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Camping in Moab

Equally as impressive as Moab’s daytime adventures are the town’s nighttime accommodations. Moab offers indoor options aplenty, but for thrill-seekers wishing to take full advantage of Moab’s famed outdoor lifestyle (while also saving a little cash), camping is the way to go. 

Purists can stake their claim on a number of remote spots, be it a nook nestled inside a red-rock alcove or a patch near one of Moab’s two mighty rivers — the Colorado River or the Green River. If hookups and showers are a must, there are options for you, too. Either way, all camping options — commercial, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and national/state and forest campgrounds — demand ample planning time. Many sites, including some visitor favorites, fill up quickly. Reserving or arriving early is a must.

Camping at Arches National Park Camping at Canyonlands National Park

Moab's Campgrounds & Resorts

Moab's Best Campgrounds

BLM Camping

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains 26 campgrounds in the Moab area. BLM campsites are undeveloped public lands with minimal amenities, but sensational scenery. While BLM lands can offer solitude and dispersed visitation, Moab’s busy season (mid-March to May and September to October) doesn’t always guarantee campsite availability. BLM sites are first-come, first-served and not always free. Attendants may not always be on-hand to collect fees, so look for white collection boxes at the site’s entrance (exact cash or check only). Please respect federal land guidelines to keep BLM lands open for generations to come.

Moab’s BLM Camping

Please, Camp With Care

The Moab landscape seems rugged and tough, however, it’s a delicate ecosystem worth preservation. Responsible desert camping comes with a different set of rules. In addition to following Leave No Trace principles of packing out waste, putting out fires and leaving what you find, desert campers must also be considerate of the cryptobiotic soil crust. This webbed crust – dubbed “the protector of the desert” – prevents erosion, retains water for plant life to root in inhospitable desert conditions and converts nitrogen from the air to help plants grow. When damaged, it can take thousands of years to recolonize. It’s critical that visitors camp only in designated campsites and stay on designated trails. 

Tips for Responsible Travel

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4 Days

The Complete Arches Trip

Discover a new side of Arches National Park with this four day itinerary. Start exploring the hidden gems in the Arches region today.

Hiking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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5 Days

The Complete Canyonlands Trip

The Canyonlands Region of Utah combines the best of the Moab area's easy proximity to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park's most accessible district with some of the United State's most remote and culturally significant landscapes.

Hiking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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4 Days

Salt Lake City to Moab

Moab is Utah’s adventure epicenter — a place where world-renowned natural destinations are scattered around a town that’s brimming with local charm. Be sure to bring a vivid imagination and taste for exploration along with your hiking shoes, sunscreen and water bottle, because this is not your typical retreat.

Adventure, Arts, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips

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3 Days

Denver to Moab: A High-Octane Weekend Road Trip

Start planning your road trip from Denver to Moab with three days of mountain biking, hiking, skydiving, rafting and experiencing the best of Moab.

Adventure, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Watersports and Rafting

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5 Days

Winter Aglow in Southeastern Utah

Find your sense of adventure and awe in the vast yet intricate swaths of desert from Arches National Park to Monument Valley. From delicate river-fed ecosystems to crimson-hued rock buttresses, this magical landscape is awash in history, dating back thousands of years to the original Native American settlers to whom these places were sacred.

Adventure, Hiking, History and Heritage, Native American, Non-ski Winter Activities, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Stargazing

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3 Days

Iconic Classics Southeast

Three days on the open roads of Southeastern Utah is just enough for a taste of two of its most iconic national parks — Arches and Canyonlands — and a few things in between.

ATV and off-road, Guided Experiences, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Scenic Drives/Road Trips, Watersports and Rafting

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