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About Utah Camping

Utah is primarily known for two things: its world-class skiing and winding slot canyons. But the Beehive State has much more to offer the outdoor enthusiast. It's home to five national parks and eight national monuments. And that's just the beginning. There is no shortage of exotic camping in Utah.

For desert dwellers, Monument Valley never disappoints. It’s the kind of place that leaves a person searching for meaning. When the sun dips below the monuments and the sky radiates with color, it’s easy to see why the Navajo people revere the land. Media buffs will also recognize the familiar landmarks from film and TV. Those visiting Bears Ears can see Monument Valley in the distance from campsites like Muley Point.

Campers who visit Goblin Valley get a unique experience. An amphitheater of bizarrely-shaped hoodoos greets visitors. Even though there are hoodoos all over Utah, none compare to the “goblins” in this state park. They make an excellent backdrop for photos, adventure, games, and soul-searching.

A worthy Utah destination is Zion National Park, growing more popular by the year. The etched canyon walls make a lasting impression, as they jut thousands of feet up from the earth. The sense of perspective visitors experience keeps them coming back. The Watchman campground is a popular choice for campers. It offers accessibility to trails, the Virgin River, a shuttle bus, and the adjacent town.

Many will also make a trip to nearby Bryce Canyon National Park, to see the infamous spires. Staying at the North campground is a great way to see the best parts of the park.

It doesn’t take a road trip to go camping in Utah. The state capital, Salt Lake City, butts up against the Wasatch Mountains. Fifteen minutes up one of the canyons is all it takes to trade city noise for alpine meadows and lakes. In the summer, Albion Basin blooms with color. Red Pine Lake is a secluded campsite with two lakes and frequent wildlife sightings.

For a different kind of mountain experience, the Uinta Mountains aren’t much farther. They’re the only mountain range in the contiguous US that runs east-west. Still part of the Rockies, they’re Utah’s highest range, with King’s Peak topping out at 13,528 feet. Most of the camping is dispersed, but Mirror Lake is a great campground right off the main scenic highway.

There’s something for everyone in the great state of Utah. From the desert climate to the fresh mountain air; unique experiences found only in the land of Zion. With nooks and crannies waiting to be explored, camping in Utah is, indeed, life elevated.

Recent Reviews In Utah

5207 Reviews of 1312 Utah Campgrounds

Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2021

Great place for big group

Both times I've stayed here we stayed in the big yurt in the center. You have access to great bathrooms and showers right next door, the yurt has AC for during the night, and you're in Moab close to all kinds of outdoor activities and the Green River for rafting. The yurt has plenty of room to…

Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

It's a place to sleep

This is just a place you pull off to the side of the road, sleep, then wake up and go to Zion National Park. There are no facilities, but the beauty of it is that you don't need a reservation and you can almost always find a spot to crash for the night.

Month of VisitAugust
sThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Great place

Nice place to camp with high quality views. Cellular coverage was good and I was able to work remotely the whole day (Verizon). But there were high winds and some times my connection was spotty. Also don’t forget to buy toilet bags from Moab information center.

Month of VisitNovember
Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Only accessible through hiking

The hike to the top is pretty steep so you'll want to pack light. You can check it out on AllTrails to get more info on the hike itself. Once you get up there the lake is absolutely beautiful. Would recommend going in mid summer so as to not need to worry too much about staying warm at night. Make…

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Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Awesome place to camp near Capitol Reef

Awesome place to camp when you can't get a spot at Capitol Reef. It's only a 15 minute drive away from a great hike to a waterfall and you can swing over to Capitol Reef in about 40 minutes.

Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Awesome place close to town

Only 40-50 minutes away from Provo, UT area so easy to get away for a quick day or two of camping. Lots of hikes to do nearby, beautiful views, and place to paddle board, kayak, etc.

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Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Awesome place to catch some dark skies

Jordanelle State Park is a good place to go for astrophotography if you don't have 4 hours to drive out of the city into the boonies. Gets reasonably dark there at night especially if you have time to hunt around for a good spot. There are also bathrooms everywhere so it makes for an easy campout…

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Month of VisitSeptember
Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Nothing to camp here for but the views

Just off the I-80 on your way to Wendover. The main things here are the views. I would recommend getting here close to sunset and leaving shortly after sunrise. Awesome spot for some photography and you can get some good shots of the stars if you can get behind the mountains enough to block out the…

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Month of VisitSeptember
Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Beautiful in early fall or late spring

It's a bit of a hike to get there, but in late spring, the wildflowers are all in bloom and it looks amazing. From here, you can spend the night and then summit to the top of Timp, or you can stop here on your way back down instead of having to go all the way back down.

  • Sunrise at the summit of Mt. Timp just a few miles away
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Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Good for what it's for

Nothing flashy. It has a clean bathroom a short distance away from the campground. Ground is level and has several open areas to setup tents as well as enough room to set up tables and an eating area.

Month of VisitMay
Bentz E.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Great campground of our cross country road trip

Perfect spot to camp for visiting Zion and Bryce parks. An added perk is that the bathrooms are some of the cleanest you will find at any campsite anywhere.

EThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

convenient, beautiful, and bare

Spacious land 20 minutes from Moab with plenty of space to find a spot, or support a large group. Don't expect to be alone here. Road is rough in a couple spots as you go farther back, which can help add some privacy from larger rigs, but takes longer to get back to the main road. Close spot to…

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Month of VisitNovember
Rachel T.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2021

Great for Remote Work!

Had a really good cell signal and was able to work using my AT&T hotspot. You have to drive around and find the right spot because my signal fluctuated from 1-3 bars. You’re on the mesa so it’s a little chillier than in Moab. Very clean vault toilets, biking trails, and location is great right…

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Month of VisitNovember
W
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2021

Nice dispersed campsites

Plenty of room for our 29’ 5th wheel. Packed gravel- large open areas

Month of VisitNovember

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