We really enjoy boondocking but this state park was awful. It was packed with RVs and day users. The toilet was filthy. We had a hard time even getting out of there with our 40' motorhome. We have seen better views elsewhere and that's exactly what we did - moved elsewhere. It's also a very dangerous place for children. Please keep watch on them. Even though it's free it wasn't enough incentive to try and stay - even if we could have found a spot. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Actually free, but can't put $0 for a nightly rate. The "campground" is really a VERY large dirt parking area on the ridge of the San Juan River. The canyon looks just like you see on the web and in magazines. It looks even better at sunset and sunrise. There are vault toilets (yuck!), garbage cans, and a shelter with a picnic table. We ended up being here all by ourselves. Once the few buses and cars of daily visitors filtered away, we were left in solitude to watch the lightning show in the distance and listen to the river 1000 feet down below. We heard no noise from anywhere and only occasionally saw a few headlights in the distance from overnight offroaders. The sky was overcast so no stargazing for our overnight stop. The town of Mexican Hat is a few miles away, but it's best to be completely self sufficient out here. This location is very exposed so be prepared for a sudden rainstorm, extreme heat, and wind. After all, it IS the desert! My only complaint is that the vault toilets are not serviced often enough, which makes for interesting smells from the vent tubes if the wind blows just right. However, considering the $0 cost, it's only a minor complaint. The views were worth the trip anyways. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Fantastic place. No facilities except for a "hole in the ground" toilet that you do not want to use even when desperate. Fabulous view and at night you can experience the rear phenomenon of seeing the stars without light pollution. Remember: No hook-ups. Just you and whichever facilities that you bring along with you. Nightly rate is $0 (free) but this can't be entered into system so I have entered $1. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Actually, $0. This is a tiny state park with a big, big view of the San Juan river canyon. There are no campsites and the bathrooms are simply composting latrines. You set up camp wherever you like in the gravel parking lot, which extends along the canyon rim, a thousand feet above the river. There are four picnic tables along the rim. It was so windy the night we stayed, that we decided to move on in the middle of the night, being so close to the canyon rim. Even so, we will return here gladly. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The park is on a canyon rim looking down hundreds of feet to a river below. No fees. Very quiet at night with great views of the stars. A good paved road in. A moderate Verizon signal and unlimited parking, although somewhat stony and rocky. We camped here in a Motorhome.
AWESOME views!! Pit toilets but nothing else. There are 4 picnic tables but an unlimited number of camping sites. I had great ATT cell service and weak Verizon internet. Mexican Hat is closest for fuel (including diesel) and there is a water spout at the Shell station. The nearest LP I could find was almost to Blanding (!) about 50 miles so come to camp on full! DO NOT try to take your rig up on UT 261 north!! It is 4 miles of mostly single lane, 10 per cent grade and very curvy. I did see an 18 wheeler going up it but it is illegal. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The best boondocking location in the US is Gooseneck State Park in Utah near Mexico Hat. Do a Google search: it's located a few miles north of Monument Valley. (N37.17452 W109.92640) You can park as close to rim of the Canyon (as nice as Grand Canyon) as you want (?) to. Then go (take your tow vehicle) up the "Mountain" on route 261. Turn left at the first dirt road for a view from the top. (N37.23307 W109.99329) Also visit the "Garden of the Gods" at the foot of the mountain. Neither is a trip to take with any big rig: only the tow. If you have time, drive on to the Glen Canyon river. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful spot to dry camp if you are fully self contained. The views are amazing. There are no designated camp sites (the web page says 4, but we didn't see any), and only a couple of pit toilets. But, there is plenty of area to camp without being near anyone. You can park right at the edge of the world... if you dare! Beyond the parking lot the road contains sharp rocks, so drive with caution. There is good bicycling on the highway, at least in November when there is no traffic. The Moki Dugway and Valley of the Gods are nearby. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We thought this was a really weird place. Mexican Hat is a community of approximately 85 people. The fellow running the park seemed a bit off and strange. He told us right off jump that he made no money off the park, only off the beer he sold tons of to the locals. Later, we noticed several quite young teen-aged girls getting off the school bus and trekking upstairs to the living quarters above the store/office and leaving after about an hour (??) We only stayed one night here--we were too creeper out. Just a place to stop and catch some sleep if you really have to. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is difficult to find since it is in back of a small restaurant/convenience store and the campground sign blew down a few weeks ago. The sites are level, and the owners are trying to grow trees for each site. $26 does seem a bit much for this campground but the nearest competition is $45+. There is a road down to the river here and the red cliffs behind the campground on the other side of the river are beautiful in the sunset. The park is centrally located for visiting the Natural Bridges, Monument Valley, Goosenecks, the Valley of the Gods road and taking the Moki Dugway. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great place to stay while visiting the area. It is very basic, several sites weren't available because of electrical problems. Views were great and there is a wonderful hike down to the San Juan River. When you consider the only other choice in the area is for $45 a night, I would certainly come back here. Great owners. Just don't expect a fancy place. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very plain, no frills campground. We were here for 3 nights, which gave us ample time to explore. It was near 100 degrees each day. We really enjoyed The Valley Of Gods drive. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is not an RV resort as reflected in the nightly rate. It is a GREAT en route stop when traveling Hwy 163. Sites are mostly level and far enough apart to be comfortable. Sites are gravel with young shade trees. The staff are VERY accommodating. I messed up and left my water pressure gauge on the site spigot. After a call to the park host, he recovered it and mailed it to our home... great service! There is a small trading post with light food and beverages available and a steakhouse nearby. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a "bare bones" park, but quite adequate with great views of red stone cliffs. It is a short walk down to the San Juan river and 22 mile drive to Monument Valley. It is a short drive to Goose Neck State Park. There is good Verizon Air Card & cell service - no TV service, but who needs it with such wonderful scenery during the day and spectacular star gazing at night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We used this park as a base to explore Monument Valley, Goosenecks State Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument. Not a destination park, but safe and reasonably priced. Level gravel sites, mostly pull through. Everyone else stayed just one night, on the way to somewhere else, I guess. Gas station across the road, one BBQ restaurant next door. Groceries are available at Goulding's in Monument Valley. Verizon cell on Extended Network, aircard worked, but very slow. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.