Hipcamp host Joel K.
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There are 50+ tent sites. 

Recommended minimum things to bring:

-Old blankets and pillows (embers can fly from fire... leave expensive sleeping bags at home)


-Covered shoes you can get in the water with. 


Available Activities:

-Fishing (Fly fishing, catch and release only!)

-2 Ax throwing stations (East and West sid


There are 50+ tent sites. 

Recommended minimum things to bring:

-Old blankets and pillows (embers can fly from fire... leave expensive sleeping bags at home)


-Covered shoes you can get in the water with. 


Available Activities:

-Fishing (Fly fishing, catch and release only!)

-2 Ax throwing stations (East and West sides of the river)

-Primitive bow shooting

-River Sauna on weekends

-Karaoke on weekends/big events

-River Tug of war

-Local Bison ranch where you can feed the mother and baby bison.

-15 away from Lava Hot Springs swimming pool and hot pools.

This property is located 15 minutes from down town Lava Hot Springs (between Inkom and McCammon) or 2 hours north from Salt Lake City, UT.

This land is primitive.  It's a place of refuge and safety.  The only rules here are as you cross the gate, you follow the Indian Ten Commandments .

The ten commandments are to respect the land and others.  Come with a open mind to be healed from whatever you might be dealing with in your personal,  family, or professional life.  I assure you if you put forth the effort....watch the stars at night, listen to the small water falls, silent your electronics, you will receive personal revelation from the Great Spirit, our creator, who loves us all.  If you forgot to bring a notebook and pen, don't worry, everyone that comes to this sacred land to visit, receives a notebook and pen.  Please find the time to be alone. Find your own little spot....there are several.   Too many to mention.  This property has changed my life immensely.  I assure you if you put forth the right amount of effort it will change  your way of life....we always have room to improve.  You will seek a better understanding of your purpose in life....why am I truly here.  To be a dad, raise kids,  or much much more.... 

This is a carry in carry out location.  There is no power, but plenty of sun for solar powered devices.

We encourage hi-tech equipment that are independent of gas, or utility power.  We strongly discourage noisy gas generators. We can show you what we use, i.e. solar power to run events like karaoke and pull water from the river etc.

We also have approximately 8 RV sites and many tent sites available.

Please feel free to contact me. The best way is by text message to my personal phone. Iif I don’t respond right away, don’t worry, I will.  Leave a very detailed text message, screen capture your booking and send it to me....i.e. My name is....i booked on May 5th, for East 1 tipi...on May 10th for 1 day.  I was wondering if I could change it to May 11th, and get East 5, because my friends from school just found out they are in East 6 on May 11th.   There are a lot of instances where either I can't hear my phone or my phone isn't with me at the moment. 

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
50 sites
Up to 9 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Joel a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Lava Family Camp Tent Sites in Idaho.

Hot spring
River, stream, or...
Swimming hole

The vibe at Lava Family Camp Tent Sites

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Hipcamper Phoebe

Great site, very rude host.

Phoebe M.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 25th, 2020

I’ve struggled with what to write for this review- I’ll start with the positive because there was a lot I loved about this site. It was easy to locate, the surrounded scenery is gorgeous, and the sites themselves are spacious and nice. We found a particularly lovely one by a small waterfall.
My issues with site lie primarily with the host- he immediately insulted me upon walking up to his truck, saying that I was “the one who’s been texting him like crazy all damn day” (I texted him my initial ETA and an update, hours apart). He then went on to ask a number of personal political questions about my guest and myself because “only liberals wear masks.” I was then warned to “not bring my chaos here.”
There were later moments when I interacted with Joel that felt less predatory and weird, but that first impression left a horrible taste in my mouth.
I’m not one to try to push my personal beliefs onto a stranger- and I would have appreciated the same respect, especially toward a paying customer, and especially during a global pandemic where I was simply trying to be considerate of him and his guests.

So, long story short, beautiful site, horrible host, book at your own risk, all mask wearing “liberal hippies” 😒

Hipcamper Elana

Beautiful spot, very unfortunate ex

Elana N.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2020

I dont even know where to start with this. After reading the description and reviews, my friend and i were so excited to stay here for the last two nights of our roadtrip - and for such a great price!! A few days in advance, i wrote to joel on hipcamp to ask some questions. He asked me to text him to continue the convo, and i did, but noticed later that he had accidentaly not given the full number, so when i still didnt get a response until the day of, i decided to call Joel. Upon calling him to let him know that we'd be arriving late due to issues we had during the day and poor timing (we were on a roadtrip - shit happens), his response wasnt very friendly or helpful, he pretty much just told us to get there as soon as possible because a lot of people were arriving and "its filling up fast." On hearing this, we were very confused because we thought we had a site reserved, but then he told us we were just supposed to come and pitch our tent wherever we could find a place. So this caused us a lot of anxiety for the rest of the day thinking there may not be space for us and we may have to sleep in our car even though we already paid for a spot. I texted him with a second question and he never responded (neither to my messages on hipcamp when i never received a text back).

By the time we finally got there, it was close to 11:30pm and he flagged our car down as we pulled in. Clearly intoxicated, he ran over from his group of people socializing, and greeted us by saying "why would you guys come here this late?" (Even though he never said we had to check in by a certain time). I tried to explain that we had unexpected issues throughout the day and that i had only realized i had the wrong number for him until the day we were checking in, plus we didnt have service for most of the time we were up in yellowstone. There was no empathy, concern, or professionalism - he just told us to go find whatever we could and we'd talk about it in the morning. We proceeded to drive around the large property, through tall grasses in the complete dark, having no idea where we were allowed to pitch up. He didnt provide much help in finding a spot for us, and we are still extremely confused as to why he told us it was filling up fast because there was a TON of open space (im assuming he just wanted us to get there sooner? But he should have just said that).

Now im sure this wasnt anyones fault, but our second night was just very interesting. There was briefly an actual fire that got out of control for a few minutes near the bridge and we heard families and children screaming as they tried to put it out. Our thoughts quickly raced to how we would escape the scene if things quickly got worse. Luckily they put it out. A few minutes later, we overheard some drama and profanity that sounded like Joel kicking someone out of the campground, and for a minite we got scared again because the other dude became angry and looked like he was about to start something (it all happened right near us). Other than these odd mishaps, we had a really great time with ourselves and were happy to be there.

We never heard anything from Joel after that first night, and honestly we were really disappointed that after that encounter, we didnt feel comfortable to meet him again or participate in all the activities that sounded so fun. The description made it sound like such a zen place but our experience with him made us feel the complete opposite. Honestly, Joel sounds like a great guy, so maybe we just caught him on a bad day, but nevertheless we were made to feel like nothing more than an inconvenience. On a postivie note, luckily, the land itself was absolutely beautiful, magical, and that of a dream camping spot. We ended up staying on the edge of the river and watched the full moon rise. It was good proximity to the lava hot springs, and the train passing was very cool. We just really wish we had gotten the full experience we were looking forward to.

Hipcamper Jessica

My favorite random camping trip

Jessica H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2020

So fun! I will say, bring cash with you for firewood or other activities like feeding baby bison or renting water gear. Campsite was easy enough to find. The site owner, Joel, met us and gave each of us a mini journal for us to write down our thoughts while spending time in this beautiful place... huge hit with our little family as we made this trip to be intentional about grounding ourselves and growing closer. I loved how trendy the campground felt... the TeePees were so cute (although we stayed in a tent). Only downfall was the train tracks that are fairly busy nearby. We stayed directly next to them, however, so I can see how it would be less bothersome to others who camp farther away on the site. Karaoke was held in the middle of the campground the night we stayed, adding another trendy element. I noticed many other young people at the site, not many beyond their mid 30’s. I am 27, my husband is 34, our daughter is 5 and we had a great time. I will be back and next time with all of our friends as well!

Hipcamper Russell

Return visits planned!

Russell W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 31st, 2020

Great place! Joel was very accommodating. Camped right next to the river. Well groomed area. I will be staying in a teepee next time. I tented this time and it was great, but the teepees looked fun. Plenty of firewood available. They have a bison tour available as well. Plenty of room to let your dog enjoy the site as well. Everyone was respectful of others. Fishing on the river outside my tent. Some folks Tube floated and paddle boarded the river (joel rents them if you don’t have your own). When the sun went down, Joel sets up karaoke. I don’t know if that’s an every Saturday night thing or not. The train system is right next to the camping area and there were a couple of trains in the evening that you noticed but definitely didn’t take away from the experience, enjoyed it actually. I will be back multiple times this summer and bring the grandkids with next time. Thanks for a great experience Joel!

River funRelaxationA little 4 legged freedomA river runs through it
Hipcamper Tyler
Tyler S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 8th, 2020

Joel's site was amazing and exceeded all expectations. Joel was super helpful and went out of his way to make our stay great. I would highly recommend this site.

Hipcamper Jennifer

Little piece of paradise

Jennifer Z.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 21st, 2020

Beautiful land with lots of space between all the camp sights. We had total privacy without worry that our six kiddos would bother any neighbors. Friendly host who greeted us with notebooks and pens. Incredible wildlife! We saw ground hogs, a beaver, fish, and scores of birds. Next time we will skip the hot springs and just stay at the campground. There’s plenty to do without leaving - rafting, archery, ax throwing, karaoke, exploring, big fields for games....Only thing to be aware of: trains pass through the property regularly. We did wake up several times in the night to their horns/noise. But that won’t stop us from coming back! Also: there are no grills over the fires! Plan your cooking accordingly.

Hipcamper Tess
Tess T.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 30th, 2020

Was a lovely stay!

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Hipcamper Michelle
Michelle J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2020

Fun campspot!

Hipcamper Lisa
Lisa A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2020

Private and beautiful, could use more bathrooms. Found a spot to try next time.

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