Notice of Fee Increase: BLM increased site fees at Simpson Springs Campground starting on Dec. 15, 2015. The new fees are as follows: Single site occupancy = $15 per night. This fee increase was unanimously approved at a public meeting of the Utah Recreation Resource Advisory Council on 6/23/15. The need for the fee increase was identified in the BLM Salt Lake Field Office Campground Business Plan which was made available for public review and comment from Nov. 10, 2014 to Jan. 12, 2015. No substantive comments were received.
Description: Campground situated at an important station site along the Pony Express National Historic Trail's route across the Utah west desert. During 1860 and 1861, horse riders risked their lives delivering the mail along this route. Today, you can stop at stations and interpretive sites along the Backcountry Byway where riders rested before they raced on to their 1,800-mile mail run. Simpson Springs was also the site of a significant Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp during the late 30s and early 40s. You can spend the night in this stark and beautiful desert setting, and sleep under the same stars that the Pony Express riders did 150 years ago.
Activities Available: Camping, hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding, wild horse viewing, scenic backcountry byway, Pony Express Interpretive Site/Trail.
Amenities: 20 individual units with picnic tables, fire pits, and charcoal grills; vault toilets. Potable water available March-November annually.
Regulations: No trash pick up, carry it out. No target shooting. No camping or parking outside designated campground sites without a Special Recreation Permit (SRP). Day use or parking in the campground requires an individual site permit. Bring your own firewood. You may unload and stage OHV's at your campsite but no joy riding within 1/4 mile of the campground.
Cost: $15.00 per campsite, per night. Limit 2 vehicles per site.
Permits: Required for all camping and day use. No reservations; sites available on first come/first serve basis.
Groups: A Special Recreation Permit (SRP) is required for large group camping up to 250 persons near the livestock corrals west of the campground. Minimum permit fee is $100.
Location and Directions: Hwy 73 W. from Lehi to signed turnoff for Pony Express Trail, west to Faust, west thru Lookout Pass, continue on to Simpson Springs.
GPS Info: 40°02'08"N, 112°46'57"W
Elevation: 5100 feet.