SALT LAKE CITY — With the Fourth of July weekend arriving, campgrounds are expected to be booked. The National Forest Service is taking reservations and has released safety guidelines for camping this weekend.

Forest Service campground units can be reserved by using the National Recreation Reservation Service at 877-444-6777 or online at Most campgrounds have first-come, first-served areas, but they fill up quickly on holidays.

Most campgrounds in Utah National Forest areas are open with some exceptions: Whiterocks Campground in Ashley National Forest; Oak Grove in Dixie National Forest; Oak Creek Canyon in Fishlake National Forest; the southern portion of Skyline Drive in Manti-La Sal National Forest; and Mill Hollow in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

In the Salt Lake Ranger District, all campgrounds are open except Albion Basin campground, which will open at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Campers are urged to exercise caution with campfires and call the local Forest Service office for current fire restriction information before traveling to recreation destinations. Fireworks are always prohibited on public lands. For fire restriction information, visit

Recreation users who plan to take their off-highway vehicles with them should contact the ranger district offices where they plan to ride for current information on open roads and trails. Riders should be properly trained and remember to protect fragile surroundings. Always keep OHVs on designated roads and trails.

In bear country, campers should keep campsites litter-free and store food, drinks and scented items securely in the vehicle, a bear-safe container or a tree, never in a tent. Do not leave food out on picnic tables. For more information, visit

Those planning to use livestock such as horses or mules on National Forest lands are permitted to use only certified weed-free straw, hay or pellets. Each bale and container must be tagged or marked as weed-free, or the individual must have original and current evidence of weed-free certification present. In addition, all markings must meet state and county standards for certification as weed-free.