Discover all of the best Lake Powell camping areas to camp right on the beach! With almost 2,000 miles of shoreline, Lake Powell makes for breathtaking waterfront camping. Discover some of the best camping in Utah and Arizona located in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA).
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Camping at Lake Powell is a fun desert escape! The entire area has incredible desert views full of red rock, sandstone, and blue skies. You can count on sunny days and drier weather in the arid West.
We’ll talk about all the best Lake Powell camping spots, including beach camping, primitive camping, how much it costs, and much more. Continue reading for details!
As of 2021, it costs:
For more information on fees, visit the National Park Service.
Beach camping at Lake Powell is one of the best things about recreating at Glen Canyon NRA. The five (5) campgrounds and camping areas below offer shoreline camping.
You have to ride the ferry from Bullfrog Marina to get to the Halls Crossing Campground area! Contact the Bullfrog Marina ahead of time to arrange travel to Halls Crossing.
The two (2) absolute best places for primitive camping on the beach of Lake Powell are:
The National Park Service does allow camping in undeveloped areas along the shore.
Visitors just have to be able to access undeveloped locations via boat, watercraft, or by hiking in, if not an already designated campground or primitive camping area.
The best time of year to camp at Lake Powell is definitely during the spring and fall. If you are dry camping without any facilities, the summer temperatures can be scorching in the triple digits (100 degrees Fahrenheit or more), so it can be uncomfortable if you aren’t in the water all day.
If you are staying at one of the campgrounds with an RV and electricity, summer camping is more comfortable if you can get a break from the heat or enjoy water activities most of the day!
Late spring, summer, and early fall are excellent times of the year for being in the water.
Most of the primitive camping areas do not have cell phone reception. From our experience, unless you are close to one of the marinas, cell phone reception is hit and miss.
For all of you digital nomads, the Wahweap and Bullfrog campgrounds have cell phone reception.
To camp at Lake Powell, you’ll want to be sure to bring all the basics:
We hope you have an excellent trip camping at Lake Powell!
In case you decided to skip through the details, below are the five (5) best places to camp on the beach at Lake Powell:
Thanks for reading.
Ashlee & Pablo
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I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!