Utah – Recreation | Bureau of Land Management


A tent sits under starry skies in Cedar Mesa.

Looking for a retreat from the hustle of daily life – where the stars are bright, the air is clear, and the only noise is a nearby owl hooting into the night? BLM Utah provides outstanding camping opportunities for every comfort-level. From remote, backcountry camping to front-country developed sites, you will find the perfect campsite on BLM Utah-managed lands. BLM camping areas provide differing levels of services – plan ahead and be prepared, bring water, and the appropriate means to deal with your trash and human/dog waste.

Visit Recreation.gov to reserve group campsites. For all other campgrounds and dispersed camping inquiries, contact the local BLM Field Office (link to Utah directory).

Keep in mind that popular camping areas, such as Moab, fill quickly. Please plan accordingly.

Cedar City

There are great camping opportunities within the Cedar City Field Office. From dispersed camping sites to developed campgrounds, visitors can camp and relax in between popular and remote recreation sites. Have you visited the Three Peaks Recreation Area? Three Peaks offers disc golf, mountain biking, horseback riding, radio control flying, shooting, and OHV-riding in addition to camping.


There are three small developed campgrounds located on the Monument. Campsites are first-come, first-serve with no advance reservations. A free over-night permit is required for dispersed camping outside developed campgrounds. Permits are available at all Monument visitor centers.


The Kanab Field Office currently maintains two developed campgrounds: the Ponderosa Grove Campground located near the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, and the White House Campground near the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area.

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The Moab Field Office maintains 38 campgrounds, over 600 campsites, for your enjoyment. These campgrounds offer views of spectacular red rock cliffs amidst a green ribbon of vegetation. Most campsites are first come, first serve, although a few larger group sites may be reserved in advanced through Recreation.gov. The Moab area serves more than 3 million visitors each year, and to protect resources, the BLM has found it necessary to restrict camping to campgrounds or designated sites in popular areas closer to town. For a map and more information about camping, please see our Moab Field Office Visitor Guide. Campgrounds are found along or adjacent to Highways 128, 313 and 279, on the Kane Creek Road, at Ken’s Lake, in the Canyon Rims Recreation Area, and in the Sand Flats Recreation Area. Please see our Moab Daily Camping Map for information about camping along the Moab Daily section of the Colorado River.

Most of the field office remains open to primitive camping experiences, however dispersed camping is restricted to designated sites in certain areas, such as along the Dubinky Well Road, Gemini Bridges Road, the Black Ridge Road, and Pack Creek Roads, the area accessed by the Mill Canyon Road and the Blue Hills Road, and south of Moab in the Blue Hill/Picture Frame Arch area. There are a limited number of sites marked with a brown post and tent symbol. When dispersed camping please practice leave no trace principles such as packing out all trash and human waste.


Monticello Field Office contains its share of the Colorado Plateau’s most spectacular landscapes. The office provides several developed campsites at Sand Island and in the Indian Creek area. Visit Recreation.gov for group reservations. There are opportunities for dispersed primitive camping throughout the field office, restrictions apply in some areas to protect resources, such as the Cedar Mesa area and along portions of the San Juan River as part of a permitted river trip. Please Respect and Protect sensitive cultural sites and do not camp or build fires within them. Contact the field office to learn more.

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From the San Rafael Swell to the world’s longest art gallery, the Price Field Office provides historic and adventure-filled camping opportunities. Looking for a well-developed campground? Visit the Price Canyon Recreation Area which offers cooler temperatures and the shade of large ponderosa pines. To learn more, contact the Price Field Office.


Visitors have the option of choosing campsites in the heart of recreation areas or setting up camp in remote locations within the Richfield Field Office. Contact the office for more information.

St. George

The St. George Field Office maintains two campgrounds for our visitors: Red Cliffs and Baker Dam. Both campgrounds are first come, first serve. Visitors will normally find accommodations, except in the busy season of April – May, and fall hunting season when campsites fill up quickly. Visitors also have the option to disperse camp. Dispersed camping restrictions apply to: Red Cliffs NCA, Smithsonian Butte Backcountry Byway, Baker Dam Recreation Area, Red Cliffs Recreation Area, Santa Clara River Reserve, water source areas, riparian areas. Contact the field office for more information.

Salt Lake

Opportunities abound in the Salt Lake Field Office for camping at developed sites and in primitive, dispersed settings within the Great Basin Desert, west of Interstate 15 and in the northeast corner of Utah near Bear Lake.

Developed sites include: Clover Spring, Birch Creek, Simpson Spring, and Little Creek.

Popular dispersed camping locations include Fivemile Pass, Horseshoe Springs Knolls, Lookout Pass/Little Valley, Lone Rock, Soldier’s Pass, Twelvemile Pass, Knolls Special Recreation Management Area.

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Contact the Salt Lake Field Office to learn about group campsites.


From floating to a remote campsite along the Green River to camping at a developed site next to a historic ranch, the Vernal Field Office provides camping opportunities for all recreationalists. Contact the field office to learn more.

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