Regardless of where you live within the state, of Utah offers some of the most beautiful campgrounds in the country, many of which are located within an hour of Park City. With its beautiful landscapes, wildflowers, wildlife, rugged mountains, and sandstone desserts, Utah offers a wide array of places to park your RV or car, pitch and tent, and rough it in the wilderness.
Pack your bags and head to several different campgrounds—all in beautiful locations throughout. Fish in a nearby lake or hike through red rock country in southern Utah—the choice is yours. Utah offers abundance of activities for you and your family.
Although there are hundreds of different campgrounds to choose from, some of the best places in the state for camping are: Bear Lake State Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Arches National Monument.
Bear Lake State Park
Located in the Rocky Mountains, next to the Utah-Idaho border, Bear Lake State Park boasts over 800 camping and picnic sites for you and your family. The cool, blue waters of Bear Lake are perfect for swimming, waterskiing, scuba diving, and fishing. Over 800 campsites are also located in the surrounding areas, where you can pitch a tent or hook up your RV.
If you need to relax your muscles after a full day of waterskiing, Bear Lake Hot Springs Sandstone Resort also has hot springs and mineral pools to help work out the soreness.
Enjoy year-round fishing for cutthroat trout, mackinaw, cisco, and whitefish. The park also hosts many annual events, such as Raspberry Days.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Spend your next camping vacation in beautiful Bryce Valley, located about 12 miles from the entrance to the national park. Pull up some lounge chairs and enjoy the sunset against some of the most beautiful sandstone rock formations in the world. The KOA campground in Bryce Valley offers a clean campsite with plenty of amenities.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunsets as they light up the peaks and valleys of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Your camping trip to Bryce will be something that you remember for years to come. Highway 12 that runs through the canyon offers hundreds of miles of scenic roads where you can see some spectacular views from your vehicle.
If you don’t like roughing it in a tent, Bryce Valley also offers six different cabin configurations to choose from.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park is situated about five miles north of Moab, and it offers the world’s largest display of sandstone arches and rock formations. Moab is located approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes south of Salt Lake City. Although Arches offers approximately 50 different sites for campers, but they fill up fast, and it’s always a good idea to make reservations beforehand.
The park offers over 2,000 arches within the park (consisting of 76,518 acres), and it also has some incredible geological formations as well. You could spend an entire year touring through the arches, and only scratch the surface of everything it has to offer.
Set up camp at the Devil’s Garden campground, next to some of the most beautiful rock formations in the world. Amenities include picnic tables, running water, grills, and flush toilets.
The park also has plenty of trails, so you can explore the entire area on foot if you like. Be sure to bring lots of water, as the weather is very hot and dry throughout the year.
About Jim Bizily
I am an outdoor enthusiast, parent of two awesome boys, and Property Manager in beautiful Park City, Utah. After years in engineering and entrepreneurial projects, I decided to move to Park City Utah to start a business managing lodging and vacation rentals.