Campsite Review: Quail Creek Campground is on the west end of Quail Creek Reservoir, near Saint George Utah. It is a nice place.
The best way to get here from Interstate 15 is to exit on Utah Highway 9 eastbound then turn north on State Road 318 also known as 5300 West.
The nearest city with multiple grocery stores is Saint George. The campsite has 23 campsites for RVs, nine of the campsites have partial hookups. The campsites with electrical hookups are on the outside of the loop. All the campsites with electricity are “pull-through” except for two.
Quail Creek State Park is a nice campground with one big problem. Most sites, including our site, are really steep. See the Caution below.
Website: Quail Creek State Park
Address: 472 5300 W, Hurricane, UT 84737
Link to Google Map for the area: Quail Creek State Park
Phone Number/Reservations: Reserve America
Reservations are highly recommended well in advance for weekends. The park was nearly full for our entire stay, during the middle of the week, during the second week of October. The high season for this location starts about now and extends through the end of April. Reservations are nearly mandatory.
Dates stayed: October 6 – 9, 2020
Comfort: Temperatures were hot. Mild in the morning, hot in the late afternoon until the sun went behind the mountain about two hours before sunset. Temperatures in the four summer months would be very hot.
Price Paid: $38 / night
Our Site: #4
Hook-ups: electric & water, not all sites
Dump station: No
Potable Water: Yes, not at all the campsites.
Water to fill your RV storage tank: Yes
Cell service: Verizon – Strong Signal / AT&T – Strong Signal
Campsite Review: Quail Creek Campground insider info:
There is a large drop-off from all the campsites to the water level — especially in the fall.
Our Site (#4) is not only steep it is steep in two directions. You couldn’t tell this from the satellite view. We were quite surprised. I wish I had a drone picture to show where we parked but will try with a drawing on the satellite view. Our RV occupies the only spot that is kind of flat. The crest of the hill is about at the center point of where we parked. We backed out of the site because of the slope associated with the turn. Had we turned the front of the RV to the left, the left front tire would have gone down the hill making leveling all that much harder.
We are in a more than one-hundred-foot-long site and it was nearly impossible to find a location on the driveway to fit our 40-foot RV. Once we parked there was plenty of room for our car.
Disregard the Reserve America maximum RV length numbers and use these descriptions instead. Sites 7 and 24 are not available via Reserve America.
Notes about sites
My notes are written pertaining to a motorized RV. Owners of trailers will have to interpret.
#1 This is a large back-in site and plenty wide enough but the slope of the site is towards the water. If you back with an RV that only has brakes on the rear wheels, be careful not to level so much as to raise the rear wheels off the ground. Use wheel chocks on the front.
#2 This is a very large back-in site with partial hookups that is nearly at road level. The first part of the site is sloped and not suitable for RVs.
#3 Pull-through site on the inside of the turn that doesn’t have hill problems.
#4 Pull-through site uphill from the road with partial hookups. The first 30 feet are too steep to park a long RV, as is the last 50 feet. Both are steeply inclined toward the top of the hill. The hill does not flatten at the apex thus the center of the RV will be lower than the front or back. After parking, the driver’s side will be about 10 inches lower than the passenger side. After leveling the center will be lower than the front and the back.
#5 Pull through the site with partial hookups, sloped toward the apex of the turn each way. After parking, at the apex of the turn, the driver’s will be lower than the passenger side. After leveling, the nose and tail of the RV will be lower than in the middle.
#6 Back in site with partial hookups and a large slope for the first twenty feet unusable to park an RV. After that a 30-foot level spot. RVs longer than 30 feet may high center after the first two wheels are beyond the apex of the hill. #6 has a hill directly beyond the parking area eliminating the ability to overhang the site.
#7 Pull through the site below the road, sloped gradually toward the apex of the turn. After parking, at the apex of the turn, the driver’s side will be lower. The nose and tail of the RV will be lower than in the middle.
#8 Pull-through site with partial hookups and above the road. It is sloped both on the approach and the departure but not nearly as bad as site #4 and thus will accommodate a larger RV without the drama of #4.
#9 Back in site with partial hookups. The first 20 feet are unusable to park an RV. Not as steep or as wide as #6 but much longer. #9 has a hill directly beyond the parking area eliminating the ability to overhang the site.
#10 Large pull-through site with partial hookups. The site is above the road. It is sloped both on the approach and the departure but not nearly as bad as site #4 and thus will accommodate a larger RV without the drama of #4.
#11 Short back in site any larger RVs will block traffic on the road.
#12 Pull through the site with partial hookups, below the road.
#14 Long pull-through site with partial hookups, nearly at the level of the road. Perhaps the best site at the park for larger RVs.
#15 Short wide back-in site level with the road.
#16 Pull-through site with partial hookups, nearly at the level of the road with a large turn limiting large RVs.
#17 Pull-through site nearly at the level of the road on the inside of the turn. Straight with a slight peak at the center of the site.
#18 Pull-through site at road level with a large turn with options to park additional vehicles not part of the pull-through.
#19 & 21 & 23 Back-in sites are nearly identical, all with severe slopes at the beginning of the sites.
#20 Wide Back-in site at road level.
#22 Pull-through site at road level.
#24 Long pull-through site with a steep approach.
Remember I did not measure nor did I try to park in any of the spots other than number 4… and I parked a 40-foot RV in a spot that I think would be fine in a 25-foot RV. We could not walk around our RV on either side. All this means that I would only recommend that I stay in sites # 1, 2, or 14. It is not just a question of whether can I get in without damage, but also a question of whether am I comfortable. We are not comfortable in site number 4, despite the advertised 100-foot-long site.
Campsite Review: Quail Creek Campground: The lake is a big bonus at Quail Creek State Park while we were there, the water level was very low, but still, plenty to play in. Waterskiing, fishing, and kayaking are all popular.
During the summer, the water at Quail Reservoir is very warm, maybe even too warm given the expected 100-degree air temperatures.
South of the park, along state road 318 are two dedicated mountain biking areas.
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