The site has a dazzling river view that is accessible for various activities. Wild onions and grapes grow on the land. This is a great place for family or friends who love the outdoors.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at The Horseshoe on the Colorado in Texas.
Places to see near Butterfly Colorado River Valley
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Bring carrots for horse and donkey
Tommy's place is an excellent place to camp, so long as you know what you're getting. As other's have said Tommy was great. Prompt with the communication, friendly and clearly wanted everyone on his property to enjoy their time. He met us at the gate, and led us down to the river, which is the reason to stay there. He pointed out 3 solid choices for parking our camper and we went with a spot near the river not far from the road that is shared with the adjoining property. That's a key here, Tommy doesn't own the entirety of the Colorado river and if he did he would probably wouldn't let you stay there for so cheap. His property is, I'd guess, about a 150 feet of river frontage. Other people own the property on both sides and they may choose to use it.
The upper camping spot which is the one with 30 amp service is quite accessible but up a hill from the river. The hill to get down the river requires attention but calling it sketchy is laughable. We took a civic and a 23 foot travel trailer up and down it. If it was scary in your "overlander" stay in the mall parking lot, seriously. Entrance into the river is slippery for a couple feet then nice gravel bottom and cool water. We hung a rope down to aid getting in and out. Couldn't fit our kayaks but launchable spot for sure.
We were visited by both the great dane and the 1am quad riders. Neither was an issue. Horse and donkey swinging through camp were a great bonus. All in all, not a 5 star resort but a fine spot to camp.
Tommy is very nice and met us soon after we arrived. Unfortunately we had to cut out trip short because I threw my back out right after getting there and my generator kept shorting out on the hottest day of the year.
A few things people need to realize.
The electric hook up is not close to the river and not in the pictures. I did not realize this and drove down to the river. The road in to the property and down to the river can only be described as "sketchy at best." I drove my overlanding popup down there and would not do it again.
The neighbors are very active very late into the night. Riding a 4 wheeler at 1am, dogs barking constantly. So if you are looking for isolation, peace and quiet, these are not the neighbors you want.
River access is a steep bank, we did not go kayaking as planned because we left, but could not have if we wanted to.
If you are wanting to fish from the bank, this looks like a good spot. Watch out for water mocasins, we saw one as soon as we arrived. I watched small gar feeding on the top water all morning.
Camp at your own risk!
The Hipcamp site is a wonderful spot and the owners are gracious, responsive hosts.
The major cause of concern are the neighbors adjacent to the property. The shared fence needs repairs.
The neighbors own at least 6 dogs; the black, unneutered Great Dane is aggressive and territorial and crosses the fence multiple times, into the campsite on the Hipcamp owner's property.
The neighbor was at work and couldn't be reached. The host, called animal control, they set up a trap but, did not capture the dog. The neighbor eventually comes home apologizes to us and even witnesses his Great Dane trespass and bark at us. The neighbor puts the dog up for a couple of hours in his house and then lets him back out. The rest of the evening is okay, no more issues other than the neighbors are being a little loud but, we continue our fun. Then right before midnight I hear a tractor and he has moved a spotlight that illuminates his field pointed directly across from our tent. We are too tired at this point and it too late; we go to sleep. We wake up the next morning and right at 7am Hank Williams Jr. music is blaring from an outdoor audio system. The neighbor starts up the John Deer tractor and proceeds to begin mowing the field next to us. Then specifically targets the fence line where our tent is close to and two other young guys are riding their dirt bikes circling the property. Then the fence line. We were packed and gone by 8am.
A lovely spot right on the water!
We had so much fun camping on Tommy's land! Waze sent us to the wrong road, but Google maps did the trick after we called him for specific instructions. Tommy was incredibly accommodating and kind.
Yes, the road in is bumpy and can be kind of rough. We came during a dry spell, and the Prius did just fine going in and out. Just gotta take it low and slow. You'd probably need a high clearance 4wd to make in out of the lower campground after a rain.
The RV spot was cute and had hookups that we were welcome to use as tent campers - but the real beauty was the lower campsite by the river. Holy moly, it was so lush and green. As soon as we saw it, we knew we had to sent up camp by the river.
There were tons of wild onions growing on property. We had fun hunting for them, and discovering all the hidden "trails" in the lower campground. We had been excited to dip in the river, but the water level was a little high for us. Next time we travel this way, we'll bring kayaks and float down to the public access.
The fire pit was very well contained, and there was no shortage of spots to relax and watch the river. The sunlight was absolutely gorgeous a couple hours before sunset.
If you come in the early spring, be sure to prepare for caterpillars! So many caterpillars. They were very fun to watch and play with on sticks, but we spent half an hour knocking them off our tent in the morning and still ended up inadvertently bring some home. Definitely not a deal-breaker, just be aware!
Single private site next to river
Owner was very helpful and accommodating. Quite peaceful by the river. Met the horse and donkey on site. Single site with electric and water only. One problem - very bumpy dirt road coming in and out with lots of potholes. Make sure to contact owner for specific directions before you get there - GPS was not very helpful.
A secluded retreat
Beautiful spot by the River. The pics on the site don’t do it justice! Very friendly and responsive hosts. Also, there were cute horses on the property that greet you if you’re lucky in the mornings. There were a couple dips on the dirt road that You have to go through get to the campsite but the hosts were gracious enough to put a new slab of gravel for us for easier access to our campsite. Overall would definitely stay here again and would recommend to a friend or family member.
Good price, simple set up.
If you are looking for a real cheap spot with river access and an RV hook up its worth the price. River runs pretty deep here. Saw lots of fish, caught none. You could easily canoe the 6 mile horseshoe and get out at the public dock that maybe a 5 minute drive from your camp. It's fairly rugged terrain to the banks but there is a road for more nimble vehicles. There's a handsome donkey and a horse that might stop by Tommy was responsive and easy to talk to. . I probably wouldn't take the little ones for lack of amenities and ruggedness but good for weekend warrior fishing/canoeing.
This was the perfect spot for a peaceful day out by the water. It was secluded, well-kept, and absolutely gorgeous. Tommy was an excellent host - super responsive and welcoming. We will definitely be booking another stay here the next time we need some time away from the city!