Camping

Two tents are pitched among scrubby bushes. Lake Powell and cliff are in the background.
Both developed and primitive campsites are available at Wahweap.

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Campgrounds Operated by the National Park Service
These campgrounds do not take reservations

Lees Ferry Campground
54 designated sites. No hookups. RV dump station. Grills provided, no open fires. 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. $14 per vehicle per night. No reservations
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Stanton Creek, Hite, Dirty Devil and Farley Primitive Camping Areas
Primitive camping on beaches or in primitive environments. No designated campsites. $12 per night. No reservations.

 

Campgrounds Operated by the Park's Concessioner
Visit www.lakepowell.com for camping fees and reservations

Wahweap Developed Camping
112 dry campsites (no hook-ups), 90 sites with full hook-ups, and 6 group camping sites. Facilities include restrooms, laundry, showers, store, phones, dump station and potable water. The amphitheater, picnic area and swim beach are nearby. To make reservations, call 800-528-6154. The Wahweap camping store can be reached at 928-645-1059. Fees vary.

Bullfrog Developed Camping
78 campsites with restroom, phones, dump station and potable water about 1/2 mile from laundry, store, post office and launch ramp. No reservations. Fees apply. 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. For reservations call 800-528-6154. Fees apply.

Halls Crossing Developed Camping
43 campsites, 2 group sites, dump station, potable water, 2 dish sinks, hot and cold showers. Laundry, store, gas, phones, and launch ramp within 1/2 mile. The concessioner also operates an RV park with 32 full hook-up sites, store, laundry and showers 1/2 mile from the launch ramp. For reservations call 800-528-6154. Fees apply.

 
A row of tents and shade shelters are set up on the lakeshore. Three boats are anchored in front of them in the water.
Camping is allowed in undeveloped areas on Lake Powell.

NPS photo

Lake Powell Shoreline Primitive Camping

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.

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.

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.

 
A map of the Colorado River corridor between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry. Six campsites on the river are labeled.
This map shows camping sites on the Colorado River between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry.

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 six 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.

 

Camping Fees and Information

Lees Ferry Campground

  • $20 per site per night
  • No reservations: Sites are first come, first served
  • Cost of park admission is not included in the camping fee
  • 55 developed sites with no hookups

Stanton Creek, Hite, Farley Canyon, and Dirty Devil

  • $12 Per night per vehicle
  • No reservations: Sites are first come, first served
  • Cost of park admission is not included in camping fee
  • Primitive camping

Lone Rock Beach

  • $14 per night per vehicle
  • No reservations: Sites are first come, first served
  • Cost of park admission is not included in camping fee
  • Beach camping area
  • Facilities may be closed in the off season

Glen Canyon NRA Backcountry (Including Lake Powell Shoreline)

  • No camping fee is required
  • No reservations: Sites are first come, first served
  • Primitive camping

Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days and 30 days total per season. No camping is permitted at Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

Camping is not subject to fee waivers. A 50 percent discount applies to holders of the Senior Pass or Access Pass. The holder of the pass must occupy the discounted site.

Note: Additional developed campgrounds, operated by Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, are available at Wahweap, Bullfrog, and Halls Crossing. For details and rates call 1-800-528-6154.

Backcountry camping in the Orange Cliffs area of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area requires a permit from Canyonlands National Park

Last updated: June 22, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1507
Page, AZ 86040

Phone:

(928) 608-6200
Receptionist available at Glen Canyon Headquarters from 7 am to 4 pm MST, Monday through Friday. The phone is not monitored when the building is closed.

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