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Where To Camp In Utah: Top 5 Utah Campgrounds

Where To Camp In Utah: Top 5 Utah Campgrounds

May 31, 2019

Let's go camping everyone!

This week’s post is about camping (again!), but this time we are talking about Utah’s best campgrounds. Did I already mention how excited I get about camping? I absolutely love it and the season is right around the corner meaning it’s time to get those trips scheduled, if it’s not done already! We already know that Utah has a lot to offer from the previous post: The 5 Best Things To Do Outdoors in Utah. Now that you are planning your summer adventures, you have to squeeze in at least a night under the stars and try one of these beautiful campgrounds.

 

Watchman Campground – Zion National Park

Watchman is located right at the entrance of Zion National Park, less than half a kilometre from the gate. It is big, it is busy but it is completely worth it. Even with 179 campsites available, it is highly recommended to book in advance when going in the summer. It might not be the most private campground but remember that it is Zion and crowds are hard to avoid. The fact that this campground is right next to the park, it is perfect to get an early start and get your hiking day going before the crowds. Watchman has something totally unique and it is probably why it is in high demand, the views. The Watchman rock formation creates a unique landscape offering amazing views all around; it is so breathtaking that you will forget the 100s of people also soaking in the scenery. 

If you can’t get a spot at Watchman’s, check out South Campground. It is the only other option in the park and operates on a first come first serve basis so better get there early.

 

Campground Summary 

 

Y/N

Campfires

Y

Toilet

Y

Pets

Y

Potable Water

Y

Showers

Y

Price

$30 +

Activities

·       Biking

·       Climbing

·       Hiking

·       Whitewater paddling

·       Wildlife Watching

 

 

Mystic Hot Springs

Remember this cool soaking resort with mineral rich water in vintage bathtubs? If not, find it here on #4. After a day of relaxation getting all wrinkly in the pools and tubs, chances are you won’t want to go anywhere but the nearest spot where you can be horizontal. Well you are in luck because Mystic Hot Springs offers all types of accommodation from hippie buses to authentic pioneer cabins and, of course, camping. Spend the night in this friendly, minimalist and eclectic resort for a true relaxing experience. If you are lucky, you might even enjoy a live performance at night under the stars at the natural acoustic concert venue. Soaking passes are included with every stay and will give you access to the baths 24/7. Who’s up for a midnight swim?

 

Campground Summary

 

Y/N

Campfires

Y

Toilet

Y

Pets

Y

Potable Water

Y

Showers

Y

Price

$30 - 45

Activities

·       Biking

·       Swimming

·       Hiking

·       ATV

·       Horseback Riding

 

 

Devils Garden Campground – Arches National Park

Smack in the middle of Arches National Park, Devils Garden is a little oasis in the desert. Since it is deep in the park, it is required to have a reservation before showing up. Being far from civilization definitely has its advantages; your backyard becomes 2,500 acres of natural arches and hundreds of miles of hiking trails leaving right from each and every tent. Doesn’t that sound like a dream? Did you know that the Arches are the most popular photos taken from Utah? I bet your Instagram deserves one too. With 51 campgrounds available, it does fill up fast. Make sure to pencil yourself in as soon as possible.

 

Campground Summary

 

Y/N

Campfires

Y

Toilet

Y

Pets

Y

Potable Water

Y

Showers

N

Price

$25

Activities

·       Biking

·       Climbing

·       Hiking

·       Horseback Riding

 

 

Sunset Campground – Bryce Canyon National Park

One of the only two campgrounds located in Bryce Canyon, Sunset is a favourite because of its convenient location just 5 minutes away from the Canyon Rim Trail giving access the best hiking in the park and the famous hoodoos. Since it is only one of two, it gets really busy in peak season therefore a reservation is highly recommended. Even with the crowds, Sunset Campground still gives you a sense of privacy with it abundant vegetation on site.

 If you can’t get a spot at this campground, check out North Campground also located in Bryce Canyon National Park.

 

Campground Summary 

 

Y/N

Campfires

Y

Toilet

Y

Pets

Y

Potable Water

Y

Showers

Y

Price

$20

Activities

·       Biking

·       Climbing

·       Hiking

·       Fishing

 

 

Squaw Flat Campground, Canyonland National Park

This is a hot spot and hard to get. Luckily, or not, it only operates on a first come first serve basis meaning you need to get there early to secure a spot. Shoulder seasons tend to be the most popular since the temperature fluctuates considerably throughout the year from very hot in the middle of the summer to freezing cold in the winter. Squaw Flat has 26 campsites located in the middle of Canyonland National Park nestled within stunning rock formation. The area is great for bouldering and has a network of challenging hiking trails. Get ready to doze off under an extremely clear sky, gazing at the stars.

 

Campground Summary

 

Y/N

Campfires

Y

Toilet

Y

Pets

Y

Potable Water

Y

Showers

N

Price

$15

Activities

·       Biking

·       Bouldering

·       Hiking

·       Climbing




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