1. Mountain View RV Park and Campground
Mountain View RV Park & Campground was a surprise to us because somehow I booked a campground in Utah rather than near Mesa Verde, CO, after leaving Durango. So, when I typed the campground into my phone to pull up the map, thinking we were only driving 45 minutes to our location, it turned out it was two hours away and in Utah. Sometimes mistakes can be a blessing in disguise, which is exactly what happened in our case.
We drove into Monticello, Utah during a cold, windy day. It is an hour south of the city of Moab. The small, well stocked RV campground had plenty of gravel and only a handful of RVs and camp tents. Located in the heart of Canyon Country at 7,000 feet, Mountain View RV Park features five tent sites and 25 RV sites. So, you can see what I mean by a little word. The park owner was very friendly and the office provided helpful city guides and local listings. The campground offered a fenced area for pets, a laundry room, access to fresh water, full hooks, and several trees, which we haven’t seen in the RV parks we’ve been going to in the past few months.
Fun fact: The average summer temperature in Monticello is 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
By the end of the day, the campground was nearly full because the outdoorsy species stay here for nearby recreational activities, including at Lake Powell, Arches, Canyonlands National Parks, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and Four Corners National Monument, to name a few.
Monticello is a small city with a population of about 2,000. We found two restaurants with the friendliest service staff we could have asked for. Initially it was Gustavo, a family owned Mexican restaurant with beautiful furnishings and excellent food. You can’t miss the queso dish with chorizo, and the fried beans are delicious.
The second restaurant was The Granary Bar & Grill at the Grist Mill Inn. Whatever you do, don’t miss the homemade potato chips. They were very addicted.
2. Lakeside RV Campground
Lakeside RV Campground will go down as one of our all-time favorite campgrounds of the year. About 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, Lakeside RV Campground is another ten-acre family-owned RV shaded by hundreds of cotton, oak, and maple trees. Eddie and I clapped with joy when we saw so much shade, especially after we’ve been in Albuquerque for several months.
Off the beaten path, about nine minutes from downtown Provo, the 120-location, year-round campground has one of the most beautiful places we’ve yet to see. There were mountains, some still covered in snow, in every direction I looked.
The swimming pool and well maintained grounds were the main attraction for us. I appreciated the handheld shower house and toilets in the back of the garden because the main toilets up front were a bit far away. The clean, heated facilities reminded me of Hot Toddy Potties in Oxford, MS, where my daughter went to college.
Lakeside has a dog park and plenty of grassy places to walk, with or without your pet, just to enjoy the scenery. I always found surprises in the camp too. One day, a river, another horseshoe-shaped pit, and several flower gardens were laid.
Pro tip: Lakeside offers commendable free Wi-Fi and they can refill your propane tanks on site.
Minutes away at Provo, grab your own Indian food from Bombay House, linked to the best Indian food you’ve ever eaten. Provo is home to BYU (Brigham Young University), but it has the feel of a more elegant city than a college town. Throughout the city, you’ll find excellent pictures of sculptures, murals, mountain scenes, and stately churches with elegant floral accents.
Another thing you’ll love about Provo, or at least hope I’m not the only one, is the sheer number of delicious pastry shops in town. One street has four. The last three were. You’re in heaven a sweet treat! All necessary bases are covered, such as cannoli, biscuit, macaroon and cupcake.
I found a dear store in downtown Provo, Heindselman’s. America’s oldest spinning store, circa 1904, filled with threads, gifts, and materials for weaving, spinning, and embroidery. I met a group of craftsmen who work passionately on their projects and was intrigued to hear them talk about their craft and show me the process.
Fun fact: If you haven’t fallen in love with Crumbl Cookies, you will definitely do so on your trip to Utah. This Utah-based company is one of the best franchises in the country and has the best cookies that change flavors weekly. The frozen strawberry pop tart is my favourite.
3. Century Mobile Home and RV Park
In Ogden, 35 miles north of Salt Lake City, is Century Mobile Home and RV Park, with 192 locations and offering monthly rates. Ogden is the gateway to the ski resorts of Powder Mountain and Snowbasin. Whether you’re skiing or not, take a road trip to this amazing area filled with great photo shoots and a waterfall along the way.
Century Park RV was a great choice in terms of comfort and price, although we have RVs that are too close to comfort at times. Our campsite was only a few steps away from a beautiful pool, which I took full advantage of. Century Park RV had a well-stocked shop, clean restrooms, and a laundry facility tucked away in an area near the highway, but without much of the road traffic noise. We used the property as a home base to visit our children’s godparents, who moved from the East Coast and opened Mountain Donuts a few years ago.
Pro tip: Pick anything blueberry-related at Mountain Donuts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
We’ve ventured into downtown Ogden a few times, mainly for a meal, but the Ogden farmers market is open on Saturdays from 8am-1pm (until September 10th) highly recommended. Historic 25 streets are closed to pedestrians, and the market continues. Historic 25th Street was once the home of Prohibition-era concerts. Today, it has become a shopping and dining center, as well as a desirable tourist area. At the end of the street, you’ll see picturesque Ogden Union Station, a museum containing the history of cowboys, cars, and trains.
I visited farmers markets all over the country and this market had many more unique things for sale than most. The restaurants I’ve enjoyed are Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano (closed on Sundays and Mondays) and Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria, which make great home-cooked meals.
Pro tip: We had seen a mobile washing company make several visits to Century Park RV and wanted to hire them to wash and wax our equipment, but time ran out. You can ask office staff for referrals, but they are available and allowed to come to this camp.
4. Cedar Breaks RV Park
Although we only landed there for a one-night stay, we will definitely return for more RV life at Cedar Breaks RV Park, the gateway to adventure, according to the website. The small park has 48 sites, full hookups, and a few comfortable cabins to choose from if you need a change of scenery. We loved the grassy sites, layout and feel of this campground with on-site shop, laundry, restrooms, showers, and free Wi-Fi. I was also impressed that this park offers monthly storage for $50 a month.
Cedar City is a sweet little town that I love to explore, but it’s also a place many use when visiting Zion, Bryce Canyon, and the Grand Canyon National Parks. It is also a big draw for those looking for mountain biking, skiing, and golf. It also attracts those who want to enjoy Brian Head, a popular respite for those seeking cooler temperatures. I took myself on the hour-long trip to Zion the morning of my stay because it was so close that I couldn’t miss it.
- Leave Cedar City around 4:45 AM
- Swing by your local 24-hour McDonald’s for breakfast.
- Arrive at Zion National Park parking lot at the perfect time to beat the crowds, ride the shuttle bus, and get the perfect parking spot.
We took the time to drive into downtown Cedar for breakfast in the morning before hitting the road. Amber Kay’s Cafe is where the locals go, and rightfully so. We had the most attentive service and delicious breakfast there. You can’t go wrong with homemade biscuits, omelets, and fries.
Pro tip: Many campgrounds offer discounts on Good Sam, FMCA, AAA, and often AARP memberships. It doesn’t hurt to ask.