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.
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!
This is a very clean RV park with several tent sites. The bathroom is very clean and nice, there are lots of beautiful trees and cacti, and it borders vacant desert land where you can roam around for exercise or with your doggos! This is a great spot right between Phoenix and Tucson, close to each city. As you can see in the photos, this is not a private secluded spot- rather it's a super convenient, quiet, well-kept RV park with friendly hosts, a super cute general store, and a laundry room. It feels safe and welcoming. Thank you!
I really enjoyed my night under the stars on this beautiful piece of raw land. I'm not sure I've ever stayed somewhere so 'untouched' so this was a new experience for me. It was so incredibly quiet, peaceful and serene. As a single woman camping alone, I felt safe here! It was a little tricky driving down the dirt roads to find this place but Ray's directions are on point. Definitely recommend 4x4 so that you can drive onto his property (it's not packed down like the road is). Look out for the red cones on your righthand side right before you come to the last T on his provided map. This is definitely all about a secluded retreat, so if that's what you're going for, this is it! Also, check the weather before you book since it can get cold in the winter in high desert. :) Thanks Ray for sharing your beautiful land!
This is an adorable farm and a nice place to tent camp and very convenient being only 15 min from Phoenix Airport. (but you wouldn't know it!) There's a well kept large patch of grass next to a lemon grove and a couple of trailers that are also available to book on Hipcamp. It is not super private unless no one has booked the other two options, however no one else had booked when I was there so I had the place to myself! It's very picturesque, especially at sunset when the mountains light up orange I adored the farm stand, where you can purchase fresh eggs, vegetables, honey, pickled veggies and more! The tent site also shares access with other guests to an outdoor shower, porta potty, an awesome outdoor kitchen complete with a sink, coleman stove, gas canisters, and even a cooler! There's a great fire pit and picnic table + chairs as well. You can tell the Host really put some thought into this, which is appreciated. Be careful with the directions- Google Maps takes you slightly too far. Right before reaching what Google Maps thinks is your destination, you'll pass some farm stand signs- This is the spot! (see photos of this too). Talk with Janna ahead of time to make sure you arrive before dark and coordinate your arrival time and read her directions so that you drive around in circles. There's plenty of great food options, grocery stores, and coffee shops within 5-10 min in case you don't feel like cooking. All in all- great spot, very beautiful and well kept! Thank you, Janna!
This property is AMAZING! Absolutely beautiful scenery and endless places to explore. The cacti is diverse and stunning but not overwhelming. There are plenty of places to sent up a tent and Donna has cleared a few large areas for RVs. There are also fire rings and plenty of privacy. Donna lives on the property but you will feel very secluded. I met her dog Jay who was a total sweetheart, but Donna also has lots of other rescue animals on the property. The coolest thing was actual petroglyphs on the rocks here! Getting here off the highway is pretty simple and the roads are well maintained. Come here for seclusion, amazing natural beauty, and stunning skies.