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Sleeping out under southern Utah's clear skies is an amazing experience. Several options exist, from campgrounds to setting up camp in a remote canyon. So fluff up that sleeping bag and get ready for a memorable night.

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Backcountry Road Regulations

When camping in the backcountry there are a few rules set out by the agencies that manage the land.

First of all, free overnight permits are required by the BLM and Park Service.

Fires are permitted in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument as long as you are not in a canyon.

Within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area no fires are permitted. Leave No Trace. Camp in a spot that has been used in the past.

Campsites are located all over the canyons and are easy to find. Please don't camp in a pristine area. Pack out all waste!

Looking for a great spot to car camp? Stop in Utahcanyons Desert Adventure Store in Escalante and we'll turn you on to our personal favorites.


There are several campgrounds located in the area and provide great places to set up a base camp.

* Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area: There are 13 sites situated in the bottom of the canyon with water and rest rooms available in season. $7.00 per night.

* Deer Creek: Located about 9 miles from Boulder on the Burr Trail, Deer Creek has six sweet sites along the creek. Limited facilities. $7 per night.



* Escalante State Park: Located 3 miles west of Escalante on Wide Hollow Reservoir Road, this little gem has 22 sites with great facilities including showers. $16 per night. Campsite reservation number is 1-800-322-3770.

* Dixie National Forest: There are several campgrounds located in the forest. All have picnic tables, fir rings, and pit toilets. Blue Spruce is on Hell's Backbone Road, Posy Lake is just off of Hell's Backbone Road. Dispersed camping is also allowed.

Overnight Permits

All overnight stays within the backcountry of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area require a free permit. Permits are available from the Interagency Office in Escalante and at each of the trail heads.

Getting There

The Calf Creek Campground is located 15 miles east of Escalante on Hwy 12. It is on the north side of the highway one mile past the bridge over the Escalante River.

The Deer Creek Campground is located 9 miles southeast of Boulder on the Burr Trail, a paved county road.

Boulder is located 28 miles east of Escalante on Hwy 12.

Escalante State Park is located 3 miles west of Escalante, just north of Hwy 12. The entrance to the state park is well signed on Hwy 12.

Hell's Backbone Road is a 45 mile alternate route between Escalante and Boulder through the high country.

Posy Lake is located 15 miles north of Escalante.

Blue Spruce is located 20 miles north of Escalante.

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