Barker Recreation Area


Campers at the Barker Campground

Barker Recreation Area is located in an aspen-spruce forest above 9,000 feet in elevation and is adjacent to the Upper Barker Reservoir.  

Two small fishing lakes permit non-motorized boat access. Seven other backcountry fishing lakes can be accessed by the many hiking trails in the area, among them the Great Western Trail.


  • 13 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings/grills, bear proof storage box
  • 3 group sites with picnic tables, fire rings/grills, bear proof stroage box
  • Day use area
  • Drinking water (Memorial Day - Labor Day)
  • Vault toilets
  • No hook ups
  • No garbage disposal, please pack it out

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservation information: or telephone1-877-444-6777. Some sites are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • $11 for campsite
  • $5 for extra vehicle
  • $50 for group sites 
  • Old Lady Young Group Site: $50 (1-50 people), $95 (51-100 people) 
Open Season: Year Round (weather permitting)
Usage: Light
  • Quiet hours between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Campfires in developed fire pits only
  • Fireworks are prohibited
  • Dogs must be on leash
  • OHV/ATV use prohibited in the campground and must be trailered in and out
  • Maximum length of stay: 14 days
Closest Towns: Escalante, Utah
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center (435) 826-5499

General Information


From Escalante drive west on Hwy 12. Turn right on the dirt road between milepost 55 and 56 and cross the Escalante River. After a short distance, make a right on the road signed “Barker CG.” This is forest road 149 (FR 149). Continue on FR 149 for 16.5 miles to the campground.


Camping & Cabins

Show detail SHOW


Hide detail HIDE

Lake and Pond Fishing

The many lakes in the Barker Recreation Area are know for their trout fishing.  Upper and Lower Barker Reservoirs are accessable by vehicle.  The Barker Lakes Loop will take you to several backcountry lakes including Blue Lake, Flat Lake, Joe Lay Reservoir, Yellow Lake, Dougherty Basin, Round Willow Bottom and Long Willow Bottom

Check the Utah Division of Wildlife website for more information on fishing in Utah, along with where to purchase fishing licenses.


Show detail SHOW

Water Activities

Show detail SHOW
Fire Danger Level: Low
Areas & Activities


  Latitude : 

  Longitude : 

  Elevation : 
9,000 feet