The 10 Best Campsites in Utah
Honestly, it’s not really fair for this article to be titled the 10 best campsites in Utah. There are way too many to choose just 10. Also, the reasons I choose these as the best are largely because of personal experience – as well as recommendations. So, if one of your favorites isn’t on the list, let me know!
I will say this about campsites in Utah, I have never been disappointed. I cannot think of a time when I have arrived at a campsite and thought “oh man I was really hoping for something more beautiful.” If you live in Utah, go camping! If you don’t, come visit Utah and see all the beauty there is! This list is in no particular order.
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1. Bridger Bay Campground (Antelope Island State Park)
This made the list for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is a great place to see a ton of wildlife. It is close to lots of hiking, and mountain biking trails (go check out our hikes in UT blog post). It is also not far from Salt Lake. There can be lots of bugs, so come prepared, but other than that, it is an awesome campsite!
2. Box Elder Campground
This campsite is in the middle of no where and fills up fast! Now that we got that out of the way, it is beautiful. It is located in Mantua, UT. In the middle of June it is filled with the most gorgeous poppies and wildflowers. I am the type of person who would visit this campsite just for the flowers, but if that’s not your cup of tea you can visit Mantua reservoir, The Spiral Jetty, or Golden Spike Monument.
3. Sunrise Campground
This campsite is a new favorite of mine. It is located in Logan Canyon near Bear Lake. We love Bear Lake but I am not a super fan of camping on the beach. This campsite is just up the road a little so you have a beautiful view of the Lake. The sites are large, and secluded. There is even an additional parking lot for extra cars or your boat.
4. Smith and Morehouse Campground
This is another beautiful campsite. It is located in Kamas, UT. There are lots of trails and great fishing at the nearby Smith and Morehouse reservoir. It is a great family friendly campsite. There is a creek running through the campsite and it is a popular location for wildlife.
This campground lis ocated near the south entrance of Zion National Park. I have mentioned Zion’s before, it is an awesome Utah destination. In my opinion this is the best way to do Zion’s if you can get a campsite reserved. It truly is an amazing experience to watch the setting sun amidst the towering red rock and then watch the sky explode with stars. If you are feeling adventurous head out for an easy evening hike to get a good view to watch the stars. You won’t regret it!
6. Coral Pink Sand Dunes
This is the most surprisingly cool place. We were on a road trip to Lake Powell several years ago and almost accidentally ran into this park due to a detour we had to take. The dunes were so much fun. We weren’t 4-wheeling (although that would have been an absolute blast) we just ran around on the dunes. It was well worth the stop. One thing I regret is not seeing this park at sunset.
This is a great place for a one night stop over between sites in southern Utah, or great for a few days of relaxation.
7. Spruces Campground
A local favorite, this campground up Big Cottonwood Canyon is a great escape from the city. In the summer it can be difficult to find a site as the campground fills quickly, so be sure to make a reservation. It is also close to the popular Donut Falls hike.
8. Albion Basin Campground
This is an absolutely beautiful campsite. It is located up Little Cottonwood Canyon near Alta, Utah. In late July this basin fills with wildflowers. It is even the location for the annual Wasatch Wildflower Festival. There are lots of hiking trails nearby as well as Snowbird Resort, which has an alpine slide and zip line in the summer.
It took me way too long to get to Bryce National Park. It is a really amazing National Park. North Campground is a great choice because of it’s proximity to trails, and the general store. It is also close to the rim for some amazing views. If you haven’t seen it yet, add it to your list!
10. Mirror Lake Campground
Mirror Lake campground had to be included in the list. Not only is the area gorgeous, but with the nearby trails and lakeside access for swimming, fishing, or kayaking, there is something for everyone in the family. You may find it is not as crowded as some of the other popular campgrounds as well. Definitely worth a visit.
Visiting these sites is such a fun way to explore Utah. Just writing this post I can remember all the fond memories I have made at each of these locations. Let me know if there are any others I should include in this list of the best campsites in Utah.
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