Ponderosa Grove Campground

Near Kanab, Utah

Ponderosa Grove Campground does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


The Ponderosa Grove campground is situated approximately eight miles to the northwest of Kanab, Utah, at 6,300 feet in elevation and is named for the small canopy of ponderosa pine trees that shade its campsites. The climate in the area ranges from extremely cold in the winter to temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months.  Amenities at Ponderosa Grove campground include the addition of 26 car-camping sites (including gravel tent platform, parking barrier, fire ring and compacted gravel parking area), 6 RV sites, 2 walk-in campsites (including parking area and gravel tent platform), compacted gravel loop road, cattle guard, dumpster with enclosure, and a reservable group camping area for up to 40 people (including 2 car/RV sites, locking gate, group fire pit, shade pavilion w/ barbeque grill, double vault restroom and parking stalls for 13 vehicles). The Field Manager may approve larger group sizes for special events or other purposes on a case-by-case basis. Standard car-camping sites were designed to accommodate parking for 2 vehicles and 1-2 tents. Construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2021, following installation of the group site shade pavilion, barbeque grill and fire pit. The campground sits amid rolling sagebrush and scrub hills which form the top of the Vermilion Cliffs and a short distance to the north of the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Views of the surrounding landscape include the White Cliffs and colorful pink cliffs of the Bryce geologic formation. The area contains a variety of wildlife including mule deer, raptors, coyotes, rabbits, quail, etc. Tourism and recreation are a growing and important component of the local economy. Ponderosa Grove campground primarily serves recreators visiting the Grand Staircase—Escalante National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Zion National Park, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and the Kanab Field Office. Recreation activities that visitors utilize in the area include sightseeing, riding ATV/UTV’s, hiking, photography, horseback riding, hunting, and climbing/rappelling. The average length of stay at Ponderosa Grove campground is estimated at 2 – 3 nights Ponderosa Grove campground was designed and constructed in the 1970’s. As the adjacent sand dunes became a popular off-highway-vehicle (OHV) destination, OHV enthusiasts became frequent users of the campground. The campground is located on approximately sixteen acres of public lands managed by the BLM