Canyonlands Overlook Campsite, Utah  September 3, 2016

I've been exploring southern Utah for 35 years, and during each visit, I seek out primitive, off-the-beaten-path campsites, typically on BLM land.  As you may know, camping in National Parks, such as at Arches or Canyonlands, is limited to designated campgrounds but on BLM land, you're generally free to camp anywhere you want.  In my mind, I have a list of about a dozen spectacular primitive campsites throughout southern Utah, prioritized based on their beauty.

During this visit in 2016, I stumbled across what is, without a doubt, the most spectacular campsite I've ever seen -- in Utah or anywhere else in the world, for that matter.  In fact, it puts my dozen other favorite Utah campsites to shame and makes them each seem like a KOA.  The campsite is perched on the edge of a sandstone cliff and provides an incredible view of the Colorado River and, in the distance, Canyonlands National Park.  

During my 2016 trip to southern Utah, I was continually dismayed at how crowded all of my favorite places have become over the past many years.  Places that used to be my favorite hangouts, such as Delicate Arch or Looking Glass Rock, have now become overrun with tourists.  So I'm sorry folks, but I'm not going to post the location of this amazing campsite on my website. However, if you really want to know where it is, send me an email and I'll tell you.

  • To see my 360-degree panorama photo, click here.