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15 min

Little Cottonwood Canyon

To get to Little Cottonwood Canyon from Sandy, head East on 9400 South. When you reach the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard, continue driving straight through the intersection. This turns into East Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, which intersects with North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. Turn right at this intersection to continue up Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Campgrounds in Little Cottonwood Canyon are located within the protected watershed.  No domestic animals (pets) or livestock are allowed in the canyon. There are fines for bringing animals into this watershed.

For more information on the campgrounds in Little Cottonwood Canyon, click here.

Tanner's Flat

4.15 miles from the mouth of the canyon

Tanner’s Flat, located at an elevation of 7200 ft. is nice campground, close to Sandy, with a longer camping season than campgrounds at higher elevations. It has 36 campsites situated between the highway and the creek. There are four group campsites accommodating groups from 25 to 50 people. There are water faucets available and flushing toilets.  Smaller RV’s are OK, but the sites are not large and the turns in the campground are tight. To reserve a campsite, click here.

Albion Basin

10.9 miles from the mouth of the canyon

Albion Basin, located at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, is a beautiful place to get in the high country and enjoy the wildflowers. There are 24 campsites in the area, with nearby hiking trails, including the trail to Secret (Cecret) Lake. There are water faucets and vault toilets at this campground. To reserve a campsite, click here.

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The Willows

From Sandy, take I-15 south to Exit 279 (Lehi Main Street exit). Get off the freeway and turn right, traveling West on Main Street. Continue West for approximately three miles, going straight through the traffic circle. Turn right on 9800 West (Willow Park Rd.) Turn left into the campground / park area.

The Willows offers an urban park along the banks of the Jordan River which accommodates campers and groups large and small. There are numerous camping areas with pavilions large enough for groups of 120 or more.  Large grassy fields provide space to run around, although not much seclusion from other groups. There is potable water and flushing toilets available. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

30 min

Big Cottonwood Canyon

To access Big Cottonwood Canyon from Sandy:

Get on Wasatch Boulevard by traveling East on 9400 South. At the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard, turn left and head North. Continue traveling North along Wasatch Boulevard to the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (approximately 7200 South). Turn right and start driving up the canyon.

Campgrounds in Big Cottonwood Canyon are located within the protected watershed. No domestic animals (pets) or livestock are allowed in the canyon. There are fines for bringing animals into this watershed.

For more information on the campgrounds in Big Cottonwood Canyon, click here.

Jordan Pines

8.8 miles from the mouth of the canyon

To access the campground, turn right on Cardiff Fork Road. The entrance to the group area is about 1/4 mile off the main highway on the left (East).

The Jordan Pines campground offers five large group camp sites accommodating between 50 and 125 people and between 16 and 30 vehicles.  The campground has vault toilets and trash receptacles.  The Jordan Pines campground is available by reservation only.  There are no first-come first-serve campsites at this campground.  Reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or click here.

Spruces

9.7 miles from the mouth of the canyon

Spruces is the largest campground in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon with over 90 campsites. The sites have all the typical campground amenities, but in addition, there are water faucets and flushable vaulted restrooms. This is a good campground for RV's, but there are no RV hookups. There are also several group campsites accommodating groups ranging from 50 to 150 people. Some first-come first-serve campsites are available, however, the popularity of the campground makes it difficult to count on these sites for a weekend visit.  To make reservations, call 877-444-6777 or click here.

Redman

12.7 miles from the mouth of the canyon

Redman campground, at 8100 feet, is higher than the other campgrounds in Big Cottonwood Canyon and is thus, usually a touch cooler. There are 39 sites in the campground, including two large group campsites (which will work for groups between 30 and 50 people) and other sites which can accommodate smaller groups. There are water faucets throughout the campground except on the eastern end of the loop by campsites #41 and #42. The restrooms are vault toilets. You can only make reservations for the two group sites, all other sites are on a first-come first-serve basis. To make reservations, call 877-444-6777 or click here.

60 minutes

American Fork Canyon

To get to American Fork Canyon from Sandy, take I-15 South to the Highland/Alpine Exit #284. Get off the freeway and go left under the freeway. Continue east on State Road 92 about 8 miles to the mouth of American Fork Canyon.

The Forest Service charges a fee for access to American Fork Canyon. The fee currently is $6.00 for a three day pass or $12 for a seven day pass. Vehicles longer than 30' are not allowed in the canyon. The upper part of American Fork Canyon and the Alpine Loop Road is closed for the winter each year.

Little Mill

4 miles from the mouth of the canyon

Little Mill campground is the first campground in the canyon and only about 1.5 miles past the Timpanogos Cave Visitor's Center. The campground is next to the American Fork River and has 37 sites, including 1 group site and 3 sites suitable for RV's. The toilets are vault toilets. There is no running water in the campground so bring plenty of water for your party. Some of the sites are available on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information and to make reservations, click here.

Granite Flat Campground

6 miles from the mouth of the canyon

To get to Granite Flat Campground, go 5 miles up American Fork Canyon to a junction in the road. Turn left on to North Fork (forest service road 85) to Tibble Fork Reservoir. Stay left on the paved road for 1 mile to the campground.

Located at 6400 ft., this large campground is a great place to enjoy the scenery. There are 67 campsites, including 3 group sites accommodating up to 125 people and several sites suitable for RV's. Beautiful Tibble Fork Reservoir is within walking distance so bring your fishing pole. There is potable water at this campground. The toilets are vault toilets. Some of the sites are available on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information and to make reservations, click here.

Altamont Campground

8 miles from the mouth of the canyon

To get to Altamont Campground, go 5 miles up American Fork Canyon to a junction in the road. Stay to the right on the Alpine Loop Road and continue another 3 miles to Altamont Campground on your left.

Altamont Campground is a single group site campground with a capacity of up to 100 people. The site amenities include ADA accessible restrooms with flushing toilets, potable water, a group fire ring, and a large pavilion covering picnic tables and a firepit. The site is available by reservation only. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

Timpooneke Campground

8.5 miles from the mouth of the canyon

To get to Altamont Campground, go 5 miles up American Fork Canyon to a junction in the road. Stay to the right on the Alpine Loop Road and continue another 3.5 miles to Timpooneke Campground on your right.

Timpooneke Campground is a large campground with 42 campsites, including 1 group site (up to 40 people) and several equestrian campsites. The 15 mile round trip Timpooneke  trail is adjacent to the campground and accesses waterfalls and the summit of Mt. Timpanogos. The rough dirt Timpooneke Road, popular with Mountain Bikers, also begins at the campground and travels around Mt. Timpanogos. There is potable water. The toilets are vault toilets. Some of the sites are available on a first-come first-serve basis. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

Provo Canyon

To get to Provo Canyon from Sandy, take I-15 south to exit 272 (800 North, Orem) and proceed east on Highway 52 to the mouth of Provo Canyon.

Mt. Timpanogos Campground

From the mouth of Provo Canyon, head up the canyon on Highway 189 for 7 miles to the Sundance Resort turnoff- Highway 92. Turn left and take Highway 92 for six miles. The campground will be on your right past the Sundance Resort and the Aspen Grove recreation area.

This campground has 24 sites available by reservation or on a first-come first-serve basis. This campground is adjacent to the popular Aspen Grove trail which accesses Stewart Falls and the summit of Mt. Timpanogos. This campground is not recommended for RV's or Trailers longer than 20 ft. There is running water available and the toilets are flushing toilets. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

Theater in the Pines

From the mouth of Provo Canyon, head up the canyon on Highway 189 for 7 miles to the Sundance Resort turnoff- Highway 92. Turn left and take Highway 92 for six miles. The campground will be on your left just past the Sundance Resort and the Aspen Grove recreation area.

Theater in the Pines is a single group site campground located on the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway. This group site is adjacent to the Aspen Grove Trailhead which accesses Stewart Falls and the Mt. Timpanogos summit. The site accommodates up to 150 people and features a very nice amphitheater as well as the usual picnic tables and fire rings. There are vault toilets at the site. Potable water is available. The site is available by reservation only. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

Hope Campground

From the mouth of Provo Canyon, head up the canyon on Highway 189 for 2 miles to the Squaw Peak Road turnoff. Turn right onto Squaw Peak Road, go 5 miles to the campground.

This campground, situated on the south side of Provo Canyon, is located at an elevation of 6500 ft. It has 24 campsites, with some sites suitable for RV's and trailers less than 30' and some sites available on a first-come first-serve basis. The campground has potable water and vault toilets. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

Rock Canyon Campground

From the mouth of Provo Canyon, head up the canyon on Highway 189 for 2 miles to the Squaw Peak Road turnoff. Turn right onto Squaw Peak Road, go 9.5 miles to the campground.

Rock Canyon Campground, at 6500 ft. sits up high on Squaw Peak. The campground contains four group sites with picnic tables and fire rings. There are vault toilets, but no water, electricity, or phone service. The road to the campground and within the campground is gravel. The campground host is located at Hope Campground, 4.5 miles down the road. For more information, or to make a reservation, click here.

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East Canyon State Park

From Sandy, travel on the East side loop on I-215 to Exit 2 and merge on to I-80 East toward Park City/Cheyenne. Get off I-80 at Exit 134 (UT 65 N) toward East Canyon and turn left under the freeway. Travel Northeast for 17.1 miles on Highway 65 to East Canyon State Park.

The campground at East Canyon State Park offers 31 RV sites and 15 tent sites near the 600 acre East Canyon Reservoir. There are three group campgrounds accommodating groups of less than 25 up to 100 people. The campground has potable water, flushing toilets, and showers. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.

Bridger Bay Campground - Antelope Island State Park

From Sandy, drive North on I-15 until you get to exit 332. Get off the freeway and turn left. Continue driving west on Antelope Drive for 7 miles until you get to the entrance of the State Park.

Bridger Bay Campground is a unique setting, situated on Antelope Island, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. The Bridger Bay Campground is a primitive campground with vault toilets. Water is available at the Bridger Bay beach area. Group camp sites, which can accommodate between 25 and 150 people are available at the White Rock Bay group area. There is a $9.00 per vehicle fee to drive to Antelope Island in addition to the campground fees. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

Rockport State Park

From Sandy, travel North on the East side Belt Loop of I-215. Take Exit 2 to merge onto I-80 East toward Park City / Cheyenne. Proceed East on I-80 for 27 miles to Exit 155. Get off on Exit 155 and go south on UT-32 toward Wanship / Kamas for five miles to the entrance of Rockport State Park.

Rockport State Park has eight developed and primitive campgrounds. There are all kinds of camping available here, from RV sites to tent only sites, and vault toilets all the way up to full restrooms and showers. There are even yurts to rent as well. The campgrounds border the shores of Rockport Reservoir. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

Jordanelle State Park – Hailstone Recreation Site

From Sandy, travel North on the East side Belt Loop of I-215.  Take Exit 2 to merge onto I-80 East toward Park City / Cheyenne.  Proceed East on I-80 for 18 miles to Exit 146.  Take Exit 146 to US-40 E toward Heber / Vernal.  Drive south on US 40 for approximately 10 miles to Exit 8. 

The Hailstone Recreation Site at Jordanelle Reservoir has over 180 campsites divided between three campgrounds: Keetly Point Campground, a walk-in facility with modern restrooms and 41 tent sites; McHenry Creek Campground with 42 tent/RV sites modern restrooms, showers, a laundry, and playground; and RV Campground with 103 RV sites with modern restrooms, a playground, and a camp-service center. On the other side of Jordanelle Reservoir is the Rock Cliff Recreation Site, with three walk-in campgrounds. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

Sunset Campground

From Sandy, go North on I-15 for 28 miles to Farmington. Near the Lagoon Amusement Park, take the exit for US-89 N (signs for I-84 E. / South Ogden). In .3 miles, take Exit 395 for UT-225 toward Park Lane. Turn right at the light and travel East on Burke Lane (675 N.). Turn Right at North Main Street, turn left at 600 North. Continue traveling East on 600 North (turn left back on to 600 North as 600 North starts to veer south and turn in to Main Street). At 100 East / Farmington Canyon Road, turn left. Drive North on Farmington Canyon Road, staying to the right, as the road starts to head up Farmington Canyon and turn in to Skyline Drive. Sunset Campground is approximately 5 miles up the canyon. The road is steep and winding. 

Sunset campground is a secluded campground with 13 camp sites suitable for tents or RV's, and one double site which can accommodate small groups. This campground does not take reservations, sites are available on a first-come first-serve basis. There are restrooms and drinking water available at the campground. For more information, call 801-733-2660; 801-466-6411, or click here.