July 17, 2013
Air out your sleeping bag
and get ready to spend a night under the stars in Bryce Canyon Country. From established campgrounds to the remote backcountry, there’s a spot waiting just for you in the Boulder/Escalante area. At the junction of Scenic Highway 12 and the Burr Trail, Boulder is centrally located to Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon, Kodachrome Basin State Park, and Anasazi State Park. Escalante offers great access to Grand Staircase, Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, Hell’s Backbone, Hole-in-the-Rock, and Lower Calf Creek Falls…to name just a few! With so much to see and do, why not call Boulder or Escalante home for a while.
About six miles from Boulder on the Burr Trail in Grand Staircase, Deer Creek Campground has seven spots right on the banks of the creek at 5,600 feet. There are limited facilities here, but at $7 per night the view alone is a bargain. This BLM campground is first come, first served.
The Boulder Exchange Campground is located on Highway 12, and has spots for four RVs with hookups, water, electricity, sewage, gas, and a store. The private RV park is open from April 1 to November 1.
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
is a gem of a campground, with 22 sites and great facilities including restrooms, showers, picnic areas, and group camping. Tent campsites at Wide Hollow Campground run $16 per night. The Lake View RV campground sites cost $20 per night, and can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet long with pull-through and back-in sites with hookups. The park is located three miles west of Escalante, just north of Highway 12. Make reservations online at https://www.reserveamerica.com or call 1-800-322-3770.
The Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
Campers enjoy a pavilion and the shade of tall cottonwood trees
campground is located at 5,400 feet elevation on BLM land, in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. For just $7 per night, you get access to one of 14 developed campsites, fresh water, and restrooms. The campground is about 15 miles east of Escalante on Highway 12. Reservations can be made through the BLM’s Escalante Interagency Office at 1-435-826-5600.
in and around Escalante include the Canyons of Escalante RV Park, with tent camping and 28 pull-through RV sites—a good one if you plan to stay for a while, with modern restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. The Broken Bow RV Campground also has tent sites and full hook-up RV sites, showers, laundry, and a dump station. Escalante Outfitters & Bunkhouse Campground has 10 tent sites, a group site, a covered pavilion, fire pits, bathrooms, and showers. Just west of Escalante, the Shooting Star Drive-In Campground is a unique Airstream-only RV Park surrounded by breathtaking views of the Grand Staircase, Escalante Mountains, and Dixie National Forest.
Dixie National Forest
There are several campgrounds within the forest boundaries, including Blue Spruce and Posy Lake around Hell’s Backbone. Posy Lake is about 15 miles north of Escalante, and Blue Spruce is 20 miles north. Forest campgrounds typically have pit toilets, fire pits, and picnic tables but otherwise limited facilities. Visitors are encouraged to use existing campgrounds, but dispersed camping is allowed as long as you’re not within a mile of the pay-for-use campsites.
Free permits are required for any overnight camping in Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s boundaries. You can pick up a permit at the BLM’s Interagency Office in Escalante, and at various trailheads. There are established campsites located throughout the monument, so don’t camp in untouched areas and, as always, leave no trace.
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