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Ranchito Feliz

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· Cannonville, Utah
9 acres
6 sites
6 RV/Tent
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 75 (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 ranch 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. 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
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Hosted by Roy S.Joined in December 2016
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within 3 hours
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633 ratings · 496 reviews
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Jacob H.recommends
November 18, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Roy has a beautiful property and was a very helpful host.
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Sara B.recommends
November 1, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
We enjoyed staying on Roy's land, which had really pretty views of the surrounding terrain - the sunset was amazing! The skies were super clear at night for some wonderful stargazing. Most of the sites are tent only, but we brought our campervan and had plenty of room at one of the sites, which is dedicated for campers with an RV and/or trailer. There were a couple water spigots we saw, and a drop toilet with fencing around it for some privacy. Finding the correct site was a little confusing, but if Roy was there I know he would have straightened us out - he was super responsive! Definitely recommend overall, was a very quiet, peaceful place.
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Loïs M.recommends
October 23, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
This place was beautiful, the views were amazing and Roy was a perfect host. His dogs are very cute! The toilet was clean and looked very cool! I would definitely recommend staying here!
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Skyler F.recommends
October 20, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Amazing place!!
Roy is awesome and his place is amazing! He is very communicative and he's put a lot of care into his property. I had a flat, secluded spot for my campervan. The sunset and stars were amazing and there was access to potable water a very short walk away. Roy gave me a tour of the property when I arrived and provided a whole list of recommendations in the area. I have Verizon and the service was great! Can't say enough nice things about Roy and his Hipcamp. I 100% recommend staying here, hope to be back in the near future.
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Marissa C.recommends
October 20, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Roy was an amazing host! He took the time to show us around the place, showed the boys some of his rock collection, suggested hikes in Bryce as well as lesser known nearby hikes, and even checked in with me to make sure we were all ok when it was getting late one night! I highly recommend a stay @ Ranchito Feliz!
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Jody C.recommends
October 19, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Stay here!
Roy has done an amazing job setting up his property. You can tell how much pride and work has gone into his place. Gorgeous views and creative sites. His dogs are a bonus! Thanks for a great stay, Roy. Wish it could have been longer. Highly recommend booking here.
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Emma W.recommends
October 17, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Roadtripping w/kids & dogs
Roy's land is a very special spot. His love & stewardship is palpable. We drove up under a double rainbow & Rancho Feliz is definitely a treasure. Perfect if you're looking for more amenities than dispersal camping & less (way less!!) people than camping in a national or state park. I was traveling as the solo adult w/my 2 young kids & 2 dogs & felt super safe, incredibly appreciative that my dogs could be off-leash & delighted at how comfortable my kids felt on the land. My kids are expert adventurers but if they don't vibe with a place everything gets harder for Mama! We explored Wallis Creek, Grosvenor Arch, Kodachrome state park & the river that winds through the basin. And were all sad when it was time to head on down the road. Definitely some magic, very peaceful magic, afoot at Rancho Feliz & that whole Kodachrome Basin area. Even if you have your dogs with you & can't go deep into Bryce!
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Nate B.recommends
October 16, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Talk about attention to detail! Roy's hard work is on display with every facet of Ranchito Feliz. He and his dogs were great hosts and the property was a just what I needed for a weekend of nothing but relaxing. Hands down, one of the best established campgrounds I've stayed at!
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Tim S.recommends
October 16, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Base camp for Bryce Canyon.
We had such a great time here that I forgot to take any pictures of the camp. Roy is great and I wish I cold have sat and shared a cold beverage with him just two hear the stories of the area. There is more to do in this area than just two days permitted.
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Debbi M.recommends
October 14, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
So beautiful!! The spot was incredibly private - hosts were friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!
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Annie R.recommends
October 10, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Ranchito Feliz was absolutely incredible! Roy went above and beyond to make sure we had everything we needed during our stay. He was incredibly personable and the property was fantastic! Wish we could have stayed longer!
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Kevin B.recommends
October 8, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Beautiful property and thoughtfully designed campsites with all of the amenities one might need. Very charming, one of the best camping experiences we’ve had. Roy is a great host and the Hipcamp recommendation is well deserved.
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Pieter W.recommends
October 7, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
We very much enjoyed our stay. All campsites offer privacy and breathtaking views in a well maintained natural environment. We felt very welcome and appreciated Roy’s information on what to do. The MTB trail one of the recommendations, was worth a detour. Wish we could have spend more time !!
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Brice M.recommends
October 7, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
With Dog!
OMG, first of all…the BEAUTY is irresistible! The hospitality is second to NONE! Honestly, what more can you ask for? The amenities are listed, that’s a given but seriously, the experience is everything! My husband, Pop son (dog) & I stayed here for 3 days & it was literally “home”. We loved everything about it! Be sure to meet Roy before you go, he is such an informative & interesting man; we can’t say enough nice things about Ranchito Felix; we can’t wait to come back, & we WILL be back❤️👍😎🏕🏔⛺️
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J. Seth U.recommends
October 6, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Beautiful property immaculately maintained. Helpful host.
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Scott T.recommends
October 4, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Great spot under the stars
We had an amazing time camping on Roy’s land. He was a fantastic host. Showed us around and gave us a beautiful spot with lots of privacy. He even let our dog play with his! Would definitely stay again.
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Mark F.recommends
October 4, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Great camping in a perfect location
This place is sweet. Some really well done sites with lots of thoughtful touches. Roy and his dogs greeted us and gave us the full tour and let us choose our site. Right smack between Bryce and Kodachrome - and several good food options up in Tropic as well. So a really nice location. Will definitely stay here again!
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Megan K.recommends
October 3, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
We loved camping at Ranchito Feliz! The sites are really nice, with level and comfortable dirt pads and lovely views. Roy has also also made perfect stone counters and stools, which are very helpful. We really appreciated the composting toilet and dishwashing station too. Most of the sites are nicely spread out, though we did have a site directly across the road from us and heard some significant snoring from one of its occupants.
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Amanda C.recommends
October 2, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Look no further!
This was our third year staying on Roy’s property, and it continues to exceed our expectations. Roy is a gracious and knowledgeable host - a great resource for recommending local adventures you might not otherwise know about. The property is well maintained, quiet, and remote yet close to Bryce Canyon (25 min) and Kodachrome Basin State Park (15 min down the road). We have loved using this as our Utah camping home base and have traveled to Zion NP (2 hours) and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (3 hours) with ease from here. Highly recommend Ranchito Feliz!
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Sarah H.recommends
October 2, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Amazing for camping by Bryce Canyon
Beautiful views, came first weekend of a October and it was perfect. Hot afternoons and chilly mornings, no bugs, best red canyon campsite views, friendly dogs, quiet and secluded. 20 minute drive from Bryce Canyon, 10 minute drive to mossy cave.
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Jenny N.recommends
September 29, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Sshhhh! This is our secret spot!
This was our first time visiting the Bryce area, and Roy’s property matched the serenity and privacy we were looking for. Close to Bryce and other trails, we hiked some amazing spots with our dog by day and were enveloped by a black sky with bazillions of stars each night. We were in awe of the beauty surrounding us. Ranchito Feliz is easy to miss, which is its main feature. Unassuming and rugged, but with the creature comforts of level well-spaced sites, pre-loaded firepits, water, a shower, a washing station, and a composting toilet, Roy’s property was a true respite for us. We camped in a 26’ travel trailer, and Roy guided us properly into our spot, which was exquisite. There’s little wifi, so def download your maps and directions. Roy’s hospitality, knowledge of the area, sustainable practices, and gracious smile were a welcome! We will definitely return.
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Claire M.recommends
September 27, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Ranchito Feliz was fantastic. Roy goes above and beyond to ensure his campers are comfortable and make the most out of their experience. The campground has incredible mountain views - and the stars are incomparable. I will definitely be back, and highly recommend
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Kristin H.recommends
September 26, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Great campsite & host! Would definitely stay again!
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Eric P.recommends
September 25, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Roy was awesome!! He showed me where to hike in Kodachrome and Bryce. The campsites have fire pits and on clear nights you can rock all the stars and the Milky Way. Can’t wait to go back!!!
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Desiree H.recommends
September 25, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Extremely helpful and insightful about his land and local area around his property. Roy gave us a full itinerary filled with beauty and wonder. His property was well equipped and accurately advertised in his description.
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Leen V.recommends
September 22, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Great hospitality and beautiful campground
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John K.recommends
September 22, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Happy Campers
Roy welcomed us and showed us to a spacious level campsite with a nice view of the Paria valley. A sturdy stone table and benches around the fire pit made for enjoyable cooking and eating. Our site had its own composting toilet and an outdoor shower. Roy also provided great trail recommendations for a day of hiking at Bryce Canyon.
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Yarithza C.recommends
September 20, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
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Loved staying on Roy’s Land very clean and beautiful. Easy to find and he was very helpful on giving us a tour when arriving so we can know where everything is at.
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Patrick H.recommends
September 19, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
I thoroughly enjoyed camping on Roy's land. Roy was hospitable and showed me to a camp site with shade that had a great view and a good fire pit. Acting as a guide, Roy provided good advice on things to do. In particular I enjoyed Willis Creek which he recommended and which was an adventurous hike through narrow and then wider canyon. I got some good pictures. Thanks Roy!
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Sarah F.recommends
September 18, 2022
Ranchito Feliz
Ranchito Feliz is a dreamy, peaceful spot in a great location. Roy has done an impeccable job of creating small sanctuaries for each camper, with thoughtful rock surfaces for cooking and the like; he also caters to various camping modes and puts you in the perfect place. The view to go to sleep and wake up to, the stars at night... it's really incomparable. Cannot wait to come back some day (hopefully with my pup Waylon next time!)
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