Deer Haven Campground is situated high on the western edge of the Colorado Plateau, close to Cedar City, Utah. Visitors enjoy hiking, biking and day-tripping to nearby Cedar Breaks National Monument.
The 34-mile Virgin River Rim Trail passes near the campground and is open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Deer Haven is just 11 miles from Cedar Breaks National Monument, with hiking trails, guided tours and breathtaking scenery.
Just outside Cedar Breaks is the Ashdown Gorge Wilderness Area, where hikers will find 10 miles of trails and the Twisted Forest, a stand of ancient bristlecone pine.
This campground offers one large group area for family reunions, youth and church groups and other large organizations of up to 200 people. Ten single sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Flush and vault toilets are provided. Drinking water is piped from a spring, but there is not an abundant supply. Campers area urged to conserve water in all activities.
OHV/ATV's are allowed in the campground for ingress and egress only. No joy riding is allowed in the campground.
Deer Haven is at an elevation of 8,900 feet. This peaceful and scenic campground is surrounded by a forest of aspen and pine trees. Summer wildflowers are abundant throughout the site.
Deer Haven is close to many areas with excellent recreational opportunities. Navajo Lake and Duck Lake are both within 30 minutes, offering boating, canoeing and fishing. The Duck Creek/Markagunt ATV Trail System begins nearby.
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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!