Utah

State Park Campground Guide

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Compared to Utah’s “Mighty 5” National Parks, it’s easy to overlook the state parks. However, Utah’s state park campgrounds provide the opportunity to stay near the popular national parks while spending time touring additional landscapes. From the geological wonderlands that attract visitors from all over the world to the Great Salt Lake, national forests, rivers, and mountain ranges, Utah is an outdoor paradise of unparalleled natural beauty. With some of the best hiking, mountain and road biking, fishing, and skiing to be found in the U.S., the state park system allows visitors to experience another level of this natural abundance.

In recent years, Utah has upgraded many of its state park facilities, from infrastructure to new concrete RV pads and restrooms. Many sites now also have cabins and yurts, making the state parks a great option to camp with friends and family who don’t have an RV.

 

Dead Horse Point State Park

Reservations

Reservations can be made online at utahstateparks.reserveamerica.com and by phone at 800-322-3770. 

Reservations are available from 4 months to 2 days in advance. 

Unreserved sites are available first-come, first-served during peak season. Popular parks take reservations year-round, while other parks are first-come, first-served in the offseason of October to May.

Campsite sizes

Utah is a big rig friendly state, however, the number of sites that can accommodate RVs over 30 feet varies by campground.

The reservation system allows you to search for sites by minimum RV length, as well as by pull-through or back-in. Search results display the site length as well as maximum vehicle length. 

View the “Campsite List” under the search results for the length per site at a glance.

Accessibility

You can search for ADA-accessible sites under “More Options” in the reservation system.

Hookups

Most campgrounds offer sites with partial or full hookups and are searchable on the reservation website.

Connectivity

In general, Utah state parks do not have a WiFi system available for guests. If connectivity is a priority, call the campground to ask about WiFi or cell service.

Maximum stay

The maximum stay is 14 days within a 30 day period. The park ranger has discretion to extend stays upon request.

Additional facilities

Campgrounds have restrooms, most with showers, as well as potable water and centralized dump stations. All campsites have a picnic table and fire ring or grill. Many campgrounds have visitor centers, stores, playgrounds, and activities. Details can be found under “Services and Amenities” under each campground on the reservation website.

Utah’s Department of Natural Resources has a Junior Ranger program. Don’t forget to pick up books for the kids at the visitor center or check-in booth.

Cost

Prices range from $20 to $60 per night depending on the campground and season. Pricing is displayed per site / per date on the reservation website. Seasonal rates can also be found under additional “Fee and Cancellation” information.

Additional vehicles are charged $15. Not all campgrounds have the space to accommodate extra vehicles. Be sure to check with the campground in advance if you’re traveling with a car in addition to your RV and tow vehicle.

Additional Fees:

Nonrefundable reservation fee: $8. 

Change fee: $5. 

Cancellation fee: $8. 

Cancellations within 4 days prior to arrival also forfeit the first night’s fee.

Pet policies

Pets are allowed as long as they’re kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. And of course, campers should always pick up after their pet.

Additional regulations

  • Maximum occupancy per site: 8 people and 1 vehicle.
  • Check-in time: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Check-out time: 2 p.m.
  • Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Alcoholic beverages: No specific restrictions.
  • Generator use: Restricted during quiet hours.
  • Campfires: Allowed only in provided campfire pit or ring at the site, following local restrictions.
  • Drone use: By permit only. Some parks ban drones during certain months. Check with the specific park for details on restrictions, permit requirements, and any fees.
Kodachrome Basin State Park

Featured Campgrounds

Dead Horse Point State Park

UT-313, Moab, UT 84532

Located just outside the adventure town of Moab, this state park is a perfect base for visiting both Arches and Canyonlands national parks. The park’s location atop a mesa provides views of the surrounding canyonlands for miles. It’s well known for a dramatic gooseneck in the Colorado River that is every bit as stunning as the famous Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. The campground has 44 paved sites with electric hookups and covered picnic tables, a visitor center, a gift shop, and miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. This state park rivals many other states’ national parks and is not to be missed. But be sure to make a reservation, as it fills up fast. Note that there are no water hookups, so fill up before arrival.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

Cannonville, UT 84718

Kodachrome Basin State Park, located about 20 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park, is the perfect illustration of how Utah’s state parks can be as compelling as their national counterparts. It’s dramatically surrounded by titanic red rock formations, with miles of hiking trails and rock scrambles to delight the kids, so there is plenty to see and do here. Kodachrome has a mix of reservable and first-come, first-served sites as well as full hookups and dry campsites. Note that generator use is allowed only between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. If you don’t need cell service, Kodachrome is a great base to explore both Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Snow Canyon State Park

1002 Snow Canyon Drive, Ivins, UT 84738

Aside from its natural beauty, Snow Canyon State Park stands out for its proximity to both the lesser-known Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park and the town of St. George. It’s also a popular destination on its own, with colorful sandstone cliffs, ancient lava flows, and sweeping valley views. Snow Canyon is one of the best offseason parks in Utah, with year-round sunshine and extensive hiking trails. The campground has 24 RV sites, 16 with partial hookups, a dump station, and restrooms. Sites are spaced well apart, but size and levelness is varied. 

Utah state park campgrounds that accommodate RV camping

Antelope Island State Park

Bear Lake State Park

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park

Deer Creek State Park

East Canyon State Park

Echo State Park

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Fremont Indian State Park and Museum

Goblin Valley State Park

Goosenecks State Park

Great Salt Lake State Park

Green River State Park

Gunlock State Park

Huntington State Park

Hyrum State Park

Jordanelle State Park

Kodachrome State Park

Millsite State Park

Otter Creek State Park

Palisade State Park

Piute State Park

Quail Creek State Park

Red Fleet Park

Rockport State Park

Sand Hollow State Park

Scofield State Park

Snow Canyon State Park

Starvation State Park

Steinaker State Park

Utah Lake State Park

Wasatch Mountain State Park

Willard Bay State Park

Yuba State Park

For more information on Utah state park campgrounds, visit stateparks.utah.gov/activities/camping.

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