With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, Sand Hollow camping is Utah's newest state park is also one of its most popular. Boat and fish on Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain with an off-highway vehicle, then camp in either the full hookup westside campground, or stay close to the action and ride your OHV from your site to the dunes in the new sandpit campground. Geography: A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes. The red sand is an incredible backdrop for Sand Hollow reservoir. At nearly twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow offers boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting.
Recreation: Sand Hollow already one of the most visited destinations in the Utah State Park system, with recreation opportunities for nearly every user from boaters to bikers, and OHV riders to equestrians.
Facilities: Three campground areas ranging from full hookups to standard camping.
This was our first trip with the RV, my 2 year old, and 1 year old. We parked on the west side RV park. It’s vary convenient to the cliff jumping rocks, walking distance. There are multiple heights to jump from so don’t worry and give it a shot. I recommend going to the other side beach to spend most of the day if you don’t have a boat. The sand is much nicer and you can drive your truck right up to the water.
April 30 - May 2, 2019 Weather was 50/60 degrees. Elevation 3,067. Site had water, electric and sewer. The showers were PRIVATE and VERY clean. Park has dump station. Verizon worked there. We met Holly and John Taylor and their dog Murphy (Youtubers: Let's Go Now Adventures). The Ironman competition was held there. There were LOTS of Side by Sides on the dunes.
The only way to the camp ground is through the front entrance which they close at 10. If you arrive before 10 but have to leave to get something after 10, don’t expect to get back in. They lock the gates and put spikes on the exit so you cannot reenter the park. I wasted my money booking here because I ended up getting locked out of my camp site.
There are a couple options for camping in Sand Hollow SP. We stayed at the Westside grounds with FHU. We really enjoyed our stay here as there’s plenty of your own space with neighbors behind and in front rather than side-to-side. Our site was mostly level with a grill (that was closed to use due to fire risk) and a shade structure with a picnic bench. The grounds were very quiet at night during our stay. We stayed in late June and the temps were hot so it was nice to have the lake nearby for swimming, boating, kayaking, etc. Swimmer’s itch is real but only affects a percentage of people. Thankfully, we weren’t affected. We drove to the other side of the lake to find a quiet spot to spend the day. Shade is at a premium, so bring your own. The dispersed tent sites around the lake seem nice and private but please pack out what you pack in. We carried out some garbage strewn at the site where we spent the day. Bathrooms are intermittent and nicely maintained. The lake can get crowded but we found it’s easy enough to find a private spot. The temps were near 100, so we were grateful to have the FHU at our site, though evening temps were very pleasant and we slept with windows open. Can’t wait to return with some shade, rafts and a SUP!
The primitive camping area is quite large, we found a really secluded spot despite the site being "Full". Clean beaches, well taken care of, but crowded in most areas. Lots of fun toys to rent while your there to play in the dunes. Temperatures were perfect during the last week of April.
Sand Hollow is a beautiful man made lake with bright red sand and clear waters. This park allows for motorized and non motorized boats, off road vehicles, rentals, camping and dogs.
There are very limited spots by the water to camp, and fires are only allowed in specific fire rings. Outside firewood is not allowed. There is also an entrance fee to enter the park, National Park Passes will not work here.
There are nice day use areas, and areas designated for camping. Tents and RVs allowed, although most access roads are covered in thick sand. I would not recommend taking a low clearance vehicle. There is also a small restaurant for food and vault toilets for use.
You cannot camp around the entire lake. The back portion is fenced off, only allowing half of the lake to be occupied. I chose to camp as far away from the other campers by the backside of the lake. It was a very beautiful, sandy spot right by the water. However, it seemed like the other people staying at the park had no sense of respect or personal space. We set our tent up around 2:00pm and we constantly had ATV's, families with dogs off of the leash, fishermen etc walking/driving right through our site. This continued even through the night until quiet hours. Light and sound travel very well over this lake, so someone drunkenly singing with their buddies across the lake sounds like they are right next to you. People are driving their cars at all sorts of hours blinding you with the reflection off of the water. There are Park Rangers that drive around but don't seem to do anything. There was litter everywhere hidden in the sand. There are a couple of trees and bushes that provide some shade but I would recommend bringing a shade tent. There are also a couple of metal tables with attached chairs at some campsite locations.
This would be a beautiful location to visit for the day with your family. I would not recommend camping here overnight unless you don't enjoy personal space, respectful neighbors, quiet hours or humming RVs.
By fluke on my honeymoon we booked at this campground.! SO glad we did! My family and I absolutely LOVE it!! It’s fun of all sorts, kayaking, lake beach, boating, cliff jumping, bbq, off-roading everywhere!!! And the beauty that surrounds is unreal!!
Also a GREAT restaurant down in town called Main Street is a must!!
You can camp at the rv campground (I have not camped there) there are also group site available that are not in the sand. The rest of the camping is dispersed primitive camping. You can bring your rv or a tent and find a spot near the water. Keep in mind that you will be driving in sand and can easily get stuck.
Sandhollow state park is next to sand mountain sand dunes which makes the lake very popular for off road vehicles and can get noisy and dusty from them.
There is a store located at the lake that rents atvs, kayaks etc.
Its 25.00 a night for primitive camping there is water and a dump station available.
We had such a great time last weekend at Sand Hollow State Park! Our friends were participating in the Sprint Tri so we drove up from Vegas to camp with them. It’s clean, beautiful and there’s plenty of space to spread out. There is a ton of razor/side by side activity so if you are looking for a super quiet campsite, this might not be the one for you although, come 11pm there was zero noise. The lake is so pretty and the water is warm right now! Enjoy!
We stayed at a group site without hookups for a week in mid-May and had a great time! The park was not crowded at all. There are trails for all SxS/quad level riders, including dunes and rock crawling. Awesome views at the Top of the World! The lake was perfect for swimming, floating, paddle boarding, and kayaking. We heard about the swimmers itch but didn’t have any issues (showered after swimming). The bathrooms were large and clean with warm showers. Water and dump station are right by the entrance. The location was close to Walmart and other stores. We also drove about 40 minutes to Springdale and Zion National Park.