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Age: 55-65

Member since July 2020

We have a farm and a quiet space

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Too many Boon dockers have been showing up late. This causes us to either get out of bed and park you or it takes us away from our paying guests ($1000.00 per night) We allow boon dockers to help people and families travel with less expenses. We like to help fellow travelers but this late arrivals has gotten out of hand.

If you can not arrive before 4:00 pm you are not welcome here. we simply are too busy giving hay rides, checking in guests or cooking for private parties. We hope you understand but after this last late Boondocker I was ready to discontinue being a host. Im just too busy!

We are more of a place for travelers with children to stop for a free overnight or two but not a place to entertain children

ADULTS who may want to stop for a few days or a week and are more private are welcome for longer stays. Most of our guests we meet at check in and don't see after that unless they are interested in some farm or construction project we may have going on

If you are traveling with another family (Two RV's) let me know. We generally only accept one boondocks request at a time but if we know you are traveling with another family we will make room for your friends. But if they send a separate request to us, then we will reject it as we do not realize that you are traveling together. Jut put how many rigs you have please so we can accommodate you both.

We are a Married couple 30 plus years
I work overseas part-time as a pilot in Africa and Afghanistan my wife is a yoga teacher. We will offer Rv stays while I’m home and see how this program go’s.

When I am on the ranch I have lots of construction projects, We like to work hard and drink some wine. We have a large vineyard and a very unique ranch.

We are interested in the RV lifestyle and are happy to meet those of you are living this way full time. We have owned a 5th wheel in the past and a small travel trailer

If you have an interest in getting your hands dirty this is a fun place. - If we have time, we own and manage many small businesses and are often busy. We also have paying guests on site (OFTEN) which means most of our activities are not available to you as a boon docker

If you are on vacation and need a place to stop for a night we don’t expect you to volunteer to give us a hand- but if this is your lifestyle living and traveling in your RV then it might be kind of you to offer some help -we may or may not need any help at the particular time.

If you wish to make a donation we may put a jar somewhere- we gotta see how this go’s and see if it’s drama free

Skills & Expertise to Share

Video, drone work, carpentry, landscaping, axe throwing, shooting sports, fishing pond on the ranch.

Fitness and yoga - my wife and I are personal trainers. We have a weight gym, martial arts and a yoga studio on the ranch

We also grow sprouts, micro greens and vegetables on the ranch

We like good wine, bourbon and cigars

ElkRidge's Pets

KINDA SORTA - We raise Deer and elk on our ranch

Favorite Boondocking Locations

Bonny crossing - near Tygy Valley Oregon

ElkRidge's Hometown

HIM: Portland and Eastern Oregon HER: Indiana- St Louis


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ElkRidge Has 1 Host Location

Elk Ridge Ranch

Shoals, IN, US
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References from Guests (18)


September 2021

Beautiful Ranch!

Our stay at Elk Ridge Ranch was perfect!
A beautiful, quiet place to stay in the country. The hosts are excellent.
We look forward to staying here again.


August 2021

Great stay!

Great stay and a nice secluded spot! The kids loved the pond.


August 2021

Elk ridge

Looked like we were going to end up staying in all afternoon due to the rain. But, it stopped soon after our arrival, and a nice day walking the dog and seeing the Elk. Thanks!

July 2021

Great stay

Dave is a great guy. Nice place to park our camper for the night.


July 2021

Rain rain go away!

Looked like it was a nice place from what we could see through the pouring rain.
We only stayed the 1 night instead of 2 because we wasn’t allowed to drive around & see the ranch because they had the place rented. From what we could tell it looked like this would be Better place to stay as they said during the week day & it was to far out for us to do anything else, so we just boondocked in town the second night.

We would recommend this place to others only if it’s not rented during your stay, or you just want a place to sleep for the night out in the peace & quiet of Mother Nature.


July 2021

Serene spot

Very quiet spot in a nicely wooded area. The ranch was a cool property! I had plenty of space to run my dog and my trailer was shaded virtually all day. The drive up the ‘mountain’ was windy and narrow but i didnt have any issues. Absutely perfect for my needs!


July 2021

Elk ranch

This was a great stop. There were paying guests so we did not do any activities at the ranch. We had plenty to see in French Lick so we stayed busy most of the time! The roads around this area are small and hilly so be cautious. Also if you have pets or children be sure to check well for ticks.


June 2021

Peaceful, beautiful ranch

We enjoyed a quiet, peaceful night’s sleep on this beautiful ranch. Friendly, generous host.


June 2021

Beautiful place, hospitable host

We arrived in the rain and had to leave early the next morning, so didn't get enough time to look around, but we could tell that this is a truly beautiful ranch. Our host was very accommodating, greeting us when we arrived, staying in touch via text, then he stopped by in the morning.

We would love to come back in better weather and enjoy more of the ranch and chat more. Highly recommended location.


June 2021


Was a nice place. Up on a mountain top in the woods. I was supplied water and electric.


May 2021

Thank you Elk Ridge

My wife and I had an outstanding visit. The hosts are very hospitable and the property is breathtaking. We had an unforgettable time here, and learned so much. Thank you Elk Ridge.


March 2021

Nice property

Unfortunately i arrived later than planned and had an early start, but Elk Ridge is a beautiful property in a great area of southern Indiana. Would love to head back and explore the area.


January 2021

Great Host & Place to Stay

Great experience, even had a cabin to rent for my parents to stay the night since they were traveling with us. Our spot was perfect, up on the hill with a great view and a short walk to the cabin to visit parents. Awesome and welcoming host gave us a tour, and explained history of bldgs. Thanks so much for having us!


November 2020

Great stopover for us.

Easy in and out. Elk Ranch is a spacious opportunity to boondock with multiple options. We were our near the pond by ourselves. Nice quiet evening. Thanks!


November 2020

Above and Beyond

We spent our first boondockers welcome stay at Elk Ridge Ranch, and it was wonderful! We were the only people there (besides the owners), so we had a ton of space to enjoy this lovely property and it's amenities. Dave was so hospitable, allowing us to use the facilities and explore the fun activities he offers. He even shared some delicious food! Our dogs and kids were so happy to have space to run and play, and we would definitely recommend Elk Ridge Ranch!


October 2020

One of the best!!

This was one of the best BW experiences we have had. Our hosts were very welcoming, engaging, and very generous while we stayed on the property. If you haven't been, STAY HERE! Not only are the hosts amazing, the property is beautiful as well. Easy to get in and out of with a 36 foot fifth wheel. Thank you guys again!!!!


October 2020

A must visit

Even though Dave was very busy with running a one of a kind resort he made time to show us around. Sitting by the wood stove in the bourbon cabin and sampling the liquors and trading stories made for a fun evening. Thanks Dave


September 2020

Loved it! Can't wait to go back!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Elk Ridge Ranch. Our original vacation plans fell apart, so we ended up closer to home instead, and stayed a few days at Elk Ridge Ranch. We only wish we had been able to stay longer. If we had known how much fun we were going to have, we would have planned to go there from the start!

We enjoyed primitive camping by the pond, but hookups were available near the main building. It looked like the top of the hill would have been a nice primitive spot as well. Elk Ridge Ranch offers so many activities: Axe throwing, skeet shooting, golf, gym, the brick pizza oven in the pizza barn, and so much more. They even added our meat to their smoker so we could enjoy a delicious dinner. They were hosting a bachelor party and wedding, and still found time to make us feel at home as welcomed guests. We had plenty of opportunities to socialize and to still have quiet time to ourselves. We loved walking around the ranch, and our quiet nights around the fire.

Elk Ridge Ranch is out in the peaceful quiet of the country, but very near several surrounding charming towns. French Lick is a convenient short drive away, along with adjoining West Baden Springs. Both are such cute towns. I highly recommend spending at least a day or two exploring that area.

We enjoyed our stay so much, we are already discussing when we can go back! If you have friends who want to tag along that aren't campers, ask them about their other facilities. They are very reasonably priced. We hope to bring our parents back to stay in the cabin next time we go camping.