Camping in GSENM

Camping in GSENM

campground at Calf Creek falls

Camping is one of the many ways people enjoy the beauty and solitude of the Monument's backcountry. To protect these resources, please camp in already disturbed areas.

Developed Campgrounds

There are three small developed campgrounds located on the Monument. Camp sites are first-come, first-serve with no advance reservations.

Interagency Senior and Access Pass Holders receive 50% off camping fees. Interagency Pass Holders receive free day-use of facilities at Calf Creek Recreation Area.

Amenities Provided

Calf Creek Campground

Deer Creek Campground

White House Campground

Number of campsites

13

7

5 walk-in sites

Picnic tables

Yes

Yes

Yes

Drinking water

Yes

No

No

Access roads/parking

Yes

Yes

Yes

Refuse containers

Pack it out

Pack it out

Pack it out

Vehicle Restrictions

25 Feet/No turn around

No oversize vehicles or trailers

Access road may require high clearance

Toilet facilities

Yes

Yes

Yes

Campfire ring/grill

Yes

Yes

Yes

Campground Fees

$15/campsite

$10/campsite

$4/campsite

Calf Creek Day-Use/Lower Calf Creek

$5/vehicle

N/A

N/A

Group Site

$50/day

N/A

N/A

Front-country Camping

Please camp in already disturbed areas. We recommend using camp stoves at these sites. If you choose to have a fire, we encourage you to bring firepans and carry out ashes; you may collect dead and down wood for fires. Please practice "Leave No Trace" techniques at all times.

Conditions change seasonally - often suddenly - in this land of extremes. You may encounter unexpected snow storms, flash floods, impassable roads, extreme heat or cold, dried up water sources, and high water from floods or spring runoff. This is a beautiful but unforgiving landscape so please follow our safety tips.

Stop at a Monument Visitor Center to obtain current information on road and weather conditions, maps, and permits, which are required for all overnight use.

Developed campgrounds may be found at the perimeter of the Monument along Highways 12 and 89. There is a 14-day stay limit at all BLM sites.

All vehicles and bicycles must stay on roads. Driving off road is prohibited.

Suggest camping locations by region

Visitation has increased to the point that we are recommending the following specific places to camp. These locations have no water, toilets, refuse collection, or other developed facilities, so please remove your own litter and provide for your own waste disposal. Limit your vehicle travel to existing, well traveled routes.

Escalante Canyons region suggested camping

Escalante Canyons

Grand Staircase region suggested camping

Grand Staircase

Kaiparowits Plateau region suggested camping

Kaiparowits Plateau

Backcountry Camping

A free over-night permit is required for dispersed camping outside of developed campgrounds. Permits are available at all Monument visitor centers. To protect soil crust, vegetation, and other resources, please park and camp in already disturbed areas. No dispersed camping is allowed in the front-country zone. Please pack out all waste and use portable human waste bags. Backcountry camping is one of the many ways people enjoy the dark skies and natural quiet of the Monument's backcountry. Thank you for limiting noise and use of artificial lights in order to protect the experience of other visitors.

Other Camping

Northern Region

NameLocationAgency
Deer Creek6 miles southeast of BoulderBLM
Oak Creek18 miles north of BoulderUSFS
Pleasant Creek19 miles north of BoulderUSFS
Lower Bowns23 miles north of BoulderUSFS
Single Tree24 miles north of BoulderUSFS
Escalante Petrified Forest1 mile west of EscalanteSTATE
Calf Creek15 miles east of EscalanteBLM
Posy Lake16 miles north of EscalanteUSFS
Blue Spruce18 miles northeast of EscalanteUSFS
Barker21 miles northwest of EscalanteUSFS
Kodachrome Basin9 miles south of CannonvilleSTATE
King Creek11 miles west of TropicUSFS
Red Canyon10 miles west of Bryce CanyonUSFS
Pine Lake17 miles north of Bryce CanyonUSFS

 

Southern Region

NameLocationAgency
Ponderosa Grove15 miles northwest of KanabBLM
White House43 miles east of KanabBLM
Zion Area15 miles west of KanabSTATE