Forest Service / BLM
Number of Sites: 46
About: Blackhawk Campground sits just off the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway at an elevation of 8,000 feet and is surrounded by beautiful panoramic views. Fir trees, aspens, and Gambel oaks dot the area, providing partial shade around open grassy meadows where summer wildflowers and wildlife are abundant. Numerous hiking, biking, and horse trails crisscross the area, with Blackhawk and Loafer Mountain Trails beginning within the site.
This large, fully ADA-accessible campground contains several group sites that can accommodate anywhere from 50-100 people each, with picnic tables and fire rings. Larger sites have serving tables and BBQ grills. Single and double-family sites are also available. Loop E is an equestrian loop with corrals, hitching rails, watering troughs, and horse trails. Flush toilets and potable water are provided. A campground host is on-site; firewood is available for purchase. Roads and parking spurs are paved.
The Payson Lakes Area is just five miles away, with rainbow and brown trout fishing, canoeing, swimming, and picnicking. The Mount Nebo Wilderness Area is nearby, brimming with beautiful mountain scenery, pristine waters, abundant wildlife, and vibrant summer wildflowers. Additional hiking, biking, and horse trails begin a short distance from the campground. Devil's Kitchen Geological Area is along the scenic loop with a 1/2-mile roundtrip trail to red rock hoodoos.
Fees: $16 (2011)
Restrooms: Vault Toilet
Directions: From I-15; take exit 250 (North Payson/Salem) and proceed south on Main Street to 100 North/Hwy 198. Travel east to 600 East. Turn south onto 600 East (Peteetneet Academy is on the corner). Travel south. 600 East becomes Nebo Loop Scenic Byway/Payson Canyon Road. Travel up the canyon to the campground.
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