Thursday, November 9, 2017

Book Review - Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)

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Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)
"People often ask me, "What's your favorite campground?" That would be like asking a mother to pick her favorite child: it really depends on the day, my mood, and who's asking." - Jeffrey Steadman


In his new book, Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition), Jeffrey gives readers an update on our favorite campgrounds including the Hittle Bottom Campground at Arches National Park, the Albion Basin Campground in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the Tony Grove Lake Campground.

I love that the book is broken up into sections: Northern, Southen, Western, and Eastern Utah. Based on where you are traveling to, you can pick out a campground near where you are adventuring. I also love how Jeffrey chose to categorize campground such as Best for Scenery, Best for Cleanliness, and Family-Friendly. Having options really does narrow it down to what you are looking for in a campground.

Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)
Each campground is broken down by a rating system - 1 - 5 stars, with 5 being the best. Each campground also includes ratings for beauty, site privacy, quiet, spaciousness, security, and cleanliness.

Jeffrey also does a great job of explaining Camping 101 for beginners - weather, clothing, first aid, animal & plant hazards, a camping gear check list, plus tips for being a happy camper!
Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)
"The Uintas Mountains hold millions of adventures to be had by the willing camper."

I totally agree! No matter if you decide to stay at a developed campground or Backpack to Red Castle Lakes, camping in the Uintas is one of my favorite areas of Utah. Each campground, like the Butterfly Lake Campground shown here, has a detailed description of not only the campsites but the area as well. Jeffrey includes suggestions for nearby trails, or casual strolls for the whole family.
Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)
The Key Information is what is the most helpful, especially for dog owners. One of the issues I've stuggled with, especially when I first moved to Utah, was finding pet-friendly places to camp and hike (hence why I started this blog!). For dog owners, you will see that pets are either permitted (off leash), not permitted, or allowed but must stay on a leash. 

Other Key Information are camping fees/permits, when the campground is open and who its maintained by, and amenities. 
Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)
Each Campground has a map - it lays out individual campsites, roads, facilities, and other key elements. Directions are always included, which is helpful for those late-night arrivals. GPS coordinates are also provided in degrees and decimal minutes.
Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)
With over 50 Utah campgrounds to chose from, there's a campground for everybody. Get away from the crowds and the noises, and seek out the best scenery, from mountains to red rock views all right from your own tent.

My TOP 10 Picks
Albion Basin CG
Tony Grove CG
Hittle Bottom CG
Goblin Valley CG
Natural Bridges CG
Snow Canyon State Park CG
Red Cliffs CG
Butterfly Lake CG
Moonflower CG
Clear Creek CG

There are campgrounds close to the city like Tanner's Flat or Snow Canyon State Park, and more remote campgrounds such as Clear Creek and Elkhorn. It makes you realize how truly fortunate we are in Utah to have immediate access to the outdoors. So grab your tent, grab a copy of Best Tent Camping: Utah, and see you all out there!

Best Tent Camping: Utah is available on Amazon!
Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)




Jeffrey Steadman was born & raised in Utah. As a child, he spent his summers exploring the canyons of the Wasatch Front on family hikes. These days, he explores all that Utah has to offer in every season. He has slpt in snow caves, has been caught in lightning storms at 12,000 ft, and has occasionally been known to catch fish from streams with his bare hands! He loves introducing new campers to the outdoors through youth voluneet programs, classroom instruction and planning amazing camping trips with friends. When he's not in the backcountry, he enjoys cooking, photographry, and spending time with Mountain Jane, a wirehaired pointing griffon who just can't get enough camping. Be sure to follow him on Instagram at @JeffreySteadman

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Book Review - Best Tent Camping: Utah (2nd Edition)

37 comments:

  1. Red Cliffs CG, great review stoked to pick this one up!!!

    https://www.instagram.com/freshtracksmountainhouse/

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  2. Tony Grove. I've never been in those mountains, and I want to hike Naomi peak and go to White Pine Lake.

    mike.menssen@gmail.com

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  3. Natural Bridges looks awesome!
    Juliette @shotbyjmg

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    1. Yes, its a sweet spot to camp! Thanks for entering!
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  4. Awesome! Would love to have this one on hand! Instagram :: lindsayredd

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      Alicia

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  5. Ana @mtnviking
    Clear Creek campground. I’ve never camped in that area of Utah before. Can’t wait to check it out!

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    1. Me either, that's why I put it in my top 10! Thanks for entering!
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  6. lower calfcreek falls CG and goblin valley cg istangram meegaslav_kosanovchenko

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  7. definitely want to check out Elkhorn!
    Lauren Rodgers
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  8. Canyonlands needles District
    jeffweissmanatgmaildotcom
    Oh BTW you have the best Blog!

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  9. I saw pictures of Snow Canyon State Park and I am impatient to go hike and camp there!

    Gaëlle Batot
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    1. Snow Canyon is a great hiking & camping destination!Thanks for entering!
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  10. Red Castle has been on my bucket list for years! @merlynnhodapp

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  11. Can't wait to check out Goosenecks State Park campground.

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  12. Goblin Valley CG! What a great resource! @kbryan.photo

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  13. Markell Kolendrianos mkolendrianos@gmail.com

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  14. All of them!! I plan to drive from Northern British Columbia to Utah in the fall of 2018. I would love to see Arches National Park, so Devils Campground, Capital Reef National Park and Buckskin Gulch, because your post about that hike is what decided it for me! Thanks for blogging your life of hiking in Utah!!

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  15. I would love to take my son Lucas down to a Goblin Valley in the spring. I also want to head over to the Dinosaur National Monument and camp for s few days while exploring The Wall with Lucas. And then there is the Fish LKe area I still need to explore...

    Pdladoux.nes@gmail.com

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  16. I would love to take my son Lucas to Giblin Valley. Then there is Dinosaur National Monument that we need to explore. The Fish Lake area looks amazing, too...

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  17. I love the Point Supreme CG at Cedar Breaks National Monument and can't wait to check out some of your recommendations. Thanks for sharing information about this camping book. It sounds awesome! Debbie Larsen, IG- Vegangirl13

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    1. I just drove through Cedar Breaks, I definitely need to go back to camp and explore the area more! Thanks for entering!
      Alicia

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  18. I intend to spend some time in the San Rafael Swell this year. Looking forward to some desert time! Great review, thanks for the recommendation. IG handle: travisannaharvey

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    1. I love the Swell - perfect for free BLM camping! Thanks for entering!
      Alicia

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  19. I would love to camp at the Island in the Sky campground at Canyonlands NP! I've heard it's got some amazing views!

    Jori Schmalz
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    @theogdenvegan

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  20. Albion Basin or Moonflower!

    IG @ghawkmo

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  21. I actually really like granite flats campground if I am going to stay in a campground.

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