My husband and I just finished a few months of RV living in Utah, and wow, were we surprised and pleased. I can’t speak highly enough about the state of Utah, which is so much more than I think the rest of the world knows. You don’t have to be a bloodhound, mountain climber, or National Park enthusiast to visit the Beehive State, but rest assured, you may not want to leave once you get here. There’s something extraordinary about Utah and these four places to RV on your trip. Have a look!
1. Mountain View Campground and RV Park
Mountain View RV Park & Campground was a surprise to us because I somehow booked a campground in Utah instead of near Mesa Verde, CO after leaving Durango. So when I typed campground into my phone to bring up the map, thinking we were only going to drive 45 minutes to our site, it turned out that it was two hours away and in Utah. Sometimes mistakes can be a blessing in disguise, which is precisely what happened in our case.
We arrived in Monticello, Utah on a cold and windy day. It is one hour south of the city of Moab. The small but well-designed RV campsite had a gravel lot and only a handful of RVs and tents. Mountain View RV Park, in the heart of Canyon Country at 7,000 feet, has five tent sites and 25 RV sites. So, you can see what I mean by small. The park owner was very friendly and the office offered helpful city directories and local menus. The campground provided a fenced off-leash pet area, laundry room, access to fresh water, full hookups, and several trees, which we hadn’t seen in the RV parks we’d been to in recent months.
Fun fact: Monticello’s average summer temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
By the end of the day, the campground was nearly full as outdoor enthusiasts stay here for nearby recreation, including at Lake Powell, Arches, Canyonlands National Parks, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and Four National Monument. Corners, to name a few. .
Monticello is a small town of around 2,000 people. We found two restaurants with the friendliest waiters we could have asked for. First it was Gustavo’s, a family-owned Mexican restaurant with beautiful furnishings and great food. You can’t miss the chorizo cheese, and the refried beans are delicious.
The second restaurant was The Granary Bar & Grill at the Grist Mill Inn. Whatever you do, don’t miss the home fries. They were highly addictive.
2. Lakeside RV Camp
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Lakeside RV Campground is going to become one of our all time favorite campgrounds of the year. About 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, Lakeside RV Campground is another ten-acre family-friendly RV property shaded by hundreds of aspens, oaks, and maples. Eddie and I cheered with delight when we saw so much shade, especially after being in Albuquerque for months.
The 120-site, year-round campground is off the beaten path, about nine minutes from downtown Provo, and has some of the most beautiful scenery we’ve seen yet. There were mountains, some still covered in snow, in every direction you looked.
The perfectly maintained pool and grounds were a huge draw for us. I appreciated a portable shower and toilets in the back of the park, as the main ones in the front were a bit far. The clean, heated facility reminded me of Hot Toddy Potties in Oxford, MS, where my daughter attended college.
Lakeside has a dog park and plenty of grassy places to walk, with or without your pet, just to enjoy the scenery. I also always found surprises in the camp. One day, a river setting, another horseshoe pit, and numerous flower gardens.
Pro tip: Lakeside has commendable free Wi-Fi and they can refill their propane tanks on site.
Minutes from Provo, get your Indian fix from Bombay House, which is tied for the best Indian food I’ve ever eaten. Provo is home to BYU (Brigham Young University), but it has the feel of a fancier city than a college town. Around town, you’ll find great photography of sculptures, murals, mountain scenes, and stately churches with graceful flowerbed accents.
Another thing you’ll love about Provo, or at least I hope I’m not the only one, is the city’s plethora of delicious bakeries. One street had four; another had three. I was in candy heaven! All the necessary bases were covered, such as cannoli, cookies, macaroons and cupcakes.
I found a lovely store in downtown Provo, Heindselman’s. The oldest yarn store in America, circa 1904, is packed with yarn, gifts, and materials used for weaving, spinning, and sewing. I met a group of artisans who were enthusiastically working on their projects and I was fascinated to hear them talk about their craft and show me the process.
Fun fact: If you haven’t fallen in love with Crumbl cookies, you surely will on your trip to Utah. This Utah-based company is one of the top franchises in the country and has the best cookies that change flavors weekly. The frozen strawberry Pop-Tart is my favorite.
3. Century Mobile Home and Trailer Park
In Ogden, 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, is the Century Mobile Home and RV Park, with 192 sites and offering monthly rates. Ogden is the gateway to the Powder Mountain and Snowbasin ski resorts. Whether you ski or not, take a road trip to this stunning area littered with great photography and a waterfall along the way.
Century Park RV was a great option in terms of convenience and price, although sometimes we had RVs too close for comfort. Our campsite was just steps away from a beautiful pool, which I took full advantage of. Century Park RV had a well-stocked store, clean restrooms, and a laundromat located in an area close to the interstate, but without a lot of traffic noise. We use the property as a home base to visit our children’s godparents, who moved from the East Coast and opened Mountain Donuts a few years ago.
Pro tip: Pick up anything related to blueberries at Mountain Donuts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
We’ve ventured into downtown Ogden several times, mostly for a meal, but the Ogden Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8am-1pm (through September 10) is highly recommended. The streets of historic 25 are closed to pedestrians and the market goes on and on. Historic 25th Street was once home to prohibition-era speakeasies. Today, it is a commercial and gastronomic center, as well as a highly sought-after tourist area. At the end of the street, you’ll see the quaint Ogden Union Station, a museum with the history of cowboys, cars, and trains.
I visit farmers markets all over the country, and this one had way more unique things for sale than most. Restaurants I enjoyed were Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano (closed Sundays and Mondays) and Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria, both of which offer great take-home meals.
Pro Tip: We saw a mobile RV wash company make several visits to Century Park RV and wanted to hire them to wash and wax our rig, but we ran out of time. You can ask office staff for references, but they are available and allowed to come to this camp.
4. Cedar Breaks RV Park
Although we only landed there for the night, we will definitely return for more RV living at Cedar Breaks RV Park, the gateway to adventure, according to the website. The small park has 48 sites, full hookups, and a few cozy cabins to choose from if you need a change of scenery. We loved the grassy sites, layout, and feel of this campground with an on-site store, laundry, restrooms, showers, and free Wi-Fi. I was also impressed that this park offers monthly storage for $50 a month.
Cedar City is a sweet little town that I would love to explore, but also a place that many use when visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Canyon National Parks. It is also a major draw for those seeking mountain biking, skiing, and golf. It also attracts those who want to enjoy Brian Head, a popular respite for those seeking cooler temperatures. I took the hour-long drive to Zion on the morning of my stay because it was so close I couldn’t pass it up.
Depart Cedar City around 4:45 am
Stop by the local 24-hour McDonald’s for breakfast.
Arrive at the Zion National Park parking lot at the perfect time to beat the crowds, catch the shuttle, and get an optimal parking spot.
We took the time to drive into downtown Cedar City for breakfast the morning before hitting the road. Amber Kay’s Cafe is where the locals go, and with good reason. We had the most attentive service and a delicious breakfast there. You can’t go wrong with homemade cookies, omelettes and hash browns.
Pro Tip: Many camps offer discounts for Good Sam, FMCA, AAA, and often AARP memberships. It never hurts to ask.
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