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Camping

Tooele County’s picturesque mountains, canyons, and Great Salt Lake Desert offer camping spots for memorable weekend escapes or longer.

There are a variety of campsites available, from nearby to distant canyons that offer organized campgrounds, to primitive camping in the Deseret Peak or Cedar Mountain Wilderness Areas, or in the Great Salt Lake Desert overlooking the Pony Express Trail.

You can drive up a canyon with your gear and camp next to your car—and not too far away from town, just in case you forgot something. Or there’s also the desert, where you can unroll a sleeping bag under the same clear, star-filled sky that Pony Express riders saw.

Wherever you go you will enjoy clean, fresh air, the peace of the outdoors, and spectacular views of the land. However, before you go, here are a few things to remember to make your trip more pleasant for you and other urban escapees you may encounter.

“Leave No Trace” guidelines call for using a camp stove instead of a fire pit in most cases. If you want to roast marshmallows over a wood fire, check on fire restrictions at your destination ahead of time.

In wilderness areas, such as Deseret Peak or the Cedar Mountains, camping groups are limited to 10 or less. Remember to camp 200 feet from streams, lakes or trails, and at least 100 feet from other camping parties.

Also remember the adage, “Pack it in, pack it out.” With more and more people heading outdoors to find a momentary getaway, it’s important to leave your campsite as natural as possible for the next group.

RUGGED CAMPING - NO SERVICES
Due to rugged access, RV’s are not recommended. Tooele County has both developed and undeveloped/primitive campsites, most of which are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Tooele County.
COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND
One mile from the U.S. Forest Service boundary in South Willow Canyon. Due to rugged access, RV’s are not recommended.
INTAKE CAMPGROUND
1.5 miles from the U.S. Forest Service boundary in South Willow Canyon. Due to rugged access, RV’s are not recommended.
BOY SCOUT CAMPGROUND
Five campsites with tables and fire rings. Each site can accommodate eight people and one vehicle.
LOWER NARROWS CAMPGROUND
2.2 miles from the U.S. Forest Service boundary in South Willow Canyon. Five campsites with tables and fire rings. Each site can accommodate eight people and one vehicle.
UPPER NARROWS CAMPGROUND
Three miles from the U.S. Forest Service boundary in South Willow Canyon. Eight campsites with six tables and five fire rings.
LOOP CAMPGROUND
4.5 miles from the U.S. Forest Service boundary in South Willow Canyon. Nine campsites with tables and five fire rings.
DEVELOPED CAMPGROUNDS - SERVICE MAINTAINED
RV accessible. Tooele County has both developed and undeveloped/primitive campsites, most of which are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and Tooele County.
GRANSTVILLE RESERVOIR
About four miles south of Grantsville on Mormon Trail Road. 24 RV pads, four pavilions, 24 picnic tables, 24 barbecue grills, and vault toilets.
SETTLEMENT CANYON
Approximately one mile inside Settlement Canyon and three miles from downtown Tooele City. One group campsite (100 person capacity) with amphitheater and vault toilets.
DESERET PEAK COMPLEX
Six RV pads with full hookups. At the intersection of SR-112 and Sheep Lane between Tooele and Grantsville Cities.
OTHER AREAS ACROSS TOOELE
Locations mentioned below offer mostly unimproved to primitive campsites with limited to no RV access. Call contact numbers ahead of time for availability, restrictions and road conditions. CONTACT: Bureau of Land Management, Salt Lake Field Office. (801) 977-4300.
SILVER ISLAND MOUNTAIN AT BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS
WHITE ROCKS IN SKULL VALLEY
HORSE SHOE SPRINGS IN SKULL VALLEY
LOOKOUT PASS ON PONY EXPRESS TRAIL
FIVE MILE PASS AT SOUTHERN END OF OQUIRRH MOUNTAINS
PONY EXPRESS TRAIL FROM FIVE MILE PASS TO IBAPAH
KNOLLS OHV AREA IN THE GREAT SALT LAKE DESERT