Joes Valley Campground

Area Status: Open

Joes Valley Reservoir Campground is located in a high mountain valley adjacent to and just above Joes Valley Reservoir at an elevation of ~7,000 feet.  Juniper, pinyon pine and sagebrush cover the area, and aspen and pine dot the surrounding hillsides.  Several sites provide nice views of the reservoir, and some sites are shaded.  The campground contains several single- and double-family campsites, all of which are accessible.  Vault toilets and drinking water are provided.  Roads and parking spurs are paved.  A boat ramp is located within the campground.  The reservoir offers good fishing for cutthroat, rainbow trout and trophy splake.  Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, water skiing, and canoeing, as well as horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking.  The expansive Arapeen OHV Trail System can be accessed just west of the reservoir and has more than 350 miles of designated, well-maintained trails that are suitable for all riding skill levels.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Spring runoff may affect accessibility.
Reservations: Can be reserved online or call toll free 1-877-444-6777.  Reservations must be made 4 days in advance.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: $10 per night for single unit, $18 per night for double unit.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Orangeville, Utah
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


Parking is available at overlooks and fishing areas around the lake.


From Orangeville, Utah, head northwest on State Route 29 and travel for ~14 miles until you see Joes Valley Reservoir.  Continue to follow SR-29 around the reservoir for about 5 more miles to the west side of the reservoir, past the Pavilion. Head southeast on Forest Road 0170 for 0.14 miles, then head east on Forest Road 0167 into the campground area.

General Notes:

Joes Valley is one of the earliest areas on the Wasatch Plateau to open for recreation.  However upper elevation roads leading from Joes Valley are unpaved and impassable until late spring or early summer.


Campground Camping

Rock Climbing

Joes Valley is a nationally recognized climbing area of sandstone boulders that offers hundreds of routes for the novice to expert climber and boulder athlete. Favorite routes are Left Fork, Riverside, the Angler, Smoking Joe, Sole Food, Fingerhut, Black Lung or New Joes.
Rock Type Sandstone boulders

Big Game Hunting

OHV Camping


Boating - Motorized

Powerboats, motorboats, and jet skis are all popular on Joes Valley Reservoir.

Boating - Non-Motorized


Camping trailer: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Tent camping: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Fee charged for some activities: Fee charged for campground use.
Boat ramp: Located on East Side of Reservoir
Drinking water: Yes (Seasonal)

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