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Leili K.
Moab, UT
Joined July 2018
Great views

If you get to the campgrounds early enough you can set up a tent at the edge. This way you will have a clear view of Monument Valley with no other tents or distractions in the way. Restrooms are clean and close by, so you can walk to them from the campsite. However, it was a little noisy at night because you're camping near the parking lot and some people come late in the evening to set up.

Relaxing state park

This is a simple state park with lots of information on wildlife, and, if you're lucky, you'll spot alligators. No need to strap on the hiking backpack or anything like that because all the trails are flat. I didn't spot any alligators, but I did come across a huge feral hog. After a few seconds of a standstill, he ran away and I continued on the trail.

Quick access to hiking

I camped in a primitive site and was able to hike the Sunset trail straight from my campsite. The campsites are pretty lose together and RVs were mingled in with primitive sites, so it wasn't really quiet. However, the quick access to the hiking trails was nice.

Beautiful sunset and sunrise

This is a rugged dispersed camping area. You have an amazing view here. I made it to this location in a Fiat. So if you're looking for a nice site to camp at but are worried about vehicle clearance, then this would be a great option.

Crowded

This is a scenic area and while I was driving through the loop campground I saw many mule deer. However, I chose not to stay here because the campsites were too close to each other. Instead I drove back down the main street that leads to this camp, and by about 1 or 2 miles I found a nice dispersed camp spot with a wide open view of the La Sals.

Simple

This is a simple, wide open tent camping area and it's really close to Smith Rock. You can wake up early to see the sun on the rock formations and then hike to the climbs in approximately 20-30 minutes.

Nice for deep water soloing

The campsites here are well spread out and provide quick access to deep water soloing routes in Pace Bend. Just don't go in the middle of summer because it's way too hot. Even if you jump in and out of the water to cool off, it's still going to be hot. Also, the campsite I stayed at had a table. That was a nice plus.

Simple Camp

This is a good place to camp if you're climbing at Reimers. It's a simple campground and people just drive up to wherever they want to camp. I drove up pretty late in the evening and had to navigate my way through several tents already set up. Nothing fancy, but I'd go back.

Quick access to E rock

The campsites are nicely spaced and there are enough trees and bushes for some privacy. I arrived after dark, but was still able to find a campsite. They are close to E Rock, so you can just wake up and walk to the crags.

Nice trailhead for backpacking Frank Church

I left my car at this trailhead for 5 days while backpacking in Frank Church. This trailhead will lead you to a maintained trail along the river that eventually becomes the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The views are spectacular. The trailhead sees a fair amount of traffic. I was thankful for this because I returned to a flat tire and, though my fiancé and I got the situation fixed, we had several people check on us and offer to help.

Salmon jumping!

My fiance and I were backpacking in the Frank Church area in late June and Dagger Falls was one of our stops. We didn't realize there was a campground here, but as soon as we found out we decided to stay the night. The campground was pretty quiet and very clean, and there was a restroom and clean water available. We cooled off in the river near the bridge by camp #7. And we saw many large salmon jumping up over the rapids and the salmon ladder! This was a pleasant surprise to us.