Places to Camp near Manti-La Sal National Forest

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Best Camping Sites Near Manti-La Sal National Forest, CO (209)

    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground

    1.

    Goblin Valley State Park Campground

    57 Reviews
    330 Photos
    458 Saves
    Hanksville, Utah

    The campground at Goblin Valley State Park consists of 25 sites and two yurts. Goblin Valley camping is divided into ten walk-in tent pads, fourteen RV spaces, and one group site able to accommodate up to 35 people. Showers and flush toilets, as well as a communal water and dump station are all available free of charge. All sites contain a picnic table, metal fire ring, and shade shelter.

    Cowboys searching for cattle first discovered secluded Goblin Valley. Then in the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin, owner/operator of the Hite ferry, and two companions were searching for an alternative route between Green River and Caineville. They came to a vantage point about a mile west of Goblin Valley and were awed by what they saw, five buttes and a valley of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs.

    In 1949, Chaffin returned to the area he called Mushroom Valley. He spent several days exploring the mysterious valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded creatures. The area was acquired by the state of Utah and in 1964 was officially designated a state park.

    Goblin Valley State Park is a showcase of geologic history. Exposed cliffs reveal parallel layers of rock bared by erosion. Because of the uneven hardness of sandstone, some patches resist erosion much better than others. The softer material is removed by wind and water, leaving thousands of unique, geologic goblins. Water erosion and the smoothing action of windblown dust work together to shape the goblins.

    Bedrock is exposed because of the thin soil and lack of vegetation. When rain does fall, there are few plant roots and little soil to capture and hold the water, which quickly disappears, in muddy streams without penetrating the bedrock.

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park

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    Fruita Campground — Capitol Reef National Park

    79 Reviews
    365 Photos
    156 Saves
    Torrey, Utah

    Overview

    Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. The Fruita Campground has 71 sites. 65 sites are reservable from March 1 to October 31. Sites 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8 are used as administrative sites. Sites 14, 24, and 63 are accessible sites with electrical hookups. Beginning August 1, 2023 generators are only allowed in loop C. There are no first come first serve sites during peak season.

    Recreation

    Walk to historic inscriptions on the Capitol Gorge Trail and stroll the Goosenecks Trail. Visitors looking for longer trails can explore Cohab Canyon, Chimney Rock and Cassidy Arch. Enjoy the geology and view the Fremont petroglyph panels along Hwy 24. In addition, the Scenic Drive will introduce you to the fascinating cultural and geological history of Capitol Reef National Park. The drive includes a portion of the original road through the Waterpocket Fold. The road passes through parts of the Fruita Historic District and follows the western faces of the Waterpocket Fold, and spur roads allow exploration into beautiful Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge. Check at the visitor center for a current schedule of interpretive programs, which may include geology talks, Fremont culture talks, evening programs, star gazing, moonwalks and geology hikes. Stop in at Ripple Rock Nature Center to experience interactive exhibits, games, activities and free educational programs. Wander through the historic Fruita orchards and pick fresh fruit when in season. The orchards contain approximately 3,100 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond and walnut. Discover Mormon pioneer history at the historic Gifford House store and museum.

    Facilities

    Walk to historic inscriptions on the Capitol Gorge Trail and stroll the Goosenecks Trail. Visitors looking for longer trails can explore Cohab Canyon, Chimney Rock and Cassidy Arch. Enjoy the geology and view the Fremont petroglyph panels along Hwy 24. In addition, the Scenic Drive will introduce you to the fascinating cultural and geological history of Capitol Reef National Park. The drive includes a portion of the original road through the Waterpocket Fold. The road passes through parts of the Fruita Historic District and follows the western faces of the Waterpocket Fold, and spur roads allow exploration into beautiful Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge. Check at the visitor center for a current schedule of interpretive programs, which may include geology talks, Fremont culture talks, evening programs, star gazing, moonwalks and geology hikes. Stop in at Ripple Rock Nature Center to experience interactive exhibits, games, activities and free educational programs. Wander through the historic Fruita orchards and pick fresh fruit when in season. The orchards contain approximately 3,100 trees including cherry, apricot, peach, pear, apple, plum, mulberry, almond and walnut. Discover Mormon pioneer history at the historic Gifford House store and museum.

    Natural Features

    The Fruita Campground area is located one mile south of the visitor center and is often described as an oasis within the desert. Fruita Campground is a semi-shaded, grassy campground and is located in the Fruita Historic District of the park.

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    For facility specific information, please call (435) 425-3791.

    Nearby Attractions

    The Fruita campground is adjacent to the Fremont River and is a short walk from the group site, amphitheater, picnic areas, hiking trails, the historic Gifford house and orchards.

    • Pets
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    • Electric Hookups
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground

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    Millsite State Park Campground

    9 Reviews
    23 Photos
    74 Saves
    Ferron, Utah
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping

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    Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping

    42 Reviews
    109 Photos
    978 Saves
    Torrey, Utah

    Welcome to Capitol Reef National Park Dispersed Camping, a no-frills spot perfect for those who love a bit of adventure and don't mind roughing it. This area is all about getting back to basics, so don't expect amenities like toilets, showers, or picnic tables. What you will find are stone campfire rings and some pretty spectacular views.

    This spot is right outside Capitol Reef National Park, making it super convenient for early morning hikes or late-night stargazing. The proximity to the park means you can easily pop in and out for day trips. Plus, there's decent cell phone reception, which is a nice bonus if you need to stay connected.

    Visitors have mentioned that the area can get a bit crowded, especially during peak times like Memorial Day weekend. But if you drive around a bit, you might find some more secluded spots. Just be prepared for a bit of dust and the occasional road noise since it's close to the highway.

    The terrain here is a mix of rocky outcrops and open spaces, which can be a bit challenging for larger vehicles. But if you can navigate the bumps and ruts, you'll be rewarded with some pretty amazing sunset and sunrise views. And if you're into climbing or exploring, the rocks provide a fun playground.

    Remember, this is a pack-in, pack-out area, so take all your trash with you and leave no trace. It's a small price to pay for such a beautiful and free camping experience. Enjoy your stay and happy camping!

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    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Campground - goblin valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Campground - goblin valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Campground - goblin valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Campground - goblin valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Campground - goblin valley
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Campground - goblin valley

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    Dispersed Campground - goblin valley

    20 Reviews
    89 Photos
    399 Saves
    Hanksville, Utah

    The San Rafael Swell is a land of canyons, striking sandstone formations and breathtaking panoramas. An area covering 2000 square miles, it is located in southern Utah and is divided by I-70. In a part of the country with many National Parks and Monuments, the little known San Rafael Swell area rivals them all in beautiful scenery.

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    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from The Bend Gem
    Camper-submitted photo from The Bend Gem
    Camper-submitted photo from The Bend Gem
    Camper-submitted photo from The Bend Gem
    Camper-submitted photo from The Bend Gem
    Camper-submitted photo from The Bend Gem

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    The Bend Gem

    17 Reviews
    86 Photos
    692 Saves
    Fremont, Utah
    • Pets
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    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping

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    Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping

    10 Reviews
    33 Photos
    404 Saves
    Castle Dale, Utah

    Little Grand Canyon trailhead serves as the starting or ending point for those hiking through the Little Grand Canyon. The trailhead is located past the Swinging Bridge and .8 miles west of the Buckhorn Draw Rd. This hike explores the San Rafael river as it cuts through the Little Grand Canyon. This area is a popular 2-3 day backpacking trip with primitive campsites where user are required to practice leave no trace ethics. The San Rafael River should only be floated in small crafts above 200 CFS and large crafts above 500 CFS. Hikers should only attempt to hike this section when the river is below 50 CFS. The hike is approximately 18 miles with numerous river crossings required. The side canyons along the hike offer endless miles of exploring.

    The trailhead is located past the Swinging Bridge Campground and .8 miles west of the Buckhorn Draw Rd.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir

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    Joes Valley Reservoir

    8 Reviews
    32 Photos
    83 Saves
    Orangeville, Utah

    Overview

    Joe's Valley Reservoir Campground is located in a high mountain valley next to its namesake, at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and exploring the surrounding off-road vehicle trails. A paved road winds around the lake but quickly turns to dirt once the elevation begins to increase.

    Recreation

    The reservoir offers good fishing for cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, tiger muskie and trophy splake. Boating, water skiing and canoeing are popular on the lake. A boat ramp is located nearby on the eastern shoreline. Horseback riding, bouldering, hiking and mountain biking are popular in the area as well.

    Facilities

    The reservoir offers good fishing for cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, tiger muskie and trophy splake. Boating, water skiing and canoeing are popular on the lake. A boat ramp is located nearby on the eastern shoreline. Horseback riding, bouldering, hiking and mountain biking are popular in the area as well.

    Natural Features

    Joe's Valley is situated on the Wasatch Plateau in Central Utah. Juniper, pinyon pine and sagebrush cover the area, and aspens and pines dot the surrounding hillsides. Located on a reservoir, there is nearby access to Seely Creek, Littles Creek, North Dragon Creek, and Lowry Water.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Renowned bouldering opportunities are located in nearby Straight and Cottonwood Canyons. Popular mountain fisheries at Grassy Lake, Pete's Hole, and Potters Ponds are all within 10 miles of the group site. The 370-mile Arapeen Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System can be accessed directly from the Reeder Trailhead, which includes 66 and 55-inch OHV trails. Attractions at Joe's Valley Reservoir include the Orange Olsen Guard Station cabin rentals, and Joe's Valley Group Pavilion.

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    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Tent Cabin

    $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Route 24 Dispersed Camping - Capitol Reef
    Camper-submitted photo from Route 24 Dispersed Camping - Capitol Reef
    Camper-submitted photo from Route 24 Dispersed Camping - Capitol Reef
    Camper-submitted photo from Route 24 Dispersed Camping - Capitol Reef
    Camper-submitted photo from Route 24 Dispersed Camping - Capitol Reef
    Camper-submitted photo from Route 24 Dispersed Camping - Capitol Reef

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    Route 24 Dispersed Camping - Capitol Reef

    24 Reviews
    32 Photos
    616 Saves
    Torrey, Utah

    Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.

    • Pets
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    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Toilets
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from Beas Lewis Flat Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Beas Lewis Flat Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Beas Lewis Flat Dispersed
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    Camper-submitted photo from Beas Lewis Flat Dispersed
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Manti-La Sal National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, Manti-La Sal National Forest offers a wide range of camping options, with 209 campgrounds and RV parks near Manti-La Sal National Forest and 72 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Manti-La Sal National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Manti-La Sal National Forest is Goblin Valley State Park Campground with a 4.8-star rating from 57 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Manti-La Sal National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 72 free dispersed camping spots near Manti-La Sal National Forest.

What parks are near Manti-La Sal National Forest?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 11 parks near Manti-La Sal National Forest that allow camping, notably Capitol Reef National Park and Fishlake National Forest.