Enjoy peaceful and tranquil sunsets while enjoying nature at its best.  Close enough to take pleasure in all the excitement and activities of the surrounding areas, yet far enough away for the peace that provides quiet relaxation. 

Vel Terra Ranch..with over 176 acres,  is nestled in one of the most beautiful areas in Northwestern Illinois -- Jo Daviess County, home of President Grant in Galena.  Our campground, with rugged hills, picturesque scenery, trees, abundant wildlife and rolling terrain, is the ideal base for exploration of the many exciting natural treasures and activities in the Tri-State area.

                      Vel Terra Ranch (VTR)
                  Serves two very separate recreational interests:

    Vel Terra Ranch Campground - Thirty (30) sites, 12 RV and 18 tent, open to the public for camping.  No matter what your choice of camping style, you can enjoy our facility to relax and unwind.  VTR is a hub to activities happening during the day in the picturesque countryside surrounding us.  Everything is a very short drive away.   At night, you can enjoy the stars at Vel Terra instead of streetlights while the flames of a blazing campfire lick at the sky.  By the way, our firewood is free! 

    Horse Boarding - Owning and boarding your own horse has never been easier. When you pasture board your horse here you will delight in riding through the timber and hollows enjoying our challenging trails and scenic landscape.  At this time, unless you board your horse here (see our boarding options) we do not have horse camping or trail riding for the public.

So, whether you enjoy the comforts of an RV site, want to be a tent camper and "rough" it on one of our beautiful tent sites, or board your horse here, VTR offers a variety of services that will meet your needs.  Come back to basics and make our property your key to a very relaxing getaway.

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comments are greatly
appreciated and helps us to design our campground to meet your needs and still maintain our goals of a quiet, peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. 


Boy Scout campout for Grant Pilgrimage.
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Boy Scout troop outing for the Grant Pilgrimage in Galena.  Preparations for
Saturday nite supper
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”
George R.R. Martin - American screenwriter and author
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