7 Amazing Campgrounds in Utah Worth Checking Out!

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7 Amazing Campgrounds in Utah Worth Checking Out!

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7 Amazing Campgrounds in Utah Worth Checking Out!

Utah is one of the most beautiful states for RV travel in our entire country. It’s not just “The Mighty Five” that make this state great. Every inch of it seems to be photographable and otherworldly. Our guests on this episode of The RV Atlas podcast are Tyler and Kendra from oneyone.com and Campspot. Tyler and Kendra are digital nomads who have toured the American west extensively in their Airstream with their two cats Luna and Sunny. On this episode Jeremy interviews them both about six of their favorite campgrounds in Utah. Each one is unique and well-worth adding to your Utah bucket list.

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Tyler and Kendra’s six picks for an amazing Utah Road Trip cover a wide variety of locations and campground types. Here is their list and their traveler’s notes for these 7 campgrounds!  We also thank them for sharing these incredible pictures with us! 

7 Amazing Campgrounds in Utah

Goblin Valley State Park

  • The state park is famous for its mushroom-shaped hoodoos referred to locally as goblins
  • Shapes come from an erosion-resistant layer of rock on top of softer sandstone
  • Campground Overview & Amenities:
    • 12 RV sites, 11 tent sites, group site, 2 yurts, restroom, shower facilitates
    • Drinking water
    • Dump station
    • Hot showers
    • Vault toilets
    • Shaded picnic tables
    • Fees:
      • $35 per site, yurt $100 per site, group site is $125
  • Sandstone rock formations called goblins
  • open year-round
  • Spring and fall are the best times to visit, summer temperatures can soar
  • Things to do in the park: visitors are welcome to wander off-trail and explore the goblins, there are also miles of trails, 
  • About 3.5 hours from Salt Lake City

Dark Sky Campground

  • Just 3 miles outside of Kanab, Utah
  • Campground Overview & Amenities:
    • 18 large, pull-through RV sites on 40 acres of land
    • Fiber internet
    • FHU
    • Outdoor furniture
    • Shaded picnic table
    • Spa-like bathrooms
    • Community area
    • $55/night
  • Views of the Red Cliffs, Vermillion Cliffs, and the Kalibab Plateau
  • Owners Britt, Jeff, Rick, and Meryl
  • Roxor (Jeep) or bike rentals
  • Propane fire pit rentals
  • More info available and bookable on Campspot.com

Fruita Campground at Capitol Reef National Park

  • Surrounded by historic orchards (peaches, apples, etc.) of the national park (from pioneers settling in the area in the 1880s),
  • When the fruit is ripe, staff puts out U-pick signs and you then can pay to pick
  • Campground Overview & Amenities:
    • 71 sites
    • Picnic table
    • Firepits
    • RV dump and drinking water station
    • Restrooms with running water and flush toilets, no showers tho
    • $25 per night
    • Open year-round
  • Reservable online for March to October camping, otherwise, from November through February, it’s first come first served
  • Near some incredible hikes, we did an epic canyon hike
  • Unbeatable dark skies- one of the darkest places in the US
    • International Dark Sky Park

 

Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway in Moab, Utah 

  • Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway:
    • Location, location, location – less than 3 miles from the entrance to Arches National Park
    • Plenty of camping options: 
      • Cottage rentals
      • Airstream rentals
      • Cabin rentals
      • Pull through RV sites, FHU
      • RV sites start at $54/night
      • Tent sites
      • Covered tent sites
    • Across the street from Lions Park and Bike Path, that’s a beautiful path along the Colorado River
    • More info available and bookable on Campspot.com

Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown

photo provided by campground

  • Moab Downtown:
    • Won a campspot award for most popular in the USA 
    • A little bit less in terms of camping options compared to Arches Gateway but it has:
      • Cabin rentals
      • FHU
      • WE sites
      • Tent sites
      • RV sites start at $52/night
    • Right on the main street of Moab, so super fun being able to walk around on town in addition to its proximity to Canyonlands and Arches Nationa Park and more
    • Near some jeep rentals to go off-roading
    • More info available and bookable on Campspot.com
  • Read this book before you go/while you’re there: Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey
    • Based on Abbey’s experiences as a Park Ranger in the 1950s at Arches National Monument (before it was designated a National Park in 1971)

Zion Canyon Campground in Springdale, Utah

photo provided by campground

  • This is an RV and tent campground right in the heart of small town of Springdale, UT
  • Shuttle for Zion national park is within walking distance as it’s a little over a half-mile from the entrance to the national park so you can leave your car behind.
  • It’s a tight campground in terms of spacing so for the larger class A motorhomes, this might not be the best for you. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in culture and community
  • We met people from all over the world, ALL transient campers, shared experience in that you’re all there to experience Zion
  • At the end of June 2021, they did experience insane flooding, not sure if you remember the videos, but they are open but you might experience some construction here and there
  • Overview:
    • 131 RV sites ranging from FHU, prices starting at $79 going up to $119 so def on the higher end in terms of RV site prices
    • Campers do have access to a pool on site as well which is a great way to cool off from your daytime adventures in the park
  • Surrounded by the Redrock and the trees help with shade

 

Goulding’s Monument Valley RV Campground in Monument Valley, UT

  • History of how the original owner, Harry Goulding, in the 1930s, met the famous director John Ford and showed him photos of Monument Valley, and so he filmed his next movie there: Stagecoach starring John Wayne.
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    • Respectful of tribal lands 
    • 17-mile scenic loop dirt road
  • The area has hosted all sorts of movie and photography crews, artists, and of course, that famous scene of Forest Gump running
  • 30 miles from Valley of the Gods, which is also an off-road loop road (managed by the BLM) with similar redrock buttes and mesas as Monument Valley [be sure to Leave No Trace]
  • Campground:
    • Nestled in the Rock Door Canyon
    • Surrounded by Redrock
    • Can see Monument Valley in the distance through the canyon opening
    • RV, tent, and cabin sites
    • RV sites:
      • FHU
      • Cable
      • Wifi
      • Picnic tables
      • Bathrooms
      • Guests have access to Goulding’s property amenities including the Stagecoach restaurant, museum, store, laundromat, and theater
      • We totally did our laundry there and commented on how surreal it was to do laundry in such a picturesque place.
      • RV sites start at $48/night

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