Covid update..... We were open for campers who want to help with the farm chores. Now we are closed by NIMBY neighbors and County Planning. It was fun to meet people during the Covid outbreak. Our animals don't care about Covid-19. They still need to be fed and cared for. As far as hiking, it could include bringing the goats along to feed on the brush. So it is a slow walk
Covid update..... We were open for campers who want to help with the farm chores. Now we are closed by NIMBY neighbors and County Planning. It was fun to meet people during the Covid outbreak. Our animals don't care about Covid-19. They still need to be fed and cared for. As far as hiking, it could include bringing the goats along to feed on the brush. So it is a slow walk and perhaps just sitting and talking in the scenery while the jaws are munching around you. And of course the occasional head but or flying kid that the older goats send sailing. 🤠 Or you can bring a hoe and loppers and help clear the trail along the ditch. So if you want a great place to isolate and sit by a real campfire, give Camphand a try. This is a different type of Hipcamp. We are an off-grid camper spot in the middle of Summit County. Our 21 acres backs to the National Forest so you have 220 square miles of wilderness area within a brisk hike or snowshoe trek in winter. Our camping area is next to our pond fed by the crystal waters of the Blue River. In winter it is your personal skating pond. We are spitting distance of Boulder Creek Canyon, Class IV whitewater. Bring your raft when the water runs high!
Here is the catch: to camp on my land you have to be a livestock tender by County Code. So you will be required to spend some time tending livestock. What would that mean? Yesterday for me it was feeding the chickens and collecting eggs. I worked on fencing to keep the goat out of the garden. I have to put fence around my tree planting to keep them from eating the bark in winter. Sometimes it is taking the pack goat for a hike. You may have to clear the ditch of debris, or fix a fence. Or if you are a zen beekeeper, you could help me with the beehive. Maybe we can figure out how to get some honey from that thing. We can tailor your farm activity and limit the time involved to allow for plenty of time for you to discover the mountain paradise.
If you are hesitant to camp with a new listing, check out our other Hipcamp experience at South Park Forest and Plains. We were voted #6 in Colorado in 2018 as the best camping site.
We will tailor this farm stay to your ability and liking. Your accommodations will be a 1998 Lance slide in camper with sleeping for four (or five with the fold down bunk) and a full kitchen and bathroom. There is a solar shower and the camper runs on solar energy. The camper is located next to the pond and there are kayaks, a canoe and a raft you can paddle around the pond./
We offer most of the day for your recreation and there is a lot of it around. We are located 10 miles north of Lake Dillon. For hiking, Acorn Creek Trailhead is within walking distance and Columbine Trailhead is across the river.
This has been a tree farm for the past 25 years and a ranch for the past 100. There are various pieces of heavy equipment and other potentially dangerous hazards such as log piles and boulder piles. So if you have curious children that cannot be controlled, this is not the camp for you. There is an irrigation ditch crossing my property and the machinery and such is on the other side of the ditch so if that rule to stay out of that area works, bring on the kids and they will enjoy what we have to offer. If looking is the best activity, the marmots sunning themselves on the piles of logs and boulders are quite entertaining.
There are several hundred newly planted trees in the field. One activity for potential campers is making cuttings of cottonwood trees we will plant into the field.
Send a message if you would like to stay and maybe help out a bit. We can plan an adventure that helps our farm animals and gives you a great place to center for all that Summit County has to offer.
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 29 nights
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out Weeknight discount: 10% off
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Our pond is ready for swimming and paddling
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Our driveway is 1/3 mile long, so your nearest neighbor won't be wondering what you are doing. 🧐
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As soon as we pulled into this campsite, I felt uncomfortable and we turned around and left. The camper was not ready for us, the site was in the middle of a junkyard, there were men other than the host roaming around the property, and there were a LOT of goats and chickens there, one that the host warned could be aggressive. The host told us at the very last minute that there would be other campers staying there as well. These things are all mentioned in other reviews, but for us, it was just too much.
Hoofed and feathered friends abound
We had a lot of fun at Jon’s place. The farm atmosphere, the beautiful property backed by national Forest, the pond with our own kayaks, and the access to grey water in our camper made the stay so peaceful, adventurous and comfortable. We really loved the goats who follow Jon around like puppies. Jon made sure we had lots of firewood and helped us keep the flame going. He even let us sit on his patented seat heaters (warmbutts.com) which made the night so comfortable we almost fell asleep around the fire. We definitely recommend this camp! Keep in mind that you’re on a farm and you will receive lots of hoofed and feathered visitors during your stay. It’s really rustic and off grid but we have AT&T and had internet and cell service the entire time. We’ll definitely come back again!
The goat of unique campgrounds
Jon was a fantastic host. Accommodating, friendly, knowledgeable, and gave us every opportunity to interact with the goats (hi, Nugget!). The kids loved bottle-feeding the baby goats, and we all enjoyed touring the acreage and splashing in the pond. Don't expect all the comforts of home at the Camphand Ranch, but that's not why you're here, is it? Jon's place oozes charm, and we had a wonderful time.
We absolutely loved Farmer Jon- he was so warm, friendly, and welcoming. We booked a few days before the actual trip and he hadn't seen that we were coming so we lucked out that we caught him before he was gone running errands. He dropped everything to clean the camper out for us. The kids were over the moon about having limitless time in the kayaks and canoe, visiting baby goats, and going on hikes on the property. If you are easily intimidated by a particularly large, somewhat intimidating goat, you might want to keep looking. And if you don't want the goats to eat or jump on your car, be sure to follow Farmer Jon's advice to park further down the road!
My daughter and I had a great time. Jon is a real character with lots of interesting stories to share. I felt like we were part of the family there and fit right in.
Jon is a wonderful host and was always accommodating if we needed help.
Not for everyone, but we loved it!
My kids didn’t want to leave when it was time to go. They enjoyed feeding the goats, even Nugget, who can be pesky. There are kayaks and a canoe that they used to go on the little pond which kept them quite busy. This place isn’t for everyone. As other reviews said, it looks a bit like a junkyard when you come in. The goats can be bothersome, especially when eating, so that’s something to be aware of, but we didn’t mind. The site is beautiful and Jon was wonderful. He was so friendly and helped us to arrange white water rafting locally. He is also really good with kids and invited them to help feed chickens and collect eggs. If I am ever in the area again, I will definitely come back
Fun stay with goats and chickens!
We had a great time at John's place! The kids loved helping out with the goats and chickens and John was so nice to answer all their questions. He was very friendly and we enjoyed our conversation when he'd stop by the campsite. The camper was just fine for our family of 5, we stayed nice and cozy. Plenty of firewood was available. John had told us beforehand that there likely wouldn't be any service, and indeed our gps stopped once we got to his road so we were uncertain we were in the right place. For any future campers, it's all the way down the road and to the left. You'll see farm equipment and materials on his drive before you get up to his place. My kids want to come back next weekend to see if any baby goats have been born yet!
Sunset over the gore range.
Our son had a blast at Jon’s camp! So many things to see and do. We saw marmots! And we all had an unforgettable time with the chicken and goats. I got along with Nugget (the feisty make) and Jon was constantly checking to make sure we felt safe and always willing to put him in the pen. My son is STILL talking about collecting eggs and scattering grain. We hiked around the property and had fun with the canoe and kayaks. Jon is super friendly and a long time local. We left feeling like we had made a new friend. We’ll be back later in the season when the sun doesn’t rise so early 😆.