1 / 67

Rocking Horse Camping Ranch

· Gary, Lake, Indiana
15 acres hosted by Derek Z.
1 lodging site
All to yourself
100% of recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp felt private.
Derek is a Star Host
Star Hosts are highly rated, responsive, and committed to providing incredible experiences.
This is a hidden gem in the outskirts of Gary. Located on the Calumet river is this amazing horse farm with 3 horses and 4 ponies. It’s 1 mile off of the 80/94 and 65 highway. Only a 45 min drive from Chicago. We also offer free parking to Miller Beach on Lake Michigan which is only a 10 min rideExpect to be watching our family of 7 of friendly horses and ponies hanging out around. New 2024. We have family of goats too. Also lots of birds and fishing in calumet river. Also games like horseshoe and bean bag tossing with lots of boards games. At night get the camp fire going! Wood included :) Wi-Fi and free digital streaming also included. Great escape period. (50 dollar extra pet/cleaning fee per stay)
Horseback riding
Natural features
Select a site
Filter by
Loading sites...
5 ratings · 5 reviews
Danielle K.recommends
May 25, 2024
Rocking Horse Camping Ranch
Wonderful Stay!
Absolutely fantastic stay at this horse camp! We stayed in a charming trailer that was cozy and well-equipped. Getting to interact with the animals, especially a sweet dog named Baby, added a special touch to our experience. The surroundings were beautiful and serene, perfect for a relaxing getaway. Derek was an excellent host—super responsive and extremely helpful. Cooking out on the grill and making emotes by the fire was just the icing on the cake. Highly recommend for a unique and delightful escape! Five stars all the way!
Ivelisse V.recommends
April 28, 2024
Rocking Horse Camping Ranch
Derek was a great host and the RV is well maintained. The kids loved the animals as did we, we got to feed them carrots. He also provided firewood. We enjoyed playing bags and the land dogs are sweet.
Jessica S.recommends
April 23, 2024
Rocking Horse Camping Ranch
Beautiful farm with friendly horses
Beautiful horses! Very nice camper that is dog friendly. Short drive to the beach or Indiana Dunes.
Arwa A.recommends
November 27, 2023
Rocking Horse Camping Ranch
We are so happy that we chose to spend two nights in this place. I will start with how good communicative Derek was, he was absolutely wonderful and responding to every message in a timely manner that made me feel comfortable , and answering each question I was asking. Secondly, how clean the space is, and has everything we needed, heaters, water, kitchen stuff, towels, very clean sheets and soo. The space was a surprisingly amazing after driving in gary which wasn’t that flattering. We were welcomed by the sweetest dog I ever met ‘ her name is baby and she is soo cute’. Then, after we got settled, the horses came around and it was dreamy. We enjoyed the first night around the bonfire, and the wood was included with everything. Second day we met Derek and his father Frank, both were kind people, and Frank helped us with the fire since it was a fail the first night. We went to the farm and saw the animals, there was horses, goats and ponies. Very flexible and let us ho whenever we want . I really like how respectful they were of our privacy, it’s worth to mention since they were around to work in the barn. We got to ride the horses the last day before we go and it was amazing. Lastly, I would mention how he was passionate about his work and that reflects on everything, the small details of colors, how he got each piece and put them together is beautiful. The only thing maybe was the cold weather that was colder than we expected.
Hannah M.recommends
October 23, 2023
Rocking Horse Camping Ranch
The perfect weekend get away. Visited with 3 of my friends and we had the absolute best time! The land was beautiful! And the horses graze close by. We got to pet on them and play with the farm pups! The hosts were extremely helpful, friendly, and we appreciated all the amenities the camper had. Derek even let us set up our huge tent which was a nice bonus! We could not stop raving about how great it all was and we can’t wait to visit again!
Gary, Lake, Indiana, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Peoria, Bodwéwadmi (Potawatomi), Myaamia, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Kaskaskia, and Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Derek Z.Joined in August 2021
Things to do nearby
More camping spots nearby

Safety at Hipcamp

Inclusion Policy
Inclusion Policy
Inclusion Policy
Hipcamp Hand

Safety partners

Recreate Responsibly

About us

Hipcamp is the most comprehensive resource for beautiful private campsites.

Discover and reserve tent camping, RV parks, cabins, treehouses, and glamping.

Download the Hipcamp App

Hipcamp is created with ❤️ and hope for our future.