Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Buckboard Campground is located in the Manti-LaSal National Forest in southeast Utah at the foot of the Abajo Mountains. Visitors enjoy fishing and exploring local trails. Aspen trees and Gambel oak surround the site, offering partial shade. The campground sits at an elevation of 8,754 feet, and summer temperatures range from 75-85 degrees during the day and 50-60 degrees at night. Mule deer, wild turkey and black bear frequent the area.

The campground offers 10 single-family sites, as well as two group sites that can each accommodate up to 50 guests. Firewood may be collected in and around the campground. Forest Road 105 to the campground is paved, while parking spurs and the road within the campground are graveled.  Popular activities in the area include fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and using OHVs.  Several trailheads are nearby, including Robertson Pasture Trail and Spring Creek Trail.  

The Abajo Loop State Scenic Backway passes by the campground.  It leads from the desert floor and red rock canyons to steep mountains over 10,000 feet high, with overlooks and panoramic views.  The byway is suitable for passenger vehicles from late spring through fall but is not recommended for large RVs.  Other attractions in the area include Canyonlands, Arches, and Mesa Verde National Parks, Dark Canyon Wilderness, Edge of the Cedars State Park, and Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opening May 22, 2020. Weather and snow melt will affect open and closing. Call the Monticello Ranger District for current conditions: 435-587-2041.
Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at Reservations can be made from May 22th to Sept 30th and must be made at least 5 days in advance.
Area Amenities: Tent camping,Camping trailer,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water
Fees $10 per night for single unit, $50 per night for each group site.
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Monticello, Utah.
Water: Yes- Seasonally
Restroom: Vault toliets
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Directions from Monticello: Turn West onto 200 West/Abajo Drive/County Road 101/Forest Service Road 49 in Monticello and continue for approximately 6 miles until you encounter Buckboard Campground on your left.

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Picnic tables
Drinking water Yes (Seasonal)
Toilets Yes
Tent camping Yes
Camping trailer Yes
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