Spend the night on an absolutely beautiful wildland working ranch in Wyoming? How cool is that! Robert and Elyse's ranch features some rolling grazing fields as well as some rocky, tree covered foothills. This is a magnificent site for camping with a small number of large campsites. The dirt roads are well-graded and the entire 1,000 acre ranch is clean and mostly wild. Our campsite was clean, quiet and peaceful. We did not see any other campers until we decided to drive around and get a better understanding of the lay of the land. Robert and Elyse met us at the front gate and escorted us to our campsite, and then turned us loose to enjoy our stay. We hiked up a hillside next to our campsite and had some beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and neighboring ranches. A gentle herd of cattle came near our campsite while grazing and were fun to watch and hear. They came close, but never posed a threat because they were aware of our presence. We knew then we were definitely on a working ranch. A series off ultra clean portable outhouses were stationed around the campsites. No one else was camped near us, so we had "private" facilities. This ranch is a place where you could easily spend a few days. Because the campsites do vary in size, I suggest you talk to Elyse or Robert in advance so they can help you select a site that's best to meet your needs. Yes, we recommend this campground!
The Rural Respite Campsite is a well-manicured half-acre lawn alongside an old house undergoing an extensive renovation in the middle of corn and soy fields. We were the only guests and our hostess, Carolyn, and her husband and daughter were wonderful. The house is on a farm road about 20 minutes from I-80. The directions were excellent and we drove directly there. Potable water is available from a hose that reaches the entire lawn. The quiet there was incredible. The bathroom is inside the house and when we needed to use it, we texted the hostess. We spent time talking with the Johnson Family on their porch shortly after our arrival and again the following morning. All members of the family were highly respectful about social distancing and wearing masks even though we were in Nebraska corn fields with few people around. We found the Rural Respite Campsite to meet our camping needs extremely well while we in transit to points west. Nice safe campsite. Nice friendly family.
Our Garden Shed Farm stay was absolutely wonderful. Within minutes of arriving, we felt the sincere hospitality and tranquility of the Geyer Family and their farm. Staying there is absolutely delightful and peaceful. We imagined we would be sleeping in our tent on the lawn, but Anna invited us to put our sleeping pads and bags inside the clean and spacious garden shed which is next to her beautiful flower garden. An early evening pop-up thunderstorm became an all-night rain and we slept with the sliding shed doors partially opened. Before the storm, we walked around the farm, made friends with the kittens, and the chickens, checked out the collection of old tractors and equipment, watched Dave bale hay in the field, and caught the lightening bug show that lasted throughout the night. This was our first night on the road and our stay at the Garden Shed Farm was the perfect way to begin our westbound drive. We really didn't know what to expect, but we felt the tension of COVID-19 and the daily life of 2020 evaporate on arrival. The Geyers were highly respectful of social distancing even though we were in the middle of Iowa farm country. Days later, we are still talking about our stay there. Yes, we will return.
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