Hipcamp host Leo H.
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Welcome campers!   Its a perfect time of year to stay with us.   We are accepting pre-approval electronic reservation requests on a case by case basis from residents and nonresidents.   Given the COVID-19 situation we will reserve our main campsite to your group or family of up to 20 individuals ensuring a quality, quiet and isolated experience.

We strongly advise all

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Welcome campers!   Its a perfect time of year to stay with us.   We are accepting pre-approval electronic reservation requests on a case by case basis from residents and nonresidents.   Given the COVID-19 situation we will reserve our main campsite to your group or family of up to 20 individuals ensuring a quality, quiet and isolated experience.

We strongly advise all visitors and campers to comply with all local and state health department social distancing recommendations/guidelines and to limit their group/family size to no more than 20 members.   If approved we can provide one group or family at the main ranch campsite.  We may also accommodate a second dispersed group or family at an alternate camp site located ~200 yards from our primary site.   Please message us for more information. 

The unprecedented events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic require serious considerations and awareness.  We are taking measures to follow all suggested protocols from government and health officials,  and we’re doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our staff and valued guests.   We are continuously monitoring and will limit our camp site areas to ensure an acceptable level of social distancing and encourage everyone who has reservations or plans to stay with us to follow recommended individual, group and community hygiene and social distancing practices.   Bring hand sanitizer.   

We are also granting a 30% weekday overnight stay discount!  Please contact us for changing weather conditions and questions.  Looking forward to a safe and dispersed camping spring season 2020!

Camp or hideout like Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch probably did at the  Hiawatha Hideout 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 hideout is a cattle ranch and a lot more that is  strategically located for group-friendly unlimited hiking, biking, horseback riding, photography, wildlife viewing and general exploration in and around Utah's (less well-known, yet truly spectacular) 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 settlers' 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 mountain 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 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 > 800 acres.   Cool your feet in the crystal clear water at 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 family reunion?  This is the place!   Have 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 the nearby world class "North Springs Shooting Range" (located just a couple miles north and east of the ranch).    ATVs?  there's plenty of public state and federal land to explore in almost any direction!. 

Got a hunter in the family?  Because the ranch borders the majestic central Utah Manti La Sal mountain range it is key winter range for a very large number of mule deer, elk and other wildlife.  Take your favorite hunter on a mid-winter photography extravaganza and enjoy once in a lifetime monster trophy rutting mule deer bucks that will leave even the most proud 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  "Cha ha' 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.    Or by special arrangement 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! 

Gratuities are welcome from our visitors and campers. We appreciate your patronage! We grew up on the “No Trespassing” side of a lot of fences as children and know what a privilege it can be to visit and welcomely explore historically off limits “private property”... Recognizing just how fortunate we are to own and manage the Ranch makes sharing it with others easy. All we ask is that you admire it, protect it and respect it as much as we do. We have undertaken a variety of ongoing environmental conservation stewardship improvement projects collaborating with state and federal conservation agencies as well as multiple not-for-profit wildlife and habitat organizations who have helped improve the aesthetics, historical recognition/significance, natural beauty, range carrying capacity and rehabilitation of years of unregulated grazing of riparian zones to help maximize the wilderness health, diversity, beauty and agricultural sustainability of the ranch. We feel it is a privilege to share it with others of like mindedness. Gratuities are used for further wildlife/conservation improvements, cleanup, toilet facilities and a variety of range land and watershed improvements. Once at the ranch you’ll belong to a select guild of visitors and campers who are our friends and to whom we will be indebted forever. Gratuities can be submitted at the links as shown on your booking confirmation.

Thanks in advance!

NOTICE: We are not responsible for or liable for any and all accidents, injuries, falls, animal encounters, drownings, fire, lost or stolen items, damages, or vehicles left over 7 days or any other physical, emotional or monetary loss and/or injury that may occur traveling to, during or after your visit. Our ranch and camp areas can and do experience severe weather, including, but not limited to, heavy rain, flash flooding, strong winds, impassable roads, dislodged rocks, deep snow and freezing temperatures. We do not condone or permit the use of any illegal and/or all hazardous devices, materials or activities on the ranch. The ranch does have a variety of resident and transient farm/ranch animals as well as wild animals that can and do occasionally gain access to the campsites, hiking/biking trails and recreational areas, including, but not limited to, cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, coyotes, bears, raccoons, bats, rodents, badgers, eagles/hawks, venomous snakes/reptiles and even mountain lions. Wild and domestic animals may harbor dangerous pathogens, diseases and parasites, including but not limited to ticks, tick borne diseases, rabies, brucellosis, gardiasis and a variety of other infectious and parasitic diseases (i.e. lyme disease, ring worm, tapeworms, prion disease and infectious diarrhea). There are physically dangerous cliff ledges, drop offs, erosive stream banks and other potentially hazardous places and things on the ranch. Plan accordingly, watch your children and pets carefully and continuously and always be attentive to your surroundings and circumstance as your life and/or the lives of your loved ones may depend on it.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, trailers, RVs, vans and truck campers
2 sites
Up to 20 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Toilet available
Pets allowed
No campfires
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Camping vehicle details
Electrical hookup available
Generators allowed
No water hookup
No sewage hookup
No TV hookup
Pull-through site
Max length 45ft
Accommodates slideouts
Surface type: grass or field
Surface levelness: flat
Have a question? Send Leo a message!
  • Check in: After 1PM
  • Check out: Before 1PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 30% off
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking

Limited to existing gravel graded roads and unimproved two tracks only.

Off-roading (OHV)

Limited to existing gravel graded roads and unimproved two tracks only.

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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at LZJ Ranch's Hiawatha Hideout! in Utah.

Desert

Typical Utah pinion pine and cedar (junipter) tree terrain with alternating zones of open sage brush flats and hill sides.

Forest

Pinon pines, cedar (juniper) and cottonwood trees separated by broad zones of Wyoming sage brush, rabbit brush and a variety of...Read more

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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

Ranch

Operating cattle ranch with horse corrals, automatic water tanks, etc.

Driveway

Well maintained graded gravel 1/2 mile access road to main group campsite turning off Highway 122.

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Hipcamper Christopher
Christopher W.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 22nd, 2018

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!

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on May 22nd, 2018

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you! Thanks for your kind words. Your friends Leo and Jake.

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Hipcamper Carter
Carter C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 25th, 2018

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!

Spot for huge bonfires. I was alone, so opted for the much smaller variety. The land and campsite is so lovelyEasy pull in. There had been torrential downpours the day before and my van still had no problems.Front gate is down a long country road
Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on August 28th, 2018

It was my absolute pleasure to show you around the place. Thanks for your time, photos and excellent review!

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Hipcamper Dan
Dan P.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 7th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on October 10th, 2018

Dan, all of you guys are welcome! Please come back and see us again. As always, safe travels. Leo

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Hipcamper Beth
Beth E.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 26th, 2019

Beautiful remote location with expansive views and beautiful stargazing. Host was cordial by phone and gave detailed directions. I was traveling alone and there was no one else at the site- host was not there- was expecting other human presence. Would stay there again- jjust wish I knew I’d be alone in a remote location.

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on September 9th, 2019

Thank you Beth. We do agree. Our location is certainly remote and isolated. Safe travels and take care. Leo

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Hipcamper Randy
Randy J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 10th, 2019

Leo was a wonderful host and we felt spoiled. The area is rustic and beautiful. I have told several friends about the experience we had at Hiawatha Hideout and the fun we had during our visit. We look forward to returning there this next year and having a similar great experience. The area is set up to where you can do virtually anything you want. Thank you Leo!

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on October 14th, 2019

Randy, thank you for your thoughtful review. Glad you enjoyed your stay. You picked absolutely a beautiful time of the year to visit! Safe travels. Leo

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Hipcamper Jake

Definitely a favorite!

Jake S.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
October 22nd, 2019

Amazing site! Awesome views! Loads of fun for the kids. I’ll be going back.

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on October 23rd, 2019

Thanks Jake! You guys were a great group of class act responsible campers. Let us know what we can do and when in the future and we'll certainly be there! As always, safe travels. Leo

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Hipcamper Gerardo

Fell short of expectations

Gerardo C.
doesn't recommend this listing.
(Dispersed site)
May 28th, 2020

Very windy.
One electric hookup is actually away from host location.
Broken glass all over the property, not safe for children to ride their bikes or pets to roam freely.
Hosts care takers kept showing up randomly and just hanging around the property, not sure why.
Far away from any interesting hikes or rides.

Hipcamper Leo
Response from Leo, the Host, on June 2nd, 2020

Sorry we can't control the weather. We do have wind in the spring. Some of the debris you may have noticed is actually of considerable archaeological significance. If campers pay close attention you can actually find several different ages of artifacts. Beginning with archaic age arrow heads and spear tips as well as lots of flint chards that are located almost everywhere. Fremont Indians frequented the area over 600 years ago for ~2000 years. Even the more recent European debris (including broken glass, pottery and metal artifacts) are well over 100 years. Sounds like you didn't take the loop trail, that's unfortunate, if you had you'd probably have a considerably different take on the varied and unique terrain. Happy Trails!

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Hipcamper Jesse
Jesse J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
June 4th, 2020

Our group traveled from three different states and all have various levels of camping/outdoors experiences. Hiawatha Hideout provided the privacy, seclusion, adventure and nature we experienced people want while allowing the basic creature comforts the others needed. The cows mooed to wake us in the morning and the stars were beautiful at night. We made it our home for 4 days.
Leo and Jake were fantastic hosts. They checked on us everyday, offered any help they could, and even educated us on the history and region. It made the experience that much more intimate. I recommend staying at Hiawatha Hideout if you are looking for secluded camping, great historic hiking trails, ruins from the early 20th century, and even just a wholesome relaxed weekend in the Utah "wilderness".

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Hipcamper Greg S.
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(Dispersed site)
June 21st, 2020
Hipcamper Chan C.
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June 1st, 2020
Hipcamper Clinton R.
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May 29th, 2020
Hipcamper Amy O.
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May 19th, 2020
Hipcamper Jackson B.
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July 25th, 2019
Property
Carbon and Emery County
State
Utah
Country
United States
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