Julie M.
Highlands Ranch, CO
Joined June 2018
Perfect national park camping

We recently stayed at Watchman campground for 2 night stay over Father's day weekend. Book your weekend early, like 6 months in advance if you are staying over the summer. You should not have problems during the week, as we saw many vacant spots Monday morning.

We stayed in site 18b loop B group site. I made this reservation about 5 1/2 months ahead and all that was left was a group site. If you are out and about the park all day, this spot will be just fine.

However, if you have a trailer bump out, this will not work for you.

The site has electric hook up. There is a water station and dump station.

The site is about a 2 mins walk to the bathrooms and about 7 min walk to the visitors center along the trail.

Be sure to arrive at the shuttle early, like before 8:00 to avoid the long lines.

Great location.. needs updating..

We really enjoyed our time here at Mather. If you plan on staying more than 2 days visiting the Grand Canyon, stay in the park.

We were in Loop B, which was plenty far from the showers, laundry and shuttle. If I were to plan again, I'd try and get loop A, as we did so much walking and hiking aside from just in the campground. If you are walking to the shuttle to go west, just keep walking to the market and get on that one, as it's 4 more minutes of walking and the bus there cuts out 3 extra stops.

All sites are pretty well spaced out, enough privacy. Hammocks allowed so that was great.

My biggest gripe is the lack of funding for this park. The showers and bathrooms desperately need updating. Additionally, the campground boasts WiFi in the laundry/shower house in all literature and pamphlets, but they don't have it. The workers say they have never had it and don't know why it's listed. Considering that there is barely any cell coverage, WiFi is helpful for people who are staying here for long periods of time and need to check in with others. For example, we always let someone know our hiking plans for safety reasons, but couldn't send any type of message due to lack of coverage. Again, this is a funding issue. The employees were always helpful.

Awesome in off season

Visit this campground in early spring! We practically had the campground to ourselves!

Word of caution, it did unexpectedly hail for about 20 mins but we had our camper and could seek shelter.

There are pit toilets and a water station. Campground host came by… frequently… he seemed lonely but was nice.

Great ATV trails close by, just respect the signs and limits.

If you visit in summer or early fall, expect this site to be full.

Favorite place near Jefferson Lake

Aspen campground is our favorite place to stay when visiting Jefferson Lake. It's a smaller loop and relatively quiet.

Facilities include pit toilets and a water station. Campground host usually stays in the Lodgepole loop, but will drive thru during busy season… I've never seen a host in late October.

We enjoy the sites just on the right back loop as you enter, especially if you have a group of families. Then you have lots of space for the kids and dogs to run around.

The lake is beautiful and we love going on our SUP. The water is a little chilly for swimming, plus there are usually a lot of people fishing, so just get on your board and away from the shore.

This is a perfect location for a weekend getaway with the family and friends.

Clean and Proud!

We stopped here for a quick overnight on our way thru Utah.

The facilities are incredibly clean, some of the nicest flush toilets and single showers I've visited.

We stayed at site 3, which included electric and water hook ups. There is a dump station as well.

The campground host is super friendly. It is a nice quiet place right on the golf course. If my nose is correct, there is a hot spring nearby.

This is a perfect state park for families, or a quick stop thru Utah.

Nice escape... Tough on the trailer

Springer Gulch is a beautiful primitive campground in easy driving distance from Eleven Mile state park. If you don't want to drive to the lake, there are plenty of spots along the river you can set up and tube/float along.

The campground was quite and filled with families, so no issues there. Campground host does come around with firewood if you need any. Campsites are clean and well-kept.

There were, however, a few drawbacks to this Campground if you are pulling a trailer. First off the road in is completely washboard so if you're pulling a trailer it'll take you twice as long to get to your site.

Additionally the loop in the campground is very tight so again if you are pulling a trailer you need to know which site you were in before going into the loop as to make sure you are going the correct way when you back up into your site. It not a one-way Loop, therefore pulling in with a trailer will be counterintuitive if you go the wrong way.

Much of the road was washed out with large ditches so we were having to be extremely cautious to make sure we didn't bottom out.

Once we got in to the campground with the trailer, parked and set up, we had a wonderful time. Plenty of shade and trees.

The Campground has pit toilets and pump water.