Find yourself outside from breathtaking rock formations in the Wasatch Mountains to the wide expanses of the Great Salt Lake and Bonneville Salt Flats.
Rugged mountains and alpine lakes give way to vast deserts, and red-rock cliffs rise above the rapids of the Colorado River. This is Utah, where the natural beauty is almost impossible to take in. The best way to see Utah? Focus on one region at a time—there are so many killer camping options that you could spend years exploring them all. Your first stop should be southern Utah, where red rocks reign supreme and you can camp year-round. Pull into the RV park at Zion National Park, or take in the towering amphitheater of hoodoos from a backcountry tent site in Bryce Canyon National Park. In Snow Canyon State Park, petrified sand dunes and jagged underground lava tubes sit a short walk from your campsite. Adventurers go crazy for Moab, which is a mecca for mountain biking, canyoneering, and whitewater rafting. In one trip, you can stand under centuries-old sandstone arches at Arches National Park and capture an iconic Instagram shot at Dead Horse Point. Or, walk in the footsteps of Wild West outlaws in the Canyonlands Maze district. Want to ditch the crowds and find quieter Utah campgrounds? Head to Capitol Reef National Park to camp on the monocline—a rocky wrinkle in the earth’s surface. The Wasatch Mountains create a four-season paradise near Salt Lake City. Hike through the fall leaves in the autumn, go rock climbing in the summer, and hit the Park City slopes when the snow falls. Oh, and don’t forget to hit Antelope Island for some paddle-camping in the middle of the Great Salt Lake.