Hipcamp host Jon H.,
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Covid update...we are charging more for our camping starting May 1. Since Hipcamp does not offer a cleaning fee, we are adding it to the nightly cost and requiring a two night minimum rental. That will pay for spraying down the tables, grills, and fire pits with disinfectant between campers. Generally we get campers on weekends so that will allow more time for for any viru

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Covid update...we are charging more for our camping starting May 1. Since Hipcamp does not offer a cleaning fee, we are adding it to the nightly cost and requiring a two night minimum rental. That will pay for spraying down the tables, grills, and fire pits with disinfectant between campers. Generally we get campers on weekends so that will allow more time for for any virus to be killed naturally. We hope you understand and support this effort. And if you really want to support my neighbor who is struggling as her cleaning business for condos has been all but shut down, you could leave a tip on the table under a rock or something. For those returning campers, thank you for supporting us. 🤠 South Park..... star lit skies, mountain views, and protection from wind. Our camping area is quiet. You have 40 acres to roam on our ranch. And we are a bike ride from the National Forest. It is an enchanting place my kids grew up visiting as their special camping site. There are two campsites located in separate wooded areas with 1/4 mile of grassland between. You will have no noisy neighbors. So to maintain that feeling, please keep in mind sound carries to the point you can hear casual conversations across the valley. This is an area with neighbors that like privacy and quiet time after dark. If you are planning a loud party, go to the BLM land. NO GUNS OR FIREWORKS! Night stars are so vivid on moonless nights. Coyotes howl in the distance and antelope are commonly seen in the area. We are very close to several types of Colorado adventures. Hiking, fishing, climbing, rafting, boating and hot springs resorts are within an hour's drive. Cool nights and warm days are the norm compared to nearby Summit County. And when the wind blows, as South Park is famous for, you will be amazed how still it is surrounded by 800 year old Bristlecone Pine trees. Please respect our trees. They have been here since before Columbus. And when you get settled in, imagine Native Americans camping in your spot as their tribesmen drive buffalo up the open draw. With bows drawn they wait concealed in the trees. Or from the book, Bayou Salado, imagine the Spanish explorers here, the French trappers, and later Kit Carson avoiding a skirmish between the Arapaho and Ute.  This is basically back country camping on a private sanctuary. Bring all your toys or just yourself. Think South Park, because it is, well, South Park, a land as big as Connecticut. Find out why we were voted one of the best camps in Colorado

Update: 

Look up "Clearing in the Aspen." It is a third site opened this summer. It is more suited for large groups with several tents or RV's or larger camper trailers with a pull through parking area. 

Site 1 - There is a four burner gas grill with side stovetop and gas fire pit. There is also a large picnic table. Bring you own 25 lb gas bottle.  It has a drive through driveway through an ancient Bristlecone Pine forest for trailers up to 24 ft. and enough space for several tents.  It is well  tucked into the trees for shade and wind break. If your trailer is too long, there is space among the forest edge to park.

Site 2 - Rock outcrops, fantastic views of the Continental Divide through Aspen and pine forest and leveled tent spaces for 3 tents. You are sheltered from the wind, but not quite as much as Site 1. A camper trailer would have to park in the parking area and be able to back in or out with a 4WD vehicle. There is a gas fire pit and a gas grill. Bring your own propane tank. Also, there is a table and chairs and a fire ring. This was our first permanent camp spot. Our teepee was set up here for years above the stone fire pit, as the place we would love to build. 

To describe my camping there June 5, 2018. I arrived with my packing goats and set them out to forage. I set up camp and had a couple of beers before the late evening twilight. I was watching the sun fade on the snow covered peaks in the distance. Had dinner and watched the intense stars overhead after dark. The SILENCE is DEAFENING! No cars, no planes, no air conditioner hum, no human generated sound. In the morning the songbirds wake you up. Later the wind begins to whisper through the trees. Later the trees are wavering overhead and you know it is howling over the surrounding plains. But it is relatively still in the woods. That is why the campsites are buried in the trees. Before I left the next day, I walked through the aspens mixed with Bristlecone Pine and marveled at the wildflowers that cover the ground with a carpet of tenacious plants. They have a fleeting moment of beauty and continue through the year, conserving the precious water they get mostly as snow in winter. I pass a couple antelope on the driveway going out. Down the hill, the neighbor's horses are galloping across the grassland away from my noisy truck. South Park........give the other drivers a little wave from the steering wheel as you drive by. They still like to know there are neighbors around. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 10 guests per site
Park at listing
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Jon a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Boating

Spinney Mountain Res. is 12 miles away.

Fishing

Spinney Mtn, Eleven Mile, and Taryall Reservoir are nearby. Also headwaters of the South Platte flyfishing.

Hiking

Hiking our 40 acres includes meadows and forests with a mix of Aspen, Spruce and Pine. The Bristlecone Pine are over 800 years ...Read more

Paddling

Browns Canyon is an hour away.

Off-roading (OHV)

There are many county and private roads in the area going to the National Forest roads. My neighbor goes riding every weekend.

Climbing

Indian Mountain and Eagle Rock are 30 minutes away by gravel and dirt roads. Check Google Maps.

Whitewater paddling

We are about one hour by car from Browns Canyon National Monument rafting. Johnson Village rafting companies are 45 minutes by...Read more

Wildlife watching

Dear, Elk, Antelope cross through our property.

Biking
Horseback riding

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at South Park Forest and Plains in Colorado.

Forest

Our edge forest is a mix of several forest zones. We have a mix of and Bristlecone Pine, Limber Pine that grow up to timberline...Read more

Lake

We are about 1/2 hour from Spinney Mtn. and Eleven Mile Reservoirs. We are about an hour from Tarryall Reservoir by back roads ...Read more

Mountainous

We are surrounded by mountains. There are several wilderness areas nearby. The mountain views are amazing along with a dark sky...Read more

Field

Our land is a mix of prairie and forest. We are in South Park, inspiration the TV show. If you visit the local bars, you would...Read more

River, stream, or creek

We are near many fly fishing creeks.

Farm

Our land is on open range so be prepared for livestock if they are coming through. Also protect your food from bears.

Ranch

Our land is on open range so be prepared for livestock if they are coming through. Also protect your food from bears.

Hot spring

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Hipcamper Alyssa
Alyssa T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 6th, 2021

Such a beautiful scenery! Definitely a nice getaway. We ended up just staying one night because it was absolutely freezing which made it hard to sleep but we enjoyed the rest of the day and headed home before it got too dark. For the most part it was really quiet, other than hearing a gun shots in the distance and coyotes but nothing crazy! No bathrooms so be prepared! Also, it was super nice to have the gas grills, we just couldn’t figure out how to use the bigger one so we used the smaller one instead. It was my husband’s and I first time camping so this place was a great, secluded and romantic spot to just getaway with our two dogs.

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Hipcamper Dennis

Gem of a site!

Dennis S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 6th, 2021

Relatively easy to get to, surprisingly wooded area. Campsite is well marked and has a table and grill available. I camped here once before and had a great time. This time was great as well!

Hipcamper Brett

Good site, bad neighbors and host

Brett P.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 2)
August 30th, 2021

The directions to the campsite were helpful until we reached the specified point on the map. It was difficult to find site 2 as the sign is up a hill off the road. We were able to locate the site after spotting the faded sign from the bottom of the hill.

Communication with our host was very lacking. We did not receive any responses from him to any of the 4 messages we sent during the entirety of our stay. Both Verizon and AT&T had service at the site and in the area. We did not hear from our host until Sunday morning when we had already left camp.

On Saturday when we took a brief walk down the road we used to enter the property. From the description, this is the camp host’s driveway, as we walked less than a 1/4 mile from our campsite, a neighbor shot a gun in the air and told us to turn around because we were entering private property. The same neighbor lit off fireworks after 10pm that evening despite the fire ban.

In addition, 2 unleashed dogs approached our campsite very shortly after arrival. We were able to keep them away but never saw any owner. And their approach did not seem friendly.

The campsite itself was not too bad. Good spaces to place tents and the gas fire was fantastic during the evenings. Grill and table both very worn. The cleaning mentioned in the description does not appear to have been done for a LONG time - which is ok we’re camping but an increase in cost is mentioned to accommodate for the cleaning.

Overall, not a bad campsite, but communication and unhappy neighbors made for a less than stellar trip.

Hipcamper Jason
Jason T.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 1)
August 10th, 2021

Our first night was quiet. The next several days were filled with gunfire and even a cannon going off about 70 yards away. Additionally some other neighbors walked into our camp in the middle of the night with no lights. I realize there's little that can be done about neighbors but it sure did have us on edge. Still a great, wooded site with plenty of room.

Hipcamper Marissa

Nothing but you and the stars!!!

Marissa S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
August 9th, 2021

It was a nice campsite tucked in away in a grove of Aspens. Not much around which we loved. The kids and dogs could play and explore without worry. We didn’t see site 1 but 2 and 3 both had a grill and propane fire your guest to use, which is a nice added perk. We stayed on site 2. The site was easy to find but good be more challenging if you can at night. Follow Jon’s written directions once you get to the property (aka. the windmill with the canoe) and once you see the broken down Jeep turn and look for the little sign for site 2. We have a 16ft travel trailer and it was fine to pull up and then turn to back in. We didn’t see any animals except for a lot of chipmunks and the sound of coyotes in the distance at night. It was a great weekend.

Hipcamper Thomas
Thomas B.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 2)
July 25th, 2021

The site needs better directions! It took us 5 hours compared to two! Poor signage and really hard to find with gps. Road in is almost impossible if it has rained. Beautiful area but bad directions made for a sub par weekend

Hipcamper Tony

Quiet & beautiful

Tony W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 18th, 2021

My Son and I enjoyed our stay, especially peace and quiet and beautiful views. This camp spot is located in the trees and is very spacious. Many gorge wild flowers were in full bloom and the weather was perfect!

Hipcamper David

Thoroughly enjoyed the stay

David L.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 11th, 2021

Google Maps took us right to the car that marks the entrances the entrance of the property with the coordinates provided. If you’re camping at spot 1 (would recommend) you keep driving a ways past the car before making a left to head back to the trees on the hillside. Although a little bit tight in spots, we had no trouble getting our 18’ trailer in and out. Nice and sheltered from the wind and secluded from the few neighbors. A great spot to camp overall. We went to Spinney Lake and it was right about 30 minutes. Fairplay was also about 30 minutes and that seemed to be the nearest gas station FYI. You would definitely need 4WD if there had been or would be any significant rain. There were some significant ruts from traffic in and out in the mud.

Hipcamper Elena
Elena P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 9th, 2021

We enjoyed our stay even though it was raining majority of the time! We will back for sure. Very peaceful place with beautiful views.

Awards

Best of 2019 Colorado
Finalist
Best of 2018 Colorado
6th place
Property
Hay Zee Mountain Ranch
State
Colorado
Country
United States
$49/night
2 Sites

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