Really rad place on the outskirts of the Painted Desert. We drove our minivan in at night (I'd suggest only bringing your minivan if you frequently go off-road in it and know how to do off-road maneuvering in it... not everyone is skilled at this. I'm not but my husband is, so don't just go for it if you don't have experience.)
There is a 5 star bathroom on site - a nice warm shower, toilet, sink. CLEAN!! Toilet paper in the bathroom in case you run out too.
There is a stocked kitchen with a sink and stove. You can make coffee here. You can cook - there are pots and pans. There are plates, mugs, wine glasses. Even a grill you can roll outside to cook on. Or just cook over one of the fire pits if you are feeling it! The ranger has really prepared a haven for you out here.
There are books and games to play/read in the cabin. Also, sheets, bed pillows, etc. I think I even saw an emergency pair of socks hahah. Those may just be his, so bring extra socks. Hahah
THE DARK SKY + MILKY WAY - This was the coolest thing about the cabin. We stayed up late watching meteors and shooting stars. The milky way was brighter than I've seen it in any area in Arizona. Amazing.
It's an hour from the south entrance and about an hour to the north entrance too. You can hike into the devil's playground from the cabin. The cabin has a notebook with all the backcountry trails too - the ranger in the park mentioned if you do these backcountry trails, you need to fill out a permit - they're free. Just go in the morning and get it taken care of.
I stayed here for a week in the beautiful South Mountain area of Phoenix - it was hot in the city, but coming here you are able to stay in a comfy camper with A/C which is surrounded by a few mesquite trees and an orchard. There is a shaded outdoor kitchen and picnic table under the trees. It is peaceful out here, aesthetically beautiful and really relaxing to be able to hang out in the little yard, cook outside, shower outside and there is also a cute little outdoor bathroom.
Notes on the shower and the bathroom: They are outdoors, but they private, with a roof overhead, curtains, and just a bit of open breeze ways in the architectural design for air to flow through. You will still have your privacy - be aware though, that this is shared between the Hipcampers who will stay in the camper and who ever is staying in the other unit or set up with a tent. When we were here, we only saw a couple other friendly people during our stay and of course the super kind man who takes care of it! He rode up on his golf cart and gave us fun stories of the history of the area and some tales of his life as the town banker.
You don't have to go to the grocery store during your stay - walk down to the Farm Stand operation at the front of the property and there is a fridge full of veggies, fruits, baked goods, eggs and honey - also an honor box for you to pay, so bring cash. It was all delicious and so nice not having to go to the grocery store during our stay here. Also, the outdoor kitchen is equipped with a little camping stove and propane - you will have to bring your own iron skillet or pans and cooking oil / utensils!
We had a lovely time staying at La Hacienda Chuparosa! Our hosts, Julie + Mark, communicated with us beforehand and helped us in planning our stay in the area. There are so many wonderful hiking spots just right outside of this camp!!! There is something here for everyone. It's also very nice that amenities such as wifi and hot showers are available. We were provided with plenty of Mesquite firewood for our bonfire, it definitely kept us warm as we came to camp in January (nights can be chilly!) :)
This time of year is perfect for hiking or cycling, it's not too hot and not too cold and the landscape is lush and full of life. Getting to camp was easy, it's not far off into the woods and you don't need any off-road vehicle to get here- bonus! Sunset and sunrise was absolutely breathtaking, turning the mountains in the distant colors of pinks and purples. What I love about the campsite is the cool little gravel area Mark built for campers to place their tents!
-Sounds: Ravens + Doves fill the air with song. At night, we heard the lovely yips of coyotes in the distant. You can hear the low rumble of cars echoing through the woods, but it isn't very loud. The horses are fairly quiet and we barely heard them during our stay.
-Smells: Fresh air, mesquite wood burning on the fire
-Firepit has a cooking grate that you can set up to cook food or place a kettle to heat water over coals
-Easy to find
-Wifi + Plug in outlets
-Hot shower + indoor plumbing
-Hosts are happy to give suggestions to guests to help plan fun things to do in the area based on your interests
Marie Bell farm is tucked away in a small & quiet neighborhood and it’s easy to find. Staying at Marie Bell farm is going to be a cozy getaway for all. There is firewood on the front porch available for use in the wood burning stove in the living room of the house - super nice that you don’t have to bring your own firewood! There is not a fence in between the RV Spot and the neighbors' house, but the neighbors seem nice and were quiet. If you decide you want to go for a stroll through the neighborhood, walk back to the end of the street and there is an old cemetery that is neat to check out.
Great primitive camping spot - we drove in along a dirt road in the snow in our 2WD Honda CR-V and it did just fine getting there. Easy to find with the hosts directions as well. It will be the property with half green gate and the other half wood - that’s how you’ll know you’re at the right place. You can set up camp anywhere on the property, we just chose a spot without snow below us. There was a fire pit we found and we found another board to make our own little cook space by the fire. We bought wood in the town of LOA before coming into the camp site. The wood at the first gas station upon entering LOA is $6.50 for a decent sized bundle. There are OTV trails about 2 or 3 miles from the campsite and a fish hatchery down the road as well. Coral Reef NP is about 20 minutes away and the drive to that is wondrous with all the cool geological landscape features. At the property itself are several old homestead buildings. We hiked up the little mountain across from the property and were able to see amazing views of the whole valley.
-Easy to find; found without GPS
-different spots to put up tent
-gas station right when you come into loa - $6.50 for a good size bundle of wood
-ATV/OTV trails about 2 - 3 miles down road
-Hiked up mtn in front of property
-fish hatchery 1 or 2 miles away
-coral reef np close
-half green/ half wood gate in front of property
-some car traffic, not too much by camp
-town of Torrey- small, close, sights on way
-old school house inn real cool
After booking with Hipcamp, go ahead and call your host to go over your camp details. He has limited cell phone service out there and wants to go over driving instructions and other details before you arrive. If you don’t call after booking or at least a couple days before arriving, you may not get ahold of him. After chatting on the phone with our host a few times before arriving, we had the information we needed to arrive there with ease. Try not to arrive after dark, for that will make it a bit more difficult when trying to find the place. If you aren’t used to driving out in the mountains or back country roads, you are going to feel like you have been driving for FOREVER, but that is normal - keep going, you’re almost there. There are green trail markers all along the way and they help tons in reassuring you are on the correct path. We have a 2WD Honda CRV 2002 model and drove it up the dirt path all the way to the top of the mountain without an issue, if you know how to drive your car, you can surely make it up here without an issue.
After many twists and turns and green markers, we found ourselves pulling up to the top of the mountain where we were told to camp anywhere. We drove up to the tip of the top and set up our camp there. We pulled some old volcanic rock together and formed a fire pit and in the distance looked out to mountains and valleys as far as the eye could see. The chilly October air gently danced around us as we set up our tent and got our fire started. We made tea and sat down together to watch the sunset. A lovely set of pastel pinks and purples painted the evening sky. In the distance a prominent volcanic type mountain stood, mesmerizing us with its’ beauty. Besides the cackling of our campfire, there were no other sounds in the night. As the pastel shades of pink and purple turned into deep violets and indigo, the sparkles from the night sky started to shine through the atmosphere. The night sky was so crisp and clear, the Milky Way and a few shooting stars decided to make their presence known, we wish we would have brought a telescope.
A short walk down the hill, you will find two triangular structures jutting from amidst the earth. Upon further investigating, these intriguing futuristic structures are the outhouses. Super rad. I rate these as 5 star outhouses. There is not a sink or water spout, so bring in your own water or hand sanitizer. There is a large trash can available for use near the toilets, as well as a table area. There are no showers available here either, so if you are picky about cleanliness, bathe beforehand.
We did not have any cellular reception here, so make sure you write down your driving instructions before arriving and take care of anything else you need to get done using internet before coming to camp! Once you are here, you will love that you can be so disconnected from your phone/technology/social media - it’s a serene place to go with a sweet heart or with friends.
*Call camp host after booking or call at least 2 days before arriving — He wants to make sure to go over everything with you and if you wait last minute, he may not have phone service at that time and won’t be able to go over everything with you before arriving to camp.
- Try not to arrive after dark so that you will not get lost upon arriving
- Follow the green markers - they’ll lead you up to the campsite
- -Great 360 degree views.
- Wonderful secluded mountain camp spot
- Nice little rocky fire pit area on top of mountain
- Great aesthetic design on the toilets
- No sinks or water spout // bring hand sanitizer if you are wanting to wash hands
- Table available for use
- Trash can available
- No showers
- No phone service
Before arriving, call your host and he will tell you how to find the property - it is pretty straightforward and easy to find.
Once arriving, our host Rob greeted us with enthusiasm and showed us where to park and gave us a tour of the place. Nestled amongst the forest is a trail that led us a short ways down to a secluded camp area. The sunlight trickled in through the vivid green trees, birds chirped and fluttered around in the trees. In the campsite, there are a couple different spaces for you to choose from. One tent is already set up in camp with a little toilet inside. In the midst of camp, there is a bench available for sitting with your sweetheart or a friend. The camp is very 420 friendly, so feel free to bring some green of your own to this little hideaway in the forest. There is also a flat little area to set up a cooking stove for when you get hungry or need a little snack. We made tea and bagels for breakfast one morning and sat to watch all the birds dance about.
The camp was quiet and serene, we were not bothered by anyone or anything during our stay here. The camp spot is nestled in between a dirt mountain drive and around 6 am we heard about two cars drive by, but it was not very loud at all. When bringing our stuff down to camp, we were able to drive down to the camp trail and park to unload, but then we brought the car back up to the top of the hill and parked it there. It was a short minute or two walk to the camp spot - not bad at all, the trail in has been made smooth and is marked so you won’t get lost or trip up. We came in October and there was not a problem with mosquitoes or insects.
The surrounding area is absolutely lovely as well. If you are staying for a couple days, ask Rob about the cool places nearby for fun activities like hiking, biking, and other types of recreational activities you enjoy. It’s such a rad little spot tucked away into the mountains, the perfect place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and to just relax in a beautiful spot in nature.
- Great path through the woods
- Rob will show you where to park upon arrival, show you to camp site and then you can drive your car down, unload and drive it back up to the designated parking spot
- Bench in campground
- Tent with toilet available
- small platform for cooking on a flat and sturdy surface
- It is a little close to the road. In the morning about 6 am, I heard maybe 2 cars drive by. It wasn’t a loud noise though, other than that, there wasn’t a lot of traffic in the area and it was quiet.
- Magical forest
Our host, Walt, was super great at communicating with us ahead of time and meeting us upon arrival at camp. The directions were accurate and got us there without an issue. The property is huge and if you get there before dark you can get a little tour of the property- Walt will show you where the bunkhouse is, outhouses, and the shower. If you are wanting to pitch a tent, he can even suggest some good spots for you to set up. The bunk house is super fun- you are exposed to the outdoor elements and in front of it is a super rad little bon fire pit. We didn’t make a fire, but we did sit around and sing songs for what felt like hours. The view of the stars and Milky Way is phenomenal out here. We even saw a couple shooting stars!
We awoke to a lovely sunrise, turning the forest into an orange glow around us. We made coffee and went for a walk around the property. It was a lovely morning. Very tranquil and restful area. There are several outhouses on the property, they’re all super nice and the showers are these little outside huts, where there are two shower stalls that are inclosed and private and two that are out in the open if you want to shower right there in nature. There are also a good bit of picnic tables available, so don’t worry able not having enough room for people if you have a big group coming! We set up and had some tea and snacks while playing chess.
This place is so peaceful, we really loved learning more about the Research projects they do here at The Windward Forest. One is the natural burial services they offer. Walt told us about one they are working on for a couple that wants to be buried shoulder to shoulder and showed us how that works out. It is such a sweet thing to be able to do and we loved the natural process of it all. Once you are buried there, they plant a tree over your grave and it seemed that everyone chose a tree special to them. The whole process is super wonderful.
- Don’t arrive late - your host will meet you upon arrival and show you the grounds and where the bunk house is or where to set up your tent and where the bon fire pits are located.
- There are extremely nice outhouses (several) located on the property
- There are also showers available - including indoor and outdoor showers
- Scenery was a lovely forest- secluded; quiet
- Can take a good morning walk through the woods on the property
- Super cool bunkhouse and fire pit area
The GPS will want to tell you to turn a street early, but ignore it and use the directions from the host and you will find your way no problem. I was greeted upon arrival and given a tour of the camp ground and got the scoop on all the fun times to be had in the area. I ended up staying two nights, this place was so cozy and relaxing. Beautiful Crescent Lake is located right outside the property. I was surprised by just HOW CLOSE we were to Crescent Lake. It’s a pretty relaxing atmosphere out here, not a lot of tourists in the area either. You won’t hear a lot of boat noise or see a lot of boats out on the water either, it’s really nice.
If you are into kayaking or biking, there are plenty of spots to get your kayak in the water and miles upon miles of bike trails in the area. Plus if you have horses, there are horse trails galore out here! At Epona, you can bring your horse(s), there is room to put them and to park your horse trailer(s).
The property has an open concept little hangout building, equipped with a wood burning stove, tables, seats, a projector screen - so if you have a projector, bring it to wind down at night and play a movie with your friends. There is a nice spacious outhouse available with a little hand washing station on the property as well which is super nice. No shower, so wash up before your weekend outing! One of the hosts, Vicki, offers massages and craniosacral therapy- if you are interested in either of those services let her know ahead of time and she can add that into your stay. On the property, there is also a quant little walking trail around the pond.
The town of Joyce, which is located just a few miles down the road from Epona, has a little gas station, laundry mat, post office, and a general store. The General Store is super fun and had all kinds of little nicknacks that you normally don’t find. Just a fun little place to stop, especially if you want any drinks or snacks!
Absolutely loved staying in this magical little bit of forest. I was greeted upon arrival by my sweet host, she showed me the tent that was set up for me to camp in and then took me down the trail to the river. The campsite provided a table, sitting area, and bon fire pit but there is also one available down by the river. Perfect spot to watch salmon come through during salmon season, or just build a bon fire and cook some dinner while hanging out with friends by the fire.
It was only a bit chilly out, thankfully and by nightfall a slight rain snuck in. I started a fire in the rain but soon felt silly, so I decided to call it a night. The tent available was spacious, two cots inside with plenty of space for additional cots or sleeping bags. I stayed warm and cozy during the night. Lots of lovely birds sang through the forest and I just loved how secluded I was tucked away into the woods back here.
I drive a honda CRV AWD (all wheel drive) and was able to drive down the steep hill to the camp area. Driving up was tricky since it was wet, so I suggest if you are out here in the rainy season, stay parked at the top! There is not a toilet here, so make sure to pack it out. There is a shower just minutes down the road at the Quilcene marina, just make sure to bring a few quarters for hot water.
If you feel like exploring outside of the property, you're in luck. You're right there at the backdoor of the Olympic National Forest. I went up on a short drive to a mountain overlook and it was absolutely gorgeous. There are hiking trails galore!! It is gorgeous. In town, you can always go down to the marina and put a boat in or fish, whatever suits your fancy.
Overall, this is just such a wonderful spot, I can't recommend it enough!! Very peaceful and relaxing as well as gorgeous and engaging. Check it out :)
The GPS takes you to the road right next to Wildwood, so just make sure you are turning on Wildwood - from there it was easy to find! I met my sweet hosts upon arrival and they showed me between two different sweet spots I could choose to camp! One is between the apple trees in the orchard and the other spot is under a giant tree next to a creek. I chose that spot because of the awesome swing in the tree next to it and I got to listen to the bubbling creek as I fell asleep that night.
There were plenty of pears and apples to snack on during my time here, so good!! Also a super cool little picnic area next to their pond with the view of the mountains in the distance. It was an absolutely lovely experience getting to stay here.
Quilcene was a wonderful little town too, I was able to go down to the marina and take a hot shower - just make sure you bring quarters! There is no shower on the property, but there is a porta potty available for use. The little grocery store in town has snacks and there is one gas station in town that has fruits, veggies, loose teas and vegan food options.
If you go up in the mountains, there are trails and look out points. It was such a relaxing time in spent at Wildwood Farms.