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March 20, 2017

Best Camping in the Southwest

The Best Camping in the Southwest | Castaway Couple

The southwest United States has some absolutely gorgeous areas. It’s mostly desert, with some canyons and lush areas thrown in there. Let’s look at the best camping in the Southwest.

Zion National Park

Best Camping in the Southwest - Zion National Park


Zion National Park is seriously stunning. Located in southern Utah, it’s a 229 square mile piece of beauty. The most popular feature is the zion canyon, which is a 15 mile canyon cut into the reddish rock of southern Utah. It’s aboslutely stunning, and has tons of opportunity for hiking and rock climbing.

Havasu Falls

Best Camping in the Southwest - Havasu Falls


Although this camping spot is a piece of the next one, I still had to mention it separately because of it’s beauty. Havasu falls is located in the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. Because it’sΒ located within the Havasupai Indian reservation, it’s important to remember that when visiting the gorgeous falls. It’s a great area for swimming and hiking, and there is a campground near by.

Grand Canyon

Best Camping in the southwest - Grand Canyon


You had to know I wasn’t going to mention the southwest without mentioning the Grand Canyon. The canyon is absolutely gorgeous and located in Arizona. And, it’s been carved over the last 6 million years by the Colorado river. Most noteworthy, it lasts over a 277 mile length, and can be seen from space. There are so many things to do along the Grand Canyon, as well as many campgrounds. You’ll have to do some research into exactly which area of the Grand Canyon you’d like to stay, or if you’ll backpack and hike it.

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  • Robin Rue

    The Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places in the world. I might camp there the next time I make it out that way.

  • Amanda Zopp

    These pictures are stunningly beautiful!! It amazes me how many gorgeous places there are to see right here in the US. I need to do more traveling!! Although I’m not sure I want to camp…”glamping” is more my style. Haha!!

  • tiarastantrums

    Your images are gorgeous. We actually don’t usually travel west and NEED to as a family. We keep trying to plan a big driving trip to get in all the western states. Thanks for the recomendations!

  • Anvita – TheBellyRulesTheMind

    Glad the weather is finally getting better here on the East Coast, need to plan a weekend for camping.

  • Havasu Falls are so beautiful. I’m not much of a camper but I’d love to hike through the area one day!!

  • I will be packing up and traveling way south (again) to camp at both Zion and GC. We love escaping Canada to enjoy a cactus or 2. We hope to head to Havasu Falls this summer. My kids love the National Parks πŸ™‚

  • Meredith Harrison

    Thanks for sharing! My husband and I just got some great new camping gear from our wedding registry and are so excited to take some trips this summer. These spots all look amazing!

  • Wow, what beautiful shots! I would love to go camping at a place like this.

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    These look like some gorgeous places! I have never been to or seen any of these. They’d be great to camp at!

  • I love camping and this looks like a wonderful place to go. I’ll talk my husband into going sometime.

  • Bonnie Marrow

    Those views are breathtaking! We love to camp!

  • Marcie in Mommyland

    So pretty! I’ve never explores the Southwest and it never occurred to me it could be such a beautiful place to camp!

  • I haven’t been to the Grand Canyon since I was a kid – I’m definitely going to have to change that and spend it camping this time (as well as visiting Havasu Falls – so gorgeous!!)! Also definitely need to visit Zion National Park someday too!

  • This look beautiful. I’m not into camping but when you get views like this. I feel like I’m missing out now. x

  • Nikki Arnold

    Wow that waterfall looks beautiful!! I would love to go camping out in the desert. I have not visited in that area yet!

  • Vicky Perreault

    I have been wanting to take a trip like this for a while. The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list for sure. That was always my favorite episode of the Brady Bunch. πŸ™‚

  • Lydia

    These places look absolutely stunning for camping! I would love to go camping in havasu falls, it looks lovely!

  • We live in Arizona and I grew up camping. So awesome that we are so close to these amazing places.

  • HilLesha

    It has been ages and ages since I’ve been on a camping trip, but I wouldn’t mind camping sometime in the near future. I love the idea of being surrounded by nature!

  • Beautiful!! I admit it I’m not what some would call and outdoor type BUT I have been talking with my Hubby about changing that and these would make perfect destinations for just that! Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m a mix of an indoor and outdoor person, but camping has always been a fast favourite of mine!

  • Frosted Events

    Awesome roundup of camping spots. We are hoping to do a big road trip next year so I’m definitely pinning these to my travel board. Happy trails!

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