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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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Great Overnight

Did a little overnight stop on the beach right across from the formal campsite area. Used some of the amenities and the boat ramp in the morning. Great little location on the CO river. Ideal for overnight boating trips on the daily! We put in just above river, floated down under the night sky, slept on the beach area, then finished at Take Out the next day. Nice lot, ramp, and cleanish bathrooms! Some shaded areas for tents near the parking lot. Overall great views of walls, mesas, and a view neato formations.

Stunning Views

Pull off the loop road at any forest service road. There are many little sites to car camp out of. Ensure you’re following leave no trace and National Forest guidelines. Also be aware many of the sites are within cow pastures, so you may have some noisy (but friendly) neighbors! Amazing views of the La Sals and the lower Moab stretch. Phenomenal night sky views as well. Highly recommend these spots if you’re looking to avoid the desert heat.

Hide from the Heat

A stunning area to camp, rest, swim, kayak, and hike in! Many established little areas with fire rings and picnic tables. I highly recommend hiking to Clark Lake as well to get some stunning Mountain View’s! Clean bathrooms, good signage, and a manageable road. Tons of stunning wildflowers and aspens!

Great Campsites

We have camped here several times. It is a perfect spot for launching a boat. The marina at the launch has a nice little store and offers gas for boats. It is close to the dam so you can spend some time at the dam doing a tour or there are great spots underneath the bridge to hang out and swim, cliff jump, or fish.

Campground is very well taken care of especially given that this is highly used.

From the reservation site:

  • $25/night for a single unit and$50/night for a double unit 

  • Showers are open to non-campers for a fee of$4. 

  • Sanitation station is open for a fee of$6. 

  • Potable water is available. 

  • The single site fee covers the cost of 1 vehicle. Each single site's maximum capacity is 2 vehicles. 

  • There will be an extra vehicle fee for the second vehicle collected on site. 2 vehicles= 1 sleeping unit(trailer, pop-up, pickup camper, RV, etc)+ 1 passenger vehicle or 2 passenger vehicles. 

  • There is not room for 2 sleeping units.

3rd Time

This is our third year in a row at this campground. The only reason I can’t give it 5 stars is because they still haven’t fixed the water and you have to bring in your own. The campground is well maintained and super clean. The new camp host on the first loop is great. We went a little earlier than we normally do and the water was a little higher so there were limited spots to hang out on the shoreline.

There is a hiking trail right from the campground that is beautiful. It follows a creek all the way and eventually ends up over into the Crystal Lake area.


Beautiful camping. Very unfortunate that it’s next to a main street. Heard cars drive by non stop. Friendly staff. Easy reservation. Not the best but not the worst.

Favorite campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon

Redman has always been one of our favorite campgrounds in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The campsites are clean, the bathrooms are exceptionally clean with flushing toilets, you are a walk or hike away from Brighton and immersed in some of the most beautiful mountains around. We camped there with tents and a Sprinter and it was perfect. Plenty of trees to string up your hammocks. Plenty of sites that are right up against the river.

Loved camping here!

A bit pricey but if you go with a group it breaks down nicely. The sites have to be reserved and each one offers a different experience. The one I stayed at offered a huge expanse stretching out to the mountains in the distance. The view was incredible and the stars were stunning. Great privacy between sites. About a 30min drive from this site to Canyonlands and Arches national parks.

First to Review
Thoroughly enjoyable

Great site. There is plenty of dispersed camping and if you go early enough in the day to u can get some prime spots. Fire rings are already made and sites are well spaced for noise control and privacy. There is a lake close by and a stream that runs through the camps.

So many options

Loved my camping experience here. If you go early enough in the day to scope out sites, you get a lot of freedom with what experience you will have. You can take some dispersed sites that are fairly grouped together which makes noise from other sites an issue but has lots of visual privacy. The farther you go up the road past squaw peak, the more open fields and meadows you’ll find that provide amazing views.