Best Camping in Utah

Camping in Utah

There are few scenic landscapes in the United States that are as instantly recognizable as Utah's. From the delicate red-rock arches in Arches National Park to the famous powder of the Wasatch Range near Park City, Utah draws in tent and RV campers year-round. And it's no wonder—this state has something to offer travelers in every season.

Utah National Parks

There are plenty of reasons why someone may choose to go camping in Utah, but the draw of national parks is surely one of them. The state has five national parks, each boasting spectacular scenery and plenty of recreation areas to enjoy.

Camping in Utah at a national park can be done all year long. While some campgrounds in the national parks are closed seasonally, there is at least one campsite within each that is open year-round.

The five national parks are collectively known as The Mighty 5, and consist of Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Zion National Park.

Utah State Parks

Camping in Utah state parks means spending time in some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Utah has 44 state parks, many of which are open year-round.

With nearly 100,000 acres of state park land to explore, camping in Utah's state parks is an excellent pastime for both tourists and residents alike.

There is a wide range of natural landscapes throughout the various parks, so it’s important for campers to take note of what each offers. Those who want to horseback ride while camping in Utah may enjoy a trip to Snow Canyon, while those who prefer to fish may prefer Palisade State Park.

If you are looking for panoramic views, Dead Horse State Park is a popular option that offers a breathtaking view of the Colorado River nestled amongst the canyons.

Whatever activities you look forward to as part of your camping trip, Utah state parks are sure to offer it!

Utah RV Parks

If your idea of camping in Utah involves staying the night in an RV rather than a tent, you have hundreds of options to choose from.

Every national park (and most state parks) have has RV parks near park grounds. RV Parks in Utah range from partial hookups, including water and electricity, to full hookups which include water, power, and sewer.

Free Camping in Utah

For those campers on a budget, Utah offers budget-friendly and even free camping too. The majority of west Utah is public land, which gives campers the opportunity to pitch a tent for free.

Dispersed camping is certainly a popular option throughout the state, with over 60% of the land remaining public. Campers should be aware that there are limitations on how long you can stay in one spot, and be mindful of all Bureau of Land Management regulations.

Learn more about free camping in Utah.

Utah National Forests

If your dream camping trip involves a canopy of dense trees, look no further than Utah National Forests. Stretching from southwest Utah to the very northern tip of the state, these forests offer an abundance of camping opportunities and recreational activities.

Campers can choose between staying in designated campgrounds, or try out dispersed camping for a more rugged camping experience.

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Recent Utah Campground Reviews

Dec 04, 2021

"Fabulous"

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Really nice campground. Quiet, DARK, clean and fun. Great meeting space and really great shower rooms! Wish I had planned more time. Also, super nice people who run it. Will absolutely be back.

Abby Rehkugler
1 review
Sunnyside, UT

Dragerton Dump Station

Dec 04, 2021

"Closed"

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As of Dec/1/2021 it was non-operational and looked broken down. (perhaps it is open seasonally?)

C G
2 reviews
Dec 03, 2021

"Centrally Located for Moab Area"

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This campground was in the "OK" category although we wouldn't stay here again unless there were no other good options. It is in downtown Moab which is a very busy resort/high-adventure town with lots of restaurants, motels, shopping, etc. etc. The big plus is that it is only 15 minutes south of Arches NP main entrance and 40 minutes from...
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Eric Jackson
9 reviews
Hurricane, UT

Quail Creek RV Resort

Dec 03, 2021

"Overall Nice"

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We stayed here in early October 2021 as a last minute reservation. We opted to cancel our reservation up at Bryce due to cold and snow conditions up there and we did not want to deal with driving in those conditions with the rig. Overall this is a nice, clean, newer small campground. Some back-in gravel and some paved/pull-through spots. The...
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Eric Jackson
9 reviews
Hurricane, UT

St. George-Hurricane KOA

Dec 02, 2021

"Great base camp for sightseeing "

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We stayed here to see Zion and Bryce Canyon end of November into Dec where some places aren’t open this time of year so even though it was a drive we chose this KOA. We have a 38ft toyhauler and F350. it was about 2.5 hours from Bryce Canyon but only 45 min to Zion- perfect for us and to our surprise there was great hikes just across the street...
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Traci Hyslip
1 review