Maple Grove Campground, Utah

I just love finding, and staying in, US Forest Service campgrounds.  The facilities are usually simple, but their locations are almost always amazing.  In addition USFS campgrounds usually have spread out sites so you are not right next to, or on top of, the other campers.  I also like the reasonable fee that are charged.

Maple Grove Campground:

This campground was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  I have driven by the sign directing one to the facility many times.  Like I did the day before in Nevada, I decided to check out the location on my way back to Denver from Monterey Bay, CA.

The bulk of the camp is in a grove of hardwood trees. A half-dozen sites are along the eastern edge of these trees providing a wonderful view of the valley and hills to the east. The camps sites to the west are against a rock face that is a wonder to observe as the colors change during sunrise and sunset. All roads leading to the campground are paved.  The campsites are somewhat level.  Ivie Creek, said to contain rainbow trout, runs through the center of the campground and adds a soothing background soundtrack of running water.

View of the valley, HWY 50 in the distance, from campsites on the east edge of the campground.

View of the valley, HWY 50 in the distance, from campsites on the east edge of the campground.

The rock cliff provides dramatic colors as the sun rises.

The rock cliff provides dramatic colors as the sun rises.

There are 22 sites, no power/elec/water, and three large ‘group sites’ with many camping spots. There is a mix of site lengths and only a few pull-through locations. The group sites can be reserved (ie, the entire group site with multiple camping spots).  When the group sites are not reserved the individual camping spots are first come first served. One of the group sites was being used at the time I visited.

Campsite with a wonderful view.

Campsite with a wonderful view.

Momma Kitty enjoying the morning sunlight.

Momma Kitty enjoying the morning sunlight.

The USFS states this campground is heavily used.  When I stopped, late mid-week day in July, 4/5th of the single use campsites were filled.  The the other two group sites were empty … and according to the reservations rules can be used by individual campers when group site is not reserved.

The only services provided are pit toilets,  that are in good repair, and common water spigots scatters throughout the campground.

Even an pit toilet looks pretty with this scenery.

Even an pit toilet looks pretty in this scenery.

The campground is self registration at $15/night.

– Dave

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