Built in 2019, Castle Gate RV Park is within walking distance of the historic downtown of Helper, Utah, the "Hub of Carbon County". The historic downtown buildings are set against the backdrop of Book Cliffs mountains, at the mouth of the Price Canyon, alongside the Price River and under the sentry of Balance Rock. Some of our new park amenities include 100 x 45 ft pull-thrus, 60 ft deluxe back-ins, rental Cabins, tent sites, a Splash Pad and Fiber Optic Free WiFi! Well-behaved pets are welcome!*
Carbon and Emery counties have hundreds of miles of trails for ATV’s, OHV’s and UTV’s, mountain biking, and hiking and they can all be accessed directly from Castle Gate RV Park.
Helper is known as "Utah's Official Christmas Town" with an annual Christmas Light Parade. The art community is strong and growing in Helper. The Helper Arts, Music & Film Festival has been going on for over 25 years! Helper has craft fairs in the park, photography classes and an abundance of mining and railroad history.
Helper has many galleries, studios, and shops open to the public. On the First Friday of every month the town hosts a gallery stroll unlike any other. There is a costume contest, activities for children, an offbeat theme, street vendors, and all out fun. For example, one First Friday had a outlaw theme. Butch Cassidy robbed the Pleasant Valley Railroad payroll on April 12, 1904 in the town of Castle Gate. The robbers spent the night in Helper the night before. The steps they climbed to get the gold is housed in the Western Mining and Railroad Museum. Another First Friday had bed races down Main Street, an activity the miners did back in the early 1900's. Each month is a different theme, often silly and just plain fun for the whole family!
The local theater, The Rio Theater has been recently renovated. The façade of the building was saved, the rest is new. The theater hosts a variety of events including the film festival. February 2019 was the first Butch Cassidy Film Festival. This annual festival showcases films of any genre with the backdrop of the American West. Movies from the February festival also show during the Arts and Music Festival in August of each year. These events bring lots of people to town! MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS EARLY!
Great eateries in town include the Balance Rock Eatery & Pub and Marsha’s Sammich Shop. For your coffee fix, Happiness Within is "the" coffee shop highlighting local art on their walls. R&A Market is at the south end of town (walking distance to the RV Park) with an awesome meat counter. Two miles south and open to the public is the Carbon County Country Club which has excellent golfing and fine dining and is open to the public. Another good dining choice is Groggs Pinnacle Brewing Company, half way between Helper and Price.
Helper has a colorful history as a railroad town in coal country. The town at one point had 13 bars and 10 brothels. The last brothel closed in the mid 1980’s. During the heyday of the town in the 1920’s 27 languages were spoken on Main Street and the diverse businesses of that time reflected the population.
The Western Mining and Railroad Museum tells the stories of life in Helper and the surrounding area beautifully including an n-scale model railroad depicting the town. At the other end of town, Carbon Motor Cycle Museum just opened. The owner of the museum also fashioned the town’s bookends; two gas stations. The Conoco at the south end of town is restored while the Sinclair at the north end of town is a replica with an “impound lot” full of vintage trucks. Both gas stations have been meticulously restored to 1940's era and are wonderful photo opportunities. Another great selfie is with The World’s Tallest Coal Miner in front of the Helper Auditorium.
Other businesses in town include a bar, post office, book store, bank, liquor store, barber shop, beauty salon, gas station, bowling alley, hardware store, ice cream shop, dentist office, and medical clinic.
Helper is still an active railroad town where "helper" engines hook on to coal trains to help them reach the mountain summit. That is where Helper got its name – from the "helper" engines.
Approximately 10 trains come through town each day including Amtrak’s California Zephyr, Union Pacific, and BNSF. Helper is a stop for the California Zephyr which affords an opportunity for scenic day trips into Colorado. They do not blow their horns when passing our park!
Downtown Helper has the railroad on one side and the Price River on the other, with Highway 6 beyond that. The city of Helper along with stakeholders, are close to completing the Price River Restoration Project which was started several years ago. When completed, the river will be floatable from the north end of town down to Castle Gate RV Park, about four miles. The river is the 'swimming pool' of the RV Park. We also have a splash pad conveniently located near the family style bathrooms with showers in the registration building.
The river restoration project also includes improving habitat for fish which will be stocked once the work is done. Another fishing opportunity in town is Gigliotti’s Pond at the north end of town. Helper is near two reservoirs – Scofield and Huntington. The latest fishing report listing all the fishing holes and advice on bait and tackle can be found by clicking here.
The River Walk starts behind the Western Mining and Railroad Museum and goes for several miles to where it ends near Martin Road. There is a swinging bridge, an old chimney, a labyrinth, a beach, and an option to take a very tall flight of stairs for added exercise along the way.
Carbon and Emery counties have hundreds of miles of trails for ATV’s, OHV’s and UTV’s, mountain biking, and hiking and they can all be accessed directly from the park. The beauty of this area is enhanced by the clean air as we have with no inversions or ozone like along the Wasatch Front. If you are looking for solitude instead of crowds, come here to get out!
We have many day trip itineraries including dinosaurs, petroglyphs, railroad, ghost towns, mining, birding, fishing, and shooting. Speaking of shooting, Carbon County has North Springs Shooting Range a world class shooting range less than a 30 minute drive away. The park will facilitate ATV rentals for those who want to explore the back country.
Two of our favorite day trips are dinosaurs and petroglyphs. The hunt for dinosaurs starts at the USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum in Price, UT and continues at the Cleveland Dinosaur Quarry. The hunt for petroglyphs take you to Nine Mile Canyon. We partner with R&A Market to provide a boxed lunch, packed in a cooler, and ready to go. We also partner with area tour guides for those who want deeper understanding of the area and would like a guided tour.
Every site at Castle Gate RV Park has a picnic table and most have a campfire ring as well. We also have large and small cabin rentals with kitchens and showers. Tenters welcome! Visit our camp store for some treats, forgotten sundries, s'mores fixin's and more. Castle Gate RV Park has a laundry, pavilion, splash pad, horseshoes, playground, river access, fishing and tubes for sale or rent. You can also ride your ATV directly from our park to several different trails for fun adventures!