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Twelve Mile Flat Campground is a picturesque campground located in the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Utah. It offers visitors a tranquil outdoor experience, surrounded by diverse landscapes, from dense forests to open meadows and nearby mountain peaks. This campground is suitable for both tent camping and trailers, although the availability of certain facilities and services may be limited compared to developed urban campgrounds.

Accessibility and Location

Twelve Mile Flat Campground is accessible via local roads leading from the nearest towns. It's important for visitors to check the road conditions, especially in the late spring, fall, and early winter due to possible snow and mud. The closest towns with services are Ephraim and Manti, located to the west of the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

Campsite Details

The campground typically offers several individual campsites, which may include amenities such as:

  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings
  • Vault toilets

The sites are suitable for tents, small trailers, and RVs, though size limitations may apply, and there are no hookups available. Campsites are usually spaced to offer privacy and a sense of seclusion in nature.

Activities and Recreation

Recreational activities at Twelve Mile Flat Campground and the surrounding areas are abundant, with opportunities for:

  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Wildlife observation
  • Photography
  • Fishing in nearby streams and lakes.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest's diverse terrain also allows for off-road vehicle use on designated trails, rock climbing, and, in some areas, hunting.

Reservation and Fees

Depending on the current management directives, Twelve Mile Flat Campground may operate on a first-come, first-served basis or allow reservations. There is typically a fee for overnight camping, which should be verified through the Manti-La Sal National Forest website or local ranger station for the latest rates and reservation policies.

Season and Weather

The camping season at Twelve Mile Flat Campground typically runs from late spring to early fall. However, weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and night-time temperatures can drop significantly, even in summer. Campers should always come prepared for a range of weather conditions and check the forecast before their trip.

Wildlife and Safety

As with any outdoor experience, encountering wildlife is a possibility. Campers should store food securely and be knowledgeable about safety precautions in bear country. Maintaining a clean campsite and disposing of trash properly can help protect both campers and wildlife.

Leave No Trace

Visitors to Twelve Mile Flat Campground should adhere to Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment. This includes packing out all trash, respecting wildlife, and leaving the site as natural as possible for the next visitors.

Local Regulations

Campers should be aware of forest regulations, including fire restrictions, especially during dry seasons when the risk of wildfire is high. Information on current conditions and regulations can be obtained from the Manti-La Sal National Forest's official channels.


Preparation is key for a successful camping trip. Visitors should plan to bring:

  • Sufficient water (as on-site potable water may not be available)
  • Food and a secure way to store it
  • Warm clothing
  • Sleeping gear
  • Navigation tools
  • First aid kit

Before heading out, always check the latest updates from the Manti-La Sal National Forest service for the most current information regarding campsite availability, conditions, and any alerts or closures that may affect your trip to Twelve Mile Flat Campground.

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