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Off the grid

Good dispersed camping close to main road and access to awesome hiking.

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Pleasant and relaxing

Spacious spots with trees all around. We tent camped. All spots pretty flat. Tables and fire rings at each site. Very short drive to the lake.

Awesome

This camp ground was easily the nicest and most well taken care of on our camping trip! The cleanest bathrooms I’ve ever seen at a camp ground! Staff was super helpful and friendly!

Great location, but a bit crowded

This campground has easy access to All the Cedar Breaks National Monument has to offer! Great sites, although my only complaint is that they are pretty close to one another. Also, there’s only one bathroom which is no fun when you REALLY gotta go. Beautiful views from most sites. Located at 10,000 feet it does get chilly at night. Would stay here again, but maybe on a weekday.

Nice campground

I’ve stayed at the campground many many times. It’s a nice escape from the summer heat. The sites are nicely separated compared to some of the other campgrounds up highway 14. Clean bathrooms with pit toilets. No cell reception (which I appreciate, but some might not). It is close to the highway and you hear cars going by all day. However, it’s quiets down at night. There’s a creek that runs through the campground too!

Lovely quiet campsite

We arrived on 15th Sept and the campsite had been closed the day before. It was still useable but the flush toilets were closed and water had been turned off. Still one pit toilet open. Very nice otherwise - deer wandering round and good space between sites. Usually $8 per night when it’s open with self service envelope to pay fees.

Despite it being ‘closed’ it was still fairly busy (10 sites taken) and pit toilet very clean.

Worth it for the convenience

Can’t beat the location. Campgrounds are nothing special but it’s worth the extra cost for the convenience for getting to and from Bryce. Also far and away the cleanest and nicest bathrooms of any campground I’ve been too

Great Site

We stayed here over Labor Day weekend since all the sites inside the park were booked full. The location is great, a bit of a drive to the visitors center but we knew that from the beginning. We had a site right on the road and were concerned at first but it ended up being pretty quiet and the view of the rock faces from our site was amazing. There was a very loud group that was shouting and singing until 1AM one night but other than that it was a wonderful experience (dead silent the second night we were there). Would definitely recommend and will stay again

Family Favorite

We have been coming here since 2005 and each year it gets better. We started with just friends and now we bring the whole family. The fishing is always fantastic in Anderson reservoir. Each of the 10 camp spots has it's own feel from cozy for 2 to group camping for 30. This place has what you need.

Fishing is awesome, but not so much with the vault toilet smell

The reservoir is amazing! You can fish offshore, but it’s best with a float tube. My visit was in Aug 2017.

This campsite is FCFS-no reservations. I believe it’s either 8-9 sites, which are nicely tucked away in large trees and shrubbery. It was damp at this time. We arrived around 11pm, and only had 1 option…next to the vault toilet and road. It was a nice campsite, but the smell of the vault toilet was off-putting. But because we drove a decent distance to be there, we sucked up the smell and eventually the smell went away as long as you were at the site.

Back to the reservoir, it’s so beautiful! There are grazing cows, so be aware of your surroundings.

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Beautiful lighting for pictures

All the reviews are spot on, so I won’t bore you with my details. However, the bugs were relentless. On one occasion, a horsefly bit through my husbands shirt, so be sure to pull out of the bug repellent hacks you can find!

We visited mid-June of 2017…that’s when the massive Brian Head fire happened. We got some ashes at the campsite, but were still able to enjoy the visit.

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Best RV Park in Kanab area

Came here in late September and stayed for about 5 days.  Sites are not fancy but workable.  Staff there was friendly.  After driving around and looking at other RV parks in the area, in my opinion, this is the best of the offerings in Kanab.  Small, but clean laundry room, but it was super busy so I had to go to a Laundromat.  This park is busy, so you must call ahead for reservations.  Our hookups were fine, all worked well and we had plenty of room, but the spaces seemed a bit informal.  Park is small, and is in the middle of town, our site backed up directly to a residential street, with no fence on the other side.  We were happy here, and Kanab is a great place to come and visit.

Luxurious and isolated haven!

My boyfriend and I ended up camping at Kodachrome after failing to find a campsite at Bryce. A kind ranger suggested we try Kodachrome, describing it as "gorgeous" and  feeling confident that the place would be isolated enough that we'd find an available site there. 

He was right! The views were as breathtaking as Bryce itself, minus the crowds! Each campground seemed spacious and private, having some sort of "barrier" between the next, whether brush, or trees. 

Each site had clean aluminum-type tables and firepits that looked barely used…but my absolute favorite part were the bathrooms/showers. OMG, are those the cleanest and most beautiful bathrooms I've ever seen at a campground. I felt like I was in a spa, and because the campground was so isolated, I felt no rush from other campers (of course i remained mindful of water waste). 

I also like the designated dishwashing area, which many campgrounds lack. Best part was waking up to so many hummingbirds chirping around our tent.

Fantastic area to visit- pretty campground

Been to this campground 3 times. The spots near the eastern part of the campground are really close together. In the past we snagged a spot in the grass under a Cottonwood tree and that was great. This most recent time we got site 04 which is very convenient and sunny. Not suitable for large tents- the designated space is TINY and boxed in. My extended family was offered a temporary spot right next to the lake.. and the road. They still enjoyed their stay. The Reservoir is amazing- in the past there have been vendors to rent canoes and rafts from but we went on Memorial Day this year and they weren't around yet. 

In late June the Cottonwood trees release their floating fluffy seed. If you are allergic this will be a problem but for me it was absolutely magical. There are stores nearby and the entry station has a small store that sells stickers and maps but not food. Stores in this area close early and on Sunday, come prepared.

The bathrooms are clean and the staff is friendly and informative. It can get VERY cold in early season May- we left early due to a major snow storm on Memorial Day so it's a good idea to check the local forecasts. There is also a fantastic hiking trail onsite which is great for the younger kids.

Busy!

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.

Hidden Gem in Utah

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.

WOW

Great spot to relax

Mammoth Creek camping area

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!

My favorite campground!

This place is seriously my favorite campground. A visit/stay during the wild flower season is something you’ll never forget. It is the perfect peaceful getaway and the cool weather is a nice escape from the Las Vegas heat that we live in. There are easy hiking trails that take you to different view points of the Breaks. This campground is tiny, but it has flushing toilets and free showers! They also provide chopped wood (for a small donation of $3) for campfires. There is so much to do and see in this area, you just need to venture out. Beware, cellular service is limited, we have AT&T and had no service in the campground. But being off grid is perfect for us. And beware the elevation. You may find yourself winded and maybe dizzy after a short walk to the bathroom. Even though it’s cooler and not always sunny, don’t forget your sunscreen!

Great fishing

Kent’s campground is great place to have an RV or pitch a tent. Amazing scenery all around Beaver area. Rainbow trout are average size. Running water and bathrooms all around the campsite. Camp host is very friendly to everyone. Busy on the weekend, during the week not so much. Kent’s campsite done by September 15, not sure when it opens again.

Close to Zion

Operated by the Best Western ThunderBird at Mount Carmel. Only RVs. Full hookups with 50 and 30 amp. Great price. I think $39 with taxes. Along with the site, you also have access to the hotel amenities. The restaurant is know for its pies. River or creek runs behind the shaded sites. Rated 4 because there is no bath house.

Nice, easily accessible campground

This is a nice campground conveniently located only 20 minutes outside of Beaver. We have been here twice and seen deer, beavers, and turkeys. The stars are spectacular and you can see the Milky Way on a clear night. Bathrooms are not great.

Dusty and noisy but plenty of places

There are a few campsites along this road. The road is dirt and that area doesn't get a lot of rain so things are often dusty. Also, the road is the main access to a few areas on the national forest so traffic is a little high at times for a dirt road but not bad.

Wooded, Well Spaced, On a Creek, near a Lake

With 32 sites and multiple additional Group Sites this is a hidden gem near Bryce Canyon National Park.

Some of the best sites are walk in only, but many are reserve-able online in advance.

The camp host sells wood for $7 a bundle and they are smaller sized pieces and there is not any real foraging in the campground (surrounded by a fence to keep out free ranging cattle.  You can forage for firewood in the national forest outside the fence …

Lots of ATV and boaters use this campground

Boondocking is available as you approach the campground and pass it …

This is a great campground

This is a very nice campground.  Most of the sites have shade.  2 of the loops are tents only, which is where we stayed.  Right now, this is the only campground open in the park.  The other one (Sunset) is closed for repairs.  The campground filled up by noon on most of the days, though we left on a Sunday and it was pretty empty at 10:30 am.   I would recommend getting to the campground between 9:30 am and 11:00 am to find a site, then pitch your tent or set out chairs!  This is reduce any confusion as to whether the site has been registered and paid for.  Also, grab a registration envelope as you enter the campground, so once you have pitched your tent or set out chairs, you can pay as you leave to go explore the park.  This is in walking distance to the General Store and the Visitor Center.  The park has a shuttle that helps to get around the park.  Lastly, the General Store has showers ($3 for 8 minutes)

Very bad experience at this campground

My wife and I stayed at the Hi-Road Zion RV campground outside Zion national park in our RV on the nights of 17,18 and 19. June 2019. On arrival at the campground on the 17th, we checked in with the front desk lady, drove to the assigned RV site and connected the RV to the hook-ups as usual. Immediately on connecting to the 50 Amp power, there was a sparking sound, a strong smell of electrical burning, and our microwave burnt out. My wife went to the office to ask if there was anything wrong with the power, and was told“Oh you shouldn’t be using the 50 Amp connection, didn’t anyone tell you(they didn’t)”. She was then told by the office that my e-mail confirmation of the reservation had included a statement that only 30 Amp was provided(the e-mail confirmation had no such statement). She later checked the Internet information, from where we had the link to Hi-Road, and it clearly stated 30 Amp and 50 Amp available. I checked the other RV sites on the campground and many had the 50 Amp connector taped off with duct tape. Ours did not. The owner of the campground, Erika McLaws, graciously accepted responsibility for the problem and agreed to replace the microwave. Following the burnout, the Hi-Road maintenance man put large notices on all the RV sites saying 30Amp only, and disclaiming the campground from any responsibility in the event of damage from the 50Amp connector. On leaving Hi-Road, we travelled to Page in Arizona, where we found that the forward air conditioner was also not working. The problem was investigated by RV Country in Flagstaff and they confirmed that the air conditioner had suffered the same damage as the microwave. We informed Erika. Both the microwave and the air conditioner were finally repaired in Yuma Arizona, and we submitted copies of the bills to Erika with a request for reimbursement. The response from Erika and her husband Todd was to deny responsibility and claim that the 50 Amp circuit could not have been to blame. Obviously we could not accept this. For two weeks, all attempts to contact Erika were unsuccessful. Calls to her personal phone forwarded to a voicemail which was always full and could accept no further messages. E mails were not answered. Messages left at the campsite were not answered. Finally, on 12. July we received another e-mail from Erika and her husband fully rejecting our claim for reimbursement. We must evidently take further action to achieve settlement. The campsite itself is in a good location, but can best be described as quite primitive, possibly at the start of improvement. The ladies at the front desk are very pleasant, but in the circumstances, I cannot recommend this site.

Great site

It was a weird site. The reservoir was pretty low and I’m not sure if people actually go in it even when it’s high. Great shower and toilet. There was a fish cleaning station. A couple of good pull through spots. There’s a cool trail through a petrified forest that was neat. It was a bit long for the kids (elementary and preschool), and they’re not nearly as impressed by petrified deadfall as we were. We hiked Lower Calf Creek falls from here. The campground at the trailhead was is where we’d try to get in next time. There were a lot of ants, they didn’t get into anything and didn’t bother us much. Probably could though if you’re camping equipment is more tempting or your site is more appealing for them.

Most amenities of any campground I've ever seen

We were just looking for a place to sleep, checked out the first camping outside of Zion east entrance and decided to check out the next closest one according to info from the Zion ranger. Info said 2 miles, but more like 7-8. Upon arrival my kids eyes lit up and we booked 3 mid week nights. Free, private hot showers. Dish was station. Free pool and hot tub, ball sports, playground and fitness trail. Pay for stuff like bungie trampoline and rock wall and put put. 2 camp stores recently equipped, even individual beers(4%). Our site was a little small, tent was to close to the fire ring to feel comfortable with a fire. We peaked at the glamping tents and were jealous, maybe next time. Great spot at $30 a night plus taxes etc.

Nice place to camp

This is our third year coming out here for a summer visit. They try to accommodate our last minute changes and we so appreciate that. It’s nice here and we have a pool, a restaurant, there’s even some cabins here if you don’t have a camper or tent. We love it here. I’m sure it will be our annual summer destination!

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A great place to be

This 10-site campground is off the beaten path and can be accessed from 2 routes. In the center of the campground is a large meadow with a small walking bridge. The camp is full of Aspen trees and when the wind blows, it’s quite the heavenly sound. It has one large group campsite that can accommodate up to 200 people, if memory serves. The per-night fee for a tent site is $17 and is first-come first-serve, and the group site fee depends on the party size, but I believe the minimum is $65 and is reservable.

It should qualify as a dark-sky place, as you can see millions of stars at night, and the Milky Way is quite clear. It is also fairly quiet at night, with occasional owl and cricket sounds.

The camp hosts are currently Mike and Cindy and the quiet hours are from 10 pm until 6 am. We found that to be a bit too early because the sun sets at 9 pm in the summer and dusk/twilight lasts a good deal longer than 9 pm.

When we arrive early enough, we head straight to site #10, as it is the one most secluded and feels the largest. There is also a one-person bathroom right next to it. It does not flush and there is no sink, but there is zero smell. There is also a water pump a few yards away. There was formerly a tree see-saw in front of this site, but it was broken when we last visited (7/5 through 7/7/19). Some of the other sites are quite lumpy, like sites 6-9, but if you have an air mattress they aren’t too noticeable. We did see a few skunks at night a few years ago but none this time. They are harmless and are looking for food in camp if some was left out. They do not see well, so they will walk close to you if you stand still. There are also deer to be seen in early morning and evening.

We have camped here 2 or 3 times and find it to be a favorite. We have not used the group campsite yet, but were informed they no longer carry insurance that covers horses, so they are no longer allowed in camp. There is also a small kids’ pond for fishing nearby at Wood(s) Ranch. Adults are allowed to fish as well, but are encouraged to yield to kids if needed. My son and I caught 6 small trout in less than 2 hours on nightcrawlers/worms and Power Bait eggs, fishing off the bottom from 8-10 am. It is also only about 10 miles from Navajo Lake.

I recommend a stay at Deer Haven campground to see if it has the same effect on you that it does my family. Enjoy!