Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for larger groups.
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Best for self-contained campers. There are no toilets, showers, or water at some sites.
Pets can be off-leash at some sites.
The 160 acre ranch was homesteaded by my grandfather about 100 years ago. He was an engineer.
The plan was to use this property as summer grazing for his cattle. The cows were wintered at the other ranch about 10 miles away, which was homesteaded by my great grandfather.
Because my grandfather could survey, he made sure the property lines zigzaged up the valley so the small creek was in the middle to provide water for the animals. He chose well. It is a beautiful, quiet place with elk, deer and wild turkeys. There are tons of wild flowers in the summer.
Columbines, the Colorado state flower, wild roses, paintbrushes and lots of wild chokecherries. With nice views of nearby mountains, open pastures, evergreen forests and aspen groves, it looks like it did 100 years ago. Plus, there are a couple of ponds for your dogs to cool off in. Since the first cattle, the ranch has also been home to goats, chickens, horses, and now alpacas and llamas. And of course the Great Pyrenees ranch dogs.
I had a house built a few years ago and live on the property full time. The ranch is surrounded by Pike National Forest with the Colorado Trail connecting the property in a number of places. Some of the highest ranked mountain bike trails are nearby. There are lots of places on and off the property to hike, mountain bike and ride your horse. On a clear night you can see thousands of stars and hear coyotes howl. For a drone video of the ranch check out: YouTube's Midsummer 2020 Flyover.
Elevation 8,000 feet, Average Summer Temperatures: Days 60-80 f, Nights 45-60 f, Sunshine Average 73-80%, Colorado Trail Segment 3, USGS Maps: Windy Peak & Green Mountain quadrangles. This is the official info. Basically, the weather is usually similar to the Denver area - just 10 degrees cooler.
About 8 miles away is the small town of Bailey. It has just about everything you might need: small grocery store, gas, laundry, art gallery, a dollar store, hardware store, camping and sports equipment, brew pub, winery, a few restaurants, potable water station and more.
Bailey, Colorado, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Debbie M.Joined in November 2020
839 ratings · 601 reviews
September 28, 2023
#20 Little Meadow
Wild America still exists!
WOW!!!... you definitely won't find anything like this anywhere!… A bit of a rough ride over washboard last couple of miles into this off the beaten track wilderness but worth every bump along the way! We had horrible weather on the way in and Debbie was very kind and offered us a different campsite since we had 2 vintage AIRSTREAMS for a family reunion and she offered us a large sheltered tent for gathering. We pretty much had a run of the place since it was after Labor Day and we enjoyed every minute of our stay… Llamas in alpacas and small ponies wandered in and out of camp which we found to be very amusing especially since they were so quiet and seem to be completely unafraid, ate grass around us and then moved onto the next pasture.… We had our bikes so we got to tour all of the different campsites and we are already making plans for our next visit. This land is absolutely spectacular, the stars at night were gorgeous, and the land is a very quick access to the Colorado trail. Its wonderful to see how Debbie and Walter have put in the very hard ongoing work & done such a beautiful job in keeping this land beautifully maintained and so welcoming to people who appreciate the same. They have been incredibly good stewards of this land that has been in the family for over 100 years! Thank you!!!!
September 28, 2023
We stayed at #4 backwoods and it really was just that! Perfect little private nook.
September 27, 2023
#3 - Old Corral
Excellent experience at the site
The land was lovely, the space was spaced well enough away from others, the host was pleasant and helpful. We did feel the space was hard to level our A-frame camper on, but we found a spot right by the fire pit and alongside the trees.
The road to get to the location is a mess right now - a ton of washboarding. It needs to be taken extremely slowly to limit damage to your car.
September 26, 2023
#17 In the Hollow
Lots of nice trees
Debbie is the most awesome host. Rustic Creek hip camp Is my go to comfort camping place. Every time I go I feel the stress just draining off of me once I get to her gate.
It's an absolutely beautiful place. I have a couple favorite camp sites. But when I can't get them I will try out another one, Like I did with this one at number 17. I thought the slope on this campsite would be a little challenging. But it actually was just fine. And I had enough flat space for my little tent. The trees in that site are beautiful. That's always an important thing to me in picking a campsite. It was a great experience and i already have reservations for 2024.
September 26, 2023
#11 Humming Bird
Deb's land is the most special place. Speaks to my heart like no other. Large sites greatly separated from each other in the woods. Attentive friendly owner.
September 25, 2023
#15 Raven's Roost
My New Go-To Spot!
This is such a beautiful spot! Debbie is a fantastic host. You can access the Colorado Trail straight from the campsite. 10/10 would recommend.