Camp in our stunning Redtailed Hawk Native American Teepee. Primitive camping Native American style, find out what the total Western experience was really like. Lakota style genuice teepee, 18' diameter, wake up to the quiet sound of birds in the stress free lovely area of an old Northwestern forest. See wildlife, birds and all kinds of trees and plants to give you good privacy in this experience. Hike or horseback ride on our gentle trails of our 455 acre ranch, which is 90% Forest.
. Most campgrounds have campers right on top of each other, ours gives you room to hike, see the wildlife, trees and room for privacy just down from Crater Lake. In this 450 acre ranch, 5 acres is for campsites and tipis. So we are only putting 10 sites up for camping and 2 for teepees. There are wildflowers (in season) , you have space to 'be' here, and that's how we plan on keeping it. We just have a dirt road, and no electricity, all is solar in our desire to keep compatible with the national forest that we are beside. The norm here is to hear the buzz and whir of hummingbirds, dragon flies and birds of all kinds. You can see the stars at night, and hear cows off in the distance, and since we are beside Crater Lake Highway, we are an easy distance to Crater Lake, so you will hear some traffic now and then. But the road is blocked by many very tall pine and cedar and juniper trees. You are across the street from Pelican Butte, a beautiful mountain range, and also see Agency Lake off in the distance. We now have a propane shower for our campers, check out a towel with us and shower for free with your campgrounds fee.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
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Bob and Kori are the most kindest, hardworking and genuine people. We were honored to stay at their sprawling ranch, learn about their land, their rescue horses and their cool heritage. The first thing we did were meet their horses, Kori introduced us to each beautiful horse, telling us their backstory and how people can come learn and ride them at the ranch. We proceeded to our site that's lined by solar lamps. Our red tipi was the first one, there were two other tipis. Kori talked about their plans to have conestoga wagons added to their site, which we are very excited about! The site has two porta potties, and a solar-powered shower station. The property, settled 30 mins south of Crater Lake National Park is some of the most beautiful country in the state. You're surrounded by rolling hills, peaceful farm land, grazing cattle and Oregon's pleasant high desert weather... a true western experience!
First our host Kori was fantastic! She answered all of our questions and went above and beyond to make our stay great. We loved the tipi and it was overall a great experience. We heard coyotes howl, owls hoot, and the view of the stars cannot be overstated. The tipi was surprisingly comfortable, and easily slept 5 adults. We were not allowed to have a wood fire inside the tent but could have a propane fire, so we did use a propane burner to make s’mores and provide ambience. That said, there are some opportunities that the owners might consider.
We stayed at the Redtail tipi. It is the first site that you drive to when entering the camp. It is also the closest site to the porta potties and shower station. This was a positive thing as it made it very easy to get to the facilities. Additionally, the facilities were well kept. My wife said she didn’t know porta potties could be so clean and nice. The shower, while small, does the job and is a welcome option after a day of hiking.
The area is extremely dry, and one of the things they could fix is possibly installing a sprinkler system from the well to occasionally spray down the road to minimize the dust, which was the consistency of talc and would rise from simply walking on it. Anytime a vehicle passes, the area is inundated with a fine dust that takes time to settle. Because we were at the entrance, we were covered in dust with every car, horse, or person that passed. The dry conditions are not the fault of the owners, but they could consider a sprinkler system or crushed rock fines to keep the dust down.
The shower was nice, but could be excellent if there was a changing room connected to the shower. Otherwise it requires you to change in the shower and you end up getting dirt on wet feet, and it’s really hard to keep clean clothes dry. A simple 6’x6’ concrete pad with a roof and three sides with a door that led to the shower would make it really nice!
The area directly around the tipi was good, and because the fire danger was extreme, there were no permanent fire rings nor the ability to have a fire at all. This isn’t the owners fault but it did have an impact to not have a camp fire while camping. There was one picnic table and while it was new and clean, I could have also used a second cooking table along with some other seating areas. A simple solution would be log seats and a fire ring, and a second picnic table- something that would hold a Coleman stove type of thing.
Finally, the camp site was near the main road to crater lake. The traffic was constant until after 10pm each night. Having said that, virtually every other option was near the same road, and would have the same traffic noise.
The bedding was clean and I found the pads very comfortable! We did have some fun issues with the chipmunks which my wife renamed to chippunks because they would come into the tipi and eat anything remotely edible! Our crater lake newspaper was gnawed on and a bag of almonds was looted, though curiously, they left half of the almonds behind! They are quite the characters!
For reference, to go from the tipi to cloudscap on crater lake is exactly an hour drive. To get to the crater lake lodge took about 35 minutes.
I would go back!
Staying here was such a special treat! Kori greeted us right upon arrival and couldn’t be a better host. She’s incredibly kind hearted and made sure we had everything we needed to ensure a cozy stay in our teepee. It was heartwarming to hear her story and learn more about her passion for preserving Indian culture.
We had all the amenities we needed with a restroom and water nearby. The fire in the teepee kept us nice and warm and the teepee was fully equipped with sleeping pads and bags making for a comfy stay.
Highly recommend this stay if you’re visiting Crater Lake! It was about a 40 minute drive and located in a lovely area.