The dispersed layout is awesome, but has almost zero cover for any tent campers. Especially if youd like to camp next to the lake, which is the basic appeal of being there. Also beware of sand. Saw a car up past the door in a dune, stuck.
The views are great, the water is extremely nice, and the vault toilets are good and plenty in number.
The weather can be unpredictable. Things were going great until 40+ mph winds came through in a snap and lasted all night. We were blasted by sand and wind, then came rain for hours, and temps dropping fast and into low 40's. Piles of sand in the tent, sleeping bags, and every orafice of our bodies. It was brutal. Sunshade poles were bent into multiple U shapes and ruined. Tent held strong, but we did not. Saw clouds building on horizon the same as it had the day prior and we decided to make our escape quickly. The weather that day had a 20% chance of precipitation and no mention of high winds. So again, beware.
If perfect weather, things could have be totally different- But really when is that ever the case?
We spent the day touring Antelope Canyon nearby and had a long drive ahead the next day. We had no plans to stay anywhere, so we pulled down to Lone Rock Beach campground.
There are lots of dispersed camp spots in the dunes and bushes along the road down to the water. There is also a typical state park type bathroom. You can drive along the beach in the hard pack and camp wherever you want though. We drove the van right up to the water. There were a couple strange toilets, think double metal portable units with a large base and stairs. If you were disabled, it would be wise to camp closer to the the bathroom building. These were a steep couple steps up, and no light. Bring your own.
It was raining when we arrived. The next morning dawned beautiful and warm so we were able to appreciate the splendor of the canyon. I hear summer and weekends can be a crazy paty zone, but here in April, it was quiet and nice.
The campground is right on lake powell and there are no reservations so be sure to get there early for a good spot. Camping is in the sand, but it is pretty hard, if you are planning on sleeping on the ground. The bathrooms are actually pretty nice and well maintained for a primitive site
This campground is part of Glen Canyon National rec area. It costs $14 (even in the off-season, apparently). Not sure it's worth that given that in the winter all but a few of the vault toilets are closed, but it's a nice, open space with a pleasant view of the lake and "Lone Rock". You can build a campfire right on the beach, and while we were here (early March) it was very uncrowded--just a few other campers spread out in the vast, open space. We have a 2wd and it did fine on the sand, just don't go careening off the edge of the drop-off into deeper sand unless you are confident your vehicle can handle it. Only about 20 minutes from Page, so convenient if you're looking to stay in the area for a day or so.
Dry camping next to Lake Powell. Boating,fishing and rzr riding.
Disclaimer - Was there in off-season. Great dispersed camping with lots of space and vault toilets scattered throughout the area as well as the main bathroom at parking lot. They do have outdoor showers there too, but water is turned off during the off-season so only count on that if there during season. They also don't charge during off-season, but do during season. Great area and multiple beach spots as well as in the dune areas. Make sure your vehicle can drive through the sand as you'll need to for any of the spots. Can also get windy there during certain times of year. And no or very little cell service here (Verizon or AT&T) and issues overall in the area with service due to bouncing between the UT and AZ cell towers.
Great beach and trails there. And the lake is great and can paddle out to Lone Rock
Right on the shore of Lake Powell. There are accessible 2wd spots but much more selection with 4wd. Outdoor showers and bathroom available.
My wife and I took a random trip through Arizona on the way to The North Rim Grand Canyon! We happened upon Page Arizona, and found that we are the only ones whom didn't already know about the area. In other words there were NO spots to camp left near the town. but we found this Dispersed camping just a few miles into Utah. We were a bit worried about not having a park host, or really any direction to where to park and set up. Although we did love the no Fee program!
turns out you park wherever you want! we found one of the few trees and parked near it, it was late and dark so we set up camp and slept, we woke up to one of the best views we have had yet, "Lone Rock" proudly stood in our mist like a loan Guard. with a beautiful sunrise we ate as we watch jet skis and water skis jet by.
We were only a few minutes outside of page and found our camp safe and sound when we returned from a full day on the lake kayaking!!! a short drive to "Horseshoe Bend", the worlds most photographed landscape! and of course Antelope Canyon.
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You can feel free to pay the "tourist" tax of visiting antelope canyon with a guild and a hundred other people… Or you can save $80 by renting a kayak in page for $30 and kayaking into the mouth of antelope canyon and see parts that most others never see!! see my photos!!
Beautiful and open campground smack dab in some of the most beautiful land this country has to offer!
YES, this area can get packed. lots of people/rvs/whole 9…BUT you can kinda camp where you want, so finding some space in this campground, even when it’s packed, wasn’t an issue for us.
Most of the lake front camping was taken, so my Lady and I set up camp a good distance away from lake. We could barely hear the people in the distance, and the stars at night were amazing!
we were not bothered by anyone, even with it being so crowded.
No shaded areas, so bring sun screen and shade set ups if you visit when it’s warm out.
Windy days can cause sand to get in everything..EVERYTHING.