Camping, Glamping, Cabining, Yurtin’…Endless Options Outdoors
- Posted On
- Jul 06, 2017
- General Interest
State and National Parks
Read below for some of our favorite campgrounds!
Currant Creek Campground – Located 45 -miles southeast of Heber City on Hwy 40. This 100-site campground sits on the hillside of the Currant Creek Reservoir and offers group, equestrian and double-family sites. The area is best known for its great fishing opportunities, both in the reservoir and Currant Creek. Also, there are many OHV & hiking trails nearby. A general store at the campground has firewood, ice and fishing supplies.
Wedge Overlook Campground – Located in the San Rafael Swell, The Wedge Overlook provides a striking view of Utah’s “Little Grand Canyon”, the San Rafael River, and the Sid's Mountain Wilderness Area. Developed sites on the rim of the canyon feature tables, fire pits, and an outhouse nearby. In addition, there are a few undeveloped sites with fire rings just a few miles from the overlook.
Mirror Lake/Highway 150 – Stop just about anywhere along this highway in the Uintas and you will find a developed campground. One of the most popular campgrounds is at Mirror Lake; be sure to reserve early for this one! Camping is also allowed in undeveloped areas. One of our favorite trails for backpacking is the Lofty Lake Loop. This 4-mile trail takes you by several alpine lakes and primitive camping options, making it the perfect place to introduce your kids to overnight backpacking.
La Sal Mountains – These stunning peaks are just 20 miles southeast of Moab and part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Reaching heights of nearly 13,000 feet, these alpine mountains are the second highest mountain range in Utah. You will find numerous hiking trails and picturesque forested campgrounds. One of our favorites is the Warner Lake Campground, which has toilets, picnic tables, and fire grills.
Mt. Nebo Scenic Loop – This 38-mile scenic byway meanders along the southern end of the Wasatch Mountains in the shadow of the Wasatch’s tallest peak, Mt. Nebo. Along the byway, numerous campgrounds, trail systems, and popular horseback riding areas are available. Stop for the night or weekend and camp at Ponderosa Campground, which is nestled in scenic Bear Canyon. Your family can enjoy hiking and fishing in this quiet canyon.
Logan Canyon – Located in the Cache National Forest, Logan Canyon is a great place to beat the summer heat. Several scenic campgrounds are located along Highway 89 from Logan to Bear Lake and offer a wide variety of activities close to camp. You can take a scenic drive, hike, bike, camp and fish. Tony Grove Campground is a must-visit and is tucked against a beautiful alpine lake with great hiking options. Another favorite is Sunrise Campground, nestled in pines and aspens at the summit of the canyon. Aptly named, this campground offers beautiful views of the sunrise over the turquoise waters of Bear Lake. Or for a more unique overnight experience, continue to Conestoga Ranch in nearby St. Charles, where you can “glamp” in a covered wagon!!
Cristo Area – Also in the Cache National Forest, this area boasts several great campgrounds near the summit of the Cristo mountain range and along the South Fork of the Ogden River. Numerous improved campgrounds dot the banks of the river along State Road 39. These campgrounds are easy to get to and offer excellent fishing and tubing in the river, as well as SUP and kayaking in nearby Causey Reservoir. One of our favorite campgrounds is Cristo, at the summit of SR 39. Enjoy the forest shade as you are surrounded by thick spruces and aspens. This is a developed campground with toilets, drinking water, fire pits and picnic tables.
Flaming Gorge – Red Canyon Campground is located on a grassy meadow high above Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Your family will enjoy exploring the Red Canyon Rim Trail and canoeing and fishing at nearby Greens Lake. This is a developed campground with vault toilets and drinking water provided. Enjoy a day on the water at Flaming Gorge National Recreation area, where you can kayak, SUP, water ski, jet ski, swim…and perhaps best of all…fish at this beautiful reservoir; Flaming Gorge offers some of the best trophy trout fishing in the western U.S. Red Canyon Lodge log cabins, private lake, fishing, horseback riding and restaurant.
Many of Utah’s 43 State Parks offer a variety of overnight options beyond the typical tent site. Fremont Indian, Red Fleet, and Scofield State Parks offer Teepees, and for those looking for the Yurtin’ experience, Dead Horse Point, Goblin Valley, East Canyon, and Rockport are the destinations for you. In addition to these great options, there are 10 parks that offer cabins.