Farley Canyon campground near Lake Powell offers a more backcountry, off-the-grid, primitive desert camping experience. The area is home to beautiful red rock desert views.
Over the recent years, with lake levels dropping, campers likely will not be camping close to the shore at the Farley Canyon campground. Visitors camp in the dispersed camping area, then walk or drive (with 4WD) to Farley Canyon’s opening to enter Lake Powell. Camping near Farley Canyon and stand-up paddleboarding in the canyon makes for a fantastic outdoor adventure off-the-beaten path!
Continue reading to discover how to camp and stand-up paddleboard at Farley Canyon, located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
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The Farley Canyon campground area in Utah offers a primitive experience. You can tell from high watermarks on the sandstone walls that Lake Powell came up closer to the main campground at one point in time. Anymore, visitors need to head into Farley Canyon to see water.
The Farley camping area is a great place to dry camp, then hike your water gear over for a paddling adventure.
When we visited the Farley camping area, we had to carry our stand-up paddleboards to where the water started in Farley Canyon. Depending on the road conditions, if it is dry enough, you might be able to drive with 4WD to launch kayaks and canoes as well.
You will want to be sure you have 4WD to boondock at this campground.
Depending on the road conditions when you visit, the road could be washed out closer to the mouth of the canyon.
We would take our Toyota T100 down the dirt roads in this area!
Depending on the water level, you might have to drive all the way to the entrance of the canyon to get close enough to launch stand-up paddleboards, go swimming, or fishing.
Follow Highway 95 like you’re going to Hite but keep heading southeast past Hite. You’ll have to watch the map well because the roads aren’t marked (or they were not the last time we were out here). Farley Canyon Road will be the only right after you go past the Hite Marina Access Road heading southeast on Highway 95.
We have this Lake Powell map and love it!
Yes, campfires are allowed at Lake Powell. Don’t forget to bring firewood. There is none to collect in the area.
Plan to unplug while you’re camping at Lake Powell; cell phone reception is hit and miss, and we don’t recall having any reception here!
Farley Canyon is one of the best places to stand-up paddleboard at Lake Powell. Since it is a narrower canyon, typically blocked by a sandbar, motorboats don’t enter. The tall canyon walls block the wind, and there aren’t many waves. Depending on the time of year (not spring runoff), the water is crystal clear.
You’ll likely have the canyon to yourself for a stand-up paddleboard adventure.
Paddling further into the canyon, you’ll pop out where the Colorado River cuts through. There is a sandbar at the mouth that makes for a great place to sun, picnic, and enjoy incredible desert views. More than likely, you’ll have this area to yourself.
Be sure to be mindful of the Colorado River current if you venture to the next canyon downstream. The river current is way more fast compared to the still water in the canyon or more prominent areas in Lake Powell.
The best time of year to camp in this area is spring and fall. Since it does not offer shoreline camping, it can get scorching during the summer.
The roads are not maintained either, so avoid the area when it is wet (for mud and wet clay).
Plan to pack and bring all your camping essentials. Since there are no facilities, you’ll want to bring all of your food, water, firewood, fire starter, gear, and paddle gear.
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We hope you have the best trip to the Farley Canyon campground. This is one of our favorite places to camp and stand-up paddle in Utah.
Happy Camping and Stand-up Paddleboarding!
Ashlee & Pablo
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