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Camp Nauvoo

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· Placerville, El Dorado, California
86.5 acres hosted by Greg & Laurie R.
12 lodging sites · 1 RV/tent site · 7 tent sites
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Camp Nauvoo was originally bought by the LDS church in the 1960's for a girl's camp. The camp was owned by the Boy Scouts from 2011-2015. The Rose family bought the property in 2016 with the intent to continue the tradition of tent camping as well as creating opportunities for exclusive events i.e., group/family reunions, weddings and corporate events. We are a small privately owned small campground (20 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, canvas tents on platforms, teepees and glamping tents for those that want the comforts of home. We are tent camping only with only one site that allows a small travel trailer or van. (#14) . We are dog friendly and allow dogs in all but 5 glamping sites. We do enforce camp rules especially our quiet time between 10 PM and 7 AM (please review). We’ve been told that 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 with multiple families. 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. We have a lodge that is stocked with games and a ping pong table. The lodge has a microwave, 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 have electricity at the at the lodge for small appliances and charging phones. We have a compressor on site to blow up your air mattresses or float toys. We’ve been told that our bathrooms are the “cleanest” ever and have changing tables and diaper pails. We offer nice flushing toilets and hot showers! We have many extra amenities including a compressor to use for your air mattresses, For outdoor activities we have basketball, volleyball, pickleball and cornhole not to mention the playground with swing sets, seesaw and tractor play. 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 fixings). The creek starts out in spring looking like a rushing river featuring many fishing and swimming holes. As the summer progresses the water level falls but is still great for water play and fishing. We have propane BBQs (we provide the propane for BBQs) located throughout the property. We also have a propane grill and charcoal BBQ located in the common area for all to use. There is a dutch oven pit also in the fire bowl area. We do not allow wood fires at the individual sites but each site has a propane firepit for ambiance (not cooking) that requires you to purchase a 20 lb. propane cannister on site (add in extras) or pay cash on site. No internet service. There is limited internet only available for purchases at the setore. We require a 3 night minimum for the major holidays - Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. We do not do checkins on Sunday but do allow camping over Sunday night. We do exclusive events so you may need to explore multiple weekends to find the right reservation. We are located in the foothills so we are a short hop to many local attractions that include river rafting, gold mines, wineries and historical towns with great eating establishments. Tahoe is less than an hour away and there a many hiking trails within 20-30 minutes. We have a limited number of items to rent i.e, tents, cots, camp stoves, etc. We rent a battery pack for those that use a cpap. We also have a small store on site for those items you forgot and a good selection of ice cream and ice. We take venmo or cash. CHECKIN IS BETWEEN 4 AND 8. IF YOU ARE COMING FROM THE BAY ALLOW 4 HOURS - YOU MUST LEAVE BY 3:00 IN ORDER TO ARRIVE DURING CHECKIN. IF YOU GET DELAYED, FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF THE OTHER CAMPERS YOU MAY CONSIDER WAITING AND ARRIVING THE NEXT MORNING. THERE ARE NO CHECKINS AFTER 9:00.
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Heather G.recommends
July 22, 2024
#3B Bell Tent on Creek
Such a great spot ! The tent was roomy , cots were comfortable , right by the creek . They have nice shared amenities including bathrooms and place to wash up dishes , water supply , and games and lawn with outdoor activities . Wish we could have stayed more than one night !
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Shane S.
July 21, 2024
#14 Group Camping along Creek
Good stay except for Greg
We stayed at site 14 which is the site for larger groups and next to the creek. As it was mid-July, the water level was low and not swimmable. The campsite itself was OK - a bit of a squeeze with 12 people, but we made it work. The highlight of the campground is the giant lawn in the center. We played spike ball and frisbee at dusk at it was divine. The only prickly part of our stay was the camp manager, Greg. A bit of a strange fellow. We had a few awkward conversations with him when moving into our site, and when our Lab and Aussie were off leash briefly playing in the grass. He threatened to kick us out of camp and then continued to try and make small talk. It was weird. Overall, a good experience. We made the best of it 🙂
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Ronald L.
July 21, 2024
#2 Glamping Safari Tent on Creek
Tight Ship and Clip Board
Greg runs a tight ship at Camp Nauvoo, with clipboard in hand. Strict rules and guideline with little room for negotiation or change. Can’t have multiple guests at the most expensive campsites for a meal or gathering for example. “We need to keep wear and tear down.” Expect harsh answers and interruptions when trying to communicate or ask questions about the rules. The kids were told they had to stop burning their marshmallows in a very adult gruff tone of voice. Expect Greg to be looking over your shoulder as you unload and move toward your campsite. The rest of the staff is kind and easy to talk with. Property is generally well kept. The bathrooms are ok. Camp store isn’t open that much. If you’re taller than 5’ 4” you’re not going to fit under the shower heads. With all the campsites occupied, it felt a bit crowded. The kitchen is available for private events only, although BBQ’s are available in every campsite and a large griddle is available outside the common area. Nice field for playing non-traditional sports. We’ll be looking for something else next year.
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David L.recommends
July 21, 2024
#1 Glamping Safari Tent on Creek
Ah how nice to find a local place like Vamp Nauvoo with a fine set of camp spots and tent/glamp options, nice hosts and great amenities. Our group, consisting five families, spread out across four spots ranging from large dirt group camp #12 to, tee pee, to a couple glamp tents. It’s safe to say everyone had a great time. Way above average (for camp sites) bathroom, cool river, big lawn area, kids playground, etc etc. All around a very nice place for a way above average stay. Thanks Camp Nauvoo!
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Brendan N.recommends
July 21, 2024
#17 Large Group site on Creek
Great spot for families, we enjoyed our trip to Camp Nauvoo and can't wait to come back!
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Kavisa W.recommends
July 21, 2024
#2 Glamping Safari Tent on Creek
Our family of 6 had a great time
Our family of 6 (kids 12, 10, 7 and 2.5) loved our time at Camp Nauvoo. Our safari tent was right by the creek providing a peaceful soundtrack, showers/bathrooms were only a 2-minute walk away, they also have a playground, hiking areas and a deeper part of the creek the kids could wade in. My kids had fun eating the wild blackberries too. Highly recommend.
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Placerville, El Dorado, California, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla and Nisenan First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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