your stay at Wastahi campground. You truly don’t want to miss out on this unique Big Basin Redwoods State Park camping experience.
As Doc Holiday says, “I’ll be your Huckleberry. " While he most likely wasn’t referring to this Big Basin camping site, this is not a spot to be overlooked. There are a total of 30 tent campsites (7 of which are walk-in), as well as 36 “Tent Cabins. " The tent cabins have to be reserved in advance and provide a pretty unique experience. Some of the sites are very close to Sempervirens Creek. As far as the tent campsites go, they are “semi-private," and are decently large. Each campsite offers a picnic table, fire pit, and a food locker. Sleep among the trees at this awesome Big Basin Redwoods State Park camping location.
Take in the beautiful Big Sur coastal views at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. With ample shade provided by Redwood and Sycamore trees, an 80-foot waterfall that flows from granite cliffs into the ocean, and panoramic views of the coastline, this is definitely your spot for amazing Big Sur camping. Despite the large campground (172 sites), there’s still room to find space for yourself. This campground is diverse with each loop providing a different landscape. If you want to be closest to the river, sites 171-189 are the best. If being shaded under big trees is more your thing, then check out sites 1-21. There are also 2 group sites if you’re with a big crew or maybe a family gathering. Regardless, you can’t really go wrong at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground.
This park may only have two camping spots, but they are known to be some of the best camping in California! Both are walk-in (meaning be prepared to bring all your gear in under your own steam), but provide wonderful seclusion and exquisite views of the Big Sur coastline. Fire rings, picnic tables and restrooms are available, but you will need to bring in all of your water and firewood (and bring it back out, of course!). Needless to say, these two spots book up extremely fast, so be sure to grab an open spot if you see it! Water is available across Highway 1 near the restrooms.
This coastal campground has two main hiking trails: one that winds along the redwoods along Limekiln Creek, and one that perches on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Both trails are day use only. There are 29 campsites (4 are walk-in), and RVs and trailers aren’t allowed on the redwoods side (only at campsites 5 through 16). The two loops have very different atmospheres, and, in general, you will find families on the Redwood side and surfers and ocean-lovers on the other. Some of the sites on the ocean view are in the shadow of the Highway 1 overpass, so keep that in mind as you are selecting your site. Word on the street is that the best sites are 1, 2, and 3, but they are first-come, first serve and you can’t reserve specific sites online, so getting there early is always a good idea.
As with most things in Yosemite, bigger is better. Upper Pines Campground is no exception, boasting 240 campsites. It very well may be the most popular campground in Yosemite Valley, due, in part, to the views of surrounding icons, like El Capitan and Half Dome. Each site features a fire ring, food locker, and picnic table, and costs $26 per night. Upper Pines gets crowded in a hurry, so go in with the knowledge that you'll be nestled up next to your neighbor, with very little privacy (I mean. . . it is Yosemite Valley after all). That being said, the central location and convenience of Upper Pines makes it a no-brainer when visiting Yosemite. Word on the street (or in the park)—the best campsites are: 8, 9, 10, 21, 46, 62, 69, 99, 108, 137, 156, 172, 179, 182, 197, 202, 204, 206, 207, 208, 210, 211, 216, 220, 222, 226, 228, 230, 238, 239, 240
1,025 feet up Mt. Wittenberg lies Sky Camp. It's true to its name and offers spectacular panoramic views. You'll have to earn them with a “moderate" uphill hike from the Sky Trailhead. On a clear day you can see Point Reyes, Drakes Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. At Sky Camp, you are a ways away from the beach, but the views make up for it. If you are keen to get to the ocean, it is a steep 4-mile hike. There are a total of 11 sites and one big group site, which are equipped with a charcoal BBQ grill and picnic table. The sites are sprinkled among a nearby hillside, some in trees and others in the open. This camp is often overlooked in favor of camps closer to the beach, which makes it a great pick if you are in a bit of a time crunch.
No tent, no problem. These spacious cabins are the most luxurious place to stay on your next Big Basin Redwoods State Park camping adventure. The thought of a bed with mattress pads and a wood stove should motivate you to rest your bones after hiking through the many waterfalls, ancient redwoods, and lush canyons in this park. Each tent cabin can hold 4 campers, and there is space in the area to pitch a tent for 4 more occupants. Lock up your valuables if you'd like, the tent cabin door can be secured with a hook latch on the inside. If you are leaving to go on a hike or daytrip, you can bring a padlock to secure your cabin from the outside. Enjoy your day then gather friends and family around the fire ring for s’mores and ghost stories when the sun sets!
Potwisha Campground gets hot in the summer! Lucky for you, it’s right by the banks of the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork, the perfect place to cool down on those hot, dry summer days, and is just a short drive from the Marble Falls. Experience Sequoia National Park camping year round. Potwisha campground is located in the low Sierra Foothills, allowing the campground to stay open and relatively snow-free all winter long. Located a mere four miles from the Sequoia National Park entrance, Potwisha is one of the most accessible camping options in the area. No matter when you visit, you’ll hear the beckoning call of the Giant Forest. Got a sore neck from looking up at the world’s biggest trees all day? Head over to the nearby Giant Forest Museum to get all your most urgent tree questions answered.
Imagine the curved ripple of velvety sand against a backdrop of serrated peaks. The nearby sand dunes make Stovepipe Wells a good spot to park your RV and stay awhile (as long as it’s between September 1st and Mother’s Day weekend). This flat 190 spot parking lot campground has water, flush toilets a dump station, a smattering of picnic table and fire pits, as well as a nearby restaurant, bar and gift shop.
Musch trail camp is a small campground located in the eastern part of the Santa Monica Mountains of Topanga State Park. This campground is about a mile hike in from the park’s entrance. Here, campers can camp in style under eucalyptus trees and enjoy amenities such as water, restrooms, and picnic tables. There are 6 campsites here making it a small, intimate setting in an open area beside the trail. The campground here is definitely underutilized, so we like to think of it as our little secret.
If Joshua Tree camping is on the mind, staying at Jumbo Rocks campground is a must! Family-friendly Jumbo Rocks campground is located just a short hike from Skull Rock, one of the coolest rock formations in the park. Jumbo Rocks campground is the biggest of all campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. Pick from 124 reservable sites that have picnic tables, fire rings, and pit toilets. Potable water is not a luxury at this campground, make sure to bring plenty, especially in the summer months! Jumbo Rocks campground usually fills on weekend nights October through May and can be especially busy during holiday months. Remember, to make advance reservations as they are required at this acclaimed campground.
A great place for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park camping is at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground. Don’t let the vast 122 available campsites fool you, this campground books up fast. The campground amenities include drinkable water, restrooms and hot, coin-operated showers. Some sites offer full hook-ups. Borrego Palm Canyon campground favors smaller groups as each campsite may have up to eight people (including children). Keep in mind you’re camping in the largest state park in California in the desert. Stay hydrated and seek out shade under the ramadas.
A smaller campground option for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park camping is at Tamarisk Grove campground. With 27 campsites, 11 of which are cabins, Tamarisk is a great place to call home during your stay in the desert. Many of the campsites fall under the shade of overhead trees, which can be ideal in the desert heat. The campsites have access to token-operated showers, restrooms, fire rings and a small store selling essentials such as potable water. The campground is surrounded by two paved roads, so an occasional passing car might interrupt an otherwise tranquil scene.
San Onofre Bluffs Campground has 157 campsites nestled into the park’s scenery. the campground is convenient to trails that lead down to the 3. 5 miles of sandy beach as well as trails that lead upwards, cutting into the bluffs. The campsites here have access to picnic tables, fire pits, restrooms, showers and some ocean views. Book here early – these campsites get taken up quickly (especially in the peak summertime).
With 31 sites, Doane Valley Campground is a great escape in the Palomar Mountain area. Located in northern San Diego County, it's one of the few areas in SoCal with a Sierra Nevada-like vibe. One thing: some of the sites are known to be on a slight incline, so if you want to avoid that then look for the 1-8 loop. Cedar Grove Group Campground, is close by, so you won’t have to worry about massive parties right next to your site. However, Doane Valley sites are somewhat close together, so you might have to get to know some of your neighbors.
How do you see your summer playing out? Snorkeling in a rock cove, tubing down a gorge, rock climbing gorge sides? Good news, all this and more can be done when you stay at Arroyo Seco Campground. Options are a-plenty with modern and primitive sites available. Keep in mind amenities vary per site type. Nestled under the oak trees, this camp gives an A+ atmosphere for the after adventure snooze. When you awake soak in the mountain air and its good tidings--John Muir said so!
Inks Lake Campground offers nearly 200 sites across multiple loops, with a range of amenities. Many of the campsites are on the water, and—miracle of miracles—people who stay here tend to actually observe quiet hours. Sites are well-kept and you can choose a primitive backpacking site, a site with water and/or electricity, or even a mini-cabin. The only catch is that you need to book well in advance for spring and summer stays. Notable Camping Spots Best for peaceful water access: The Central Loop is the closest to Devil’s Waterhole and the farthest from boat traffic. Best for comfort: Twenty-two cabins, including two ADA-accessible cabins, offer bunk beds and air conditioning but no water or restrooms. Best to escape the crowds: Nine primitive campsites requiring a mile-and-a-half hike in offer solitude, though you must bring water and ground fires are prohibited.
Other than the youth group area, an equestrian group camp, and 2-mi. hike-in primitive sites, Pedernales Falls Campground is your one and only choice! It's a quick 30 miles west of Austin. 69 sites sit in the center of the park, all equipped with a picnic table, water and 30-amp electric. Sites 11-20 are close to a scenic overlook of Twin Falls, though all sites are pretty darn equidistant from all park activities! Don't miss the parks, art galleries, and museums of nearby Johnson City, just 10 miles west of the park.
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In the heart of the Santa Cruz mountains you can find California’s oldest state park. It is home to the largest continuous stand of ancient Coastal Redwoods. Some of the giant trees are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. In addition to the beautiful, historic trees (some which predate the Roman Empire), the park offers insane views of the Pacific Ocean (hikers adore the 10. 5-mile Skyline to Sea Trail!). Berry Creek falls is just one of the many waterfalls to explore. Elevation in the park varies from sea level to above 2,000 feet and the natural features are diverse, ranging from wet forest to arid and desert-like. With over 18,000 acres of area to hike, bike and play in, there is no opportunity for boredom at Big Basin. Big Basin offers 146 campsites, four group sites, tent cabins, backcountry hike-in trail camps, and horse camping. So what’re you waiting for? Book your Big Basin camping adventure!
Amid the vineyard-clad slopes of the Napa Valley, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park is an idyllic forest getaway within easy reach of San Francisco and Sacramento. Pack your hiking boots and your swimsuit, as this park is best known for its seasonal swimming pool and scenic wooded trails. Once you’ve cooled off in the Paradise Park pool, take your pick from more than 10 miles of trails leading to rocky canyons, coast redwood forests, and gurgling creeks. There’s less choice when it comes to camping, but the park’s lone campground is still a good one, and also has cabin and yurt rentals.
From the summit of this mountain, you’ll be able to see all the way to the Sierra Nevada on a clear day. Bring some binoculars and you might even be able to make out Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome. Standing at 3,864 feet, this iconic mountain towers the nearby city of Walnut Creek. Bonus: you can drive to the summit! Beyond the views, Mt. Diablo State Park's massive 20,000-acres offers plentiful opportunities for climbing, biking, and hiking. Check out Boy Scout rocks or Pine Canyon for some of the best climbing the Bay has to offer. Just be careful, the sandstone here is delicate. It’s a good rule of thumb to wait three days after a rain before climbing. For a real challenge, try the infamous Mount Diablo Challenge bicycle race every October. The current record to the top is 43 minutes, 33 seconds. If you complete the course in under an hour, you’ll get one of the coveted "One-Hour" T-shirts. Talk about bragging rights. Hikers will be over the moon when they discover the park’s extensive trail system. Our favorite hike is the Mount Diablo Grand Loop, a trail that circumvents the entire mountain. The gates here close at sunset, so make sure you have plenty of time to get back to your car. If you would like to take in a sunset, spend the night at Juniper, Live Oak, or Mount Diablo Group Campground. (Juniper has the best views. ) Be sure to bring plenty of water, it gets pretty dry up there. If you’re looking for a northern California adventure, this is the mountain for you.
Yosemite Valley smashes into your sightline with a big hello from the Tunnel View parking lot. Soaring Half Dome. Plummeting waterfalls. Forested greenery as far as the eye can see. Is this real life? Elbow-to-elbow crowds quickly confirm its reality, but escaping the valley hordes is easy if you follow one of the many hiking trails leading into the wilds. The Mist Trail, which climbs the Granite Staircase past thundering waterfalls in spring, is especially worthy. Outside the valley, alpine lakes and lush meadows along Tioga Road are the stunning backdrop for High Sierra campsites.
Formed more than 20 million years ago by volcanic eruption, the park’s namesake pinnacles are a defining feature of this unique landscape in central California. The towering and jagged rock formations draw rock climbers, while hikers can explore more than 30 miles of trails leading to wildflower meadows, scenic overlooks, and through talus caves teeming with bats. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and birds, including the famed California condor. One established campground offers tent sites, RV sites, and group sites, and even includes a swimming pool, amphitheater, showers, and a campground store.
An underrated gem in Northern California, Lassen is home to a landscape of surreal hydrothermal features and more than 30 volcanic domes of all four volcano types, including the world’s largest plug dome volcano. It also offers pristine mountain lakes, wildflower meadows, forests, and more than 150 miles of trails and backcountry to explore. Don’t miss the scenic highway through the park. In winter, extensive snowfall turns the area into a winter wonderland ideal for snow play. Eight primitive and developed campgrounds offer overnight options that include tent sites, no-hookup RV sites, and cabins, perfect for admiring the dark night sky.
Gaze up as you walk among some of the largest trees in the world in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains of California. Sequoia National Park’s aptly named Giant Forest is where you’ll find the largest of them all—the General Sherman tree—although there are plenty of other sequoia groves to explore. The park is also home to vast marble caverns, waterfalls, meadows, glacial valleys, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. In winter, snowshoeing among sequoia trees is a magical experience. Campers can choose from 14 in-park campgrounds offering options from walk-in tent sites to RV sites.
Encompassing over 3 million acres of the Mojave Desert, massive Death Valley National Park offers adventurous campers the chance to explore one of the hottest places on earth. This geologically rich area features a mix of peaks, canyons, and Sahara-esque sand dunes and is a great place to hike, rock climb, mountain bike, and camp. The park's remote location, coupled with its generally clear skies, make it an excellent spot for stargazing, and it's common to spot celestial wonders in the Death Valley night sky, even with the naked eye.
Joshua Tree National Park feels a little offbeat. And we like it. Maybe it's the cartoonish boulders, beloved by rock climbers and Instagrammers. Or the abandoned mines, lonely oases, and black-tailed jackrabbits that hang around the place like misfits. The namesake trees are a bit fanciful themselves, dotting the California desert with their branches askew like some sort of carefree, silly walkers. Hikers follow trails that twist through boulder clusters, climb scrubby mountains, and beeline to spring-fed oases while rock climbers have their pick of 8,000 established routes. For free-spirited fun, get thee to JT.
Hidden away in the high-desert landscapes of Southern California, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California’s largest state park. With twelve wilderness areas ripe for exploring and more than 600,000 acres stretching almost all the way to the Mexican border, this is the place for epic adventures. Venture off-road in the desert in a 4WD, hike through slot canyons and Badlands along miles of trails, and admire swathes of vibrant wildflowers, free-roaming herds of bighorn sheep, and dazzling star displays—Anza-Borrego is also an International Dark Sky Park. Camping is plentiful, too, with four developed campgrounds and eight primitive camping areas.
If you can’t decide between a beach day or mountain hike, Point Mugu State Park is the destination for you. Five miles of sandy beaches, rugged dunes, and rocky bluffs fringe the shores north of Malibu, where you can swim, body surf, snorkel, or try your luck surf fishing. For a change of scenery, set out for a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains or Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area—there are 70 miles of hiking trails to choose from, and some afford spectacular ocean views. One day isn’t nearly enough, so snag a spot at one of the two beachside campgrounds.
Spanning 1. 75 million acres, and stretching for nearly 220 miles from Big Sur nearly to Los Angeles, Los Padres National Forest encompasses a wide range of elevations and terrain, including beaches, forests, rugged coastal mountains, and ten designated wilderness areas. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, backpacking, biking, horseback riding, off-roading, fishing, and hunting. The park is also a biodiversity hotspot, teeming with wildlife and plant life. More than 60 campgrounds and plenty of space for dispersed camping offer tent campers, RV campers, families, groups, and solitude seekers numerous overnight options.
Just outside of Los Angeles, the aptly named Angeles National Forest attracts city slickers with its mix of mountains, rivers, high desert, and woodlands, all within easy reach of the city. The forest extends for roughly 700,000 acres in the San Gabriel and Sierra Pelona Mountains and encompasses much of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. The forest is divided into three ranger districts and has over 50 campgrounds, many of which accommodate RVs, plus a handful of cabins and group sites. Popular activities in the forest include hiking, rock climbing, and fishing, and it’s the closest place to LA to find snow in the wintertime.
Running along the crest of the Sierra Nevada lies 850,000 acres of forested wonderland. Ranging in elevation from 1,500 feet to 9,400 at the top of Mt. Lola, it’s easy to dial in a comfortable temperature whatever season it is. Climbers will be delighted to pull on some of the best climbing this side of the Sierra. Classic crags like Donner Pass and Lover’s Leap offer abundant bouldering, sport, and trad in every grade imaginable. One might argue there is no better swimming in Northern California than the majestic Yuba River. Its deep green pools are so clear you can see all the way to the bottom. This comes in handy when you are tempted to jump off the perfect granite cliffs that ring most of them. Whitewater lovers will find their paradise at the American River. The South Fork is great if you’re just starting out. Experienced paddlers may want to try the Class III and Class IV rapids of the Middle Fork. Don’t forget about Tahoe NF once the snow starts falling. There are miles of trails to cross-country ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile. Snowboarders will be psyched on the backcountry options at Donner Pass. You might even find a homemade jump or two.
Towering red-rock cliffs and vast desert landscapes afford a dramatic backdrop for outdoor explorers at the 30,000-acre Palo Duro Canyon. Hit the trail to hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride along more than 35 miles of tracks, taking you from the upper rim to the canyon floor. Alternatively, admire the views from The Gallery, take a guided Jeep or horseback excursion, go ziplining over the canyon, or learn the history of the region’s early settlers at the evening Texas Outdoor Musical show performed in the canyon. A bonus for campers—the dark skies make this one of the best stargazing spots in Texas.
It’s easy to see why Garner State Park, located near Concan in the Texas Hill Country, is so popular, especially over the summer. Sixteen miles of hiking trails and biking trails are ready for exploration, even up to Mount Old Baldy with its sweeping views. Swimming, tubing, paddling, boating, and fishing are all a good time, and on summer evenings, jukebox tunes play at the historic pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), a tradition since the 1940s. Plan ahead to stay at one of the 350 camping sites, RV sites, cabins, and screened shelters.
One of the most geographically diverse parks in the US, Big Bend has a vast landscape that stretches from the Chihuahuan Desert to the Chisos Mountains. Its canyons, carved by the Rio Grande River, separate the United States from Mexico and offer opportunities for rafting, paddling, and fishing. There are also more than 200 miles of dirt roads and trails to explore, from scenic drives to rugged hiking trails along historic villages and hot springs. With so much to see, you’ll want to spend a few days at either a developed campground or a backcountry campsite. Just don’t forget to look up at the incredibly dark skies once the sun goes down.
Enchanted Rock is a place of legend, and a true Texas treasure. Rising up 425 feet, the famous pink granite dome has been attracting visitors for thousands of years, many of whom come to scale to the top and experience the views for themselves. The park also offers 11 miles of hiking trails, some excellent rock climbing, and wildlife spotting. Don’t forget your tent if you want to spend the night—all 50 walk-in and hike-in campsites are fairly basic and for tent campers only. On the upside, the stargazing is fantastic at this International Dark Sky Park.
Known for its peaks, alpine lakes, and tundra landscapes, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is one of America’s favorite national parks. It’s home to over 350 miles of hiking trails and a huge array of peaks and rock formations that entice rock climbers from around the globe. The Trail Ridge Road is one of the park’s top highlights and offers wildlife viewing and mountain scenes from numerous viewpoints along the road. Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park is a fun way to enjoy the area, with five campgrounds offering everything from secluded tent sites to roomy spots for RVs, plus backcountry camping and backpacking trails.
With soaring cliffs, sandy beaches, and distinctive rock formations fringing the south shore of Lake Superior, dramatic views are a guarantee at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More than 100 miles of hiking trails lead the way to viewpoints such as Miners Castle, Grand Sable Banks, and Chapel Rock Waterfall, or you can take to the water to swim, boat, or kayak. Camping in the park is a rustic affair, and if you’re feeling even more adventurous, there are plenty of options for backcountry camping. Bring your skis or snowmobile in winter, or try your luck ice fishing on the frozen lake.
Not far from the urban sprawl of the East Coast lies a vast, rugged landscape of rolling hills, tumbling waterfalls, and epic hiking trails, just 75 miles from Washington D. C. Whether you take a scenic tour of the 100-mile Skyline Drive or lace up your hiking shoes to hit the Appalachian Trail, which passes through the park, you will be treated to panoramic vistas offering views of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The National Park Service maintains over 600 campsites spread across five campgrounds, offering both RV sites and tent sites. Backcountry camping is also allowed for tent camping by permit only.
The knife-sharp ridge that soars to Angels Landing might be daunting, but it’s best to tighten your laces, grab the safety chain, and avoid looking down as you make the final push between two sheer cliffs. Your reward? A bird's-eye view of ruddy cliffs rocketing above the Virgin River and its riparian greenery. Yep, Zion Canyon is a captivating place, dotted with natural attractions straight from a fantasy novel: weeping rocks, hanging gardens, hidden pools, and a serpentine river trail through a tight canyon known as The Narrows. A striking sandstone formation dubbed The Watchman overlooks its namesake campground beside the town of Springdale.
Made up of much of the wild landscape between Bryce Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a backcountry lover’s paradise, the kind of place where you can disappear for weeks and not see another soul. The monument gets its name from the park’s series of sedimentary rock layers that sort of looks like a giant stairway. Popular hikes include Calf Creek Falls, the Peek-a-Boo and Spooky slot canyons, and Devils Garden, and although few established campgrounds exist in the park, campers will find tons of primitive camping options.
Set in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona, Chiricahua National Monument encompasses a large swath of volcanic rocks carved into an array of pinnacles and spires. Nearly 400 species of birds call the mountains home, making it a hot spot for birdwatching. The 4-mile Echo Canyon Loop hike is a must-do, winding its way through some of the park’s most amazing formations, including a series of cave-like passages called the “Grottoes” and a narrow slot canyon called “Wall Street. ” Visit as a day trip from Tucson, try a Hipcamp nearby, or stay overnight in the park’s only campground, Bonita Canyon Campground.
Valley of Fire State Park lives up to its name, with a dramatic sandstone landscape that looks as if it’s been set ablaze. Located in the Mojave Desert, just 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas and six miles from the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Valley of Fire offers 40,000 acres of cliffs, slot canyons, and other surreal terrain. Keep an eye out for ancient petroglyphs, petrified logs, birds, and other wildlife. Two campgrounds with shaded picnic tables, water spigots, and fire rings allow RV and tent campers to comfortably spend the night surrounded by red sandstone rock formations, with a night sky to rival the daytime vistas.
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The capital city of Idaho doesn’t disappoint for outdoor enthusiasts. Boise is a metropolis in western Idaho that has a significant population living alongside great parks and mountain surroundings. The Boise River provides a recreation corridor through town and serves as a common sight for city trails, pathways, and open spaces. The general region surrounding Boise has a diverse set of ecosystems with high desert landscapes and steep, forested mountains—here visitors can find excellent camping opportunities in the Boise National Forest, plus easy access to trailheads for hiking, mountain biking, and hot springs. The mild weather and amenities in Boise make this a top-notch year-round destination.
Perfectly positioned on Highway 1 (aka the Pacific Coast Highway) between Monterey and San Simeon, Big Sur is tucked against the backdrop of the Santa Lucia Range. Privately owned Big Sur campgrounds and cottages dot the land, while coveted state park spots suit all camping styles, from walk-in tent sites with fire rings and RV hookups to tent cabins with hot showers. Pitch your tent under Redwood trees in an old-growth forest, or sleep beside the Big Sur River. Crown jewels include the 80-foot McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park's own 60-foot cascade. Book early, as the best Big Sur camping can book up six months in advance.
Northern California can spoil you with outdoor adventure. Here, campers have access to rugged coastlines, redwood forests, active volcanoes, granite domes, and glaciated peaks, all bathed daily in NorCal’s signature golden sunsets. The region’s major outdoor hubs include the Pacific Coast to the west (Big Sur, Wine Country), the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the east (Yosemite, Tahoe), and the Cascade mountain range to the north (Mount Shasta, Lassen Peak), each offering unique geology, climates, and fauna. Throughout each is world-class hiking, rock climbing, biking, beaches, surfing, snowsports, and—of course—camping.
The Pacific shoreline, vast deserts, snow-capped mountains—Southern California has it all. Whether you're looking to hike or surf, the state parks, and beaches are a great starting point for your SoCal adventure. If you want to hear the waves from your tent, stake your claim at a beach campground with epic ocean views. There are tons of state beaches in Santa Barbara and San Diego Counties. One local favorite is Carpinteria State Beach. Windsurfing, fishing, and surfing are a few ways to enjoy this sandy stretch of the ocean shore. If you're looking for adventure, Joshua Tree National Park may be calling your name. The rocky desert landscape is a hot spot for hiking and rock climbing. For those who want to escape the crowds, there are plenty of remote places to pitch a tent across the Mojave Desert. For spectacular mountain views, venture into San Bernardino National Forest, just outside of Los Angeles. In this sprawling wilderness, you find tons of cabins and camping spots, especially near Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake. If you're looking for something just outside Malibu, you can't beat Malibu Creek State Park. The 8,000-acre rocky wilderness hosts 15 miles of hiking trails and a volcanic swimming hole. While the rugged landscape lends itself to tent camping, Glamping is also a big deal in SoCal. Keep an eye out for decked-out yurts, cabins, and cottages with spectacular views. Southern California is known for its fair weather year round. That said, it can get chilly in the winter. Remember to bring a jacket (and a wet suit if you plan on surfing). To beat the summer rush, try to plan your camping trip for late spring or early fall.
Just an hour's drive from Portland, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is the biggest in the country. Among its many campgrounds is Eagle Creek, the first forest service campground in the USA. Outside the national and state parks, you also find dozens of private campgrounds and RV parks on both sides of the gorge. Pitch a tent by a fishing lake, along a wild river, or amid a pine forest. If you're looking for solitude, backpacking is also allowed on more than 30 trails across the gorge. You need at least a few days to see the region's famous sights. Multnomah Falls is the most iconic cascade in the area, roaring at 620 feet. At Beacon Rock State Park, you can gawk up at Beacon Rock. The towering outcrop is one of the most distinctive features of the Columbia Gorge. The Mt. Hood area is your go-to spot for hiking trails, and the snow-capped peak even offers downhill skiing in the SUMMER! Along the Hood River, water sports enthusiasts get stoked for world-class windsurfing. Between adventures, be sure to grab a drink at one of the region's craft breweries or wineries. However you choose to enjoy the gorge, remember to pack your rain gear—the region is famous for its daily drizzle. Since most campgrounds are situated near railways and the interstate, you may also want to bring earplugs. Keep in mind there's no bad time to visit the Columbia River Gorge. July and August are the height of the tourist season, but they also boast the smallest chance of rain. For the most spectacular wildflowers, shoot for April through June. Of course, a fall camping trip puts you at the forefront of Hood River Valley harvests and stunning fall colors.
The San Francisco Bay Area may seem like an urban hub but don't be fooled. Beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, you find Pacific beaches, foggy shorelines, and dense Redwood groves. While many campers are making the long drive to Yosemite, savvy travelers explore a trove of Bay Area state parks. Just an hour's drive south of the city, Big Basin Redwoods State Park is a hidden gem in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Pitch your tent among towering California redwood groves. Don't forget your cookware—the park has some nifty campground grills. Want to see the Golden Gate Bridge from your tent? Kirby Cove is the park for you. Nestled right on the bay, it's one of the most popular parks in the region. It tends to book out months in advance, so get yourself on that guest list early. If you're looking for beach camping, head to Point Reyes National Seashore. The hike-in and boat-in camping spots are secluded, and you can't beat catching the morning surf. While hiking the shore, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, elephant seals, and sea lions. If you're traveling with kids, head to Samuel P. Taylor State Park, one of the oldest campgrounds in the country. The hiking trails are fairly easy, offering views of Lagunitas Creek, redwood forests, and rolling hills with wild turkeys. For more fun, bike the paved cycling path, or take your four-legged buddy on the Cross Marin trail. On the continental side of San Francisco Bay, you come to East Bay, an outdoor haven at San Francisco's doorstep. Boat Lake Chabot, hike Wildcat Canyon, or camp at Redwood Regional Park for a taste of adventure. From state parks with hike-in and bike-in sites to private campgrounds, Bay Area camping helps you connect with the great outdoors. If glamping is more your style, don't worry. You find plenty of seaside cottages, mountain yurts, and wilderness cabins in the region. The mild climate of the Bay Area makes for great year-round camping. However, scoring a site during summer can be tough. To beat the crowds, pack your rain gear and travel during the winter wet season. Pro tip: If you're camping on the bay in any season, bring a rain jacket. The damp fog rolls in when you least expect it.
One of California's most-visited cities, compact San Francisco has long drawn in visitors with its beautiful structures–from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the colorful Painted Lady rowhouses–and its famous cultural historic attractions. Here you’ll find historic sites such as Alcatraz Island and the oldest Chinatown in North America, along with hundreds of innovative restaurants and many of California’s most impressive museums. And while San Francisco has tons to see and do, it’s also a fantastic jumping-off point for exploring some of California’s most beautiful outdoor areas, many of which are just a short drive away.
California's Central Coast covers 230 miles of Pacific coastline north of Los Angeles and south of San Francisco. With temperate weather year-round and easy ocean access, this is an extremely popular destination! Call ahead when planning your camping locations to make reservations whenever possible. Pismo Beach, near San Luis Obispo at the midpoint of the Central Coast, provides plenty of adventure options. Camp on the state beach or rent an ATV and hit the dunes. For a slightly quieter experience, head just 30 minutes north to reach Morro Bay. Bring binoculars; this area's excellent for Hipcampers who enjoy birdwatching. The gorgeous Big Sur area is a bit further north, just south of Monterey Bay. You'll find excellent hiking options here, ranging from easy sightseeing strolls to challenging treks. Two of the best trails are both accessible from Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. The McWay Waterfall Trail offers Big Sur's most spectacular view; the Ewoldsen Trail takes you through breathtaking Redwood groves. Manresa State Beach Campground near Santa Cruz offers about 60 first-come, first-served tent sites. Here you get both beach access and a phenomenal view of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Manresa's also a solid choice if you enjoy fishing. Bass, perch, flounder, and halibut all swim in Monterey Bay.
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South Florida's bustling Miami might be better known for its nightlife than its camping, but that doesn't mean there's not a lot to do outdoors! For starters, the sun and surf of the famous Miami Beach are just 20 minutes away. Hop on a sightseeing boat in Biscayne Bay to enjoy the beautiful Miami skyline. Head about an hour southwest from Miami to reach Everglades National Park. This is one of America's most famous parks, and with good reason. Much of this 2,400-square-mile park is only accessible by watercraft. Got about a week to spend truly exploring this area? Mix camping and canoeing with a trip down its nearly 100-mile Wilderness Waterway. Prefer to keep more distance between yourself and wildlife? Take a trip to Zoo Miami. Miami's climate means that the zoo can host a wide variety of species. Kids especially love checking out the park's Komodo dragons, anacondas, and alpacas. Larry and Penny Thompson Campground are right next to Zoo Miami, making for a convenient crash spot. In addition to tent camping, this campground features a 240-spot RV park with full hookups. A 22-acre freshwater lake in the campground allows for fishing and swimming.
Yes, we know, people travel to Orlando to visit that famous mouse and all of those princesses. But central Florida has so much more to offer than amusement parks! In the late 1960s, Walt Disney chose a swampy patch of farmland to build his parks. Sure, you can camp at Fort Wilderness. But we’re interested in the wetlands that aren’t quite so crowded. From the pair of Tohopekaliga lakes near Kissimmee and St. Cloud, to the massive Lake Apopka, there are a million tiny bodies of water in between. It’s a paddler’s paradise! Cyclists love Florida too, because there isn’t a hill in sight – just be sure to hydrate well and pack bug spray.
Cleveland sits in northeastern Ohio on the shores of the massive Lake Erie. That gives you plenty of water access from the city itself, as its entire north border is shoreline. There aren't many overnight camping options in the city proper, though. Fortunately, the greater Cleveland area has you covered! Cuyahoga Valley National Park is about a half-hour drive south of Cleveland. This lovely green park features a wide range of hiking options. If you're mostly interested in light exercise and scenic views, stroll the 2-mile Ledges Trail loop. For a tougher challenge, tackle the Wetmore Trail. This one leads you through some light streams, and it can get pretty muddy in rainy season. Rather stay close to Lake Erie? Head about two hours west of Cleveland to reach South Bass Island State Park. It's tough to beat tent camping on majestic white cliffs overlooking the Great Lake. You'll need to take a ferry ride to reach the island, but there's plenty to do when you arrive! Rent a jet ski, fish on the shore, or grab a table for a picnic. Note that Cleveland's location means its winters often get bitterly chilly. Expect highs to hover around freezing from December to February, with lake-effect winds making the cold bite hard. Summers are much warmer, usually sitting at around 70 to 80 degrees from May to September. That said, Ohio does get pretty humid in the hot months, so pack accordingly!
The rolling green hills of Kentucky horse country beckon campers out of the bustle of Louisville and out into home of bluegrass and bourbon. If the campgrounds at the tiny Jefferson Memorial Forest aren’t your cup of tea, meander east to Taylorsville Lake, or West toward the Hosier National Forest. Either way you can’t go wrong. You’re only about an hour and a half north of Mammoth Cave National Park, but if you don’t like the drive time, the Louisville Mega Cavern is much closer to home!
Everything really is bigger in Texas—including the greenspaces. From the world-class Dallas World Aquarium, head North toward Denton where you’ll find a plethora of lakeside camping. Lake Lewisville and Grapevine Lake are both well stocked with sport fish like both small- and largemouth bass. Kayaking and canoeing opportunities, as well as boating ramps, are common on both large bodies of freshwater. Those who enjoy long and short hikes can find clearly marked, clean trails that snake around both those above mentioned lakes, as well as around William Jr. Park. Downtown folk and tourists can find natural respite along the Trinity River by running, walking, or biking the Katy Trail. Camping near Dallas give you access to the luxuries of upscale southern living, while allowing you to embrace the rustic, tent-only, RV, and other styled campgrounds that populate North Texas.
The twin cities metropolitan area is inundated with lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, making it a camper's dream come true. Head over to Lower Lake and Lake Minnetonka on the west side of the city. You can wake up every morning with crystal clear blue waters just outside your tent door, early morning fishing, and kayaking. Carver Park Reserve located on the lake offers a campground, hiking trails, and historic sites. If wine tastings or four-legged animals are your thing, you can camp at an equestrian center, convenient for a spur of the moment trail ride, or within a vineyard. For a blend of natural beauty and urban delight, camp closer to the city center where you can catch a show at Guthrie Theater, tour the Minneapolis Institute of Art, of explore the Mall of America. Plus, the Minnehaha Regional Park and Fort Snelling State Park lie within the city, which boast beautiful waterfalls, abundant hiking trails, and stunning lakes. Minneapolis is one of those rare cities where you can enjoy lush nature and city fun at the same time.
Dust off your boat, camping gear, and hiking shoes, because Duluth has it all. Bordering Lake Superior, Duluth sits as great gathering point for all things water sports, ice fishing, and both long and short trail hiking. Nearby Jay Cooke State Park, Superior Municipal Forest, Cloquet Valley, and Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest all have clear, well marked trail heads that lead to easy, clear paths, as well as others that go through more skilled terrain. Rustic camping is common throughout the region, with more well ammentied options—including a tiny house and off-the-grid homestead—located just north of Duluth. Those who fancy themselves bird watchers can set their gazes toward the migratory and resident birds that regularly fly through. Hawk Ridge and Hartley Nature center. During the winter months, Northern Lights can be seen (with ease) at low-light camping destinations. Come to Duluth for the serene peace and quiet, but stay for the picture-perfect views of the Auroras and birds above your head.
Southeast Pennsylvania is more than Philadelphia, so why not share some brotherly love with Lancaster? Lancaster County offers something for everyone, whether you’re camping with a partner, kids, or friends, although with easy access to amusement parks, Lancaster especially suits family-friendly getaways. The city sits just beyond Hershey, while mere miles separate central Lancaster from the thrills of Dutch Wonderland. Check into an RV park with a swimming pool, find a secluded tent campsite, or book a camp resort—no matter which you choose, you won’t need to leave Pennsylvania Dutch Country for a memorable camping experience.
Outside Pennsylvania's second-largest city exists a mecca for all things nature. Camping near Pittsburg allows you to enjoy Pennsylvania's expansive pine and oak forests. The Monghale River runs through much of the region, letting outdoor lovers fish for trout, as well as largemouth bath. Some kayaking and canoeing push-off points can be found along the river, as well. Those who find themselves in or near the city can find Instagram-worthy landscapes inside the Beechview-Seldom Seen Greenway. An hour-or-so drive South-East of Downtown will treat you to the rustic, RV, tent-only, and structure camping along Savage River State Forest. (Trust us: it’s not savage, but sublime. ) Those who want to experience tiny house living for themselves can book a stay at Tiny House - Big Farm Adventure to see what all the hoopla is about. Bald Eagles frequent the areas near Pittsburgh as well, so keep your eyes to the trees while you’re hiking.
Whether you come for the live music shows, family attractions, or natural beauty, Branson quite possibly offers something every family member can appreciate. The over-the-top lights and attractions along the Highway 76 Strip make this something of an Ozarks-style Las Vegas, but once you get out into the rolling hills or on the clear waters of the regional lakes, you’ll find the true heart of Branson, which has brought campers to this Missouri tourist mecca for over a century. Branson offers a wide array of camping options, with plentiful RV parks, glamping getaways, state parks, and Corps of Engineers campgrounds.
Known as the Gateway to the West, St. Louis is more than a stopping point for travelers. This energetic Missouri city has a rich history showcased in parks, architecture, and museums. The elegant Gateway Arch rises over the city skyscrapers and the Mississippi River, serving as an iconic backdrop. Head to The Hill, a historic Italian neighborhood for some of the city’s best eats. The quirky City Museum is a must-see. The regions around St. Louis are surprisingly rural, with outdoor adventures to be found not too far from the city lights. From urban RV parks to serene public camping, this region has accommodations to fit your camping style.
From its jazz-filled French Quarter to its vibrant Mardi Gras along Bourbon Street, New Orleans brims with culture. However, Mother Nature also bestowed “The Big Easy” with natural attractions such as Kisatchie National Forest, Cypress Island Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Park, Honey Island Swamp, and Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. Hiking, birdwatching, boating, and fishing are just a few outdoor activities that are popular within these attractions. Then, tour the Mississippi River by river boat or sail out into the Gulf of Mexico for a day on the open water. Campers will find a wide range of cabin rentals, RV parks, and campgrounds among local wildlife within the national and state parks of the area. Many of the campsites feature convenient amenities like water and electric hookups, nearby restaurants, and on-site supply shops.
Situated along the famous Route 66, Albuquerque is New Mexico's closest thing to a big city. While it doesn't get nearly as many visitors as nearby Santa Fe, there's still plenty to do and experience, from checking out ancient art at Petroglyph National Monument to taking a tram ride up to the crest of the Sandia Mountains. Camping near Albuquerque also gives those who choose to explore its many wild places a plethora of environments and landscapes—the central location smack in the heart of New Mexico makes it a great jumping-off point to nearby Cibola National Forest and the Rio Grande. Rustic tent sites and RV campsites can be found in every direction, many within a short drive of the city center.
With the big city juxtaposed against the blue water and sandy beaches, camping at Honolulu is the ideal combination of fun and relaxation. Enjoy some coastal camping on Sand Island, located on the Honolulu Harbor. There are beaches, hiking trails, snorkeling, and even a small community on the island itself with watersport rentals and eateries. After getting your fill of lazing on the beach and swimming, head across the channel to Honolulu proper where you can find the Polynesian Cultural Center, the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and downtown shopping. Head a little further inland to the Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve. Both the Lulumahu Falls and Monoa Falls are stunning hikes. For great views, hike up to the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout. If hiking is your thing, take the Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail. Stop along the way at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and the Sea Life Park. Whether you want to explore nature or combine camping with some city fun, Honolulu has it.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, Chattanooga is an outdoor paradise. Just minutes from the city, you can relax in silence at wilderness campsites, sleep in the shadow of Lookout Mountain, or pitch your tent in the Tennessee River Gorge. Whether you prefer rustic tent sites or high-end RV parks, Chattanooga has you covered. A quick drive from downtown Chattanooga, camp by the water in Harrison Bay State Park. Choose from RV sites and tent camping sites—both often come with free wifi. A few steps away hit the links at the golf course or boat from the marina. If you want to get active, check out the park’s hiking trails and biking routes. About 26 miles south, Cloudland Canyon State Park is a haven for biking and hiking. Here, there’s a campsite for everyone. Choose a standard site, hike to backcountry sites, or book a yurt or cottage. The park is also popular with rock climbers and equestrians. For secluded camping, head east to the Cherokee National Forest. Here, campgrounds like Sylco and Thunder Rock offer shaded sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Or, stay closer to town at Chester Frost Park. With kid-friendly activities, this park is a favorite among local families.
Nashville isn’t just home to the country music capital of the world, but is singing with wide open and wooded green spaces to enjoy. Cumberland River runs through the city and much of the surrounding area, offering good smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing, as well as both stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing opportunities. Long Hunter State Park offers year-round wildlife watching, including miles of clean and clear-cut trails, many of which can be biked. To the west of Nashville, active waterfalls can be seen inside Cheatham Wildlife Management Area. Camping near Nashville offers a wide array of options, boating rustic, tent-only, RV, and glamping options. A well known tree house, known as the Music Treehouse, sits perched atop the area’s healthy oak groves, just 13 miles from Downtown. Come to Nashville for the live-music venues, but stay for the sublime, campable greenery.
Home to moonshine joints, mountain coasters, and Ripley’s museums, Gatlinburg is a kitschy explosion of excess bumping against the slightly embarrassed Great Smoky Mountains. Bordering US 441 at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this gateway city is not low-key. But the nearby foothills and countryside? Different story. Families, couples, and solos flock to secluded cabins, campsites, glamping tents, and RV parks backdropped by misty peaks and tumbling creeks. Woodsy campgrounds in the national park also await. In other words, nearby campsites feel remote, but when it’s time for an exuberant pancake or a shot of apple pie moonshine, there’s joy in knowing that Gatlinburg is just minutes away,
Deep in the Smoky Mountain foothills, Knoxville is a big city with a knack for nature. Camp here to discover the birthplace of the Tennessee River, rolling hardwood forests, and six national parks. Whether you're paddling or exploring on horseback, it's easy to find solitude just outside the urban hustle. Big adventures await in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here, forested peaks invite you to explore the Appalachian south. Spend an afternoon hiking to the summit of Mount LeConte. At night, marvel at the light show from 19 firefly species. With developed campgrounds, horse camps, and backcountry camping available, the Smokies have something for everyone. Are you traveling during the summer? Beat the famous Tennessee heat at Norris Dam State Park. Just north of Clinton, this park on the Norris Reservoir is your gateway to cruising nearly 700 miles of shoreline. From the two campgrounds with RV sites and rustic tent sites, you can reach the marina. (Pontoon rentals are a go!) For a taste of the diverse camping options near Knoxville, explore the cozy RV parks of Pigeon Forge. The amusement parks are a hit with families. In the Cherokee National Forest, you find wilderness cabins near prime whitewater rafting spots. By the way, for the best adventure weather, consider planning your trip for spring or fall. The snowy winters and muggy summers might limit your hiking time.
Boston is a roiling metropolitan area with plenty of camping opportunities along its outskirts such as lake camping at Ponkapoag Pond and Glen Echo Pond to the south. To the west there's farm camping, an opportunity to live your bucolic dream and breathe in the fresh air of the countryside. Or opt for some coastal camping at the Boston Harbor Islands of Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, and Lovells to the east. In fact, the latter offers awesome views of the Boston skyline while giving privacy and relaxation. Peddocks Island isn't just about sand and surf, but it's also rife with Civil War history, hiking trails, and fishing, a sort of all-in-one deal. While you're within a few miles of downtown Boston, take an opportunity to visit some of the most famous historical sites such as Boston Commons, The Paul Revere House or the Old State House. Walk the Freedom Trail, stopping just long enough at the waterfront for some to-die-for lobster rolls. Whether you want to experience history, the countryside, or sand and sun, Boston has it in spades.
Savannah, Georgia is the epitome of Southern charm, with picturesque architecture, magical Spanish moss trees, historical tours, and a serene coastline. Mainstays like Tybee Island invite nature lovers and beachgoers, and landmarks like The Olde Pink House offer a chance to learn from days gone past. Campers will love that the nature excursions near Savannah are both easy to access and filled with surprises—especially if you’re up for a camping adventure.
Jackson and Jackson Hole, the valley in which Jackson sits, is literally surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Grand Teton National Park and dozens of camping opportunities. It is just an hour’s drive away from Yellowstone National Park, and a revered year round destination for camping. For those who are keen on kayaking and whitewater rafting, Flat Creek will give you access to both calm waters to paddle through, as well as various opportunities to take guided white water tours of the creek. Choosing rustic camping sites near Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Grand Teton National Park will give you access to some of the best wildlife watching and hiking this side of the Mississippi. During the colder months, find warming respite in the cabins nearby. You might get a close-up look at the wild herds of elk that move through the area in the winter! Camping near Jackson will delight campers with postcard-worthy views and nonstop fun, balanced with modern convenience of a larger city.
Steeped in US history and storied landscapes, Virginia is as patriotic as it is outdoorsy. This state boasts thousands of miles of Atlantic coastline, 22 national parks, 41 Virginia state parks, and more miles of the Appalachian Trail than any other state. Plus, you can tour Civil War battlefields, walk in the footsteps of former presidents, and hop over to Washington DC on a day trip. Virginia’s mild climate is ideal for a camping trip, whether it’s a beachside getaway, fall foliage walks in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or booking a cozy cabin to hit the ski slopes in winter.
Camping in Portland, Maine, is all about quaint New England charm mingled with ocean life and nature. Hiking and wildlife watching are bountiful north of the city at Steep Falls Wildlife Management Area. Healthy fishing spots, and both kayaking and boating push-off points exist at Sebago Lake, the largest body of freshwater within an hour’s drive of Portland. Those who wish to soak up ocean views and beach-side sunsets can head south to Old Orchard Beach and Higgins Beach, lined with soft white sands to walk or enjoy a picnic from. Pack that bug spray! Enjoy rustic, tent-only camping sites and bookable yurts dot exist a good distance from Portland, which means you can find some peace and quiet outside the city’s hustle and bustle.
Payson is just 90 miles and a world away from Phoenix. Set in the Tonto National Forest, this tiny town is a hub for Arizona adventures. Hike the Mogollon Rim, canoe on quiet lakes, and camp in the ponderosa pines. As a home base, book a local RV park or campground. Cool off in the swimming holes at Christopher Creek Campground. Steps from your creekside site, ride horses or mountain bikes through the hills. Closer to town, Houston Mesa Campground has tent and horse sites with picnic tables. Choose from tent and RV sites at Sharp Creek Campground, which is ideal for fishing and boating. From April to October, sleep under the pines at Ponderosa Campground. For great fishing in Willow Springs Lake, head to Sinkhole Campground. Bringing a group to Rim Country? The Woods Canyon Lake camping area can host up to 100 people. Near Payson’s downtown, camp in luxury at an RV resort. Clean up at the laundry, and take advantage of the dump stations. Many parks sit in walking distance to local restaurants and pubs.
Found in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson, AZ has an arid landscape dotted with giant saguaro cacti and rugged mountains. Look for camping areas nearby in Santa Catalina Mountains to catch a glimpse of bighorn sheep or one of the many bird species that call it home. Catalina State Park features ancient ruins and plenty of campsites, including extra-large spots for RVers. Saguaro National Park also has walk-in campsites (with no vehicle access) and plenty of serene scenery. Rustic campsites that do offer drive-in access can be found in Colossal Cave Mountain Park, where campers can book a guide-led cave tour through underground passages.
Best States for camping
Hop a plane with your carry-on full of camping gear and take advantage of Puerto Rico’s year-round mild temperature and diverse ecosystems. Upon arrival on the tropical island, stop at a roadside stall or “kiosko” to pick up food and other necessities, and head toward one of Puerto Rico’s remote beaches for a coastal camping adventure. On the world-famous Flamenco Beach of Culebra Island, you can pitch your tent a few feet away from the shoreline. For a completely different experience, check out Rio Camuy Cave Park. Exploring the extensive cave system makes for a great day trip. A short drive from the capital of San Juan is the El Yunque National Forest, a tropical rainforest where there are seven designated campgrounds. Each offer a unique, Caribbean camping experience. Just make sure to request a free camping permit before you go.
Arizona is full of natural wonders, from the Grand Canyon to Saguaro National Park, with ample outdoor fun ranging from mountain biking to horseback riding. Much of the state is occupied by the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts, but start exploring and you'll quickly discover that Arizona is more than just jackrabbits and cacti—there are lakes, rivers, mountains, forests, and miles of hiking trails. It's also a great place for sleeping under the stars, and while parts of Arizona can get a bit too hot for comfort in summer, those same places offer pleasant camping weather throughout much of the year.
Mississippi’s Gulf Coast might be the most well-known camping area in this Southern state, but excellent options can also be found further inland. Tour the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, find a patch of the Appalachian Mountains, or set up on lakeshores. Campers will find 25 state parks, numerous National Park Service units, recreation areas, and national forests, as well as deluxe RV parks and everything in between.
Arkansas is full of surprises, with botanical gardens, ancient cave systems, and massive lakes that draw anglers, water sports enthusiasts, and birders. It’s also a hot spot for rockhounding, with tons of mineral-rich mines and quarries where visitors can hunt for everything from quartz to diamonds. Here you’ll also find one of the most unusual national parks in the country—Hot Springs National Park—where campers can "take the waters" in traditional bathhouses, just as people did more than a century ago. Fishing and birdwatching are popular Arkansas pastimes, and many state campgrounds sit on or near lakes. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles, who nest across Arkansas in the winter months.
With its vast agricultural plains hemmed in by mountains, lakes, and rivers, Ohio’s natural scenery covers all terrains. Beach breaks await along the sandy shores of Lake Erie to the north, while to the east, ancient caves and waterfalls are hidden away in the forested foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Outdoor activities take place through all four seasons, from hiking and canoeing to snowshoeing and ice fishing, and camping is possible year-round. Summer temperatures average 80°F, and this is prime time for campers, but the views are most spectacular in the fall, when the eastern hills are ablaze with colorful foliage.
Whether you want a cabin getaway or a seaside campsite, Delaware has something for everyone. All throughout the state, you’ll find stunning scenery, family campgrounds, and plenty of beaches. Channel your inner surfer or recline with a good book on the shores of Rehoboth Beach, or book a Delaware campground closer to Pennsylvania. On the northern end of the coast, Wilmington sits along the Delaware River with water fun and recreational activities for campers. If you prefer the woods over the beach, head inland, where Delaware's state parks are begging to be explored.
What it lacks in size—this tiny New England state is just 110 miles in length—Connecticut makes up for in landscapes and rural charm. Whether you’re hiking part of the Appalachian Trail or the New England National Scenic Trail, cycling or horseback riding through the state parks, or kayaking and paddleboarding at the beach, campers will find plenty to entice them out of the city. While summer sees Connecticut’s beach resorts brimming with vacationers, New England’s rolling woodlands and epic hikes are most spectacular in fall, when the countryside is ablaze with autumn colors.
The geology of the Volunteer State is surprisingly dramatic. The landscape soars from the delta lowlands of the Mississippi River east to the rugged heights of the Cumberland Plateau before climbing the forested slopes of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The varied terrain is well-suited for active campers, from paddlers and rock climbers to fishers and firefly hunters. And hikers? They’re happy everywhere. Tent and RV sites are abundant, and a growing array of glamping options—yurts, retro trailers, and treehouses—keep the camping scene fresh. And in music-loving Tennessee, a live jam is never far away, be it blues, bluegrass, or Bonnaroo.
Wyoming’s headline acts—Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bighorn Canyon—make the bucket list of most adventurers, where world-class hiking and epic views are all in a day’s camping. Whether you’re driving your RV along the Beartooth Highway, getting your powder fix on the ski slopes, or cooling off at the lakes in summer, the Cowboy State has enough national parks, forests, and wilderness areas to suit any outdoor activity you can dream up. Popular hiking trails and campsites can get busy through July and August, so time your trip for spring or come after Labor Day to dodge the crowds.
Beautiful beaches, world-famous theme parks, and tropical islands—you probably think you know all there is to know about Florida. But the Sunshine State is also a five-star destination for outdoor adventurers with natural attractions to rival its theme parks. Campers can cruise wildlife-filled wetlands, snorkel coral reefs, hike through national forests, and explore historic forts. Some of the best RV camping is found in the 175 Florida state parks, and with balmy winter temperatures, tent camping is possible year-round. Avoid heart-of-summer camping if possible, though—the heat can be extreme, and it’s hurricane season along the coast.
From the wooded peaks of the Appalachian mountains in the north, through the vast woodlands of the Pine Barrens, to the golden sands of the Jersey Shore, it’s easy to get outdoors in New Jersey. May through September is beach season, when vacationers make a beeline for the famed Jersey Shore, where the 130-mile stretch of Atlantic coastline doesn’t disappoint. There’s more to the Garden State than just beaches, though, and New Jersey campgrounds provide plenty of variety, whether you prefer tent camping in the wilderness, an oceanview cabin rental, or a family campground with a swimming pool and campfires.
Rich in Southern heritage and hospitality, South Carolina boasts the good looks to match its personality. Golden beaches and sandy barrier islands dot the Atlantic shore, the forested peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains rise in the north, and lush marshlands fringe the Lowcountry. Outdoor adventurers can explore SC’s seven national parks and 47 state parks all year-round, and camping options are plentiful, whether you choose a drive-in, hike-in, boat-in, or equestrian campsite, or book a camper cabin. Summers in the Palmetto State averages a balmy 90°F, but it’s best to avoid the fall hurricane season if camping on the coast.
South Dakota's headline acts need little introduction. This sparsely populated state is home to the most visited national park in the Midwest—Badlands National Park—and one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States—Mount Rushmore. From the craggy peaks of the Black Hills to the vast backcountry of the Great Plains and the banks of the mighty Missouri River, outdoor adventures are easy to find in South Dakota. The main camping season runs from May through October, with midsummer temperatures peaking in the mid-80s, while winters are snowy, especially in the north.
Sandwiched between the Mississippi, Missouri, and Big Sioux Rivers, Iowa is characterized by a mix of plains and hilly countryside, farmlands, lakes, and rivers. This Midwestern state is full of spots to get out and adventure, with about 83 state parks and nearly 6,000 campsites spread among them. The state also has an extensive river system—with numerous lakes and reservoirs—and boating and angling are among the most popular summer activities here. Like elsewhere in the Midwest, the winter months often bring with them plenty of snow, ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Known for its colorful fall foliage, wilderness lakes, and scenic camping areas, Vermont is an outdoor lover's playground. From camping, hiking, fishing, and boating in summer to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and downhill skiing in winter, the state has something for every kind of adventure traveler. Here you'll find over 50 state parks, a vast network of trails including portions of the Appalachian Trail, and 400,000 acres of protected lands in the Green Mountain National Forest. Choose from hundreds of camping sites to pitch a tent, park an RV, or book a backcountry cabin.
In the eastern reaches of the Pacific Northwest, Idaho offers recreation throughout the year, from whitewater rafting to backcountry exploration. Winter sports are big, with ski resorts all over the state. If you're planning on camping, summer is the best time to visit, particularly if you want to see Idaho's many hiking trails, hot springs, waterfalls, or lakes. Hipcamps are your best private camping option, while Idaho State Parks manages many of the public campgrounds in the state, most coming well equipped with fire rings and picnic tables. Some also have yurts, and many offer RV sites with full hookups.
Pennsylvania is a land of contrasts. Historic cities and industrial towns give way to the patchwork farmlands of Amish Country and the rugged hills of the Appalachian Trail. Dramatic canyons and forested mountains sweep through the heart of the Keystone State, providing endless terrain for hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Pennsylvania weather is notoriously changeable, but the best season for camping is May through October. Snow covers much of the state from December through March, so swap tent camping for a heated RV, replace your hiking boots with snowshoes, and head to one of 22 ski resorts.
North Dakota is home to wide open spaces where visitors can find some incredible parks, waterways, and places to camp. The badlands and inhabiting wildlife are a highlight on any trip, setting the scene for amazing hiking and biking trails. Many campers come in the fall for pheasant hunting, with some trying their hand at locating big whitetail bucks. Between hikes and hunts, North Dakota offers fish to catch and friendly towns to visit, including Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Fargo. Scenic drives and the rolling fields make North Dakota an enticing camping destination from spring through fall.
If you’re seeking mountain vistas, you’ve come to the right place! Bound by the Appalachian Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains, West Virginia is an alpine wilderness brimming with craggy peaks, cascading waterfalls, and forested ravines. Outdoor adventures are this state’s lifeblood, whether you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail, cooling off at a mountain lake, or enjoying some of the best rock climbing and whitewater rafting in the east. The main camping season runs from spring through fall, but winter getaways are still possible—six state parks offer year-round camping, and many RV parks and cabins stay open through ski season.
With 42 state parks and four national parks, Colorado has long been a shining star among lovers of the great outdoors. This western state offers a wide variety of landscapes, with ancient mountains, massive canyons, ski resort towns that range from quaint to ultraluxe, many within easy access of the capital city of Denver. Camping areas abound throughout the state, ranging from simple backcountry tent sites to developed campgrounds with full hookups and dump stations, many managed by Colorado State Parks. Best of all, pretty much every outdoor activity under the sun is available, from biking and horseback riding to birding and stargazing.
Although Hawaii is around 2,000 miles from the continental U. S. , it's definitely worth the flight. While this tropical island chain is known for its large resorts and sandy beaches, it’s also an incredible place for hiking and camping, not only because of its year-round warm weather, but also because of its sheer diversity of landscapes. Here you’ll find towering volcanoes, tropical forests, massive canyonlands, and historic sites where you can learn about the history and cultural traditions of the islands. And if you don’t want to stay in a resort, you certainly won’t have to: there are many places to set up your tent, from beachfront campgrounds to private retreats.
Golden coasts. Redwood forests. Fiery desert canyons. Alpine lakes framed by snowy peaks. But the best memories are in the details—seeing a gray whale breach off the rugged north coast, feeling the sun on your face on a Southern California shore, or maybe enjoying s’mores beside the crystal waters of Lake Tahoe. Trails climb from campgrounds to immense granite domes in Yosemite while Joshua trees beckon for attention in the eastern deserts. The best part? There’s somewhere amazing to camp year-round.
Stretching down from the Great Lakes into the southern heartlands, Indiana borrows the best of both regions for a warm hug of southern hospitality bolstered by the outdoorsy spirit of the Midwest. Outdoor adventurers can climb the sand dunes along Lake Michigan, paddle the Ohio River, or trek through forested canyons, while a bonafide Indiana camping experience means fishing for your supper and toasting s’mores on the campfire. With temperatures that rarely fall below zero even in mid-winter, camping is a year-round affair in Indiana. Our pick is fall, when breezy weather and fiery autumnal colors make for incredible hiking.
They say everything’s bigger in the Lone Star State, and that includes the variety of options for campers, whether you're looking for an RV park, tent camping, or a primitive camping backcountry adventure. Beat the summer heat on sandy Gulf beaches, or head inland to the arid deserts of Big Bend Country in winter for some of the nation’s darkest skies and best nighttime views. Spring and autumn offer the best weather for wine tasting in Texas Hill Country, hiking the canyons of the Panhandle, or paddling the bald cypress forests of the Texas Pine Curtain.
While some travelers might be familiar with Kansas from a drive across its main thoroughfare (Interstate 70), taking the time to venture off the highway can pay off in unexpected ways. Along with open expanses and serenity come interesting landscapes and adventures, with divine camping options nearby. Kansas is home to over 10 National Park Service sites and 28 state parks offering family fun, outdoor recreation, historic sites, and more to explore, while private camping areas include open grasslands, lakeside sites, and forested retreats.
Louisiana is known for its Cajun cuisine and French culture, but you’ll find just much heart outside. Head beyond New Orleans to state parks, nature trails, and camping spots. Make a trip to St. Martinville and explore Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. Or, stick closer to the Mississippi River, where tent campsites and RV parks surround Baton Rouge. Further north, parks like Lake Bistineau State Park and Lake Claiborne State Park come just before the Arkansas border. No matter where you go, make sure to look up; you’re in the Pelican State, after all.
Whether you’re exploring the Appalachian peaks and Blue Ridge Mountains of the north, road-tripping through the heartlands, or hopping between beaches, marshes, and barrier islands along the Atlantic coast—the Peach State has a camping experience to suit all tastes. Take your pick of 50 Georgia state parks, 11 national parks, and two national forests, with miles of trails and endless options for RV and tent camping, glamping, and backcountry campsites. With mild winter temperatures, camping trips are possible year-round, but spring and fall provide the best weather for outdoor activities, and southern summers are best enjoyed by the water.
There's much more to Maine than lighthouses, lobster shacks, and sandy beaches. The northernmost state in New England packs in surprising variety, from the rocky islands and seaside resorts of the Atlantic shore to the forests and mountains of the Appalachian Mountains. Campers can take their pick of 32 state parks and one epic national park, filled with lakes, woodlands, and beaches to hike, bike, climb, and kayak. "Vacationland" pulls in the summer crowds, especially along the coast, but our pick is fall, when the northern highlands are ablaze with foliage.
With a wide variety of terrains ranging from dense forest to arid plateaus, Utah has been attracting campers, backpackers, and hikers for generations. It's home to five national parks, plus dozens of state parks and national forests and monuments (not to mention plenty of BLM land), making it easy to find a Utah camping experience that suits you best. While the southern and eastern parts of the state attract lovers of the great outdoors with their massive rock formations and abundance of recreation activities, you’ll also find plenty to do up in the north, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to getting out on one of the region’s many lakes and reservoirs come summer.
Kentucky camping adventures are never boring. Whether you want to saddle up and gallop the bluegrass hills, scale the soaring cliffs of the Red River Gorge, or explore the world’s longest cave system, this southern state provides endless ways to get outdoors. Kentucky’s six national parks and 45 State Parks are brimming with woodlands, waterfalls, and waterways where you can hike, bike, paddle, raft, or even play a game of golf. The natural landscapes are at their most ravishing in spring and fall, but camping is a year-round pastime with RV sites, cottages, and rustic cabins to see you through the winter chill.
Alaska is a bucket list trip for people around the globe thanks to some of the world's largest intact ecosystems and the chance to spot incredible wildlife. Here you'll find wild salmon runs filling the ocean bays and rivers where brown bears feast, plus giant moose roaming the big river valleys and mountains. While some incredible parts of Alaska are accessible by highways, many areas are so remote that road systems don't exist, meaning access is by bush flight, boat, or on foot. Camping in Alaska can mean everything from pitching tents on a riverbank or enjoying comfortable RV parks adjacent to wild areas.
New England’s quintessential state, Massachusetts is chock-full of outdoor opportunities. Whether you go camping close to Boston or explore RV campgrounds in the state's west, you can't go wrong at a Massachusetts campground. Try an RV resort to experience the best of Cape Cod, or if you prefer freshwater to saltwater, rent a tent campsite at a state park to unwind. History buffs will want to spend some time south of Boston to hike around Plymouth and other historic towns.
In the southwestern US, New Mexico offers a distinct vibe not found elsewhere in the country, or even in the region. Here you’ll find Old West mining towns, restorative hot springs, and all sorts of historic sites, including ancient pueblos and protected national monuments, not to mention a distinct cuisine that borrows elements from Tex-Mex and Indigenous culinary traditions. You won’t be disappointed with the camping—the state offers a variety of terrains, from quiet forests to vast expanses of desert, and with five national forests, 30 state parks, and lots of untouched private land, there's no shortage of spots to set up a tent.
Even if “Sweet Home Alabama” isn’t already on your road trip playlist, you should add the southern state to your camping itinerary. With its mountains, inland lakes, and Gulf Coast beaches, Alabama has plenty to offer campers, whether you prefer hiking to mountains and waterfalls, diving into Civil Rights history, or renting a seaside cottage—all served with a warm spoonful of Southern hospitality, of course. Opt for a seafront or lakeside campsite in summer when temperatures soar beyond 90°F, or choose a fall or winter trip for cooler weather ideal for hiking.
Rhode Island may be small, but its campsites are mighty. The state offers something for everyone, so check into an RV park near the Roger Williams National Memorial and wander the Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park. History buffs can enter the Gilded Age with a Newport getaway, while urban explorers can embrace all things culture from a Providence campsite. If you’d rather glimpse rural Rhode Island, pick a direction, as well as a park, forest, or beach. You really can’t go wrong, whether you rent an RV site near the George Washington Memorial State Forest or stick close to the coast in Narragansett.
Set in the Great Plains region of the United States, in Oklahoma you'll find camping opportunities among sweeping grasslands, quiet forests, waterfalls, and an abundance of lakes. Much of the state’s expansive natural areas are protected by the state park system, and Oklahoma also has the longest drivable stretch of the famous Route 66, which passes by all sorts of roadside attractions and historic towns, crossing through the state's two major cities—Tulsa and Oklahoma City—along the way.
Illinois might be notoriously flat—the state’s highest natural point, Charles Mound, is easily eclipsed by Chicago's Willis Tower—but there are still plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures in the Land of Lincoln. Head to the windswept shores of Lake Michigan, grab your backpack and hit the trail in the Shawnee National Forest, or hop in your RV and set out along Route 66. With more than 300 state parks to explore, and a huge choice of campgrounds, glampsites, and cozy cabin rentals, campers have options to suit all four seasons. Summer is peak season, so book well in advance.
Crank up the fiddle-and-banjo tunes while driving through the High Country, where campsites and high-altitude views along the Blue Ridge Parkway are marked by mists and mountains. The parkway rolls up to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, not far from the gorgeous homelands of the Cherokee tribe. Just east in Asheville, the Ale Trail rivals the Biltmore as the top draw, though live music and a fantastic culinary scene are close behind. Drive east to the windswept barrier islands of the Outer Banks for coastal camping, wildlife watching, and outdoor adventures that tear across sea and sky. Charlotte, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh anchor the booming Central Piedmont.
From Atlantic beaches to Appalachian Mountains, Chesapeake fishing villages to sprawling state parks―Maryland serves up plenty of variety, and campers won’t have to search far to find a campground, cabin, or glampsite. Whether you’re vacationing along the Chesapeake Bay, hiking and backcountry camping in the northern mountains, or driving your RV along Scenic Byways, there’s an adventure to suit all tastes. Summer is the busiest time to visit, when crowds hit the beach resorts along the Atlantic coast, but the mild temperatures of spring and fall are ideal for camping and outdoor activities. Winters are cold and snowy, so opt for a cozy cabin rental instead.
When it comes to natural attractions, Michigan holds all the aces. This landlocked state has more state parks and state forests than any other, miles of coastline, and more than 10,000 lakes—which means you’ll never be more than six miles from the water. Some of the best camping is found on the beaches and islands of the Great Lakes, so plan a summer getaway to swim, fish, and kayak, or a fall camping trip to admire Michigan’s spectacular foliage. Winter is best suited for RV camping, with snow blanketing much of the state from November through March.
Sandwiched between Oregon and British Columbia on the Pacific Ocean, Washington state has long been celebrated for its pristine waterways, old-growth forests, soothing hot springs, and epic mountain lakes and peaks. The northwestern-most state in the contiguous 48 is home to three national parks—North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, and Mount Rainier National Park—along with miles and miles of beautiful coastline and lush temperate islands. While there are abundant opportunities for outdoor exploration in the aptly nicknamed Evergreen State, there’s also plenty for those looking for a bit of indoor appeal, from fine arts and culture museums to fantastic wineries.
The land of 10,000 lakes―11,842 to be exact—is a water-logged paradise for anglers, paddlers, and campers. From the shores of Lake Superior to the banks of the Mississippi, you'll never be more than a short drive from a lake campground or a forest hiking trail. Minnesota's distinct seasons afford plenty of opportunities to get outdoors, whether you're hiking or horseback riding through autumnal woodlands, wild swimming in the lakes in summer, or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through the long winter months. The best weather for a camping trip is from May through October, but you'll find many Minnesota campgrounds open year-round.
Rolling dairy farmlands are just the start of Wisconsin’s great outdoors. This midwestern state boasts two Great Lakes coastlines, some 15,000 inland lakes, and a state border with the Mississippi River. Whether kayaking around caves and islands, hiking to hidden waterfalls, camping along sandy beaches, or hopping between cheesemakers and breweries—the Dairy State is an idyllic destination for a camping trip. Wisconsin state parks provide some of the best camping and stay busy through summer and fall foliage season. Snow blankets the state from November through February, so pack your snowshoes.
Smack in the heart of the Midwest, Nebraska is characterized by large expanses of prairie, massive lakes and reservoirs, and more than its fair share of unusual rock formations. It’s a great place to head if you want to feel like nobody else is around you, as most of the Nebraska population is concentrated in cities such as Omaha and Lincoln. While the many state parks and recreational areas certainly draw crowds on summer weekends, Nebraska has a certain stillness about it that attracts those seeking a quiet camping experience.
When most people think of Nevada, one of two things come to mind: either Las Vegas or desert landscapes. It's an understandable assessment; after all, most of the state's population is concentrated in the Las Vegas area, and much of the state is, indeed, rugged desert land. In fact, it’s the driest state in the union. That said, Nevada offers plenty more than casinos and barren expanses and is a fantastic place if you want to get out in nature without crowds. Here you’ll find massive mountain peaks, ancient rock formations, Wild West towns, oddball roadside attractions, and plenty of opportunities to commune with nature in near silence.
Whether road-tripping along part of the historic Route 66, vacationing at the Lake of the Ozarks, or following in the footsteps of homegrown hero Mark Twain—Missouri is made for traveling. From Kansas City to St Louis, you’re never far from a state park—there are 38 to choose from—while the vast Mark Twain National Forest encompasses 1. 5-million acres spread across seven different wilderness areas. Plan your camping trip from May through October to make the most of the forests, lakes, and wilderness areas, or cozy up in an RV through the snowy winter months.
Home to Mount Washington, the highest mountain in the northeast, and brimming with lakes, rivers, and miles of hiking trails, New Hampshire serves up four-season fun for outdoor enthusiasts. From hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, fishing, and swimming in summer to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and downhill skiing in winter, New Hampshire has something for every type of traveler whether you’re going solo or looking for a family adventure. New Hampshire state parks offer a wide variety of camping experiences from primitive tent sites to lakeside RV spots with prime mountain views.
Whether you want to dive into Civil War history, follow in the footsteps of former presidents, or drive the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia rarely disappoints. The birthplace of America has thousands of miles of Atlantic coastline and more miles of the Appalachian Trail than any other state. Still need convincing? Virginia’s 41 state parks boast more than 600 miles of trails and 1,800 state campsites, leading the way to forested mountains, rambling rivers, and beaches. Camping is a year-round affair, whether you prefer fall foliage hikes, pitching a tent on the beach, or snowshoeing from a cozy winter cabin.
Few places in the Lower 48 feel more wild and remote than Montana. This northwestern state on the border with Canada is home to both Glacier National Park and a section of Yellowstone National Park along with a wide range of state parks and recreation areas, friendly cities, spooky ghost towns, and more than its fair share of hot springs. While most visitors comein summer—when weather is pleasant enough for camping and hiking—the Treasure State offers unique experiences in every season, with fantastic winter skiing opportunities, spring wildflowers, and gorgeous fall colors.
New York state is made for outdoor adventures, whether you're hiking in the Finger Lakes, glamping amid Hudson Valley vineyards, or backcountry camping in the Adirondacks. Campers can take their pick of 180 New York state parks, 22 national park sites, and a national forest, almost all of which provide RV sites and tent camping—some also have cabin rentals and glamping options. June through August is peak camping season in Upstate New York, and camping reservations are essential through fall, too. November through March is ski season, and many RV parks and cabins stay open year-round.
Oregon has long been known as an outdoor destination, with snow-capped mountains, rugged high desert, Pacific Coast beaches, and roaring rivers all within a few hours’ drive of one another. While Portland attracts visitors with its celebrated food scene and music venues, Oregon offers much more for those who’d prefer a quieter getaway out in nature. If you’ve come to camp or hike, you’ll have no shortage of options to choose from—in fact, there are 11 national forests, hundreds of state parks and recreation areas, and 2. 5 million acres of protected wilderness within the state’s borders.
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Mendocino Magic is a camping, fishing, wedding and outdoor events destination in inland Mendocino county, Northern California, just a few miles off Highway 101 in the heart of the Emerald Triangle. This unique sprawling 600-acre property is home to the largest privately-held reservoir in the North Coast region, perfect for swimming and catch & release fishing. We offer tent camping, RV & Car camping, luxe furnished tents, and cabins for your stay. Star gaze from the rolling hills of the Mendocino forest, kayak on our private Reservoir, and show off your BBQ skills with included campground amenities. Reserve your camp site early for the best availability. About half of our 2023 summer weekends are currently sold out. All Mendocino Magic Campers Enjoy the Following Amenities - Central Camp with tables, BBQ grills (propane provided), filtered water, and weekend fire dish run by staff. - Portapotty bathrooms with outdoor sinks. - Outdoor showers with hot water. - Access to Holland Reservoir, our private lake, for swimming, boating, and fishing. Kayaks are available at no charge. Bring your own life jackets if you need them. - Miles of hiking and biking trails through mountainous hillsides and scenic valleys. - Some of the best stargazing in Northern California with frequent meteor showers. - Camping supplies delivered to your camp site (for an additional charge), including cooler rentals, ice, and s’mores kits. Mackenzie manages the campground with a team of incredible people. In a world increasingly connected in the digital sense, we invite you to come up and get back to your roots, and connect with people the old fashioned way. Come join us for stargazing, paintball, fishing & swimming, weddings & outdoor events, and camping!
Originally purchased in the late 60's by "Redwood and Savatri", Oz Farm was initially a commune of sorts and is no doubt a very special place. . . heck, its even got it's own comic book! Here you can pick your poison, as the property is comprised of 7 rustic cabins, redwood campsites, and geodesic domes that would make Buckminster Fuller proud. The working farm is comprised of over 230 accessible acres of flowing meadows, redwood groves, prime agriculture, and is intersected by the beautiful Garcia River, which flows into the mighty pacific. One thing that is very apparent, is how clearly passionate the community at Oz Farm is about ecology and agriculture. Once you step foot onto Oz Farm, you'll begin to understand why. The property is open seasonally and frequently rented by full-camp retreats and events throughout the summer. Individual cabins open to rent one month in advance and are advertised through instagram @villageozfarm
We invite you to come and enjoy our incredible 378 acre, ocean view horse ranch! We have a variety of things to offer from Tent Camping and RV sites, to Horseback Rides. We are located on the beautiful Sonoma Coast just north of Bodega Bay. We are also surrounded by some of the best beaches in Northern California and over 10,000 acres of parks and protected land. Chanslor Ranch has been entertaining guests for over 45 years and is unique because it has protected wetlands that provide habitat for countless birds, cattle and other wildlife. Your specific camp site will be assigned upon arrival.
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to camp on the moon, this is it. Completely removed from civilization and surrounded by a barren nature that is alive with the subtle presence of the universe. Seasonally, Spring wildflowers burst across the landscape. Cave paintings of Chumash Indians remind us of those who lived before us. This is where the deer and the antelope play. Our Carrizo Camp is surrounded by the Carrizo Plains National Monument. This is truly a get away from it all camping. That's it. You, the coyotes and your own private moon. Our Songdog Camps are sparsely scattered atop a 200 foot mesa that looks west over a valley offering stunning desert sunsets. Our Ranch House and Glampsites are available on occasion. This is our home but we love to share our life in the outback. We believe it will give you a better appreciation of life's simpler side. There are two sites where RVs are welcome. This land was sparsely populated by the Chumash Indian and is evident by the numerous cave painting that remain here in the Caliente mountain. In the era of the California Missions, this land was a part of the Spanish land grants. Currently the property is privately owned and is adjacent to large sections of publicly held lands.
Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center is a nonprofit with a five minute walk to Jug Handle State Reserve, Jug Handle beach and the Ecological Staircase trail. We offer 11 unique campsites with plenty of space and privacy. Each site has two picnic tables, a fire ring, parking for two cars and plenty of space for your tents. We also offer three lovely cabins, which have power and access to a shared kitchen and bathroom with a hot shower. Our 33 acres include a native plant nursery, community gardens, forests, meadows, and nature trails. Our site has lots of nature trails, is peaceful and beautiful and just a 5-minute walk to Jug Handle Beach and the Jug Handle Preserve. Our Mission: We offer a welcoming and supportive environment for people of all backgrounds to explore nature and connect with the natural word. Nature stewardship is central to our non-profit mission and as an organization we are engaged in many nature restoration projects throughout Mendocino County. We also provide a supportive learning environment for nature education for disadvantaged youth during the school year. If you teach k-12 and would like to bring your classroom to Jug Handle contact us about special rates and our immersive nature education programs.
Need to UNPLUG? Stay at a Horse Sanctuary surrounded by unobstructed ocean and Mountain View’s. Camp, Glamp or host an event! Location just above Pigeon Pt. Lighthouse and miles of State Beaches - 15 minutes up a dirt road and through gates for ultimate privacy. It's like Montana by the Ocean. Located in the Bay Area’s up and coming retreat area, lovingly dubbed the "Slow Coast" - we are only 3 miles from Costanoa Lodge, Pie Ranch minutes to Harley Farms; Duarts etc, and right above the Beautiful Pigeon Pt. Light House and (Ano Nuevo) the pristine, secluded State Beaches. Come for the stars!!! No night sky pollution and possibly the most magical place to watch the sun and moon set all along the Northern Coast. WildTender Ranch is a healing and event Sanctuary, whose mission it is to offer sacred space where the people of the earth may gather, in close relationship with each other, the Mother and the Great Spirit, for deep and radical experience via the following four core but interrelated directions. HISTORY: We were literally pulled from the sky by the ranch - a unbelievable story best told by the fire. But suffice it to say, the place is SACRED! Many have been similarly "called" to its great beauty and healing - it's not just the unobstructed 360 views of ocean and mountains, clear starry skies or the 1000s of protected surrounded lands, nor even the solitude it offers amongst the sound of wild grasses in the wind, hawks circling or horses grazing near by. What heals here is all of that and more. . . it is a pulse that can't be described and only experienced. Great news!! Via an alliance with Landscamper, a profession glamping solutions provider based in Ca, in addition to offering numerous private, gorgeous and expansive oceanview camps, and in addition to the main site's stocked kitchen, beautiful glass fire ring, swing sets, chopped wood etc. . we have now greatly upscaled our glamping *options* at the Sanctuary!!! We have a brand new 33' Dome that is great for yoga and workshops, we have a gorgeous 30' Sami Teepee for truly plush lounging and catering, we have a brand new site with a very popular 20' dome that is perfect for meditation and romantic getaways! We also have a new shower house and many other glamping offerings for small or full scale retreats!Check out the different sites, descriptions, reviews and photos, they are all amazing! We hope whatever your vision, these new offerings will make your getaway or gathering truly magical and restorative. Learn more about this land:Dear Guests and Supporters Thank you for all the love and support over the years it helped make our dreams come true and care of so many beautiful animals. It has come time for the sanctuary to move to greener pastures - we are taking a wonderful opportunity. The camps will be closing effectively November 30th as the new owners have beautiful but different plans. Plz stay in touch with us via this service, FB and insta (wild tender ranch rescue ) because we are likely to open up a new location along a mile of the most beautiful river in Oregon, surrounded by thousands of protected acres! But we won’t do that for a while - first we’re going to take a year off and just heal up. Thank you again, MUCH LOVE TO ALL
The Maple Creek Ranch and Tree Farm has been family owned and operated since 1934. The patriarch of the family, whose family had moved here from Sweden, had a great love of the forest and trains. The property was one of the first certified tree farms in California with the goal of nurturing a healthy forest. In the 1960’s, a mile of railroad tracks was laid and the whistle of a small, steam engine train could be heard throughout the community. Local residents and kids were treated to free train rides and special events for many years. There is a natural spring with a small creek that supplies the ponds with fresh water year around. There is also a small canyon on the property with a larger stream called Mud Creek. The land is rich in Indian history and there a artifacts and other signs on the Indians presence. The Cohasset area is relatively unknown. 15 miles from our property is Deer Creek and the Lasson National Forest is about a 2 hour drive north. While staying with us you can pitch your tent on our private 500 acres. We have 2 primitive camping spots on our property. Each spot has a picnic table and fire pit. There is a flush toilet shared for both camp sites. * During freezing weather the toilets may be closed so they don’t freeze! Please check before booking *The spots are spread out to ensure privacy. Our property is surrounded by the forest and is loaded with deer, squirrels, turkeys and other forest animals. We have numerous walking trails, a fresh water pond for fishing and swimming. Please notify us if you have an RV. Site 1 is best for RV's. Site 2 can accommodate smaller RV's. We look forward to meeting you!
This special land is part of a multi-parcel wildlife corridor, helping to provide valuable habitat between the state parks. Out your doorstep, you'll find miles of private, groomed, hiking, biking and horseback riding trails and have an opportunity to reconnect with nature. Our solar-powered farmhouse overlooks the mountains and an organic orchard and garden, with two queen bedrooms lined with hand-milled sugar pine from the land, strong wifi/tv, waterfalls, and private fifteen-mile network of trails to hike or bike. Walk to refreshing creek swimming hole or private Yuba river swimming access available at certain times. Included in your stay is seasonal organic produce and hammocks to relax in under the fruit treas and at the creek. The two bedrooms downstairs have queen beds handcrafted of sugar pine milled from downed trees from the land and are fitted with organic sheets. Downstairs has a bathroom with tub and shower, living room with mid-century furniture, views of the orchard and a tv for cozy movie nights. Upstairs is a fully-stocked kitchen with gas stove, oven, and all chef's amenities, foldout queen sleeper, bathroom with shower and outdoor table for a sunset dinner. Cool mountain air refreshes your nights or feel the luxury of air conditioning on a hot summer afternoon. After a relaxing day in the mountains, perhaps star gaze from the patio or orchard. To get to the sandy beach and creek spot, called Barkhouse Beach, take an easy stroll through the forest. The nearby Barkhouse, close to the creek, is a reconstruction of a typical Maidu Indian dwelling. Walk inside to experience the traditional history of this land. Or cool off in the Yuba River at the South Yuba River State Park, just a 5-minute drive from the farmhouse. Ask about accommodating additional guests.
Past guests & future campers: We've run into some permitting issues with the County and are working to get these resolved in addition to getting permits to expand. I don't foresee us being able to host any guests until later this year, at the earliest. Please watch our booking page or feel free to reach out later this summer. Sorry for any inconvenience. Camp under the stars in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This 50-acre family-owned property is located in the heart of Apple Hill. There are two streams that run through it, with a hill that separates them. It is a working Christmas tree farm that was started in the 1960s and now has many trees that are too big to fit in anyone's home but provide an unbelievable canopy for some of our campsites. Half the property is covered in a pine forest (with some secluded campsites) with the balance being Christmas trees, Manzanita brush, Madrone trees, and open areas (for larger group campers). There are trails throughout the property for visitors to enjoy. There is an Apple Farm across the street that makes the best donuts in Apple Hill! Less than a mile away is a farm brewery and there are wineries throughout the area. There is also a large lake nearby that is a favorite for local kayak and canoe enthusiasts (and some who enjoy fishing) since most non-locals don't know it exists. As kids, my sister, brother, and I all planted Christmas trees here. We planted and pruned trees for our father and never really appreciated the beauty of the property since all this place represented to us was work! (Unbeknownst to us, my Dad gave up the farm after a few years because he realized it took up too much family time. ) Because of this attitude, I never even explored the property until about 10 years ago, 30+ years after the first Christmas tree had been planted. After doing so, I realized how diverse it was and what a gem it is since it is located right in the heart of Apple Hill with so many things to explore that are in the area. My Dad passed away in 2017 and I want to share what he started so that others can enjoy the beauty of what this area has to offer. Cheers to you Dad!
1948- On January 1, 1948 a wildcatter named George Hadley, who had been oil prospecting in the valley for 10 years, made the first oil strike in the Cuyama Valley. Richfield Oil Company soon moved in and extracted nearly 300 million barrels of oil in just a few short years. To accommodate an exploding workforce in the early 1950s, the company built the town of New Cuyama, its infrastructure, public buildings, the Cuyama airstrip (L88) and all the industrial structures that are now home to Blue Sky. Richfield Oil Company, later merging with Atlantic Oil Company forming the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company (ARCO), created high-paying jobs, a safe and prosperous community, and developed schools, churches, and recreational areas for the employee-residents. 1973- With dwindling production in the area and new discoveries in Alaska, Atlantic-Richfield Oil Company put the town of New Cuyama and its associated infrastructure up for sale. Word of an entire town for sale made its way to entrepreneur, Russell O’Quinn of the Foundation for Airborne Relief (FAR) and Mildred Dotson, a wealthy widow from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The two worked together to acquire the townsite and adjacent land. O’Quinn, an aviator, inventor, and test pilot, aspired to use the New Cuyama airstrip and facilities as a base for humanitarian relief and a non-profit trade school. Though not fully realized, FAR’s primary vision included utilizing converted military aircraft to airlift food and medical supplies to developing countries and global disaster areas. Dotson had loftier goals. Her plans included an 18-hole fly-in golf course, expansion of the Buckhorn Restaurant and Motel, and a 40- to 50-acre lake for amphibious landing and water sports. 1986- Another visionary, Harry Kislevitz, inventor of the popular design tool Colorforms® and founder of Future City/Villages International, sought to develop the site as a “City of Friendship,” an all-electric village of 5,000 earthen homes. The dwellings were to be designed by Nader Khalili, an Iranian-born architect who specialized in earthen structures, worked with NASA on prototypes for lunar homes and received an award from the United Nations for his work towards the development of low cost, sustainable structures for human shelter in impoverished and disaster prone environments. One 628-sq-ft Khalili prototype remains on the property today ("the Cantina"). Khalili went on to form the California Institute for Earth Art and Architecture, Cal-Earth, in Hesperia, CA. 1993- Recognizing the transformative potential of clean, solar power and the attractiveness of a rural destination, entrepreneur Mike Nolan worked to develop the Solar Skypark and Big Sky Guest Ranch with Santa Barbara Architect, Barry Berkus. The Sky Park included plans for sixty-five fly-in residences on one-acre lots powered completely from clean, solar energy. The Big Sky Guest Ranch was intended to function as a clubhouse for Skypark residents complete with an equestrian center, a small subsistence farm, pool and plenty of enriching recreational activities. 2012- At the end of 2011, the Zannon Family Foundation made a long-term investment in acquiring the New Cuyama Airport property with the vision of rehabilitating the site to be a low-cost resource for programs and organizations working to advance sustainable living practices and technologies. Plans began soon after towards developing a framework and organization to develop the space and coordinate with prospective programs and institutions. In 2014 Blue Sky Sustainable Living Center ("Blue Sky Center") received 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status, endeavoring to reclaim this property for the public good. Today, Blue Sky Center provides unduplicated services and technical assistance to support small businesses and entrepreneurs as well as the local food system, with core work focused on community research and advocacy led by Cuyamans. Learn more on our website and consider supporting our community work with your donation or by hosting your next special event here!
The Angeles Crest Creamery property is a private inholding in the Angeles National Forest. Prior to the establishment of the Forest, the property was deeded under the Homestead act. Cattle ranching was common in the area at the time and some of the original 19th century structures are still on the property.
Your camp site is located in the Navy's oldest ammunition depot in the Pacific. Thus, the campsite right in front of a 1934 bomb storage magazine. If you are staying in one of our yurts, they are located on magic, old, historic sites. One is in the Rowser Garden, the ruins of a historic home and landscape created in a former sheep pasture turned 4-acre garden. Our volunteers tugged french broom from the garden for 6 years to discover this incredible and overgrown little gem with spectacular views. We treasure it and like our entire Preserve, we have a policy of "do no harm. . . before you do good". So, we ask you to leave everything as you found it and don't take any of our Preserve home with you, except your treasured memories of good times and quiet spots. The other yurt is situated on the old 1920's tennis court with trees growing up through it, but the net posts are still there and the court, visible. It is serene and surprisingly full of wildlife sounds. The bunkers you will camp at were built in the 1930-40's. The views from the all the camps are stupendous Bay Area spectacular. The Victorian houses below the Napa River Walk-in sites and the Garden yurt, are former Navy civilian and officer housing for the Naval Ammunition Depot founded in 1857 and closed in 1975. The Navy's oldest cemetery in the West is next to the tennis court yurt just a few yards from your gypsy wagon tiny house camp. Nature is reclaiming the lands and along with native coast live oaks being replanted by CA scrub jays, fennel is everywhere. It is harvested for its pollen, which we sell for cooking, along with honey from our bees. . . be sure to check out our self-curated museum/visitor center, too. Your stay helps us keep this park open for the public to enjoy weekends year round. While the City of Vallejo owns the land, they have never contributed any funds in the past ten years to making it a park.
Enjoy a stay at Heritage Farm and experience all the exhilaration that an Indiana farm has to offer. Heritage Farm is a working alpaca farm with over 50 alpacas you can watch and interact with. Also residing on the farm are a flock of chickens, several goats and a horse. The newest addition to the farm is a pain of small breed Kune Kune pigs! If you want to, you can help with the daily chores of feeding the animals and collecting eggs. After that, you can explore the big red barn that was selected as one of the top-ten Bicentennial barns in the state. Roam around the 120 acre homestead, woods and creek and soak in the sights, sounds and smells of the farm. Be sure to visit our farm store before you leave where you can shop for alpaca products such as sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves. Pick up some honey made from bees on our farm or some farm fresh eggs from our flock of pastured chickens! Heritage Farm has several options for overnight lodging. One of the most popular places to stay is in our authentic 1850's log cabin. And it's certainly special to us as well. The cabin represents a valued part of our heritage. It reminds us every day of our agricultural roots, solid values and the importance of faith and family. Our Philosophy You want to have a wonderful stay at Heritage Farm and we want that for you too. This is your retreat for however long you are staying and we hope you'll be relaxed, comfortable and happy. Our Faith Our Christian faith is important to us. We have been so richly blessed with this farm and sharing it with others is what God has called us to do. We strive to show God's love to our guests by exceeding their needs and expectations and by inviting them to enjoy his beautiful creation. We abide by what it says in the Bible in 1 Peter 4:9-10: "Cheerfully share your home with those who need a place to stay. God has given each of us a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. " Valuing Our Past, Building for the Future Our mission at Heritage Farm is to apply that same pioneer spirit and value system to our alpaca business and Farm Stay enterprise. We are dedicated to working hard to provide the best of care to our herd and our overnight guests. I imagine the original occupants of the cabin would have done nothing less. Visit us on Facebook: facebook. com/heritagefarmstays
The Gibbon Conservation Center was established in 1976 by Alan Richard Mootnick and houses the rarest group of apes in the Western Hemisphere. It is the only institution in the world to house and breed all four genera of gibbon and has successfully reproduced 7 gibbon species. The center offers observation and non-invasive research opportunities for students and scientists and participates in all relevant Species Survival Plans (SSPs). In addition to providing consulting services to zoos, museums, government agencies such as the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service and individual scientists on species identification and gibbon care, the GCC offers educational opportunities for students of all ages, as well as assisting with gibbon rescue programs in Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Antique Indonesian teakwood cottage, private deck with hot tub and very special, large, artistic bathroom/sitting room, private for cottage guests only. . Beautifully rural, yet just 6 minutes from historic downtown Petaluma and fine restaurants and shops. A short trip to the Pacific coast and the fabulous Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Tomales and Bodega Bays and towns, excellent vineyards and breweries, and San Francisco! WE FOLLOW THE CLEANING AND DISINFECTING GUIDELINES ISSUED BY AIRBNB. The spaceThe antique Indonesian cottage is made of beautifully hand carved and hand colored teak wood, and is quiet, cozy and romantic with lovely views. It abuts a large private deck and hot tub. Just a few steps across the deck is the very large, luxurious, art filled, centrally heated private bathroom and sitting area. The cottage itself is unheated although there is a premium electric mattress pad with separate controls on the California King bed. That and the hot tub make for cozy sleeping on chilly winter nightsGuest accessAside from the private deck, hot tub and bathroom/sitting room (with 6' tub and shower), guests can access 2. 5 peaceful acres, woods and fields and Helen Putnam Regional Park one mile down the road for spectacular hiking. Other things to noteIn the 1970's this property was Swallowtail Studios, a famous glass blowers cooperative. The Grateful Dead played in the barn and hung out here. . . their manager lived just down the road. The barn is redwood, quite large and beautiful, with stained glass windows. "
Swimming in North Fork Tule River, miles of hiking trails on ranch. River Ridge goes from 1,000' elev. to 3,000' elevation. Hike right on the ranch. We are between Sequoia National Park (about an hour) and the Giant Sequoia National Monument (16 miles to groves up Hwy 190 and no entrance fee). Choose from individual tent sites, group tent sites, tiny cabins or book the 5-acre Compound or the entire ranch. There are 33 giant sequoia groves in our Southern Region of the Giant Sequoia National Monument, some easily driven to, and some remote. Our ranch is a nature preserve and an education demonstration site, teaching sustainable and regenerative land use practices. River Ridge Institute, our non-profit, hosts a variety of events for the public. Please note: you are expected to leave the ranch and kitchen area as you found it, i. e. , dishes washed thoroughly and dried and put away, recycling separated from trash, food scraps in compost buckets, sticky marshmallow removed from forks and surfaces (ick!). Thank you. Enjoy: The Kitchen has a cooktop, large fridge, microwave, full dishes and utensils and pots and pans with a big washing area in the back. Propane bbq. . There's a River Barn to use as a remote space and Turtle Cove for swimming (delightful in Summer 2023). Saturday morning Farmer's Market in downtown at 9 AM - Noon. Homesteaded in 1859, owned by the Negus family from 1909-2000. Barbara and I bought it to save it from subdivision and it's now protected by a Conservation Easement and acts as a community center for the arts, music, poetry, gatherings and outdoor education. We're both biologists, so, just ask us. Please see the Rules and Safety section to review our Waiver of Liability.
Cedar Bloom was purchased in the spring of 2017 by Spirit Weavers Gathering as a place of peace and healing, for all walks of life. Spirit Weavers is an annual women's gathering which happens once a year each June. We host over 1,200 women in just two weeks on the land. Our beautiful forested land is located in Southern Oregon, in a small town off the 199 Redwood Highway. The land which we call home is 100 acres of beautiful protected forest and sits upon a mile of the Illinois River. We are very fortunate to be surrounded by a widely diverse population of flora and fauna. As caretakers of this sacred land, we feel a strong responsibility to honor our plant and animal allies by not only protecting them and their habitat, but also to help educate others about what lives and grows here by providing people with opportunities to experience the beauty of these plants and animals for themselves. For this reason, We are honored to host the many different groups who will gather here on this land for learning and communing with the nature that flourishes here. We feel very fortunate to be involved in this process of helping promote a sustainable and abundant future for all living things on this planet by sharing knowledge and skills from the human past that can make a sustainable lifestyle a reality for everyone everywhere. This is our home and we are happy to share it with you!
Sleep in the trees, play disc golf and hike to the summit. Here at TimberStone we offer a range of treehouses, from a 1200 sq. foot treehouse for the whole family - to one of our smaller primitive treehouse for a couple's peaceful getaway. Our 18-hole Disc Golf Course is spread throughout 25 acres. With the mountainous terrain and boulder obstacles it offers a challenge for even the most seasoned players, yet fun for all ages. Our main treehouse is 1200 sq. feet, two story with a full kitchen, living room, two baths with a Jacuzzi tub, sleeps 8 and comes with all the amenities including Wifi. We offer a second 375 sq. foot treehouse rental with a loft, sleeps 4, has a full bath, full kitchen, and all the amenities. Our small primitive treehouse is a nature lovers dream, get away from everyday stress and truly enjoy and an unplugged vacation. With a deck off the front, a swinging hammock under the Treehouse and a BBQ grill, this treehouse makes for a perfect peaceful getaway. This one has a loft, sleeps 4, and access to an outhouse close by. With over 50 acres bordering the White Mountain National Forest and 8 acres of mountain top and ledges, this makes for a perfect location to place these rustic Maine treehouses and an 18 hole disc golf course - over a mile long. Throughout the course, you will be throwing from ledges over 15' high or tee pads made from cobble stone pavers. We have rustic log handmade benches throughout the course for resting. With the course ending along the mountain ledges, players can truly enjoy Maine's natural beauty.
Rusty Can Ranch, 10 acres of land nestled between 2 Rocky desert mountains, a taste of the wild west. Named for the many rusty cans left by the homesteader who once occupied this land. Camp Tree is primitive tent camping on open land. Plenty of space for your RV and horse trailer. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the beautiful star lit nights. Currently I am working on 3 alternative shelters including a shipping container home. They are not part of Camp Tree but you are welcome to explore them. I work on them on the weekends and I would love to show you them.
Back Achers Farm is a 4th generation family farm born of love for farming and a once in a lifetime love of two people named Bill and Isabelle Jones. "At 90, he wondered what he wanted his legacy to be. . . but wait!! Before we can talk about the legacy of a man, we need to look first at the heart of a farm boy. It all began, when as a little boy, young Bill Jones would grab an apple and a cold biscuit to follow his Uncle Bill outside to work on the farm. Well. . . he used to FOLLOW his Uncle Bill who actually did the work. But into the heart of that little boy, the love of farming was planted. After he served in WWII, he came home a received his degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee. It was also during that time he fell in love with Isabelle. I once asked Ma Belle if she had wanted to marry a farmer, she smiled at me and said, "What I wanted was to marry Bill and Bill was a farmer. " written by published author, Sarah Decosimo Jones the daughter in law and now steward with husband Steve, of Back Achers Farm. There are stories of Isabelle losing her sight here, Bill flying his first helicopter, children being born and moving to Lithuania, owning a Floral Design Studio, adopting children into this loving family, first tractor rides, stories of joy and sadness. Mostly, there is laughter. . . when we tell of how the lake arrived, where the cheese is placed on a burger or hearing how working cows ACTUALLY happens. We are a family of deep rooted love and whether you take a short farm tour or sit and listen to many stories. . . once you visit, you become family. And there is none other like the Jones. So come visit, watch the sun go to sleep over the mountain, hear a beaver slap it's tail in warning, hear the voice of a newborn calf, smell the sweet scent of a honey locust pod and let a piece of Back Achers live forever in your heart.
Twisselman ranch is a 6 generation working cattle ranch that has been in the family since the 1800’s. We all enjoy this wonderful place and hope to share our experiences with others. Voted BEST HIPCAMP Glamping in the United States to visit in 2021 & 2022!! Come Glamping & experience our Rual Retreat here at Twisselman Ranch. We are located about 1 hour east of Paso Robles California a short drive off highway 58 and about 1. 5 hours west of Bakersfield. Carrisa Plains is known for its beautiful display of wild flowers in the spring time, incredible sunny days, and spectacular wildlife viewing. The ranch is also located a short 29 min drive from the Carrizo Plain National Monument and Las Padres National Forest. Tule elk, prog horn antelope, and valley quail are just some of the animals you may encounter on our ranch. The pond is full of fish (bass, blue gill & sun perch) so don’t forget your fishing poles (catch & release). -We have beautiful 2 stall hot water showers, and three stall restroom including handicap stall. **Cleaned & Sanitized DAILY Our communal kitchen has : a large gas bbq grill, 3 smaller gas grills as well as gas burners & sink. **Cleaned & Sanitized DAILY. There are several counter high prepping tables around the kitchen (please clean up your cooking essentials & food after each meal as everyone shares this space). Campfires - We are an ember free site year round due to wildfire risks & insurance purposes. We do however have propane fire pit rentals for $20 per night. - great for roasting s’mores & the ambience of camping. Please do not cook any meals on them. All cooking is to be done in the communal kitchen area. The summer days can get pretty toasty and the winter nights can get very chilly so check the weather before your stay and plan accordingly. Don’t forget your swim suits as we have soaking troughs for you to cool off in. -Also please note we are located an hour from the nearest town, no stores or gas stations. Please come fully equipped with your own utensils, cooking essentials, food and beverages. We sell ICE!! $5 per 5lb bag. We are off grid, there is no electricity, all lights are battery or solar powered. You may want a flashlight or headlamp for walking around at night. We have wildflower honey available for sale straight off the ranch. If your interested in purchasing during your stay please visit Twisselman Ranch . Com be sure to specify in comment at check out that your a guest. Cellular Service - Verizon is the only dependable steady service out here as we have a Verizon tower on the ranch. All other service is spotty if existent at all. We are a self check-in site. Upon arrival show yourself to the site following welcome note directions. Check in is anytime after 3pm, but no later than 9pm unless arranged with us (a $20 late fee will apply after 9pm). Check out is 11am on the day of departure. Instagram @temblormountainpacktrain #temblormountainpacktrain #camptheranch #twisselmanranch
Located only 15 minutes from the historic downtown Healdsburg, Shelterwood is a 400+ acre, family owned property located on Mill Creek, with a focus on timber, preservation, and camping. We have built a few tent cabins around the property for you to stay in and enjoy nature. There are several miles of trails and dirt roads to wander, while taking in the beautiful northern California forest. Many world class restaurants, vineyards, and breweries await. We can also help you in booking Russian River paddling trips and exclusive vineyard tours.
(If you book with us, please don’t follow your GPS if it tries to make you turn at the Coney Island hot dog stand. Glen Isle is . 5 miles past the hot dog stand. ) Due to the ongoing issues with forest fires in our area and insurance issues at this time, we will no longer have open wood-burning fires. Propane fires are permitted if you have a portable campfire ring, please feel free to bring your own. We do have a couple available for rent onsite. For your safety and ours: absolutely no check in/arrival after dark sets in; Around 5:15pm during winter months. 7:30pm summer There are many reasons why you would want to camp at Glen Isle Resort! Glen Isle is located in Bailey, Colorado which is the perfect vacation spot for friends, family, reunions, or a private get away. Glen Isle was originally built for an escape from hectic Denver. Once you cross the bridge into the resort, you’ll understand why it has served as a peaceful getaway for over a century. The Platte River welcomes you and divides the property from Highway 285. If you love to fish, you have a mile of the river to use at your disposal. If hiking is your forte and you desire to explore nature, Glen Isle is surrounded by the National Forest, Lost Creek Wilderness, Payne Gulch Trailhead, the Colorado Trail and many private acres for you to explore. You will find history narrates the Native American’s story where Glen Isle was once used as an Indian encampment, and numerous trees still stand today that were culturally modified to mark sacred treasures. If you seek tranquility, you will find hummingbirds and chipmunks always seeking an audience to entertain. Starting June 1st, we will offer evening activities, and campers are welcome to come to the lodge, shop in our gift shop. We also have snacks for purchase, and popcorn for our guests to enjoy. (Glorious Glen Isle was unoccupied for six years. We are in the process of renovating hundred year old cabins, and the 8,000 square foot lodge. Our camping areas have a river setting, glorious valley views, and a private setting surrounded by the National Forest. However, there is renovation and construction going on around some areas of the property. Additionally, as you can see from the map and read in a few reviews, we are just on the other side of the beautiful Platte River from Highway 285. About 75% of our guests are not bothered by the busyness of the this highway but others can be more sensitive to the noise. We want Glen-Isle campers to enjoy their experience as much as possible, so if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to ask. Our goal is to share the property with others, and to have the "happiest" campers in Colorado!) Glen Isle Resort was opened in 1901, by five original investors. In 1923, the property was bought by the Baldwin's and in the 1940's it was given to the Baldwin's granddaughter, Barbara and her husband Gordon Tripp. The Tripp family owned and operated the resort until Barbara's death in November 2012. Mary Ruth grew up coming to Glen Isle Resort as a child in the 1970's. Her favorite memories are the chuckwagon dinners, horseback riding, evening dances, movie nights, and the endless activities that never grew old. Mary Ruth grew up, married Greg, and they started bringing their five boys to Glen Isle Resort. Mary Ruth and Greg were both professionals in education, and visited Glen Isle in the summer of 2016 after an Adele concert. They found their beloved Glen Isle was being sold. After much consideration, they found the idea of not pursuing a dream to be more terrifying than looking back and wondering "why" they didn't. . . so they began the magical journey to purchase, restore, and bring historical Glen Isle back to life.