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Welcome to Our Little Western Town & Campground!

When your turn off Highway 191 near Monticello, Utah and drive into Roughlock , you will say, "Wow! This is just what I've been looking for."

Imagine the scene of an old western town with its boardwalk, blacksmith shop, and the Runnin' Iron Inn . To the right, nestled beneath a huge cottonwood shade tree you will see the Rusty Lillie log lodge. Kick off your boots and relax in one of the large willow lounge chairs on the shady front porch. The peace and serenity found here will make you want to stay with us forever. In this old west setting, you'll dine at the Line Camp Steakhouse , where the steaks are the best in the West! Don't get in a hurry, when you've finished eating, you're welcome to stay awhile, either in the dining room or relax in the lounge.

The Roughlock RV Park, Campground & Cabins is in the midst of cedar and pinion pine trees, and rests in the natural terrain on the canyon ridge overlooking Dry Valley – a spectacular view. Sheltered by the Abajo Mountains, Monticello is a cool and peaceful summer get-away. The campground is large enough for your RV and small enough for you and your family to enjoy the privacy of the group fire pits to sit around, laugh, sing, and roast marshmallows.

We invite you to step into old western charm with plenty of western hospitality at Roughlock!

What is a Roughlock?

Our little western town and campground is named Roughlock – not to be confused with rough luck. So, what is a roughlock?

Well, before paved highways and big trucks, almost all freight was hauled by wagons. Some of these wagons were very large and could haul a great deal of goods. In the mountainous terrain of the West, going down hill presented a much bigger problem than going up hill – gravity and momentum would cause the wagons to run into the teams and worse. To prevent this from happening, the teamsters would apply a roughlock to the back wheels of the wagon. This roughlock would prevent the wheels from turning causing them to skid and keep the wagon from pushing the teams. There were different types of roughlocks: some were a chain and hook hooked through the spokes of the wheels; some were a long pole to slide through the spokes of the wheels or tie on the side of a wheel. The roughlock poles would be left at the bottom of each hill, and the wagons going up the hill would pick them up and haul them to the top of the hill for the next wagon going down. We are at the roughlock site and named our western town accordingly.

Area Attractions

Roughlock is the perfect place to stay while you explore southeastern Utah and the Four Corners area. In less than 2 hours, you can be at anyone of the following destinations: Canyonlands National Park (6 miles), Needles Overlook (12 miles), Newspaper Rock (18 miles), Arches National Park , Glen Canyon National Park , Monument Valley , Natural Bridges National Monument , Mesa Verde National Park , and Hovenweep National Monument . Roughlock is located between some of America's most popular and scenic destinations.

Roughlock is surrounded by highly acclaimed tourist attractions and driving tours, including Squaw Flats Scenic Byway A 50-mile desert canyon drive with a variety of geologic, scenic, and historic attractions. Plan a biking or driving tour to the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway . This 164 mile byway will enable you to e xperience the best of the southwest! See Utah's famous red rock canyons, beautiful mountain scenery, fascinating ruins and great trails. Explore secluded canyons, rich in cultural history of the Anasazi Indians, searching for ancient rock art and cliff dwellings. The landscape changes from cool alpine to colorful desert after our dramatic descent to the boundary of Canyonlands National Park. The official state byway is limited to a section of highway near the Needles entrance to Canyonlands National Park. Manti-La Sal National Forest Whichever direction you look, you're sure to notice the dramatic scenery of Utah's Canyonlands .

Come as a group, a family or as a Romantic, come for the excitement of Bull Hollow Raceway , an exploration or an adventure. The Monticello area is more than 7,000 feet above sea level; making The Hideout Golf Club Utah's highest golf course. This is a place to get away, to escape the heat and care. The golf course continues to be a place of shootouts, showdowns, and standoffs.

Boasting four seasons packed full of activities, Monticello is the perfect place to visit. With spectacular views of the Abajo Mountains to the west and the La Sal Mountains to the north, Monticello is picturesque all year round. A variety of exciting adventures await the person looking for a relaxing and fun-filled vacation at Roughlock.


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We are located at Mile Post 79 1/2 on Hwy 191 north of Monticello, Utah.

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