Campfires are allowed in NPS-provided receptacles (fire rings and grills) and along Lake Powell's shoreline below high-water level (3,700 feet), except within developed areas. Do not leave trash in fire rings. Fireworks are illegal. Check the Superintendent's Compendium for specifics.
Check for fire restrictions in effect due to high fire danger conditions. Such restrictions are a regular part of hot, dry summer months, but can occur any time of year.
Campgrounds Operated by the National Park Service
These campgrounds do not take reservations.
Lees Ferry Campground
51 designated sites. No hookups. RV dump station. Grills provided, no ground fires outside grill. Quiet time 10 pm-6 am. Modern bathroom/comfort station. Potable water available. Launch ramp within 2 miles. Gas and supply store at Marble Canyon, about 5 miles away. No reservations. $20 per site per night.
Lone Rock Beach Primitive Camping
Primitive camping permitted on a sandy beach or in dunes. No designated campsites. Open fires must be within a four-foot-square area. Quiet time 10 pm-6 am. Four micro-flush toilets, 6 vault toilets and 1 wheelchair accessible comfort station. Outdoor cold shower. Off-road vehicle area. Dump station. Potable water (seasonal). Day use area. No launch ramp. No reservations. $14 per vehicle per night. Camping fee does not include entrance fee, and entrance fee does not include camping.
6 designated sites. Across from Wahweap South Entrance. Picnic table at each site. No hookups, dump station, or restrooms. Pack it in, pack it out. Portable toilets required. No campfires or glass containers. No reservations. $14 per night. Three night camping limit.
Stanton Creek, Hite, Dirty Devil, and Farley Primitive Camping Areas
Primitive camping on beaches or in primitive environments. No designated campsites. Vault toilets open seasonally. No reservations. $12 per night.
Campgrounds Operated by Park Concessioners
Wahweap RV & Campground
112 dry campsites (no hook-ups), 139 sites with full hook-ups, 36 tent only sites, and 6 group camping sites. Facilities include restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills, dump station, coin-operated laundry and showers at store, and potable water. The amphitheater, picnic area and swim beach are nearby. Registration is required for all campers. Check in at the Campground Store for site assignment. The store can be reached at 928-645-1059. Fees apply.
Bullfrog RV & Campground
78 campsites with restroom, phones, dump station and potable water about 1/2 mile from laundry, store, post office and launch ramp. The concessioner also operates a separate RV park with 24 sites, full hook-ups, restrooms and showers 1/2 mile from laundry, store, post office and launch ramp. Fees apply.
Halls Crossing RV & Campground
24 pull-through spaces for RVs and 41 campsites. RV spaces offer full hook-ups and can accommodate up to 60' long RVs. Restrooms, charcoal grills and tables, dump station, potable water, 2 dish sinks, hot and cold showers. Laundry, store, gas, phones, and launch ramp within 1/2 mile. Fees apply. While campsites are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, RV spaces can be booked online.
Hite Outpost RV & Campground
21 dry sites, 14 sites with full-hook-ups, RV rentals, primitive camping on a first-come basis. Facilities include showers, fish cleaning station, private water access at each site, fire rings, picnic tables, grills.
Visit Hite Outpost Adventure Center for Hite camping fees, amenities, maps, photos, and reservations. Or call 435-233-6822.
Lake Powell Shoreline Primitive Camping
There is no camping fee or permit required to camp on the lake in undeveloped areas. However, entrance fees and vessel use fees apply. You can camp anywhere on the shorelines of Lake Powell except in developed marinas.
When planning a camping trip by boat or 4-wheel-drive road in Glen Canyon, it is best to buy a map beforehand. These show the side canyons, good hiking spots, points of interest and marinas, explain the navigation system, and may provide fishing information. In an emergency you will need to report your location on Marine Band 16 or call 911.
The main channel varies in depth from 100 to 600 feet. It is recommended that you anchor on a beach for the night, as high winds can move boats into rocks and cause damage. There are no motor vehicles, off-road vehicles or bicycles allowed in Glen Canyon's roadless areas.
All campsites are required to have a portable toilet unless toilets are available on the vessel or within 200 yards of the campsite. Regular water-quality checks are conducted to ensure compliance with sanitation laws. Pets are allowed on beaches as long as waste is cleaned up. Dispose of waste properly. Burying waste of any kind on the beach is prohibited. Waste may not be contained in a plastic bag unless it is an NPS-approved Waste Bag Containment System, which must be deposited in the trash.
When anchoring multiple houseboats on the same beach, park at least 100 feet apart to help reduce carbon monoxide buildup. It is not a good idea to tie powerboat or personal-watercraft lines to houseboat-anchor lines, as they can cause the anchor lines to come loose. Do not camp under overhanging rocks, as downpouring rain can sink a vessel. Ground fires of wood only are allowed below the high water line. Fires must be no more than 4 feet wide and 4 feet high. Fireworks are illegal.
Colorado River Primitive Camping, Between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry
Do not boat below the cable downstream from the Lees Ferry launch ramp. There are dangerous rapids below the cable. Downstream waters are restricted. A permit is required from Grand Canyon National Park to float this section of the river.
Camping is limited to 14 days. Camping is permitted in designated areas only. There are five designated areas, marked with signs, on a first-come, first-served basis. Upriver campsites are provided with toilets and fire pits. All campsites are located well above the river and require a short walk from your boat. This is to prevent camps from being damaged by high water releases.
Fires are permitted only in the fireplaces provided or in portable fire pans. No ground fires are allowed. If portable fire pans are used, all burned charcoal must be carried out. Collection of wood is prohibited.
Carry out all litter and garbage. There is no regular garbage collection upriver. Plastic litter bags are available free of charge at the ranger station. Dumpsters are available at the launch ramps for garbage disposal.
Federal law prohibits the disturbance, defacement, or removal of historic or archeological sites. Do not deface rocks and cliffs. Do not disturb plants or animals, and do not feed wildlife.
There are no fees or permits required to camp upriver. Entrance fees and vessel use fees apply.
Land-based Backcountry Camping
Dispersed camping is allowed throughout Glen Canyon's backcountry, with some restrictions. Dispersed camping is NOT allowed in the vicinity of developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas, or trailheads. There are extra responsibilities and skills that are necessary for dispersed camping. Visit the Hiking page for more details on backcountry trip planning.
Leave No Trace
Make every attempt to leave the backcountry nicer than you found it. “Take only pictures and leave only footprints” is a good reminder. Do not remove anything from the canyon. Leave the flowers, rocks and everything else for others to enjoy.
If you are going to an area where others have camped before, pick a site that has been used before. The best sites are found, not made. Camp on bare soil if possible, to avoid damage or killing plants and grass.
Dispersed camping means no services (such as trash removal) and little or no facilities (such as tables and fire pits) are provided. You must be self-contained and self-sufficient. Carry out all litter and garbage, including soild pet waste.
Follow the principles of Leave No Trace.
Human Waste Disposal
All human body waste solids shall be contained and carried out using a portable toilet or a specifically engineered bag waste containment system. Use of a plastic or paper bag as a receptacle for solid human waste and/or for disposal of solid human waste is prohibited unless part of a specifically engineered bag waste containment system containing enzymes and polymers to treat human solid waste, capable of being sealed securely and state approved for disposal in ordinary trash receptacles. Visitors are responsible for providing their own removal system that is adequate for the size of their group and length of stay. Packing out human waste is required in Coyote Gulch, within 1/4 mile of the shore of Lake Powell, the San Juan River, Escalante River, Dirty Devil River or the Colorado River, and anywhere else the minimum 300 feet from a water source cannot be attained.
Read more details about proper waste disposal in the Superintendent's Compendium.
Group Size Limits
When camping 100 feet or more from Lake Powell's shoreline, and outside designated campgrounds, group size for hiking and/or camping should not exceed 12 people and 3 vehicles. Groups greater than 12 people shall split into groups of 12 or fewer, and camp at least 1/2 mile apart.
Backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays in the Escalante District of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Obtain permits at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center in the town of Escalante or at one of the entry trailheads. Day use does not require a backcountry permit, but please sign the trail register.
Backcountry camping in the Orange Cliffs area of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area requires a permit from Canyonlands National Park.
Last updated: January 30, 2020