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The best camping near Goblin Valley State Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Goblin Valley adventure.

94% (26 reviews)
94% (26 reviews)

An otherworldly landscape filled with sandstone “goblins” and eerie rock formations.  

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Red River Camp - Capitol Reef

6 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Teasdale, UT
Welcome to Red River Camp! Our camp sites highlight the beautiful red cliff backdrop infamous in southern Utah. Only 10 minutes from Capitol Reef National Park! Come relax and stay the night before you go out to hike, sight see, climb, off-road, fish etc. The opportunity for adventure is endless. Our family built the Red River Ranch many years ago and we are excited to share the beautiful surroundings with people that share our love for the outdoors. Guests will have a private camp site and access to their own fire pit, shared picnic table, shared trash, and shared toilet. No access to water, electricity, or sewer. Cell phone service should work great!
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$34
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Road to the Sun Ranch

1 site · RV6 acres · Torrey, UT
Learn more about this land: Welcome to Capitol Reef Country! Road to the Sun Ranch is located in beautiful Grover, Utah (elev 7,200') along Scenic Highway 12, one of the most scenic drives in the United States. We are a pet friendly RV only campsite. The property is a short 6 mile drive from the quaint town of Torrey and only 15 miles by car from Capitol Reef National Park. Our location provides RV travelers with an ideal base camp for exploring the natural wonders of this region of Southern Utah and Boulder Mountain. The property consists of mostly pasture land, desert sage, pinyon pine trees and panoramic mountain views. The ranch is surrounded by some of the most amazing scenery anywhere and endless outdoor opportunities! We have a single (self check-in) RV/trailer/van parking area complete with water, power, sewer, WiFi and picnic table. All guests MUST have their own bathroom, clean up after pets and pack out any trash. We are unable to accommodate tent or car camping anywhere on the property unless you are with a group that has a trailer or RV equipped with a bathroom available for use during your stay and no open wood burning fires are permitted at this time. Max trailer length is 28'. Max RV length is 35'.  A tow vehicle is highly recommended for Class A motor homes for exploring the surrounding area and if you plan on leaving the property on a daily basis. Livestock enjoy the adjacent pastures during Summer and Fall months (June-September). The RV site is available seasonally from April - October.
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$60
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High Desert Solitude Torrey, Utah

1 site · RV5 acres · Torrey, UT
Almost 5 acres with vintage small cabin, art studio, old stable and a few vintage travel trailers. Property has what seems like many miles of irrigation waterlines, that we have used to create outdoor sweet spaces. Originally rented cabin on a nightly rental site, but wanted to live in our own home.. as this was truly our one and only home that we rented. Love vintage and all kinds of trailers so created 2 sites in the way back of the property with lots of trees for privacy and it's own driveway and entrance. Located in the quaint gateway town of Torrey, Utah.. with views of the Boulder Mountains. Capitol Reef National Park is just a few miles down the road. Fremont River is just a few blocks away along with so many great hikes you can take within walking or biking from the cabin. Amazing place where it can be raining and the sun shining. High Desert elevation at 7000 feet where you can have cactus growing next to pine trees.
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$45
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Swell Retreat in San Rafael Swell

13 sites · RVs, Tents208 acres · Castle Dale, UT
A Swell Oasis in the desert of the San Rafael Swell: Swell Retreat. A pine tree farm was active prior to us purchasing the land, so lots of beautiful trees. A couple ponds stocked with large mouth bass. Zipline, WIBIT, water slide, etc. A field of hay, and continued improvements to make it into a Swell Retreat!!! We are a great spot to stay and have onsite a zip line into Lake Elevate, water slide into the pond, adventure island, zipline, kayaking, paddle boarding, catch and release fishing, and close to all fun in the San Rafael Swell. 20 min or so from three reservoirs for additional fishing, swimming and motor boating, 30 minutes from the Little Grand Canyon for breathtaking views, hiking and mountain biking, petroglyphs and the San Rafael Swell river to float on, 60 minutes from Goblin Valley, within 60 minutes to multiple slot canyons: Little Wild Horse Canyon, Muddy Creek, The Chute (similar to Zion National Park), Baptist Draw, to name a few. Mountain fun for rock climbing just up the road in Joe's Valley, hiking, biking, fishing, etc. We would love to have you stay on our little farm while you enjoy the fun of the San Rafael Swell adventures.
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Color Country Animal Welfare

10 sites · RVs, Tents15 acres · Torrey, UT
Color Country is so named for its gorgeous location beneath the Velvet Ridge, surrounded by the Sleeping Rainbow on it's East and Boulder Mountain to the South. With the meandering Fremont River running along our property, we offer a mix of desert vegetation, iconic red dirt, and unparalleled views. We are opening our shelter facility's 15 acres exclusively to campers to observe the Annular Eclipse taking place October 14th 9am-noon. Color Country Animal Welfare is hosting a viewing event that will also serve as a fundraiser, so your dollars don't just earn you an incredible campsite, but also go directly to the animals we serve in Wayne County. Depending on your needs, you can book a campsite as a basecamp for your activities, or a Campsite Package to help us celebrate this event while tangibly supporting rescue animals! The Campsite Package of $100/site includes access to a toilet and clean water, a Dutch Oven meal, coffee and refreshments during the event, viewing glasses, access to a telescope, discussion from a local guide, a Live feed of the event from Nasa.gov, and more. If you would rather just book the site, send us a message. We'll see you and the Eclipse in October!
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$100
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The best camping near Goblin Valley State Park guide

Overview

About

Along the San Rafael Swell in a remote part of the Utah desert between Arches and Capitol Reef national parks, Goblin Valley is a wonderland of uniquely shaped rocks that resemble monsters and mushroom-shaped creatures. Six miles of family-friendly trails wind through the formations, while a mountain bike trail system offers terrain for beginner and intermediate levels. The park campground offers a combo of RV sites and walk-in tent spots, as well as two yurts that sleep up to five people. Several popular slot canyon hikes are also set just outside the park entrance.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. The Goblin Valley Campground has 25 campsites and two yurts, all available on a four-month rolling basis. Reservations can be made over the phone or online. 
  2. Make sure that the campsite you book can accommodate your camping equipment. Only 14 campsites are suitable for RVs and trailers—the rest are walk-in tent sites. 
  3. Goblin Valley camping is very popular. Reservations can be difficult to get during the busy spring and fall seasons. For the best luck, search the online reservation system for the next available dates and stay flexible.
  4. If the campground is full, several primitive camping areas sit outside the park. Some, like the dispersed area on Temple Mountain Road, have restrooms. 

When to go

Goblin Valley State Park, its campground, and yurts are open year-round. Spring and fall are the best times to visit weatherwise, but this is also the busiest time  so avoid weekends and holidays if you can. Temperatures often exceed 100°F in summer, when hiking and camping can get uncomfortable. The yurts have air conditioning and heat, nice for summer and winter camping. 

Know before you go

  1. All campsites include a picnic table, fire ring, and shade shelter. No electric hookups are available in Goblin Valley State Park.
  2. Campers have access to showers, flush toilets, drinking water, and a dump station.
  3. Arrive at Goblin Valley with a full tank of gas and all the groceries and camping supplies you’ll need. The nearest services are 33 miles away in the town of Hanksville
  4. Flash flooding is common in the slot canyons around Goblin Valley in summer monsoon season, but it can happen any time of year. Check weather forecasts before entering a slot canyon and never enter one if there’s rain in the forecast. 
  5. Leashed dogs are welcome on Goblin Valley trails.

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