With a population of just over 1,000 people, it’s amazing that Joseph maintains such a vibrant, beautiful downtown. The little town boasts interesting galleries, fabulous bigger-than-life bronze sculptures on every street corner, a microbrewery, a fine little Saturday farmer’s market, a couple of great coffee shops and cafés, and the best chocolate shop we’ve encountered anywhere. All this, plus gorgeous hikes just a few miles from town.
A Perfect In-Town Location
Having heard not-so-great reviews of the state park campground (it’s true, they were packed in like sardines) we made reservations at Five Peaks RV Park. It’s a pretty little in-town park with only five sites. The RV Park was a perfect choice—spacious, quiet, and convenient.
The owners even provided us with fresh eggs from their backyard chickens. We walked or biked every day from the park and could cruise the entire downtown and back in about 45 minutes. In mid-June, Joseph can conjure up a snowstorm, but we lucked out with a heat wave. We enjoyed 75-degree days and brilliant sunshine (except for the last day, when it rained for 30 hours straight).
Hiking And Other Pleasures In Joseph
Tourist season doesn’t happen in Joseph until July and August, so we basically had the town to ourselves, along with our hometown friends Peter and Rosie, who happened to be camping just outside of town for a couple of days. We hiked beautiful trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and on the moraine above the lake, bought asparagus and raspberries at the farmer’s market, wandered the town and galleries, and made a daily visit to Arrowhead Chocolates (to support the local economy, of course).
We’ll be back.