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Location and Access

Red Canyon Campground is located within the Ashley National Forest in northeastern Utah. The campground is situated in a beautiful red rock canyon and offers scenic views, making it a popular destination for campers and outdoor enthusiasts. The campground can be accessed via Highway 191 and Forest Road 018, near the town of Vernal, Utah. The access roads are generally well-maintained, but it is always a good idea to check road conditions before traveling, especially if you are visiting in the early or late season when snow can affect accessibility.

Campground Features

Red Canyon Campground features a number of individual sites suitable for tent and RV camping. The campsites are typically equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. There are no electric hookups available at the campground, so campers should be prepared for a more rustic camping experience.


As for amenities, the campground typically provides:

  • Drinking water (from spigots scattered throughout the area)
  • Vault toilets
  • Garbage disposal
  • The campground may also offer a camp host during peak season who can provide information and assistance.


The surrounding area is known for its spectacular red rock formations and offers a variety of recreational activities such as:

  • Hiking: There are several trails accessible from the campground or nearby, which lead to overlooks and through the red rock terrain.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife. Keep an eye out for animals like mule deer, elk, and a variety of bird species.
  • Fishing: For anglers, the nearby Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Green River offer excellent fishing opportunities.
  • Mountain Biking: Some trails in the area may be suitable for mountain biking, offering adventurous riders a chance to explore the scenery on two wheels.

Reservations and Fees

The Red Canyon Campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis and also offers some sites available for reservation through the National Recreation Reservation Service. It's important to check in advance, especially during peak season, as sites can fill up quickly. There is a fee for overnight camping, which varies depending on the site and the services provided.


  • Weather: The area can experience a wide range of weather conditions, and temperatures can fluctuate significantly between day and night. Always come prepared with appropriate gear.
  • Altitude: Given the altitude, it may take some time to acclimate, especially for those coming from lower elevations. Stay hydrated and take it easy at first.
  • Wildlife Safety: As with any outdoor activity in a natural setting, take precautions to avoid conflicts with wildlife. Properly store food to avoid attracting bears and other animals.
  • Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles to ensure the area remains pristine for future visitors. Pack out all trash and leave your campsite as you found it.
  • Seasonal Access: Some facilities and roads may not be available year-round due to snow and other seasonal conditions. Check with the local ranger district for current conditions before planning your trip.

For the most current information, it is best to contact the Ashley National Forest Ranger District or visit their official website before your trip. This will ensure you have the latest details regarding conditions, fire restrictions, and any other pertinent updates for the Red Canyon Campground.

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