Lonesome Beaver Campground

Hanksville, Utah

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Whimsical name aside, Lonesome Beaver is a bit of an oddity—but not in a bad way. Its location deep in southern Utah, coupled with the fact that it’s a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground, would lead you to believe it’s a dusty-desert locale full of sage, piñon pine, and plenty of hot temperatures. Au contraire: this small, secluded campground in the Henry Mountains is literally an oasis in southern Utah. At more than 8,000 feet in elevation, Lonesome Beaver is smack-dab in the middle of a forest—truly an out-of-character place to find a BLM campground. A small river runs alongside the campsites here. Although fishless, it still provides a pleasant song for campers and plenty of inspiration for your imagination to create its own “Legend of the Lonesome Beaver” tale. No one seems to know the real story. There are five sites here surrounded by tall trees you wouldn’t typically associate with the Lake Powell area of Utah—among them Douglas-fir, spruce, ponderosa pine, and aspen.

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"Whimsical name aside, Lonesome Beaver is a bit of an oddity—but not in a bad way. Its location deep in southern Utah, coupled with the fact that it’s a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground, would lead you to believe it’s a dusty-desert locale full of sage, piñon pine, and plenty of hot temperatures. Au contraire: this small, secluded campground in the Henry Mountains is literally an oasis in southern Utah. At more than 8,000 feet in elevation, Lonesome Beaver is smack-dab in the middle of a forest—truly an out-of-character place to find a BLM campground. A small river runs alongside the campsites here.

Although fishless, it still provides a pleasant song for campers and plenty of inspiration for your imagination to create its own “Legend of the Lonesome Beaver” tale. No one seems to know the real story. There are five sites here surrounded by tall trees you wouldn’t typically associate with the Lake Powell area of Utah—among them Douglas-fir, spruce, ponderosa pine, and aspen."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Hanksville
Campsites: 5
Season: May–October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 435-542-3461, blm.gov/utah
Fees per Night: $4/night
Facilities: Vault toilets, drinking water

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Jun 2018