Base Camp and Last Hurrah are remote. Similar landscape to Canyonlands, without all the people. Lots of big horn and mule deer. Boat dock, boat ramp, and beach. Three side by sides, six kayaks, and amazing hiking and climbing. Disc golf course with fearsome reputation. Fossils, dinosaur tracks, Indian artifacts, petroglyphs, finger canyons, and center to the Jackson Hole trail, Chicken Corner, Lockhart Basin, Hurrah Pass, and close to the Wind Caves and all the bicycle trails on the Amasa Back. View of Dead Horse Point, Canyonlands, Anti-Cline, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Large security tortoise, all kinds of squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and in the evenings ringtails, skunks (you can pet raccoons, and fox come to the porch to eat. The night sky is amazing. It's doubtful you've ever seen so many stars and the Milky Way is a nightly occurrence for much of the year.
- Cottage200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 23, 2018
About Tom Higginson
Just a nice guy that knows who he is and where he's suppose to be.
Tom Higginson purchased this Cottage in 2017
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 Cottage 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. Without it your vehicle and Mother Earth may have an inappropriate relationship on occasion. 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.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 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 wife and I had an amazing time staying in the hogan! It was so relaxing to be away from the world, and Tom was an amazing host! Upon arriving, we didn't bring any food for ourselves because we underestimated the drive, but Tom was gracious enough to get us groceries from town so we could survive our few days there. The hogan was nice and simple, which was everything we wanted. We went on a hike with Tom in the morning and had a terrific time! We played in the river for the rest of the day, which is just a short walk away. We had a fantastic time staying here! It was very peaceful and provided a much needed break for us. We will definitely be going back! And Tom, thank you again for being such a great host!
unique and amazing experience
First things first...To get here, one needs a serious car with 4 wheel drive and clearance. They say a regular car can make it in, but trust me, you want to rent or drive a good SUV with 4 wheel drive. You will wreck the undercarriage of a car. GPS signal is lost shortly into the drive from Moab, once the pavement ends. There is a section of good dirt road, and after that, it is at least 8 miles of serious off- roading. Talk to Tom before the drive, and get some pointers on making the drive in, and don't be surprised at how rocky, bumpy and curvy the ride is. Bring all of your supplies with you, because you won't want to make the trip very often...it is quite a drive.
Having gotten that out of the way, the property is beautiful and the hogan is very comfortable. I loved cooking on the gas grill outside. There is a mini fridge inside the hogan,,,you will need a large cooler with plenty of ice. There is a separate bath house with a nice out door shower..gorgeous views everywhere you look..Outdoor table and chairs for dining..fire pit..
We barely saw any animals, as they are fed by Tom at his home, which is about a half mile away. We went over one night at feeding time, but the moon was full and we only got a glimpse of a fox...and a raccoon. We expected to see a lot more animals..also never saw the tortoise. Also, you are not close to the river at the Hogan, need to drive over to the main house and a short hike down to the river. Need to cross a mud trough first to get to the beach. It is rather a mission to get the kayaks across the mud and into the Colorado, but it is a beautiful and refreshing kayak once you get there...The ad mentions the use side by side vehicles for off roading, but be aware, there is an extra charge to use them, and only one was available when we went.
Great hikes are available from the property..don't miss chicken corners and the wind caves...we saw petroglyphs...the birthing rock is cool on the drive in from Moab.
Bring plenty of food and sunscreen and moisturizer..it is very dry...and very beautiful.
Overall, I loved my stay in this Navajo built Hogan. A trip of a lifetime...I recommend it highly, for a few days! Spend some time in Moab also..so much to do in the area!
Great experience off the Colorado River
The owner is a great guy, who went out there to get away from all the people and he accomplished that. Between the road to get there and the houses/hogans on the property. You can truly get away from the tourist rush of Moab and experience the dessert with just you and your thoughts.
Adventure, Authenticity and Awe Inspiring Scenery!
The trip in, over Hurrah Pass was an adventure in itself! Staying in the male hogan was like camping- but with a real bed, refrigerator and gas grill with a griddle. Tom was a gracious and helpful host. The side by side vehicles were indispensable on our adventure on Chicken Corners Trail. Campfires and stargazing completed our visit.
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,