About Tom Higginson
A really nice guy who knows who he is and where he's suppose to be.
Tom Higginson purchased this Lodge in 2007
Why Tom Higginson chose Moab
I was president and founder for 25 years of a large indoor soccer company. The managers worked really hard. We all did. I wanted to find a place to get away, where we could escape from the grind. I wanted something in the boonies. While driving to our Boise facility I saw people walk out of their homes, get in their canoes, and get in the Snake River. I need a river. Driving to our Denver and Colorado Springs facilities I saw the changing of the aspen. I need all four seasons. Driving through West Texas coming back from our Houston and Austin facilities I saw folks walk out of their homes and get on their dirt bikes and in their jeeps and take off down dirt trails. I need dirt trails. Sometimes I would find a property that had some things, but not all things. Sometimes I’d find something new and the hunt would then grow more difficult with more mandatory requirements. Somewhere back in the 80’s I was flying from Denver to Anaheim and flew over, though I didn’t know it at the time, Moab. Looking out the window I saw the Pot Ash evaporation ponds and I remember thinking “What kind of moron would live out in the middle of nowhere?” Twenty something years later my real estate agent drove me over Hurrah Pass to a property he had listed. When we crested the top of the pass I saw the Pot Ash evaporation ponds and said “Oh my, it’s me, I’m the moron.” Hardly. Turns out Base Camp has everything and so much more. I bought this place eleven plus years ago without knowing about the Wind Caves, Chicken Corner, Anti-Cline, Amasa Back, pottery sherds, arrowhead flakes, ancient dwellings, rock art, the critters of all kinds, dino tracks, fossils, all types of geology, the night sky, the quiet, the unlimited hikes and on and on. There has never been a day I haven’t appreciated what surrounds me. There never will be.
What makes this Lodge unique
You should bring your own food and anything you’d like to drink besides water. Pretty much everything else is here. It’s 17 miles from Moab and it will take about one hour. Take the road between Burger King and McDonalds. At stop sign go straight. River on right. Black top ends. Follow signs that say Hurrah Pass. You don't normally need four wheel drive but you should have some ground clearance. Five inches or so would be nice. Most SUV's and up have that. Regular passenger cars and some vans do not. If height is an issue you will have lots of issues up and down Hurrah. We are 2.7 miles down Hurrah. Turn right at Base Camp sign and the first left will take you up to the lodge.
Check-in: 1:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
My family had the BEST time here. It was a perfect escape away from society. Tom was the best host and had all the critters eating from his hand. Literally!
The place was quiet and peaceful. The drive there was absolutely an adventure and so worth it! The beds were comfortable. This place is perfect to ground down and just be with the earth and unplug.
So fun getting to the property if you are not afraid of dirt roads and elevation. The house is great and the host (Tom) is better. Great if you love adventure and something out of the ordinary!
Loved my Stay
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Basecamp. I look forward to staying again. Tom is a great host and tour guide. There is lots to do and see. The views and the river are beautiful.
Love the hospitality. Had such a great time hiking and exploring. Off the grid and up close. Wish our stay had been longer. Road leading to base camp was exhilarating. Glad we rented a 4 wheel drive jeep.
Having never been to Moab before, I was already blown away by the sights, but Tom’s hospitality and genuine personality made the experience even more incredible. We will be coming back for sure, and I’ll be sharing Basecamp with all of my friends.
It is comfortable, warm, and an experience like no other.
I can’t say enough how great this place is. The owner Tom puts it over the top with great stories, guides on where to go for what experience, plenty of laughs around the fire and with the common area, met some great new friends. Definitely took us out of our comfort zone with the drive but the first time is the hardest, the way back was easy. Couldn’t have asked for better views and experiences. We will be back.
It's almost unbelievable. The river and beach is about a two minute walk out your door. Kayaks in the garage. Two doubles and four singles. Side by sides, take you to the Wind Caves, Chicken Corner, and the Amasa Back. There are unlimited hikes from the property and many more near by.
There is so much wildlife it's hard to keep track of. In addition to the hundred or so birds, squirrels, and chipmunks that come to eat each day, there's the man himself, Kobae. Kobae is the 185 pound security tortoise that lives here and when he's not hanging out on the porch, or chowing down on romaine, he'll be looking for someone to go hiking with. With evening the front porch comes alive. Ringtail, skunk, fox, and raccoon all eat nightly either on or just off the front porch. You're welcome to hang out at the fire pit or sit in gravity chairs and view the night sky but many a guest has spent their evening feeding all the critters that come to the porch. For kids especially it's an incredible experience.
The night sky, the incredible view, the critters, the side by sides, the beach, the river, kayaking, Wind Caves, hiking, all here. Nobody else has what Base Camp has or even comes close. Worry about other parts of your trip but don’t worry about this part. I live here pretty much 24/7/365 and I’ve been sharing it with guests for eleven years. You want an adventure, not just staying somewhere, you’ve found it.
Now, having said all that, it’s quiet, off the grid, and you want to get away, that’s here too. Some folks just sit on the porch and unwind, enjoying the landscape, watching the rafts and kayaks come down the river or finding a spot around the property to just sit and read. There’s no shortage of those spots. I’ve spent many a morning hiking out to a different place each day and reading.
Whatever you want to do, all you have to do is walk out the door. That’s special.
See you soon,