Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Upper Six Mile Ponds Campground is just ten miles from Sterling, Utah at an elevation of 8,400 feet.  A mixed forest of spruce, pinyon, juniper, fir, and aspen covers the area, offering partial shade.  Summer wildflowers and wildlife are abundant. Canoeing and fishing for trout are popular at the ponds.
Many people enjoy the solitude and primitive experience of camping away from developed campgrounds and other campers. "Dispersed camping" is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest outside of a designated campground, and is generally allowed anywhere unless posted otherwise. Many people drive out on Forest Service roads into the woods and find spots that meet the needs for their camp.
Dispersed camping may mean no toilet facilities or treated water are located nearby. Typically, dispersed camping is not allowed near developed recreation areas such as campgrounds, picnic areas or trailheads. Some dispersed sites are provided with fire rings and in those cases please use them as they are designating that area as the spot to safely have a campfire. Finally some dispersed sites have a designated footprint for use. If you see a site with any type of barriers or fencing please respect these areas by not pulling motor vehicles or OHV’s. They are there to preserve the surrounding forest making it enjoyable for all. 


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather and snow melt will affect open and closing.
Reservations: No reservations. Available on a first come, first served, walk in basis
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Follow these general guidelines to help ensure these dispersed camping areas will be enjoyed by future generations of campers:
• Camping is limited to 14 days. The campsite must then be moved a minimum of ten miles. Camping is restricted to 28 days in any 60-day period.
• All dispersed campers should follow the ideals of Leave No Trace and practice the concept of Pack It In - Pack It Out.
• The Motor Vehicle Use Map only allows for motorized vehicles to be parked 150 feet off of any authorized forest service road.
• Dispersed camping is prohibited in areas such as developed trailheads and picnic sites.
Closest Towns: Sterling.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: • Pets must be leashed in campground.
• No livestock (horses) in the campground.
• ATV's on designated routes only.
• Utah OHV rules and laws are enforced on the Forest. For a complete list of these, please contact Utah State Parks and Recreation OHV Education Office at 1-800-OHV-RIDE or on-line
• This is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility; no garbage service is provided.
• There are no electricity or sewer hookups.

General Information


From Mayfield, head east on Canyon Road (turns into FR #022), then left on Six Mile Road (FR #047) approximately 20 miles.

From Sterling, east on Palisades Road north of town, veer right on Six Road (FR#47) approximately 10 miles.

Please note: Six Mile Road (Forest Road #47) from Sterling is a rough road and 4 wheel drive is recommended, no trailers. From Mayfield, access to the campground is faster.


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Picnic tables Yes
Toilets Yes
Tent camping Yes
Camping trailer Yes
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