In the middle of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument; adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park; within walking distance of Kodachrome Basin State Park; and an easy drive to Zion and Capital Reef National Parks, as well as Lake Powell National Recreational Area, this unique site is an opportunity not to miss. The pet/horse friendly property (approximately 9 acres/3Continue reading...
In the middle of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument; adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park; within walking distance of Kodachrome Basin State Park; and an easy drive to Zion and Capital Reef National Parks, as well as Lake Powell National Recreational Area, this unique site is an opportunity not to miss. The pet/horse friendly property (approximately 9 acres/3 ha/64 sq. m) and is welcoming to all folks/types of families, and boasts three private designated single tent sites, one group tent site, two car camping sites. The equestrians will find a two-acre pasture, three paddocks, a round pen, as well as beautiful places to ride from the ranch.
No arrivals after 9:30pm MST!
***There are no specific site numbers; all sites are tent sites but larger RVs/trailers can be accommodated on a limited basis***
***There is only one location for an RV and one location for a trailer, the rest are sites designed for folks who drive or walk in and have a tent.
This secluded location has a small town of about 75 (Cannonville) three miles/5 k distant where there is a small store with firewood and gas, and a Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center. And, bonus, the campground has potable water, a place to wash dishes or clean fish, and cell phone service is getting better. The ranch is an off the grid, passive/active solar voltaic, so no electricity.
The views are spectacular from any site where the xeroscaped landscape uses indigenous material and plants to complement the quintessential Pinyon/Juniper ecosystem the campground sits in. On three sides you are surrounded by red cliffs in the Carmel Formation which can give shelter from wind and sun, but campers can also look out over the Paria River (you can hear the river from camp as well as its amphibians) which runs south in front of the property and eventually meets the Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry where most put-in to raft the Grand Canyon. Looking north, one sees the meaning of the term “Grand Staircase” by viewing The Entrada, Tropic Shale, Straight Cliffs, Wahweap, Kaiparowits, and Pink Limestone Formations capped by late Tertiary Volcanism; or, the “steps” of Promise Rock, Sand Point, Powell Point, and the Aquarius Plateau (highest forested mesa in North America at over eleven thousand feet.).
The biological diversity here is also astounding, the (*) might indicate alarming:
Birds: 125 species and counting including the tiny Costa’s Humming Bird all the way up to the enormous California Condor.
Plants: 2 species of Sagebrush, 4 species of trees, numerous grass species, and a plethora of beautiful wildflowers and cacti.
*Reptiles: Many species of snakes and lizards. Unfortunately, this includes the occasional rattlesnake. It is advised that you have your pets vaccinated.
Amphibians: Toads and Salamanders
Mammals: Predators-Lions, Coyotes, Bobcats, & Badgers. Ungulates-Elk, Deer & Pronghorn. Rodents-Lots of those!
*Insects: There are very few mosquitoes. There are a few biting Deer Flies, and worse yet, those damn gnats. These “no-see-ums” are temperature dependent so are not a bother in the cool shade, early mornings, late evenings and at night. It is recommended that you bring some kick ass insect repellent and a “bee hat” if you are out and about in the sun during the day between May and July.
Fossils: Bivalves, snails, petrified wood (many types) and various other corals, insects and plant fossils abound and are often incorporated into the ranch infrastructure. The nearby area is considered the hottest paleontological spot on the planet.
Astronomy: The area is widely considered to be under the darkest skies in the lower 49. The Milky Way and Persieds are common sights without the unsightly annoyance of any neighbor’s lights.
The climate is varied and interesting. All four seasons are here and occasionally all in one day. Winter snows melt quickly though temperatures can dip into the sub-zeros. The 5,900 ft./1800 m. elevation keeps the summer temps reasonable and always gives a chilly summer evening to cool things off. If you want climatic extremes, you can, within an hour or so, be at Lake Powell and its 100+ F/38+ C heat or on the Aquarius Plateau at 65 degrees F/18 C in midday June.
Recreation on many levels is all within proximity. From canyoneering (many close and amazing slot canyons, both technical and casual) , “free” climbing (both trad and sport) on an established nearby crag composed of a welded tuft capping the Aquarius Plateau (see Mountain Project for "The Jungle on the Aquarius Plateau") and many aid lines on Entrada Formation towers within walking distance (see Mountain Project for "The Grand Staircase" ), water sports of Lake Powell and the Colorado River as well as fishing in the cool temps of Pine Lake 35 minutes distant. Then of course, there is the Monument, National Park and the State Park only a short drive away.
Seclusion, security, water, and views all within minutes to spectacular destinations, makes this worth the stop.
- Check in: After 1PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Very well thought out and cared for space, the pictures don't do it justice! Roy had a lot of insights about the surrounding area and got us pointed in some beautiful directions - Just hiking around his property you get some breathtaking views but you're also close to some of the prettiest parks in Ut! The host, location, price, ease of access to town all make this a prime locates for a quick getaway.
Roy and his lovely wife were extremely helpful and friendly. He recommended a great hike for families! When we needed something they were nearby, otherwise they left us to do our own thing. Super laid back spot close to to awesome hikes!
We had a great stay at Ranchito Feliz over the Memorial Day weekend! The host was very responsive and the campground had everything we needed. The location was amazing and tips from the host and hostess about things to do in the area led to an amazing and memorable trip!
Ranchito Feliz is a lovely property with a great location, 3 miles from very pretty, uncrowded hikes in Kodachrome Basin State Park. Roy, the owner, is a gem, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the surrounding countryside. Looking forward to my next stay there!
We had a great stay! The property is beautiful with a well thought out design. Roy was very friendly, giving us advice on nearby areas to visit. I would highly recommend this location!
Ranchito Feliz is a well maintained campsite with the most amazing host! Roy has an immense knowledge of the area because he's been there for years. If you want to know where to hike or what to do while in the area, chat with him because he's a wealth of knowledge. With his recommendation, we stopped by Bryce Canyon National Park and LOVED it. Also, the sunrise from his property is incredible. Don't think about it, book a campsite here right away.
Ranchito Feliz was my favorite camping spot over a week of camping in SW Utah. Upon arrival, Roy greeted us with his sweet rescue dogs, Ella, Buddha and Lozen. It is obvious that Roy takes great pride in his land and cares about the experience for his campers. Each spot is thoughtfully carved out with a nice pad for a tent, fire ring set up and ready to go with wood and kindling (and extra wood for $5), and rocks meticulously placed for surfaces to cook food. There is a compost toilet a short walk away from the campsites with a magnificent view of the valley! And also a sink for doing dishes, a trash can, water spigot, and a primitive shower. Roy even drew us a map to a few amazing local hikes. It was such a pleasant experience staying at Ranchito Feliz and I would whole heartedly recommend this gem to anyone traveling through!
Ranchito Feliz and host Roy gave our family a wonderful experience in the Grand Staircase area (Cannonville, Utah).
--As others have mentioned, Roy is friendly and has awesome suggestions for hikes and sightseeing in the local area. His love for outdoor life in Utah, and his knowledge about animals and fossils and the area, came through in every conversation. We really enjoyed getting to know him! His recommended hike was perfect for our family.
--The location is beautiful, especially when sunset lights up the mountains around camp. The nearest market is about 10-15 minutes drive.
--There is plenty of potable water and a dish washing station--super helpful!
--The compost toilet is private and not at all stinky--that was a plus compared with gross vault toilets at other locations. Plus, our kids thought it was funny that after you poop in the toilet, you then throw a handful of sawdust on top to help the composting process.
--Roy has three sweet dogs that love playing fetch or getting cuddles. If you don't want to hang with dogs, he keeps them up at his home, away from camp.
All in all, we had a great time and we appreciated Roy's hospitality!
This was a lovely campsite except for the gnats (which we were given ample warning of)! Roy put in a great deal of effort to have nice, well manicured campsites as well as an eco toilet, outdoor shower, fire pit, and sink. This site exceeded our expectations.