Canyonlands National Park

The Best National Park Campsites: Salt Creek Canyon Site 3

Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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Another minimalist camping in Canyonlands National Park. Photo by: Brewbooks

The Salt Creek Trail is like a showroom of arches, cliff dwellings, ruins, and rock art. Add year-round water, and you’ve got some of the finest desert backpacking in the land. Stay at site 3, under a shady oak with views of the canyon walls. Take the long way: 22.5-mile Upper Salt Creek Trail. Trailhead Cathedral Butte and Peakaboo Shuttlecoyoteshuttle.comSeason Spring and fall Permit Free; reserve up to four months ahead.