Pitch Perfect

3 Stellar Campsites Perfect for Summer and Fall

Nearby and easily accessible, these camp spots will help you get your campfire on.

By Jane Gendron June 18, 2018 Published in the Summer/Fall 2018 issue of Park City Magazine

One of the many sites with a view at the Jordanelle State Park’s Hailstone Campground

Just above the Smith and Morehouse Reservoir and 14 miles from Oakley, Ledgefork Campground is a truly unplugged getaway (e.g., cell service is spotty at best). Part of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, this campground serves as basecamp for hiking, fishing, canoeing, off-roading, or just relaxing in a hammock. The 73 sites there are mostly sizable and screened by mature conifers and aspens, with the best spots offering easy access to the creek. At close to 8,000 feet, be advised to pack winter woolies for the cold nights. Single campsites are $24; doubles are $48; 877.444.6777; recreation.gov

In neighboring Heber Valley, Wasatch Mountain State Park’s main campground is within a quick pedal or walk of the Dutch Hollow, Pine Creek, and Snake Creek Trails—as well as the namesake golf course. The main campground comprises roughly 100 sites, some of which are a little tight for larger RVs. A more primitive and less busy option located on the other end of the park is Little Deer Creek campground (seven miles off Cascade Springs Rd), a fave of the off-road vehicle crowd. Single campsites range from $20 to $30, 435.654.1791, stateparks.utah.gov/wasatch-mountain/

Hailstone Campground is the heart of Park City’s always-busy watersports playground, the Jordanelle State Park. More than 100 sites line RV and tent loops within easy striking distance of the 3,000 surface acres of water. This is one of Utah’s busiest campgrounds, making your best bet to find availability Monday through Wednesday. A handful of hike-in sites (be prepared to hike a mile with your stuff) are available at Hailstone as well as at the park’s quieter Rock Cliff area on the eastern shore. Highlights include fishing, boating, and the floating playground AquaXZone. Single campsites are $30 (RV), $25 (McHenry tent loop), and $20 (hike-in tent sites), 435.649.9540, stateparks.utah.gov/jordanelle

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