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When you want to spend time near Salt Lake City without being in the city, search for an RV in Salt Lake County and go camping with an RV in the nearby mountains. Salt Lake County extends east of the city for many miles and encompasses thousands of acres of a gorgeous mountainous landscape, including Lake Mary. This lake, which is accessible by a short hiking trail, is a fantastic place to visit while spending time in the area.

Lake Mary, as local lore goes, was named after the daughter of Catherine and William Brighton, a family who moved to Big Cottonwood Canyon from their home country of Scotland. The family opened a ski resort in the area and were honored when Lake Mary-Phoebe Dam was built, and the lake was created. The dam was built around 1914 to increase the drinking water supply for the surrounding region. The original dam was built of granite but was eventually replaced with concrete that was delivered by horses.

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Getting Outdoors

There is a lot to do in the area surrounding Lake Mary. When you are visiting in a rental RV, you’ll be able to spend more time in the area exploring at your leisure. To get to the lake, you will have to hike on a scenic hike that covers about three miles each way. This trail is rated as moderate and does climb a bit of elevation, but it is very well maintained, and signage is clear the entire way.

Once at the lake, feel free to swim, fish, or use any gear that you’ve brought up with you. Fishing in the lake does require a fishing license as it is a publicly owned lake, so be sure to get all licenses sorted out while you are booking your RV rental. The most common type of fish found in Lake Mary is trout, so bring bait, especially for them. There are a few other species of fish in the lake, but they are far less prevalent.

Lake Mary is at a higher elevation than a lot of other lakes in the state, so expect it to be refreshingly cool in the hot summer heat. Swimming in the lake is a great way to break up a hike, and many of the shores offer gradual entry into the water to make the adjustment to the temperature easier. The shores are often covered with small to medium-sized rocks, so when you plan to layout under the sun, be sure to bring a couple of towels to soften the ground under you.

Camping at Lake Mary

Motorhome camping in the area surrounding Lake Mary is easy thanks to a number of different campgrounds to choose from. To the north is Redman Campground, which is also situated in the scenic Big Cottonwood Canyon and rests at an elevation of 8,300 feet. Renting an RV to camp here will give you access to hiking, biking, and fishing, and the facilities are modern in their amenities and design. There are flushing toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, campfire rings, and even firewood available for purchase during the regular season.

To the south of Lake Mary is the Albion Basin Campground, which is located in the neighboring Little Cottonwood Canyon. Because of this campground's location, it sometimes doesn’t open until after the Fourth of July as the snow leftover from the winter makes the area inaccessible. However, when it does open, this campground offers over 20 sites with gorgeous views of soaring peaks and cascading streams. Because of these two campground options, Lake Mary camping is easy to pull off for even the least experienced outdoor lovers.

Exploring the Area

One of the major perks of visiting Lake Mary is that you will be able to camp in an RV near Sandy, one of the neighboring cities to Salt Lake City. Sandy is home to the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, a giant facility with over 2,400 animals on display. This marine-life themed destination includes penguins, seahorses, exotic fish, stingrays, plants, and more.

Sandy Museum is also located in Sandy and is a delightful and educational place to visit when you want to learn more about the city and the surrounding area. This museum focuses on the human and natural history of the area and tells the story of this history through exhibits, artwork, and interactive programs to engage both children and adults. There are many restaurants in this lovely city, too, but for more selection head, a bit further west to West Jordan.

West Jordan is home to a large number of diverse restaurants, including Italian, Mexican, Chinese, Sushi, American, French, and the standard assortment of fast food and chain options. West Jordan has more than just restaurants, and when you want to learn about history, venture over to the Gale Center of History and Culture. This history museum is a fantastic place to wrap your trip up as you’ll be able to answer any questions that may have come up during your trip.

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