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Rustic Creek Ranch

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· Colorado
160 acres
22 sites
17 RV/Tent
5 Tent
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.
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Colorado, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Deborah M.Joined in November 2020
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466 ratings · 364 reviews
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Ryan S.recommends
October 3, 2022
Site 1 Mountain Views
Had an amazing experience
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Lauren C.recommends
September 30, 2022
Rustic Creek #14 Dancing Leaves
Beautiful property tucked away in the mountains. Felt very safe with the dogs around. Debrah was very helpful and accommodating
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Debbie J.recommends
September 30, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #13 Aspen Grove
Making this an annual visit!
This is our second time to stay at Rustic Creek. Deb is a wonderful host! Her land is near hiking/biking trails and Wellington Lake for your SUPS. A great "playground" location for day time activities and then return in the evening to a nice setting.
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A.J. P.recommends
September 28, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch # 7 Ponderosa
Beautiful campgrounds
Deborah’s property was great, and i loved my Ponderosa camp site. It was on top of a small hill, and felt pretty private. Her dogs got along great with my large breed dog. I think he wanted to apply for their job! Don’t let the barking scare you… their job is to bark. They were quite friendly once they came up close. It takes a little while to get there on the dirt roads, but it is worth the trip. I’ll be back again.
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Sondra B.recommends
September 27, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #1 Choke Cherry
We came back, and will again!!
Second time back, brought our kids and got an unscheduled Alpaca feeding opportunity & education. The most beautiful property & host!!
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Graham H.doesn't recommend
September 27, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #16 Chickadee
Overall a good experience but hosts dogs were very aggressive and bit my brother. Owner was very apologitic and refunded us part of our stay, but we still won't be coming back.
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Lynn R.recommends
September 26, 2022
Rustic Creek #15 Raven's Roost
Beautiful area
We had a great time. Our campsite had plenty of space. Our host was awesome and communicated clearly and was very helpful with all of her questions. This is a beautiful location and there’s so much else to do around in the area such as hiking and Wellington Lake and geocaching. I will continue to come back to this one often.
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Jami N.recommends
September 26, 2022
Site 2 Windy Peak View
Deb was super nice and helpful. Beautiful land. We stayed in the backcountry camping part up the hill and it was secluded and lovely. The llamas came thru our site at night🤣 My husband thought the first one he saw was a bear 🤣🤣 I would recommend and will stay again! Ty
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Isaac F.recommends
September 26, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch # 7 Ponderosa
Excellent space! Beautiful, clean and so secluded. Deb, little Bailey (the dog) and the alpacas were the best hosts imaginable!
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Sandra W.recommends
September 25, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #3 - Old Corral
Best camping ever
It was one of my best camping experiences. We stayed at the old coral. The beauty of it was incredible. I loved the dogs they were so friendly came to visit us in the morning they were super friendly,made our little dog feel like a big dog. It felt like coming home Deb was amazing and very accommodating for us. It was actually very easy to find. I didn't want to leave. I will definitely be back. We even had a vist from the Alpacas they came and hung out at the coral and grazed for a bit. I would recommend this site to anyone, even though I want to be selfish and keep it to myself!!!!!
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Elizabeth S.recommends
September 25, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #6 Pie Rock
My pup and I were there for a very short but sweet amount of time. We got to see some of the animals from afar! I wouldn't say a 4x4 is a must, but it's definitely helpful. Hope to come again some time!
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Logan G.recommends
September 23, 2022
Site 1 Mountain Views
The land was beautiful and Deborah did a great job giving detailed instructions for everything we needed to know. The backpackers special is tucked back in the woods and you don't need to interact with anyone if you don't want to. Highly recommend.
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Jamie K.recommends
September 21, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #3 - Old Corral
I love the big camp spots, mountains all around, roaming animals.
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Joanne M.recommends
September 20, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #5 Creek Side
Great group site!
We were a large group (35ish) who booked last minute by Colorado standards 😂. The site was awesome, plenty of space for everyone and their gear. The views were great, sunrise & sunset very pretty. Even had a few visits from the pony and alpacas to keep the kids entertained.
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Russell K.recommends
September 20, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch - #9 Wild Rose
Wild Rose is a beautiful, spacious, and private camp site! We had a wonderful time camping and meeting the Alpacas. Debbie was fantastic!
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Andrea P.recommends
September 19, 2022
Rustic Creek #17 In the Hollow
Camping with kids and dogs
I loved this spot for camping with my 4 and 5 year old sons and 2 dogs. Plenty of room for a family of 4+2 pets. There was lots of shade and wood. We will definitely be back.
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Ross B.recommends
September 19, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #16 Chickadee
We had such a blast camping here. Great for families. My son loved feeding the alpacas! We will definitely be back.
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Laurie D.recommends
September 16, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #4 Backwoods
Rustic Creek is a beautiful property. We had a lovely couple of days. The host is very kind & fun. Our 30’ class A struggled to make it on the 7 1/2 miles of washboard dirt/gravel road. Site 4 was gorgeous, but there was no place to level the RV. Our daughter met us in her 4Runner & handled the road just fine, pitched her tent & loved the property. Highly recommend Deborah’s property for Hipcampers traveling in appropriate vehicles.
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Barbera A.recommends
September 16, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #4 Backwoods
Wonderful camping experience
Deborah's land is magical. #4 Backwoods is the farthest from the "main loop" and comprises rolling meadows as well as aspen and pine forests. We invited friends to join us there for a "camping party". There was plenty of room for our 21' trailer, our friends 28' trailer and another 24' trailer - with room to spare. Everyone loved the property and had a great time. The 'herd' (alpaca, llama and mini horse) spent one of the mornings with us delighting everyone. Deborah is the quintessential host, welcoming us and checking in to make sure we were okay on a misty, colder afternoon.
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Jesse J.recommends
September 15, 2022
Rustic Creek #15 Raven's Roost
The site was beautiful. Definitely plan on returning.
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Anna S.doesn't recommend
September 14, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #18 Juniper
Bad Experience with the Host's Dogs
I was very excited to stay here but unfortunately, I had a terrible time and will not be returning. Not long after we arrived, I took my dog, a very gentle golden retriever, for a walk. We rounded a bend and saw the owner's house a few hundred yards ahead. Four big dogs launched off the porch and came running. I immediately turned in the other direction but they caught up to us and it was one of the scariest experiences of my life. The dogs were snarling, snapping, and baring their teeth. Two of them jumped on my dog, snapping and scratching. I was screaming for help but no one came. I managed to pull my dog away. Her dogs followed us for a long time but didn't jump on him again. The way they were snarling, growling, and snapping was truly terrifying. I felt genuine fear. I couldn't relax after that and ended up packing up the next day, leaving early. The ranch is very beautiful and the alpacas and nature were lovely to see (except for round two of those awful dogs chasing us away from the alpacas the next morning). It was a very long, rough drive on small dirt back roads (about 15 miles of them, following Deborah's directions). My site was not at all level, unfortunately, so my tent was sloped and I had a bad night of sleep. I truly hate to leave a bad review, but can't in good conscience leave a good one. Those dogs are not trained to be around people or other pets and it ruined my experience. Despite how pretty the place was, I would never return.
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Echo R.recommends
September 14, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #13 Aspen Grove
Quiet, beautiful, no muss, no fuss. 10/10 will camp here again!
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Shara A.recommends
September 14, 2022
Rustic Creek #17 In the Hollow
Great directions from Deborah and the site itself feels secluded even though it's not so far from other sites. My son loved feeding the alpacas and the pony, and the dogs came by to visit our site throughout our stay. We were able to leave our trash for a small fee which was convenient.
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Emma C.recommends
September 14, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #10 Creek Song
The area was beautiful and well kept. We loved that the sites were far enough away from each other that we had plenty of privacy while still getting that campground feel. The hosts doggos were absolutely adorable and came around to say hi every once in a while!
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Eric H.recommends
September 14, 2022
Rustic Creek #19 The Dog House
Secluded camping near Wellington
Debbie is awesome and really takes care of the property, campsites and campground! She let the kids feed the alpacas on the property, and taught them some info on the animals. Great place to camp close by to Wellington Lake, but not at those crowded campgrounds. Rustic Creek is a nice secluded area, which is just what you need for a relaxing camping experience. There are many dogs that roam the property, they bark a bit, but are really friendly with other dogs and kids.
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Sylvia B.
September 13, 2022
Rustic Creek #20 Little Meadow
Beautiful site, but some issues
We mostly had a wonderful experience at the Surprise site at Rustic Creek Ranch, but there were a few things that happened to us that other campers should be aware of. The site is absolutely beautiful, huge, and very private. We were in the 24' RV and our friends were towing a teardrop trailer, and the site could have easily fit a dozen more of us. Our friends said the outhouse was probably the nicest they've ever seen / used. Also, Debbie, the host, was terrific. Her directions were excellent and she responded to all of our questions quickly. The problems were with the 5 large white dogs that frequented our site. When we first arrived they checked us out, and seemed friendly and got along great with our two medium sized dogs. But the second day our friends discovered that one of their brand new hiking boots had disappeared. We asked Debbie about it, she checked with Walt, and eventually he showed up with the chewed up boot. Walt offered no apology. Later that day we saw the dog pack come back and one of them took off with something dark in his mouth. My friend went to it to see what it took, and three of the dogs approached him with one growling and baring his teeth. That dog then bit my friend on the rear! Walt was nearby and called the dogs off when he heard my friend yelling, but again, no apology. The last day they ran off with an empty water container from our site. If you stay here, keep your stuff out of reach and be careful around the dog pack!
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Mark H.recommends
September 12, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #2 Steller Jay
Spacious Camp Sites
Spacious and well maintained camp sites. Debbie is a generous and kind host.
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Jake B.recommends
September 12, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #13 Aspen Grove
Deb and Walt run a fantastic operation. Communication was as stellar as the property. Large, private sites. None of the loud ATVs/Side-bys and music until 3am you experience camping on National Forest land, with much of the same openness of camp sites. Truly an incredible location.
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John E.recommends
September 12, 2022
Site 1 Mountain Views
The property was beautiful, and it was amazing being able to have a fires. There are tons of hikes and things to do in the area as well. For the backpacking campsites, just know that it’s a decent track up the hill, so be prepared. It’s worth it though!
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Cinthya H.recommends
September 12, 2022
Rustic Creek Ranch #3 - Old Corral
It was a great camping experience. Deb was really nice and showed our girls her llamas, alpacas and pony. We enjoyed exploring her land and playing with her dogs.
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