Hipcamp host Michael U.
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This camp is on the Chama River, swimming holes up stream, has natural fresh water springs on the property. Close to Heron Lake State Park, El vado state park. Nature trail walks great fishing, plan to have have spring water supply to camping area great for growing gardens and building green house for future plans. Camping accommodation can be provided or built on the land.

RV only area
Trailers, RVs
2 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
Potable water available
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send MICHAEL a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 3 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Horseback riding
Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Fountain of Youth Springs Ranch in New Mexico.

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

The vibe at Fountain of Youth Springs Ranch

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Hipcamper Sean
Sean S.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 26th, 2020

The site is a great location and the host is a real nice guy. I think the sites were oversold when we showed up all the spaces were taken so the host was going to let us stay on a horse pasture but we had the dogs with us so we had to take off and find a different spot to camp. We came back the next day to fish on the "private" section but were very quickly surrounded by fishermen so we decided to leave.

Hipcamper Sabrina
Sabrina B.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 26th, 2020

The river was beautiful, the sky and surrounding countryside is gorgeous. The site was not what I expected. I was not aware that the campsite was just to the left of a bridge and a very popular fishing site for locals. Many cars travel on the bridge to get to Heron Lake. We had non stop foot traffic walking threw our campsite and parking in our campsite area even though it said private property. We finally put up a rope to block car traffic from coming into our site. That did not stop the foot traffic. If you like to fish and don’t mind the constant interruptions than it is good. Our host very very nice, I am not sure he is aware how many locals cross and fish on his property. We still enjoyed ourselves, making the best of it.

Bridge next to camp site, moderate traffic on the weekend. It leads to Lake Heron. 26 foot trailer will fit on river bank, it is a little tricky to fit thru the trees in the driveway, there is plenty of room below the river bank to park and camp. The view is not as good as in the bank.Road close to campsite, view of surrounding mountains Bridge really close to camp site, many locals come fish here on the weekend.
Hipcamper Jamie

Great little camping area.

Jamie L.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 29th, 2020

We met the host Michael, he stopped by to introduce himself and see if we needed anything. He was great. The camp site was great. We had an RV and parked it in the grass area and it made for a beautiful camping area. There was a rock circle for a fire pit and it worked great. There was plenty of kindling wood for the fire also. The river was nice but make sure you bring mosquito spray as they are there. It was close enough to town and the lakes, yet far enough away for camping. Overall, the experience was great and we would do it again.

Hipcamper Jacey

Beautiful area, great campsite!

Jacey F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 23rd, 2020

Very beautiful area, right on the river. Mike was great, very welcoming and helpful, very accommodating. We would love to camp here again, it was close enough to town to get anything we needed, but far enough away that the Milky Way was visible on the clear nights with the new moon. It was heaven. Our pup and 5.5 year old daughter had a blast wandering the wooded area right next to the camper and we all had so much fun fishing in the river. Nights were spent by the campfire then stargazing or playing games in the camper. Best family vacation we could ask for right now, secluded, but safe and so beautiful! Highly recommend! And the only other person we saw was a guy from the wildlife department dealing with beavers causing flooding, which we didn’t mind at all.

The biggest negative would be that previous campers had destroyed a lot of glass beer bottles by one of the fire pits so there was shattered glass everywhere in that area. You could definitely tell Mike had done what he could with trying to clear it out. We had a bunch of extra cardboard so we laid that out then a blanket so the kiddo and pup could stay safe. We mostly used that area just for the campfire so it wasn’t anything that bothered us, but we didn’t cook on the campfire as some would, however, there were two other fire pits on site so you had plenty of options to avoid the broken glass.

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Hipcamper Matt

On river w/ a resident bald eagle

Matt D.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 26th, 2020

This spot was right on the river, which was a relaxing way to end and start our days. We were greeted in the morning by several deer and an awesome bald eagle who snatched breakfast out of the river.
We only encountered one fisherman. The negatives- there seemed to be a quite a bit of trash (likely from fisherman) and (more our personal issue) we felt like we we too close to the road to let the dogs off leash..

Hipcamper Jeff
Jeff A.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 17th, 2020

Host promptly greeted us at the campsite. Firewood was provided...easy access...beautiful river.

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Hipcamper Jeanine F.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 25th, 2020
Michael U.’s Land
New Mexico
United States
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