Great RV Camping Locations
Utah offers great RV camping locations for every type of camping. From private RV resorts located along the Colorado River, to primitive boondocking campsites at Goosnecks state park, there is something for everyone looking for a great RV camping location in Utah. Utah offers the RVer several national parks, numerous state parks, 5 national forests, and BLM administered lands great for RV camping.
Private RV Parks - Research tool for finding the best private RV parks and campgrounds in Utah.
Free RV camping and parking is available throughout Utah. National Forest and BLM administered lands offer "dispersed camping". This term is often referred to as "boondocking", but what it means is that you can camp anywhere on public lands for free unless otherwise restricted. Restriction reasons can be for protection of wildlife, delicate resources, heavily used areas etc. Areas closed to camping are signed, but if you are unsure or wish to verify dispersed camping areas, contact the local USFS (US Forest Service) Ranger District, or BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Field Office for details. The following list is only an example of free camping locations in Utah.
East of Kanab is the beautiful Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. This National Monument has provided a great list of free camping sites around the Monument. This is remote country, so be prepared with plenty of water, food, and fuel. The rewards are great for those seeking the best RV camping sites.
Just 10 miles north of Mexican Hat is Goosenecks State Park. This primitive desert park has spectacular views. Picnic tables are scattered around the campground as there are no designated campsites, and only a vault toilet is provided. Hot temperatures in Summer. This Utah State Park is a great free RV camping location.
Public lands surround Moab. Moab BLM (Bureau of Land Management) dispersed camping opportunities abound. North of Moab on the road to Dead Horse Point for example are several designated free RV and tent camping locations. There is a kiosk shortly after you start up the Dead Horse Point road with information about locations of the camping areas. BLM official Moab area Camping Page has additional information about campgrounds and dispersed camping locations.
Hamburger Rock Campground is Located north off highway 211, approximately 3 miles west of Canyonlands National Park. There are 8 campsites and $6 fee. No facilities other than picnic tables and fire pits. Check with the Monticello BLM Field Office for other dispersed camping opportunities.
Yuba State Park is administered closely with BLM (Bureau of Land Management). There is Dispersed Camping available for both RV's and "boat in" if you are prepared.
Public campgrounds in New Mexico are located in beautiful and historic areas. State and federal campgrounds offer facilities from primitive to full RV hookup sites. The following list is only and example of the available public campgrounds available in Utah.
Our August 2007 - Campsite of the Month is located just outside Bluff. This BLM campground is an oasis for RV travelers. Any size RV campsites, vault toilets, water, trash and more.
Remotely located Natural Bridges National Monument offers first come first serve RV camping at it's 13 site campground. 26 foot maximum length limit, but we've heard larger rigs up to 33 feet will fit.
RV camping is available at Bryce Canyon National Park. The beautiful scenery, hiking and mule trails, and comfortable summer weather makes Bryce Canyon well worth the visit.
Primitive campsites and developed campgrounds are available for RV camping in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Administered by the BLM, these campgrounds are well off the beaten path, and well worth the visit.
LOGAN RANGER DISTRICT
The USDA Wasatch-Cache National Forrest offers great camping locations. The Logan Ranger District for example has 16 developed campgrounds. The Box Elder Campground is one example. From Highway 89/91 travel 4.5 miles east of Brigham City, Utah. Look for highway signing at town of Mantua.
The Little Creek Recreation Area is administered as a motorized recreation area and is a fun RV camping destination, even if you only watch the ATV, 4x4, and motorcycle riders. Over 250 designated campsites.
One of Utah's natural gems is Zion National Park. Spectacular scenery, hiking, biking, camping and more await you. Reservations recommended.
USFS (US Forest Service) - Describes USFS policies and rules about RV camping. Information about dispersed camping, and tips on how to find great free RV camping sites.
NPS (National Park Service) - General information about RV camping and campgrounds in US National Parks. With campgrounds in the most historic and scenic places in the country, the NPS offers some of the best places for RV camping.
USACE/COE (US Army Corp of Engineers) - USACE (perhaps better know as COE) manages water recreation areas throughout the USA. Information about finding USACE lakes, RV camping possibilities, and rules and policies for use of these water based recreation areas is included.
BLM (Bureau of Land Management) - Located throughout the western USA, BLM managed lands offer great camping locations. Developed campgrounds, and almost unlimited dispersed camping opportunites await you.
Here's a list of places to consider when looking for a free overnight RV camping or parking location in Utah. We always recommend asking for overnight RV parking permission when looking for a free spot to spend the night. The smaller your RV, the better chances you will have finding places to stay if you choose not to ask permission. If you don't ask permission, you end up "sneaking" into places and hoping nobody bothers you or issues you a trespassing ticket before you move on.
Be smart and Be Safe...Ask Permission.
As you can see, there are a lot of free RV camping and parking possibilities in Utah. If you are not asking permission, it's best to keep a very low profile. If your RV has slide outs, jacks and TV antennas, don't use them so as not to draw attention to yourself. Consider your surroundings carefully and if you feel uncomfortable with the area, move somewhere else.