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Exciting Summer - 5 Locations

What a perfect way to end summer! Just looking for the most wonderful place possible for camping initiates excitement and enthusiasm already.  Let this list of 10 breathtaking places give you many choices for your upcoming camping. Just be sure to choose the campsite that suits your needs and preference best. Travel! Enjoy! Let Go! … and see what nature has to offer!

1. Tanner Flats Campground • Located about 6 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon at an elevation of 7,200 feet, this scenic spot along Little Cottonwood Creek often fills up in the summer months.  Shaded by pines, aspen, oak and maple, with some spots next to granite outcroppings, the big draw here is the campground’s close proximity to bustling Salt Lake County.

2. Pine Valley Complex • Campers don’t often associate Washington County with alpine mountains. After all, St. George is one of the hottest places in Utah. But this area about 32 miles away from St. George sits in the midst of a ponderosa pine forest and, at 6,800 feet, is much cooler than the surrounding desert. There are 67 sites in Crackfoot, Dean Gardner, Ebeneezer Bryce and Equestrian campgrounds, all situated near Pine Valley Reservoir, which is regularly stocked with trout.

3. Rendezvous Beach, Bear Lake • Utah’s northernmost state park is a popular summer destination, and even with 178 campgrounds, including 101 with hookups for recreation vehicles, this spot requires advance reservations much of the time, especially on the weekends. While sites might be situated too close together for some tastes, the big draw here is a wide, expansive sandy beach and the turquoise blue waters of Bear Lake. Boat and personal watercraft rentals are nearby.

4. McMillan Springs • This small campground, one of three Bureau of Land Management facilities located on the remote Henry Mountains, requires some work to find. It is located about 33 miles southwest of Hanksville on the Bull Creek Pass backcountry byway at an elevation of 8,400 feet. With drinking water available, this facility affords a place to get away from the masses. Don’t miss the 2.5-mile hike to Mount Ellen, which affords one of Utah’s most stunning views.

5. Cherry Hill • Those looking for a more urban experience might enjoy staying at this Kaysville campground situated in the midst of an old orchard. With 700 trees on site and 180 campsites, many with hookups, this is a fun place to beat the summer heat. A large water park, swimming pool, playgrounds, miniature golf and a climbing wall promise that the kids will be entertained.

Ever camped in Utah? Have more amazing camping places to share? Feel free to leave a comment below.

To read more about these amazing and breathtaking camping sites in Utah, visit The Salt Lake Tribune

Image Source: Tom Wharlton|The Saltlake Tribune