Utah Camping Reservation Tips for July 4th and Summer 2022 – Salt Lake Tribune | Gmx Pharm

A popular campground locator app lists more than 1,300 campgrounds in Utah. But when the 4th of July weekend was entered as the reservation date, the number of available seats vanished faster than a popsicle on a midsummer day. In fact, none turned out. zilch. Zipper. Zero.

Turns out this was just a temporary bug in the app. But for all potential campers who didn’t make reservations in January, the mood is the same. Finding a campground every weekend this summer, let alone a bank holiday weekend, feels impossible.

Good news: it isn’t.

Despite 8.5 million people having their first camping experience in 2021, according to a report released June 1 by free campsite locator app The Dyrt (conducted in collaboration with two independent pollsters). And even the same report revealed that it was three times harder for campers to book a pitch than in 2019, it can be done. Honest.

However, a fine must be paid for a lack of planning. It will likely come in the form of a lack of running water, electricity, toilets or – for those who don’t want to live without these luxuries – high costs. But if the goal is to spend the night in the wilderness, that’s not out of reach this weekend either.

“Be open to all kinds of camping and you’ll have more options,” says Sarah Smith, founder of The Dyrt, a free campground locator app. “Which I think is a really fun way to camp.”

Here are some options to consider:

Do a last minute check

The misfortune of others can lead to your happiness. You never know when an injury or an emergency or a person’s realization that they don’t really enjoy communicating with nature will result in them canceling their reservation at the last minute. For this reason, it’s worth checking recreation.gov, the reservations site for all state-run (and some state-run) campgrounds, to see what’s available. However, if you don’t have time to revisit this lake spot with great fishing, you can pay a little to have the Campnab app do it for you.

Other apps worth checking out are hipcamp.com and thedyrt.com, both of which have established campgrounds but also contract with private landowners who are willing to rent space on their property.

Go group or glamp

When camping in the dark, do you have to pitch a tent and sleep either on a slope or on lumpy rocks? If the answer is no, and you don’t believe camping has to be cheap either, then the world is your yurt.

Although they can cost as much as a hotel room, several campsites still have glamping sites available. This often includes a free standing yurt, cabin or caravan with beds, blankets and perhaps your own hot shower.

The downside is that they can cost three to five times more than a spot on a traditional campsite and sometimes even more than a hotel room. The same goes for group pages. Several campgrounds across the state (try Tanner Flat or Strawberry Bay) still have reservations for their most spacious sites, suitable for you and all of your neighbors, but also costing upwards of $100 a night.

Be an early bird

Just for procrastinators like you, most state-run campgrounds have multiple sites reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. These can be high risk and high reward. If you can snag one, great. But if you want to keep looking further for something closer to the water or farther from the toilets, for example, you might be left out in the rain. That’s if you even get the luxury of choice. These spots fill up early and often, so it’s best to go mid-week (which is actually a great way to find campsites any time this summer) or at least a few hours before checking out if you get a chance want to make your claim.

Some Utah campgrounds that offer first-come, first-served campgrounds include: Anderson Cove Campground near Ogden, Gooseberry Campground in Fish Lakes National Forest, Currant Creek Campground south of Heber City, and Hades Campground, 55 Located miles east of Park City.

Create your own adventure

One of the best kept camping secrets is scattered camping. Most properties managed by the Bureau of Land Management or the United States Forest Service allow people to pitch tents or park their RVs. That means you can choose how close you want to be to a neighbor or the freeway (although the accommodating camper will seek a spot previously used as a pitch). Plus it’s free.

“If you have some time and you have some adventurous streaks, go out and explore a little more and see what you can find,” said Smith, noting that the paid version of The Dyrt has state and often overlays Pins and reviews of popular distributed sites. “I mean, especially in a state like Utah where there’s so much public land.”

Some caveats, however, courtesy of Loyal Clark, spokesman for the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

Clark advises checking campfire restrictions at Utahfireinfo.gov first. If fires are allowed, make sure they are completely extinguished before leaving. Do this by pouring water on the ash and stirring, pouring and stirring, until cold to the touch. Also, don’t try to burn rubbish like cans or plastic or styrofoam – put it away. And leave sticks in the ashes.

Second, camp at least 20 feet away from rivers, streams, and wetlands. Bring a portable toilet or learn how and where to bury your business. This type of excursion also requires you to collect or filter all the water you need.

Once you’re settled, unfold the camp chair and sit back to listen to the sounds of nature. Watch a hummingbird fly by. It should be impossible for them to keep their bodies in the air with those tiny wings.

But just like when looking for a campground on a bank holiday weekend, this isn’t the case.

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