Complete Guide to Camping in Moab, Utah (Best Campgrounds)

Complete Guide to Camping in Moab, Utah (Best Campgrounds)

What’s your favorite spot for camping in Moab, Utah? Are you more interested in being right in town or closer to the backcountry activities Moab is famous for? There are lots of activities to choose from including hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, and off-roading on an ATV or 4×4.

▬Contents of this video▬
00:00 – Intro
00:28 – Arches National Park – Devils Garden Campground
01:33 – Dead Horse Point State Park – Kayenta Campground
02:06 – Willow Flats Campground
03:00 – Canyonlands National Park, The Needles District – Squaw Flat Campground
03:52 – Sand Flats Recreation Area
04:34 – Camping Along the Colorado River
05:24 – Needles Overlook Area
06:21 – Horsethief, Cowboy, and Lone Mesa Campgrounds
07:10 – Camping in the Town of Moab
07:43 – Outro

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Campgrounds like Squaw Flat and Sand Flats are at the trailhead for some of the best hiking trails in the Moab area. And heading a little further along the road past Sand Flats puts you in the slickrock area famous for its off-roading.

If water sports are more your style, there are several campgrounds along the Colorado River east of Moab. They’re all right next to Highway 128 so you don’t need to go far from the main road. These campgrounds stretch anywhere from a couple of miles to more than 20 miles from town.
If you’re more interested in camping in Moab, Utah itself, there are several RV campgrounds to choose from in town. They range from a couple of blocks from the main street to a few minutes’ drive.

Canyonlands National Park is broken down into districts, including The Needles and Islands in the Sky. Each district offers several campgrounds, most of which are operated by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Most of those sites are first-come, first-served so you’ll need to get there early to find a spot, especially in peak camping season from March to October.

In this video, we’ll look at the best campgrounds in Canyonlands as well as a couple of the other National Parks in the Moab area. Camping in Moab, Utah is a popular destination so it’s important to know where you want to set up camp before you get there.

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Complete Guide to Camping in Moab, Utah (Best Campgrounds)


  1. ViewCation on February 10, 2023 at 7:28 am

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  2. Sandman on February 10, 2023 at 7:48 am

    That last one ain’t a campground that’s a concentration camp

  3. Clint's Tiny Trailer Conversions on February 10, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Ken’s Lake is a good choice – About 20 minutes south of Moab – All sites are $20 or $10 with an Interagency discount – Loop A is reservation only ( or Scan and Pay – a toll-free number is also available) but Loop B is first come first serve (FF) and can be paid by cash or check – envelope dropped into the "Iron Ranger" – or Scan and Pay if you happen to have cell service. Nearly all of Loop A has cell service, but is spotty in sites 35-38 as well as much of Loop B. When picking a site in Loop B look for white placards for "lingering" reservations that were made before June this year. I would suggest not paying for days that run into the next week (posted from monday to sunday). This nonsense will end in Nov. 2022 and Loop B will be simply FF totally. Of interest is a nice easy hike to Faux Falls – with parking at the entrance to Loop B – with its pool at the lower falls; large enough to get into and is an easy 1-1/2 mile round trip to lower falls… upper falls is a bit harder for the little ones; of course there is the Lake that offers swimming / boating (electric only)/ kayaking / paddle boarding / fishing (with a license)… brown and rainbow trout, largemouth bass and sunfish. The water level is higher than in recent years. So, Loop A is pretty much out in the open without shade… except small Junipers offering a little shade in sites 35 to 38, but 32 and 34 are okay… 35 is primo for tents and 37 and 38 are the longest for RVs around 30 – 35 feet in length. There are a couple of sites that can accommodate RVs up to 60 feet. (8 and 18, comes to mind). Loop B (39 – 47 or possibly 48 (host) are first come first service are best in my book, but be careful to look at the white placards since these sites were also reserved up to June of this year. 39 is really nice for a tent and is facing the creek and rock face with a okay size Juniper… 45 is primo for both tent and RV… 47 is huge allowing a larger RV to be places sideways if you choose. But 42, 44 are also good… 40, 41 and 46 offer views down to the lower Loop are pretty good. As of this writing, Steel Bender – 4×4 trail is still not passable since the August 21st heavy rains / flash flooding washed on the road.

  4. L. Nguyen on February 10, 2023 at 8:19 am

    Thanks for this video.

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