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Family Glamping Safari Tent #1 - Arapaho   (NO PETS IN #1)

This Glamping Tent features all the comforts of home along a private stretch of the creek. The tents are 10 x 16 and each features a queen size comfortable bed, kitchen table and wood burning stove. This tent also has a bunk bed for the kids.. We provide towels and amenities. This is located closest to the lodg


Family Glamping Safari Tent #1 - Arapaho   (NO PETS IN #1)

This Glamping Tent features all the comforts of home along a private stretch of the creek. The tents are 10 x 16 and each features a queen size comfortable bed, kitchen table and wood burning stove. This tent also has a bunk bed for the kids.. We provide towels and amenities. This is located closest to the lodge. Outside there is a propane firepit.  To use the firepit it requires the onsite purchase of propane.  The tent also has electricity to charge your electronic devices.  WE DO NOT ALLOW PETS IN THE GLAMPING TENTS!  Only those with reservations in the glamping tents are allowed in this area.

Reservation considerations.  We require a 3 night minimum for the major holidays - Memorial Day, 4th of July land Labor Day.  Beginning in the 2020 season we do not do checkins on Sunday.  However, if you are on site and want to extend over Sunday night all you have to do is let us know in advance or during your stay.  Due to COVID many of our weddings were postponed into 2021 so many weekends during May, June, September and October are not available for camping.  So if one weekend is booked looked to another weekend or you might consider a mid-week - Monday - Thursday visit. 

This is a family private owned small campground (16 sites only) located on the outskirts of Placerville. The property features 86.5 secluded Tahoe like acres with beautiful year-round Weber Creek. The camp sites are placed along the creek or the bluff overlooking the creek.We have traditional dirt camping, platforms with canvas tents , teepees and glamping tents for those that want the comforts of home. We are all about tent camping – we do not allow travel trailers, campers or van camping (we will allow a small travel trailer in #14).

We have a “family camp” vibe.  We are a great place for families wanting a safe environment for their kids but also several group sites for those that want to hang out together.  We are also a great base site for those wilderness enthusiasts with access to all the El Dorado National Forest including Desolation but want a hot shower at the end of the day.  Tahoe is less than an hour away.  We are dog friendly at many of our sites and love our pets but absolutely enforce leash laws to protect your pet as well as the other campers. Due to the nature of our mixed audience camp we also enforce our quiet period from10 pm to 7 AM.

We have a lodge that is stocked with game tables and every game imaginable along with a ping pong table.The lodge has a Keurig machine and a hot water kettle for those hot drinks (BYO Cups).We have several tables set up for those that want to eat inside as well as multiple picnic tables along the side of the lodge with overhead protection.We’ve been told that our bathrooms are the “cleanest” ever and have changing tables and diaper pails.The showers are nice and cleaned daily.

For outdoor activities we have basketball, volley ball and cornhole not to mention the playground with swing sets, seesaw and tractor play.We also have many outdoor games for meadow play including a tug-a-war rope, gunny sacks, baseballs, gloves and a soccer net.We have hiking trails throughout the property.Our highlight is a camp fire bowl with bench seating with a stage to display camper talent which is perfect for the evening fire and roasting s’mores (bring the fixins).The common area has BBQs – both propane and charcoal as well as a cooking griddle (we also adding a campfire pit in the campfire bowl area for charcoal dutch oven cooking).We are in the wilderness so we have a room to store your open food at night – yes bears live in the wilderness.

The Creek starts out in the spring looking like a rushing river featuring lots of swimming holes and fishing. However, as the summer evolves it is more of a small creek even though we do dam a portion of it (goes up around memorial day weekend and down after labor day) for those that want to use the floating devices we provide (starts out 6 feet and ends up closer to 3 feet).We do not allow individual campfires but have propane fire pits for ambience – not cooking. They require the purchase of our on site propane rental.

We are located in the foothills so we are a short hop to many local attractions that include river rafting, gold mines, wineries and historic towns with great eating establishments. There’s always something happened in downtown Placerville. To make things nicer for our guests we have the ability to rent a limited number of tents, cots, sleeping pads - anything to make it easier for our campers. Come give our location a try – we think you’ll enjoy yourselves.

Checkin is between 4 and 8.  If you are coming from the Bay allow 4 hours - you must leave by 3:00 or 4:00 at the latest to arrive during checkin.  If you get delayed, for the consideration of the other campers you may consider waiting and arriving Saturday morning.   Going forward there will be no checkins after 9:00.  

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
No pets
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No kitchen
No wifi
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict (30 Days)
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 20% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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We are told we have a Tahoe like setting with beautiful pine trees


We have a big meadow which can be used for playing team and recreational games.

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Hipcamper Van
Van M.
recommends this listing.
September 11th, 2017

A beautiful getaway if you're living in the Bay Area. As others mentioned, it looks even better in person. Greg and Laurie were very accommodating and were super friendly+helpful! My favorite part of this trip has definitely been the sound of crickets, frogs and flowing water at night, especially after living in SF for a couple years.

If you're driving to the camp, DO NOT follow Google Maps or any other app, it will lead you to an angry strangers house on a different street.

This is truly a novel glamping experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Picnic table across our camp siteOutside area with a fire pit, picnic table, and a lot of places to sit n relaxThey have carts for you to wheel your stuff around campSturdy log by our site
Hipcamper Melanie
Melanie E.
recommends this listing.
May 29th, 2017

Our family of 4 had a great time glamping here. Greg was lovely and super accommodating and helpful. Our glamping tent was huge and very comfortable. The creek was wonderful and the facilities were everything we needed. If you are like us and assume you can cook over a camp fire, just know that you can use the grills by the lodge or bring your own camp stove. Placerville has lots of shopping and restaurants. We had a blast!

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Hipcamper Carrie

Wonderful creek side stay.

Carrie R.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2020

Our family of 4 loved every moment of our trip. Direct access to the creek, comfy bed, bunk beds for the kids, and blackberries galore. Greg was a great host and even let us borrow a fishing rod so our daughter could fish for the first time. She caught a couple of crawfish and was ecstatic.🦞

Hipcamper Tom
Tom B.
recommends this listing.
July 16th, 2017

The safari tent is way better than the pictures! All you need is your clothes and food. Indoor showers and restrooms. 100+foot trees shading the clear water river. You can even charge you phone in the lodge. We will definitely go back!

Hipcamper Sophia
Sophia L.
recommends this listing.
August 7th, 2017

Staying at the glamping safari tent at Camp Nauvoo was a lovely experience. Greg and Laurie keep the tent clean and provide all the accommodations you need for a comfy stay (shampoo/soap, towels, water, etc.) Greg was available the whole time to answer any questions we had and were extremely committed to making sure we had everything we needed.

The surrounding areas is also very nice. About an 1 - 1.5 hour drive to good hiking trails, but there's also a ton to do at the camp if you want to stick around. Board games, lawn games, a creek to swim in, tons of BBQ grills, etc.

Highly recommend!

Hipcamper Jason
Jason M.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Camp Nauvoo with the family. The glamping tent was awesome and perfect for my city kids that are no so fond of camping. It was clean and very comfortable. Greg was a great host and made sure we had everything we needed. He made us feel right at home. The highlight was finding a great spot on the creek to hang out and swim. The camp is only a 10 minute drive to Placerville so it mades it easy to go out for something to eat or get something from the store. I would highly reccomed camping here. I can't wait to visit again!

Hipcamper Georgiy
Georgiy I.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2017

Beautiful and comfortable place. Hosts were very nice and really did care that we had everything we needed.

Hipcamper Angela
Angela M.
recommends this listing.
August 24th, 2017

We had an amazing visit at Camp Nauvoo. Hosts were welcoming and accommodating. Safari tent was spacious and comfortable for 2 adults, a 5yo and a 7yo. Outfitted like a hotel with all linens, shampoo, bar soap, and coffee k-cups. Just bring your food/cooking gear and you will be all set. Really enjoyed exploring the property and taking a dip in the creek. Smores on Saturday night were a treat! Will be back for sure.

Hipcamper cindy
Cindy B.
recommends this listing.
September 24th, 2017

Greg and Laurie are amazing camp hosts! The tent was clean and very organized. It was perfect for a couple's weekend gateaway! We would recommend this place to anyone looking for a quick weekend gateway outside of the city. Will be back again for sure!


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