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We drove 16 hours from WA and needed someplace to sleep so this dispersed campground was a great find. We pull in in the middle of the night only to wake up and find ourselves among the red rocks. There are absolutely no amenities here, but there are several established sites with fire pits. Good views and a good spot close to the park if you're okay with going without water and plumbing for the night.
Easy park and sleep spot with gorgeous sunrise views. We were just off the 24 no amenities. Photo taken as we were leaving the spot.
We rented a pull behind trailer to tow behind our LR4. We were looking for a clean, established campground with full hook ups, as close to Bryce Canyon NP as a possible. Ruby’s Inn was perfect for that. The spots were nice and level. The showers and toilets were clean. The store had plenty of necessities and the staff was friendly. Lots of restaurants near by and the Bryce Canyon buses stop at the entrance of the campground.
If you are looking for a remote campsite, or at least the illusion of it, this is not the site for you. The sites were easy to get in and out of and there was enough space for 2 vehicles.
We spent a fun day exploring Cedar Breaks National Monument. However, we lost track of time, the sun was setting and we had not chosen a place to camp.
Campground Review of Fremont Indian State Park:
We searched on TheDyrt app for nearby campgrounds and found Fremont Indian State Park. We drove down the mountain and around another mountain and found the campground. It was totally dark by the time that we arrived and so we quickly parked and set up our campervan to sleep.
A gentleman emerged from the shadows and approached our site. It seemed a little sketchy at first. However, he ended up being friendly and inquired if we’d like to join him and his friends around their campfire. After we prepared our campervan and cleaned up a bit, we dropped by the campfire. It turns out the party included some park staff and researchers. One lady was researching dark skies and one gentleman was researching astral alignment with ancient rock art. They shared about their research and showed us some of their amazing photos of the night sky. A warm way to end the day.
The next morning, we woke up to snow on the ground and the nearby mountaintops. Having learned from our new friends that the park contained some pretty significant rock art, we decided that we should check it out. We hiked on a couple of the trails and discovered quite a few of the rock art pieces created by the Fremont Indians. There's an easy trail that is located adjacent to the park office. There are other trails that run along the river. It is amazing that so much of the rock art was in such good condition.
The campsites provide the basics like a parking space, picnic table, electrical & water hookup and firepit/grill. The restrooms were conveniently located close to our campsite and were clean. There are showers behind the restrooms. During the winter the showers may be closed. The campground is somewhat small, but is surrounded by beautiful mountains and bluffs. The staff were super friendly and helpful.
For more info: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/fremont-indian/
Product Review of Travelers Autobarn Campervans:
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, from time to time I am provided products to test. For this outing I was provided a Travelers Autobarn Kuga Campervan.
For more info: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com
The best thing about traveling in a campervan is the ease, flexibility, and ability to make detours if needed.
We picked up our Kuga Campervan in Las Vegas. The Travelers Autobarn office is just west of the the main strip and easy to find. We arrived early in the day to begin the registration process and campervan orientation. The process was quick and easy. The Kuga Campervan is a hightop van conversion with couches, a table, two beds, propane stove, sink, water, kitchen, interior lights, fan, window shades and solar power. We also had the free living package which included kitchen pots, pans, utensils, cups and accessories. It also included sleeping bags, sheets, pillows and towels. The package pretty much made it super easy to get in the van and go.
The Travelers Autobarn staff member was super friendly and provided an orientation of the basic operation of the campervan. The campervan drives like a normal van, but learning about the camper functions was helpful.
We had charted a route around Utah and Arizona visiting a number of towns, parks, roadside attractions and hot springs. The day that we started a weather system passed through which made the temperatures drop in the northern part of our route. We simply flipped our route to avoid the cold weather and traveled the southern route first. By the time that we circled north the weather had warmed up and it was perfect weather for exploring. Traveling in a campervan made it super easy to be flexible with our route and schedule.
On our seven day trip we visited Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Horseshoe Bend National Monument. Monument Valley National Park, Arches National Park, Mystic Hotsprings, Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Meadow Hotsprings, Valley of Fire State Park and Fremont Indian State Park.
If we were not traveling in a campervan it is unlikely that we would have had the flexibility to camp anytime and anywhere. We would have never found and stayed at Fremont Indian State Park. It ended up being a gem of a park and a great overall experience. This campervan camping adventure opened up my mind to new opportunities and travels. So much fun!
For more info: https://www.travellers-autobarnrv.com
This was my first time camping at this campground. There was snow everywhere, and quite a few available spaces. The spaces are decently far apart, and the bathroom facilities are warm and clean.￼ (Theres warm water from the faucets and the toilets flush). This place is like a winter wonderland if you come during or after a snowfall. Breathtakingly beautiful.
Talked to the ranger at North Campground (which was full by 4 pm) and she said they closed Sunset a week or so ago due to cold temps and no campers. Now the weather is perfect but they are not re-opening Sunset, despite loads of campers here today.
We stayed here during our fall trip to Utah this year. We find the state parks offer more services and don’t tend to have the large crowds like the National Parks, especially in Utah. This park is next to a nice reservoir that provides boating and fishing options for campers. The camp itself is just off the main highway and can be accessed by both large trailers and RVs. This park has a wonderful view to the west over the lake with hillside to the east. The park staff were really customer friendly. Our site had some privacy even during the busy fall period. They have all the facilities you need including showers, water, power, and a dump station. While this may note have the natural beauty of the nearby parks, it’s situated between Zion and Arches National Park and makes for a nice stop over. The hikes in the park are terrific and you can see a number of examples of petrified wood and other interesting geological rock areas.
Sunset is one of two campgrounds in Bryce Canyon National Park in Southwest Utah. Bryce is a beautiful canyon and a must see if you are touring southern Utah. The canyon top drive extends over twenty miles with numerous lookouts points. The campgrounds are close to the main entrance and provide a great option for all levels of campers. The sites are occupied by primarily tent campers as well as smaller trailers and vans. The campground is in a nice wooded ponderosa pine area within walking and biking distance of the canyon. The campground roads were recently repaved and the sites were well maintained. Each site had a fire ring and picnic table as well as close access to fresh drinking water. The campground is a great launching point for riding bikes and going on hikes throughout the park. Bryce does not get the same number of visitors as Zion but you will need to make a reservation during the peak season to secure a campsite. We visited in October and the campground was full and had been for the previous two weeks. The temps got down to the low 20s at night in October. So you will need to pack a warm sleeping bag and winter ready gear. While we preferred Zion and Arches Park, Bryce is with the visit.