Jen R.

Pro

Portland, OR

Joined September 2020

Beautiful campground too close to Intestate

We stayed here in a tent site (no hookups) on our way back to Portland from Nevada. As an overnight cut-off campground, it’s lovely: Nice-sized sites set in beautiful Oregon forest (we’d been out of state for a couple weeks and REALLY appreciated the trees); clean bathrooms and showers; long “tent” sites that allowed us to back in our 18ft trailer without uncoupling for the night.

However, it’s right on the interstate. While you kind of tune it out after a while, the road noise is constant and definitely interferes with any sense of “wilderness”.

A good option in the area

We stayed at Lakeview Campsite on our way up to Idaho from Utah. We were lucky enough to snag the last spot on a Thursday afternoon, and watched several folks come in after us and have to camp in the overflow lot.

The campground itself is nice enough, with water in some sites (no hookups) and picnic tables. There are nice toilets and fantastic showers.

The proximity and lack of natural boundaries between mean that you can pretty much hear everything from every site. But, if you’re lucky enough to have quiet neighbors, the campsite is wonderfully isolated with great views of the stars.

Fine campground, if you know what to expect

We stayed here for 4 nights in Sept when the temps were close to triple digits.

As a campground, it’s actually pretty nice. Many (but not all) of the sites have water and electrical hookups, and they’re spaced far enough apart that it doesn’t feel like a parking lot, even though there’s no real dividers to speak of. Since the sites are on a hill, they all have views of the reservoir. There are clean bathrooms, but no showers.

The reservoir and the campsite sit in a basin of red rock cliffs, so it gets very hot during the day — a few degrees warmer than Hurricane — and stays hot well into the night. As long as you’re prepared for this and have a/c and floaties for the lake, it’s fine.

Typical parking-lot style RV park

We stayed here overnight on our way to the Grand Canyon. It was fine for a “pull-in, hook up, go to bed” place, but I wouldn’t want to stay here for any length of time.

The sites are within a few feet of each other with no privacy. There’s no shade or really any vegetation.

I guess if you were planning to hang out at the casino, it’s a decent alternative to their hotel — there’s a free shuttle to and from the casino that seems to run most hours.

Great campground with stunning views!

This really is one of the best campgrounds we’ve ever stayed in with our travel trailer and is a must if you’re planning to visit the park.

The sites are well-spaced and feel more secluded than you’d think thanks to the shrubbery between the sites. We stayed in the A loop, which had beautiful large pads and were situated perfectly for all sites in the loop to get great views. B loop looks a little more cramped, with smaller pads.

The best thing about Watchman, though, is its proximity to everything. You’re walking distance to the visitor center, Springdale’s restaurants and shops, and some smaller trails. We didn’t need to move our truck the whole time. And it still manages to feel like you’re camping in the middle of a national park. If we can ever land a reservation here again, we’ll be back in a heartbeat!

Remote enough dry camping close to Bryce

We stayed here in our 18ft travel trailer for 4 nights over Labor Day weekend. That 5 mile drive on the gravel road to get to the campsite is no joke — tie down everything that can be tied down — but once you’re there, the sites are relatively well-spaced, there’s good tree cover at most sites (some are more exposed than others), and the toilets are clean.

The lake was pretty low when we got there, but there’s easy enough access from the campsite.

From our brief time there, it seemed like this was the best camping in the area if you want something remote enough to feel like you’re camping. A lot of the other campgrounds in the area felt like parking lots. If you don’t care about fresh water access or toilets, there’s a lot of boondock sites right off the dirt road.

Packed like sardines but great management

We stopped off here for one night on our way to Bryce Canyon. We arrived late, but someone had stayed around to welcome us and give us a goody bag with nutter butters, coozies, and fresh plums, which was really nice!

They pack them in tight here! Each pitch is no wider than 15’, which actually makes it pretty challenging to back in. There isn’t really any outside space, unless you want to squeeze some chairs next to your neighbor’s sewer hookup.

That being said, the facilities are great and the folks running the place are really friendly and helpful. Showers are free, hot, and clean. There’s a well-stocked store, laundry room, propane fill-up, etc.