There’s nothing better than spending the night outside under star-filled skies in rugged Beaver County, Utah. The lofty Tushar Mountains, forming the county’s eastern backbone, is the place to escape from the urban grind by hiking snow-capped peaks, casting a fishing line, or pedaling a mountain bike on rugged trails. Afterward, you can relax at a national forest campground, telling ghost stories and letting the kids roast marshmallows over a blazing campfire. You’ll find plenty of campsites in Beaver County, including tent sites, spots for trailers and RVs, private campgrounds, dispersed camping areas, and primitive campsites. Here’s a guide to help you find the best campsites in Beaver County for your next outdoor adventure.
Little Cottonwood Campground
Little Cottonwood Campground, seven miles east of Beaver on route 153, makes a perfect basecamp to explore both the high mountains and the desert to the west. Tall cottonwoods and pines shade 14 campsites with paved back-in aprons (and one pull-through site) that are ideal for RVs and trailers. The Beaver River tumbles by the campground, making it a good overnight stay for fly fisherman. A handicap-accessible ramp allows wheelchair fishing.
Little Reservoir Campground
The eight-site campground at Little Reservoir lies along the east shore of a four-acre lake above Beaver Canyon. The gorgeous campground, shaded by tall ponderosa pines, offers back-in sites for trailers and tent sites with fire rings and tables. The lake and campground, a quick drive from Beaver, is a quiet fishing getaway, with anglers pulling brown, tiger, and rainbow trout up to 10 inches long from the water. The campground is open on a first-come, first-served basis.
Anderson Meadow Campground
If you want to find peace and quiet, head south from the three Kents Lakes to Anderson Meadow Campground, a 10-site camping area nestled in a shady forest above the eight-acre Anderson Meadow Reservoir. The campground, located at 9,355 feet, offers tent pads, back-in aprons for trailers from 24 to 40 feet long, and plenty of trees to hang a hammock. Anglers can cast for rainbow and brown trout from the grassy shoreline or from non-motorized boats. Watch for moose, elk, and deer at dusk or early in the morning, and lock your food away from black bears.
Mahogany Cove Campground
Mahogany Cove Campground is a small, secluded camping area at 7,200 feet on the Beaver River Scenic Byway. Mahogany trees, ponderosa pines, and junipers shade the seven-site campground, which includes a spacious group site. The campground, ideal for both tents and RVs, is close to the river and many small lakes for fishermen. The group site holds up to 75 campers, making it a great spot for family reunions and scout groups.
Tushar Lakeside Campground and Kents Lake Campground
The Tushar Lakeside and Kents Lake campgrounds sit by three lakes—Lower Kents Lake, Kents Lake, and Upper Kents Lake—in a wooded valley on the western slope of the Tushar Mountains. Kents Lake Campground on the southwest edge of Lower Kents Lake offers 24 campsites shaded by a mixed pine and aspen woodland. Tushar Lakeside Campground, with 30 campsites on a loop road, lies on the north side of 48-acre Kents Lake at 8,800 feet. The campgrounds are perfect for summer weekend trips with cool temperatures and plenty of adventures for everyone, including mountain biking, trout fishing, and wildlife watching. A good easy hike climbs a mile to scenic Birch Lake. Reserve a campsite ahead or grab a spot on a first-come first-served site.
The campground at Minersville Lake Park on the south shore of sprawling 1,130-acre Minersville Reservoir west of Beaver is an ideal camping area in the off-season when the high campgrounds in the Tushar Mountains are closed. The park offers 39 campsites, some for RVs and trailers with electric and water hookups, and others for tents. You’ll also find drinking water, fire rings, and restrooms with showers. Fishermen love Minersville for its trophy-sized rainbow trout, wiper, and smallmouth bass. Campers have other options for fun as well, including horseshoe pits, a volleyball area, picnic tables, basketball hoop, and walking path.
Big John Flat Dispersed Camping Area
The closest you’ll get to camping heaven in Beaver County is at Big John Flat, a broad grassy meadow at 9,900 feet, just below the highest peaks in the Tushar Mountains. Big John is a dispersed camping area with free primitive campsites scattered along the edge of a wide meadow among stands of spruce, fir, and aspen trees. The gorgeous area is the perfect spot to pound down tent stakes or park an RV for a few days of solitude and fun. You’ll find plenty of outdoor opportunities, including mountain biking on loop trails, hiking the famed Skyline Trail, climbing Delano Peak (at 12,169 feet it’s the highest point of Beaver County), fishing in nearby Puffer Lake, riding an ATV on designated trails, and watching mountain goats frolic on the peaks. It’s also a great place for stargazing. Remember to camp in existing spots and practice proper waste disposal.
Indian Creek Dispersed Camping Area
Located on the northwest shore of the Manderfield Reservoir in the Fishlake National Forest, the Indian Creek area offers a number of free campsites as well as a vault toilet. It’s located less than 20 miles from the town of Beaver, and the camping area provides easy access to the trailhead for the Indian Creek Trail, a 20-mile route that heads north to the Cove Creek Trailhead, with several side trails that will take you east into the Tushar Mountains. Staying closer to the campsite, the Manderfield Reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout throughout the summer months, making it an excellent option for alpine fishing. To access the area, travel north from Beaver on Highway 357. Two miles north of Manderfield, take the right fork on the frontage road toward the reservoir. Three miles later, turn right on Forest Road 119 that will take you to the reservoir and camping area. Bring plenty of water and a good map, but you’ll have a great time exploring this scenic region.
Written by Stewart Green for RootsRated Media in partnership with Utah Office of Tourism.