The Best Camping in Salt Lake City

Looking for the best camping in Salt Lake City? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Salt Lake City. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Salt Lake City

  • Bountiful, Utah

    Backpack to Rudy's Flat

    4.0
    7 mi
    Rudy's Flat is a great overnight hike with plenty of tent or hammock space and multiple established fire rings. This hike offers multiple options for distance depending on your availability and skill level.From the Mueller Park Canyon trailhead (5,234 ft), hikers will experience a gradual ascent ...
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  • Centerville, Utah

    Centerville Canyon Via Deuel Creek Trail

    3.95 mi / 1365 ft gain
    Centerville Canyon Via Deuel Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Centerville, Utah.
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  • Centerville, Utah

    Hike to the Rope Swing on Deuel Creek Trail

    5.0
    2.6 mi / 646 ft gain
    Not only is this hike absolutely gorgeous, but it also has an epic rope swing at the end! To get to the trailhead you'll need a vehicle that can handle rough roads—you have to drive up a bit on the side of the mountain to get to the trailhead. The beginning of the hike is marked with a little bul...
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  • Cottonwood Heights, Utah

    Camp at Willow Lake

    4.6
    2 mi
    The trailhead to Willow Lake is about 11 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon and is on the north side of the road right after the passing lane begins. It can be easy to miss, and is only marked with a plaque on a rock (40.630302, -111.604639). As you hike a little in from the road you will see the tra...
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  • Farmington, Utah

    Davis Creek Trail

    2.78 mi / 1644 ft gain
    Davis Creek Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Farmington, Utah.
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Lake Blanche & Sundial Peak

    5.0
    6 mi / 2700 ft gain
    This is a popular hike all year round, but less popular in the winter. If you’re backpacking you’ll most likely be alone. In winter, the lake is covered in snow, but Sundial Peak is one of the most picturesque mountains in the Wasatch. Especially when it is dusted with snow. You’ll also be far en...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike Broads Fork Basin and Beaver Pond

    4.0
    4.3 mi / 2034 ft gain
    The Broads Fork trailhead starts in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the same parking lot as the Lake Blanche trailhead, this trailhead is on the west side of the parking lot. The trail is very easy to follow and is well marked.Follow the trail until you come to a great big basin. Here you will be able t...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Broads Fork Twin Peaks

    5.0
    The Broads Fork trailhead starts in Big Cottonwood Canyon in the same parking lot as the Lake Blanche trailhead. This trailhead is on the west side of the parking lot.The trail is marked and easy to follow for a good chunk of the way. You will come to a big basin and alpine meadow where you will ...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Hike and Fish Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir

    4.3
    9 mi / 4182 ft gain
    This is one of my favorite spots in the state of Utah! It is completely secluded high up on the Wasatch front. You can hike here for a nice relaxing day, an overnight camping trip, or do a little fly fishing and hook some fun little brooke and cutthroat trout. The Bell Canyon trail is one of the ...
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  • Sandy, Utah

    Upper Bells Canyon Trail

    9.07 mi / 4272 ft gain
    Upper Bells Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Sandy, Utah.
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Desolation Lake Loop via Little Water Trail to Old Red Pine Road

    9.63 mi / 2395 ft gain
    Desolation Lake Loop via Little Water Trail to Old Red Pine Road is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Salt Lake City, Utah.
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Dog Lake via Big Water Trail

    5.15 mi / 1529 ft gain
    Dog Lake via Big Water Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Mounthaven, Utah.
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Dog Lake via Butler Fork Trail

    5.22 mi / 1880 ft gain
    Dog Lake via Butler Fork Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Mounthaven, Utah.
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hike to Big Cottonwood Canyon's Desolation Lake

    4.5
    7.4 mi / 1900 ft gain
    Drive 9 miles into Big Cottonwood Canyon and park at the Mill D North Trailhead (on the left). On the right side of the road, there is a restroom. The trial head begins on the left, there is a visible sign you cannot miss before beginning.The trail is about 7.4 miles round trip, about half way t...
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  • Salt Lake City, Utah

    Winter Backpack to Dog Lake and Backcountry Ski Reynolds Peak

    4.5
    5 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The hike is considered moderate, but the 1500ft. elevation gain (2100ft. to Reynolds Peak) will definitely get your heart rate up. Snowshoes/skins are recommended but the trail is often packed enough to do without them.After crossing the street from the Spruces parking lot, follow the trail past...
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  • Fruit Heights, Utah

    Francis Peak via Bair Canyon Trail

    9.47 mi / 4672 ft gain
    Francis Peak via Bair Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Kaysville, Utah.
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