Hipcamp host Roy S.,
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** 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 abo

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** 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 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 with Host (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.

Campsite area
Tent or RV sites
6 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 2 vehicles
2WD Accessible
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 25 feet allowed
Pull-in site
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: loose-gravel
Surface levelness: flat
Hookups: No electricity, water, sewage, or TV connection
Generators not allowed
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No wifi
Have a question? Send Roy a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Great rides for both road & mt. bikes

Fishing

35 min.s distant

Hiking

Great hikes in all directions from the ranch & in the Parks

Horseback riding

Rides from the ranch as well as exceptional slot canyon rides only a short trailer away.

Off-roading (OHV)

Yes, but not on the ranch.

Climbing

Nearby crags are on Mountain Project under the "Jungle on the Aquarius Plateau" & the "Grand Staircase"

Snow sports

Just outside BCNP there are many miles of groomed trails for Cross Country/Back Country/Skate Skiers/Snow Showers and an Ice Sk...Read more

Wildlife watching

A great number (125+) of bird species visit ranch feeders. There are also lions, coyotes, bobcats, and badgers. Keep pets saf...Read more

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Ranchito Feliz in Utah.

Desert

This biome is best known as the Painted Desert.

Forest

You are in a Pinyon/Juniper forest

River, stream, or creek

The sounds of the Paria River can be heard from the ranch.

Swimming hole

Lower Calf Creek Falls as well as the many nearby reservoirs.

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Hipcamper Darlene
Darlene B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 7th, 2022

My daughter and I felt safe and comfortable immediately. It was unique and beautiful and the night sky was beyond anything I’ve ever seen.

You may even go home with the puppy. We did!

Roy and Jenny became fast friends and I feel like I’ve known them for a long time. They are kind, warm & welcoming. I will definitely be back next time in the area. Don’t pass it up! The ranch is a special place.

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Hipcamper Joyanna
Joyanna G.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 3rd, 2022

We loved our stay at Ranchito Feliz! The campground itself was so beautifully landscaped and the views from our site were gorgeous! Roy was an amazing host and gave our kids a little tour of his awesome petrified wood and fossil treasures… they were fascinated and loved every minute of conversation with him. (They also adored his friendly dogs!) Roy is a wealth of information about activities in the area and cool lesser-known spots to explore. Outdoor shower was refreshing and dish washing area was very clean and well set up. Will definitely stay again if we are in the area!

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Hipcamper Brad

Camping under the milky way!

Brad H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 30th, 2022

Amazing camp close to a lot of great hikes and things to do. Roy was a great host and has put a lot of work into making his camp a beautiful oasis!

Hipcamper Diana

Welcoming camp site with amenities

Diana A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 24th, 2022

Roy is a great host. His property is well maintained and beautiful. The outdoor shower is completely private and refreshing on a hot day. Roy made great day hike recommendations, he checked in on us almost once a day, it was never intrusive and somehow always perfectly timed. His house is up and away from the campsites, allowing enough privacy. We loved his dogs and chatting him up. We felt very welcomed. Regarding the location it’s perfectly placed to see many beautiful canyons. We opted to skip the crowds at Zion and were really glad we chose this site.

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Hipcamper Shelagh
Shelagh R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 24th, 2022

The land is absolutely gorgeous and the property is so well designed. We had everything we needed and more. I’d recommend this place to anyone looking to explore the area.

Hipcamper Colin
Colin D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 23rd, 2022

Nice campsites. Roy was very helpful. Close to Bryce

Hipcamper Rafael
Rafael G.
recommends this listing.
July 16th, 2022

Only praises for the kindness of Roy and tranquility at Ranchito Feliz. I would definitely recommend a stay here when visiting Bryce.

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Hipcamper Kat

Clean and cozy camping

Kat H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 15th, 2022

Fantastic place! Roy spent about 10 minutes showing us the lay of the land and giving us options for campsites (there’s 6 all pretty spaced out with various trees and shrubs creating natural barriers). He was incredibly friendly and offered some wonderful tips for hikes and the route we ended up taking into CO upon leaving. If you’re camping anywhere in the area, camp here! The compost toilet area was private and actually- beautiful??- and the outdoor shower was so refreshing after a morning of hiking. Close to Kodachrome State Park as well which I highly recommended - we had the place to ourselves. :)
There are two doggies out and about so just an an FYI. They are the darn cutest, too.

Fire pit area with ample seating plus our own Inside the baño- the nicest outhouse I’ve ever used!Our little set up Nifty birds all around!
Hipcamper David

Beautiful property & friendly host

David S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 13th, 2022

The property is beautiful, scenic, and quiet. There is restroom and shower access. Roy is really cool and friendly. A really great camping experience and very affordable.

Awards

Best of 2022 Utah
Finalist
Best of 2022 Tent or RV Site
Finalist
Best in 2021 Utah
2nd place
Best of 2019 Utah
3rd place
Best of 2018 Utah
6th place
Property
Ranchito Feliz
State
Utah
Country
United States
$40/night
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