Camping is inarguably one of the best ways to experience the Page, AZ, and Lake Powell areas. Being right there in the middle of it all is a humbling and breathtaking experience. There are several ways to camp in this area. Because camping is so popular, there are several established campsites that are maintained by either the National Park Service or by park concessioner. These campsites have more facilities such as bathrooms, running water, and trash collection. But one of the things that is very special about this area is the amount of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land it is available for public use. Avid outdoor enthusiasts can't get enough of the open land for them to play, camp, and explore here. Most of the BLM is close but not directly in the areas of attractions, though there is often primitive camping in these popular areas. Primitive Camping are defined camping sites, but without or with limited amenities. Depending on your comfortability with the great outdoors, there really is a variety of experiences to choose from. If you are just posting up for the night in preparation for a big river trip or slot canyon adventure, you'll be happy to know BLM camping is everywhere. If you're wanting a little more amenities, below are some recommended campgrounds.
Lee's Ferry is the only campground within Glen Canyon where you can drive right up to the Colorado River. The campground sits on a bench above the river and has no natural shade. No ground fires permitted outside grill. Quiet time is 10 pm-6 am and launch ramp within 2 miles. Gas and supply store at Marble Canyon, about 5 miles away. $20 per site per night.
AMMENITIES: 51 designated sites with no hookups | Potable water | Flush toilets | Bathroom sinks | Picnic tables | Shade cover | Fire pits | Trash collection | Location & Directions
Primitive camping permitted on a sandy beach or in dunes. This campground offers an off-road vehicle area. Open fires must be within a four-foot-square area. The beach is about an 8 mile drive from Wahweap marina, but about half the distance by water. Drive on already-established car paths to avoic getting stuck in the soft sand. Quiet time 10 pm-6 am. Camping fee does not include entrance fee, and entrance fee does not include camping. $14 per vehicle per night.
AMMENITIES: No designated campsites | Four micro-flush toilets | 6 vault toilets |1 wheelchair accessible comfort station | Outdoor cold shower | Seasonal Potable ater | Dump station | Location & Directions
Primitive camping on beaches or in primitive environments. Boats launched from nearby Bullfrog and Halls Crossing can be beached at this location. Motorized craft may not be launched from this access point. $6 per night.
AMMENITIES: No designated campsites | ADA restroom available Location & Directions
Wahweap Marina and Campground is about ¼ mile from the shore of Lake Powell. Wahweap offers plenty of fun with a wide variety of powerboats and water toy rentals. Registration is required for all campers. Check in at the Campground Store for site assignment. Camping fees apply for camping in addition to a $30 park entrance fee that admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers for 7 consecutive days.
AMMENITIES: 112 dry campsites with no hook-ups | 36 tent only sites | 6 group camping sites | Restroomss | Picnic tables | Fire rings and/or grills | Dump station | coin-operated laundry and showers at store | Potable water
Location & Directions | Call for Reservations
Bullfrog Marina Campground is located a short walk from the launch ramp at Bullfrog Marina on the north end of the lake. This campground has access to watercraft rentals, a market, and all the water activities available at Lake Powell including a fish clean-out station. Trees throughout provide shade from the summer sun and privacy from other campsites. Hobie Cat Beach and Stanton Creek beach and cove areas are close by for swimming and other beach activities. Camping fees apply for camping in addition to a $30 park entrance fee that admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers for 7 consecutive days.
This campground is recommended for those wanting to enjoy Lake Powell in some relative peace and quiet, while enjoying the benefits of ammenties and convenience. The Village Store with food and beverages as well as the marina to launch or rent a boat are incredibly close-by.
AMMENITIES: 24 pull-through spaces for RVs | 41 campsites | Full hookups | Restrooms | Showers | Laundry | Camp store| Charcoal grills and tables | charcoal grills and tables | Dump station | Potable Water
Location & Directions | Call for Reservations
There is no camping fee or permit required to camp on the lake in undeveloped areas. You can camp anywhere on the shorelines of Lake Powell except in developed marinas. All campsites are required to have a portable toilet unless toilets are available on the vessel or within 200 yards of the campsite. Regular water-quality checks are conducted to ensure compliance with sanitation laws. When anchoring multiple houseboats on the same beach, park at least 100 feet apart to help reduce carbon monoxide buildup. It is not a good idea to tie powerboat or personal-watercraft lines to houseboat-anchor lines, as they can cause the anchor lines to come loose. Avoid camping under overhanging rocks, as downpouring rain can sink a vessel. The main channel varies in depth from 100 to 600 feet. It is recommended that you anchor on a beach for the night, as high winds can move boats into rocks and cause damage.
Other rules include ground fires of wood only are allowed below the high water line. Fires must be no more than 4 feet wide and 4 feet high. Fireworks are illegal. Pets are allowed on beaches as long as waste is cleaned up. Dispose of waste properly. Burying waste of any kind on the beach is prohibited. Waste may not be contained in a plastic bag unless it is an NPS-approved Waste Bag Containment System, which must be deposited in the trash. And finally, there are no motor vehicles, off-road vehicles or bicycles allowed in Glen Canyon's roadless areas.
When planning a camping trip to Glen Canyon, buy a map beforehand. These maps show the side canyons, hiking spots, points of interest, marinas, explain the navigation system, and ofen provide fishing information. Alsom, in case of an emergency you will need to report your location on Marine Band 16 or call 911.
Backcountry permits are required for all overnight stays in the Escalante District of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Obtain permits at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center in the town of Escalante or at one of the entry trailheads. Day use does not require a backcountry permit, but please sign the trail register. We recommend visitng the NPS website for the most up to date information and alerts in the area.
Escalante District Info | Orange Cliffs
Backcountry camping in the Orange Cliffs area of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area requires a permit from Canyonlands National Park.