Free Camping Near Utah's Mighty 5 (National Parks) | Part II

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If you don't want to stay in a hotel or Air BNB there is an amazing option for you. Let's say you are on a road trip staying in your car, tent, van or RV, then you are in luck to experience some of the most beautiful camping the US has to offer. Each of Utah's national parks has amazing spots that you can stay for free! I will also provide the information for each national park's campground. Some people love staying within the parks and if you can snag a spot during the peak times, take it! But if you want quiet, wide open spaces and a place to relax after, then add these to your list.

Arches National Park

Arches has a lot of free camping surrounding the park. Specifically on the northern end of the area. Willow Springs was the most popular place to camp for free. The city and state quickly caught onto this and they are going to make it a state park to start charging to stay. While it still will not be expensive, it won't be free. If you head further north from there you will find multiple gravel roads that you can still stay at for free with cell service. Here is the link to check out camping in the national park: Camping in Arches National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is surrounded by beautiful forests, but a lot of it is hard to access to camp in. Again, on the north side of the park are multiple national forest roads for you to stay at. If you have a large rig, I would suggest going to Tom's Best Springs or Coyote Hollow. Here is the link to check out camping in the national park: Camping Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyonlands National Park

If you saw our previous post, you will know how large this national park is. It can take hours to get from one end to the other. So depending on which district you want to visit, will depend on where you want to stay. If you are going to the Island in the Sky district, your best bet is to stay at the area mentioned in Arches National Park. If you are exploring The Maze, your best bet is to check out the area just outside of Hans Flat Ranger Station. If you go to The Needles district, then stay at Lockhart Road. Your best bet though for not having to drive a lot is to stay in the national park. Here is the link to check out camping in the national park: Camping in Canyonlands National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is probably the lesser known of the national parks, but if you are looking for some unique hikes, beautiful landscapes and Cathedral Valley's towering rock walls, then this is your place. There is no other place on earth like Cathedral Valley, but make sure you have a high clearance and capable vehicle. There are a few places to camp for free just outside the park entrance. This area is very remote so you may or may not have cell service and there are no other services. Just some beautiful places to park. Here is the link to check out camping in the national park: Camping in Capitol Reef National Park

Zion National Park

Zion without question is extremely popular and surrounding the park is free parking everywhere. North, South, East and West. To the east there is Twin Hollows in Mount Carmel. There is a little 9 hold golf course right there too that is open to the public. To the west is Hurricane and that is our favorite area to be. Close proximity to the park, a lot of boondocking and mountain biking trails. Here is the link to check out camping in the national park: Camping in Zion National Park

Let us know if you have any questions regarding camping in any of these areas and for things to do, check out our previous post!

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We became full time RVers in 2016 to explore the US. Now roaming in a van we highlight hikes, road trip attractions and free camping.

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