Camping at Veyo Pool & Crawdad Canyon

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Camping at Veyo Pool & Crawdad Canyon

It's no secret that summers in Southern Utah are hot. Knowing the best spots to escape the heat is essential to survival and Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon is one of those spots. Located in the small town of Veyo, just 20 minutes from St. George, in a lush green canyon is one of the most unique swimming pools you will ever visit.

Surrounded by towering jagged basalt rock and a shady stream filled with catch and release crawdads, Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon is the perfect summer destination with your family. And did I mention that it is typically 12-15 degrees cooler than Saint George!?!

The natural spring pool stays at a comfortable 87 degrees and is emptied and refilled every evening with fresh new water from the natural spring on the property. Over the winter the new owners did an update on the property and even though we loved it before, the updates are pretty fantastic. 

The pool was stripped and redone with fun surprises placed in the sides of the pool. You will find things like a 2 dollar bill, a bat skeleton, a baby turtle and many more surprises covered in acrylic and hidden for little divers to find. Additional updates include locker room remodel, expanded parking lot, free wifi, and improved campground facilities.

I have visited Veyo Pool and Crawdad Canyon many times with my kiddos over the summers to swim in the pool and catch crawdads in the stream but a few weekends ago we decided to take our stay to the next level by camping for two nights. Our weekend adventure was so much fun and the kids loved every minute of our stay.

How To Catch a Crawdad

It's not hard to catch a Crawdad if you know how to do it. For a while I just thought you had to be super fast but turns out if you bring hotdogs and put them on a stick, the crawdads will come to you. All you need is a string and a paper clip or clothes pin to tie on to the string and a stick. You also need a net and a bucket. Attach the hotdog, stick it in the water and patiently wait for them to come. The crawdads are very shy and immediately hide when they hear you coming so it is best to put the hotdog in a spot that looks like a good hiding place. Once the crawdad attaches to the hotdog slowly pull them out of the water, swoop them up with a net and plop them in the bucket. The stream is catch and release so when you are done make sure to put them all back where you found them.

There are 25 beautiful campsites on the property that are all perfectly situated right along the lush, shady stream in Crawdad Canyon. 

When we weren't swimming in the pool and eating at the yummy onsite restaurant (you must try the corndogs and the Veyo Pie shakes) we were exploring along the stream, catching crawdads, and imagining we were in a J.R. Tolkien novel.

 The beauty of this lush, shady canyon is seriously unmatched anywhere else in Southern Utah. Listening to the stream rushing alongside our tent and hearing the sounds of the canyon come alive at night was magical. Oh ya, and we even saw a raccoon!!!

One thing to note is that when we were there the flies were particularly bad. It made it really hard to eat and prepare food without being swarmed by flies, kinda gross. I asked the property owners about this and they said a bunch of flies had just hatched because of recent flooding and warm temps. So if you are going to be camping during the hotter parts of the summer it might be worth it to bring mosquito netting to hang while eating and preparing meals at your campsite.

On the hot summer weekends, Veyo Pool is a busy place to be. We found that one of the biggest perks of camping for the night was that at the end of the day we got the pool all to ourselves. I don’t know if this is something that usually happens but the pool closes at 8 pm and by 7 on Saturday night everyone had left for the day and we had the pool to ourselves for one whole glorious hour. It was amazing!!!

I just found out that Veyo Pool is going to start opening at 9 am. If you are camping this is a big bonus. My kiddos were chomping at the bite waiting for the pool to open at 12 during our stay.

If you are into rock climbing then you won't want to miss the 250 bolted climbing routes in the canyon that range from 5.6 to 5.13. You have to bring your own gear, which we don't own, otherwise, I would have loved to have given it a try.

No visit to Veyo is complete without making a stop at Veyo Pies. 

(Check out The Salt Project's past posts here.) Located along the main road and right around the corner from the pool, Veyo Pies is world famous for their pies. Yes, they are that good. Our favorites are the banana cream pie, the sour cream lemon, and coconut cream......if you can’t tell we like cream pies....haha. If you are there during lunch you also need to try their chicken pot pie and brisket sandwich.

-Arika

I am a moma of three living the dream in Southern Utah. I am a photographer, outdoor lover, follower of dreams, and founder of Zion Adventure Photog.

Thanks Arika! Be sure to check out her Instagram here! Be sure to sign up here for her Free Family Guide to Zion National Park!

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