Hipcamp host Matt B.
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Tent campers welcome! If you're bringing a trailer or want to reserve the camping space near BlueShed with fire ring, picnic table, charcoal grill, THEN PLEASE check out and book "Palouse Stargazing CarCamp" listing.  The TentCamp listing is for those campers that will be parking in driveway and walking 100 or so yards out past the pond and blue shed and setting up in the pa


Tent campers welcome! If you're bringing a trailer or want to reserve the camping space near BlueShed with fire ring, picnic table, charcoal grill, THEN PLEASE check out and book "Palouse Stargazing CarCamp" listing.  The TentCamp listing is for those campers that will be parking in driveway and walking 100 or so yards out past the pond and blue shed and setting up in the pasture or field.

Summer 2019 UPDATE: {BURN BAN IN PLACE: NO Outdoor recreational fires: Propane fireplaces are okay.

as listed, there is no porta-potty this year. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we think we are priced correctly for the au-natural style of camping.}

For you hardy campers you are more than welcome to bring a "camp toilet":bucket with lid, sailboat porta-let, pop up toilet with plastic bags, dig a cat-hole, or time that morning coffee in Cheney or Spangle:) or a wooden fence-post when appropriate(alone or out of view) is A-OK for natural coyote repellent. (updated 6/25/19)

SITES 1-4: At this time, we do NOT have exact campsite spots, but we put 1-4 on the HipCamp map to show 4 ''general dispersed'' areas that TentCampers are welcome to walk out back to and set up camp.  (As a host, you can only create and show a ''sitemap'' on the listing by using specific site function.  We hope this makes sense, if not please please ask any questions)

"Gateway to the Palouse"

Close to Cheney, Spangle, and Spokane, this is a wide open space of 13 acres surrounded by thousands of acres of wheat, peas, lentils, and garbanzos.  At the back of the property, you can expect  distant views of Mt. Spokane and Mica Peak.  Our property sits down low with rolling wheat fields to block city light pollution for really dark night skies.  

-Late SUMMER FIRE UPDATE: Spokane County Burn Ban usually in affect most of the summer, so open Fire rings NOT allowed in fields late July or August harvest time. BYO charcoal to be safe.

-Propane Fire: we recently added a semi-portable patio propane fire-ring if families/kids want to do smores in the dry summer. This will be on the concrete pad or gravel by the barn. (this is probably the safest compromise:)

-POWER: there is an outside GFI outlet with plastic cover @on side of barn as well as near the RV power stand that can be shared. Extension cords can be left on sight if that helps your kiddos feel safer at night for tent light or a laptop movie etc. (yes, the point is to camp, but whatever gets the kids outside is fine by us!)

-BBQ: Shared grill found near barn or RV pad,  2 metal fire pits, are open to all.

-KALE, Peas, and SALAD greens are growing again near the house! Please feel free to pick a few leaves for a salad anytime! just pay attention to the new lavender plants nearby).  Snap Peas coming soon.

-EGGS: Nest clean duck and chicken EGGS available for a small price, just ask at booking.

-WIND: Very wide open space: sometimes windy, sometimes perfectly still and silent.

-WELLS Rd is visible from most of property.  It is a quiet property, but we want campers to be aware of that:)

-Unless needed, we turn off all barn and security lights at night to enjoy the stars.

-TICKS: as always, check yourself and animals for TICKS when camping, the wetter tall grasses are a prime spot to pick up a tick.

-TURNBULL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: 8.9 miles to gate entrance; nature trails and many small lakes for wildlife viewing

-BADGER LAKE: 13 miles to public boat launch and restrooms; Kayaking and fishing.

-WILLIAMS LAKE: public boat launch and a small resort on the lake

-STEPTOE BUTTE: 36 miles one way, with some beautiful paved farm road alternate routes available from our farm.

(please read below for more descriptions and details of above bullet items)

UPDATE 2019-We are slowly remodeling the roadside farm house and currently have 5 chickens,  2 geese, 5 ducks, 8 goats and 2 mini horses named "Cal" and "Pickles". When we are on site, you are more than welcome to visit and groom the animals.  "Pickles" is a gentle, sometimes stubborn, 20 yr old mini mare who can be walked by lead and halter with adult supervision.  (if you're brave you can go in the pasture, but the goats may try to stand up on you to get a treat!)

8 miles south of small town Cheney, 7 miles west of main street Spangle, and a short drive to a few fishing lakes and the 16,000-acre Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. This is a great spot to park your RV, car camp, or walk out to the property line and tent camp under the stars and wake up to views of Mica Peak surrounded by acres of Palouse wheat fields, all while being short distances to various activities.

 Almost all campers could be in view of the house, shop and barn.  This is a very open spot with brush, tall canary grasses and wheat fields with grand nightly stargazing views and no neighbors looking onto the property. (Just to be honest, we think this openness is awesome but there is very little to no shade)

We believe we've priced ourselves right for those campers that want to get out of the city for a night or two and see the stars and visit the many local fishing and kayaking lakes as well as Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.  Or for parents that just want to get their kids out and spend a night or two "practicing" tent set up and camp cooking.  Shared BBQ and a small wood stove available near farm house: we also use this and will gladly share it with guests! no use fee.  (Dutch oven available upon request for your campsite: $10 use fee, we clean and season after departure, byo charcoal).

The space is very open.  Wells Rd is visible from most of the property unless you tent camp "out back."  You are welcome to use that area for lunch or dinner to be in the shade.  Other campers have brought shade canopies or a tarp.

All monies raised will go towards tree and brush plantings on site (and some mini-horse treats).

If you're exploring the local lakes and wildlife refuge all day and want a cooked meal, we highly recommend a burger or awesome chicken strips at The Spangle Saloon! If waking up and going is your thing, check out Bene's in Cheney for, well, any kind of eggs benedict you could want.

Speaking of eggs, our farm fresh “nest clean” eggs are available for a small price to cook up on site.  Let us know when you book! ($2 for 6 nest clean eggs)

We will eventually have a seasonal garden of herbs: sage, parsley, chives, cilantro, kale and who knows what else! You are welcome to pick through it as needed for your meals at no cost(feel free to bring any seeds you may have and help us expand our garden!)

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
4 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Short walk
No ADA access
Pets allowed
No campfires
No toilet
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Have a question? Send Matt a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
  • Weeknight discount: 15% off


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


Road biking is available along Wells Road and Cheney Spangle Road. Many bicyclists use these routes, however it is also a rura...Read more


We are only 13 acres surrounded by thousand of acres of wheatfields. BUT Turnbull National Wildlife refuge is close. 16,000 acr...Read more

Wildlife watching

Wide open Palouse country, there is wildlife present but your best bet is to visit nearby Turnbull National Wildlife refuge.


Natural features you'll find at Palouse Stargazing TentCamp in Washington.

Prairie, meadow, or plain

Rolling Palouse Wheat Fields


13 acres with old barn and small fenced pasture. 5 acres tillable land and 5 acres of sub irrigated grasses


13 acres with old barn and small fenced pasture. 5 acres tillable land and 5 acres of sub irrigated grasses


The vibe at Palouse Stargazing TentCamp

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Hipcamper Daniel
Daniel W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
May 10th, 2018

Matt and Melissa pulled out all the stops for us! We got a true Spokane welcoming (which we soon learned what that meant). Stargazing and sharing stories over a warm fire. Their farm retreat was exactly what we were in need of. We even got to let our little Australian Shepherd blow off some steam "herding" their goats and horses.

We'll be sure to visit them again to have a little more Spoakland fun.

Our campground for the night.The duck's watch on.Our pup taking in the great scenery.View of the farm.
Hipcamper Anna
Anna T.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 21st, 2018

Such a beautiful spot to camp! Matt & Melissa were super sweet and helpful, and their land is unbelievably gorgeous.

horse animal goatPalouse Stargazing TentCampdog animalThis little guy greeted me when I pulled up.
Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on May 25th, 2018

Thank you for coming to camp and especially for the photos!

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Hipcamper Erin
Erin H.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
May 29th, 2018

We could not have asked for a more peaceful weekend. Matt and Melissa are fantastic, accommodating hosts and awesome people in general. Their property is quiet, with great views and cute animals. I cannot recommend this place enough! We can't wait to come back (:

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Hipcamper Guido
Guido W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 23rd, 2018

Matt is the man! Very friendly host who made sure we were comfortable and enjoyed our stay at his garden. We also spent some time talking to him around a bonfire while watching the stars. Great experience!!!

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Hipcamper Thomas
Thomas K.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
June 24th, 2018

Great place to camp overnight! Jeff is super friendly and helpful too.

Hipcamper Diveed
Diveed B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
June 28th, 2018

Wow, which great camp experience! Beauty of endless green waves, sundown glory, friendly animal, big happy moon, sparkle stars... Grazie!

Perfect eveningWhich great sunset! It last forever!Goose in pond habitatThese goose make much show, at first intimidate me, but are very nice. They think to own farm!
Hipcamper Matt
Response from Matt, the Host, on June 23rd, 2019

Diveed B, it was great to have you stay. The Geese miss you! you must come back to say them hello.

Remove vote :(
Hipcamper Chris
Chris M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 7th, 2018

Awesome place!

Hipcamper Anne
Anne P.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
July 9th, 2018

I would definitely recommend staying at Matt and Melissa's lovely farm. You have a choice of camp sites that either feel homey and comfortable (by a duck pond and close to the farmhouse) or, at the edges of their property, private and secluded.
This would be a great site for beginning campers or a family. You'll be close enough to Cheney to buy groceries or head out to dinner, but once you're on the farm, you'll definitely enjoy peaceful views as far the eye can see, plus some great stargazing at night. Kids will also love the friendly mini-horses, goats, and chickens.
Matt and Melissa were very friendly, and they helped out us with suggestions for the rest of our trip.
We loved it, and you definitely will too!

Hipcamper James
James C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 21st, 2018

Beautiful location, quiet and simple. Would definitely return.

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