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Places to Camp near Castle Dale, UT

Join the fun near Castle Dale. With tons of outdoor activities and scenic camping, this is an excellent vacation spot for all kinds of travelers. Aside from great camping spots, you'll find hiking and many more outdoor experiences. Thinking of traveling with kids? You're in luck—Castle Dale is surrounded by family-friendly activities. Search nearby campsites and find top-rated spots from other campers.

Best Camping Sites Near Castle Dale, UT (167)

    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping
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    1.

    Little Grand Canyon Dispersed Camping

    10 Reviews
    33 Photos
    395 Saves
    Castle Dale, Utah

    Little Grand Canyon trailhead serves as the starting or ending point for those hiking through the Little Grand Canyon. The trailhead is located past the Swinging Bridge and .8 miles west of the Buckhorn Draw Rd. This hike explores the San Rafael river as it cuts through the Little Grand Canyon. This area is a popular 2-3 day backpacking trip with primitive campsites where user are required to practice leave no trace ethics. The San Rafael River should only be floated in small crafts above 200 CFS and large crafts above 500 CFS. Hikers should only attempt to hike this section when the river is below 50 CFS. The hike is approximately 18 miles with numerous river crossings required. The side canyons along the hike offer endless miles of exploring.

    The trailhead is located past the Swinging Bridge Campground and .8 miles west of the Buckhorn Draw Rd.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Millsite State Park Campground

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    Millsite State Park Campground

    9 Reviews
    23 Photos
    72 Saves
    Ferron, Utah
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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    Castle Gate RV Park

    21 Reviews
    98 Photos
    110 Saves
    Kenilworth, Utah

    Castle Gate RV Park & Campground is located in Helper, Utah. Only an hour from the Provo area and halfway between downtown Salt Lake City and Moab. Built from scratch and newly opened in 2019, we are excited to have you as our guests!

    We have full hookup 30/50 amp Big Rig RV sites, Cabins and tent sites - some with water and electric! Free fiber-optic Wi-Fi, Splash Pad, Laundry, Store, Playground, Horseshoes, and More!

    We are just a few walk-able blocks from Historic Helper’s Main Street, with restaurants, coffee shop, bowling alley, museum, art galleries, grocery store, gift shops, bank, business center, liquor store, post office, bar with pool and darts, and many photo opportunities. When you get to Helper you feel like you have gone back in time about 70 years and instantly get a soul soothing feeling mixed with both exhilaration and relaxation. No crowds here. We've got space for groups large and small! Open year-round.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 - $150 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goblin Valley State Park Campground

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    Goblin Valley State Park Campground

    57 Reviews
    330 Photos
    452 Saves
    Hanksville, Utah

    The campground at Goblin Valley State Park consists of 25 sites and two yurts. Goblin Valley camping is divided into ten walk-in tent pads, fourteen RV spaces, and one group site able to accommodate up to 35 people. Showers and flush toilets, as well as a communal water and dump station are all available free of charge. All sites contain a picnic table, metal fire ring, and shade shelter.

    Cowboys searching for cattle first discovered secluded Goblin Valley. Then in the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin, owner/operator of the Hite ferry, and two companions were searching for an alternative route between Green River and Caineville. They came to a vantage point about a mile west of Goblin Valley and were awed by what they saw, five buttes and a valley of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs.

    In 1949, Chaffin returned to the area he called Mushroom Valley. He spent several days exploring the mysterious valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded creatures. The area was acquired by the state of Utah and in 1964 was officially designated a state park.

    Goblin Valley State Park is a showcase of geologic history. Exposed cliffs reveal parallel layers of rock bared by erosion. Because of the uneven hardness of sandstone, some patches resist erosion much better than others. The softer material is removed by wind and water, leaving thousands of unique, geologic goblins. Water erosion and the smoothing action of windblown dust work together to shape the goblins.

    Bedrock is exposed because of the thin soil and lack of vegetation. When rain does fall, there are few plant roots and little soil to capture and hold the water, which quickly disappears, in muddy streams without penetrating the bedrock.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Reservoir

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    Joes Valley Reservoir

    8 Reviews
    32 Photos
    82 Saves
    Orangeville, Utah

    Overview

    Joe's Valley Reservoir Campground is located in a high mountain valley next to its namesake, at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and exploring the surrounding off-road vehicle trails. A paved road winds around the lake but quickly turns to dirt once the elevation begins to increase.

    Recreation

    The reservoir offers good fishing for cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, tiger muskie and trophy splake. Boating, water skiing and canoeing are popular on the lake. A boat ramp is located nearby on the eastern shoreline. Horseback riding, bouldering, hiking and mountain biking are popular in the area as well.

    Facilities

    The campground contains several single and double-family campsites, all of which are accessible. Many sites have lake views and some sites are shaded. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Boat ramps can be found nearby for easy lake access.__

    Natural Features

    Joe's Valley is situated on the Wasatch Plateau in Central Utah. Juniper, pinyon pine and sagebrush cover the area, and aspens and pines dot the surrounding hillsides. Located on a reservoir, there is nearby access to Seely Creek, Littles Creek, North Dragon Creek, and Lowry Water.__

    Nearby Attractions

    Renowned bouldering opportunities are located in nearby Straight and Cottonwood Canyons. Popular mountain fisheries at Grassy Lake, Pete's Hole, and Potters Ponds are all within 10 miles of the group site. The 370-mile Arapeen Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System can be accessed directly from the Reeder Trailhead, which includes 66 and 55-inch OHV trails. Attractions at Joe's Valley Reservoir include the Orange Olsen Guard Station cabin rentals, and Joe's Valley Group Pavilion.

    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Cabins
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Tent Cabin

    $18 / night

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    Swell Retreat

    2 Reviews
    95 Photos
    15 Saves
    Castle Dale, Utah

    A Swell Oasis in the desert of the San Rafael Swell: Swell Retreat. A great place to stay with your family reunion, youth group, corporate group with lots of fun on site and all around the area.

    A pine tree farm was active prior to us purchasing the land, so lots of beautiful trees. A couple ponds stocked with large mouth bass. A Zipline, WIBIT, water slide, a field of hay, and continued improvements to make it into a Swell Retreat!!!

    We are a great spot to stay and have onsite a zip line into Lake Elevate, water slide into the pond, adventure island, zipline, kayaking, paddle boarding,

    catch and release fishing, and close to all fun in the San Rafael Swell.

    20 min or so from three reservoirs for additional fishing, swimming and motor boating, 30 minutes from the Little Grand Canyon for breathtaking views, hiking and mountain biking, petroglyphs and the San Rafael Swell river to float on, 60 minutes from Goblin Valley, within 60 minutes to multiple slot canyons: Little Wild Horse Canyon, Muddy Creek, The Chute (similar to Zion National Park), Baptist Draw, to name a few.

    Mountain fun for rock climbing just up the road in Joe's Valley, hiking, biking, fishing, etc. We would love to have you stay on our little farm while you enjoy the fun of the San Rafael Swell adventures.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $25 - $1000 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Canyon Road - Dispersed Open Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Canyon Road - Dispersed Open Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Canyon Road - Dispersed Open Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Canyon Road - Dispersed Open Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Canyon Road - Dispersed Open Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Horse Canyon Road - Dispersed Open Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Joes Valley Campground

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    Joes Valley Campground

    3 Reviews
    94 Photos
    16 Saves
    Orangeville, Utah

    Joes Valley Reservoir Campground is located in a high mountain valley adjacent to and just above Joes Valley Reservoir at an elevation of ~7,000 feet. Juniper, pinyon pine, and sagebrush cover the area, and aspen and pine dot the surrounding hillsides. Several sites provide nice views of the reservoir, and some sites are shaded. The campground contains several single- and double-family campsites, all of which are accessible. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. A boat ramp is located within the campground. The reservoir offers good fishing for cutthroat, rainbow trout, and trophy splake. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, water skiing, and canoeing, as well as horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking. The expansive Arapeen OHV Trail System can be accessed just west of the reservoir and has more than 350 miles of designated, well-maintained trails that are suitable for all riding skill levels.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $10 - $18 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from New Joe's Bouldering Area Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from New Joe's Bouldering Area Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from New Joe's Bouldering Area Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from New Joe's Bouldering Area Campground

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    New Joe's Bouldering Area Campground

    2 Reviews
    4 Photos
    67 Saves
    Orangeville, Utah

    The Joe’s Valley Bouldering area offers world class bouldering opportunities with over 188 bouldering sites and 9.7 miles of social trails in the area. The campground is being developed in 2017 and will offer metal fire rings, picnic tables and camping pads.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Creek (UT)
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Creek (UT)
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Creek (UT)
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Creek (UT)
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Creek (UT)
    Camper-submitted photo from Indian Creek (UT)

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    Indian Creek (UT)

    3 Reviews
    20 Photos
    18 Saves
    Mount Pleasant, Utah

    Overview

    Indian Creek Campground is located in a high mountain valley surrounded by beautiful peaks, at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Visitors enjoy exploring the area trails on foot, and by horse and on off-road vehicles.

    Recreation

    Horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking are popular activities in the Indian Creek area. Many trails crisscross the surrounding valley and mountainsides.

    Facilities

    The campground contains seven large, group-sized campsites that can accommodate from 30 to 70 people. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided, but no electricity or garbage service are available within the campground. Roads and spurs within the campground are dirt. It can be reached via the well-maintained dirt and gravel Cottonwood Creek Road, which providing relatively easy access for cars and RVs.

    Natural Features

    Indian Creek is situated in Upper Joe's Valley, on the Wasatch Plateau in Central Utah. A grove of aspens forests the site, offering only limited shade, but bright autumn color. Sagebrush and pines dot the landscape.

    Nearby Attractions

    Potters Pond is nearby, offering great canoeing and rainbow trout fishing. The expansive Arapeen OHV Trail System can be accessed close by and has more than 350 miles of designated, well-maintained trails for off-road vehicles. Trails there are suitable for all riding levels.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $20 - $40 / night

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