Hipcamp host Francis H.
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42°52'28.497" N, 101°24'52.846" W

  the Pine ridge reservation may be closed or have a curfew, have had a few campers have problems crossing the reservation, including the south entrance to the badlands. From here you must go north to Kodaka &and west to Rapid city or west to Chadron then north to Rapid city

If you are leaving Rapid City,, going east on hwy 44, e


42°52'28.497" N, 101°24'52.846" W

  the Pine ridge reservation may be closed or have a curfew, have had a few campers have problems crossing the reservation, including the south entrance to the badlands. From here you must go north to Kodaka &and west to Rapid city or west to Chadron then north to Rapid city

If you are leaving Rapid City,, going east on hwy 44, especially in the evening, you might hit a curfew road block, when you get to the Pine Ridge Reservation, and not be able to get through. Be especially aware of this if leaving Rspid city, going east on hwy 44. If you are booking within hours of arriving or I have not responded to a message from you, try calling on phone, before you arrive. Had a problem that wouldn't have been a problem, had I realized I had a booking. Do not worry about the time, just call. Cell phones do not work at my house, so I can't always be available, but keep trying.Cell phones do work at the camp site.: UScellular , Viearo, and Verison. Many other companies phones roam off of these towers.

It is perfectly acceptable to arrive late at night. .

Out house coming shortly. presently a pit toilet, but no enclosure at this time. Suggested site is along south side our ranch road. A center pivot Irrigation system is on the north side of the road.  to the south is the top of the canyons looking over the Niobrara river valley. Both white tail and Mule Deer are common in the area as well as Turkey and a few grouse. There is a potable water hydrant near by.

This is a working cattle  Ranch, with center pivot irrigation for feed. Only ranch traffic on the road, no thru traffic.

 You are allowed to walk the canyons on our property, except when hunters are present which could be between Sept 1 and Feb 1.

Very little light pollution, so location would be good for Star Gazing.

a few geocache sites are within a few miles.

This site has no wind protection, so tent campers, depending on weather forecast,  may want to pick a tent site down over the edge of the canyon or beside grain bin.

Could do a short, about 2 mile, Kayak, tube, or canoe trip on The Niobrara river, getting in at the Garner Bridge and getting out on our property, below the campsite. 

Area attractions:

Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge 18 miles North, in SD

Bowring Ranch State Historical Park, north of Merriman Ne  22 miles

Badlands national park 2 hrs

Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum, st francis sd, 1 hr

Niobrara Valley Vineyards, south of Nenzel Ne, abt 40 minutes

Circle C market, Cody Ne, a student run grocery store, housed in a straw bale structure. 24 miles

Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest, south of Nenzel,  less than a hour

Merritt Reservoir state recreation area, hour.

Rosebud Casino, North of Valentine Ne.

Several outfitters in Valentine Ne, for tubbing, kayaking, and canoeing, on the Niobrara River. 

Smith Falls state park, Nebraska's highest water fall. 

The Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail passes through spectacular Nebraska scenery as it travels 195 miles from Valentine east to Norfolk. This trail is great for biking, hiking and horseback riding. One of the most spectacular parts of the trail is the old train trestle that crosses the Niobrara River just outside of Valentine.

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Farming in the Local area includes Corn and Seed Potatoes.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 24 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Pets allowed
Fire ban in effect
No toilet
No potable water
No kitchen
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
Generators allowed
No electrical hookup
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 50ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Francis a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at North camp in Nebraska.


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Hipcamper Clare

Peaceful, verdant, paradise.

Clare P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 10th, 2020

Francis is a wonderful host who went out of his way to welcome us and help us select a campsite that was well-suited to the weather. He met us at the road after checking in our arrival time throughout the day, and offered three campsites - any of them would have been great. His land is gorgeous and totally secluded. We enjoyed hiking, watching the cows, and Francis’s ATV rides were a standout highlight for our son. We enjoyed meeting Francis and his wife and learning about the ranch. We didn’t expect the hospitality - we felt so welcome!

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Hipcamper Clare

Peaceful paradise

Clare P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 11th, 2020

Francis was extremely welcoming and made every effort to give us the best possible experience on his verdant land. He was in touch during our travel day so that he could meet us at the ranch. He offered a few campsites, and the two we saw were unparalleled in their seclusion and immersion in nature. He checked on us to make sure all was well, and even offered rides on his ATV to our kids. We enjoyed learning about ranch life from him and his wife. Also, great hiking on the ranch! Thank you for a memorable stay.

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Hipcamper R

Quiet out of the way place

R S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 15th, 2020

Francis is very welcoming. The site is flat, easy to get a trailer in, though it’s closer to 3.9 miles from the 4 way by the trip odometer in my truck. Water is at the site, a fire ring sunk into the ground (it can be a little windy), and a vault toilet surrounded by big haybales. Very quiet with no light pollution, stargazing would be excellent if the clouds cooperate. Highway 20 doesn’t seem to be heavily traveled.

Hipcamper Alec
Alec S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 21st, 2020

Very remote, great for star-gazing. The site is quite large and would be great for large groups. Lots of deer running around near the site is fun. Very nice looking place as well.

Hipcamper Nicole
Nicole M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 24th, 2020

Awesome stay and super nice family. Wonderful people to chat with and I even got some hot soup that was wonderful (circumstantial not an official part of the booking). I would definitely recommend!

Hipcamper Attison
Attison B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 29th, 2020

Francis was super friendly in making sure we made it to the site safely. Site itself was a pretty field right next to the cattle. A great place to stop for the night.

Hipcamper Travis

I lucked out on this one!

Travis F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 7th, 2020

Wasn't sure what to expect honestly, this was only my second Hipcamp stay. I had a bit of trouble finding the place because I did not follow the instructions properly, and as the sun was setting I decided I would need to call the host, Francis, for a bit of assistance. What I got was much more than that as he right away offered to make his way to me and lead me the rest of the way! I managed to find my way there without him having to come and rescue me, as I was not too far off course, just on the wrong side of the river. The fact that he offered to do that speaks volumes about the kind of person he is. I felt welcomed and relieved as he greeted me on arrival.

The site itself, for me, was perfect. The night sky is incredible! You are just bombarded with stars. I saw several shooting stars just the first night. I was able to easily get my 20' camper in and out, and was on level ground. There is water and an electrical hookup if needed. There are cows that roam around freely nearby, and they do communicate amongst one another, which I enjoyed. If you are looking for absolute silence the cows are gonna ruin your plans :)

The first night I woke in the middle of the night, I think mainly just from the excitement of my recent travels. I decided to take a quick peek outside at the stars hoping to catch another shooting star; and as I opened the door I was greeted by a beautiful horse having a drink at the watering hole near the site, maybe 20 feet away, and illuminated by the light of the moon. It was a sight to see.

There is beauty all around here: from the night sky, to the canyons, to the many animals all around. Francis and his wife are exemplary hosts, and were beyond helpful and kind! I hope I get to see them again, truly. A wonderful experience all around!

Hipcamper Maggie B.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 29th, 2020
Hipcamper Alexander M.
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(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2020
Hipcamper Brent G.
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July 9th, 2020
Hipcamper Bradley L.
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July 5th, 2020
Hipcamper Bailey B.
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(Dispersed site)
June 28th, 2020
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