Hipcamp host Joel K.
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West Tipi 5 is just located just a little south of West 4.  If wanting to book 2 Tipis, and be secluded.  West 4 and 5 are the Tipis for that.  West 5 is also on a pier. There is a lots of wildlife, and opens up to a large grass fieldsideal for playing a field sport like football, softball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, Indian-ball (like softball but with less people).


West Tipi 5 is just located just a little south of West 4.  If wanting to book 2 Tipis, and be secluded.  West 4 and 5 are the Tipis for that.  West 5 is also on a pier. There is a lots of wildlife, and opens up to a large grass fieldsideal for playing a field sport like football, softball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, Indian-ball (like softball but with less people).

There are two porta potty locations. One on the east side, and one of the west side of the river. 

The East porta potty is located directly east of the East Tipi 6 tucked in the trees. 

Each porta potty contains a washing station.

The 6 East Tipi's are located close together and would be a great location for a family reunion or any occasion where you want to be in close proximity  with other campers. The West Tipi's are more private and secluded and are located next to a very large field great for playing games. 

Each Tipi is provided with a mosquito lantern, 3 double wide cots that hold up to 285 lbs on each side of the cot, floor mats, a wire spool table for outside use, a bucket (required to be filled before you start your fire inside the tipi), and a fire ring that you can keep lit all night long. Fire wood is available for purchase. $5/bundle or $15/4 bundles delivered to your tipi site. If you pre-pay via venmo, we will try to have it at your tipi upon your arrival.

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. 

Lodging provided
Canvas tent
1 site
Up to 6 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
  • 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 Campgound West Tribe 5 in Idaho.

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

The vibe at Lava Family Campgound West Tribe 5

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Hipcamper Kelly
Kelly B.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2020

It was beautiful, private, a little too close to the train, but a great deal of fun. We would go back. Our ride on Amy the giant flamingo was the highlight of the weekend!

Lava Family Campgound West Tribe 5
Hipcamper Amber

Great family getaway!

Amber G.
recommends this listing.
June 21st, 2020

This place was so fun! We rented west tribe 4 and 5. They were right by eachother, but spaced away from others. The views were amazing! We enjoyed axe throwing, paddle boarding and had a great time floating on the giant inflatable flamingo!

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Hipcamper Will

Kararoke in the tipis

Will E.
doesn't recommend this listing.
July 4th, 2020

We were double booked for this due to some scheduling glitch. Because of this, we were offered a different “ceremonial” tipi. We wanted the tipi experience so we kept our reservation. Turns out that the ceremonial tipi doesn’t have a door so I had to make one.
The strangest thing about this place was the karaoke that took place until 10:00 pm. I do not believe this was listed in the hipcamp listing, so it was a bit of a surprise when our tipi was 40 feet away from blaring speakers of poorly DJ’d Karaoke. “Girls don’t always wanna have fun”. While traveling with a 7 year old, we were ready for bed at 9pm, but had to wait for the singing to be done. The place has potential. It was busy as could be. The tipis are really cool. The host seemed like he had too much to do to keep up with demands of requests for wood and new campers showing up. If there were more staff, no karaoke, and a little more clear communication, our stay would have been much more enjoyable.

Hipcamper Amy
Amy O.
recommends this listing.
July 14th, 2020

We just stayed in the tipis for two nights during a nine night road trip through Idaho and it will likely be the highlight for my kids. We had so much fun swimming (tube, raft, and paddle board rentals), axe-throwing, bow-shooting, singing karaoke, and eating bonfire kabobs with the host and his son. Joel is a very attentive host who genuinely wants everyone to have a great time.

*Definitely make use of the tipi fire (fun and warm) and bring a pad to sleep on!
*dog friendly-our pup was in heaven

Lava Family Campgound West Tribe 5
Hipcamper Bri C.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2020
Hipcamper Felix M.
recommends this listing.
July 16th, 2020
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