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Old 07-21-2014, 06:48 AM   #1
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Price Canyon Recreation Area

Price Canyon Recreation Area

I love to find a beautiful camping site not far off of our planned route, and Price Canyon Recreation Area was just that. Hwy 6 from Price UT to Provo is a gorgeous drive, but there arent a lot of identified camping options. We drove through Helper UT about two hours before sunset on a Saturday in July, and decided to give Price Canyon Recreation Area a try based upon the info in Allstays Camp & RV app.

The narrow access road is three miles of 6% grade with many tight curves and switchbacks. It is posted for a maximum trailer length of 24 ft with a 17 ft tow vehicle. Our 14 Grand Cherokee Diesel towing the FC23FB was fine, but Id caution against anything larger. I was glad not to meet an oncoming rig, as the passing spots were pretty widely spaced. The road is paved right up to the campground, then gravel within the CG.

Our climb was rewarded by a very nice, heavily forested BLM campground high over the canyon. Stunning views at sunset, dark skies at night and not a db of traffic noise. The gravel sites were widely spaced and very private. Potable water was available at a roadside spigot. On this Saturday night in July the campground was nearly empty, with only two other sites occupied by tent campers.

Isolated, natural, beautiful, peaceful - what a great find without a major detour.
Safe Travels,
Joe & Joan Donnaway
Durango, CO
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Old 07-21-2014, 07:36 AM   #2
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Thank you for the info. We'll have to try it.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:14 PM   #3
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Re: Price Canyon Recreation Area, Price, UT

We stayed at Price Canyon over Memorial Day weekend, 2014; and there were only a couple of other campers there. We were really surprised that it didn't fill up for the holiday.

Several related families from Helper, Utah, stayed two days in the group site. Apparently, they come here every year for a picnic and overnight campout before going to the cemetery together -- a nice way to remember loved ones who have passed on. After they left, it seemed like we were completely alone; because the one or two remaining campers were scattered in sites at the other end of the campground.

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Turnoff for campground -- While well marked, it's easy to miss.

Our campsite -- Long pull-thru site. Elevation 7,800 feet. Water spigot available in campground, pit toilets (very clean), no hookups or dump station. Trash must be packed out, because there's no trash pickup. No television signals, very weak cell service (messages only, and cellphone must be outside in clear area), and no Verizon broadband signal without external antenna and amplifier. Best broadband speed was slow 2G, with two bars (see broadband antenna atop the pole between our TV and Bambi). BLM camping fee: $8, with Senior Pass = $4.

Bear warning poster -- We did not see any bears or deer during the five days we camped here.


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Old 07-27-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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Thumbs up Bog Hot Springs - High Desert Boondocking

Another great boondocking site on our trip from CO to WA! Bog Hot Springs in northern Nevada lies in a huge open basin. The four mile gravel access road was nicely graded, ending in a large circular drive at the hot springs. There is plenty of flat sandy land for camping (unposted), and being the only ones there on a July afternoon we set up the Airstream right beside the stream.

The desert was delightfully cool and fresh after an afternoon thunderstorm that briefly pelted us with small hail. Later that evening, another car came in and set up a tent a hundred yards or so upstream from us. We enjoyed an absolutely dark, quiet and peaceful night.

The sandy bottomed stream and man-made pools were clean and just right for soaking. We were alone in our pool until mid-morning the next day when a couple stopped for a quick soak.

To get to Bog Hot from Denio Junction, Nev., drive Nevada 140 west toward Lakeview. After rounding a low range of hills at 9.1 miles, turn north off the paved highway on a gravel road (signed Bog Hot) that parallels the west side of the hills, which are the southern end of the Pueblo Mountains. Notice Bog Ranch at 3.4 miles, with its pond that invites birds and other wildlife. This is where the hot water winds up. Keep driving another 0.7 mile and watch on the left for a bare, chalky area on the desert floor. Turn here, drive a short way and notice the rivulet of hot water flowing across the desert.
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