are an integral part of the outdoor experience available at Indian
Hill Ranch. We want to provide our customers with a safe, convenient
access to this ancient commune with nature.
first consideration when contemplating an open fire is location
of the pit or enclosure. For safety, choose a place clear of vegetation,
down wind from your camp area and generously far from RV’s, structures
and trees. You are in charge of that fire, so use caution and
common sense. Indian Hill Ranch provides rustic, isolated and
unstructured camp areas, but please remember that your site will
be used by other persons during the season. This presents a necessary
deviation from the “old West” ways in treating our campfires.
A rock ring to contain the campfire and retain heat is authentic
cowboy, however the practice creates many problems in maintaining
the grounds. After you have left, ashes and rocks remain to be
cleaned up so the next patron may enjoy the same freedom of choice
for his campfire. Ashes, unburned wood and nails are married with
the soil, making restoration to ala natural a tough job. If rock
rings are used, they must be removed so that the fire pit does
not become a permanent feature suitable for only one customer’s
requirements. Our solution to this dilemma without unduly restricting
enjoyment of the campfire tradition is to provide movable pots
in which to create your very own campfire at your chosen location.
When clean up time comes, the pots can be emptied, leaving little
or no trace of ash or debris mixed with the natural soil.
is provided at Indian Hill Ranch without extra charge. If you bring
your own wood, we ask that you burn it in pots provided and take
care that no nails are outside the pots. If you have excess wood
at your site, we ask that you return it to our community woodpile
as opposed to leaving it on site. As you hike around the ranch,
notice that oak trees shed limbs from time to time.(Mostly in the
Winter wind and snow) These branches are usually dry, void of leaves,
modest in diameter and easily broken into small pieces. They make
excellent long burning campfires and you may bring them back to
your site. Gathering firewood is an ancient task to be enjoyed by
modern man. Striking a match is a technological marvel. Combine
the old with the new.
come to Indian Hill and tend the fires, smell the smoke, ward off
the wild animals, roast the marshmallows, feel the heat, and see
the flickering glow of friendly faces and taste the lifestyle of