Smithsonian Butte Campground | Zion National Park
Smithsonian Butte National Back Country Byway extends for 9.25 miles between Rockville, Utah on State Route 9 and Apple Valley, Utah on State Route 59 just south of Zion National Park.
Rockville, UT 84763
Season: Open year-round
Note: Camping is prohibited on federally managed lands within 0.5 mile of either side of the Back Country Byway.
Note 2: The dirt road can often be rutted after a rainstorm. Inquire at the local BLM office for road updates. St. George BLM Office (435) 688-3200.
Not many travelers know about this secret camping spot--it's sort of a hush-hush "locals only" spot (sorry, locals!). There's a reason people want to keep this Virgin River floodplain all to themselves--it's gorgeous, quiet, serene and away from the crowds that swarm Zion National Park. Also, it's probably not where you want to throw your next big party extravaganza. Respect the quiet requests of your camping neighbors--even if you don't see them, they're there. Hermits are welcome.
Views from the byway: Smithsonian Butte, Eagle Crags, Vermillion Cliffs
This is backcountry camping--there are absolutely zero amenities. Unless you believe that Mother Nature is the best amenity you could ever ask for.
BONUS: Visit Grafton ghost town, located along the byway.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Hurricane, Utah - Link to Google Map here
• Head north on S 100 W toward State Street
• Turn right at the 1st cross street onto State Street
• Turn right onto UT-9 E/W 500 North
• Turn right onto Bridge Rd
• Turn right onto 250 S/Grafton Rd
• Turn left onto Smithsonian Butte Rd