Hipcamp host Joel K.,
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West 6 is currently the furthest tipi away from everyone else. It’s more than 100 yards away from West 5. It's also right on the water.

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


West 6 is currently the furthest tipi away from everyone else. It’s more than 100 yards away from West 5. It's also right on the water.

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 Campground West Tribe 6 in Idaho.

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

The vibe at Lava Family Campground West Tribe 6

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Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher A.
recommends this listing.
July 11th, 2020

Stayed for one night on the way through to Wyoming and it was a great Lil stop off! 4 bundles for $15 keeps you plenty warm at night, but be advised that Joel is having issues with double (and triple) booked sites. So don’t expect to always get your choice. We did thankfully, but worth a call out if you’re expecting a precise site.

Hipcamper Marguerite

Most incredible weekend ever!!!

Marguerite E.
recommends this listing.
August 10th, 2020

Let’s start by saying we were having so much fun that we booked a 3rd night! Tipi is spacious and can sleep 6 people. The spot at West 6 is far from others and it was exactly what we wanted. The swimming hole is incredible and slow moving, and there are tons of fun little waterfalls to climb, it goes in a loop and we had so much fun exploring. Joel is very kind as well as a Yolanda and everyone else we met who in involved in the property. The night sky is the absolute most clear I have ever seen, and we even saw shooting stars! There are trains that go by often, so if you are a light sleeper bring ear plugs. Cots are comfortable, but make sure you have a good sleeping bag to keep you insulated. We will be coming back every year. It was an amazing experience, perfect getaway into nature, and to reconnect with your self and spirit.

Hipcamper Sara
Sara W.
recommends this listing.
August 17th, 2020

Joel was an angel .., thank you

Hipcamper Peggy

Unique, beautiful, natural!

Peggy E.
recommends this listing.
August 20th, 2020

What a cool place!! Lava Family Campground is truly unique. The teepees are large, comfortable and beautiful - a family of 4 could very comfortably camp in one, if not more. The nearby swimming hole/river is complete with many waterfalls and nice cool water (no showers onsite, but the swimming hole worked just fine!). The host is very enthusiastic and social and clearly cares a great deal about his guests and making sure they have a great time. We visited in the dead heat of summer and it is still VERY COLD at night - come prepared! Between the fire inside the teepee and -20 rated sleeping bags we were nice and cozy, but our neighbors bailed out at 4AM due to the cold. This is a unique and beautiful spot, and the sunsets are out of this world. Lots of great hiking and exploring nearby - we particularly enjoyed the Twin Falls area - and the nearby town of Pocatello has tons of amenities (costco, walmart, starbucks, etc).

Joel K.’s Land
United States
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