Roam greater than 700 acres of bliss! Camp 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 exploring in and around Utah's (less well-known, yet truly spectacular) San Rafael Swell! Butch and Sundance undoubtedly 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, prehistoric Fremont Indian pit houses, the first European pioneers' 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 campfire! 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 > 700 acres. Cool your feet in the crystal clear water by noon or take a nap in the shade of its 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 its 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 of big game hunters 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 gladly be off the well beaten path to the towns of Moab and Hanksville, as well as a plethora of national parks, monuments, and state parks (including Canyon Lands, 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, hundreds of years old twisted cedar (juniper) trees and crystal blue clear skies! Close your eyes, feel the cool breeze, and take in the scent of burning campfire. Bask in splendor while camping on the east slope of the spectacular Manti La Sal National Forest and Gentry Mountains!
Relax, avoid the traffic, headaches, 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 easily through the ranch's 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 hidden dance hall and brothel (that's right, an honest to goodness "house of ill repute"--find the late 1880's inscription on a back wall!). Hike, bike, or ride along the historic bed of the Utah Railway line that connected the towns of Price and Hiawatha back in 1912 (that 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 crossing your path. Wake early and stay up late for a spectacular summer sunrise or 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 things gets a bit 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 to date 1920s 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: None
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
The vibe at San Rafael Swell @ Hiawatha Hideout
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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!