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 incredible Outbound community.

  • Backpack to Rudy's Flat

    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...

    7 miles

  • Camp at Willow Lake

    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 h...

    2 miles

  • Winter Backpack to Lake Blanche & Sundial Peak

    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 ...

    6 miles 2700 ft gain

  • Hike Broads Fork Basin and Beaver Pond

    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 ...

    4.3 miles 2034 ft gain

  • Broads Fork Twin Peaks

    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 com...

  • Hike and Fish Upper Bell Canyon Reservoir

    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 cut...

    9 miles 4182 ft gain

  • Hike to Big Cottonwood Canyon's Desolation Lake

    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 tra...

    7.4 miles 1900 ft gain

  • Winter Backpack to Dog Lake and Backcountry Ski Reynolds Peak

    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 f...

    5 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Backpack Lone Peak via the Cherry Creek Logging Trail

    You start this trail at the Orson Smith Park in Draper.  It joins with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail briefly before turning off onto the cherry creek logging trail.  It switchbacks for a long ways exposed on towards the valley.  It is fairly stee...

    15.8 miles 6683 ft gain

  • Backpack to Red Pine Lake

    Red Pine Lake, located in Red Pine Fork of the Wasatch Mountains, is one of the premier hiking and backpacking destinations in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Red Pine Fork is sandwiched in between White Pine Fork and Maybird Gulch to the east and west,...

    7.3 miles 1960 ft gain

  • Summit the Pfeifferhorn

    Starting at the White Pine Trailhead in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT, hike southwest until reaching the junction to Red Pine Canyon. Take the trail that crosses the stream and continues west around the ridge. The trail will quickly turn south and ...

    9 miles 3700 ft gain

  • Camp at the Cottonwood Ridgeline

    Begin at the White Pine Trailhead in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Follow the trail up toward Red Pine Lake. The trail gets a little hard to follow after the lake, but find your way up to the ridge between Pfeifferhorn and White Baldy. Set up camp and...