This is an inquiry form for groups who would like to gather at the Campsite at Shield Ranch.

The Campsite features artfully designed and sustainably built new off-grid facilities. An open-air pavilion, screened shelters, and miles of hiking trails provide a unique offering just 22 miles from downtown Austin for Camp El Ranchito and year-round nature-immersion programming for people of all ages. The Campsite opened in Oct. 2022. 

There are four steps to complete:

  1. Inquiry 
  2. Share program plans 
  3. Site visit, if appropriate
  4. Registration process including user agreement, payment and insurance liability

Once we receive your Campsite Program Inquiry we determine if we are able to host your program and are able to move forward with your application. If approved, we will work with you to support your nature immersion event at the Campsite and guide you through the registration process.  In order to complete the planning and registration process, we recommend groups submit an inquiry form at least six weeks in advance of their visit.

2023-2024 Holiday and Closing Schedule


Jan. 1-3, Winter break  
March 10-19, Spring break camp
May 26, Open for day-group use only 
May 27-June 1, Camp preparation 
June 2-July 19, Camp El Ranchito staff training and camp 
July 23-Sept. 4, Fallow/maintenance period
Nov. 21-26, Thanksgiving holiday 
Dec. 20-31, Winter break


Jan. 1-3, Winter break
March 9-17, Spring break camp 
May 25-Sept. 3, Closed for Camp El Ranchito and fallow/maintenance period
Nov. 26-Dec. 1, Thanksgiving holiday
Dec. 21, 2024-Jan. 3, 2025, Winter break