Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
No Drinking Water
About Lower Bowns

Lower Bowns Campground is located on the east side of Boulder Mountain on the shore of Lower Bowns Reservoir at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing and exploring local trails.


Popular activities in the area include hiking, biking, hunting and riding the Rosebud ATV Trail. Lower Bowns Reservoir offers boating, canoeing and fishing for rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout.


This campground contains three accessible sites: one group site can accommodate up to 50 people, and two single sites can each accommodate up to 10 people.

Vault toilets are provided, and roads and parking spurs throughout the site are gravel.

Natural Features

The campground is sparsely forested with pinyon pines and juniper, which offer only limited shade. Boulder Mountain lies to the west of the site, and Capitol Reef National Park's Waterpocket Fold and the Henry Mountains lie to the east.

Nearby Attractions

Capitol Reef National Park is just 45 minutes from the campground. This unique park offers excellent hiking trails, historic sites and breathtaking scenery.

Sightseeing along Utah Highway 12, a National Scenic Byway, is very popular. Travelers visit from every corner of the world to gaze upon stunning red rock canyons and desert landscapes.

ADA Access: N

$12.00 - $45.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
No Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Lower Bowns is located in Utah
38.1064 N
-111.2768 W
Get Directions
From Torrey, Utah, take Highway 24 approximately one mile east to the junction with Highway 12. Turn right and travel 16 miles to Forest Road 186. Take FR 186 5 miles to the campground.
4 Reviews of Lower Bowns
Nice Spot if You Plan to Stay Awhile

This is a beautiful spot, but definitely not ideal for someone looking to stop for a night between destinations. It is pretty far off the beaten path, down a rough gravel road. There are also several free dispersed camping sites nearby, and other campsites closer to the road. The actual sites are large with nice tables and fire pits. The ants were awful though, so I definitely wouldn’t suggest tent camping here. There is a pit toilet but no other amenities. You’re close to the lake, it’s nice and quiet, and the night sky was beautiful.

Nice but free available

This is a RV site mainly. We tent camped here and it was not great at first. Ants are everywhere and you can’t get rid of them. Plenty of free dispersed in the same area. Also. The directions are iffy that they send you. You want to turn on the road going to Lower Bowns reservoir. Go all the way to the end and you will find the site on your left. But I wouldn’t bother. Plenty of dispersed camping.

Awesome place to camp

I love this place. The lake is easy to fish with lots of hungry trout. The camp site is clean and the mountain air is amazing.

Make sure you pack a pontoon boat with you. There is really good fishing only steps away from the campsite. Nice cedar trees to get you out of the sun. The Boulder mountain is one of the most beautiful places in Utah.

First to Review
Beautiful spot outside Capitol Reef

We camped in the free dispersed camping area out of season. Greatful it was open unlike the surrounding camp areas. There were some hunter/ATV groups nearby who were driving through outlr camp. They were friendly but kind of annoying that they brought their loud vehicles around us frequently. Beautiful area, probably should take something more capable than a sedan to get here.