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Plenty of space

We found a nice spot for 4 trailers and a few tents. The weather did get winding but the temperature stayed moderate. My kids had a blast hiking in goblins valley. It was nice to visit as place where kids can run and climb without restrictions. Will visit again.

Great campground right on the river.

This is a great campground right on the Green river next to the beautiful Swasey’s beach. It is perfect for anyone getting off the river from Deso-Grey Canyons or a day float down from Nefertiti. The beach is right next to the campground and green river is only 12 or so miles away. There are not many spots, so get there early on a busy weekend!

Great place to camp

Lots of rivers close, and a view of Joes Valley. Nice big camp sites.

When we stayed here it was in the summer and we were the only ones in the whole campground. Big campsites with nice tables and bathrooms.

Red rocks

This is a great get away in some amazing red rocks. If you like desert camping this is the place.

We did some fun hikes and close to some really amazing slot canyons. Goblin valley is amazing. They have nice bathrooms and tables and big campsites for either tents or RV.

Very basic rogue camping area

This was 5 minutes from the little grand canyon. Very basic camping. Rogue camping if you will. But I nice place to park and set up. Amazing views 5 minutes away at wedge overlook.

Great free base camp for the area!

This is a great place to wander primitive unspoiled deserts! Nearby there is commiting trad and sport climbs as well as difficult canyoneering routes. In the badlands south of the San Rafael Swell and near the campgrounds are pieces of petrified wood and agate strewn about. Nearby is the fantastic Goblin Valley state Park where we did the Lair of the Basilisk Canyoneering route. These are primitive sites with no amenities so bring lots of water! The closest towns are Green River and Hanksville

Never get tired of coming here!

We came in winter this time and got a tent camp easily, only one other group was camping. If you dont want to tent camp in the winter they also have yurts for rent. We had a different approach to Goblin Valley this time around and decided to do the Lair of the Basilisk (Goblins Lair) canyoneering route. We got to hike in and around snow covered hoodoos that culminates in a 100' drop into the lair! It is truly a magical place and worth a visit! You can also get ti the lair by a now popular marked trail around the east side of the park. 60 m rope recommended plus helmets.

Goblin Valley - breathtaking

Goblin Valley is a beautiful area. We camped about 20 minutes from the actual valley. Plenty of space for big groups. Easy to get trailers there. Good for tent camping as long as you have a tarp to lay down first since it’s a bit rocky. Dogs are allowed. It’s a beautiful area.

A Comforting Sight

We rolled into Green River at about 1 AM after 18 hours of driving from Washington. It had never felt so good to fall onto the ground and go to sleep. The only thing that was a problem throughout the night was the sound of a train going by (this likely couldn't be heard from all of the camp sites) and horses neighing from who knows where.

The grounds have clean bathrooms and accessible water. Each campsite has at least 1 picnic table as well and a fire pit (I believe). We didn't spend long at in Green River State Park, but it was a nice convenient place to stay the night after a LONG day of driving.

The littles loved it.

Pretty dang fun place. Kids, dogs, goblins, what more could you want?

Great spot for Little Grand Canyon hike

This campground is small, primitive, and quiet. We stayed here for a night before starting the Little Grand Canyon hike, just across (and up) the road. It was the perfect place to stay for a short rest before venturing out on our journey. We were there in early Spring and we only had two neighbors. Since it's a BLM campground, you can bring your dog, which is great for the area. The sunrise was beautiful, it made for a great start to our day.

Quiet canyon camping

Buckhorn Draw is a great place to bring friends or family for quiet, shaded summer camping. The San Rafael Swell is a gorgeous area in Utah that hasn’t yet been overrun with tourists. Buckhorn Draw Rd has a bunch of dispersed camping spots, of all sizes. There are a few campgrounds too, so if you need a bathroom you can go use one down the road a bit. The Buckhorn Draw pictographs are a sight to see, and the Wedge isn’t far. In the other direction, Goblin Valley is nearby, and there is a ton of hiking. I love this area and make a point to visit regularly.

Views are unbelievable !

This is dispersed camping. No amenities provided such as table or grills. They do have rock fire rings and sign/posts identifying the campsites. There are bathrooms at the Wedge Overlook as well as a more established campground with tables provided if you’d rather do that. Views are amazing there too! What I lived about our site ( site 5) was that is was at the halfway point of the mountain bike trail. This site is at the top of a shallow drainage. Other sites are literally right on the rim…see video.

OK for an overnight, that's about all.

Came in late afternoon without reservation. Got a site without a problem. Was looking forward to doing some hiking but there wasn't any trails around. The golf course was closed off so we couldn't walk around that either. The river front was pretty. Train tracks nearby. But other than that, the campground was unimpressive. Simple and good enough for an overnight. Not much more than that going on at this park.

Very Nice State Park Oceanfront.

Such a contrast to the busy over crowded Myrtle beach area. This campground has awesome natural beaches with no crowds. Two different sections of campround. newest one is more modernbut very close together. Older on has shade and character. We saw alligators walking across road into the marsh.

spacious, relaxed, hot

Nice new campgrounds with shade cover, nice campsites, very cool setting.

Remote & Exciting

This campsite draws an interesting array of patrons that enjoy rafting & boating. The day use area is filled with plates from all over the u.s.. If you travel down the dirt road past the camp * Tread carefully* There is a really neat vintage standing cabin & tree swing near the beach. P.s. watch for the Dirt devils* they bite and cause some itchy skin issues.

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It felt like I stepped out of a spaceship and was walking on Mars!

Such a unique and beautiful place. I highly recommend visiting the Goblin's Lair, I was not expecting it at all and it was spectacular. There's a fun little cave you can crawl through inside the Goblin's Lair by its entrance too that's worth checking out. Everyone should at least visit Goblin Valley once in their life. Although not as big as Capitol Reef National Park, it is very similar and equally spectacular.

The campground is reasonably priced with nice showers and super cool scenery. They have a very interesting disc golf course set up near the campground.

Amazing!!

What a beautiful place! There is hiking. The area is central to drive to other parks. The view of the stars doesn’t get any better than this.

Great shelters!

We had the furthest in camp site in the amphitheater which was pretty cool. All sites had a semi shaded steel shelter that had a steel screen on 1 to 2 sides. It did get really windy at night and not sure if normal or not. Cool park and a great place to let your mind go wild hiking around the crazy eroded land scape. And they have showers. Saw a lot of prong horn coming in and out of park.

Best of desert camping!!

We have camped at Goblin Valley State Park twice now and the fact that we went back a second time should be enough of a compliment to the park. We stayed in site 11 the first time and site 3 the second time. Both are amazing tent sites! I would also highly recommend site 12 or site 4 because those sites are tucked back off the road a bit and are right up close to the formations behind the sites. You really can’t go wrog with any of them though. The tent pads are perfect and both sites fit our 11x11 dome tent. We did not need the rainfly so we could see the stars out the top. This is a dark sky park so be sure to book you nights during a new moon so you can see the milky way galaxy.

I do think this park is a little high for a state park site at $30 a night for a tent site, but you do get free showers, clean facilities, and a very peaceful park so it is worth a little extra. I would go back again.

Bonus for this campground is the great little area of goblins. My kids loved wandering around among them. It’s a kooky looking area.

On the downside, it is a long way from anywhere so fill up and bring ample food and water along. If you want to get away from civilization, this is your place!

An Alien World

fun place to visit and explore around and imagine you’re in Galaxy Quest! don’t expect a campsite after Friday evening so get there early!

Incredible Spot for Desert Camping

This area has incredible campsites dispersed all over! Our campsite was close to others but far enough away to really feel secluded. Driving in or hike in if your car isn’t four wheel drive equipped. Great spots for climbing, hiking and river swimming. Wedge Overlook is a short drive away and an incredible view! Always worth it!

The reservoir and OHV trails are the attractions ; don't expect quiet

Joe's Valley Reservoir Campground is in the Manti-La Sal Forest about 22 miles off the main road (Route 10). The water and OHV trails outside the campground are what draw people here. 

No campsites are close to the water, but you can find a path to the water from the campground and there are nice views from many sites. The marina and boat launch are past the campground entrance. This is not the type of place for a quiet camping experience, but I didn't expect that at a reservoir campground with nearby OHV trails. (Trail maps are on the back of the information board as you enter.)

Sites 1 through 7 are the only non-reservation sites, but we had no problem on a Thursday afternoon choosing a site for one night among the reservable sites. Based on the reservation placards on the posts, the campground was filling up on Friday.

Site notes:

  • Our site (23) was wide and deep and had lots of trees. We enjoyed the privacy as we couldn't see sites on either side, and we were far enough back that we couldn't see the site across the road.

  • As you enter, sites 7 up through the 20s have many tall trees. The other side of the campground is more open, and the trees are not as tall.

  • Double sites (D on the post, 17 out of 48 sites) cost $18 instead of $10. A double site has two picnic tables and a pad that is double in width. There are no discounts on double sites with a pass such as the America the Beautiful Senior Pass.

  • Tenters, this doesn't look like the best place for tents, but people were managing to find relatively flat spots.

  • Pads on single sites for back in or pullthrough easily accommodate large trailers and fifth wheel campers. That translates to many generators which can be run from 6 am to 10 pm.

  • ATVs and larger OHVs are popular. People were riding the smaller ones on the campground loops…fast.

This is a no frills Forest Service campground with vault toilets and drinking water. Be prepared to take your trash home because there are no dumpsters.

Nice Place with Nice People

We stopped in and got a site when we got tired of looking for a campsite in Moab. Clean restrooms and showers. Not much shade and I70 a mile away. We tent camped so the hwy was very loud and the cows in the adjacent field were mooing for a few hours at night. Otherwise, it did it's job by providing us with a place to stay

Unbelievable Views

Deep in The San Rafael Swell lies The Wedge Overlook campground. The campground lies right on the rim of The Little Grand Canyon. Beautiful views, hiking and biking trails. Some areas you can put a RV but it is a first come first serve area. Be prepared to drive on long dirt roads. If you love not so developed campsites, this area is a place for you.

Lots of amenities but not much shade

We just stopped for a night on a longer trip from Oregon to the midwest. This was a typical KOA in my opinion - pool, playground, showers, shop, full hookups, pull through sites, etc.

Tent camping area was pretty small, but close to the bathrooms and pool for kiddos.

We were only here for the night but it was VERY hot that afternoon (90 degrees) and without shade, it's hard to stay cool.

Showers and bathrooms were clean and staff was very nice. 10% discount at the restaurant next door if you mention you are staying here. Bonus for us as we did NOT want to try to make anything when it was 98 degrees out!

Campground is off the highway but we didn't hear any noise that night at all.

First to Review
Clean and Quiet

We enjoyed the campsite. Would have like to have a few more trees to hang hammocks but it worked well for our tents! Lots of great hikes near here! Highly recommend Ding and Dang Canyons!!

Clean and Proud!

We stopped here for a quick overnight on our way thru Utah.

The facilities are incredibly clean, some of the nicest flush toilets and single showers I've visited.

We stayed at site 3, which included electric and water hook ups. There is a dump station as well.

The campground host is super friendly. It is a nice quiet place right on the golf course. If my nose is correct, there is a hot spring nearby.

This is a perfect state park for families, or a quick stop thru Utah.

Great spots in an alien world

Most of the time we stay in blm land to the south of the swell but we got in late one night and decided to stop at the campground. The toilets were clean and there was a permanent fire ring at each site.

Exploring Goblin Valley is a given if you camp here but there are many opportunities nearby in the San Rafael Swell as well! Little Wild Horse canyon is a popular non-technical slot canyon. There are also numerous other technical canyoneering adventures that await. Many beautiful pieces of agate can also be collected south of the swell on blm land