Winter is officially over (though we’re still skiing!); it’s time to think about summer! When we think summer, we think of camping. One of the best places to do this in Utah is the Uinta Mountains, just about an hour away from Park City. The Uintas are a pristine area known for hiking, backpacking, and fishing, among other activities. The Uinta range is the highest in Utah. Elevations range from 8,000 feet in the canyons to over 13,000 feet at its highest point, Kings Peak.
Much of the area is not open to vehicles, making it perfect for activities. Campgrounds exist wherever roads extend into the forest. Many families opt for camping because there are so many activities to take advantage of during the day. If you’re thinking of pitching a tent this summer, be sure to make a reservation because spaces book quickly. Here are a few of our favorite camping spots to check out.
The Soapstone campground is located on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in the Uinta Mountains. There are several single-family sites, two double-sites, and one-triple site available. Whichever you choose, there are picnic tables and campfire rings. Popular activities here include canoeing, backpacking, horseback riding, and biking. Several trails along the way have access to the High Uintas Wilderness. If you do choose the Soapstone campground, be sure to bring more than enough water. The water systems along Mirror Lake are unreliable. You should not depend on getting water from the campground during your stay.
Wolf Creek Campground
Another popular camping area in the Uintas is Wolf Creek. Here, peak season lasts from July through September with early winters and late springs. It sits at an elevation of 9,400 feet. This is a great place to do some mountain biking. Visitors also enjoy hiking Trail Hollow as they take in the beautiful mountain views. Within the camp site there are grills, campfire circles, and vault toilets available. If you’re thinking of trying Wolf Creek, call for reservations at least five days in advance.
Mill Hollow Campground
Many families choose the Mill Hollow campground because of its proximity to the Mill Hollow reservoir. The reservoir provides not only a relaxing view, but allows access for fishing. Although powerboats are not allowed, you can bring along small rafts or tubes. The campground has seen recent improvements including the removal of hazardous trees. Gravel roads, parking spurs, picnic tables, and grills have all been added to make your camping experience that much better. Popular activities here include hiking and bird watching. The camping season here runs from June to October with sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is drinking water available.
Washington Lake Campground
Washington Lake campground is known for its lake fishing and hiking. It is located just off the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Here you’ll find a variety of trout fish including rainbow and albino trout. The byways cut through the Uinta Mountains and lead to alpine lakes and streams. When it comes to hiking, many people head to this area because the popular Crystal Lake Trail begins within this camp site. This area is ideal for bike riding as well. As far as the campground itself, you will find vault toilets and firewood to purchase. Bring your own drinking water because there is none available at the site.
The Uinta Mountains are overflowing with outdoor activities for the entire family. Choose one of these campgrounds to set up your home away from home while you explore!