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Hilltop view at Chavara Ranch

· Salida, Chaffee, Colorado
288 acres hosted by Chavara G.
1 lodging site · 1 RV/tent site · 6 tent sites
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Enjoy the comforts of home at some sites—including flush toilets, showers, and a kitchen.
Amazing views
Hipcampers say this spot has amazing views.
This historic ranch was settled in the 1880s in the upper Arkansas River Valley. You have hiking access to over 280 acres and the cows, sheep and horses grazing on the pastures. I have owned the ranch since 2005 and have spent my time re-vitalizing this amazing place. There are even several gravesites on the property from the 1880s. Your glamping/camping site is unequaled on top of a ridge that overlooks the Arkansas Valley and the Town of Salida. The other direction looks at the 14,000 ft Mt Shavano and the iconic Angel of Shavano. Recently added is a central area for all Hipcamp guests that includes an area to play horse shoes and a fire pit. Additional amenities will be added throughout the season!
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40 ratings · 35 reviews
Dawn L.recommends
July 11, 2024
Site #4 (fire pit at site)
Beautiful view - hot and weedy
The view from the hilltop was really beautiful and it was easy to find and get to. The spot is surrounded by mountains on all sides. We took a hike on Waterdog trail, which was a bit challenging for elevation, but beautiful on the top. The site is developing, and has a few issues. There is very little shade, so we tended to huddle under a tree in the group firepit area. All the spots are pretty small, and close together- very little privacy. In campsite 4, we couldn't actually have a fire b/c its right next to prairie grass, and it was pretty windy. The area is also filled with weeds, and our dog's fur got covered in goat heads and spear grass seeds (they look like little arrows), that required quite a bit of attention when we got home.
Ann P.
June 17, 2024
Tent Site #6
Great views, cactuses galore
Got the job done, but left some things to be desired. The campsites are marked, but some of them don’t quite seem like sites at all, some don’t have fire rings and lots and lots of cactuses and goat heads. We still had fun, but we’ve been picking pricklies off of everything. Views were great, could hear the road but it wasn’t too bad.
Sean M.recommends
June 9, 2024
Tent Site #1
Great spot outside of Salida. Porta potty was clean and having a trash can nearby was really nice. This is my second time staying here and I’d do it again…. The views are lovely.
Crickett S.recommends
June 1, 2024
RV Site with views
Great location. Clean, large #7 site but it does have a lot of cactus and no fire ring. Some road noise but not bad at night. We were in a van and couldn’t hear anything when inside.
Allen K.recommends
May 28, 2024
Site #4 (fire pit at site)
Great close spot to Brown's Canyon
Great spot, out of the way but close to town, stopped here on a busy weekend to raft Brown's Canyon.
Ginny R.
May 27, 2024
Tent Site #1
Tent site #1
We stayed at Site #1. It’s nice it was close to town and easy off-roading. Could tell they recently put some fresh dirt/sand down on the site. Porta potty was pretty clean. We couldnt find a fire ring at our site so it seems that only some have dedicated fire rings. Also the ground was very hard/rocky so tough to stake down tent I do agree with others that the price is steep for limited amenities. We stayed one night then moved on to BLM land.
Salida, Chaffee, Colorado, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Chavara G.

Joined in March 2022
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