Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
No Drinking Water
About Great Western Trail Dispersed
Operator
National Forest
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
No ADA Access
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
No Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
No Toilets
No Trash
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Contact
Location
Great Western Trail Dispersed is located in Utah
Latitude
37.6627 N
Longitude
-112.1639 W
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8 Reviews of Great Western Trail Dispersed
Lovely spot, so close to Bryce!

You do have to drive back a little ways (see map) but quite a few spots of varying sizes, pretty spread apart. There were a handful of other people there. There are parts of the road that require 4wd further back but otherwise not a bad drive down a dirt road, leading to nice tree covered, spaced dispersed camping!

Closed!

This place was closed to camping September 7th unless the map took us to the wrong place.

Bryce Free Camping

Very close to the camp entrance. Very convenient. Nice shade from trees. Lots of good spots. We had to camp closer to 1.5 miles from the start of the dirt road to be out of the restriction. Huge spots (five 5th wheels) and small (one car/ one tent).

So close to Bryce Canyon

Like the other reviewers mentioned, there’s a camp restriction at the first .5 mile in but if you keep going you’ll find some really nice large spots with fire rings and perfectly spaced trees to put up your hammock.

Secluded woodsy campsite

Due to fire restrictions, you need to drive 1173 or other older interstate dirt roads to find eligible camping areas. We found a great one about 50 yards back from the dirt road and stayed for two nights. It made getting to Bryce Canyon very easy, and we were even able to make a small fire pit to stay warm as we chilled in the evening. Definitely recommend staying along this trail for your visit to Bryce! Big love

A woodsy paradise

So upon arriving on this campsite, we discovered quickly that among these hot summer months the area is closed for camping. Due to a high threat of forest fires, the camping spot can’t be used but it’s not impossible! Based on a map posted at the entrance, we followed the road to find a bunch of spots about 20 minutes down the dirt road. The spot we found was very secluded ( mind you we only spotted 2 other groups of campers ), and offered great shade with the trees. Sunset was absolutely amazing, and although no fires are allowed we had a very peaceful and amazing time. The entrance to the dirt road is 3 minutes away from the entrance to Bryce and after a long day of hiking, this campsite was the perfect refuge.

Closed to camping

Used to be a great spot but is now closed to all camping. Signs are posted all over the place.

Little Known Free Spot outside of Bryce NP

Upon entering Bryce National Park last year we discovered all of the campgrounds were full. We decided to ask a park ranger where else we could camp, he handed us a map (in the pictures) and sent us on our way. About 5-10 minutes outside of the park there is a series of dirt roads on the left hand side that offers free dispersed camping. Forest road 090 or 1173, the main road in the area is called The Great Western Trail.

The spots here are your typical dispersed camping, with no official marking for sites. No picnic tables or restrooms and there a no fire rings. We found a nice clearing with a rock fire ring already made. While driving down the dirt road we did see a few RV's and trailers, i would say you could comfortably take any vehicle down this way to spend a night camping. The road was fairly well maintained, a few bumps and holes along the way but nothing major. Id say all in all we drove about 10 or 15 minutes to find a camp spot.

The distance back to the National Park was about 10-15 minutes from our camp spot, well worth it to stay outside the park and save some money as well as have a nice quiet and private area. The directions we were given by the park ranger had us take an immediate left after the Bryce Canyon NP sign onto rd 090. We eventually found a spot about a mile or so down that area.

Note on the map, if you follow road 087 down towards the reservoir, the Park Service recommends this as the best place to view wildlife before dusk. Next time you are down in the area, try out these spots. You will not be disappointed.