Camp or hideout like Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch probably did at the Hiawatha Hideout Ranch located ~20 miles south of the infamous "Castle Gate hold up" that was staged on April 21, 1897, at the mouth of Price Canyon in east-central Utah. The ranch is strategically located and group-friendly for unlimited hiking, biking, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, ATV
Camp or hideout like Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch probably did at the Hiawatha Hideout Ranch located ~20 miles south of the infamous "Castle Gate hold up" that was staged on April 21, 1897, at the mouth of Price Canyon in east-central Utah. The ranch is strategically located and group-friendly for unlimited hiking, biking, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing, ATV riding and general exploring in and around Utah's (less well-known, yet truly spectacular) recently designated San Rafael Swell wilderness and recreation areas! Butch and Sundance spent time here and you should too!
Located 15 miles (as the crow flies) from the San Rafael Swell's "Wedge Overlook" (aka Little Grand Canyon) and within easy striking distance of the Buckhorn Wash, Cedar Mountain, Tavaputs Plateau, Huntington Reservoir, Electric Lake, Scofield Reservoir, Joe's Valley Reservoir as well as countless other recreational sites in Carbon and Emery County! Check out the petroglyphs and pictographs of nearby Nine Mile Canyon (largest collection on earth) or stay put and visit what's left of the ranch's original homestead, early European settler's stone buildings, prehistoric Fremont Indian pit houses, pioneer dugouts or simply enjoy the spectacular topography, wildlife and scenery.
Park the RV at our large group camp site (120 vac is available) and prep the ATVs, motorcycles, mountain/cross-over bikes, and lace up your hiking boots or jogging shoes. Maybe kick back and enjoying a quiet evening around the large group camp bonfire! Later, take one of the unimproved trails for an off-the-grid reclusive expedition tour or look for that perfect remote camp site. Explore the tranquil seclusion along picturesque Miller Creek as it courses for a mile bisecting the ranch's > 700 acres. Cool your feet in the crystal clear water by noon or take a nap in the shade of magnificent riparian cottonwoods. Check out the 1/2 acre hidden pond and spring!
In need of a place for this summer's family reunion? This is the place! Add an adventurous sojourn to the nearby Castle Valley Pageant (held every other summer) just outside the neighboring town of Orangeville, Utah and learn about stoic Mormon pioneers who originally settled here! Bring a favorite firearm or bow and arrows and experience a grand shootin' time in an authentically recreated western town with saloon, bank and other out buildings (Single Action Shooter Society--SASS approved) or practice at a modern pistol, rifle, long distance and/or archery range at nearby world class North Springs Shooting Range, just 5 miles north and east of the ranch!
Got a hunter in the family? Because the ranch borders a much sought-after Utah Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit (CWMU) and is key winter range for large numbers of mule deer and elk. Take your favorite hunter on a mid-winter solstice photography exodus and enjoy once in a lifetime monster trophy rutting mule deer bucks that will leave even the most noble big game hunter speechless!
Located 100 miles north and west of Arches National Park, you'll be perfectly situated for exploring the entire San Rafael Swell! You'll also be off the well beaten path to Moab and Hanksville, as well as a plethora of national parks, monuments, and state parks (including Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Goblin Valley, Horseshoe Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area, and Lake Powell to name just a few). Avoid worrying about full campsites (particularly on weekends and holidays) as you'll find the privacy, safety, and solitude you're seeking among pinion pines, hundred year old twisted cedar (juniper) trees and crystal blue clear skies! Close your eyes, feel the cool breeze and take in the scent of a burning cedar campfire. Bask in splendor while camping on the east slope of the spectacular Manti La Sal National Forest, Star Point and Gentry Mountain!
Relax, avoid the traffic, headache, congestion, and noise of better known and more heavily visited recreational sites before you head back to civilization! Isn't that what you really intended to do?
Just one more thing. Since the ranch is bordered by public BLM and SITLA lands there are literally thousands of additional acres to explore but only accessible through the ranch main gate. And for Pete's sake don't forget extra fuel, food, clothing and your camera!
Easy to find the large central group RV campsite is less than 1/4 mile off paved highway 122 just northeast of the ghost town of Hiawatha.
Discover an historic stone brothel (that's right, an honest to goodness "house of ill repute" with a late 1880's inscription on the back wall). Hike, bike, or ride along the historic bed of the Utah Railway line that connected the towns of Price and Hiawatha via a rare early gasoline propelled locomotive back in 1912 (lasted only a few years before an historic flood destroyed its trestles). Check out the remains of a 100+ year old relic pump house, spring, and pond that settlers relied on to irrigate cultivated farm plots on the historic homestead.
Keep an eye out for deer, moose, coyotes, rabbits, golden eagles or a lonesome cowboy moving cattle along your path. Wake early and stay up late for a spectacular summer sunrise and sunset under an authentic Navajo "Chaha'oh" (summer shade hut) at the main group campsite. Corral and rest your horses in one of three enclosures outfitted with automatic waters, feed tubs, and onsite alfalfa/grass 2 string bales ($10/bale). And don't forget to take a dip in one of the two solar-powered cattle watering troughs if it gets too hot!
Check out (or by special arrangement, sleep in) a traditional Native American built female Navajo hogan with a fully functional wood/coal pot-belly stove or be spiritually cleansed in the adjacent Navajo sweat lodge. You could choose the 16-foot Plains Indian canvas tepee with its central fire pit or an absolutely gorgeous vintage restored 1920's sheep camp (our favorite) or simply throw out your bed roll under the stars about anywhere!
The Hiawatha Hideout Ranch is a picturesque, convenient and well-hidden secret in Utah's east central high desert and that's how we intend to keep it!
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 1PM
- Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 12 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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1880's settler and Fremont tour
Guided tour riding in a NAS 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 (seats 6 comfortably) includes visi...Read more
Start your trip off right with a bundle of firewood waiting for you at your camp for your fi...Read more
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Limited to existing gravel graded roads and unimproved two tracks only.
Limited to existing gravel graded roads and unimproved two tracks only.
Wildlife viewing is one or are particular attractions. Migratory deer are present on the property during the winter months in ...Read more
Natural features you'll find at Hardy's Hiawatha Hideout Ranch! in Utah.
Typical Utah pinion pine and cedar (junipter) tree terrain with alternating zones of open sage brush flats and hill sides.
Pinon pines, cedar (juniper) and cottonwood trees separated by broad zones of Wyoming sage brush, rabbit brush and a variety of...Read more
River, stream or creek
Miller creek is a small (~2 cfs) annual stream that bisects the property for over one mile in length. Make for and excellent s...Read more
Operating cattle ranch with horse corrals, automatic water tanks, etc.
Well maintained graded gravel 1/2 mile access road to main group campsite turning off Highway 122.
The vibe at Hardy's Hiawatha Hideout Ranch!
Places to see near Carbon and Emery County
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Hosts Leo and Son Jake are two of the nicest, most intelligent and kindest people we have met anywhere during our travels. Their Ranch is beautiful, peaceful and loaded with history. Dont want to spoil your adventure by telling everything other than you will not be disappointed. Absolutely visit Hiawatha Hideout!
I had such a nice time at Leo's ranch. He drove me around the property, showing off so many neat things going on. The land is absolutely stunning and hosts a wild amount of history and story. The camp is so well done and looks amazing. I enjoyed hanging around, making a little fire to enjoy, and sleeping quite soundly in my van. This space would be amazing for big groups. There is so much area to explore!
Such a great time at Hiawatha Hideaway with leo and his son Jake. A beautiful, secluded site with incredibly friendly hosts. Look forward to seeing you guys soon. Thanks again.