Hipcamp host Joel K.
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RV Sites:

When you first pull into the campground, there is a ramp to your left that will lead you directly to the RV parking sites. We also have approximately 8 RV sites.

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


RV Sites:

When you first pull into the campground, there is a ramp to your left that will lead you directly to the RV parking sites. We also have approximately 8 RV sites.

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.

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.

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.

RV only area
Rv & motorhomes
10 sites
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
Camping vehicle details
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Generators not allowed
Pull-through site
Max length 35ft
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: requires leveling
Doesn't accommodate slideouts
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 Campground RV sites in Idaho.

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

The vibe at Lava Family Campground RV sites

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Hipcamper Jaxon
Jaxon H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 17th, 2020

Just what I was looking for. The RV spot was wonderful, backed up to the river. It was quiet and peaceful. Joel was very kind. I could tell he wanted us to enjoy our stay. We will have to return to stay in one of the tipi’s. They looked very fun!

Our campsite to the left and a teepee site to the right on the south side of the campground.Looking East from the southwest corner.
Hipcamper Annie


Annie B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 16th, 2020

This is a beautiful peaceful place run by a very kind man. He made our experience so fun and took time to talk to and teach our kids. We’ll be back

Hipcamper Joel
Response from Joel, the Host, on May 20th, 2020

Thank you so much for coming. Looking forward to seeing you all again soon. We will be constantly implementing new activities to do along the river.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Alison
Alison H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 19th, 2020

This is a beautiful property and we really enjoyed our stay. Joel was a great host, very personable and accomodating. There is a lot of open space and it was nice for our dog to romp around the meadow offleash.

RV areaBeautiful afternoon lightInsideLots of open space
Hipcamper Jennifer

Sweet, river-side gem. like home.

Jennifer N.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 28th, 2020

Beautiful lazy, river, perfect for kids and families.
Very dedicated and attentive camp host!
Proximity to train tracks is novel, but also a bit jarring in the middle of the night! The beautiful, quaint, laid-back atmosphere and the host’s respect for the land he is sharing more than make up for the night-trains!
We we definitely be back!!

Rainy ricer side camp.A rainy and beautiful morning.River side evening bliss.Sunset at camp.
Hipcamper Keith
Keith M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 29th, 2020

Great host and unique site. We'll be back.

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Hipcamper Dani

Fun weekend on the river

Dani R.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 5th, 2020

We had a wonderful long weekend here. Floating the river from one end of camp to the other and then walking back to the start was a blast! The water was cool in the summer heat but not cold, just perfect. RV sites are kind of tight but it was still reasonable with lots of space to spread out elsewhere. The trains at night didn't bother us but others said they woke them up. Karaoke and axe throwing was also fun. Would definitely return. Make sure to being your shade structure. Also the host and fellow camp members saved my sweet blind dog from the river, and I will always be grateful!

Rental flamingo floating island onsite was great!Picturesque views from the lazy river float
Hipcamper Crystal
Crystal B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 6th, 2020

We initially were to stay for a quick stop on our very long drive home, but decided to stay another night for the 4th of July holiday because the area was pretty and quiet, but with a fun family atmosphere. The kids loved floating down the river. Joel was friendly and helpful. The porta potties were extremely full, but it was a busy weekend.

Hipcamper Allison

Perfect spot

Allison S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 8th, 2020

Wonderful spot to float the river with little kids safely. Great area and although close to the trains would highly recommend to everyone.

Hipcamper cyndi

Excellent stay!

Cyndi P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 22nd, 2020

Great Hip Camp experience! Joel was welcoming and kind. His property is beautiful and we were grateful to have found a place where the kids could play in the water, enjoy the outdoors. We stayed three nights in our 5th wheel. The trailer/RV spot are close/tight. The other spots though, across the river in the TP's or for tents are spacious and beautiful.

We would absolutely return.

Thanks Joel!

Joel K.’s Land
United States
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