2018 Hipcamp Bucket List

All year long, Hipcamp partners with landowners from Maine to Hawaii to create brand new places to camp. With new campsites being added every day, our camping bucket list never stops growing! Nonetheless, we put together some of favorite new camps of the past year to start ticking off the list in 2018. Here’s to New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually want to keep.

1. Camp in Historic Idyllwild

Julian Bialowas and Lisse Lundin

Idyllwild, CA is known for fresh air, mountain vistas and is a hub for hikers along the 2,600 mile Pacific Crest Trail. San Jacinto mountain highlights include world-class rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking. Make this vintage trailer your home base—this meticulously designed Hipcamp was put together in just nine days! (Read about the making here.)

2. Get your daily dose of mountains at Aysha’s Land Camp

Brittany Stepp

Camp under the Colorado stars and wake up to breathtaking mountain views at this ranch in the foothills of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains near Fort Garland. This is an all-time primitive camping spot in Colorado.

3. Glamp Outside of Your Favorite National Parks

Zion Glamping Adventure, UT (Keith Fine)

Rusty Can Ranch, Joshua Tree, CA (Andrea Watson)

Exploring your National Parks has never been easier with Hipcamp. While lots of national park campgrounds (not surprisingly) fill up months in advance, there’s a good chance you will be able to find a new gem just outside on Hipcamp. (Remember when we said new camps get added every day?) Another way to elevate your national park adventure is by cranking the comfort up a notch and go glamping.

4. Camp Next to Your Own Private Waterfall

Mauna Kea Cloudforest Resort, Big Island, HI (Brooke Lambe)

Eco-Friendly Safari Tent in Parksville, NY (Emily Hlavac Green)

Secluded Waterfall Haven, Sky Valley, GA (Kim Wishcamper)

5. Forest Bathe at Forest, Fields and Creeks, Oh My!

Erinn Hale

“Finney Farm is an intentional community founded many years ago on the principles of “Earth First”. Their mission is to educate about and celebrate all that surrounds us in the natural world. Their movement of “Food Not Lawns” is part of what inspired me to begin gardening, myself. “ – Erinn Hale, Hipcamp Field Scout

6. Hideout in the Eastern Sierra for a few days at Paradise Shores Camp

Madison Kotack

Paradise Shores is a mom and pop run campground in the Eastern Sierras with epic mountain views, nearby hot springs and plenty of camping options for every type of camper—from a Colorful Baja Camper, RV camping, Lakeshore Tent Camping and more.

7. Camp at a real life herb farm and apothecary

Tara Schatz

Free Verse Farm is a hilltop herb farm run by two art-making, herb-loving farmers in Chelsea, VT, where you are invited to tour their cultivated fields and become acquainted with the wide variety of tea, culinary, and medicinal herbs that they grow and process on the farm.

8. Cowboy Camp on a Private Island in Brunswick, Maine

Erin Wheat

This canoe/kayak-in only camp in Maine has one of the coolest campfire set ups we’ve ever seen!

“There are few places quite as incredible as this! Staying on a private island was a real treat, and with the many accommodations provided by our host, we did so in complete comfort! Ask Jim, the host, to add an hour of outdoor skill training to your weekend visit, as he’s a registered maine guide!” – Erin Wheat, Hipcamp Field Scout

9. Hang Out Above the Rio Grande

Megan Kantor

“I cannot explain how beautiful this place is. The Airstream sits on the edge of the Rio Grande Gorge and it is so pretty.” – Megan Kantor, Hipcamp Field Scout

10. Wake Up and Smell the Roses Next to Your Own Private Surf Break

Lisse Lundin

At Private Beach Farm in Goleta, CA (just north of Santa Barbara) set up your tent in a historic, glass greenhouse with incredible ocean views—private beach access (with an epic surf break), a cob pizza oven, and the best damn outdoor shower of your life.

11. Spend the night in a Yurt

Cole Sweeney

Camping in a yurt is so easy, even a baby can do it.

12. Camp out in the High Desert

Brie Watson

Sagewind Farm, located in the high desert of San Diego county, is the only certified organic white sage farm in the world. During the day, explore 40-cres of caves, massive boulders and views. At night, sleep under the milky way.

13. Live Out Your Fantasies in One of These Treehouses

Romantic Treehouse, Santa Cruz, CA (Eileen Roche)

Potleaf Treehouse, Sultan, WA (Erin McGrady)

Treehouse in the Woods, Ridgebury, NY (Chantilly W)

The Birdie Treehouse, Stoneham, ME (Erin Wheat)

14. Join an innovative, creative arts community at the Blue Sky Center in New Cuyama, CA

Michelle Park

What Hipcampers say about Blue Sky Center:

  • “This place has some magical juju.”
  • “A calm and secluded spot, Chris is doing great work transforming the area.”
  • “A great social enterprise, friendly team and unique camping experience! “
  • “Blue Sky is doing amazing things! This will be a central hub for the community and artists in no time.“

15. Wake up with horses at Six Brier Farm

Creatives in a Van

“If you love animals, this is the place to be. When we arrived we were greeted by 5 friendly farm dogs and in the morning had breakfast with the curious horses.” –Ryan and Alex, Hipcamp Field Scouts & Creatives in a Van, at Six Brier Farm in Ashby, AL.

16. Go Cabin Camping

Tops’l Luxury Cabins, Waldoboro, ME (Aimee Bartee)

Sweet Cider Cabin, Floyd, VA (Meghann Chapman)

Turtle Rock Hollow, Honeoye, NY (Quinton Manchard)

Garland Getaway, Little Ellis Lake, ME (Atticus Radley)

17. Pick Fresh Eggs on a Farm Stay

Jane Cavagnero

There is nothing but beautiful vistas surrounding Rusty Acorn Farm in Eastern Tennessee. Wake up to take in views of Smoky National Park with a side of fresh farm eggs! Search for farm stays on Hipcamp—some may even let you partake in farm duties for a day.

18. Camp on a 100-foot Cliff on the California Coast at Separate Star Point

Kathryn Stevens

“If you can believe it, this spot is even more beautiful than the photos. There’s a wicked fire pit, grill, and bench, plus tons of primo cliff perches–and you get ’em all to yourself.” – Madison Kotack, Head of Field Scouts at Separate Star Point in Jenner, CA.

19. Go Camping with Camels

We can’t say we’ve ever been camping with camels before…so this yurt in Colorado is definitely on our bucket list this year.

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