Cloud 9 is camping made easy.
I and a friend stayed here recently and loved it. Great scenery, flat grounds, rivers, fireflies, lots of firewood, a full kitchen, and a shower! Camping, with a heated shower... I kinda felt like I was back home. I've already recommended this spot to a few people, and my next time headed out of town this will surely be a stopping point. Can't say enough nice things about it... so I'll stop here. You won't regret.
On a recent trip through the Carolina Appalachian region, this was one of my favorite spots.
Rather high by East coast standards, the views were pretty spectacular. Watching clouds roll through the valley was a constant source of "oooh, aaahhh". The surrounding area is home to lots of waterfalls and rivers, and this made a great homebase to go find them. It's also a gated community, so it's very quiet.
Very well kept, convenient, easy and scenic, I wouldn't hesitate to return.
This is a really cool spot.
Walnut Hollow Ranch is huge! There are several areas to camp, depending on your preference or seclusion. Some are near the store, others are further (also lots of parking for larger vehicles, as we met a group traveling by bus as well). We opted for the further spot, to kind of test it out.
First of all, the views are rather great. From on top of the hill, you can see quite a ways. There were also a bunch of different paths that seemed to converge up where we set our tent too, so next time I visit, I'll have to check those out. It's a bit of a walk to our spot though, so not recommended for the immobile or if you're carrying a lot of gear. However! it is a pleasant walk, with lots of interesting plants to check out on the way (including wild fennel). Also, at sunset there was a ton of fireflies, which was a huge bonus to me. We got rained out unfortunately, so I only saw clear skies for a short bit at night - but it looked like there was very minimal light pollution, fantastic if you enjoy the stars.
Shameless plug for the farm too, but there's a meat store on site. We had to pick up a pack on our way out, which was cooked a few days later. I've already talked it up to a few friends/family members, as it was some of the best I've had in a real hot minute. Highly recommend!
We stayed here in a tent, but I highly recommend this more as an RV situation.
The grounds are clean and flat. They're also at a high elevation, so the views and drive are quite nice. I'm not a RV driver, but it looked to me to be very easy to pull in and out of, even with a large vehicle.
Also! I noticed the "bust your butt" falls in the photos, so wanted to check that out as well. They're nearby, and the whole river is really fun to explore. Definitely recommend!
This is a really cool spot.
You have flat ground to sleep on, a safe fire spot, privacy, and a river all in the same site. Honestly, a pretty ideal easy camp to me. The only thing, it is a downhill walk to where you'll set up your tent, so if you're immobile this may not be for you.
For us, it was great. If I had more time I would've loved to explore the rivers further, and maybe rafted or tubed on down. We unfortunately got rained out, but I also heard there's a cool boulder somewhere on property - something that I plan on finding next visit.
We stayed here recently, at the end of a nature escape trip. Being a longer trip, we decided to go the cozy route and booked the A-frame.
Laura was a fantastic host, providing all of the comforts of home. After weeks in a tent, having access to seats, a refrigerator, filtered water, toaster ovens/microwave/grill felt like a 5 star hotel to me.
The property is huge! I was given a tour, and got a better idea of whats going on. A creek runs through the whole property (due to rain, it was a river while we were there), the forest and grasses were lush, there was even a natural spring on site.
I didn't stay at the campsite, but did check it out. Laura Lynne set up a curtain for bathroom privacy, provided hand sanitizer, chairs, and a hammock. On top of that, the ground was relatively flat.
Also on site is a "tree house". I say that in quotes because I picture a tree house being the few boards we'd throw up in trees as a kid - not the full on 2 story home they lovingly built in the trees. Definitely future home goals.
Besides staying for the retreat, I'd recommend The Magic Land to anyone who's new to camping, or looking to get outdoors one toe at a time.
Head's up, this isn't just a place to camp.
Dave also teaches bushcraft and survival techniques, so as such, there are structures already built on the property. Firepits, examples of construction techniques, etc. The night we stayed there was a bit of rain, so making use of tarped off areas and roofed spots was really nice.
The area is incredibly lush, the ground relatively flat, plenty private and huge. If I lived in area I'd love to take a class here as well.
I'd recommend this spot to anyone looking for a fairly primitive experience, yet still has some conveniences (like solar powered cellphone chargers, so you're not totally out there.
The San Luis Valley and specifically the area surrounding Fort Garland, Co. is a pretty special place for me - as my family has been visiting/living there for a very long time. That being said, it can be rough too.
It is at high altitude in a relatively dry area. Definitely bring water and be prepared for cooler weather at night. It's also far from noise, traffic, light pollution and all the other wonders I usually camp to get away from.
I can recommend it to anyone, but be prepared for a very primitive situation. Also, pay attention to the written directions, as gps can be a little funny on the ranch.
I can't recommend The Enchanted Circle Campground enough. Every site is it's own little world, different from the previous. The hosts have clearly thought it all out, even providing hammocks/stoves/water/trash receptacles/etc. The property is huge and private, and there is some cool history (I won't spoil). Lots to look at even just walking around. Being at 9000 feet it can get a little cold, so be prepared for that possibility and everything else is covered. Even the drive up is beautiful! You can't go wrong here.
Staying here recently was my first time in this part of Texas. We were greeted by adorable dogs and a very pleasant host - who gave us a quick tour of the site and rules.
The site is absolutely massive! More room than you know what to do with, but still within the confines of a working farm. Stars were endless, even with a pretty full moon. Grounds were flat, with gentle rolling hills and animals to watch walk around. There was also a very convenient firepit with buckets nearby to turn into tables.
Overall I'd recommend this spot for those looking to primitive camp, while still being in a safe spot and who enjoy watching horse and cattle.
I stayed here recently with 3 friends, looking to get away from the general population.
On arrival our host Sarah showed us to our site, and pointed out a few basic locations to help us out (trails, where the lake was, where they hosts lived, a little about the critters and flora in the area.) After they left, we set up camp and started to explore. Within minutes we saw cows walking through the woods, found edible berries, and checked out the lake.
It's a primitive site, but we did have a grill available - making things easier. The night was quiet, with very few bugs or other nuisances. There is an occasional train that comes through, but that was kind of a bonus for us.
The hosts also gave us a tour of their home area, which was overly nice. When I heard they were living on site in tiny homes, I was super curious.
In short, I recommend this area for anyone looking for a primitive and private site.