April 20, 2021

Southern Utah National Park: Best Places to Camp

Campsites


Bryce Canyon

Located in southern Utah Bryce Canyon is a beautiful getaway for the outdoor and camp lover. Bryce Canyon has many beautiful hikes to offer for every season and two beautiful campgrounds. Bryce Canyon’s  North Campground and Sunset Campground are a perfect place to stay while you explore the parks. Both of these locations offer RV camping and tent camping. Both campgrounds offer both RV and tent camping options both including fire pits and flush toilets year-round. The cost of RV camping is $30/night and tent camping is $20/night. The Sunset Campground offers reservations up to 6-months in advance allowing you to plan your trip ahead and guaranteeing your spot. The North Campground is first-come-first-served so be early if you want a spot!

The last option is backcountry camping. This is perfect for those who truly love outdoors and hiking and dont mind a less cushy camp experience. The cost is much less than reserving a spot and this option allows for a wider range of exploration and hiking. Cost of a permit is $5 and you must be older than 16 in order to obtain one. Permits can be purchased at the Visitors center with a reservation 48 hours before. This is the perfect way to have an adventure while you hike all day and pitch a tent at night.

Bryce Canyon National Park UT-63Bryce, Utah 84764


Hickman Bridge Trail, Capitol Reef National Park, UT

Capitol Reef

If you have been looking for the perfect getaway away from the world and noise of the city, Capitol Reef is the perfect place to go. Capitol Reef offers three different camping experiences, but the most sought-after is the Primitive Campgrounds. These campgrounds are located in remote parts of the park. There is no fee to stay at both Cathedral Valley and Cedar Mesa. These campgrounds offered the unique isolation of nature providing that perfect escape from a busy world. This is the perfect experience for the true outdoorsman who likes a fully immersive camp experience. All campgrounds come equipped with a picnic table, fire pit, and toilet pit, but there is no water access so make sure to bring plenty! These campgrounds are open year-round which offers a unique opportunity to experience the park in all seasons. This experience is first come, first served so make sure to plan ahead!

52 West Headquarters Drive, Torrey, UT 84775


Zions

Located just outside of St. George, Utah Zions National Park offers great hiking and camping options. Book your stay in the park to be just minutes away from the iconic hikes such as The Narrows and Angels Landing. Camping inside the park will also guarantee you a short drive to closely located Kolob Canyon. The South Campground has 117 campsites and takes reservations up to six months in advance. Located ½ mile from the south side entrance to the park and costing $20/night this campground is a great low budget option. The Watchman Campground is closer to the south entrance with 190 camp sites and 6 group sites. This campground offers easy access to restrooms and is just a short drive away from the visitor’s center. These experiences provide the perfect camp experience for anyone whether RV or tent is more your style. Prices of a campsite vary depending on site location and size of group for a group site, but it fills up quickly so make sure to make a reservation!

1 Zion Park Blvd. State Route 9, Springdale, UT 84767


Arches

If you have seen the iconic Delicate Arch and always wanted to see more, then a trip to Arches National Park is a must when coming to Utah. There are many places to stay outside Arches in Moab, including hotels, AirBnB’s, campgrounds and even backpacking, but if you want to get away from the city and camp in the park amongst the beautiful arches, there is only one campground you can do that at. Devils Garden campground is located about 18 miles from the main park entrance. Just outside the devils garden trailhead, home to 8 arches, this campsite will give you an experience you will not forget. 

 There are 51 sites available to be reserved from March 1st to October 21st, after that it is first come, first served. Reservations are available 6 months in advance. The standard fee per night is $25.00 for a group of up to 10 people and limited to two vehicles. Within Devils Garden there are two large sites, Canyon Wren and Juniper group sites. These two sites can accommodate 11 to 55 campers. Prices per night for these larger sites range from $75 to $250. Facilities at all sites include: Drinking water, picnic tables, grills, and flush toilets. So take the family or a group of your friends and camp amongst the arches!


Moab, UT 84532


Resorts


Red Mountain Resort

Plan your trip to Red Mountain Resort for your next Utah adventure! This resort gives you the chance to hike and admire the beauty of Southern Utah. If you’re not up for a hike, focus on wellness with a spa retreat. Red Mountain offers a variety of amenities and services to keep everyone happy and entertained.

Located in St. George, Utah, Red Mountain Resort is only an hour from Zion National Park. You can fly in to Nevada or St. George on this Southern Utah getaway! For more on directions and getting to Red Mountain Resort, click here. This resort is a great option for those who want to explore the outdoors with the added comfort of a luxurious resort.

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