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Short hike in for winter camping, leaving out of Snowbasin Maples Lot. Snowshoes or touring setup will make it easier over just boots, especially as the snowpack deepens. Trail is very popular for winter use and you will likely see or hear other people, but it is quiet at night. Choose campsite carefully and consider avy dangers if relevant, but a generally mild slope in the former campground area.
Beautiful island in the middle of the Great Salt Lake. The bison are free grazing all around and a few came right up to our campground in the early morning! There is a ranch on the far side of the island (Fielding Garr Ranch) which is adorable and definitely worth a visit. We went in Oct. 2020 so it was not very busy and it felt like the closest neighbors were pretty distant. There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from with varying skill levels. Absolutely will return!
An inexpensive stay in town near great places like Silicon Slopes, Thanksgiving Point, Utah Lake, Traverse Mountain and centered between Salt Lake and Provo. This is a nice spot along the Jordan River Parkway. The hosts are a little loony, but they stay out of your way if you follow the rules of the park. There are nice tables, boat launch for non-motorized water crafts, bathrooms, and playgrounds.
This is not a pull-in campground. This is backcountry access off of the Lame Horse trails. Please use leave no trace and enjoy the backcountry in a responsible manner. We love these areas because the views of the mountains and meadows are breathtaking. You will need to backpack a ways in to find a good place to set up a tent. Just be sure to camp at least 100 feet off the trail. Enjoy responsibly.
We stayed in mid October when the campground is first come first serve. Good thing we got there early in the morning (it was Saturday) because they had just closed an entire loop that significantly reduced the number of sites. We got the last one available but it was a really nice site with a lot of privacy (17). This entire area is very pretty. The fall colors were amazing! Tip: don’t drive to the upper lake, it was mostly dry in the fall and the drive was VERY rough for 3 miles uphill.
They regularly stock the lakes here with Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout. It is a fantastic place to bring your kids for fishing. It's only about 25 minutes up Payson Canyon, it has a great backwoods feel but includes good parking, close campgrounds and a paved path around the biggest of the Payson Lakes, Big East Lake. Every time I have fished here, I have caught fish and most times I catch my daily limit.
This is one of the closest campgrounds to Provo. It is quick and easy for the kind of trip to just get away but it won't feel like you are backwoods because of the smallness of the park and closeness to a very busy highway through Provo Canyon. Really close to the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls.
The island is absolutely beautiful, the bison amazing and we looked at two campgrounds that were both in great locations, with great spots. Unfortunately all that beauty can't distract you from the thousands of bugs that are determined to eat you alive. We had already set up camp, sprayed bug spray and brought out all our anti-bug measures, but none of it worked. We had to break down camp and leave. Driving off the island, it sounded like rain, but it was in fact bugs hitting the windshield and front of the car. I would not come back to camp here, but it's worth a day trip.