Explore Enterprise Reservoir, Honeycomb Rocks Campground
Holey Rocks! This Place is Cool.
by Donna M. Brown
A gypsy soul.
HIGHLIGHTS: Camping, rock-climbing, fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, amazing scenery, hiking, easy-peasy, family friendly, healthy living, nature, fishing, wildlife, picnic areas, pets welcome, no reservations, fee area.
WHAT: There’s a little something for everyone at Honeycomb Rocks Campground and Enterprise Reservoir (unless you’re looking for a shopping mall, there is no shopping mall). Located in the Dixie National Forest, Honeycomb Rocks Campground features 18 RV sites, 21 tent sites, and three pull-through locations. There are no hook-ups here and no showers. This is really roughing it. There are vault toilets and all kinds of services within 10 miles of the site. Leave your electronics at home, venture into the great outdoors and make your time with Mother Nature count.
It might be convenient to know this campground will accommodate a maximum RV length of 40 feet and a maximum RV width of 15 feet.
WHERE: This delightful site is located in Washington County, Utah within the boundaries of the Dixie National Forest. The nearest services are in the town of Enterprise (population about 2,000). In Enterprise you will find a gas station/convenience store, a fast-food restaurant, a hardware store, post office, bank, repair shop, grocery store and friendly faces everywhere. Gas up and stock up before you leave town because outside of Enterprise, there ain’t nuthin’ but Nature.
Once you reach Enterprise, Utah, gas up at Cottonwood and grab yourself some snacks for the road. Stop on down the road at Marv’s Drive-In for the best (albeit most expensive) hamburger you have ever flapped a lip over. Be sure to make this a scheduled stop and plan ahead. I’m not kidding, it’s worth the bank loan you will have to take out to feed your entire family there. Pick-up some supplies at Bracken True Value and stop at the local grocery store at Carter’s Market.
Ready to get out of Dodge – uh, Enterprise? – head west on Main St./State Rt. 219. Drive on. Just outside of town you will run out of road names, but just go 5.4 miles to a “Y” intersection. You’ll see the campground sigh. Go left and drive on about 4.8 more miles. You will see signage boasting the upper and lower Enterprise Reservoirs as well as the Honeycomb Rocks Campground. When you reach the first campground sign, turn right and travel about .6 miles more. Take a left-hand turn into the campground. The upper reservoir is to the right. By this time, you will have already passed the lower reservoir and Enterprise Dam.
WHY: This campground is located in a fairly remote area of Southern Utah. The fishing is great most years and there are miles and miles of great terrain to explore. Adults can engage in relaxing conversation while youth explore the amazing moon-like rocks right in the campground. There are established paths and it’s fairly easy to see the entire area from every angle. Located within a pinion and juniper forest, this high-desert location is perfect for a family outing. Spend the day or spend the week. This is a great place to relax.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) stocks the reservoir regularly with rainbow trout. This location is also popular for small mouth bass and the ever-popular crayfish. The reservoir covers about 390 acres and is at an elevation of roughly 5,761.
Go ahead and bring the boat, there’s a well-maintained dock on the upper reservoir. You don’t need a boat to enjoy fishing, there are great shores here and the generally calm waters will accommodate float tube fishing nicely.
WHEN: There are no seasonal restrictions on this recreational location. Just use your noggin’ and know it is cold as – well, it’s cold – during the winter months (5,761 feet, remember?).
FEES: Because campgrounds can be costly to maintain, the fees here range from $11 – $15 daily.
I grew up in the Escalante Valley near Enterprise and it seems Honeycomb Campground undergoes subtle changes every year. The area was large enough to accommodate our “Family Fishing Derby” and personal enough to enjoy the space without an onslaught of other campers crashing the party.
Kids really do enjoy the “moon craters” in nearby rocks. Nature seems to have a blast shaping interesting monuments to the great outdoors. Nearby hiking trails will take you to new heights and local streams are cool and soothing.
The area is a great place to ride horses, although there are no nearby horse stalls for overnight camping.