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Castleton Comes Back 


Over two decades ago, when the threat of development loomed over Castleton Tower's base lands, Utah Open Lands spearheaded a campaign to ensure the preservation of one of Utah's most iconic climbing destinations.

As many of you know, the campground at Castleton Tower was closed last month.  Fortunately,  Utah Open Lands was able to work with Grand County and supply historic documentation regarding its use and today we received approval to reopen under the historic use.  We have addressed access issues to allow for our continued sustainable maintenance and remind folks that the historic use must be complied with, remember only 13 sites for camping exist. 

 

Failure to comply with this jeopardizes the continued permit of the historic use.  You are part of the continued protection of this incredible place.  Share that awareness with peers.  Remember to stay within designated campsites, clean up after yourself and leave the area better than you found it. Let's continue to enjoy and protect this landscape together.

To learn more about how you can Challenge Your Inner Steward and ensure minimal impact on the landscapes you love, please visit the Leave it Loved campaign.

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CAMP FIRES PROHIBITED
The penalty for this violation may result
in a fine of up to$1000 per incident.

If a campfire initiates a wildfire, an individual
will be liable for all resulting damages.
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Know Before You Go:

Castleton Tower Preserve is protected open space. It was protected by Utah Open Lands through the cooperative efforts of the local community, climbers and responsible businesses. Utah Open Lands Conservation Association currently owns this land.

This area is ecologically and culturally sensitive, and there are important considerations for its use. The privilege of camping and using the area depends on the continued good condition of the land. The following provides useful information for appropriate use of the following provides useful information for appropriate use of the campgrounds.

PLEASE CONSIDER:
  • MAINTENANCE​
    • ​The Castleton Tower Preserve is protected for its scenic, wildlife, and ecological values in addition to its recreational value.
    • TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THIS AREA'S CONSERVATION VALUES.​
    • Human use often leaves lasting impressions on the land.
    • PRACTICE LEAVE NO TRACE CAMPING.
    • Campfires on the ground sterilize the soil and can harm plants.
    • DO NOT HAVE CAMPFIRES. PLEASE CONTAIN WITH A FIRE PAN OR A STOVE.

    • Stone fire rings and collecting firewood on-site have a lasting negative impact on the environment.

    • DO NOT BUILD CAMPFIRE RINGS OR BURN WOOD FROM THE PRESERVE.

    • Off-road vehicles scar the landscape and disturb animals, plants, and other people.

    • NO OFF-ROAD VEHICLE USE.

    • Camping in the parking lot can cause unsightly and unpleasant crowding.

    • NO CAMPER-TRAILERS ON SITE. DO NOT REMOVE CAMPER SHELLS FROM TRUCKS.

    • Trash lasts a long time in the desert.

    • PACK OUT ALL YOUR TRASH.

  • PIT TOILET

    • ​There is a pit toilet on site. Please don’t put any other kind of waste in besides human produced waste and biodegradable toilet paper. It costs extra every 6 months if other trash has to be sucked out. Pack out your waste. An on-site pipe safe is available for your donation of to cover the cost of cleaning out. Consider becoming a member. You can donate now by clicking the above “donate” button.

  • FEE-FREE CAMPING

    • Currently no fee is required to camp. Please help us keep it that way by practicing responsible use of this site so that we may use it for years to come.​

    • Use has increased SIGNIFICANTLY over the years. Please limit any camping on site to a week or less.

    • This area requires constant maintenance. Pitch in! If you see trash, pick it up. Contact UOL for volunteering opportunities if you want to get more involved!

    • Donations cover all costs for maintaining this area. Please consider donating.

  • RISK

    • USE THIS AREA AT YOUR OWN RISK. BE CAREFUL, AND HAVE FUN!​

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