Nizhoni Campground sits in the Manti-LaSal National Forest in southeast Utah, at the foot of the Abajo Mountains.
THERE IS CURRENLTY NO PORTABLE WATER AT CAMPGROUND--BRING YOUR OWN.
Popular activities include hiking, wildlife viewing and off-road vehicle riding. Several trailheads are nearby, including Shay Ridge, Aspen Flat and Red Ledges.
The Abajo Loop State Scenic Backway passes by the campground. It leads from the desert floor and red rock canyons to steep mountains over 10,000 feet high, with overlooks and panoramic views. The byway is suitable for passenger vehicles from late spring through fall but is not recommended for large RVs.
The campground contains two group sites that each accommodate up to 50 guests. Several single-family sites are available as well. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided, as are vault toilets and drinking water seasonally. Firewood may be collected in and around the campground. Roads and parking spurs are gravel. There is a 14 day stay limit at this campground.
Towering Ponderosa pines forest the site, offering partial shade. Gambel oaks and sagebrush dot the landscape. The campground sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet, and summer temperatures range from 80-90 degrees during the day and 55-65 degrees at night.
Mule deer, wild turkeys, Abert's squirrels and the occasional black bear may be seen in the area.
Other attractions in the area include Canyonlands, Arches and Mesa Verde National Parks, Dark Canyon Wilderness, Edge of the Cedars State Park, Lake Powell and numerous archaeological sites.
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I stayed here in May and enjoyed it very much. Each campsite has fire pits and cooking grates. The pit toilets were very clean and well kept. The campground does fill up on busy weekends but there are lots of other dispersed camping areas around.
On a side note the location that shows up on the map isn’t correct. The campground is actually on the south side of the main road. Not every site will fit the large trailers or rv’s but most will.
This beautiful, shady campground is at the end of a 9-mile County Road going north out of Blanding, Utah, but is well worth the trip. Although high up in the Abajo Mountains, the site itself is level and easily accessible. It has the usual Forest Service amenities of picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets (no smell with new technology) and some potable water. The two campground hosts are friendly and knowledgeable about the area. There is a small Anasazi ruin about 2 miles away, but you can drive to within 1/2 mile of it. Even though this campground could be considered remote, the friendly vibe of the place makes it feel like home very quickly.