We aint just whistlin’ dixie when we say that you’ve gotta get over to the campgrounds at East Canyon State Park. Between the primitive seclusion of the Big Rock loop (four miles from the main area) and the bustling array of watersports to be had at the Dixie Campground, you’ll be hard-pressed to pick a spot to pitch your tent. Dixie offers yurts and cabins on the quiet outskirts of the tent-and-RV zone, while a third loop, River’s Edge, offers ADA accessible tent pads.

High up in the mountains, East Canyon is a great escape to cool waters on hot Utah days, and it’s just a short 28 mile drive from Salt Lake City. While you’re there, be sure to hike the Mormon Pioneer Trail, which Mormons used in the 1800s to relocate from Illinois to Utah! That stretch of trail was also home to the Pony Express and the Donner Party at different points in history, a perfect backdrop for some juicy campfire ghost stories…

Campsite area
Cabin, Tent or motorhome pitches
54 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.

Off-roading (OHV)
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at East Canyon Campground.

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Michelle H.
didn't provide a recommendation.
October 1st, 2015

Big Rock is pretty but you'll be sharing your space with huge herds of sheep and all their BAAAAing at night. We stayed for 4th of July because all the other campgrounds in the area were full.
A very large group stayed in the spot next to ours, put up 8 tents (yes the spaces are that big) and proceeded to talk, drink and screw all night. If you need a space that will allow that, this campground is it as it's not policed at all.
The river running through is pretty but the still water has worms and the plants all have thorns so it's hard to bushwhack your way through. There is no tree cover anywhere and it gets plenty hot. Cell connectivity was very low for the entire area so bring a map.

Hipcamper Kris
Kris L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 19th, 2015

The Big Rock Campground is one of my least favorite campgrounds. Located on the south end of the lake, it's far away from the amenities found in the Dixie Campground, and offers very little in the way of shade or...well...anything beyond pavement. The campgrounds are close together, offer no privacy, and no trees. The trail down the lake is poorly maintained, and the shore is muddy, stinky, and gross.

The reservoir itself is nice except the south end) and is a great place for a day trip from Salt Lake or Layton. The Dixie Creek campground is developed, has sandy beaches, a boat ramp, rentals, and snack bar. (You're not exactly in the wilderness here).

Hipcamper Grace S.
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August 7th, 2018
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October 16th, 2018
East Canyon State Park
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