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Ranchito Feliz

· Cannonville, Utah
9 acres hosted by Roy S.
6 RV/tent sites
Best in Utah: Finalist
Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
Near Bryce Canyon National Park
Within a 30-minute drive from the B-53 Entrance Station East.
2023 annular eclipse
In the path of the Oct. 14, 2023 annular solar eclipse.
Recent Hipcampers say this Hipcamp is great for families and kids.
In the middle of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument; adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park; within walking distance of Kodachrome Basin State Park; and an easy drive to Zion and Capital Reef National Parks, as well as Lake Powell National Recreational Area, this unique site is an opportunity not to miss. The pet/horse friendly property (approximately 9 acres/3 ha/64 sq. m) boasts private designated single tent sites, one group tent site, two car camping sites, and one RV site as well as paleontological, geological, biological, astronomical, and historical interests of the ranch. The equestrians will find a two-acre pasture, three paddocks, a round pen, as well as beautiful places to ride from the ranch. This secluded location has a small town of about 175 (Cannonville) three miles/5 k distant where there is a small store, gas, and a Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center. And, bonus, the in town campground has: high speed internet, and cell phone service and laundry. This ranch and campground is an off the grid, passive/active solar voltaic, so no electricity, no internet and only Verizon works here. In Tropic 12 miles distant all carriers get service. Potable water, shower, dish washing station and composting toilet (This means that all campers count when booking, even the kids...their poops add up too). The views are spectacular from any site where the xeroscaped landscape uses indigenous material and plants to complement the quintessential Pinon/Juniper ecosystem the campground sits in. On three sides you are surrounded by red cliffs in the Carmel Formation which can give shelter from wind and sun, but campers can also look out over the Paria River (you can hear the river from camp as well as its amphibians) which runs south in front of the property and eventually meets the Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry where most put-in to raft the Grand Canyon. Looking north, one sees the meaning of the term “Grand Staircase” by viewing The Entrada, Tropic Shale, Straight Cliffs, Wahweap, Kaiparowits, and Pink Limestone Formations capped by late Tertiary Volcanism; or, the “steps” of Promise Rock, Sand Point, Powell Point, and the Aquarius Plateau (highest forested mesa in North America at over eleven thousand feet.). The biological diversity here is also astounding: Birds: 140 species and counting including the tiny Costa’s Humming Bird all the way up to the enormous California Condor. Plants: 2 species of Sagebrush, 4 species of trees, numerous grass species, and a plethora of beautiful wildflowers and cacti. Reptiles: Many species of snakes and lizards. Unfortunately, this includes the occasional rattlesnake. It is advised that you have your pets vaccinated. Amphibian: Toads and Salamanders Insects: There are very few mosquitos. There are a few biting Deer Flies, and worse yet, those damn gnats. These “no-see-ums” are temperature dependent so are not a bother in the shade, early mornings, late evenings and at night. It is recommended that you bring some kick ass insect repellant and a “bee hat” if you are out and about in the sun during the day between May and July. Fossils: Bivalves, snails, petrified wood (many types) and various other corals, insects and plant fossils abound and are often incorporated into the ranch infrastructure. The nearby area is considered the hottest paleontological spot on the planet. Astronomy: The area is widely considered to be under the darkest skies in the lower 49. The Milky Way and Presides are common sights without the unsightly annoyance of any neighbor’s lights. The climate is varied and interesting. All four seasons are here and occasionally all in one day. Winter snows melt quickly though temperatures can dip into the sub-zeros. The 5,900 ft./1800 m. elevation keeps the summer temps reasonable and always gives a chilly summer evening to cool things off. If you want climatic extremes, you can, within an hour or so, be at Lake Powell and its 100+ F/38+ C heat or on the Aquarius Plateau at 65 degrees F/18 C in midday June. Recreation on many levels is all within proximity. From canyoneering, “free” climbing on an established nearby crag composed of a welded tuff capping the Aquarius Plateau (see Mountain Project and “The Aquarius Plateau”) and many aid lines on Entrada Formation towers within walking distance (see Mountain Project and “The Grand Staircase”), water sports of Lake Powell and the Colorado River as well as fishing in the cool temps of Pine Lake 35 minutes distant. Then of course, there is the Monument, National Park and the State Park only a short drive away. Seclusion, security, water, and views all within a short walk or drive of exiting destinations, make this worth the stop.
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Cannonville, Utah, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Roy S.Joined in December 2016
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 2 hours
729 ratings · 582 reviews
Joyce V.recommends
September 14, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Out tent camping site was fairly private. Roy goes out of his way to make each site camper friendly. There was a group that arrived late the last night we stayed and they camped near us. Unfortunately they were loud and obnoxious past midnight. Made for a restless night of sleep.
Sally C.doesn't recommend
September 14, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Close to Kodachrome Basin and not far from Bryce. Pit toilet could use an upgrade, though.
Mary M.recommends
September 13, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Amazing experience!
Such a great and welcoming experience! Probably my favorite place I have ever camped. Very clean and safe.
Jared H.recommends
September 13, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
We had a great stay. Roy was very accommodating, and also gave helpful tips about the area. The site itself was very nice and spacious. Beautiful views. The shower was a great amenity to have.
Deb G.recommends
September 11, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Ranchito Feliz! Let’s Go!
Roy is an exceptional host who is communicative, knowledgeable about the area and just a darn good human! His over-the-top hospitality and attention to detail with regard to the comfort of our stay was 💯. We hope to return to southern Utah and stay longer next time at Ranchito Feliz.
Liam T.recommends
September 10, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Very convenient location for access to Bryce Canyon. About 20-25 minutes away from Ranchito Feliz. Nice to have a campsite with a (refreshing) shower as well!!
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