Camping along the Hole In The Rock Road

The Hole-in-the-Rock Road is one of the main access points into the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The area is amazing! Some of the most amazing slot canyons exist in the area, geologic features are the greatest thing ever, anthropology is a must seen and the adventures in canyoneering, hiking and backpacking are stupendous.

Here are several Trip Reports to the area: Neon Canyon, Coyote Gulch, and Davis Gulch.

Here is some information on the the history of the HITRR.

There are several actual camping areas for larger vehicles. All of the campgrounds are primitive and then dispersed camping is allowed as well.


There are many places to camp along the Road or near the access points of some of the most spectacular areas of the world. The DOs and DON’Ts of camping along the Hole In The Rock Road:

DO: Bring plenty of water with you.

There are no fountains or plumbing out in the middle of nowhere. That being said there are so many backpacking trips in the region that take you down to running creek water that you can filter.

DON’T: Camp without a permit.

Permits are required for overnights (including car-camping) in the Monument.

“Overnight permits are required within the Monument for all overnight car camping or backpacking. Permits are free of charge and may be obtained at any of our visitor centers or at developed trailheads.”

DO: Sleep under the stars.

These photos should sum up this DO.

Camping on the Hole In The Rock

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DON’T: Leave your crap.

And by crap I actually mean toilet paper and other trash. You are more than welcome to leave your poop if you practice correct cat-hole practices.

This whole area is an amazing landscape and should be treated with respect by not leaving garbage and leaving your mark. PRACTICE LEAVE NO TRACE.

DO: Spend multiple nights out there.

One night is not enough for the HITR Road. Get out there for multiple nights in a row to really get to know people around you and to experience the area: sunsets, sunrises, hot, cold, rain, snow, sunshine, clouds.

DON’T: Camp at trailheads.

Although not specifically a rule or wrong, it just detracts from other’s hiking, or camping. If you need to the go for it, but it’s just annoying to get out there and have someone walking around the trailhead…naked…

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