Camping in Utah

From lakes to mountains to desert plateaus, Utah’s great outdoors comes in many flavors.

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Arrowhead Campground

7 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · San Juan
Greetings! Welcome to Arrowhead Campground! Arrowhead Campground is roughly 5 acres of land, sitting right in Monument Valley, Utah. Come stay with us to experience one of the most amazing views in the world! You'll get to experience a full 360 degree view of all the towering red sandstone buttes and mesas. This is great for capturing the best views in the area. You'll experience breathtaking sunsets and sunrises right from your campsite. Great for pictures and photoshoots. The campground offers one of the largest shade structures in the area, with durable white picnic tables. We do allow campfires, so there is a fire-pit for that. The campground is only 2 1/2 miles away from the tribal park and 1 1/4 miles from the nearest highway. It's tucked away and secluded from noise and light pollution. The stars at night are bright and shinny, so you can pitch your tent right underneath them. With that said, Arrowhead Campground will be one of the best campgrounds you'll ever stay at. If you have any other questions feel free to message me with any of your questions. Note: This is a dry campsite. Although, we do offer potable water to fill any water containers up to 10 gallons.
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Zion Wright Ranch Eco-Camp

57 sites · RVs, Tents1200 acres · Virgin, Washington
Off Grid eco oriented camp on 1200 acres overlooking Zion National Park. Owned and operated by Bill Wright, a rancher whose family has farmed and ranched the land for several generations. A few minutes from Zion’s backcountry trails in the Kolob Terrace Region and approx. 40 minutes to the main gate of Zion NP. Bill Wright is the father of the legendary "Wright Brothers" the family of Professional Rodeo Saddle Bronc riders. You will often see Bill tending the land and moving cattle and horses from your campsite. This off the grid ranch has some of the most stunning views you'll ever encounter. Want a little adventure during your stay? Visit zionwrightfamilyranch.com to reserve a 2 hour horseback ride with Bill. He'll finish your ride with one of the most breathtaking vistas you can find of Zion National Park. Our property features many spaced out sites to choose from with bathrooms onsite. Pets and campfires are also allowed.
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Field Station Moab

5 sites · RVs4 acres · Moab, Grand
Home of Arches and Canyonlands, Moab has long been a destination for travelers of all kinds. Field Station Moab is the ideal location for any adventure, offering a range of accommodations – rooms for two to eight guests, spots for van lifers – paired with our Little Station Coffee & Kitchen. Grab a mountain bike from our partners and explore the rocky terrain, or opt to raft down the iconic Colorado River. Park your home in one of our Van Life posts and enjoy all of the amenities Field Station has to offer. With 120 volt - 110 standard outlet power and communal space available to spread out, you’re welcome to stay and enjoy a hot shower, take a dip in the pool, or just relax with a beverage after a long day of driving. Each Van Life reservation comes with access to our showers, Wi-Fi, communal areas, guiding services, and rentals. Our van life spots are parking spots that are 20ft long with 120 volt - 110 standard outlet. These spots are only designed for vans and van like vehicles (no stand alone tents). Please check in with Guest Experiences before parking your vehicle.
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Mexican Hat Rocks

40 sites · RVs, Tents200 acres · Mexican Hat, San Juan
No need to reserve ahead of time! (This does NOT include High Demand nights such as the upcoming Eclipse) Camp spots are not marked but are obvious, choose site when you arrive, refer to map. Please respect No Trespassing signs! Two (2) miles north of Mexican Hat, UT on Hwy 163, turn East, find your spot! Bigger Rigs: Keep to the right at the 'Y' as the road to the San Juan River is steep and a little bumpy! Next to the Bears Ears National Monument, between Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley along the San Juan River is Mexican Hat where you can camp on private property...as this is NOT on the Navajo Reservation, alcohol is allowed. So many things to see! Goosenecks State Park, Natural Bridges, Moki Dugway, Cedar Mesa! Camp on this private estate that was founded in the 1890's by gold and oil prospectors and where John Wayne later crossed the river in several western movies! The night skies are unbeatable as is the quiet solitude that is sadly disappearing in other areas. Mexican Hat Rock and this portion of the San Juan River are accessible only through this estate that is open for your enjoyment, however, if you wish to camp we now ask for a small fee so we can keep it clean, maintain roads and continue our conservation efforts so all can enjoy it forever! Portable toilets are required!!! And please pick up after yourself, dogs and horses. Pack it in, pack it out. Respect your fellow campers and stay on obvious trails and roads, do know that part of this property is marked as 'No Trespassing', please respect signage. No fee is required for day trips to 'The Hat'.
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Creekside - Kolob Gate Gardens

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents53 acres · Washington
Winter Wonderland December 1st - January 31st... Stay tuned for photos Creekside Glamping and Camping only 9 miles from Zion National Park. Heated Glamping Tents and Spacious Private Campsites on 53 acres of natural desert landscapes and riparian habitat. Just far enough from the crowds for an unrushed and quiet camping experience. Located just off Kolob Terrace Road at mile marker 2. The road we are located on continues, after the property, up to 8000' elevation at Lava Point, an overlook in Zion National Park providing a tremendous overhead view of the entirety of Zion. On the drive past our property the road passes through desert, riparian, pinyon-juniper, and conifer woodlands. Multiple uncrowded trails are accessible along the road, including the trail to Kolob Arch, the 6th longest natural arch in the world. All sites on our property are creek side and provide afternoon shade. Lush vegetation straddles a year around flowing creek. Our campsites are widely spaced to maximize privacy. We have 53 acres and only 4 tent sites and 2 glamping tents! Multiple trails leave right from our property that lead to sweeping views, a tunnel and desert solitude. Accessible activities off Kolob Terrace Road includes West Rim Trail, Lava Point Overlook, Wildcat Canyon Trail, Kolob Reservoir & a ton more.
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The Needles Outpost Campground

40 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Monticello , San Juan
This Outpost and campground is located on 300 acres of private property surrounded by park and public land. It has been here for over 30 years in some form or another. We are Caleb & Amber who enjoyed managing this little oasis in the middle of the desert from March to June of 2017 when we decided to purchase the business & make it our own. This is a dry, rugged campground with a bathhouse that provides coin operated showers and flush toilets. In addition there is little old rustic camp store placed in the middle of nowhere where we provide fuel, snacks, firewood, ice, showers, cold drinks & more. If you are looking for a more private site with lots of space and shade, book our Small Group at the Rocks. For a warmer stay during the cooler months book one of our Glamping Tents listed. We have the larger, and spacious tent in the grove of the Juniper Trees (which is also amazing in the warmer season) and rent a heater from us inside the general/camp store. BE SURE TO GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO CHECK IN NO LATER THAN 5PM. THANK YOU!! DON'T FORGET TO TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF THE DIRECTIONS HERE, YOU WILL LOSE SERVICE ON YOUR WAY.
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★✶Cosmic Retreat✶★ Zion,Bryce,Pow

2 sites · Lodging3 acres · Kanab, Kane
Enjoy world class starry night skies just 7 miles from downtown Kanab with fenced in pet friendly yard. Centrally located to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Lake Powell, and local attractions. Just a straight shot down Hwy 89 from House Rock Valley Rd and The Wave. Beautiful open concept log cabin with a private arcade and plenty of beds for multiple families! Enjoy the great outdoors and then come home and relax while the kids play in the arcade. The space Tastefully decorated with my own Fine Art Photography prints of the area. The property is 3 acres and contains this larger cabin and a 2br Casita, separated by a garage in between. Please note that this listing only includes access to the main cabin. Garage and casita access are not included. If you wish to book both the main cabin and casita there is a separate listing that contains both (for 6 total bedrooms and 4 total baths). Pets are allowed but require an additional $40 fee for cleaning. Please let me know after booking if you are planning on bringing your pet along! The Cabin has an external video doorbell. THE CABIN: Flat-screen Smart TVs, hardwood floors, high ceilings, ceiling fans, washer/dryer, propane grill, fast WiFi KITCHEN: Fully equipped, blender, dishware and flatware, dishwasher, drip coffee maker, toaster, refrigerator, oven, stove, microwave
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Ranchito Feliz

6 sites · RVs, Tents9 acres · Cannonville, Garfield
In the middle of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument; adjacent to Bryce Canyon National Park; within walking distance of Kodachrome Basin State Park; and an easy drive to Zion and Capital Reef National Parks, as well as Lake Powell National Recreational Area, this unique site is an opportunity not to miss. The pet/horse friendly property (approximately 9 acres/3 ha/64 sq. m) boasts private designated single tent sites, one group tent site, two car camping sites, and one RV site as well as paleontological, geological, biological, astronomical, and historical interests of the ranch. The equestrians will find a two-acre pasture, three paddocks, a round pen, as well as beautiful places to ride from the ranch. This secluded location has a small town of about 175 (Cannonville) three miles/5 k distant where there is a small store, gas, and a Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center. And, bonus, the in town campground has: high speed internet, and cell phone service and laundry. This ranch and campground is an off the grid, passive/active solar voltaic, so no electricity, no internet and only Verizon works here. In Tropic 12 miles distant all carriers get service. Potable water, shower, dish washing station and composting toilet (This means that all campers count when booking, even the kids...their poops add up too). The views are spectacular from any site where the xeroscaped landscape uses indigenous material and plants to complement the quintessential Pinon/Juniper ecosystem the campground sits in. On three sides you are surrounded by red cliffs in the Carmel Formation which can give shelter from wind and sun, but campers can also look out over the Paria River (you can hear the river from camp as well as its amphibians) which runs south in front of the property and eventually meets the Colorado River at Lee’s Ferry where most put-in to raft the Grand Canyon. Looking north, one sees the meaning of the term “Grand Staircase” by viewing The Entrada, Tropic Shale, Straight Cliffs, Wahweap, Kaiparowits, and Pink Limestone Formations capped by late Tertiary Volcanism; or, the “steps” of Promise Rock, Sand Point, Powell Point, and the Aquarius Plateau (highest forested mesa in North America at over eleven thousand feet.). The biological diversity here is also astounding: Birds: 140 species and counting including the tiny Costa’s Humming Bird all the way up to the enormous California Condor. Plants: 2 species of Sagebrush, 4 species of trees, numerous grass species, and a plethora of beautiful wildflowers and cacti. Reptiles: Many species of snakes and lizards. Unfortunately, this includes the occasional rattlesnake. It is advised that you have your pets vaccinated. Amphibian: Toads and Salamanders Insects: There are very few mosquitos. There are a few biting Deer Flies, and worse yet, those damn gnats. These “no-see-ums” are temperature dependent so are not a bother in the shade, early mornings, late evenings and at night. It is recommended that you bring some kick ass insect repellant and a “bee hat” if you are out and about in the sun during the day between May and July. Fossils: Bivalves, snails, petrified wood (many types) and various other corals, insects and plant fossils abound and are often incorporated into the ranch infrastructure. The nearby area is considered the hottest paleontological spot on the planet. Astronomy: The area is widely considered to be under the darkest skies in the lower 49. The Milky Way and Presides are common sights without the unsightly annoyance of any neighbor’s lights. The climate is varied and interesting. All four seasons are here and occasionally all in one day. Winter snows melt quickly though temperatures can dip into the sub-zeros. The 5,900 ft./1800 m. elevation keeps the summer temps reasonable and always gives a chilly summer evening to cool things off. If you want climatic extremes, you can, within an hour or so, be at Lake Powell and its 100+ F/38+ C heat or on the Aquarius Plateau at 65 degrees F/18 C in midday June. Recreation on many levels is all within proximity. From canyoneering, “free” climbing on an established nearby crag composed of a welded tuff capping the Aquarius Plateau (see Mountain Project and “The Aquarius Plateau”) and many aid lines on Entrada Formation towers within walking distance (see Mountain Project and “The Grand Staircase”), water sports of Lake Powell and the Colorado River as well as fishing in the cool temps of Pine Lake 35 minutes distant. Then of course, there is the Monument, National Park and the State Park only a short drive away. Seclusion, security, water, and views all within a short walk or drive of exiting destinations, make this worth the stop.
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Desert Moon Campground and RV Park

5 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Thompson Springs , Grand
Setup your tent and enjoy some respite before and after exploring the beautiful canyons and desert landscapes that surround the Desert Moon and beyond. We have 2 showers, bathrooms, potable water, picnic tables, and wifi on site. There is also a covered seating area for guest use by our Inn. There are 5 campsites total. Thompson Springs began as a railroad stop on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in the mid to late 1800's. It soon became a shipping point and community center for local farmers, cattle ranchers and sheepherders. It is now a ghost-town with a population of 50 people. The Union Pacific Railroad is right across the street, with trains passing by multiple times a day and night. The Desert Moon has a true wild western past. The old dancehall on the property, The Cactus Caberet, once served as the town bar and brothel. We are currently in the process renovating the dancehall into a venue for live music and retreats. There are 8-12 staff members living on site in their personal RV's at all times. We are a small community of artists, builders, and adventurers. We are constantly working to improve this property that came under our ownership in July of 2020. Feel free to come say hello and ask us about what we are building here! Thompson Springs is a true "ghost town" with no retail or restaurants except a 7-11 off the I-70 exit. The towns of Moab and Green River are only a half hour drive away and are full of regional and eclectic restaurants and shops. The Desert Moon is located just four miles from the Sego Canyon Rock Art in the Bookcliffs featuring pictograph and petroglyph panels from three different Native American cultures: Barrier, Fremont, and Ute. Be sure to check them out! There are miles of off-road trails accessible from our property. Some require a 4x4 vehicle or dirtbike, but many are well maintained enough for almost any vehicle.
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Yellow Farm Dog

6 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Hurricane, Washington
Nestled on 50 acres is your perfect Farm Stay, unlike anything else around! Enjoy the most beautiful sunsets, hammock lounging under shade trees, relaxing in our outdoor tubs, roasting marshmallows and telling stories around the fire pit at night. Go see our beautiful hens, feel the peaceful presence of the pastured horses and alpacas, and giggle over the sight and sounds of the free-ranging pigs. In addition to that, there is a nearby pond awaiting your presence, where you can relish in the delights of swimming and fishing for large-mouth bass and bluegill! We are about eight minutes from I15.
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Range RV Campground

64 sites · RVs10 acres · Apple Valley, Washington
Range RV is a new RV campground located in Apple Valley, UT. We are 40 mins to Zion National Park, 30 mins to both Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Sand Hollow State Park, 2 hours to Bryce Canyon National Park, and 2 hours to the North Rim- Grand Canyon National Park. Our campground is conveniently close to world-renowned mountain biking trails, Gooseberry Mesa, Little Creek Mesa, and Jem. Come camp with us any time of the year and enjoy access to great trails, scenic views, and dark skies!
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St Dane's Cabins & Campground

8 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Moab, San Juan
St Dane's Cabins & Campground has 7 full hookup RV sites. We're geared towards outdoor adventurists & sightseers wanting a cost-effective stay while taking advantage of everything Moab has to offer! A true "Mom & Pop", we focus on large open sites, with very clean basic facilities for our guests. We try to provide an overnight accommodation option for adventurers who do not want the hustle and bustle of downtown or a rate reflective of all the un-needed bells and whistles of the large campgrounds. We try to provide a more private, very personal option for your stay in Moab.
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Camping in Utah guide

With a wide variety of terrains ranging from dense forest to arid plateaus, Utah has been attracting campers, backpackers, and hikers for generations. It's home to five national parks, plus dozens of state parks and national forests and monuments (not to mention plenty of BLM land), making it easy to find a Utah camping experience that suits you best. While the southern and eastern parts of the state attract lovers of the great outdoors with their massive rock formations and abundance of recreation activities, you’ll also find plenty to do up in the north, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to getting out on one of the region’s many lakes and reservoirs come summer.

Where to Go

Northwest Utah

Northern Utah is where you'll find some of the state's lushest areas, with plenty of lakes and mountains, a stark contrast to the rockier, arid regions to the south. Salt Lake City is one of the region's biggest draws, and its easy access to outdoor recreation areas, such as Antelope Island State Park on the Great Salt Lake, makes it a reasonable base for those wanting to explore the region. Camping areas abound in this region—the tent-only Cottonwood Campground at Bear Lake State Park is a particularly good choice.

Eastern Utah

Eastern Utah offers some of the best opportunities for outdoor recreation in the state, and that's not just because two of Utah’s five national parks—Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park—are here, a short drive from Moab. Spots worth visiting include Dead Horse Point State Park (popular for mountain biking) and Natural Bridges National Monument, where you’ll see three natural bridge formations carved from the earth millennia ago. This area is also great for archaeology fans. Hovenweep National Monument is a great place to check out the ruins of 13th-century pueblos, while Bear Ears National Monument is full of beautifully preserved ancient cave art.

South-Central and Southern Utah

South Central Utah offers a mix of high desert and dense forest, with plenty of spots to go out and play. You can hike through the slot canyons of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, explore the fairytale-like hoodoos at Goblin Valley State Park, or try your hand at canyoning at Capitol Reef National Park. This region is also home to Lake Powell, on the Colorado River, right on the border with Arizona.

Southwest Utah

Home to both Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, southwest Utah offers fantastic hiking and camping options, with a mix of beautiful rock formations, vast forests, and desert sand dunes. While the national parks are the main draw, this region offers plenty to do, from ATV/OHV riding on the massive golden dunes at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park to checking out the red rock formations at Kodachrome Basin State Park. You'll find some of Utah's best camping spots and hiking trails all through the region, and the lack of light pollution makes this area ideal for stargazing under the night skies. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can camp on BLM land in Utah, where 42% of the state is considered BLM land (some 22.9 million acres). Most developed BLM campgrounds in the state require a fee, while dispersed campsites on Utah BLM land are more often free. Popular spots include the Silver Island Mountains Backcountry Byway (BCB) outside the Bonneville Salt Flats, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest outside Gunnison, and Ashley National Forest.

Boondocking, or dispersed camping, can be safe in Utah as long as you follow some basic guidelines and precautions. Here are some tips to ensure a safe boondocking experience:

  1. Choose a well-established and legal dispersed camping area on BLM or National Forest land. Check the regulations and restrictions for the area you plan to camp in.
  2. Bring sufficient water, food, and supplies, as there may not be any amenities or services nearby.
  3. Be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions and temperature fluctuations, especially in the desert.
  4. Practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.
  5. Be aware of potential wildlife encounters and know how to respond appropriately.
  6. Let someone know your travel plans and expected return date.
  7. Ensure your vehicle is in good working condition and bring a spare tire, tools, and extra fuel if needed.
  8. Have a map, GPS, or navigation app to help you find your way and avoid getting lost.

By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and memorable boondocking experience in Utah.

No, you cannot camp anywhere in Utah. Camping is allowed only in designated campgrounds or specific areas on public land, such as national forests, BLM land, and state parks. Dispersed camping is permitted in some areas, but it's essential to follow local regulations and guidelines, including Leave No Trace principles. Always check with the land management agency responsible for the area where you plan to camp for specific rules and restrictions. To find camping options in Utah, you can explore Hipcamp's directory of campgrounds and private land options.

The Great Salt Lake itself is not closed, as it is a large body of water in Utah. However, the facilities and recreational areas around the lake may have varying hours and accessibility depending on the season, weather, and local regulations. Antelope Island State Park, a popular destination on the Great Salt Lake, is open for day-use and camping. For more information on camping near the Great Salt Lake, you can visit Hipcamp.

Utah is an excellent destination for camping, with its diverse landscapes, national parks, state parks, and public lands offering a wide variety of camping experiences. From the red rock formations of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park to the lush forests of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah offers a range of scenic camping options. In addition to the popular national parks, Utah has 43 state parks, many of which offer camping facilities. Some notable state parks include Dead Horse Point State Park, which offers stunning views of the Colorado River, and Goblin Valley State Park, known for its unique sandstone formations. Utah's camping opportunities cater to a variety of preferences, from primitive campsites and dispersed camping on BLM land to developed campgrounds with amenities such as restrooms and picnic areas. Whether you're interested in tent camping, RV camping, or even staying in a yurt or cabin, Utah has something to offer every camper.

Before camping in Utah, it's essential to be prepared and aware of the following information:

  1. Weather: Utah's climate can be unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from very hot during the day to cold at night. Be prepared for sudden weather changes and pack appropriate clothing and gear.
  2. Altitude: Utah has a high average elevation, with many camping areas located above 6,000 feet. Be aware of the potential for altitude sickness and give yourself time to acclimate.
  3. Wildlife: Be aware of the local wildlife, including bears, snakes, and insects. Store your food and trash properly, and be cautious when exploring the wilderness.
  4. Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment. Pack out all trash, respect wildlife, and leave natural and cultural features undisturbed.
  5. Fire Restrictions: Familiarize yourself with the current fire restrictions in the area you plan to camp. Always adhere to posted regulations and never leave a fire unattended.
  6. Water: Carry enough water for your needs, as water sources may be scarce or unreliable in the desert. When relying on natural water sources, always treat the water before consuming it.
  7. Permits and Reservations: Some campgrounds and parks require permits or reservations in advance. Research the specific area you plan to visit and secure any necessary permits or reservations ahead of time.
  8. Dispersed Camping: If you plan to camp on BLM or National Forest land outside of developed campgrounds, be aware of the rules and regulations for dispersed camping and follow them accordingly.
  9. Road Conditions: Many camping areas in Utah are accessed via dirt or gravel roads, which can be rough and may require a high-clearance or 4WD vehicle. Check road conditions before heading out.

By keeping these points in mind, you'll be better prepared for a safe and enjoyable camping experience in Utah.

Whether you need a permit to camp in Utah depends on the location and type of camping. In most cases, you do not need a permit for dispersed camping on BLM lands and national forests. However, for developed campgrounds, fees and reservations may be required. In some popular and sensitive areas, such as backcountry camping in certain national parks, permits may be necessary to manage the impact on the environment and maintain visitor safety. Always check the specific regulations and requirements for the area you plan to camp in before your trip.

Yes, boondocking is allowed in Utah, particularly on BLM lands and National Forests. Boondocking, also known as dispersed camping, is popular among RVers and campers who prefer a more remote and off-the-grid experience. It's important to practice Leave No Trace principles and follow any posted regulations or restrictions when boondocking. Keep in mind that amenities like water, restrooms, and trash disposal are typically not available at these sites. You can find some boondocking spots on websites or apps such as freecampsites.net, Campendium, or iOverlander.

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