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

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Campground Camping

RV Camping

  • Accommodates RVs up to 30 feet in length
  • No hook ups
  • No dump station

Group Camping

  • Old Lady Young Group Area: capacity up to 100 people
  • Porter Group Area: capacity up to 35 people
  • Gates Group Area: capacity up to 35 people


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9,000 feet