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Old 01-16-2018, 09:26 PM   #1
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Campground Suggestions in Southern Utah

Hello FGT Friends:
My husband and I will pick up our 17 Casita in Rice -May 1st. We will head west to Southern Utah, St George area. We are looking for suggestions for campgrounds ( Zion is full).
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:36 PM   #2
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Don't expect most of the popular parks to be available unless you've made a reservation up to a year in advance. I'm serious. Sometimes it's even longer. Having said that, see if you can find a spot at Kodachrome Basin SP. Close to Bryce, very nice place, and well run. I highly recommend it.
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I agree, Kodachrome is a gem.

If Arches NP is on your list, between Moab and Arches you will find route 128. Along that route there are numerous (over 20) BLM campgrounds right on the Colorado River. Very nice. They were all first come first serve a few years back but these days you never know. Safe travels.
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Just off the road between Arches NP and Canyonlands NP (313) are several BLM campsites. We stayed at Horsethief Campground BLM in September. First come first served. Plenty of available sites early afternoon, full by dark. No hookups but level concrete pads, picnic table and great views. Mike
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Snow Canyon State Park in St George. While the National Parks fill up immediately (six months in advance) the state parks don't. Lots of hiking in Snow Canyon SP. Its a gem. We camped there last May, made reservations a month in advance.

National Park hookup sites tend to be half foreign visitors in rental RVs. For whatever reason, they overlook state parks. So National Parks tend to be booked immediately (six months in advance), state parks tend to have sites.

Utah state parks can be booked on line.

If you are traveling further, Wonderland campground in Torrey, Utah is one of our favorites. Just outside Capitol Reef NP, right on highway 12 (the most beautiful road in America), 100 miles from Bryce Canyon.

By mid May, St George can be pretty warm to hot. Torrey weather will be better.

St George got as hot as 105F last May, Memorial Day weekend...
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Utah is my favorite camping destination. I'm sure you will have a great time. In addition to campgrounds, Utah has lots of dispersed or "boondocking" opportunities. If you are into primitive campsites, National Forest and BLM land is everywhere. A good thing to have for your adventure would be a Benchmark or Delorme Atlas (about $25 on Amazon)which will show many other options.

Expect large crowds in the National Parks in May. We were in Zion in late May and it was very crowded. Hopefully, you have allowed plenty of time to see Southern Utah. 4 weeks would be nice, 2 weeks is cutting it short.
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Try the Elks Campgrounds

Usually you have to be an Elk but not always. We joined the Elks after buying our camper from an Elk who told us about the 1100 Elk Lodges that have RV sites at their lodge. Aside from being free or half the price of local campgrounds, you can use the eating, drinking, etc. facilities of the lodge. Best $ we ever spent. We've camped at Elks Lodges in 16 states so far and rarely been even a bit disappointed.
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Old 01-17-2018, 09:31 AM   #8
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One of my all time favorite campgrounds anywhere is Sand Hollow Lake, just outside St. George and Hurricane. Crystal clear water and really nice red rock formations. The campsites, if I recall, are all pull-throughs and are huge. As mentioned previously, there are a lot of campgrounds in the area and Kodachrome Basin (if you can get a campsite) is amazing as well as being close to Bryce.

If you are interested in camping in the high country, the area around Cedar Breaks, off Hwy 14, is one of the most beautiful places I've seen. Look at Duck Creek if you are interested in this area. Make sure to check on the weather though. It's at about 11,000 to 12,000 feet and not impossible to get a surprise.

You are going to be traveling to one of the greatest places for scenic, outdoor activities. Make sure to leave plenty of time because you will otherwise wish you had set aside more time. I live in SC and can't wait to get back out that way. Make sure to visit Moab and if you like to hike or mountain bike, it's a must see. Give yourself more than 3 days though.

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Canyonlands NP campgrounds.
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Before I give you information you cannot or don't wish to use I need to know if you know how to boondock or are willing to learn. If you simply MUST have full hookups I won't have much to tell you.

I will mention this, however. Very near the west entrance to Zion N.P. there is a first come first served campground. If you arrive early and are near the first in line you will probably get a site. One thing that often works is one stay with the rig while the other wanders through the campground watching for someone getting ready to leave. Ask them if they would mind if you went ahead and filled out a tag for their site. If it's OK, fill out the tag, post it and just wait for them to leave and move in.

Let us know what kind of camping you do.

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Usually you have to be an Elk but not always. We joined the Elks after buying our camper from an Elk who told us about the 1100 Elk Lodges that have RV sites at their lodge. Aside from being free or half the price of local campgrounds, you can use the eating, drinking, etc. facilities of the lodge. Best $ we ever spent. We've camped at Elks Lodges in 16 states so far and rarely been even a bit disappointed.
How do you find the Elk's campgrounds? Is there a website or book? We are always looking for something like that. We stayed in one once.
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Don't expect most of the popular parks to be available unless you've made a reservation up to a year in advance. I'm serious. Sometimes it's even longer. Having said that, see if you can find a spot at Kodachrome Basin SP. Close to Bryce, very nice place, and well run. I highly recommend it.


Thank you for the info. And you are correct- we tried making reservations in December and the NPs were booked. We will definitely check out Kodachrome.
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Before I give you information you cannot or don't wish to use I need to know if you know how to boondock or are willing to learn. If you simply MUST have full hookups I won't have much to tell you.



I will mention this, however. Very near the west entrance to Zion N.P. there is a first come first served campground. If you arrive early and are near the first in line you will probably get a site. One thing that often works is one stay with the rig while the other wanders through the campground watching for someone getting ready to leave. Ask them if they would mind if you went ahead and filled out a tag for their site. If it's OK, fill out the tag, post it and just wait for them to leave and move in.



Let us know what kind of camping you do.



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Thank you for the tip!
Since we are new to this, we will probably start out with hook ups and hopefully graduate to boondocking.
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Hello FGT Friends:
My husband and I will pick up our 17 Casita in Rice -May 1st. We will head west to Southern Utah, St George area. We are looking for suggestions for campgrounds ( Zion is full).
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Judy & Ed
:Zion is always full one now has to book way in advance to get a spot in there so best to find spot on outside then drive up real early in AM and use their bus system which really works well as one only has to wait a few moments in between each bus to get a ride.
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