Intro: Hi! My name is Caitlin and I'm an adventure lifestyle photographer residing in sunny Boulder, CO. I find bliss in the crisp outdoors and road-tripping around the country in my mobile tent (aka Car) with my cattle dog, Juniper.
I drove up here one sunny afternoon and enjoyed a lovely peaceful time soaking in the sun and solitude on Sean's property. There's tons of space to park and flat grassy areas to set up a tent. I usually sleep in my car since I have a platform in there but I set up a nice picnic to hang out with my dog in the tent area. Walking around in the paths, I enjoyed the fresh pine air and spotted some white capped mountain views through the trees if you keep walking up the road. I didn't venture into the cemetery but I thought it was cute that there's a visitor's log and it looked really well kept. I'd definitely recommend this place as a city escape, a place to enjoy the fresh mountain air, and some stars. Just be sure to drive in from Central City, not Idaho Springs, as that road is no bueno. It felt pretty private as well and I only saw one jeep drive by during my time there.
This is a great spot for dry RV parking, located not far from 70 in a beautiful colorful canyon in Gypsum. The Colorado River rushes by just steps away from where you'd park and connect to power. There are several tables, a firepit, and an outdoor kitchen that is currently in progress but will eventually have a woodfire stove for making pizzas and a sink. So right now there's water and power (30amp) and no bathrooms. The river is pretty neat so you can bring your own kayaks or fish or hike nearby. I met Gerry who was a nice man, and felt safe here. The highland cows are so cute! You can see in the photos, you are in close vicinity to the Host's house, the cow pasture, and the river, but it still feels peaceful and tucked away. Good spot if your RV is self contained.
It's hard to put into words what a gem this place is. I stayed in the yurt, not the cabin, but I'm sure that's amazing too. The yurt was super luxurious and had a really comfy bed and every amenity including drinking water, electrical outlets, running water sink, couches, heaters, and a stove. The outdoor bathroom tent with a hot water shower and flush toilet is really nicely done too and only steps away. My favorite part was walking around and admiring the incredible views of Mount Sopris, the sweeping green pastures, and the many farm animals on the property such as horses, alpaca, pigs, and zebu cattle. The animals all look so happy and healthy which is great to see. I particularly adored the alpacas who are all so friendly! My dog and I both got a sweet alpaca kiss on the mouth haha! Don't judge until you try it. ;) Pam, the Host, is a very sweet and inspiring artist. I loved getting to see the horse stables turned art studios and seeing her handmade alpaca wool crafts. Oh and it's minutes from Carbondale which is my new favorite town. SO COOL! Will tell everyone about this place.
Hollow Horn Farms is the most peaceful place I've camped in awhile! I felt so safe and comfortable here and the Hosts, Michelle Alex and their sweet dog Chipala, are so kind and welcoming. They have a large piece of land overlooking an incredible display of snow-capped peaks. I loved watching the light change throughout the day, and sunrise was spectacular. There's currently some construction going on while Alex and Michelle (who live in a trailer on the property), build their future home, but I didn't find it to be a problem whatsoever. There's plenty of space, and my dog loved roaming around the property off leash. As far as activities go, there's a lot going on in the area: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (so close!), fly fishing, hiking, visiting the orchards and vineyards in Hotchkiss, etc. I was really impressed with this area and would love to spend more time in the future. Thanks so much for a wonderful stay!
Wow this was definitely a life highlight experience for me. I spent one night here with a friend and we had the hut to ourselves. It’s incredibly well stocked and the fire was easy to light and maintain. My favorite part was the epic sunrise. The snowshoe trek in took us 5 hours up and 2.5 hours on the way down. Advil helped a lot with altitude sickness! Amazing place- thank you!
Wow what an epic place to stay! This site is right in Monument valley with unbelievable views of all the monuments, right from your tent. I couldn't believe it and had to pick my jaw up off the ground so many times. Jennafer and Mark are really thoughtful Hosts and you could tell they put a lot of care into creating a wonderful camping experience. Though it was very cold at night, the propane heater (bring canisters) and the electric hand warmers that were provided as well as the zero degree bag (awesome!) kept me nice and cozy. The stars were unreal. I can't wait to be back.
Staying at Mike's beautiful cabin overlooking Durango was exactly what I needed. It was warm, spotless, cozy, and beautifully designed. Mike made a fire in the stove and was fun to talk to. He lives in the loft space in the cabin, and I stayed in the bedroom downstairs with my dog. I totally felt like I had enough privacy and Mike was super welcoming. My favorite part was going on a stroll in the morning to see the sunrise alpenglow over the snow studded peaks. The cabin is not too far from Durango and it's a scenic drive. You eventually turn onto a dirt road that is easy to navigate and well maintained. I even had service out there, so it would be hard to get lost. Definitely would stay here again next time I'm in the area!
Kurt's Yurt is adorable as it looks and is nestled in one of the most beautiful mountainous settings I've ever seen. There was lots of firewood (which we definitely needed!), and by meticulously following Kurt's tips we were able to get a good fire going in the wood stove. The yurt has tons of thoughtful amenities like games, blankets, pots and pans, and lanterns. We cooked up some pasta on the gas stove, melted snow for water, went on a backcountry snowshoe/ski excursion, and played Scrabble! Make sure to acclimate to the altitude before going up, drink lots of water, and read about altitude sickness ahead of time! Kurt sends lots of helpful information about directions and snow conditions beforehand, which is key in winter. We were able to park almost at the yurt and only snowshoed in about half a mile. Super easy and awesome spot!
Morning Zen is a sweet funky spot right up against Saguaro National Monument. It'd be a great base camp to explore the area and is super close to Tucson. Dale is a very friendly thoughtful Host and I enjoyed talking to him. The property has several RV spots with hookups and a few spaces for tents nestled into the cacti. There's cacti here of all kinds so this is a really great spot for someone who adores cacti, like me, so be prepared for desert life if you tent camping. Keep in mind there are people living here and camping here so you won't be alone, but there's a nice community vibe to the place. There's also a covered flush toilet, sink with running water, and shower in a little outhouse in the center of the property. There are amazing skies here- sunset and sunrise are amazing and it's fun to walk around and admire all the giant cacti! Thanks Dale!