Smithsonian Butte

BLM

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250 S. / Grafton Rd.
Rockville, UT 84763
435-688-3200
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GPS: 37.1514, -113.059

Last Price Paid: $0
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 3741 ft
Max Stay: 14
Tent Camping: Yes

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.

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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8 people have reviewed this location.

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5bars
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2bars
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3 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
“Doable in a Honda Odyssey!”

Reviewed Nov 12, 2018

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We were very hesitant to try to stay here because so many people mentioned needing high clearance and 4x4, neither of which we have in the minivan. We went for it anyway, and it was doable! We were able to go back as far as we wanted and only bottomed out one time. I will say, though, if you are particular about your car or don’t f... more

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10 reviews
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“Tents only”

Reviewed Oct 17, 2018

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Not suitable for trailers of any kind. Luckily, we unhitched the 5th Wheel in the turn around at the entrance which can be seen on the satellite map view. My husband went ahead to scout the area and came back saying it was a real 4 Wheel Drive track that’s rutted out and steep. He went halfway before realizing it just got worse. Ca... more

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1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

awilso46 would stay here again

“Great location, nice spot!”

Reviewed Jun 05, 2018

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We were very happy with our stay here. Our campsite was about 10 minutes (driving slowly, we really baby our car) from the turn onto the Smithsonian Butte road. To get to the site, we turned right into a small dirt road to find multiple sites with rock lines fire pits, separated by trees and connected by ATV tracks. We had a pleasant a... more

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5bars
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2 reviews
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Days stayed: 2

Christa would stay here again

“Best bang for your buck! ”

Reviewed Mar 30, 2018

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To start off the review, we stayed 1 night at another BLM. Virgin Dam and needed to relocate due to very high winds and a sad, cold night. I initially did not select this spot due to the said possible rough road conditions, recommending a 4x4, but after running into a few people at the park who made it in a Subaru and trailer - we we... more

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1bars
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1 review
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Days stayed: 1
“Quiet, pretty, and close to Zion Park entrance ”

Reviewed Nov 09, 2017

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Would definitely recommend having off-road capabilities, the dirt road has some washed out areas here and there from runoff. I used a Toyota Tacoma 4x4 and made it up the slight grade no problem. There are sites on your left and right that are marked as campsites and you can pick which one you’d like! Nice views and a short drive (abou... more

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2bars
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8 reviews
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Days stayed: 1

Msunshine would stay here again

“Perfect campground!”

Reviewed Aug 16, 2017

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Incridible Landscape.

There s no water, no restrooms, just wilderness. At the entrance of Zion Park. Very quiet place.

CAUTION: if you want to get to the top you have to ride a REAL 4x4. Even big cars cant go up.

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1 review
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Days stayed: 1

Will would stay here again

“Quiet, View for days. Top notch free camping!”

Reviewed Jul 22, 2017

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Need a 4 wheel drive if coming from Rockville. If you don't want to risk a flat tire or any damage, take the long way around to gooseberry mesa from the east side. Busy tourist season in July when we stayed but only 2 other campers on the whole mesa. Never heard a peep. Sunrises are worth waking up to.

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Arrakis

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: 3rd

Arrakis would stay here again

“Quiet, Starry, Remote...4WD & High Ground Clearance Needed”

Reviewed Sep 09, 2015

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According to regulations, you need to be 0.5 miles from the main byway to camp. Beware the temptation to camp at the numerous spots close to the main road as they have been handing out $125 fines. We camped about 0.3 miles in after passing another group. It does get a bit rough and tight in spots after the first 0.1 miles or so. Also,... more

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