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MOAB Camping | The Ultimate Guide To MOAB Campgrounds

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There are almost as many Moab camping Campgrounds in Utah as there are cities in this spectacular state. Utah is home to everything nature has to offer, from canyons, to rivers, and mountains to deserts. But some of the best camping to be had in the state is in, or around Moab – primarily because of the two national parks in the area – Arches and Canyon lands – and one state park – Dead Horse State Park. The Colorado River runs through the parks and commercially guided rafting trips are available if you want to see the land’s beauty from the water.  Individuals or groups may raft the river on their own or with a professional river outfitter.

Family oriented whitewater trips on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River, are perfect for beginning rafters, and there are several wilder single and multi-day trips available in Westwater and Cataract Canyons. Camping is an adventure all of its own, but as you sit by your campfire, or picnic table, or raft down the Colorado, you might appreciate knowing you’re experiencing the land where dinosaurs roamed. And when you get off of the hiking, biking trails, or the river, you might want to take a trip over to one, or both of the two dinosaur museums near Moab. With interactive exhibits, theatre, walking tours and the largest collection of fossils in the country, it’s worth the trip.

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Moab Dinosaurs

Paleontologists have found thousands of dinosaur remains in the rock formations of the Moab area. The two Moab area museums some of the best collections of fossils and dinosaur bones in the country.

Museum of Moab Dinosaur Exhibits

118 E Center Street
Moab, UT 84532
GPS: 38.573198, -109.548337
(435) 259–7985
www.moabmuseum.org

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Paleosafari Moab Giants

Intersection of Highways 191 and 313,
11 miles north of downtown Moab.
GPS: 38.671768, -109.686812
( 435) 355-0288
www.moabgiants.com

Arches National Park

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Arches National Park is a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has the highest concentration of natural arches in the world. Over 2,500 of these unusual rock formations can be found here. Towering spires, fins and balanced rocks complement the arches, creating a remarkable assortment of landforms in a relatively small area. The park is within an arid, high desert environment with hot summers and cold winters. They also have great camping, hiking and biking trails, and ranger programs for all levels of outdoors lovers. There are no restaurants or lodges in Arches National Park. The nearest restaurants and hotels are in Moab, Utah, about five miles from the park entrance. If you plan to eat or spend the night, bring your own food, and plan to stay at the only campground in the park – Devil’s Garden.

Picnic Areas inside Arches National Park – MOAB Camping

There are several spots for picnicking inside the park. All these areas have picnic tables and restrooms nearby. Some also have fire grates. They’re located at:

● Arches Visitor Center
● Across the road from Balanced Rock
● At the Delicate Arch Viewpoint
● At Devils Garden

Devils Garden Campground inside Arches National Park

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Keep driving once you enter Arches National Park if you want to camp. Devils Garden Campground is located deep within the heart of beautiful Arches National Park in Southeastern Utah. The campground is situated among natural sandstone arches and fins 18 miles north of the park’s entrance and 23 miles from Moab, Utah. The campground is forested with mixed stands of Utah juniper and pinyon pine. Flowering prickly pear cacti, yucca and other desert wildflowers dot the landscape, offering vivid color to the surrounding red rock desert.

Devils Garden contains 51 campsites that are available for reservation (Including the two group sites and one accessibility site). Roads and parking spurs are paved, allowing smooth access for all types of travelers. A campground host is located on-site. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided, and campsites contain picnic tables and fire rings. The park does not have dump stations, or electric, water, or sewer hookups for RVs. There are also no showers. Sites are first come, first served between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28, but reservation only after that.

Arches has hundreds of miles of hiking trails including the popular Broken Arch Trail, a scenic loop with a trailhead conveniently located within the campground. There are trails for all levels of hikers, from the easy 0.3-mile loop around Balanced Rock to the steep and strenuous 3-mile round-trip trail to Delicate Arch. Other recreational activities in the park include guided hiking tours of the Fiery Furnace, an off-road vehicle route, road biking and picnicking.

Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands, located 32 miles from Moab, is the largest of the two national parks in Utah. The diversity of the park staggers the imagination, which is why the best, easiest, and quickest way to see the park is from the Island in the Sky Mesa. The mesa rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Every overlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands’ spectacular landscape. From the island, twenty miles of paved roads lead to many of the most spectacular views in Canyon Country. From these viewpoints visitors can often see over 100 miles and dozens of different views in any given direction. The Island in the Sky offers many pull outs with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips. Use a map to find the mesa as GPS doesn’t work well in the park.

Island in the Sky Visitor Center

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There are more than just great views on the mesa. The Island in the Sky Visitor Center is open daily between early March and late December and closed late December through early March. The center offers exhibits, book and map sales, backcountry permits, general information, and has park rangers on duty. You can get drinking water spring through fall. The center shows a 15-minute orientation movie, “Wilderness of Rock,” on request. There are vault toilets for visitors as well.

Dead Horse State Park

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Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks and we’re just not saying that. The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Dead Horse soars more than 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. Millions of years of geologic activity created the thousands of spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park and the stunning beauty of the landscape is the reason so many people come to Utah to experience it.

Only 32 miles from Moab, it’s worth the drive to visit if you can’t secure camping in the area. Fortunately, that’s not too difficult. Utah, and the Moab area in particular, has more camping sites than cities! Camping includes private and commercial campgrounds, park campgrounds, and dozens of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campgrounds.

Moab Camping – Private and Commercial Campgrounds in the Moab Area

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ACT Campground

U.S. 191 and Mill Creek Rd, 3 miles south of Center St
actcampground.com/
435-355-0355 | 435-260-7274

Canyonlands RV Resort

555 S Main St
https://highwaywestvacations.com/properties/canyonlands
435-259-6848

Moab KOA 

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3225 S Hwy 191
https://koa.com/campgrounds/moab/
800-562-0372 | 435-259-6682

Moab Rim Campark

1900 S Hwy 191
http://moab-utah.com/moabrim/
888-599-6622 | 435-259-5002

Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground

1773 N Hwy 191
https://highwaywestvacations.com/properties/moabvalley

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435-259-4469

OK RV Park

3310 Spanish Valley Dr
okrvpark.com
435-355-0355 | 435-260-7274

Pack Creek Campground 

1520 Murphy Lane Unit #23
https://packcreekcampground.com/
435-259-2982

Portal RV Resort Campground

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1261 N Hwy 191
www.portalrvresort.com
435-259-6108

RTA Archview Resorts 

13701 N Hwy 191
https://utah.com/archview-resort
800-813-6622 | 435-259-7854

Slickrock Campground

1301 N Hwy 191
slickrockcampground.com
800-448-8873 | 435-259-7660

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Spanish Trail RV
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Spanish Trail RV Park

2980 S Hwy 191
spanishtrailrvpark.com
800-787-2751 | 435-259-2411

Up Creek Campground

210 E 300 S
moabupthecreek.com
435-260-1888

Campgrounds in the Thompson Canyon Area

Ballard RV Park

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Ballard RV Park
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100 N Main St, Thompson Springs
http://moabrvpark.com/
435-285-4924

Desert Moon Mobile RV

U.S. 191 and Mill Creek Rd, 3 miles south of Center St
http://www.desertmoonrvpark.com/
435-355-0355 | 435-260-7274

Moab Camping – BLM Land

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains 24 campgrounds in the Moab area. Individual Campsites are available on a first-come/first-served basis. No reservations are accepted.

All BLM campgrounds and camping areas have vault toilets, fire rings, are open year round, and a fee is charged. All individual sites are $15/night (Pay at campground; cash or check only) Note that firewood gathering is not allowed so bring your own wood (available at convenience stores in

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The Ledges
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Moab). Please note that drinking water is NOT available at these campsites and plan accordingly.

Details –

● Goose Island and Grandstaff (Hwy 128) typically fill between 8:00-11:00 a.m. every day.
● Big Bend and the surrounding campgrounds (Hwy 128) typically fill by noon to early afternoon. Upper Colorado River campgrounds fill in the late afternoon to early evening.
● Campgrounds within 10 miles of Moab and Horsethief Campground (Hwy 313) often fill in the early to mid-afternoon–sometimes earlier on busy weekends.
● The Ledges campgrounds (Kane Creek Road) typically are the last to fill due to the distance from Moab, however these do fill on busy weekends.● RV Sites have no hook-ups.
● Camping at all sites is limited to 14 days within a 30 day period.
● Individual Campsites are available on a first-come/first-served basis. No reservations are accepted.
● Group Campsites – Several campgrounds feature reservable group sites, which are suitable for large groups. All BLM group campgrounds are reserved through recreation.gov.

Highway 313 BLM Campgrounds

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Lone Mesa Group Sites 

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Utah 313, 9 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: No individual sites 5 group sites
RVs: Up to 50-feet

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Lone Mesa Campground
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Horsethief Campground

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Utah 313, 12 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 56 Individual sites no group

RVs: Up to 40-feet

Cowboy Camp Camping Area

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Utah 313, 14 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 7 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 7-feet

Highway 128 BLM Campgrounds

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Big Bend Campground – MOAB Camping

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Big Bend
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Hwy 128, 7.4 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 23 individual 3 group sites
RVs: Up to 40-feet

Dewey Bridge Campground – MOAB Camping

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Hwy 128, 28.7 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 7 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 34-feet

Drinks Canyon Camping Area

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Goose Island
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Hwy 128, 6.2 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 17 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 18-feet

Fisher Towers Campground

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Hwy 128, 21.5 miles from Hwy 191 – Dirt Road access.
Sites: 5 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 18-feet

Goose Island Campground

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Hwy 128, 1.4 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 19 individual sites – 2 group sites
RVs: Up to 40-feet

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Hal Canyon
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Granstaff Campground

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Hwy 128, 3 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 16 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 24-feet

Hal Canyon Campground 

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Hwy 128, 6.6 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 11 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 24-feet

Hittle Bottom Campground

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Oak Grove
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Hwy 128, 22.5 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 15 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 34-feet

Oak Grove Campground

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Hwy 128, 6.9 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 7 individual sites
RVs: Up to 18-feet

Upper Big Bend Camping Area

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Hwy 128, 8.1 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 8 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 18-feet

Upper Onion Creek Camping Area

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Hwy 128, 21 miles from Hwy 191, then 0.7 miles southeast on gravel road. Group Site A (Horses Only) is reserved for people with horses and has a horse corral and nearby trails.
Sites: 14 individual sites 2 group
RVs: Up to 40-feet

Lower Onion Creek Camping Area

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Hwy 128, 21.5 miles from Hwy 191 then 1 mile northwest on graded road.
Sites: 21 individual sites 1 group
RVs: Up to 24-feet

Highway 279 BLM Campgrounds 

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Gold Bar Campground

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Hwy 279, 10.2 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 5 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 40-feet

Jaycee Park Campground

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Hwy 279, 4.2 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 7 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 18-feet

Williams Bottom Camping Area

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Hwy 279, 6 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 17 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 24-feet

Mill Canyon BLM Campground

Courthouse Rock

16 mi north of Moab on Hwy 191, then approximately 1 mi on the graveled Mill Canyon Road (turn left at first “Y” on road). Large graveled parking area suitable for large RVs and/or trailers
Sites: 25 individual sites
RVs: Up to 50-feet

Kane Creek Road BLM Campgrounds

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Kings Bottom Campground

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Kane Creek Rd, 2.8 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 25 individual sites
RVs: Up to 24-feet

Moonflower Camping Area

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Kane Creek Rd, 3 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 1 group site
RVs: no info

Hunter Canyon Camping Area

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Kane Creek Rd, 7.8 miles from Hwy 191 – Dirt road access.
Sites: 10 individual sites
RVs: Up to 18-feet

The Ledge Camping Area

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Kane Creek Rd, 10 miles from Hwy 191 – Dirt road access.
Sites: 105 individual sites 1 group site
RVs: Up to 30-feet

MOAB BLM CAMPGROUNDS THAT ACCOMMODATE LARGE RVS:

Sand Flats Recreation Area – MOAB Camping

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Sand Flats Road, 2 miles east of Moab
Most sites will accommodate up to a 26 foot RV. Campground A has 6 sites that will accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.

Goose Island – MOAB Camping

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All sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.

Trappers Lake/Horsethief Campground – MOAB Camping

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All sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.

Ken’s Lake Campgrounds – MOAB Camping

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Located 8.5 miles south of Moab off Hwy 191. Follow signs south on Spanish Valley Dr.
Sites: 49 individual sites 2 group sites RESERVATIONS
RVs: Numerous sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.

Big Bend Campground – MOAB Camping

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Hwy 128, 7.4 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 23 individual 3 group sites
RVs: Up to 40-feet

Hittle Bottom – MOAB Camping

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Hwy 128, 22.5 miles from Hwy 191
Sites: 15 individual sites no group
RVs: Up to 34-feet
5 sites will accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.

Primitive Camping

If you want to experience primitive camping at its best, be prepared to pack in a toilet. Campers primitive camping around Moab are required to possess, set up and use portable toilets. Campers may not bury or leave solid human body waste and toilet paper. The disposal of solid human waste off public land is required. If you’re not deterred by that, then pick a site:

Primitive camping areas with designated sites are:

● Dubinky Well Road – 12 sites on the east side of the road
● Gemini Bridges Road – 6 campsites located in Bride Canyon.
● Cotter Mine Road- 10 sites located just off HWY 191 and north of SR 313
● Dripping Springs Area – 6 large campsites near Tenmile Wash
● Black Ridge Area – 6 sites located in the camping area.
● Picture Frame Arch Area – 4 sites located in the Behind the Rocks area located six miles southwest from Moab off Hwy. 191

Details –

While campers are welcomed almost anywhere in and around the parks, there are several areas in which no sites are designated and camping is not allowed. The Shafer Basin, which forms the viewshed of Dead Horse Point State Park is a major bighorn sheep habitat, and has no sites.

Long Canyon, which is subject to extreme flooding and is also an important bighorn habitat, has no sites. No camping is allowed in the Mill Creek area immediately east of the city of Moab, or on the west side of Spanish Valley. No camping is allowed within one mile of developed recreation sites in the Canyon Rims Recreation Area.
If you have any questions about primitive camping restrictions please contact the Moab BLM Office at (435) 259-2100.