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Overview of Smithsonian Butte Dispersed Camping

No camping within 1/2 mile of either side of the road along the Smithsonian Butte National Back Country Byway. Once on top of the plateau, there are 4x4 routes onto the mesa arms that are open to camping. Tall rigs may not have access to this area due to a 13'4" bridge on route.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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Pad Type dirt

Elevation 4,560 ft / 1,389 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Mary asked on 5/26/2021

Where is the closest place to get water, dump station, and shower?

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jzorn asked on 3/9/2021

How far is it each way (the rough and easier) to Zion?

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Carissa asked on 12/31/2019

I have seen that the reviews say it is about 20 minutes from Zion. Is that the route going the Rockville way? Is it d...

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Reviews of Smithsonian Butte Dispersed Camping 40 people have reviewed this location.

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Verizon 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 16 Users
Last reported 10/14/2021
Confirmed by 11 Users
Last reported 4/27/2021
T-Mobile 4G/LTE
Confirmed by 5 Users
Last reported 10/1/2019

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  • dry camping
  • Dispersed Camping


Chevron Gas Station

Yes the cost is $20.00 but sometimes free is not the best.

- kentwilson

Gooseberry Mesa

The three miles of washboard road will rattle the fillings out of your teeth!

- 1speed2

Zion Canyon Campground & RV Resort

Minutes from Zion entrance – Sites are not very good

- Wide Turns Only

Watchman Campground

Nice sites and great location.

- Jeff Beaty

Watchman Dump Station

You cannot use the dump station

- Laurie

South Campground

Showing its age, but oh that view!

- Redinthewoods

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