Bordering Nevada and Colorado, Utah is an incredible western state with massive deserts, open lands, red rock canyons, and pine forests. This eclectic blend of topography attracts numerous tourists each year. Its capital, Salt Lake City, is known for its beautiful waters – perfect for campers who love to fish, swim, and boat. This state also radiates blue skies and magnificent clouds that echo over the mesas, and has excellent stargazing at night. And for those interested in religion and/or history, explore Utah’s strong Mormon roots.
There also some Utah campgrounds that allow you to experience this state in a unique way. You’ll love being able to sit by a fire near desert lands or by the famous red rock canyons. Need some help with an itinerary? Then read further to discover some awesome Utah campgrounds and things to do in this beautiful Midwestern state.
Bryce Canyon Pines RV Park and Campground – Camping in Utah
Price: From $38
Address: Highway 12, Milepost 10
Bryce, UT 84764’
Want to go camping in southern Utah near one-of-a-kind rock canyons? Then pack up the tent, RV, or just bring a suitcase if you prefer cottages, then head to the Bryce Canyon Pines RV and campground. Surrounded by a ponderosa pine forest with views of the red canyons, you will love this Utah campground. Previous visitors say this is like camping within a “forest of rocks” where you can take your pick of private, shady, secluded sites.
RV sites include water, sewage, and electricity. The primitive tenting sites may not have the hookups but will force you outside to look up at the beautiful stars. In search of something homier? You also can stay in one of the many cozy cottages that offer air conditioning, TV with HBO, a kitchen, and more.
And don’t miss out on the amazing amenities that this Utah campground has to offer such as an on-site restaurant, grocery store, group sites, pool, hot tub and that’s for starters. This is a beautiful place for outdoor enthusiasts and families who can take advantage of hiking on nearby trails, four wheeling, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
The Bryce Canyon RV park and campground offers campers majestic views while sitting by a fire within the forest and canyons. Book your stay today!
Desert Moon Hotel Inn and RV Park – Camping in Utah
Open: Year round
Price : From $35
We now head over to the quaint, desert town of Thompson Springs – population 40 to 50. That’s right: 40 to 50! Although small, this southern Utah campground offers 11 sites with the option of full hookups for campers. And it’s conveniently located off of I-70. This southern Utah camping experience provides private sites under shaded trees and views of the beautiful Book Cliffs nearby. On site there’s also a hotel if you crave comfortable amenities. It’s common at Desert Moon to see deer with the stark background of rocks which makes this campground a truly unique getaway.
Campers will have plenty of options with the Arches National Park just 10 miles away, the Canyonlands National Park about an hour south, and the Green River is right down the road. If you love to hike and explore nature, you will enjoy the abundant trails nearby.
This is one of those Utah campgrounds that’s not your typical resort camping experience. If you look at photos from previous visitors, you will find picturesque sights reminiscent of Monet and O’keeffe paintings with shaded trees, green grassy fields, and gorgeous rocky canyons ahead. So book your stay at this one-of-a-kind Utah campground where you can experience small town living, nature, and peace.
Moab Utah KOA – Camping in Utah
Open: March 9th-October 31st
Price: From $36 a night
Explore the Moab KOA Campground that is the closest to Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and Canyonlands National Park. This KOA features a new swimming pool that the entire family will love. This Utah campground also offers deluxe cabins, tenting, and RV sites. During your stay, you might see hikers, bikers, or runners. Like most KOA’s, you can bring Scruffy and even let him run around and poop at the dog park on site.
Kick back and enjoy views of the La Sal Mountains and red rocks while you still can stay connected to modern life with free wifi. And imagine going into a hot tub surrounded by canyons, or just camp here! This is a Utah camping experience you won’t forget.
Not only can your family tell ghost stories around the fire here, but you can also use a charcoal grill which is available on every site. Or, play a friendly game of horseshoes and then check out the camp store for a variety of camping essentials you may have forgotten in your haste to get away.
And you won’t want to miss the many local events going on in Moab such as paddle races, beer festivals (yum), and bicycle relays. You can find a great calendar of events here.
I love KOAs and have a membership because it gives you 10% off every stay, and other perks – like free nights throughout the year. If you do not have a KOA membership, and you frequently visit this campground franchise, you might want to buy one before your stay in Utah.
This is one of those Utah campgrounds that provides the views, amenities, and local entertainment that makes it easy to not venture far from your tent.
Sleepy Hollow Campground – Camping in Utah
Open: Year round
Address: 3000 South SR 24
Caineville, Utah 84775
Reserve first come first serve. Phone: (435) 456-9130
I love the classic short story, “Sleepy Hollow.” Ichabod Crane has always been one of my favorite literary characters; that is why I had to check out the enticingly named Sleepy Hollow Campground in Caineville, Utah.
I am all for going camping along the beaten path. And that is what you will find at Sleepy Hollow – located in rural Utah. When you drive up to this remote campground, you will see one building, a few power lines, then the man-made objects stop there. This desolate area showcases flat land with trees and brushes spacious sites. Rough it on the dirt with a tent or bring the RV and plugin with the electric hookups available.
This is one of those Utah campgrounds that offers visitors a remote setting and a chance to escape from the bustles of life. There is no cell service, but there are wide open spaces, beautiful views of nature, and access to nearby hiking and biking trails. Also, this campground is known for its excellent starry nights that campers view from the open fields.
And don’t forget to haul your 4-wheeler because you will have access to the ATV trails nearby making it a perfect destination for those interested in an off-roading experience while camping in Utah. If you are in need of a peaceful getaway with no distractions, then Sleepy Hollow is for you.
Duke’s Slickrock Campground and RV Park – Camping in Utah
Open: March 1st-October 31st
Price: From $35
Reservations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (435)542-3235
Situated near Moab and the Capitol Reef National Park, this campground offers spacious sites while camping in Utah. It also has cozy cabins with the pleasant smell of pine. Duke’s Slickrock Campground maintains a number one status on TripAdvisor, and visitors rave about the high-quality service and cleanliness.
I am also all about free breakfasts that factor into any family vacation budget. And Duke’s provides a free breakfast so that you can put more change in that piggy bank. You also can connect to the internet,t get together in one of the meeting rooms, grab a beer at the bar, and then continue your fitness regimen at the health center (an odd chain of events, I know)/ For those who enjoy swimming, take a dip in the sparkling pool.
And if you get sick of roasting hot dogs on a stick, you can take the family out to the Duke’s Grill, a yummy restaurant on site. Bring your camera because you have some of the most delightful views in all of Utah showcasing scenic red canyons, mountains, and vanilla skies. This is southern Utah camping that provides visitors with a calm base camp that’s conveniently located at the junction of State Route 24 and 95 so you can quickly hop in your car to explore the nearby Capitol Reef National Park, Bridges National Monument, and even Lake Powell.
Not a fan of tents or RVs? Then check out the new luxury cabins. There are accommodations for the outdoorsmen/women, retirees, and those who tend to stay away from dirt, so there are no excuses to not reserve your stay at Duke’s Slickrock campground now!
Bauer’s Canyon Ranch RV Park – Camping in Utah
Open: March 1st-November 1st
Price: starting at $36
Address:90 W Mill St
Glendale, UT 84729
Request a reservation here
Located in Glendale Utah, this next southern Utah camping experience entrenches visitors in history. This area was settled first in the 1800’s and named Berryville, but due to frequent Indian attacks, this first settlement was abandoned and later renamed Glendale. The grandson of some of the original settlers owns this eye-catching ranch and campground. His family has raised everything on this land from cattle to horses, dogs, and cats since 1985. This unique southern Utah camping experience features 20 rural sites with modern amenities such as wifi, clean restrooms with showers and running water, and laundry. You also can get a full hookup RV site. And there is no rig too large for this ranch because the sites are spacious and long.
Surrounding national parks include Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and of course, the Grand Canyon! Bauer’s happens to be located in the middle of them all!
Also during your stay, do not miss other nearby attractions such as Kolob Canyon State Park, Pipe Springs National Monument, and the Kodachrome Basin.
This Utah campground still dually functions as a working ranch, and it’s perfect for animal lovers who want to see cows roaming the pastures. You also can visit streams and meadows, or set up a hammock under the shady trees. And don’t forget to take advantage of viewing the beautiful sunsets known in the area. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind camping experience at Bauer’s Canyon Ranch RV park.
Zion West Ranch Eco Campsites – Camping in Utah
Open: May – November
Price: from $29
Camping in Utah remains sustainable at the Zion West Ranch Eco Campsites. Here you can bring your tent, car, or RV, and set up in a secluded area surrounded by rock canyons and open spaces. Visitors rave about the peacefulness and primitiveness of this unique campground. Keep in mind that there are no hookup sites but if you have a sleeping bag and make a fire you should have all you will need because the views and stars are spectacular.
There are also healthy activities for campers to enjoy such as hiking, boating, exploring the wildlife, roaming the area on horseback, fishing, and more.
Another perk: you might even receive a visit from the owner, Bill, on his horse, who likes to make sure that campers are enjoying their stay at this magnificent running ranch in the middle of the wilderness of southern Utah.
The only preparation you should remember is that the roads to get here do not dry quickly, and if it rains, you might have some trouble getting out, which could unexpectedly extend your stay.
But why would you want to leave anyway? You will not forget the gorgeous views of mesas and the spectacular beauty of Zion National Park. So put on your ranching hat and go camping in Utah now.
Broken Spur Inn (and Wagons) – Camping in Utah
Price: Starting at $177
Address: 955 East Highway 24, PO Box 750355
Torrey, UT 84775
Have you ever heard of glamping? Well, it’s one of the latest trends in camping: A luxurious camping experience. So if you are into the primitive tent sites, then this next Utah campground might not be for you.
However, I think it is one of the coolest places to camp, even though I also enjoy roughing it. The Broken Spur Inn has a hotel, but it also offers Conestoga wagons. That’s right; I said wagons! You can stay in a replica of one of the original pioneer wagons that crossed the Utah prairies. But this wagon is a bit more updated than those rigs from long ago.
Each wagon has a queen or king sized bed, air conditioning, electricity, heat, a microwave. and fridge. And unlike the pioneers, you can even enjoy wifi in your wagon. And don’t worry about breakfast because this Utah campground provides it. The rate is $176, respectively, but this is a Utah camping experience like no other, and you will be telling your friends and family about it for years. So book your stay at the Broken Spur Inn for a true pioneer experience!
Things to do while Camping in Utah
There are so many sites to view in Utah that most of the activities you will find yourself engaging in involve scenic views, This state certainly has no shortage of picturesque attractions. There are so many canyons, cliffs, and deserts that you will have a hard time deciding which spectacular vista to see first.
Explore the Heights of Highway 12 – Things to do while Camping in Utah
You won’t want to miss this 122-mile road while you are camping in southern Utah. Hop on highway 12 to see the unforgettable views of Bryce Canyon and the Escalante Monument. Located in Torrey Utah, you will weave around on a road that one TripAdvisor reviewer calls both “beautiful and scary.” Keep in mind that it goes so high that altitude sickness is a possibility. Although this drive offers a once-in-a-lifetime view of the cliffs, check the weather, because snow and rain have been known to scare visitors driving. But on a beautiful sunny day exploring Utah on the byway is a free (except for gas) and thrilling experience.
Bring the Kids to a Dinosaur Adventure – Things to do while Camping in Utah
Open: March- November
Price:$22for individual $70 for family
Buy tickets here
Address:112 West, UT-313
Moab, Utah 84532
An excellent way to take a break from your Utah campground is to bring the family to this wonderful dinosaur adventure park. You won’t want to miss this half-mile trail that has 100 + full-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs! While you’re there, don’t hesitate to visit the 3-D theater that provides an educational overview beginning with the big bang theory that goes all the way to the dinosaur age. ]
There’s also a dino playground that young kids will love where they can rock climb and play on the swings. And the park features a virtual underwater adventure that explores sea creatures that lived during the prehistoric age.
And bring some extra cash for eating lunch at the on-site cafe and exploring the gift shop. This dinosaur adventure will get you hooked in paleontology. Come explore the dinosaurs in Moab, Utah now!
Hike the Narrows – Things to do while Camping in Utah
Price: Zion National Park entrance fee $12 for a week and $15 per vehicle
We now journey to Springdale, Utah and the 2,000-foot walls of the Zion Canyon. This is not your normal hike because you will be surrounded by the red canyon rocks on both sides while trudging through a narrow trail. So make sure you bring waterproof shoes because the hike is rather wet. Sometimes the Virgin River that fills the canyon goes above hikers’ knees. So it is essential to pay attention to the weather forecast before you venture to the narrows. Since you have to pay the entrance fee for the Zion National Park, take advantage and explore what that park has to offer – in addition to this beautiful hike.
Natural History Museum of Utah – Things to do while Camping in Utah
Open: Year round
Address: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
You won’t want to miss the spectacular Natural History Museum of Utah that has over a million artifacts. Plus, the architecture of this museum alone is worth the visit. It almost appears as a huge ark in the middle of the Utah landscape with mountains in the distance. Here you can also get your fill of paleontology, anthropology, and botany.
Permanent exhibitions at the museum include Sky, which delves deep into weather and astronomy; First People, an awesome exhibit that brings the story of the Great Basin’s people to life; and more. If you are into history, you won’t want to miss this awesome natural history museum that’s enclosed in an artistic piece of architecture
Tour, Ski, And More at Olympic Park – Things to do while Camping in Utah
Love skiing? Entertained by watching the winter Olympics? Then you won’t want to miss Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. Not only will you enjoy the slopes that previous Olympians also skied down during the 2002 winter Olympics, but you can also enjoy other seasonal activities. The Olympic Park offers high ropes courses that the whole family will enjoy in the spring and summer seasons. Prices vary for each activity.
You can also take an informative tour of the grounds or even try out a summer bobsled. Regardless of the season, you will find a way to enrich your camping in Utah experience by visiting this awesome historical Olympic Park that has something for athletes and history buffs alike.
Utah can be a vacation for all ages. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the hikes amid the red rocks and canyons. Adventurous hikers will revel in trudging through rivers. People more comfortable indoors can always experience the scenic views while traveling in a car along the many highways up cliffs and deserts.
So why not journey to see some of the most amazing and diverse landscapes in the United States? Visit a Utah campground on a ranch, within a forest, or near the desert. There are options that will cater to any visitor, so why wait? Get camping in Utah soon!