• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildlife

Unleash your adventurous spirit and find solitude and beauty at McMillan Springs Campground in the remote Henry Mountains of southern Utah.

McMillan Springs Campground is south of Hanksville, Utah and within the Henry Mountains, which run north and south between Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks. 

Situated at 8,400 feet, McMillan Springs Campground has moderate temperatures and is managed by the BLM, so fees are donation based. The campground has 15 spots, two outhouse toilets, and water. As of June 2017, they were updating the water and all of the campsites with new picnic tables, fire rings, and grills for bbq. Since water is limited in this area, I'd suggest bringing plenty of extra water because you never know what can happen.

While camping at McMillan Springs Campground, you can hike Mount Ellen, Drive the Bull Creek Pass National Backcountry Byway, or search for the second largest herd of free roaming genetically pure bison on public land!

From Hanksville, it's about a 2-hour drive south, the first 20 miles or so, are on Hwy 95, but then you turn onto dirt roads and start gaining elevation quickly. If you take the Bull Creek Pass route, it will most likely be impassable until Mid-June. We were there over Memorial Day weekend, and it still had snow across the road on north/northeast facing slopes. The roads are passable by front-wheel drive cars, but most people have 4x4 rigs that can easily climb steep hills and have higher clearance.  

There is no cell service, so click the Google Maps link below to mark your route and print out the directions. I'd also recommend pre-downloading GPS maps for offline use. I typically use Gaia GPS on my phone.

The Henry Mountains were the last mountain range to be added to the map of 48 states in 1872, and they still don't receive a lot of visitors. We were there over a holiday weekend and only saw four other groups of people. 

Enjoy! 

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Cookstove
  • Water
  • GPS
  • 4x4 with high clearance recommended, but front wheel drive cars with capable drivers can make it
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