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Ranchito Feliz

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· Cannonville, Garfield, Utah
9 acres hosted by Roy S.
6 RV/tent sites
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Named one of the best Hipcamps to visit in 2023.
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Off-leash friendly
Pets can be off-leash at this Hipcamp.
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When booking please add in your note the type of camping you are doing, ie. tent, car, van, or larger RV 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, and a mix car camping and larger RV sites, 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.** When booking, please ensure you send us a message via the "Message to Host" step @ checkout to let us know if you will be tent camping or RV camping; and if RV camping, what the length of your vehicle is.  Please also note, this is a MEET and GREET campground and I place you in a site that best fits. **Due to the strange world we now live in...talking about only the virus, I am asking all campers to avoid each other at the "Poo Place" and the dish washing station.  As much as I would like to, I will not shake your hand when I meet you and we will do our social distancing.  Sorry. 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. This is MST so adjust your clocks if needed. The pet/horse friendly property (approximately 9 acres/3 ha/64 sq. m) and is welcoming to all folks/types of families, and boasts private designated single tent sites, one group tent site, two car camping sites. The equestrians will find a two-acre pasture, three paddocks, a round pen, as well as beautiful places to ride from the ranch. No arrivals after an hour prior to my sunset sunset (check MST and MDT times for the large variations in those sunset timings {NO EXCEPTIONS}). This is a meet and greet campground. Sites will be selected for you. All children count (sorry, all about the poops) as campers, and must be added as additional guests. ***There are no specific site numbers; all sites are tent sites but larger RVs/trailers can be accommodated on a limited basis (-RV max. lengths: Trailer- 20ft./7m, 5th Wheel- 25ft./8m, Standard RV- 24ft./7.3m) CHECK-IN (on foot) prior to RV arrival for your site assignment!*** Leave rig at the gate. ***There is only one location for an RV and one location for a trailer, the rest are sites designed for folks who drive or walk in and have a tent. You must arrive one hour before sundown Utah time for check in! This secluded location has a small town of about 75 (Cannonville) three miles/5 k distant where there is a small store with gas, and a Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center. And, bonus, this campground has a shower (cold camp shower), fire rings, potable water, a place to wash dishes or clean fish, and cell phone service is getting better (only Verizon currently works at the Ranch other carriers work in Tropic 12 miles distant). The ranch is an off the grid, passive/active solar voltaic, so no electricity.  Firewood can be purchased at the ranch or in Tropic. The views are spectacular from any site where the xeriscaped landscape uses indigenous material and plants to complement the quintessential Pinyon/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, the (*) might indicate alarming: Birds: 125 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. Amphibians: Toads and Salamanders Mammals: Predators-Lions, Coyotes, Bobcats, & Badgers. Ungulates-Elk, Deer & Pronghorn. Rodents-Lots of those! *Insects: There are very few mosquitoes. 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 cool shade, early mornings, late evenings and at night. It is recommended that you bring some kick ass insect repellent 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 (many close and amazing slot canyons, both technical and casual) , “free” climbing (both trad and sport) on an established nearby crag composed of a welded tuff capping the Aquarius Plateau (see Mountain Project for "The Jungle on the Aquarius Plateau") and many aid lines on Entrada/Navaho Formation towers within walking distance (see Mountain Project for "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 minutes to spectacular destinations, makes this worth the stop.
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Cannonville, Garfield, Utah, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute), Pueblos, and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) First Nations according to To 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
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Christine A.recommends
October 31, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Roy was accommodating! He picked the right camp space that suited our specific needs. He gave useful tips on what other places to visit in the area. It was a wonderful experience!
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John N.recommends
October 29, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Great location. Capable host. Well appointed camp site -- perfectly flat ground for the tent, multiple rock surfaces around the fire pit for food preparation. Well managed.
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Camille P.recommends
October 26, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Ranchito Feliz was beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. Roy maintains each campsite in a rustic & perfectly useful way. Our site had a hand built kitchen area & fire pit. We had a 6 man tent, which fit but it was tight with the fire pit. Roy was an exception host and a friendly, kind man! He has found lots of amazing fossils & treasures in his life and took the time to give my kids a tour! He showed them fossils of all kinds, petrified wood, and 40mil yr old Dino poop! He was more than willing to give helpful tips on places to see and adventures to follow. He even drew us a map to get to a secret fossil collecting point. We had such a pleasant trip and left feeling thankful for Roy’s hospitality.
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Katy T.recommends
October 25, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Great, small, rustic campground
Great, small, rustic campground amid juniper trees for privacy. Close to Bryce and Escalante: Perfect place to watch the solar eclipse and the night stars. Helpful on sight owner, with friendly dogs. Non-smelly, open-air, composting outhouse.
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Julia A.recommends
October 23, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Beautiful stay close to Nat'l Parks
Roy's property is stunning from the moment you walk in, as if every rock was meticulously placed! Roy was very communicative ahead of the trip and throughout, meeting us for a tour of the property upon arrival. Make sure you arrive >1 hour before sunset to respect his time, and take advantage of the thorough tour and beautiful sunset on the premises. Hope to return!
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John L.recommends
October 22, 2023
Ranchito Feliz
Loved this location. Close to the park, great views and a nice host!
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