Hipcamp host Art T.,
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A while back two artists bought the remaining acreage and buildings from a northern Minnesota dairy farm. Lisa the painter and Art the metal smith always enjoy sharing their beautiful piece of the planet with friends. Welcome to Blue Pony Acres. We want to share the beauty we experience every day with you. Leave your cubicle and the city life for a short respite in the north

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A while back two artists bought the remaining acreage and buildings from a northern Minnesota dairy farm. Lisa the painter and Art the metal smith always enjoy sharing their beautiful piece of the planet with friends. Welcome to Blue Pony Acres. We want to share the beauty we experience every day with you. Leave your cubicle and the city life for a short respite in the north woods. Bring your kids, your dog, camera, canoe, kayaks, and bikes. Pitch a tent or swing a hammock in mature pines and hardwoods. Enjoy your campfire while you hear the stars sing, watch the northern lights dance and count the shooting stars. On a clear night you might see satellites pass overhead. Lay your sleeping bag on the ground, snuggle in with hot chocolate and smores and watch the night light show in comfort.

After a long day of hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing or photography enjoy a warm outdoor shower and cook in your private campfire. Exercise and walk your leashed dog in the state land adjacent to your campsite. The firewood is free! Each campsite has a private solar shower and composting toilet.

We have two campsites “carved out” of the tall pines, however you are welcome to pitch a tent closer to your campfire if you like.

We are 3.5 hours north of Minneapolis, MN., and one hour north of Duluth, MN. The Saint Louis River carry in landing is only 3.2 miles from your site. A 5 mile drive gets you to the Mesabi Trial, over 160 miles of paved hiking and biking trail stretching from the Mississippi River on the west almost to the boundary waters and Ely, MN on the east. Local lakes within a few minute drive have public landings for boat launch and canoe carry in for your boating and fishing enjoyment. The famous Sax-Zim Bog is within a half hour drive and a great place for photographing wildlife, and they have an interpretive center and very nice volunteers to help you identify wildlife. We’re about 5 miles south of the United Sates Hockey Hall of Fame; a great day trip for you and your sports minded children. A few miles further and you’re outside the doors of the Natural Harvest Food Co-op; a great shop for organic foods. Get local fresh food for your evening meal.

We invite you to join us. Bring your camping gear, including camp cook stove (sometimes we’re under a fire ban). Ask your dog to bring it’s leash, yes we have a leash law. Warm clothes and light clothing as the weather changes. Rain gear. Your favorite bug repellent. Good hiking boots. Don’t forget bikes, canoes, kayaks, cameras, fishing gear. Come to unplug, unwind and enjoy the clean air and sweet smell of the north woods. 

Come on up North!

Campsite area
Tent sites
3 sites
Up to 5 guests per site
Short walk
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Art a message!
  • Check in: After 4PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Off-roading (OHV)

A State run OHV park is 8 miles from the campsite

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Climbing
Snow sports
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Blue Pony Acres in Minnesota.

Lake

Numerous lakes with a short drive or bike ride

Field

Pasture land is next to the camp sites

River, stream, or creek

The St. Louis River in near the camp site

Swimming hole

Many swimming sites are within driving distance

Farm

Campsites are located at a former dairy farm

Forest

Places to see near Blue Pony Acres

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Hipcamper Kathy
Kathy P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 9th, 2022

Art was so friendly and hospitable, it was like talking to an old friend. Our site was beautifully maintained, and what a treat to have our own private bathroom and solar shower tent! We were greeted with smiles, a bag of apples to feed to their horse, and even drinking water. HIGHLY recommend!!!

Blue Pony Acres
Hipcamper Steve

Delightful!

Steve S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 1st, 2022

My visit was, by design, short (as I was passing through), but the land is charming, the bathroom clean and the night in my tent was quiet. Art is a delightful conversationalist. He warned me of the neighbors horse (that it might neigh in the night) as well as other animal sounds. I heard them all and it was magical! I did not use the gravity shower nor the campfire ring. Definitely would stay again.

Hipcamper Ashesh
Ashesh A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 17th, 2022

I loved camping at Art’s place. He was very nice and greeted us at arrival. We also got a chance to meet neighbors horse May. She’s beautiful.

Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff T.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Site 2)
July 5th, 2022

We had a great time at Blue Pony, it is great driving distance to the trails, the farm is lovely and the horse is very friendly. The only thing to note is that that toilet / shower amenity is not what we expected. The facilities are portable and it is a compost toilet aka a bucket and saw dust. The same tent used for the toilet is also used for the shower. We did not need to use these often during our stay but I could see that becoming an issue with a larger group. Otherwise a nice place to stay.

Hipcamper Shannon
Shannon H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 20th, 2022

Very accommodating and responsive. Bonus visit from ‘May’, his horse. That was a hit.

Hipcamper Alison
Alison A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 16th, 2022

We always enjoy overnighting at Art’s where we are treated like family! Thanks, Art!

Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on June 16th, 2022

Thanks Alison. You are more than kind!

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Hipcamper Lisa
Lisa E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
June 8th, 2022

If you are any where near the Iron Range in northern Minnesota, you should camp at Blue Pony. We love this place & will return again & again.

Hipcamper Art
Response from Art, the Host, on June 16th, 2022

Thanks Lisa!

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Hipcamper Justin
Justin K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 21st, 2022

Our family loved our visit to the Blue Pony campsite. Our kiddos loved spending time telling stories around the campfire, gathering fresh eggs from the Chicken's on site, and having fun, welcoming conversations with Art throughout the experience. We highly recommend the site and its a great option for campers with or without kiddos.

Hipcamper Suzy
Suzy S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
October 8th, 2021

This place was just what we were looking for! A really cute, well kept site not too far from the North Shore (1.5 hour drive). Great hosts and a really comfortable space. Would recommend!

Awards

Best of 2022 Minnesota
Finalist
Best in 2021 Minnesota
Finalist
Property
Blue Pony Acres
State
Minnesota
Country
United States
$35/night
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