Hipcamp host Leo H.,
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Thanks for the virtual visit!  We are  NOW accepting spring 2022 reservations/bookings beginning March 18th, 2022.  

For-the-Outlaw-in-all-of-Us... Welcome!

Camp or hunker down like Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch probably did at the Hiawatha Hideout! We are a cattle ranch and so much more that is strategically located for easy accessibility.

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Thanks for the virtual visit!  We are  NOW accepting spring 2022 reservations/bookings beginning March 18th, 2022.  

For-the-Outlaw-in-all-of-Us... Welcome!

Camp or hunker down like Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch probably did at the Hiawatha Hideout! We are a cattle ranch and so much more that is strategically located for easy accessibility.

 Check out our new and expanded campsites, road improvements, signage and  rock solid CURTEOUSY GUEST WIFI INTERNET!   You asked for it and now we've got it!

The Ranch is a picturesque, convenient and very well-hidden secret in Utah's east central high desert and that's how we intend to keep it!

Please remember we are not a developed "commercial campground" and we don't ever intend to be... (there are no hot showers, no potable drinking water, no fixed toilet facilities and no sewer hookup -- but we do have a well maintained port-a-potty and non-potable water for washing, cleaning and showering-- located at the main wagon wheel camp area). We are an historic, goat, sheep and cattle ranch exploring the concept of agri-tourism and are sharing our private property with you as guests. If you are into off-grid peace, quiet and solitude we are your deal!

We cater to the independent "do-it-yourselfer-get-away-from-the-crowd" primitive dry camp type of guest and explorer! Please, please be aware that our main priority is managing the ranch, our offsite farms and our animals scattered in between so we might not always be available every minute to show you in person or answer every call every minute about where to park or where to find the port-a-potty etc..

IF YOU PACK IT IN PLEASE PACK IT OUT!   WE DO NOT PROVIDE TRASH PICKUP OR RECEPTICALS!

The only rule here? Do at least the first ~250 yards of the 2.5 mile loop trail hike to the sheep camp, pond and stream and historic stone buildings (the trail head is located on the north side of the main wagon wheel camping area right next to the port-a-potty). The trail immediately descends down a rocky steep and scenic dug-way and follows the course of a small stream, gorgeous cottonwood, pinion pines and juniper trees!

Don't forget your camera folks and be sure to keep an eye on your kids and pets. Watch your step and be on the lookout for steep ledges, drop offs, tree branches, sharp rocks, barbwire, a twisting trail and variety of native animals and birds. Take the full loop and find the hidden and historic stone brothel/dance hall (yup, an honest to goodness house of ill repute... ) located right next to an historic rail line that connected the towns of Price and Hiawatha back in 1916 & 17!

We are family & large group-friendly providing virtually unlimited camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing and exploring opportunities in and around Utah's (less well-known, yet truly spectacular) San Rafael Swell Wilderness and Recreation Areas!

CHECK OUT OUR NEW LOCAL AND EXTENDED SAN RAFAEL SWELL RECREATIONAL AREA WIDE TOURS! You'll be riding in an epic Land Rover Defender 110 (seats 8 comfortably with integral factory seat belts; see our "experiences" below to book now!).

Butch and Sundance knew where the off grid good spots were and undoubtedly spent time here... and that's why you should too!  Concerned about video teleconferencing or missing your favorite episode of Yellowstone or Longmire? We've got you covered! Our open WIFI guest network provides stable up and download speeds that are unbelievable and the main camp site has excellent strong (3-4+ bars) cell service with all major carriers!

Check out our visitor "EXPERIENCES" on the main website for a grand ole' time!

Park your large RV with towed vehicle, trailer or small SUV and tent at 1 of 9 camp sites from near commercial camping grade (Site 1 with 120 v ac, 60 amp service) to a remote stream bank back-country isolated hideaway requiring all wheel drive short, narrow wheel base and high clearance vehicles only or just hike in ~1 mile!

With over 1000 acres to roam, we can provide almost unlimited over flow camping that is of variable distance from the main wagon wheel camp area. If we are booked send us a message/email and depending on your group size, number and size(s) of vehicle(s) we'll see if we can work out an alternative over flow camp site just for you!

Explore the tranquil seclusion along picturesque Miller Creek as it courses for a mile bisecting the center of the ranch. Cool your feet in the crystal clear water at noon or take a nap in the shade of magnificent riparian cottonwoods. Check out the 1/2 acre hidden pond and spring!

Avoid worrying about full campsites (particularly on weekends and holidays) as you'll find the privacy, safety, and solitude you're seeking among pinion pines, hundreds of years old twisted cedar (juniper) trees and crystal blue clear skies!

Close your eyes, feel the cool breeze and take in the scent of a burning cedar campfire. Bask in splendor while camping on the east slope of the spectacular Manti La Sal National Forest, Star Point and Gentry Mountain!

Relax, avoid the traffic, headache, congestion, and noise of better known and more heavily visited recreational sites before you head back to civilization! Isn't that what you really intended to do?

Prep the mountain/electric bikes and lace up your favorite hiking boots or jogging shoes. Maybe kick back and enjoy a quiet evening around the large group camp bonfire! Later, take one of the unimproved trails for an off-the-grid reclusive expedition or look for that perfect remote camp site.

Colloquial western folk tales, ghost stories and some incredible western music can be had here as well as horse trail rides, Amish buggy rides and even a motorized tour are available.

Just one more thing... Since the ranch is bordered by public federal BLM and state SITLA lands there are literally thousands of additional acres to explore but only accessible through the ranch main gate. And for Pete's sake don't forget extra fuel, food, clothing and your camera!

Discover the historic stone brothel (that's right including a bar and dance hall built in ~1916 & 17) with a late 1880's inscription on the back wall).

Hike, bike, or ride along the bed of the historic Utah Railway line that connected the towns of Price and Hiawatha via a rare early gasoline propelled locomotive back in 1912 (lasted only a few years before an historic flood destroyed its trestles). Check out the remains of a 100+ year old relic pump house, spring, and pond that settlers relied on to irrigate cultivated farm plots on the historic homestead.

Keep an eye out for deer, moose, coyotes, rabbits, golden eagles or a lonesome cowboy moving cattle along your path. Wake early and stay up late for a spectacular summer sunrise and sunset under an authentic Navajo "Cha ha' oh" (summer shade hut) at the main group campsite. Corral and rest your horses in one of three enclosures outfitted with automatic waters, feed tubs, and onsite alfalfa/grass 2 string bales (available on request). And don't forget to take a dip in one of the two solar-powered cattle watering troughs if it gets too hot!

Check out an absolutely gorgeous vintage restored 1920's sheep camp (our favorite) or simply throw out your bed roll under the stars about anywhere!

The Hideout is located ~20 miles as the crow flies south of the infamous "Castle Gate hold up" that was staged on April 21, 1897, at the mouth of Price Canyon in east-central Utah. Located 15 miles (as the crow flies) from the San Rafael Swell's "Wedge Overlook" (aka Little Grand Canyon) and within easy striking distance of the Buckhorn Wash, Cedar Mountain, Tavaputs Plateau, Huntington Reservoir, Electric Lake, Scofield Reservoir, Joe's Valley Reservoir as well as countless other recreational sites in Carbon and Emery County!

In need of a place for this summer family reunion? This is it! Have a grand shootin' time in an authentically recreated western town with saloon, bank and out buildings at the neighboring world class "North Springs Shooting range" (Single Action Shooter Society--SASS approved) or practice at the modern pistol, rifle, long distance and/or archery range (located just a couple miles north and east of the ranch). ATVs? there are hundreds of miles of trails/2-tracks on public state and federal lands to explore in almost any direction surrounding the ranch.

Got a hunter in the family? Because the ranch borders the majestic central Utah Manti La Sal mountain range it is key winter range for a very large number of mule deer, elk and other wildlife. Take your favorite hunter on a mid-winter photography extravaganza and enjoy once in a lifetime monster trophy rutting mule deer bucks that will leave even the most proud hunter speechless!

Check out the petroglyphs and pictographs of nearby Nine Mile Canyon (largest collection on earth) or stay put and visit what's left of the ranch's original homestead, early European settlers' stone buildings, prehistoric Fremont Indian pit houses, pioneer dugouts or simply enjoy the spectacular topography, wildlife and scenery.

Located 100 miles north and west of Arches National Park, you're away from the crowds and perfectly situated for exploring the San Rafael Swell! You'll also be just off the well beaten path to Moab and Hanksville, and a plethora of national parks, monuments, and state parks (including Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Goblin Valley, Horseshoe Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area and Lake Powell to name just a few).

Gratuities are welcome from our visitors and campers. We appreciate your patronage! We grew up on the “No Trespassing” side of a lot of fences and know what a privilege it can be to visit and be welcome to explore historically off limits “private property”...

Recognizing just how fortunate we are to own and manage the Ranch makes sharing it with others easy. All we ask is that you admire it, protect it and respect it as much as we do.

We have undertaken a variety of ongoing environmental conservation stewardship improvement projects collaborating with state and federal conservation agencies as well as multiple not-for-profit wildlife and habitat organizations who have helped improve the aesthetics, historical recognition/preservation, natural beauty, range carrying capacity and rehabilitation of years of unregulated grazing of riparian zones to help maximize the wilderness health, diversity, beauty and agricultural sustainability of the ranch.

We feel it is a privilege to share it with others of like mindedness. Gratuities are used for further wildlife/conservation improvements, cleanup, toilet facilities and a variety of range land and watershed improvements. Once at the ranch you’ll belong to a select guild of visitors and campers who are our friends and to whom we will be indebted forever.

We strongly advise all visitors and campers to comply with all local state and federal COVID health recommendations/guidelines. Please message us for more information.

Thanks in advance!

NOTICE: We are not responsible for or liable for any and all accidents, injuries, falls, animal encounters, drownings, deep mud, slippery conditions, fire, lost or stolen items, damages, or vehicles left over 7 days or any other physical, emotional or monetary loss and/or injury that may occur traveling to, during or after your visit. Our ranch and camp areas can and do experience severe weather, including, but not limited to, heavy rain, flash flooding, strong winds, impassable roads, dislodged rocks, deep snow and freezing temperatures. We do not condone or permit the use of any illegal and/or all hazardous devices, materials or activities on the ranch. The ranch does have a variety of resident and transient farm/ranch animals as well as wild animals that can and do occasionally gain access to the campsites, hiking/biking trails and recreational areas, including, but not limited to, cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, coyotes, bears, raccoons, bats, rodents, badgers, eagles/hawks, venomous snakes/reptiles and even mountain lions. Wild and domestic animals may harbor dangerous pathogens, diseases and parasites, including but not limited to ticks, tick borne diseases, rabies, brucellosis, giardiasis and a variety of other infectious and parasitic diseases (i.e. Lyme disease, ring worm, tapeworms, prion disease and infectious diarrhea). There are physically dangerous cliff ledges, drop offs, erosive stream banks, construction/landscaping heavy equipment, trenches, holes and other potentially hazardous places and things on the ranch. Plan accordingly, watch your children and pets carefully and continuously and always be attentive to your surroundings and circumstance as your life and/or the lives of your loved ones may depend on it.

All guest camping, visiting, activities, expeditions and "experiences" provided by "The LZJ Ranch" or "The Hiawatha Hideout!" are operated under the management of Hiawatha Hideout, LLC and/or San Rafael Tours, LLC.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
10 sites
Up to 15 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
No wheelchair access
RV Information
Travel trailers, Fifth wheels, Toy haulers, Pop-up campers, Class A RVs, Class B RVs, Class C RVs, Campervans, and Cars allowed
Vehicles under 45 feet allowed
Pull-through site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass-or-field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Electrical hookup available
Generators allowed
Hookups: No water, sewage, or TV connection
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
Amenities
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
No potable water
No showers
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Leo a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Limited to existing gravel graded roads and unimproved two tracks only.

Hiking

We have a spectacular loop ~1.7 round trip hike that will blow your mind! Exception scenery, wildlife and a beautiful stream!

Paddling

Soon to be available, paddle boat in our hidden pond!

Off-roading (OHV)

Limited to existing gravel graded roads and unimproved two tracks only.

Snow sports

Back country skiing and snowshoeing in season!

Wildlife watching

Wildlife viewing is one or are particular attractions. Migratory deer are present on the property during the winter months in ...Read more

Horseback riding

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at LZJ Ranch's Hiawatha Hideout! in Utah.

Desert

Typical Utah pinion pine and cedar (junipter) tree terrain with alternating zones of open sage brush flats and hill sides.

Forest

Pinon pines, cedar (juniper) and cottonwood trees separated by broad zones of Wyoming sage brush, rabbit brush and a variety of...Read more

Field

All of the above and a lot more!

River, stream, or creek

Miller creek is a small (~2 cfs) annual stream that bisects the property for over one mile in length. Make for and excellent s...Read more

Ranch

Operating cattle ranch with horse corrals, automatic water tanks, etc.

Driveway

Well maintained graded gravel 1/2 mile access road to main group campsite turning off Highway 122.

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Hipcamper Michael
Michael D.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Site 7 (small RV, no power))
June 11th, 2022

There was at first a problem with Hipcamp, which is that you give addresses until after the reservation is made. In this case we didn't realize that "Hiawatha" was an actual town in Utah, but just the name of a person's camp. After making the reservation and getting the directions we discovered that it was way out of our way relative to Moab/ Green River. Our mistake" we reserved for 3 nights thinking it would be a suitable "base". The place turned out to be pretty primitive, exposed, windy and dusty. We bailed after a day and left a MSG for Leo explaining our reasons for leaving and asking for some portion of a refund, in doing so offering him some portion of the money to continue restoring the place. Never heard from the guy again, not even a courteous "Thanks but no thanks". Can you follow up with him?

There's also a general problem w/Hipcamp we've found: you really have no leverage with the camp owners or accountability with you customers. In a different instance w/another camp, there were problems in that the camp did not meet the glowing descriptions in the listing. We have not reported the specific problem as agreed with the owner after discussing the problem, but it will probbaly mean that we won't use your service anymore.

Mike Dyer

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on June 11th, 2022

I read you folks like a book the instant I met you. Sorry we are not a trailer court or 5 star motel located in a suburb of Philadelphia. Can you possibly comprehend that we receive nothing close to the amount of rainfall you do annually?. That's why the listing clearly states "this is a western high desert and not a commercial campground". Are you completely ignorant of the fact that the western US is in a drought thought to be the worst over the past 3000 years? Do you go places but not read the written descriptions of what to expect and find there? You'll be happy to know a couple from Virginia visiting the same evening you arrived raved about staying with us as did some folks from Montana. You guys really need a reality check. Do you honestly think we control the weather? I'm not sure what world your coming from but its not this one. I've never had anyone describe our property in the negative terms that you did. I know your type and that's why despite your plethora of texts apologizing for your lack of intelligent thought, having not read the descriptions, total disregard for our written instructions and total lack of basic human respect, kindness and poor planning on your part I refunded you 50% of your reservation WELL BEFORE your soon to be coming bizarre negative review knowing full well that despite your bogus apologetic texts we were going to be graced by some sort of wacky malformed review. Be glad I didn't respond if I had, I would have told you to fuck off.

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Hipcamper Leslie

Hiawatha hideaway heaven

Leslie A.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9 (isolated, no power))
May 30th, 2022

This place is so beautiful, peaceful and quiet! It was wonderful to be away from the Memorial Weekend crowds and experience nature all to ourselves. I highly recommend Hiawatha Hideaway! You will surely enjoy this hidden treasure

LZJ Ranch's Hiawatha Hideout!LZJ Ranch's Hiawatha Hideout!
Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on June 7th, 2022

Thanks for the very kind review. We are certainly not a 5+ accommodation but what we do offer is peace, tranquility and solitude. That's what the ranch is all about. So glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Hipcamper Tracie

Great backcountry site

Tracie C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10 Hike/pack in only camp)
May 29th, 2022

Loved the remote campsite and Leo was great! Got us all psyched for backpacking season!

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on June 7th, 2022

Thanks Tracie. So glad the 2.5 mile hike fit into your schedule and you enjoyed it! Take care.

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Hipcamper Donna
Donna R.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1 (LARGE RV, with power))
May 17th, 2022

This place was quirky, but pretty convenient, peaceful (on an unbusy Monday night), and scenic. Leo was accommodating, the site was level. The campground was no frills, but clean.

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on June 7th, 2022

Thanks Donna. Definitely "no frills" is what we are all about at the ranch Take care and happy trails!.

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 10 Hike/pack in only camp)
May 3rd, 2022

Beautiful windswept landscape, mountain views. Highly recommend.

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on May 7th, 2022

Thank you for your kind review. So glad you enjoyed the ranch. Happy & safe trails always!

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Hipcamper Chris
Chris C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4 (small RV, no power))
May 2nd, 2022

If you are looking for a great location adjacent to the North Springs Recreational Area, this is your perfect spot!

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on May 3rd, 2022

Thank you for your kind words. The weather has not been very predictable or warm and has been very windy this spring season and we do apologize for that. It should be leveling off and warming up soon. Glad you enjoyed North Springs. The old western town is our favorite part of that. Happy trails!

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Hipcamper Justin
Justin S.
recommends this listing.
(Site 8 (large group, no power))
April 24th, 2022

What a beautiful hidden gem. Leo was awesome and was very accommodating. Thank you! And we hope to return soon.

Hipcamper David

Remote, quiet, ranch land

David E.
recommends this listing.
(Site 9 (isolated, no power))
April 6th, 2022

Only in HipCamp would you find a place like this. Outside of Price, Utah, you head into the hills and just before the road turns to gravel, you turn into a old ranch. Some sites are near an area with places to sit, a horse stall, and sites for tents and RVs. We took a site a quarter mile down the road and had complete privacy. Took a nice walk the next day on their trail, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on April 6th, 2022

Thank you so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed the visit. Funny thing about exploring the Ranch.... Our family, friends and guests are still finding things we didn't know about or see earlier. This land has such deep historical roots and surprises. Glad you were able to see and feel some of that! Happy and safe trails always. Leo

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Hipcamper Londa

Desert camping

Londa B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 5 (LARGE RV, with power))
March 21st, 2022

This is beautiful spot out away from the highway. Well groomed and perfect for a beautiful night stay. It was cold but the sunshine made up for it. Leo was so nice coming and checking on us. He even came around to tell us there were 50 or so deer down the road just hanging out.

Beautifully cold in March! Lovely sunset!
Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on March 31st, 2022

Thanks for your early spring season review! It was wonderful to meet and talk to you. When the weather's good its awesome at the ranch! Happy and safe travels always. Leo

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Property
LZJ Ranch's Hiawatha Hideout!
State
Utah
Country
United States
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