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Stumbled upon this campground while fishing around at Grantsville Reservoir and decided to head up South Willow Canyon to review all these unreviewed campgrounds! While the campground itself is officially closed for the season you could probably still camp here until the dirt road gets back enough that they close the gate towards the beginning of the canyon. The main attraction for this and the Lower Narrows CG's is the extremely close proximity of amazing water carved bulletproof limestone climbing! The Narrows climbing in South Willow Canyon is the premier HARD climbing spot for those in SLC that want to test their grit and push grades. The routes here go up to 5.14a with very few routes under 5.11, although you can find moderates elsewhere in the canyon. The 5.14a was but up by world renowned climber Chris Sharma and has been sent by other pros in the area like Jonathan Siegriest who claims it as "one of the top 5 5.14's in Utah."
Now enough about the absolutely amazing climbing and on to the actual campground! This is one of 2 campgrounds that has very large group sites, so if you're coming here with a mob then this is one of the places to check out! The group sites cost $50 and $90 and can hold 30 and 50 people respectively. There are also 6 single sites @ $15 a night. During the peak season May-Sept you can reserve the group sites on the recreation.gov website but at all other times they are first come first serve. Like all the other campgrounds in the canyon you also need to bring your own water and trash bags.
A wonderful place to set up camp for a week for a week or to use as a basecamp to climb the high peaks that surround the terminus of the South Willow Canyon road! On the way into the campground you get a great view of the rugged 11,000 foot Deseret Peak that looms over the campsites. While you can't really see it from most of the campgrounds, the serenity afforded by the trees and distance between the sites is more than enough to satisfy most outdoors people. For those that want to get a little closer to the peak, there is a 7 mile one way trail to the top of Deseret Peak that offers amazing views of the Great Salt Lake Valley!You can see all the way to the northern end of the lake as well as beyond the Bonneville Salt Flats into Nevada.
As for the campground itself it is fairly primitive and is very much like all of the other campgrounds in the canyon. It is however a little bit larger, having 12 single sites for $15 and a double site for $31. Like the other campgrounds you also need to bring your own water and trash bags as those amenities are not supplied. There are fire rings and picnic tables at every campsite and enough room for 1 car to park off of the dirt road. Another thing that is a little unique about this campground is that the stay limit is 7 days instead of the usually 14 that I see at most places
Let me start off by saying the other review for this CG is about 250 miles off target. The Narrows CG the other person is talking about is located in Zion National Park near St. George/Springville in southern Utah. There are no soaring sandstone walls here! There are however amazing overhanging water sculpted limestone cliffs that contain some of the hardest climbing that the west desert of Utah has to offer! There are a decent amount of routes on either side of the road with the majority of the routes being near the Upper Narrows CG.
This CG is setup in much the same way as the Upper. There are metal fire rings and picnic tables at each of the campsites with a vault toilet within a couple minutes walk from any of the sites. There are only 3 sites and there are no water or trash facilities so bring all you need and then pack it all out! The creek offers a nice respite from the heat in the summer and would probably be decent fishing as well. I only saw a couple trout while wandering around but I'm sure there are more!
This is the 2nd campground that you come across after you enter the Wasatch National Forest. It is only a couple miles in after the dirt road starts. Surrounding the campground are these amazing looking rock cliffs and outcrops that look like volcanic flows or maybe a pyroclastic flow or tuff. Its really crumbly and doesn't make for good climbing but forms pretty "melting mud" walls.
There are 5 single sites all aligned in a row next to the creek. 2 of the sites are on the opposite side of the road, however, away from the creek. As with all the other campgrounds in the canyon there are picnic tables and fire rings. There are also vault toilets and you'll have to pack in all of the water you'll need (unless filtering?) and pack out all your trash as there are no garbage cans. Please be aware of this and help us keep this area clean and beautiful!
Despite its name this campground is for everyone, not only boy scouts! I honestly have no idea why they named it this. It's probably due to the fact that this is the only campground in the canyon that has a large group site capable of fitting up to 50 people. This campsite lies at the end of the campground and has parking for 10 vehicles at least but you'll have to pay extra beyond what's included in the booking price.
The campsites in this campground have all the same amenities as the other campgrounds in the canyon which includes a picnic table, metal fire ring, and vault toilets withing walking distance. It also appeared to have horse corrals but they could have just been a fence to keep people out of restoration areas. As with the other campgrounds bring all the water you need or a filtration system and then trash bags to haul all your garbage out as there are no trash cans!
This is the very first campground that you come across after transferring from blacktop to dirt road past all the private houses. It lies a little over a mile up the road and is the smallest campground with only 2 campsites. This makes it one of my favorite as it will seem you have the forest and the creek all to yourself! Be warned that all of the campgrounds in the canyon do not supply water or trashcans so you'll need to bring all you need to drink as well as trash bags to haul out all of your garbage. There was an interesting little dam on the east side of the campground and I scared a bunch of trout out from under it as I walked across so bring your fishing pole or fly rod if you want to!
I wouldn't recommend staying here unless you have an RV. With that being said it is a good spot to come fish for a day trip. It offers beautiful views of the Oquirrh and Stansbury Mountains to the east and west respectively and the reservoir is stocked with trout almost 1 a month during the spring though fall. The reservoir is also completely man made so you get the feeling that you're in a bowl within a bowl!
As for the campground itself there are the standard concrete fire rings, picnic tables, and vault toilets. There are also a few gazebos around with the campsites radiating off of them like spokes of a tire. Now the reason I said that I wouldn't camp here without an RV is because there are absolutely NO TREES anywhere! So it can get super windy and uncomfortable in a tent if a storm blows through.
This campgroudn has beautiful views. It is a dry area and hot mid-summer, but good base for ATV, bike, and hunting areas. No ATV/bike riding or hunting on the campground - just a good base camp for those types of activities. It's a developing camp, so while it's free-range and fairly primitive camping, the current construction is eventually expected to provide potable water, campsites, flushing toilets, and showers.