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How to Pick the Best Campsite Midvale UT

Having a wonderful camping experience is not completely out of your hands. A good stay at a campground starts with choosing the right campsite for your family. Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate.

Wasatch National Forest (Tanners Flat Campground)
(435) 466-6411
Sandy, UT
Campground Availability
9-May thru 14-Oct
Services
Standard Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Lake Fishing, Volleyball

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Mountain Shadows RV Park
(801) 571-4024
Draper, UT
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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East Canyon State Park
(801) 829-6866
Salt Lake City, UT
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Volleyball, REC Open to Public

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Starvation Lake State Park
(435) 738-2326
Duchesne, UT
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing

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Wasatch Mountain State Park
(435) 654-1791
Midway, UT
Campground Availability
Apr thru Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Redrock RV & Camping Park
(800) 473-3762
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Campground Availability
Early May-Late Sep
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Salt Lake City - KOA/VIP*
(801) 328-0224
1400 West N Temple
Salt Lake City, UT
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Patios, Laundry, Full Service Store, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Playground, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails, Local Tours

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Pony Express RV Resort*
(800) 780-0170
1012 W. Recreation Way
N Salt Lake, UT
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool, River Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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Cache National Forest (Tony Grove Lake Campground)
(435) 753-3620
Logan, UT
Campground Availability
10-Jul thru 9-Sep
Services
Standard Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables
Recreation
Boating, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Bear Lake Rendezvous Beach (SP)
(435) 946-3343
Laketown, UT
Campground Availability
May thru Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, REC Open to Public

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How to Pick the Best Campsite

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Camping Life Corner: How to Choose the Best Campsite




How to Pick the Best Campsite
Tips and tricks to help you get the best site for your money
By Stuart Bourdon

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Ahead When Choosing a Campground

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it's a must. If you make your reservation online that's fine, it's convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When making considering a campground, think about whether it's down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that's also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent fea...

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