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Camping in Utah

Breathtaking scenery makes Utah a beacon for that iconic American vacation — the camping trip. Whether you’re interested in exploring slot canyons, fly fishing, hiking, biking, mountaineering, ATV riding or simply enjoying a campfire under the starry sky, you can find an unforgettable camping experience. The state features more than 300 campgrounds, including those managed in national parks, state parks, the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. With so much outdoor space to enjoy, choosing your destination can be tough.

Here’s a quick guide to some of your best camping destinations for a Utah outdoor getaway.

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Camping in Southern Utah

Southern Utah includes iconic red-rock landscapes, one of the country’s largest human-made lakes, high altitude forests and Utah's Mighty 5® national parks. Just driving to your destination is a treat. Top spots for camping include:

Camping in Northern Utah

The geography of Northern Utah is quite different from the south, but it's also filled with incredible camping. Some highlights include:

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Winter Camping

As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, planning a winter camping trip may sound daunting, but a little extra preparation goes a long way and pays off in the form of finding solace in the desert landscape.

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Camping Responsibly

Camping brings with it specific challenges and responsibilities, particularly in the backcountry. The goal is to enjoy the outdoors while leaving it as you found it for the next generation of visitors. Weather conditions change often, and you need to be prepared for the worst in any outdoor activity. Read "How to Backcountry Camp Responsibly" to help you plan your trip and understand what needs to be done to promote a safe and enjoyable experience. Remember to always practice Forever Mighty principles. 

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Dispersed Camping

If you’re willing to be fully self-sufficient, you can often camp on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land all over Utah. Ensure that you know the regulations and guidelines involved and learn more about camping on public land to help plan a trip.

RV Camping and Glamping Resorts

If you’re looking for amenities and a more tailored camping experience in Utah, look to these private campgrounds, RV parks and resorts.

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