Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area (P)

Bureau of Land Management, Arizona.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Arizona Strip Field Office will open the Virgin River Canyon campground and day use area on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Site Renovations
The recreation area has received many improvements including upgrades to electrical and water systems, repaving roads and parking areas, renovation of restroom facilities, demolishing condemned administrative use site, an updated water delivery system, sanded and stained picnic tables, new informational and fee kiosks, and accessibility improvements.

Fourteen-day stay limit
To increase recreation opportunities at the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area, the BLM's Arizona Strip Field Office issued a news release January 6, 2022, announcing the finalization of a supplementary rule that reinstates a stay limit of 14 consecutive days at the site. The change, which went into effect February 5, 2022, is consistent with camping limits for other BLM public lands, will allow more members of the public to enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, scenic viewing and boating from the popular site.

Volunteers needed
The BLM is looking for volunteers with excellent public lands stewardship ethics to work as campground hosts If interested, please visit


The Virgin River Gorge, where the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area resides, provides a stunning and colorful mountain desert setting. The gorge mimics, on a smaller scale, the colorful layers and striking depths of the Grand Canyon. In fact, many of the very same geologic formations are present in both areas.

Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area is a first-come, first-served campground and day-use area located along I-15 approximately 20 miles southwest of St. George, Utah and 20 miles east of Mesquite, Nevada. The recreation area has easy access from Interstate-15 from Cedar Pocket Exit (Mile Post 18). Overnight-use fee is $8 per site (up to 2 vehicles) and day-use fee is $2 per vehicle.

Campground Amenities

Campsite Amenities (74 overnight sites)

** The campground has no electrical or waste dump hook ups. **

Day Use Amenities (37 sites)

Camping and Day Use

Nearby Activities


The Recreation Area is located off of Interstate 15 about 20 miles southwest of St. George Utah and about 20 miles northeast of Mesquite, Nevada. Take the Cedar Pocket exit, located halfway through the Virgin River Gorge.

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