Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Sand Island

Sand Island campground and recreation Area is located on the north bank of the San Juan River about 3 miles west of Bluff, Utah, on the south side of Highway 191. The 27-site campground is open year round. Campground facilities include drinking water (seasonal, March through October), vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, a day use picnic area, and a boat launch for the San Juan River (permits required). Regular campsites can't be reserved in advance and are "first come, first served" and self-register at the campground. Sites are $15 per night. There is a two car maximum per site. Two group sites for large groups are available to reserve in advance on this site. Search for "Sand Island Group Sites" for more information and to make a reservation.

Fee Info
Bureau of Land Management
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
Sand Island is located in Utah
37.1518 N
-109.3336 W
Get Directions
From Bluff go 3 miles west on US 191/163.
6 Reviews of Sand Island
River View

We stayed in site 8 and literally could have gone for a swim from our site. The sites are too close together for my liking, but we were the only ones at the campground. The pit toilets were clean (and not smelly)..The sites all had fire pit/grate, picnic table and flat spot for a tent or RV parking. The highway noise was a bit annoying, but not unbearable.

The sunrise over the river was incredible!

Nice campground on the banks of the San Juan river with petroglyphs nearby.

Nice and quiet, has shade trees on A loop. B loop had a few flooded sites. Has potable water and pit toilets. Great stop over between four corners and monument valley/ Grand canyon.

Perfect jump off

We arrived early on a Friday and met the cheerful helpful rangers at arrival. They were very helpful and gave us directions to campsites as well as info about our checkout for our river trip on the San Juan River the next day. Campsites were clean and close to the boat ramp but also allowed for seclusion. We set up our hammocks n site #1. A short walk away was the Sand Island Petroglyph Panel. Very cool and well maintained. Our kids met us for the night and enjoyed a night camping with our darling grandbaby. Loved the area and will return.

Great primitive sites

Nice first come first serve sites. Pit toilets, but potable water, and the standard fire ring and picnic table. Not too busy.

Utah primitive camping

A simple campground (there’s water and a vault toilet) with lovely views. It was almost empty when we were there in June. It makes a good stopover since it’s not far from Hovenweep, Four Corners (which isn’t worth the visit, IMHO), Monument Valley, and a small town for basic supplies. No reservations, no caretakers, so get ready to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere (in a good way).

Camp under the cottonwoods riverside - Will take you back in time!

You will find this lovely campground just outside of the town of Bluff, UT. Sand Island Campground is located on the north bank of the San Juan River about 3 miles west of Bluff, Utah, on the south side of Highway 191. The hotels in town fill up fast - but this hidden spot is where you want to be if you love being off on your own! At $15 per campsite per night (2 car maximum) price is right and they offer 25 campsites. Keep in mind that the campsites are "first come, first served" and self-register. There are some amenities like drinking water, Picnic tables,Fire grates, &Pit toilets. There is a boat launch that did get regular traffic. What I loved best was the petroglyphs! There are 2 full walls of them and lots to explore down a trail that runs along the river. The sites are fairly small but ours was private and the camping area was near empty when we were there in Sept. You do have to treat yourself to dinner at the Cottonwood Steakhouse while you are there and take time the visit the nearby Bluff Fort. Their home-made rootbeer is the best I have ever had!