Tent Campers welcome! We love TentCampers and enjoy opening up our land and field for folks to enjoy. Due to COVID and privacy, we've ''closed'' 2 of 4 bookable sites, however as a TentCamper you would have your choice of 1 of the 4 marked areas. Example: book a specific site 1 or 2, but once on farm, you'd have free choice to change tent site to any other unreserved sit
Tent Campers welcome! We love TentCampers and enjoy opening up our land and field for folks to enjoy. Due to COVID and privacy, we've ''closed'' 2 of 4 bookable sites, however as a TentCamper you would have your choice of 1 of the 4 marked areas. Example: book a specific site 1 or 2, but once on farm, you'd have free choice to change tent site to any other unreserved site keeping in mind there may be one other TentCamp reservation.
ALL TENTCAMP SITES/AREAS ARE WALK-IN ONLY:
100-400 yards: "Parking at SITE" refers to parking in front of our Big Red Barn and follow mowed foot path to the white plastic fence posts marking 4 general camping areas. We respectfully ask for No Driving to tent camp sites to unload.
-No Porta Potty- No Drinking Water-No Firewood, No Shade, so BYO or plan accordingly
-Park near RED BARN and WALK-IN to 4 different generally dispersed tent camp areas
Site 1a "BLUE MOWER"= 100 yards from car(within view of Carcampers): just an old metal mower with mowed grass. Easy and closer to car or eat a burger in Cheney, roll up, pop up a tent, drink a few beers with a buddy and sleep under the stars. More farm than Palouse scenery. (ideal for late arrivals, not ideal for full privacy)
Site 1b "GOAT CAMP"=200 yards from car(within view of Site 1): Flat mowed grass near green farm gate close to the 6 Nigerian goats, 2 mini horses, and 5 old dude goats. Easy set up, metal gate for hanging clothes, check out the curious animals if they venture over to the gate.
Site 2a "OLD WOOD SPOOL"=300 yards from car: Up on hill at properties edge near lone railroad tie, old wooden spool to use as table, metal fire pit to move wherever you'd like, 2 rather large mowed areas for family camping. Sweeping views.
Site 2b "RED FARM DISC"=400 yards from car: furthest away, sweeping views, most private tent spots, bit of a walk. Look for old Red Farm Disc up at southern property line after finding white fence post. flat area, views of Tower Mt, Rocks of Sharon and Mt. Spokane way, way, off in the distance, old metal fire pit, mowed down grass, and old flat pad of a farm building that's no longer there (Area 4 can also pop down over the hill for more privacy near an old white metal fire pit in view of an old orange horse trailer)
-The BlueShed and mowed meadow area near pond are reserved for CARCAMP and RV-CAMP listings. (please use Palouse Stargazing CarCamp or Palouse Stargazing RV Camp for those bookings if you'd like to park at your camp site)
100-400 YARDS of walking, carrying, backpacking, hucking, pulling, dragging all your camp gear to Areas 1-4 will be involved! We have 1 buggy and 1 old metal wheeled cart to carry coolers etc. The Ukelele photo and "back property line" photo are good indicators of "outback"
PARKING: Please park near Red Chevy or in front of the red barn.
TERRAIN: We are Pasture, Field, Meadow.....simply NOT a KOA campground, we try to mow "outback" when possible but expect tall and short, mowed and un-mowed grasses
SITES 1-4 and SIGNAGE: we don't have much signage, just one single white plastic fence post marks each campsite 1-4
-We are "Farm First, Camping Second" and just simply trying to let folks enjoy a wide open space and being surrounded by 100s of acres of our neighbor's wheat, pea, and lentil fields and our baby goats, ducks, chickens, mini-horses, and now cows. (and by ''farm first'', we simply mean we are trying to keep up with fences, weeds, animals, and a slow home remodel)
-Zero SHADE! Just wide open space.
(if you'd rather "car camp" out of your trunk with nearby access to your car, please, please, please book CarCamp instead)
If you're bringing a trailer or want to reserve the camping space near BlueShed with fire ring, picnic table, charcoal grill, THEN PLEASE check out and book "Palouse Stargazing CarCamp" listing. This TentCamp listing is for those campers that will be parking at the red barn and walking 100-400 yards/1-5 minutes out past the pond and blue shed and setting up in the pasture or field.
FIRE UPDATE: Mid-July through Oct 1st: OPEN FIRE-BAN at TentCamp Sites. Please refrain from any open flame, including candles, lighters, cigarettes or charcoal. (CarCamp and RV Camps are allowed to use charcoal because gravel and water are present at all times, but we can't risk it at the TentCamp sites during harvest)
More Info and Repeated info below:
as listed, there is no porta-potty this year. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we think we are priced correctly for the au-natural style of camping.
For you hardy campers you are more than welcome to bring a "camp toilet":bucket with lid, sailboat porta-let, pop up toilet with plastic bags, dig a cat-hole, or time that morning coffee in Cheney or Spangle:) or a wooden fence-post when appropriate(alone or out of view) is A-OK for natural coyote repellent.
"GATEWAY TO THE PALOUSE"
Close to Cheney, Spangle, and Spokane, this is a wide open space of 13 acres surrounded by thousands of acres of wheat, peas, lentils, and garbanzos. At the back of the property, you can expect distant views of Mt. Spokane and Mica Peak. Our property sits down low with rolling wheat fields to block city light pollution for really dark night skies.
-Late SUMMER FIRE UPDATE: Spokane County Burn Ban usually in affect most of the summer, so open Fire rings NOT allowed in fields in July or August harvest time. BYO charcoal or enclosed lantern to be safe.
-POWER: there is one outside GFI outlet with plastic cover on side of barn that can be shared with other campers for cell phone charging.
-BBQ: Shared propane grill found near barn
-GARDEN: always welcome to help yourself to chives, mint, arugula, kale and sometimes peas from the garden, just ask and we'll show you were they are this year?
-EGGS: Nest clean duck and chicken EGGS available for a small price, just ask at booking. But of course, entirely dependent on the Gals laying frequency.
-WIND: Very wide open space: sometimes windy, sometimes perfectly still and silent.
-WELLS Rd is visible from most of property. It is a quiet property, but we want campers to be aware of that:)
-Unless needed, we turn off all barn and security lights at night to enjoy the stars.
-TICKS: as always, check yourself and animals for TICKS when camping, the wetter tall grasses are a prime spot to pick up a tick.
-TURNBULL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: 8.9 miles to gate entrance; nature trails and many small lakes for wildlife viewing
-BADGER LAKE: 13 miles to public boat launch and restrooms; Kayaking and fishing.
-WILLIAMS LAKE: public boat launch and a small resort on the lake. Check out BUNKER'S RESORT
-STEPTOE BUTTE: 36 miles one way, with some beautiful paved farm road alternate routes available from our farm.
(please read below for more descriptions and details of above bullet items)
UPDATE 2019-We are slowly remodeling the roadside farm house and currently have 5 chickens, 2 geese, 5 ducks, 8 goats and 2 mini horses named "Cal" and "Pickles". When we are on site, you are more than welcome to visit and groom the animals. "Pickles" is a gentle, sometimes stubborn, 24 yr old mini mare who can be walked by lead and halter with adult supervision. (if you're brave you can go in the pasture, but the goats may try to stand up on you to get a treat!)
8 miles south of small town Cheney, 7 miles west of main street Spangle, and a short drive to a few fishing lakes and the 16,000-acre Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. This is a great spot to park your RV, car camp, or walk out to the property line and tent camp under the stars and wake up to views of Mica Peak surrounded by acres of Palouse wheat fields, all while being short distances to various activities.
Almost all campers could be in view of the house, shop and barn. This is a very open spot with brush, tall canary grasses and wheat fields with grand nightly stargazing views and no neighbors looking onto the property. (Just to be honest, we think this openness is awesome but there is very little to no shade)
We believe we've priced ourselves right for those campers that want to get out of the city for a night or two and see the stars and visit the many local fishing and kayaking lakes as well as Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Or for parents that just want to get their kids out and spend a night or two "practicing" tent set up and camp cooking.
All monies raised will go towards tree and brush plantings on site (and some mini-horse treats).
If you're exploring the local lakes and wildlife refuge all day and want a cooked meal, we highly recommend a burger or awesome chicken strips at The Spangle Saloon! If waking up and going is your thing, check out Bene's in Cheney for, well, any kind of eggs benedict you could want.
Speaking of eggs, our farm fresh “nest clean” eggs are available for a small price to cook up on site. Let us know when you book! ($2 for 6 nest clean eggs)
We will eventually have a seasonal garden of herbs: sage, parsley, chives, cilantro, kale and who knows what else! You are welcome to pick through it as needed for your meals at no cost(feel free to bring any seeds you may have and help us expand our garden!)
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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Wide open Palouse country, there is wildlife present but your best bet is to visit nearby Turnbull National Wildlife refuge.
Natural features you'll find at Palouse Stargazing TentCamp-Walk-In in Washington.
Rolling Palouse Wheat Fields
13 acres with old barn and small fenced pasture. 5 acres tillable land and 5 acres of sub irrigated grasses
13 acres with old barn and small fenced pasture. 5 acres tillable land and 5 acres of sub irrigated grasses
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
If you are looking for a place to pitch your tent and have amazing star filled nights, this is the place. Quiet farm, a variety of farm animals (cows, mini horses, goats, chickens, geese, barn cats) to visit, and an nice shared picnic/bbq area. No trees for shade, so bring your own. An awesome place for kite flying.
Beautiful location in the palouse
Beautiful setting with picturesque barn, windmill and many animals. I do wish there were some trees for shade and windbreak, but all in all a good stay in a beautiful region with few camping options.
Feels like olden times
Weary travelers used to have to approach a farmhouse to ask permission to camp in the field at night (or risk getting caught without permission) and might offer payment in labor. Luckily we have this online service to ask permission before arrival and payment is way easier! (Although the cows would not complain if you tossed them a handful of hay!)
Matt was great. Available and responsive. The farm was beautiful, dark, quiet. Would crash there again.
I was in absolute bliss the entire time I was at Matt and Melissa's. I was the only one out there but the goats and mini horses made sure to keep me company. Woke up with the roosters at the crack of dawn with the sun coming over the wheat fields and all the animals running to the edge of the pen to greet me good morning it was truly surreal. 10/10 would stay again.
Great site! Arrived at dark, was very easy to find designated camping spot due to detailed instructions and markings at the site. Very glad and surprised to find a field of mini goats and mini horses in the morning.