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.
Easily the closest campground to Bryce. The “Ruby’s Empire” has the market cornered here, and all essential services are readily available.
Despite the nonstop traffic in the campground office, the staff was always pleasant and helpful. Amenities were good, not great. Our site was odd in that it abutted another site on an angle that our RV and our neighbor’s practically touching.
It’s crowded, noisy (quiet hour was respected by all), tight and pricey, but friendly and clean enough - and definitely close to Bryce.
Definitely not “dyrt” - this is top-notch glamping at its best! Stayed here 2 nights. It is spotlessly clean and comfortable, and service goes above and beyond. There was a mixup upon our check-in (not the fault of the resort), that was a bit sensitive. It was handled professionally, swiftly, and in a manner that left all parties completely satisfied. Staff is on top of every detail. We watched crews clean and prep sites as soon as a camper checked out, and were amazed by the thoroughness and thoughtful touches.
There are events, cookouts and evening ice cream, the store is enjoyable to browse, and the personal touch here exceeds expectations!
This is a great spot to pitch a tent close to the creek or take your RV. If you are planning on camping on the weekend plan on a crowd because it is so close to AF. Week days are the easiest to get a spot. Call ahead and reserve a spot for a weekend.
All spots have a nice fire ring pit, nice picnic table, bathrooms, and lots of shade and room. Most are creek side or close enough to the creek that you can hear it. You are also close to the road so the creek sounds drown out the road sounds.
This is really close to tibble fork reservoir, or timpanogos cave National monument. Both spot are only a 5 minute drive.
As far as wildlife there are deer, elk, big horn sheep and black bear. Even being so close to the city you can and will see lots of wildlife.
I have stayed here a bunch of times like I said mostly on the week days because the weekends get so crowded from what I can tell there is no bad spots in this campground. There are lots of big rocks the kids can play on good hikes close by, lots of great climbs and the creek if fun to play in or fish.
I took the scouts up to this spot and it is a great place to camp with lots of room. Make sure you get camped and in because they lock the gate coming into campground at 11PM and you have to hike in. Really nice campsites with really nice bathrooms and picnic tables. There is a huge spot of grass that you can play sports or baseball on. Can't remember the site we had but there was a huge rock that was fun for the scouts to climb on. Really nice spots with lots of trees and shade. This is really close to some really good hikes like Stewart Falls, and tibble fork reservoir just minutes for your camp site. In the summer call ahead because this area can be busy.
I love this place! Reservation and First Come / First serve camp sites. Moose frequent the campground. Flushing toilets, garbage collection, water spigots. A short hike to donut hole falls.
This canyon provides drinking water to the valley, so dogs are not allowed even in your cars.
Title sums it up! The wild yellow waterlily‘s are perfect💛 the camp site is with-in walking distance of tea cup lake which has great fishing, and a cute board walk around part of the lake. Star gazing was exceptional🌌! I would recommend staying at camp sites 5-9, my personal favorite is number 7
Happy camping 🏕🏔
This is a GEM if you like to not see a lot of people and love the outdoors. This is a first come first serve camp area and there is no picnic tables and few out houses so please pack out your garbage and keep this area beautiful. There is some amazing fly fishing in the creeks and lakes in this area. The dirt road is well maintained and you can get a car or truck or trailer in no problem. Lots of amazing trails for side by sides and 4 wheelers.
This is a great camp site for the Unitas. We had an awesome site, #7 which backed to the small lake between Lilly Lake and Teapot Lake. This is a awesome fishing spot with access to three major lakes from the camp.
The camp site is small and traffic is not busy even on the weekends. But availability is very iffy. It took us a couple times to finally score a place here. We loved it and plan to return.
FREE! No amenities! Must carry in all water. Shooting Range nearby. Great for ATVs and off road vehicles. Hiking is easy to moderate in abilty. Fire ring established in most common camp areas. Animals allowed. Close to Utah Lake.
This park allows for camping and accomodates small or large groups. Several fire pits, large covered lighted pavillion with three rows of picnic tables. Large grassy field, two wooded areas, boarders a residential neighborhood, flushing toilets. Irragation ditches run throughout the park with bridges for crossing. Rents for $25. Animals allowed, 15 minutes from shopping, good hikes nearby, Battle Creek Falls is a close hike.
This camp can be rented by camp ground for $150 per night. Multiple tents fit per site. We had 6 tents, and had room for several more. Covered pavillion with three picnic tables connected end to end. Ample area for kitchen set up, nice fire pit, water from pump, shower houses, flushing toilets, port-o-potties also available throught the entire camp. Camp store available during summer months. Great for groups small to large. We enjoyed seeing deer walk through our camp daily. About 15-20 minutes from Payson City.
Wide spacious camp sites. ATV paradise, fire pits established in most camp sites, only accessible by 4 wheel drive. Must cross a creek with 12"-18" of water at least once and up to 4 times depending on which camp site you choose. Brick enclosed outhouse style toilets available at trailhead about 1/2 mike from camp site. Beautiful back country, great views of the back of Mt. Timpanogos. Fishing, and light watercraft permissible in Silver Lake Resevoir. Not crowded at all. Dirt/gravel road for about 10 miles to get to Silver Lake Reservoir from Tible Fork Reservoir. Then only dirt roads beyond the creek. We hiked 1,000 vertical feet to Silver Lake. It was so beautiful. We spent our afternoons paddleboarding on Silver Lake Reservoir.
RV Park and campground with playground, small pool, gift shop, laundry room, showers, restrooms, some fire pits, some picnic tables, animals allowed. Camp roads are gravel, lots are small for tents. Each lot is about the size of a single car garage. We could put up two 4 man tents on each lot. Close to town, but the location of the camp is behind the Temple Hill so you are secluded from the road. Friendly staff. Tightly packed, you can hear a crying baby throught the entire campground.
This is a nice little Gem. It has tent spots for $20 a night, RV hook ups and nice little cabins for $45 or a deluxe cabin for $65 a night. There is a store on site and it is still close to town. Picnic tables, and fire pits at each spot and lots of shade. This is a really nice camping spot. Close to Capitol Reef or the Boulder mountain and also lots of great jeep trails up Sand creek road. This is God's country.
There are numerous campsites spread around the lake and many are right on the water which is awesome. From the reviews here and a few other sites I expected this area to be much less crowded due to the tough access road to get to the lake. Luckily, the sites are decently spread out so it is somewhat secluded.
However, we had a group camp right on top of us at 2:30AM. They parked and setup a tents 20 feet away from out firepit. They had no intentions of leaving and were quite rude. Dog was off leash when we woke up and was barking at us while they did nothing about it and continued to sleep. Swearing at their children and disrespecting the land. Luckily another site opened up later in the morning so we packed up and moved.
Again, this area is beautiful with nice campsites, just don't expect it to be as secluded as the other reviews state.
Stopped her for the night on our return to SLC. Family staff was pleasant and helpful.
Full hook-up site was surprisingly spacious with green space in-between and trees for shade. Facilities are clean and comfortable and camp store is well stocked. We were able to walk to Utah Lake via the state park and even found an interesting collection of old gas station signs, pumps and other road-memorabilia along the way!
Really enjoyed our brief stay! On line reservation request requires a credit card #, but return call was very quick and helpful and no charge was placed until check-in.
This is one of my favorite campground in the entire country. Whoever designs and maintains it really understands what campers want all in a setting that lets you have classic Utah views while camping.
We were in the basin campground. The campsites themselves range in size and ours (#23) was roomy but in a part of the camp loop where we were surrounded a bit by the road. There is good spacing between sites and some low trees for shade and a visual break. If you have big tents, you'll definitely want to scout out the best site. Some of the outside ones had a short walk-in (30 feet) but almost looked like camping out in the desert. No-see-ums in July were bad around breakfast and dinner time but went away the rest of the day. Off-season, we didn't see any. Temperatures went into the 40s in July which made for very nice sleeping after the heat of the day.
The showers are maybe the most notable difference- neutral woods and rainforest heads create and almost spa-like setting. Considering how many Utah campgrounds have no showers at all, this is a great break if you're on along trip in the area. Outside the bathrooms is a nice dishwashing sink.
The campground is set in a basin, surrounding about 270 degrees by low Utah mountains. There are a few interesting hikes right in the park and also lots of low clambering on the rocks for kids. It is remote enough to have great night skies with clear milky-way views. We used this as base camp for Bryce, which is about 40 minutes drive away.
Willow Flat campground is located in the Canyonlands National Park: Island in the sky section. It’s rather small with only 12 spots on a a first come first serve basis. Most spot fill up by noon. Fee is only $15 and is payed to an iron ranger (envelope drop box). Has 2 vault toilets that were serviced daily and the cleanest I have ever seen. Park rangers were very nice and asked us about our stay/ if we needed any additional information about the area. No water is available here though you can fill up at visitors center; use sparingly as this water is trucked up there from Moab. Only thing I could think of being a nuisance is the meat bees than seem to hang out in the mornings and nights. Simple screen room under the shade shelters solves this for cooking and just relaxing with out being bothered. Would definitely stay here again as it’s hard to beat this location near the Moab area! The campground is maybe 100 yards from the Green River Scenic overlook into Canyonlands! Our spot was number 5.
The campground is rather quiet with ample space between sites. No water, but vault toilets were clean. It’s conveniently located just outside of Dead Horse state park and Canyonlands National Park: Island in the sky entrance. We stayed here one night because we couldn’t find camping in the NP at Island in the sky (willow flat) campground. Very clean and on the RV side of the campground had nice big flat areas for tents. The fee was $20 and you payed at those iron ranger kiosk’s (envelope drop). Would stay here again as the temperature stayed 10 degrees cooler than downtown Moab.
I think the previous review is unfair, although I agree with him, this kind of campsite is not the type I prefer. This campsite has gorgeous views of the canyon and climbing rock wall. It’s not far up the canyon, and you can fit an RV there. There is a bathroom and a nice camp host. There is a fire ring, and a nice little stream. There is no firewood around to collect. Most sites say that, this one means it. The campsite fits snugly between the road up the canyon, and the canyon wall that is popular with rock climbers. Don’t drive in backwards, there is a spike strip that luckily didn’t pop my truck’s tires, it lets you out, not in. Completely my bad, I ignored the sign and didn’t see the strip. It’s not day use either, as I found out. I had to pay the overnight rate for our evening s’more roasting adventure. I don’t think this is a great campsite for kids, with it’s close proximity to the road, and not much room for them to run around.
High creek is a great place to camp, as most sites are on or near the river. Although this listing only shows one campground, there are lots of dispersed campsites all up and down the road. The earlier sites are big enough to pull almost any trailer in. There are two vault toilets on the road, one at the campground listed and another at the end of the road, at the high creek trailhead.
The campsite I chose was about 200 feet before the high creek campground, and had a great river access! Water was about thigh deep, and coooold, but it felt great on such a hot day! note With lots of cattle grazing in the area, although the water looks crystal clear, it is very unsafe to drink without purifying via boiling, iodine or filtration.
I would highly recommend visiting! Great summer relax spot. But please, leave it better than you found it!
This place is absolutely beautiful! Tons of trails around to explore on, multiple places along the creek to check out and explore some more. And if fishing in a creek isn’t your thing Panguitch Lake is about 20 mins north and Duck Creek (which you probably came through) is about 20-30 mins back down the mountain. By far one of favorite places to go!
North and West beach are first come first served past the pay station. You can camp right up on the water or there are some areas with light shade. If you want a reserved spot with hookups you'll need to go on the East side to the Oasis campground.
We go here 3-5 times a year. It's a favorite with the dogs.