By Darryl Alder
Oct 07, 2017

Where to Go Camping: Diamond Fork Canyon

When we weren’t camping at Maple Dell or Hobble Creek Scout Camps (now Jeremiah Johnson), our Scouts loved Diamond Fork Canyon. There are three good campgrounds in the area, Diamond, Palmyra and Three Forks Campgrounds. 

Diamond and Palmyra are adjacent to each other. This is a large campground and was the site of many of our fall camporees.

There are 38 patrol sized campsites for eight campers and 22 double patrol sites with several other much larger sites all along the stream. Cottonwoods offer shade in the summer along one camp loop.

In season, there are vault toilets and drinking water, picnic tables, fire rings, utility tables and cement site pads are provided at each site; some sites on less-shady Loop B have picnic shelters.

The camp is located just 15 miles from Spanish Fork along the Diamond Fork Stream and Wanrhodes Creek; both offer trout fishing. An interpretive nature trail winds through the campground along the stream and there are plenty of hiking/biking trails in the area.

Our troop loved to play at the Red Ledges Picnic Area which is located less than a mile from the campground. There are fascinating red rock formations and even an arch. Climbing in these formations was our primary activity, but the Fifth Water Hot Springs is even more popular.

The hike there is just 2.5-miles to several hot springs pools. Near the trailhead is another small campground, Three Forks. If you get there early, hiking to the hot springs will be a snap.

Another 2.5 miles and you come to Monks Hollow Trail, which is great for hiking and mountain bike riding.

Camp rentals range from $18 to $36 per day. Unfortunately the camping season there ends in mid October each year, but call the Spanish Fork Ranger District at 801-798-3571 for more information and to schedule a service project while you are there. 

Author:Darryl Alder |  Retired ProScout and BSA Blogger

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