Utah Camping: Great Salt Lake Country
Great Salt Lake Country is just what its name implies — great. The place is also big, comprising 7,487 square miles, and it’s remote: No doubt, it can feel mighty lonely out in its western realms. And while much of the place is accessible to visitors, the public isn’t allowed at the following military-restricted areas — Dugway Proving Grounds, the Deseret Test Center, and the Wendover Range. Still, there are fourteen campgrounds to make exploring just that much easier.
Salt Lake City is a short drive from several wonderful campgrounds. These sites make great bases from which to explore the city; if you’re more interested in the great out-of-doors, they’re wonderful spots from which to explore the mountains. Climbers will find some superb rocks to scale here. There are wide ranges of both sport and traditional climbs in both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. Hikers, backpackers, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and anglers will also find plenty to keep them busy. Look for more Wasatch Range camping in the adjacent Mountainland camping region.
There’s another haven for outdoor enthusiasts in the Deseret Peak Wilderness, located in the Stansbury Mountain Range. Trails lead to a bevy of high alpine lakes and glacial cirques.