Green Canyon is one of Logan Utahs underrated and overused gems. The canyon itself is open for recreation of various kinds year-round.
During the summer months when most of us like to go camping, there are between 15 and 25 sites available on a first-come first-serve basis. Some of these are groups sites that can accommodate large gatherings. Most sites have established fire rings, however the overall site condition as well as the condition of the fire ring is sometimes questionable. This is usually due to high volume. This Canyon is also notorious for high school Gatherings, so there is usually a lot of pallet wood burned. You will find on almost every trip Nails screws Staples and broken glass. Beer bottles beer cans and cigarette butts are also pretty common unfortunately. (Wear good shoes!) Aside from questionable condition of the campgrounds, it is easy to get to and free. And relatively close to Logan. So it's easy to see why I get so much use.
Green Canyon is better known and more happily known for its trail that runs alongside the road. Local residents love this Trail for trail runs, or mountain biking. There are Vault toilets in the parking lot at the bottom, as well as at the very top where Green Canyon meets water shed Canyon.
In the winter months the road is closed, and is groomed by a local group named Nordic United. They groom it for cross country skiing several times a week and after every good storm. Trail is also used during the winter for snowshoeing, as well as Fat Tire snow biking.
To top it off in the winter at the top Powder Ridge ski touring also has a yurt you can rent if you are willing to cross country ski or Snowshoe to it. (See separate review).
Overall Green Canyon only gets 3 out of 5 stars because of its high traffic and high litter volume. Remember to leave no trace and always leave it better than you found it!
Really nice RV resort near Interstate. Pull throughs or back in on paved level sites. Picnic table. FHU. Sites typically close with grass area seperating. No shade or privacy. Narrow interior roads. Nice bathhouses with private shower/toilets. Wifi and cable. Great play area. Bikes available including kid sized. Paved 80 mile bike trail along Jordan River. Giant chessboard. Nice pool area. Amazing clubhouse with pool table, foosball, large TV, comfy chairs, guest kitchen area. Complimentary coffee, tea and fresh made cookies. Friendly, helpful employees!
Beautiful relaxing campsite. Spent the night at Bridger’s Bay this past weekend and was pretty nervous having heard bad things. There were some mosquitos but otherwise no bugs, having grown up camping in the woods of Wisconsin and Georgia the bugs here are way better than that. Campsites are well spaced out so we didn’t hear any of our neighbors, plenty of starlight, beautiful sunrise and sunset, and amazing views of the lake. We saw plenty of bison and mule deer and had a wonderful time. Would definitely recommend as long as it isn’t may/June when the bugs are especially bad
Beautiful views, if you can stand the bugs. We stayed one night in the RV campground. Dry camping. Tried to walk down the the water, when the bugs weren’t eating us alive, the smell of all the dead birds at the water was making us gag. Did drive over to the ranch area and walked around without any problems with bugs or smells. The wind was crazy that night and we could literally feel the camper rocking back and forth. Still a beautiful place to camp, and I would go back with netting to wear over my head.
Product review posted with day use review! The day use are is fun for lunch or picnic, we came here just for a hike and a bite too eat. Easy trails around with some harder ones if you want to explore. Very short drive up, and very worth it.
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We stayed one night in early September, it was very hot, and this location has no hookups, so plan to be hot. Nice big sites, lots of wildlife all around. Nice swimming beach, fresh water. Pretty sunsets, and a nice view of mountains to the east. Sites in this campground are large. Lots of room to spread out, play games and have fun. Wild life is abundant here, birds, raccoons, deer. I loved the crickets chirping. Front gate staff was helpful, but agree with other comments, you have to pick a space before you come in.
Bad part was the freeway noise. Even with ear plugs I could not sleep. Worst: trash was everywhere. Showers in bath houses were unusually small and cryptic.
For the price, the lack of access to pick a spot, strictly enforced entry time, the trash and noise, I will look elsewhere for a place to stay.
Do not normally comment about trash, but this time, it was everywhere. This place appears to get a lot of visitors from locals, so it is busy on the weekend. We came on a Thursday and other than mostly a lot of RV’s overnighting like us, it was pretty empty. Standard sites in northern most loop are largest and mostly pull through sites. Big and roomy and some on the water. FHU sites are also large, mostly back ins and some pull through sites. Avoid sites on the eastern side which is near I-15. The freeway noise was so loud it prevented sleep, even with ear plugs. Pros: nature trail with lots of birds and deer, fresh water swimming beach, pretty sunsets, and a nice view of the mountains to the east. For $40 a night and the loud traffic, I will look for another location to try.
Came here in early September, post Labor Day, enroute to other places. It was over 100 so we took a FHU site in Cottonwood. Pros: big sites, mostly back ins, but some pull through with a covered picnic table. Hookups were in good shape, note the sewer is toward the back, not the middle so bring lots of sewer hose. Bathhouses with showers provided. Lots of birds, a nice nature trail, and this facility is on a fresh water lake and it was nice to take a swim. Walking around at dusk we saw deer and a large barn owl. Sounds of the crickets made for a very magical feel just after sunset. Nice sunset over the lake and to the east were some beautiful mountains- wonderful views.
Now for the bad: I-15 noise was horrible, no sleep even with a fan going and earplugs. Bath houses are small and cryptic. But clean. If it is hot, get a shady site many are in full sun. Worst for me was the trash. It was everywhere. Obviously the folks who are in charge don’t mind candy wrappers, bottle caps, zip ties, and other small trash, bottles and cans in the bushes along the nature trail. It needs some serious trash clean up. The views of the mountains were nice, but the sound of the freeway kind of ruined it.
For $40 a night and no ability to even take a look to pick a site as a walk up, I would look for another place to stay further off the freeway. Staff was helpful at the front gate, do not try to get in before 3:00 on your day of check in. They strictly enforce it. Too bad the sites were so full of trash….maybe it was the heat.
This an wonderful medium sized RV campground that is totally locally owned so you know your stay will go towards benefiting local families! That and given its proximity to the Interstate make it the closest and easiest RV campground to get to near Brigham City/Perry. It is a perfect stopping point if you're looking at having all the comforts of home before heading into the mountains or into the towns nearby. Amenities include a full laundry and bathroom in addition to cable TV and Wi-Fi. They owners are on the property year round and is a very safe place to stay. There are 38 sites that have 30 and 50 amp hookup options in addition to water. Definitely visit this RV campground over the nearby KOA as it supports local businesses!!!
If you want to spend time out in nature there is the nearby Bird Refuge, and Great Salt Lake. To the north and northwest of here there lies the amazing Devils Playground and the namesake of the campground which is the Golden Spike National Historic Site in which the rail lines from the east and west met. To the east there are numerous canyons to choose from in case the days are too sweltering hot to stay in the valleys
Like most KOA's this place has a ton of amenities and things to keep you comfortable all without leaving the property! There's a swimming pool, playground, and doggy walking kennel. There is also a small store inside the office building and a couple amp selections for RV and trailer hookups. Also included is the standard Wi-fi and water hook up.
This campground is pretty easy to access from the interstate and requires only 3 right turns and a couple miles. Nearby is the Migratory Bird Refuge and Willard Bay State Park which also has a couple options for camping. In the opposite direction of the Great Salt Lake lies the Northern Wasatch Mountains with plenty of canyons to cool off in during those hot days in the valley
Antelope Island is NOT for the faint of heart.
To be clear there are 2 reservable campgrounds here. The first is Bridger Bay which is basically Utah's Mad Max campground. If you don't own an RV why would you even? The second is Lady Finger with 5 walk in sites. The walk is less than 2 minutes for all 5.
In early spring you have thousands of biting flies. Some are HUGE Midges and they will bite several times- wear very tight long sleeves. Others are teeny and crawl all over your scalp and only the finest mesh hats will keep most at bay- they are very creative in getting past protective clothing.
We camped in late July to see the Perseid Meteor Shower which I HIGHLY recommend. We stayed in site 5 which is off on it's own little trail but still close to the parking. Eeach site gets 1 reserved parking.. which may be occupied by sunset chasers so come early to stake your claim. Once inside Antelope Island Park you have until 10pm before the gates close- you can leave anytime but you can't get back inside after 10pm.
If you come late summer you WILL be accosted by thousands upon THOUSANDS of Orb Spiders. They can weave their webs overnight and they will be right across your path as you go to the bathroom- SURPRISE! They are there for the hideous flies so PLEASE leave them alone. They are not poisonous or aggressive but their webs will be all over the picnic table and on all the tall grass going to your campsite and to the bathroom. These spiders are only in LadyFinger- the RV campground is exposed to the elements and spider free. This is a dry camp but there are 2 rest stations which are cleaned out on Saturday so THANKFULLY smells are not a major issue.
I cannot recommend sky and bird watching here enough. Skies here are open in all directions- it's amazing to see satellites pass and look west and see city lights as well. It's also nice and quiet. Campsite reservations have been easy anytime I go as it's not a very well known campsite- yet. PS- no fires allowed and if allergic you'll want to bring plenty of meds- this area has all the major allergens- mites, grass seed and Sagebrush.
I've been wanting to summit Lone Peak since I first moved to Utah in 2012. Since then I've become an avid climber/mountaineer and decided that the only way I'm gonna stand on top is if I climb the 500' cirque walls to the top! These collection of primitive campgrounds is the base camp for any such climb and for people that can't do the standard hiking trail in a day or just want to spend some time in a glorious alpine cirque! The trail up is steep, dusty and downright loose, but the payback at the top is unlike any other Wasatch hike I've done! When you arrive in the cirque you're greated by 270 degrees of granite wall towering up to 600' tall!
The campsites are scattered along the trail with the first coming about a mile for the cirque proper on the right in a meadow. More campsites pop up as you head up to the right off the standard hiking trail and up to the cirque. Once in the cirque you can toss your tent up or simply lay on the ground with a bivy as it is soft and flat enough. Be warned however to bring a lot of water (at least 3 L each) and a filter if you plan on staying overnight in the cirque. All water is runoff so also make sure there is still snow up there as that is your only water supply. Water typically runs dry in mid July but in fat snowpack years like this last one, the snow looks like it'll last into the first couple weeks of September! Just remember to be safe and keep an eye on the weather to the west, this ain't your typical Wasatch outing!
I love this place! Reservation and First Come / First serve camp sites. Moose frequent the campground. Flushing toilets, garbage collection, water spigots. A short hike to donut hole falls.
This canyon provides drinking water to the valley, so dogs are not allowed even in your cars.
An absolutely amazing campground that sits at the very top of Little Cottonwood Canyon near Salt Lake City. It is surrounded by snow even into August, and soaring peaks, along with gorgeous alpine lakes! Given its close proximity to SLC however, don't plan on walking up to a site Friday-Monday. These sites are usually booked through a couple months in advance, but occasionally you'll get lucky like us and be able to find something during the week. All the booking is done through the Albion Basin Campground website. Most of the sites are singles that go for $25 a night but there are also a couple group sites that go for $75. Each site has a large picnic table along with a metal fire ring with a BBQ grill you can flip over the top. There are also plenty of spigots and vault toilets scattered throughout the campground and the campground host has firewood that you can buy.
Nearby there are a plethora of outdoor activities and recreation opportunities! From riding mountain bikes around at Snowbird, to climbing cliffs on all the surrounding mountains. There are also easier day hike options like going 0.5 mile to Cecret Lake or hiking a few miles over Catherine Pass to the Brighton Basin where there are a ton of lakes around! If you want to make a summit and take in the view from above then Sunset Peak or Sugarloaf Peak are good half day hiking options. If you don't want to hike you can pay for a sky tram pass at Snowbird and ride up to Hidden Peak! For those looking for more of a challenge, Devils Castle offers a good close objective that can be done through a technical (all routes .10a+) face route or a low fifth class traverse that crosses the castle from east-west or west-east.
Being a Ranger for the Dyrt allows us to test and review gear from time to time! This time we got to test out the Mountain House Breakfast Skillet meal.
- The pros as with all the Mountain House's we've eaten before, is the convenience of having a warm meal deep in the backcountry.
- It's also very convenient to be able to cook and eat out of the same pouch which cuts down on your cleanup and makes things a lot quicker and tidier.
- This is definitely in my Top 3 for Mountain House breakfasts along with the Southwest Hash, and Biscuits and Gravy. It's good because there are a lot of flavors and a little bit of starch in the hash browns to soak up the extra juiciness.
- The only cons I could think of for the actual meal itself was that it needs a little more texture or crunch to help break up the monotony that is usually Mountain House. We brought some toast and tortillas , which are both easy to bring car camping and back packing.
- The other cons would be more in design of the pouch as they are not recyclable or compostable so they do generate a decent amount of trash just for the sake of convenience. They also tend to expand at altitude, but their newer Pro-Paks remedy that situation.
We've yet to find a Mountain House that we could eat entirely without getting tired of the flavor or consistency without having to incorporate other ingredients so this one gets a 4 as well. We have high hopes however for the Turkey Dinner that we're gonna try at Mt. Borah!
The Green Canyon yurt it's owned and managed by Powder Ridge ski touring. During the winter months, Powder Ridge manages the Green Canyon Road and grooms it on an almost daily basis. It is groomed for cross-country skiing with the designated track on one side. You can also Snowshoe, or ride your bike with fat tires up if your adventurous! The trail is approximately 3.8 miles long with a steady incline most of the way. There are a few spots with decent little Hills.
The yurt itself can sleep 12, on four twin over full bunk beds. There's a cooking area, table, pots and pans, and of course a pot belly stove to keep it nice and warm. I had the opportunity to Snowshoe up with a friend after Christmas 2016, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The folks at Powder Ridge were great to work with.
I will say if you Snowshoe up, please don't do what we did and make sure to avoid the established cross country ski track. As it was our first time snowshoeing up there, we didn't know and ended up ruining it in a few places. They were able to fix it easily that night, but had we been paying attention they would not have had to.
I believe we paid $250 for the night, the pricing may have changed so I would refer you to them for more information in that regard. The cost however, would easily be distributed among 12 friends.
Power Ridge Website ⤵️ https://www.sites.google.com/site/powderridgeskitouring/
My girlfriend and I day camped here for several hours. Even though there were numerous people here, we were still able to get a little piece of heaven from the Tony Grove Lake area for several hours. It was well worth the visit.w
They assign spots when u arrive without u looking at the spots. Then if u don’t like the spot they give u a lot of trouble to change it. We had to speak to a ranger, who also gave us the run around about the spot— but eventually agreed to swap the spot. It was pretty but at around 2 am a group of raccoons scared the crap out of us when they started fighting outside our tent. Dealing with that whole ordeal and the drama from the spot change made us not want to stay longer than one night.
This was a really nice place for only being 40 mins from the city. Good beach front not a far walk from our campsite. Lots of trees to hang your hammocks up on. If you have some water toys it’s awesome because you can anchor them on the shore or the dock.
No longer allows overnight camping!