camping

 

The days are getting longer — and hotter — which means summer is finally here. If you’re looking for a quick getaway that won’t break the bank, camping is a great option. 

And of course, no one knows the best camping spots in Weber, Davis, Box Elder and Morgan counties better than the locals, so we asked Standard-Examiner readers to share their favorites with us on Facebook.

So grab the family and a tent or two and try one of these Northern Utah campgrounds. 

Have a favorite camping site that isn’t on our list? Tell us where it is and why you love it in the comments below. 

This campground sits near Box Elder Creek and about one mile away from Mantua Reservoir, offering plenty of options for fishing, boating and swimming. Hiking, biking and horseback riding along the many trails nearby are also popular. 

The dense Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offering plenty of shade for most camp sites. There are four group sites and several single-family sites, all with access to flush toilets, drinking water, campfire rings and more.

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Wild poppies are in bloom near Box Elder Campground in Mantua. These flowers are pictured June 7, 2016.

Located just west of Causey Reservoir, Weber Memorial Campground has three large group areas and nearly 60 individual sites complete with fire pits, picnic tables, flush toilets and drinking water.

The South Fork of the Ogden River runs through the campground, providing great opportunities for fishing. 

This Weber County Park has nearly 200 campsites with access to running water, flush toilets and several trails perfect for hiking and biking.

Then when the sun sets, make sure to bring your sleeping bag out under the night sky for some beautiful star-gazing. The International Dark-Sky Association recognized this 2,740-acre park as the world’s first bronze-tier International Dark Sky Park in 2015.

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A meteor shoots across a starry sky at North Fork Park on Aug. 12, 2016.

This high-elevation campground typically doesn’t open until late June, but once it does, it’s very popular with the locals. Located in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Monte Cristo is the highest campground in the Ogden District at 9,000 feet.

The campground is full of spruce and Douglas fir trees, bringing their scent to the clear mountain air. Take your time on the long drive in or make sure to explore once you’re settled. During the summer, State Road 39 is surrounded by meadows filled with colorful wildflowers. 

Embrace Ogden’s history, and camp in the first permanent Anglo settlement in the Great Basin. Located near the Weber River, Fort Buenaventura was built in 1846, and a replica fort, cabins and trading post are still open today. 

The fort has several large group and individual campsites with access to electricity, restrooms, showers and a canoe pond. 

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Willard Bay

Willard Bay as viewed from atop Willard Peak. (LYNN ARAVE/Standard-Examiner correspondent)

This state park is home to three campgrounds — Willow Campground, Cottonwood Campground and South Marina Campground — and each have multiple sites with access to restrooms with showers. 

Each campground has easy access to the sandy beaches and water and as one of the state’s best warm-water fisheries, Willard Bay State Park is great for anglers. 

The South Fork Campground complex includes several smaller campgrounds: Magpie, Botts, South Fork, Perception Park, Upper and Lower Meadows and Willows.

Each campground has multiple sites and easy access to the South Fork of the Ogden River for kayaking, tubing and fishing.  

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South Fork of the Ogden River. Utah Department of Wildlife Resources photo.

Camp out with the free-ranging bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, antelope and more at this Antelope Island State Park campground. Close to Bridger Bay Beach where there’s access to water, toilets and showers, this campground is great for families.

Make sure to dip your toes in the Great Salt Lake and take a hike on one of the island’s many trails to get a great view of the lake from above. 

This high-elevation campground also doesn’t open until late June, but when it does, you’ll have gorgeous views of the Wasatch Front and plenty of great hiking opportunities.

You’ll have to access the campground via a steep and winding dirt road, so large vehicles, RVs and trailers aren’t recommended. 

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