Lodgepole Campground, Utah (2016)

Our sort of day, only 55 miles of driving in which we moved from the desert floor up to the trees again. We're tucked in on a spacious site amongst the aspens and lodgepole pines.

Lodgepole Campground - Forest Service Campground — Ashley National Forest, near Dutch John, UT: Site #28 (35 RV sites total) - This site has: water nearby. Campground Notes: flush toilets • dump station available (fee) • trails nearby • 8,100’ elevation. July 17th - 18th. Miles traveled: 55 (tap on mileage to see route).

• Spacious are sites.
• Near Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.
• Dump station.
• Some highway noise.
• Dump station is an extra fee.

Overall Experience: smile

Nestled in the heart of the Ashley National Forest, just 26 miles north of Vernal, Utah, lies the Lodgepole Campground - a serene and picturesque oasis for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated at an elevation of 8,000 feet, this Forest Service-operated campground is surrounded by a lush forest of lodgepole pine and quaking aspen trees, providing ample shade and a tranquil atmosphere for campers.

The Lodgepole Campground offers 44 individual campsites, each equipped with a picnic table and a campfire ring, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the great outdoors. The campsites are well-spaced, offering a sense of privacy and seclusion, perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Proximity to Flaming Gorge Reservoir
One of the primary draws of the Lodgepole Campground is its proximity to the stunning Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This vast body of water, renowned for its exceptional fishing opportunities, is just a short distance from the campground, providing easy access for anglers and water enthusiasts. The campground also serves as a gateway to the numerous hiking trails and scenic overlooks that dot the surrounding Ashley National Forest, allowing visitors to explore the region's natural wonders.

Recreational Activities
In addition to the camping amenities, the area offers nearby recreational activities for visitors to enjoy:

  • Boat launch: making it a popular destination for those who wish to explore the Flaming Gorge Reservoir by watercraft.
  • Swimming beaches: nearby areas where you can take a dip.
  • Marinas: facilities for docking boats.
  • Other water-based recreational opportunities.

For those seeking a more relaxed experience, the Lodgepole Campground provides ample opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, and simply taking in the stunning natural scenery. The campground's location within the Ashley National Forest ensures that visitors are surrounded by a diverse array of flora and fauna, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts.

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