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.
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Up in the mountains above Moab, so temperatures are much cooler. There were lots of trees, and shade and the sites were nice and flat with tables and fire rings. The lake is just past the campground and there are a couple of great hikes near the entrance, one of which takes you up to 10k ft elevation with amazing views. The road to get in was a bit washboarded but an easy enough drive. Loved staying here!
This is a pretty big area so there’s space for trailers etc. The road is a bit rough, but manageable for most vehicles. No shade other than what’s cast by the hills and a bit of highway noise, but there are amazing views of the mountains. There are no amenities, but Moab is nearby and has places to fill water, dump station, etc.
Newer RV Park with super friendly and helpful staff. The owner was on-site and very active. Good dude.
Sites are gravel but level. Sites are still under final construction and from what I saw, will back-up to the river. We stayed 2 nights and visited family in Price, UT. Due to COVID we did not use their Bathroom facilities.
We would stay again when we are passing through on US-6. Small world - we visited the Umpqua Lighthouse in OR and met a Tour Guide that had been the Camp Host at Castle Gate RV park! Like us, he liked the place!
Conveniently close to Freeway (but not too close) and brand new! Great and personal friendly service! We couldn’t be happier!!
Showers, Laundry and meeting areas were perfectly cleaned, locked and used only by tenants.
All paved sites; roomy and well organized.
We planned a 2 night stay on long trip to do laundry and pickup a few things. The maintenance manager was in early and we were able to fill propane tank before departure. We would definitely stay again if passing north of Salt Lake City.
We made the mistake of coming up from Rockville - thankfully we have a high-clearance 4WD vehicle but was gnarly towing a small teardrop trailer. Drove out through Apple Valley which was super easy and manageable.
Quiet with stunning views. The sunrise was magical.
Free dispersed but only in designated areas per the blm map. Sites are on grazing lands but Joshua trees are scattered around. Cell on att and Tmobile 2 bars lte but verizon had no data, at least for me. Two bars due to trashy sites and beaten down vegetation
This spot is about 25 minutes from Zion. We loved the open views from here. Lots of camp spots, but spaces filled up quick! We stayed here for a few nights in different spots and had no complaints about any of the locations. The road is a little rough, so go slow or have a car with higher clearance than ours
We came here while visiting Bryce Canyon. Location was super close to the park! We stayed at the first spot because the road was snowy and we were in a van with low ground clearance. May need something a bit higher to get further back. Great cell service in the area
Quite location off the highway with extremely friendly owners and plentitude of services. This is a really good location as a base for experiences and activities in the surrounding areas; plus, it’s under an hour drive to the east side of Zion NP.
The grounds look like they were built by an interior designer + expert contractor. ✔️Spa bathroom/showers with indoor or outdoor option. Even heated floors! ✔️Brand-new laundry machines $2/load payable via Venmo or Paypal ✔️ Community club house area with outdoor seating and more ✔️ Small office workspace area ✔️ Fiber Wifi internet with range to all of the campsites ✔️ Propane Exchange/Delivery ✔️ Propane fire pit for $5 fee ✔️ + Other services/partnerships whether that’s RV detailing I saw being done on site or adventure partners
The beautifully designed, modern campsite is extremely thoughtful and well laid out with many small impressive details. This is the type of site where you could stay for a month or two and feel completely at home.