What an amazing hipcamp, which in reality is a small part of a very large 117 year old resort named Glen Isle. It's right on the Platte River. There are lower campsites along the river and upper sites that over look the river and highway. The resort itself has multiple cabins and a beautiful main Lodge that was built in 1901. I was lucky enough to have a look inside the lodge. The hosts Greg and Mary Ruth were awesome. They are currently restoring and bringing back the resort to it's former glory. I can't wait to go back and check on the progress.
What’s not to love about the cozy bunkhouse outside Livermore, Colorado. The solitude and peace that overcomes you as you looks out over the land from the bunkhouse is the main reason to come here. The bunkhouse is the second reason. It’s well built and sturdy and could definitely handle whatever Mother Nature has to offer. It’s cozy, but the high ceiling with the large loft above makes it appear much bigger inside. The loft is actually a good size, a queen size bed can fit easily. I'm 6ft and could stand up straight in the middle of the loft. The rustic cozy feel is achieved by the reclaimed and reused weathered wood that makes up the interior walls throughout the bunkhouse and is set off by a large rusty metal ranch sign that spans the entire length. The bunkhouse has multiple windows on 3 sides, so plenty of light fills the space from sunrise to sunset. Each window has a different view of the stunning landscape outside, on many occasions I’d catch myself just staring off into the beauty.
Georgette, the host was great about communicating with me and had spot on directions to the bunkhouse. She did warn me ahead of time that the dirt road to the place gets bumpy (I would recommend high clearance vehicles, especially if the weather is bad). It was slow going on the county road up to the bunkhouse, but the scenery did not disappoint with views of massive rock formations, mountain visas, rolling farm and ranch lands. Once you arrived and drove up the path to the bunkhouse, you knew that the bumpy dirt road was well worth it. Five gallons of water and plenty of fire wood was provided. While I was there the wildflowers were all in full bloom and a bit overgrown around the bunkhouse and fire ring. Again, this is a dry cabin so you need to plan to bring everything you will need and to pack in it/out and leave it better. This is the perfect getaway from the busy city and the ultimate car camping road trip!
If I played disc golf, I do believe I’d be in hog’s heaven or in this case “Bear Mountain.” Nested in 40 acres of breathtaking beauty is a large Disc Golf Oasis. I lost track on how big the course was. I do remember seeing hole #22 on the way back to my campsite. Unfortunately for me, I don’t play disc golf but that shouldn’t stop anyone from coming to Bear Mountain. I had just as much fun hiking the entire course. You’ll find stunning views of the distant peaks and mature pine and aspens all over Bear Mountain. You’ll come across hiding “treasures” along the way, such as these great sitting areas, which highlight the natural surroundings. There are great spots all over the mountain to unwind and take the whole scene in. My favorite was the medal bench high above at the tee box for hole #10.
Dan, the host was very hospitable and friendly. He met me as I drove up and told me to camp anywhere on Bear Mountain, suggested some nice areas around depending on what I was looking for. Since I needed a nice level area for my roof top tent, I choose an established site with a fire ring next to a rustic weathered large log table. The views were amazing, and it had a nice sitting area surrounded by a rocky outcropping just steps away. You'd find me down there most of the time; sitting on an old wooden Adirondack chair staring off in the distance.
If you wanted total seclusion, my site might not be the ideal location. The main house sits high on the property and overlooks the main camping area. There is also a neighbor nearby. Plus, it’s an active disc golf course, but the host does make sure the players are aware of the campers. There are many other places on the property, if you want to walk in with a tent or lots of great trees for a hammock. I didn’t mind talking with the two groups that came through during my stay at Bear Mountain.
Overall, a great experience with my stay at this hip camp. Very relaxing and stress free. I would recommend anyone that enjoys breathtaking views, likes to explore/hike or definitely/ plays disc golf to head to Bear Mountain. Next time, I need to bring a disc or two!
When you want to slow down time, find complete solitude, reconnect with nature and to unwind then the Brown Dog Lookout is where you need to be. Off-grid camping at its finest. The host provided a propane grill and cute table with shade, you need to bring everything else. I'm the first to admit, I'm bad at directions, but once I found this place, it was well worth it. Erica, the host was great at communicating with me. Amazing views of the meadows and mountains and the herd of big horn sheep!
Itty bitty Lakes campground is something to be seen and experienced. From the gracious hosts, Bob and Kay who take the time to get to know you and walk with you to your campsite. Introducing you to all the campers along the way. They truly are trying to provide a hip camp that brings together all types of campers to come sit by the communal fire pits and talk tales of the road. There are campsites all around the property, by Itty Bitty Lake or down right on the banks of the Arkansas River. I was happy to have a site down by the river for the weekend. It was well shaded with mature trees all over. When it got too hot, I found a great spot to sit on a rock and have my feet in the cold water, it was quite refreshing! It was also the ideal spot to reflect and listen to the river as the sunsets. Or watch the anglers work the art of fly fishing or wave to the river guides and rafters as they drift by. Down by the river there were only 4 sites, so it never felt over-crowed. The last day I was there, I had the whole lower campgrounds to myself, which was amazing in its own right!
If you camp here, I’d recommend walking around the property and get to know Bob and Kay, plus all their animals! Bob is an amazing artist, you should check out his work at their gallery. While Kay insisted on a hug on the way out to my next adventure. I have a feeling I’m going to be coming back to Itty Bitty Lakes very soon.
Actually never made it to the camp. The directions were a little confusing. The host, Charlie was great at communicating with us and did apologize for the confusion. He did state that he just listed his property on hipcamp and was still working out the kinks. Ultimately, I went with plan B since I was hauling a 12ft trailer, I didn't want to chance getting stuck on a water soaked trail (farmer was irrigating his crops next to the property) to the campsite. I'd go back if I didn't have the the trailer, since I like off-grid camping and Charlie seemed like a good host.