Trail through Time | Wild Camping

United States

Details

Verified:
3 months ago
Altitude:
1498.8 masl
Website:
None
Contributor:
9thousandfeet

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Description

15 dispersed sites on a ridge high above the freeway.
Free camping on public land (BLM). recently upgraded to have metal fire rings, picnic tables and a vault toilet.
Spectacular view of high desert terrain.
Good AT&T and Verizon.
The road up from the Trail through Time parking area does not show on the street view map, but is visible on satellite view in Google maps.
The road is moderately steep with some switchbacks, but navigable for all but the biggest RVs except when wet. Scout on foot from the parking area if you are unsure.

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Whole area has been beautifully redone to include tend pads and graded gravel roads, unfortunately they now have a $28 fee to camp. Sites have tent pads, picnic tables, and fire pits with a common pit toilet.

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Favorite spot for a quick overnight when passing through. No trouble with the dirt road with a pickup truck and slide-in camper. But heavy equipment is grading the areas that were once dispersed. Looks like the “wild” camping days are coming to an end here?

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The site is beautiful, but BLM has imposed a nightly fee of $20 + a one time administration fee. ( not sure how much). I don't need a developed bathroom or a picnic table. The road up yo the sites is in good condition. Day use is still free.

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Such a great spot! Super easy “permit” plenty of spots there were only 3 other people up here at the time a van and two trailers. Plenty of room to spread out with fire rings at each. The road was steep in spots but not bad at all even with a little snow. Could stay here for days. Even lots of room for the pooches

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Sign said to self register but there were no permits or instructions at the check-in on top of the hill.

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Loved this. As described by others. Permit is easy peasy, views are dramatic. Drive up was straightforward in low clearance 2WD.

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Free, self-issue permits for camping are available on the south side of I-70 off exit 2 and also in High North Campground at the turnoff for camp sites 4-15.

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Note: you can get self issue camping permit at the campground. Good AT&T. We drove 26’ rv up road, no problem. Dry conditions.

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This was probably the worst campsite I've stayed at. People constantly driving up to my site and people walking up to my site and looking in my rig. For reference, I was the last spot at the very end of the road. Within 15 min on a Thursday, I had 3 cars pull up and one even park at my site. If you are looking for a spot with lots of space to park for a group, this is it. If you want any sort of peace, this is definitely not the place.

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Superb site about 10 min off I-70 exit 2. i came from West and Google tried to route me back onto the Westbound on-ramp. Instead take the dirt toad that parallels it and follow left up to top of ridge. several campsites with metal fire rings and a vault toilet. Pretty spectacular 360 views. couldn't hear road from top.

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Signs posted in parking area next to I-70 look brand new and say permits required for camping. A quick internet search suggests a recent change in policy because of concerns that overuse of these sites may be impacting the land.

https://coloradosun.com/2022/03/30/camping-fees-blm-rabbit-valley-colorado/

I crossed over the interstate and camped instead in the open sites at McInnis Canyons which is clearly open.

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Signs posted at the parking area next to the interstate look brand new and say permits required for camping. A quick internet search suggests the state may be changing policy regarding these informal primitive sites due to popularity and resulting impact on the land.

https://coloradosun.com/2022/03/30/camping-fees-blm-rabbit-valley-colorado/

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Perfect mid week January overnight. Sprinter camper van. Shared area with three others. Clean toilet. Quiet! Level. Soft dirt road driving up – froze overnight - easy downhill in a.m. (Would be very slick if road was wet.)

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Fantastic Jan mid-week overnight. Med-soft mud on way up - frozen overnight and easy downhill in am. (Slick drive up if wet.) Sprinter camper van. Quiet! Level. Clean toilet. Shared area w/ 3 others.

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Cool views, quiet, close to I70 on CO/UT border. About a 10 minute drive from Rabbit Valley exit. Good spot to stay, especially if riding Zion Curtain.

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Nice trail that leads to a cool overlook of the valley and highway. Picnic benches scattered throughout. 4 bars of LTE Verizon service

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Used the coordinates from sites 4-15 … road wasn’t terrible, just a tiny bit bumpy. We arrived late around 10pm and most of the sites were filled. Really awesome views from up top, and the road noise was not bad. There were pit toilets, I did not check to see if they worked. We drove up in our 24ft coachmen cross trek.

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Don’t follow onto the highway like Google maps wants. Lots of good sites

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This campsite is an absolute gem!! Highly recommend if passing by. We stayed one night in our sprinter, gravel road up wasn’t bad at all. There are 15 camp spots and only 6 of them were being used. All the spots have insane views. We hiked the Trail Through Time loop the next morning before heading out. Great Verizon service 👍🏼

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Plenty of space, even away from the campsite (if it gets full). Quiet. Great view. Clean pit bathroom. I am new to all this camping and traveling, so feeling relaxed and comfortable is a plus. I slept very well. Only a few weird noises. Minimal bugs. Wind/breeze keeps it cool enough.

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Tuesday night came in around 8 pm. Only one other person here. Awesome views. Site 1 has some highway noise but not bad and the best views. Good ATT signal.

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Stayed here one night and it was only us and one other person. Look for the "High North Campground" sign at the trailhead and follow gravel road to the top. Road is a bit steep but we did fine in our van (might be sketchy at night). Beautiful views at the top. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

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Friday evening before Memorial Day weekend and it’s only half full, great place

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Very easy drive up in 2wd van, beautiful views, but was already almost full in early April right after sunset so I wouldn’t count on this option in season if you’re arriving later in the day. 15 spots, they are numbered.

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Nice spots , great LTE service.
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Stayer at the bottom near parking area... arrived after dark and didn't want to drive up steep road to the top. Very quiet even though the highway is nearby. Great views!!

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Beautiful and simple to get to. There’s highway noise, but it’s far enough away to be constant and a relatively low-level. The views are great.

I got our 22’ RV in with no problem. The road on the way up is a little tight and would be an issue if someone was coming the other way.

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Very beautiful spot. There is a ton of areas to park up in both sides of the highway. I’d recommend getting here during the day if you want to camp on on the mountain.

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14 sites total. Sites 1-3 are on their own loop/cliff edge, they’re better suited to smaller rigs. Site 4 is at the entrance to the next cliff, not much of. Sites 5-14 are along the cliff with great views and some are better suited for bigger rigs.the road up is easy, walk it if you’re over 35’ but otherwise you’ll be fine. Great spot, highly recommend. a view.

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Gravel road very good to go. Fire ring. Space. Quiet. Good view. free.

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Lovely view, the wind keeps the bugs away and the distance helps with the traffic noise. At least 10 pitches.

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Great dispersed campsites on the top of a Mesa with a great 360° view. Take exit 2 for Rabbit Valley. Take a left off the exit and then take a right onto the gravel road. It will be a slight switchback until you get to the top of the Mesa.

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Great view over the area because it’s on top of the Mesa. The street is easy and a lot of fire pits are already established. You will find campspot numbers as well. The bugs were pretty bad but were gone as soon as the sun went down.

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Cool spot right before you cross into Utah on I70 lots of places to camp

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Beautiful little area with 5 camping spots. Can easily set up at night with proper lighting as we did. Sites are close but no too close to each other so that you would have privacy. No amenities but a beautiful view overlooking the canyon when you wake up in the morning. It does have switch backs. But isn’t too bad. Highway down below you but not close. We’ll definitely come back to this lil spot when back in the area. 😊

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5 or so dispersed sites on a ridge high above the freeway.
Free camping on public land (BLM). Some stone fire rings and good cell signal but no other amenities.
Spectacular view of high desert terrain.
The road up from the Trail through Time parking area does not show on the street view map, but is visible on satellite view in Google maps.
The road is steep with switchbacks, but navigable for all but the biggest RVs except when wet. Scout on foot from the parking area if you are unsure.

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