This was an amazing place in every way . . . except one which is very important to us personally. We stayed for a couple of nights in December 2020, when COVID rates were skyrocketing everywhere & especially Arizona. We had just come from a KOA in New Mexico which had 100% mask compliance throughout the campground. Here, despite the infection rates there was zero mask compliance amongst campers anywhere in the campground. The staff wore masks and we watched them diligently clean campsite furniture after campers checked out. But, nothing was done to encourage compliance from campers. In NM there were signs everywhere. Here, however, they were actively encouraging campers to gather at group (super spreader) activities. Seriously? Over 300,000 dead and they go on to host a full slate of weekly KOA sponsored activities and pancake breakfast like nothing is happening? The pool area was full of unmasked people. No one wore a mask in the restroom or laundry. There were constant, yelling unmasked kids running through our site. Four adult males gathered on one site openly heckled my wife for wearing a mask while she walked our dog. It was callous, very disappointed.
We came for a night but when we saw it we extended for 7 nights. The Passport America (PA) discount on the week was enough savings to pay for my PA membership for several years! Very clean showers, restrooms & laundry. We had no Verizon cell service unless we drove up the road for a mile. It was sad to see so many selfish people not wearing masks in the clubhouse despite signs from the sovereign Nation requesting people wear them. Native Americans have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19 so please just wear your mask. There is a tribal gas station down the street with good prices - you absolutely will not be allowed in there without a mask.
We are on our second week here, having moved once in the wash to get better sun for our solar panels. The sun is weak here this time if year (Nov) and sets early. The other reviews covered the positives & some negatives. A pet peeve is that BLM only asks you take your trash & not camp on the first 1 mile of road which is restoration area. Despite this & a sign showing where the 1 mile ends & camping begins there are still people who insist on camping in the restoration area. Please just watch the signs & don't camp for a mile - not hard! Also, there doesn't seem to be any camp host nor any BLM rangers (we've been on various BLM land all year & seen no rangers & even when we had to call BLM twice at other locations the rangers called me & said they were too far away to help). A big issue at Craggy Wash is the many disrespectful ATVrs. I've watched them closely & those ATVs coming in on RVs seem generally respectful but the locals coming in from town on CanAms, etc, are worst. They drive outrageously fast & will run cars off the gravel road. The speed limit is 15 though most cars couldn't go that fast on the poor road. We've had some Jeeps go by very fast and many ATVrs doing at least 70. They even drive incredibly fast at night. So, you are going to get dusted out by them if you try to sit outside or eat outside. Heaven forbid your kid or dog wander into the road because they can't stop fast in the gravel even if they tried & some look like they'd just keep going even if they hit you. There are also a few sketchy folks car camping who act like they don't want to be seen, but the last thing they want is attention from bothering you. There has only been one deputy sheriff, who came by in daytime, in almost 2 weeks.
Not much around here but if you are driving by this place is clean and reasonable. They have a very wide road through the park which is nice and long pull-through sites. They only have 50 amp & we needed 30 but mgr let me borrow an adapter. Would stay again if passing by.
We got one of the last spots as they were slammed with Oregon wildfire evacuees. We were grateful as we were required to be in Boise for 2 days. But when we hooked up I found the 30 amp outlet melted & broken and the 110 outlet blackened from spark damage. The office was closed but I managed to find a maintenance man to come look at the outlet He replaced the 30 amp outlet & left. Then I hooked up my surge protector and got reverse polarity warnings. I located the manager & told her I wanted to move as I won't use a faulty outlet. She agreed to refund my money & let us stay because they had no other spaces. Next day I went to the office & the lady there said they were very familiar with the reverse polarity problem. I asked about a reduced rate for the second night & she said she'd send an electrician to fix the problem that afternoon. We had no power for 2 very hot days. No electrician ever came. I was only charged one night on my CC statement but that comes to $20 night for no power.
We stayed here for a week while waiting for a package to arrive in Cedar City. The gap is a beautiful place and the petroglyphs would be as well were it not for the vandalism on them. On some camping apps people are saying just camp anywhere out here. I wanted to clarify that. While there are lots of places to camp please don't make new campsites or drive off roads and in the desert/grass. We stayed in a lovely spot on Jackrabbit Road, but had to drive over a mile to find what I consider an established site. All along the road there is damage from people driving and camping wherever they want. This is tragic and violates leave no trace. So does the many bullet shell casings, broken glass, dog turds, old gun targets, shotgun shells, etc, out here. This is how public lands get closed. It's a nice place and we saw respectful campers, OHV'rs, and bicyclists. Just use existing campsites and roads.
Stopped here on way south to NV because there wasn't much free camping to be found on the route. Unfortunately it was during the massive western fires and the horizon was smoky. Couldn't really see anything but smoke, scrub brush, and lots of flies. The flies were horrible. Half the campground was under construction - should be nice later. There is a dump station, which is nice. There were only 2 sites left at 4pm and the last one was taken by an RV behind me. The rest of the open CG was full of fishermen and invisible men in camo from head to toe in muddy trucks - assume hunters as Idaho allows everything to be killed in early fall for some reason. The road in was in good shape, but it's far to drive if you were to find it full - so I wouldn't try it after 4 pm in hunting season.
This is one of many Park Service CGs on Lake Roosevelt. There is a day use area, group camp, and marina all down the road from CG. Your experience will depend on time of day, season, crowding, site, etc. We stayed 10 days after arriving in area & finding everything else full. We had to move mid-way into visit from site 39 loop 2 to 70 loop 3. Camp host told me 39 was best site in CG - it was, though I got it by accident for 5 days without realizing. 70 was only average. 39 is huge lakefront sandy site. Host this summer was amazing & helpful. Sites near entrance to loops were more unlevel. This year all loops are reservation only. During day in week its quiet & emptier, & fills & louder till 10pm. Weekends very busy! Sites are all paved & most are small yet many RVs are huge (& people bring boats & large trucks) making driving thru loops hard on weekends. There were LOTS of kids on weekends. Interior sites are shaded (low solar collection). The road runs near each site so every diesel truck is near your camper window & every person walking by is near your site/window (this was a virus concern on 70 especially weekends). I could hear the paper mill - not an issue in RV - would be a issue in tent. There were many generators at all times and since it's a loop it can sound like you are surrounded by generators at busy times.
This place was a lifesaver in a busy summer when we found ourselves in the area with no reservations and full campgrounds everywhere. The county allows up to 72 hours of parking in this recreation complex. Just be aware the facility is heavily used and park with politeness in mind. We pulled in on a hot summer afternoon and a few kids were at the playground. Not being county Fair time I assumed nobody else, except maybe a stray RVer who found themselves way up here despite the Canadian border being closed, would be there. So, I pulled my class B van and tow car into the lot long-ways next to the fence at the soccer field so we could look out at grass rather than gravel. Wrong thing to do. After we got everything unpacked and set up 4:30 rolls around and cars start to show up. A few tennis players and skateboarders at first. Then more playground kids. I start thinking I'm parked obnoxiously when about 100 cars show up and start to block me in. I just barely get everything out away and move to the back of the lot when the place is overrun with soccer mom's and little league players. We stopped counting at 100 cars, but there must have been 150 at least and hundreds of people (no masks, no distancing). If I hadn't gotten moved I would have been terribly embarrassed to be taking up many car spaces - right where the mom's needed to park - in an RV with out if state tags. So, just keep in mind that even if it doesn't look busy this place really gets used and can fill up in minutes. We don't want them to ban us so park accordingly. There are water spigots and trash cans available, as well as a dump station. Very loud trains, which we love but others hate, come by every 2 hours or so.
2020 cost is $16 + $8 extra car, half off with Federal parks pass, & it's average for a Forest Service pay campground. There's water, & you can fill a holding tank, but no power or dump. The lower loops are very close together & less shade. The upper loop has more shade, bigger sites, but sound rises from below. You can hear the conversations and generators of your lower neighbors. Our site was next to a vault toilet - we could smell it. There was lots of noise, e.g., road, train, barking dogs, etc. The 2020 camp hosts were very intrusive. They stopped us in the middle of the road while they inspected our front license plate (we aren't required to have one), then interrogated us, without masks, about where we were from, what we were doing & how many dogs we had. We have a nice RV and look like average middle class folks. Maybe it was because we were in a Class B Van, but our van cost more than most class As. This is a self-pay campground so unless I need firewood I don't need to be forced to stop & be questioned by a volunteer. While we drove through looking at sites one host tailed us on foot through the CG. Five minutes after we began to set up they showed up, not wearing masks, wanting money. I didn't think volunteers were supposed to handle any money. We'd already paid at the iron ranger pay station & they seemed disappointed to not get the money directly from us. Then, within a minute, they returned, not wearing masks, & fussed because we hadn't gotten the tag on our campsite post yet - we were still setting up & hadn't had time yet. They weren't social distancing & we thought they were very peculiar and intimidating.
All the forest service campgrounds in the area were full and we happened across this place. We stayed 3 days & it was very peaceful. Each day a few sites opened up mid-day. There is a beautiful flat water river with two access points and locals tube and paddle here. There are tent sites, back-in sites, and pull through sites. Our site was on the river though separated by a thin strip of woods. At night we could hear coyotes. There are a lot of people who drive through looking around and kicking up dust, but that's the only negative. There are no hookups, only a central hand pump for water and no dump station. Prices are cheaper for residents and those with state fishing license (who have already contributed to the up keep).
It's very hot - little shade, especially on outside of loop. Very expensive, almost $50 with tax for out-of-state with NO sewer. $15 just for day use. Whole place stinks like dead fish or rotting weeds or something like that. Irritating bugs are everywhere. Old abandoned construction fences are laying around the entrance to the campground with weeds growing up through them - looks like no one cares. There is hardly any grass - mostly dirt with little pieces of trash in it - and an employee was "mowing" the dirt throwing up clouds of dust. Weeds all around the water/electric hookups. We took a walk from camp to a point that sticks out into the water and there was nylon fishing line and trash everywhere. Really, with what you charge you have nobody whose job it is to pick up endless strands of nylon line blowing everywhere and hurting animals? Fishing line kills birds & marine animals! We hated this place, you couldn't pay us to stay again.