The camping season in Tooele County gets officially underway this Easter holiday weekend with three county campgrounds open for business.
Dave Brown, trails and canyons coordinator for the county, said campgrounds in Settlement and Ophir canyons will open this Thursday for the season. The county campground at Grantsville Reservoir is open year-round.
“The only county campground that won’t be open is Middle Canyon,” Brown said. “There’s still snow on the road.”
Like past years, camping in Middle Canyon may not be available until May due to weather.
Brown said reservations for RV camping in Settlement Canyon are still available and can be made by calling the Settlement Canyon tollbooth at 435-882-9041. The canyon features 18 RV pads with hookups, 19 dry campsites and a pavilion. The campsites are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Ophir Canyon has 14 dry campsites and Grantsville Reservoir has 41. All are on a first come, first serve basis too, Brown said.
He said the RV pads in Settlement Canyon are $25 per night, while campsites in Settlement and Ophir canyons, and at Grantsville Reservoir, are $10 per night. At Settlement Canyon, day use and camping fees are collected at the tollbooth. At Ophir Canyon and Grantsville Reservoir, campground users pay at a non-manned fee station with remittance envelopes and a drop box. Envelopes are provided at the fee station.
A non-manned fee station is also used for Middle Canyon’s 42 campsites.
Canyon campers are advised to follow “leave no trace” principles, which include travel and camping in established areas, dispose of waste properly, minimize campfire impacts and observe fire restrictions, respect wildlife, and be considerate of others.
Glass containers, littering and dumping are prohibited in the canyons. Each are class B misdemeanors, which may bring a fine of up to $1,850 and one year in jail.
The Easter Holiday weekend typically marks the opening of county campgrounds. Brown said the season runs until Halloween. Settlement Canyon is the most popular, Brown said, with thousands of users every year because of the pavilion and other amenities.
As for camping weather this weekend, the National Weather Service forecast for Thursday and Friday in the area calls for mostly sunny skies with daytime highs in the 50s and 60s and overnight lows in the 30s. A slight chance of showers is forecasted for Saturday and Easter Sunday, with daytime highs in the 50s and 60s. A slight chance of showers is also forecasted for Saturday and Sunday nights with lows in the mid-30s.