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Utah's Best Camping Spots


Escape the chaos of modern life and immerse yourself in the tranquil world of camping. It's not just an adventure; it's a transformative experience that nourishes your body and soul. Join us as we explore Utah's top camping spots, strategically located near your favorite National Parks. From desert red rocks to serene green forests, these campgrounds offer more than just a place to rest; they provide a gateway to unforgettable adventures and a chance to reconnect with nature's beauty. So, grab your gear and get ready for a journey that goes beyond the ordinary.



Lone Mesa Campground - Moab

Moab desert
Pro tip: Make sure you take the time to star gaze here!

Lone Mesa Campground offers a tranquil escape amidst Utah's mesmerizing red rock landscapes. Located just 30 minutes from Arches National Park, it's the perfect retreat for those seeking solitude and the enchantment of moonlit nights.

Overview:

  • Pad Type - Dirt

  • Elevation - 5,282 ft / 1,609 m

  • Max Stay - 14

  • Max Length - 50 ft

  • Tent Camping - Yes

  • Price - Free


Potash Road - Moab

Moab sunset
Pro tip: You can camp here and visit both Arches and Canyonlands!

For an unforgettable camping experience amidst the red rock wonders of Moab, Utah, look no further than Potash Road Campground. Situated along the Colorado River, this campground is a gateway to adventure, with world-renowned rock formations and the prettiest sunsets I have ever seen! Also only 30 minutes away from Arches National Park.


Overview:

  • Pad Type - Dirt

  • Elevation - 5,282 ft / 1,609 m

  • Max Stay - 10

  • Max Length - 50 ft

  • Tent Camping - Yes

  • Price - Free


Tom's Best Spring Road - Dixie National Forest

camping in forest
Pro tip: Make sure you follow directions clearly since it is a dirt road with lot's of forks in the road!

Nestled within Dixie National Forest of Utah, Tom's Best Spring Road Campground is a hidden gem for those seeking a tranquil forest escape. With lush greenery, nearby hiking trails, and the promise of relaxation, it's a perfect spot to unwind and reconnect with nature. If you're an animal lover, you'll also see a lot of free-roaming cows!

Overview:

  • Pad Type - dirt

  • Open Seasonally - Yes

  • Elevation - 7,841 ft / 2,389 m

  • Max Stay - 16

  • Tent Camping - Yes

  • Price - Free


Fruita Campground - Capitol Reef National Park

camping tents on field
Pro tip: Make sure to stop by their bakery and try their delicious apple pies and take a break from camping to pick some apples.

Immerse yourself in the underrated beauty of Capitol Reef National Park by staying at Fruita Campground. Surrounded by orchards and striking red cliffs, it's an ideal camping spot for exploring the park's unique geological wonders and beautiful orchards.


Overview:

  • Number of sites - 71

  • Pad Type - asphalt

  • Reservations - yes

  • Elevation - 5,413 ft / 1,649 m

  • Max Stay - 14

  • Tent Camping - Yes

  • Price - $20


Watchman Campground - Zion National Park

RV camping
Pro tip: Reservations fill up fast so make sure you reserve your spot's in advance

Stay close to the breathtaking scenery of Zion National Park, Watchman Campground offers a front-row seat to nature's grandeur. With towering sandstone cliffs and the Virgin River nearby, this campground is well-maintained and a sure gateway to hiking adventures and unforgettable vistas in one of Utah's most iconic national parks.


Overview:

  • Number of Sites - 176

  • Pad Type - dirt

  • Reservations - yes

  • Elevation - 3,904 ft / 1,189 m

  • Max Stay - 14

  • Tent Camping - Yes

  • Price - $40


Make Camping Enjoyable For Others


Utah's camping spots are not just destinations; they are shared treasures that deserve our care and respect. Let's continue to enjoy these natural wonders and leave them better than we found them.


Plan Ahead: Prepare, respect regulations, and equip yourself properly. By planning ahead, we enhance our safety and minimize our impact on the environment.


Travel Responsibly: Stick to established trails and campsites, protecting delicate ecosystems and minimizing our footprint.


Dispose of Thoughtfully: Leave nothing behind but your footprints. Pack out all waste, trash, and food scraps, leaving these spaces as pristine as you found them.


Leave What You Find: Preserve the beauty of these places by not disturbing or removing natural elements, from rocks to wildflowers.


Minimize Campfire Impact: Follow local regulations regarding fires, and use camp stoves for cooking. Help prevent wildfires and minimize environmental damage.


Respect Wildlife: Admire animals from a distance, never feed them, and avoid behaviors that may harm their natural routines.


Be Considerate: Keep noise levels down, yield to others on trails, and respect the tranquility that fellow campers seek.

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