My husband and I just completed a few months of RV living in Utah, and wow, we were surprised and thrilled. I can’t speak highly enough of the state of Utah, which is so much more than I think the rest of the world knows. You don’t have to be a rock dog, mountain climber, or National Park enthusiast to visit Beehive State, but rest assured you might not want to leave once you get here. There’s something amazing about Utah and these four places to RV during your trip. Looked!
1. Mountain View RV Park and Campground
Mountain View RV Park and Campground was a surprise to us because somehow I booked a campground in Utah rather than near Mesa Verde, CO after leaving Durango. So when I typed the campground into my phone to bring up the map, thinking we were only driving 45 minutes to our site, it turned out to be a two hour drive and within the ‘Utah. Sometimes mistakes can be a blessing in disguise, and that’s exactly what happened in our case.
We arrived in Monticello, Utah on a cold and windy day. It is one hour south of the city of Moab. The small but well-appointed RV campground had gravel terrain and only a handful of RVs and tents. Mountain View RV Park, in the heart of Canyon Country at 7,000 feet, has five tent sites and 25 RV sites. So you can see what I mean by small. The park owner was super friendly and the desk had helpful city directories and local menus. The campground offered a fenced in off-leash pet area, laundry facilities, access to fresh water, full hookups, and several trees, which we hadn’t seen in the RV parks we were at. gone over the past few months.
Fun fact: Monticello’s average summer temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
By the end of the day, the campground was nearly full as outdoor enthusiasts stay here for nearby recreational activities including Lake Powell, Arches, Canyonlands National Parks, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and the Four Corners National Monument, to name a few. .
Monticello is a small town of about 2,000 inhabitants. We found two restaurants with the friendliest servers we could have asked for. The first was Gustavo’s, a family run Mexican restaurant with beautiful furnishings and great food. You can’t miss the chorizo queso and the refried beans are delicious.
The second restaurant was The Attic Bar & Grill at the Grist Mill Inn. Whatever you do, don’t miss the home fries. They were very addicting.
2. Lakeside Campground
Lakeside campground will go down as one of our favorite campgrounds of the year. About 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, Lakeside RV Campground is another ten-acre family RV campground shaded by hundreds of poplars, oaks, and maples. Eddie and I clapped with joy when we saw so much shade, especially after being in Albuquerque for months.
The 120-site, year-round campground is off the beaten path, about nine minutes from downtown Provo, and has one of the most beautiful settings we’ve yet to see. There were mountains, some still covered in snow, in every direction you looked.
The perfectly maintained pool and grounds were a big plus for us. I appreciated a portable shower cubicle and toilet at the back of the park as the main ones at the front were a bit far. The clean, heated facilities reminded me of Hot Toddy Potties in Oxford, MS where my daughter went to college.
Lakeside has a dog park and plenty of grassy places to walk, with or without your pet, to enjoy the scenery. I always found surprises at the campsite too. One day a river setting, another horseshoe pit and many flower gardens.
Pro Tip: Lakeside has free wifi and they can refill your propane tanks on site.
Minutes from Provo, get your Indian food fix from House Bombay, which is tied for the best Indian food I have ever eaten. Provo is home to BYU (Brigham Young University), but it feels like a more stylish town than a college town. Around town, you’ll find excellent photo ops of sculptures, murals, mountain scenes, and majestic churches with elegant flowerbeds.
Another thing you’ll love about Provo, or at least I hope I’m not the only one, is the sheer number of delicious bakeries in town. A street had four; another had three. I was in candy heaven! All the necessary bases were covered, such as cannoli, cookies, macaroons and cupcakes.
I found a darling shop in downtown Provo, by Heindselman. America’s Oldest Yarn Shop, circa 1904, is full of yarn, gifts and materials used in weaving, spinning and sewing. I met a group of artisans eagerly working on their projects and was fascinated to hear them talk about their craft and show me the process.
Fun fact: If you haven’t fallen in love with Crumbled cookies, you will surely do it during your trip to Utah. This Utah-based company is one of the best franchises in the country and offers the best cookies that change flavor every week. The Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tart is my favorite.
3. Century Mobile Home and RV Park
In Ogden, 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, is Century Mobile Home and RV Park, with 192 sites and monthly rates. Ogden is the gateway to Powder Mountain and Snow basin Ski stations. Whether you ski or not, take a road trip through this stunning area dotted with fantastic photo ops and a waterfall along the way.
RV Century Park was a great choice in terms of convenience and price, although we sometimes had motorhomes too close for comfort. Our campsite was only a few steps from a beautiful swimming pool which I took full advantage of. Century Park RV had a well-stocked store, clean restrooms, and laundry tucked away in an area close to the freeway, but without much road traffic noise. We used the property as a home base to visit the godparents of our children, who moved from the East Coast and opened Mountain donuts few years ago.
Pro tip: Choose anything blueberry-related at Mountain Donuts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
We ventured into downtown Ogden several times, mostly for a meal, but the Ogden Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (until September 10) is highly recommended. The streets of historic 25th are closed to pedestrians and the market goes on and on. Historic 25th Street was once home to Prohibition-era speakeasy. Today it is a commercial and gastronomic center, as well as a sought-after tourist area. At the end of the street you will see the quaint Ogden Union Station, a museum with the history of cowboys, cars and trains.
I visit farmers markets across the country, and this one had a lot more unique things for sale than most. The restaurants I enjoyed were Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano (closed Sunday and Monday) and Slackwater pub and pizzeriawhich offer excellent take-out meals.
Pro tip: We saw a mobile RV wash company make several visits to Century Park RV and wanted to hire them to wash and wax our rig, but we ran out of time. You can ask the office staff for referrals, but they are available and allowed to come to this campground.
4. Cedar Breaks RV Park
Although we only landed there for one night, we will definitely be back for more campervan life at Cedar Breaks RV Park, the gateway to adventure, according to the website. The small park has 48 sites, full hookups, and a few cozy cabins to choose from if you need a change of scenery. We loved the grassy sites, layout and ambiance of this campground with an onsite store, laundry facilities, restrooms, showers and free WiFi. I was also impressed that this park offers monthly storage for $50 per month.
Cedar City is a nice little town that I would love to explore, but also a very used place when visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Canyon National Parks. It is also a big draw for those looking for mountain biking, skiing and golf. It also attracts those wishing to enjoy Brian Head, a popular reprieve for those seeking cooler temperatures. I embarked on the one hour drive to Zion the morning of my stay as it was so close I couldn’t pass it up.
- Leaving Cedar City around 4:45 a.m.
- Drop by the local 24-hour McDonald’s for breakfast.
- Arrive at the parking lot of Zion National Park at the perfect time to beat the crowds, take the shuttle and get an optimal parking spot.
We took the time to drive to downtown Cedar City for breakfast in the morning before hitting the road. Amber Kay’s Coffee is where the locals go, and rightly so. We had the most attentive service and delicious breakfast there. You can’t go wrong with homemade cookies, omelettes and hash browns.
Pro tip: Many campgrounds offer discounts for Good Sam, FMCA, AAA, and often AARP memberships. It never hurts to ask.
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