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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.
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.
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.
You can search for ADA-accessible sites under “More Options” in the reservation system.
Most campgrounds offer sites with partial or full hookups and are searchable on the reservation website.
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.
The maximum stay is 14 days within a 30 day period. The park ranger has discretion to extend stays upon request.
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.
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.
Nonrefundable reservation fee: $8.
Change fee: $5.
Cancellation fee: $8.
Cancellations within 4 days prior to arrival also forfeit the first night’s fee.
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.
- 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.
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.