When the temperature soars along the Wasatch Front, we pack up the tent and head up the Mirror Lake Highway. On our most recent trip, the high temperature in Utah Valley was 105 degrees, while it stayed a beautifully tolerable 83 degrees at Soapstone Campground in the High Uintahs.
Admittedly, we haven’t done a lot of different campgrounds along the Mirror Lake Highway because we like Soapstone so much. There is a ton of shade, and a short walk over to the Upper Provo River from Soapstone. Not only that, there are some great campsites.
We have a super-massive tent, (it’s supposed to be 10 man, but it only holds 5 of our cots, so, go figure) and there are several sites with plenty of room. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire pit, and access to pit toilets–sorry, no flushing toilets here. There isn’t water at the campsites, so be prepared to bring your own water up, although there are a few select sites with water.
We saw lots of birds, deer, chipmunks, and squirrels while staying in Soapstone. We also had a late night visit from the Camp Host to let us know a bear had been sighted across the road, but we never saw the bear, which disappointed our boys.
Soapstone Campground is a great campground and one of our favorites. If you’re looking for a nice site for camping, try Soapstone. If you are heading up to the Mirror Lake Highway, we have a huge list of things to do.