The Hamburger Rock Campground is located north off the Needles Highway (accessed from Highway 211), approximately three miles southeast of Canyonlands National Park and 17 miles northwest of Newspaper Rock. The campground provides 10 campsites, mostly situated at the base of the Hamburger Rock geologic feature. This is the closest site to Canyonlands National Park, and is often used as an overflow when the Park is full.
Hamburger Rock is a large, red sandstone monolith, with expansive views of Lockhart Basin and Canyonlands National Park to the north and northwest. A few of the sites are shaded by small juniper trees, but most are shaded only by the rock itself. Campsites are $15 per night and available on a first come, first served basis. Each site features a tent/trailer space, a picnic table, a fire ring, and vault toilets. There is no water at the campground.
campground is very soft great for tents. Outhouse is 1/4 mile down the hill. Great views of Needles from this point. there is shade here as well.
i was super excited when I arrived because it was really cute with tons of rocks to climb on and shade to hide in from the sun. We were there in July and no one was there, which was nice. But… at night time it was super windy and the sand was blowing everywhere. Just be prepared for wind and make sure you can cover your tent well and stake it down. Besides that, it is a great spot because it is cheap, $10 per night and it is only about 20 minutes from the Needles visitor center for Canyonlands National Park.
The greater Hamburger Rock area located off of Lockhart Rd is one of my favorite places in the world. You can stay in the "developed" part of the campground, which consists of a picnic table and firepit and are scattered around the actual rock. There are plenty of other campsites along Lockhart Rd. and down side trails that are free. Most of them have fire rings that are build/maintained by those who find them. This place is so peaceful. We watched a full moon rise between the silhouette of two massive canyon walls. The night sky is amazing out here.
We stayed about 3/4 of a mile from Hamburger Rock in dispersed camping. There was a pull off and there was someone camping on the rocks on the front of the pull off. We hiked around back and camped back where it was pretty open with some nooks in the rocks. We had 7 high school students along. Three students, along with a teacher put up hammocks in the rocks and trees, of which there weren't many (way more rocks then trees). Two slept on the ground and three of us slept in tents. The wind was bad and when the wind was blowing, so was the dirt. Our burgers that night were a bit crunchy and gritty. The views were spectacular, clear across almost to canyonlands. On a clear night you'd be able to see stars forever as well. Our night was windy and a bit overcast. We were there in April and it was a bit chilly but the perfect temps for hiking as it wasn't too hot yet. We were maybe 15 minutes from Canyonlands National Park. This is where we spent most of our time. The bathrooms were at Hamburger Rock and they were vault toilets in a building. They smelled pretty awful and were out of TP. We only used them twice, we otherwise found facilities elsewhere. We did take a short bus back there, our bus was not able to go up the road to where we camped so we walked our gear in. If we had more clearance we could have gone up. Even a regular bus probably could have made it but with our auto chain system, we could not. It was not a bad spot, especially for being free.
We found this campground by accident. We had originally planned to camp inside Canyonlands, but got there too late for first-come, first-serve. However, Hamburger Rock turned out to be way better. It sits right outside the Needles District entrance to Canyionlands and provides amazing views of the surrounding landscape. The sites are scattered around the rock formation, providing a lot of privacy and, at $6/night, is way cheaper than inside the park, which costs $20/night. It has pit toilets, but no water, so make sure you bring plenty of your own. However, there is water at the visitors center inside Canyonlands and, when we were there, it was free.
We spent the night here before going into Canyonlands, and were really pleased with the location. Camp sites (~10, i think ) are situated around the big hamburger rock, so everyone has a little alcove and you can't really hear your neighbors too much. There are picnic tables, and fire rings at every spot. An open air pit toilet. No water. $6/night. Soft sand made for a great night's sleep. Watching the sunset from the top of the rock was great. I plan to come back next time I'm in the area.
Hamburger rock is just outside of Canyonlands NP. Kids can have fun climbing on the rocks and the campsite is usually pretty empty. Be sure to bring LOTS of water with you, there isn't any available at a reasonable price without a long drive.
If you drive just past Hamburger Rock, you can do some backpacking down Indian Creek.