Sand Island


Retired from the Federal Government
May 7, 2013
Somewhere in Idaho
I camped here last fall...

Sand Island Campground is located approx. 3 miles south of Bluff Utah (Bluff is 100 miles south of Moab, UT). It is located on the San Juan River and is designed to give you some privacy between sites. All sites are gravel, including the entrance road from Hwy 191. There are no hookups; however, during the warmer months, there is drinking water available.

There are a number of places to hike, a number of places to travel either with a 4x4 or a regular vehicle, and Monument valley is approx. 50 miles south. Also, Sand Island has a large Rock Art panel that can be viewed while walking around the campground.

Some places to visit…
Standard vehicle
Valley of the Gods is a fairly well maintained dirt road that starts off 163, goes west and has some unique rock formations. It eventually connects to hwy 261, which is paved. If you turn west onto 261 you will drive up the Moki Dugway, and be on top of Cedar Mesa. If you turn to the east you will eventually come back to hwy 163; however, there is a short road to the Goosenecks State Park.

Valley of the Gods (and you can boondock in this area):

(Lady in a Tub)

Moki Dugway

Goosenecks State Park:

If you have a 4x4, and want to not only see, but walk into a cliff dwelling, Riverhouse is just a short drive south of Sand Island campground. After you turn off of Hwy 163, the trail is follows a wash and in some areas has very deep sand, so make sure you tires can handle the sand. The trail to RIverhouse also goes past the San Juan hill, which is an extremely steep hill the Mormon Pioneers climbed with their wagons.

After visiting Riverhouse, you can continue on that trail to the Butler Wash Panel rock art site. This trail turns very narrow due to heavy tree growth and you might have to park a little way down and finish the tail by foot. (Unless you don’t care about your paint.) In the fall, it is a great walk; not sure if I would trry it in July.



Super Active Member
Apr 20, 2010
I am here now. CG was filled by dinner time. Loop A is mostly tent or van or truck camper sites. Loop B has 3 pull thru sites that are actually parallel parking along CG road and do not have fire rings. This loop only has one water spigot which is by the fee station. Fee is $10 a night. The highway is in sight from the south and traffic can be heard but tapers off later at night. There is no dump station or host. Hovenweep National Monument is 45 miles away. It is recommended to follow NPS driving directions and there are signs to point you in the right direction.