NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Utah Campgrounds

A note: some, or possibly all, campground prices may be outdated as things have changed in the camping business ever since the 2010 budget crisis. But they are at least indicative of what to expect.

Zion's National Park

South Campground

One of two major campgrounds within the confines of Zion's National Park.

Location: Within the park, at the Springdale entrance.

Attraction: Location.

Campsite Description: 127 sites for tents or RV's, some with wheelchair access. Picnic tables, fire grills, restrooms with flush toilets and drinking water. Generators okay 8-10AM & 6-8PM.

Season: March thru September.

Reservations: None

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $16   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Zion National Park. 435-772-3256 or www.nps.gov/zion.  

Day Hikes in Area: Angels landing, The narrows, observation point, Emerald Pools.

Watchman Campground

The second major campground located within Zion National Park.

Location: Within the park.

Attraction: Location.

Campsite Description: 95 sites with 30 amp hook-ups and 62 tent-only sites plus 7 tent-only group sites. Some sites with wheelchair access. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and flush toilets. Dump station. No generators. Leashed pets okay.

Season: Year-round.

Reservations: From March thru October at 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees To $20   Fishing No
Hook-ups Yes   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Zion National Park. 435-772-3256 or www.nps.gov/zion.  

Day Hikes in Area: Same as South.

Bryce Canyon National Park

North Campground

One of two major campgrounds within the park.

Location: Within park boundaries.

Attraction: Location.

Campsite Description: 107 sites. Loops A & B are for RV's over 20 feet. Generators are allowed from 8AM-8PM. Loops C & D are for tents or RV's to 20 feet. Picnic tables, flush toilets, BBQ grills and fire grills. Dump station nearby. Leashed pets okay.

Season: Some loops open year-round.

Reservations: For 32 sites from early may thru September.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $15   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies No

Information: Bryce Canyon National Park. 435-834-5322 or www.nps.gov/brca.

Day Hikes in Area: Rim Trail; Queens/Navajo Loop.

Sunset Campground

The second major campground within the park.

Location: Within park boundaries.

Attraction: Location.

Campsite Description: 101 individual sites and 1 group site for up to 30 people. Some sites with wheelchair access. Loop A is for RV's over 20 feet; generators are allowed from 8AM-8PM. Loops B & C are for tents or RV's to 20 feet. Picnic tables, BBQ grills, flush toilets, fire grills and drinking water are available. Dump station at North campground. Leashed pets okay.

Season: May thru October, weather permitting.

Reservations: Only for group site.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $15   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies No

Information: Bryce Canyon National Park. 435-834-5322 or www.nps.gov/brca.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin Campground

The only campground in the park.

Location: Within the state park.

Attraction: Location.

Campsite Description: 27 individual sites for tents or RV's plus two group sites for up to 35 people each. One site with wheelchair access. Picnic tables, BBQ grills, fire pits, some pull=thru sites, restrooms with flush toilets and showers. Leashed pets okay.

Season: Year-round.

Reservations: Yes. 800-322-3770 or www.reserveamerica.com.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $16   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers Yes   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies No

Information: Kodachrome Basin State Park. 435-679-8562.

Calf Creek Campground

A nice spot to camp on Hwy. 12 with access to Lower Calf Creek Falls, a 6 mile round trip over level terrain.

Location: 14.4 miles north of Escalante on Hwy. 12.

Attraction: Lower Calf Creek Falls. A nice, albeit small, campground tucked among the rocks.

Campsite Description: 14 sites for tents or RV's to 25 feet. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and pit toilets in the campground and flush toilets nearby in the day use area. Leashed pets okay. The campground access road is narrow with little space to turn around so trailers and large vehicles are not recommended.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: None.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $7   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Both   Supplies No

Information: Grand Staircase BLM Field Office. 435-826-5499.

Day Hikes in Area: Lower Calf Creek Falls.

Capitol Reef National Park

Fruita Campground

A decent campground surrounded by orchards planted by Mormon settlers circa 1880 that are still bearing fruit, to the benefit of campers. While camping you can sample whatever is bearing fruit; apple, cherry, apricot, peach or pear. A nearby home turned shop sells fresh pies, scones, jam, syrup and other goodies. The park has some fine petroglyphs and remnants of the Mormon homesteads.

There is another option within the park. Cathedral Campground is a 6 site spot with picnic tables, fire grills and pit toilets and no drinking water. It is accessed by a gravel road not suited to large RV's or trailers. People who like primitive camping and have a reasonably rugged vehicle may find this to their liking. Get directions at the park entrance.

Location: Within the park.

Attraction: The primary place to camp. See also Cathedral Campground.

Campsite Description: 71 sites for tents or RV's of any length. One group site for up to 40 people. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water flush toilets and a dump station.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: Not for individual sites.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $10   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies Nearby

Information: Capitol Reef National Park. 435-425-3791 or www.nps.gov/care.

Arches National Park

Devil's Garden Campground

The only campground within the park. Sites are hard to come by; if you don't have reservations you need to queue up at the entrance at 7:30AM and wait your turn. Alternatives include Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park. details follow. There are still other campgrounds in the greater Moab area.

Location: Within the park.

Attraction: Location.

Campsite Description: 52 sites for tents or RV's to 30 feet. Two group sites. One site with wheelchair access. Picnic tables, fire grills, drinking water and flush and pit toilets. Leashed pets permitted.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: Up to 28 sites may be reserved from March 1-October 31 at 877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $15   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev unk
Toilets Both   Supplies No

Information: Arches National Park. 435-719-2299 or www.nps.gov/arch.

Day Hikes in Area: Many day hikes for close-up views of the arches.

Dead Horse Point State Park

A nice park 25 miles from Arches National Park but less prone to filling up. A nice spot in its own right. Close to the Islands in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park, which is a few miles down the same access road. There are views of the Colorado River from a close-in overlook. Given the problematic nature of campground availability within Arches this makes a nice option.

Location: From Moab take Hwy. 191 north nine miles to Hwy. 313. Turn left and drive 15 miles, following signs for Canyonlands National Park. Turn left at the sign to the park.

Attraction: Views of the Colorad0 River and scenic vistas. A nice campground. Close to the Islands in the Sky region of Canyonlands National Park and within reasonable range of Arches National Park and Moab.

Campsite Description: Kayenta Campground: 21 sites for tents or RV's of any length, all with 30 amp hook-ups. Not all sites will accommodate large RV's or trailers. One site with wheelchair access. One group site for up to 30 people. Picnic tables are sheltered with an overhead, food locker, BBQ grill, drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets. Dump station. Leashed pets permitted.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: At 800-322-3770 or www.reserveamerica.com

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access Yes
Fees $20   Fishing No
Hook-ups Yes   Boating No
Drinking Water Yes   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Flush   Supplies No

Information: Dead Horse Point State Park. 435-259-2614.

Day Hikes in Area: Easy access to Canyonlands National Park.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Easy access to Canyonlands National Park.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area:  Easy access to Canyonlands National Park.

Canyonlands National Park

Willow Flat Campground

The only campground in the Islands in the Sky District. The park and campground are down Hwy. 313, the same access road that gets you to Dead Horse Point State Park. This is a nice spot to set up camp to explore a relatively remote and undeveloped park. Moab and Arches are about 30 miles away. An overlook offers views of the Green River. This park is situated in the high country, at rim level, so you get vistas and hiking access into the canyons below. This is a remote park with limited roads so don't expect any grand road tours.

Location: From Moab take Hwy. 191 north to Hwy. 313. Turn left and follow the signs.

Attraction: A remote but very pretty spot. Best suited to folks who like things a bit more primitive and like to hike rather than drive.

Campsite Description: 12 sites for tents or RV's to 28 feet. Picnic tables, fire pits and vault toilets. No drinking water. Out in the open with no shade so bring your own or stay away in summer.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: None

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $10   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Canyonlands National Park. 435-719-2313 or www.nps.gov/cany.

Day Hikes in Area: There are many. Get a trail map at the Visitor Center.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Backcountry camping is available with a permit. Get a map at the Visitor Center.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Several. Get a trail guide at the Visitor Center.

Horsethief Campground

A larger option in the area of Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park and accessed by the same road. This is a BLM site with no shade, so in the heat of summer you had better bring shade or stay away.

Location: From Hwy. 313 follow the signs for Canyonlands National Park and watch for the sign to the campground on the right. GPS coordinated N 38 35.050 W 109 48.854.

Attraction: A camping option in any area with relatively few.

Campsite Description: 60 sites for tents or RV's of any size. Picnic tables, BBQ grills and pit toilets. No drinking water. Leashed pets permitted.

Season: Year round.

Reservations: None.

Public/private Public   Wheelchair Access No
Fees $12   Fishing No
Hook-ups No   Boating No
Drinking Water No   Lake on Site No
Showers No   Elev Unk
Toilets Pit   Supplies No

Information: Bureau of Land Management, Moab Field Office. 435-259-2100.

Day Hikes in Area: Easy access to Canyonlands National Park.

Backpacking Hikes in Area: Easy access to Canyonlands National Park.

Off-Road Opportunities in Area: Easy access to Canyonlands National Park.

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