Tooele County’s Hidden Oasis
When a lot of folks think of Utah, they think of red rocks, canyons, and arches. This is true in a lot of Utah’s vast landscape, but make no mistake, there are some beautiful wooded areas to be found as well. One such area, hidden between Rush Valley and Dugway Utah, is Clover Spring Campground.
About Clover Spring
Clover Spring get’s its name from, you guessed it, a spring. A short walk from any of the sites will bring you to where Clover Spring appears out of the earth. Water from the spring is as clear as you will ever see as it makes its way through the cottonwood trees.
Cherished by Native Americans and settlers alike, the water from Clover Spring is a rare find in an otherwise arid landscape. Even today, folks living in the Rush Valley at around 6000ft depend on the water it provides.
Camping Sites and Amenities
There are few amenities in Clover Spring Campground. There are 11 sites in total, and each one has a fire ring and picnic tables. Also, each loop has a pit toilet for campers and for folks heading into Tooele from Dugway needing a pit stop (see what I did there). There is no potable water at the sites, no electricity, no trash receptacles, and no firewood. If you camp here, you will need to plan accordingly. You can use water from the spring, but it is suggested you treat it if you plan on using it for drinking.
Ten of the sites are first come first serve sites. You pay for these sites at the pay station at the entrance of the campground at $12 per day. There is one group site which is fantastic and costs $45 at the time of this post. You will need to reserve this site through the BLM Salt Lake Field Office before use.
Also, some of the sites are equestrian friendly and actually, have equipment set up to keep horses comfortable. These are very handy as there is a trail heading out of the top of the campground where motor vehicles are not allowed. Horses, hiking, and bicycling only on the trail. The campground is open from May through October depending on how much snow there is.
Not all of the sites border the water. If you want a site on the water you want to try and snag site two, four or six. Sites two and six are back in sites, and site four is a pull-through. Sites 8-11 are well above the spring and offer partial shade. There are several great spots for tents in these sites, but the pit toilet isn’t very convenient for sites 10 and 11. Sites 1-7 in the lower loop all have fairly easy access to the pit toilet, but honestly sites three and five offer no shade and appear to just be an afterthought to add more sites to the campground.
Things To Do
There are no organized actities like one might find at a KOA or the like. Outside of the previously mentioned hiking, horseback riding, and cycling there are opportunities for viewing wildlife, exploring the environment, and photography. Clover Spring is dry camping at its best! We did see some very small fish in the stream, but nothing worth dropping a line in for.