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Camping near Moab presents an unusual challenge: picking just one spot. This adventure-oriented hamlet is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking campsites in all of Utah. Should you sleep in the shadow of a sandstone arch, or make camp next to the Colorado River? Wake up to slickrock biking trails, or pitch your tent next to a killer climbing pitch?

If you’re not sure where to start, the local national parks can help. At Arches National Park, Devils Garden Campground has tent and RV spots tucked into the Red Rocks. Canyonlands National Park offers two campgrounds, each a short drive from breathtaking 2,000-foot canyons. Both parks are open year-round.

For one of the most iconic views near Moab, head to Dead Horse Point State Park. Perched high above a gooseneck in the Colorado River, this park has RV sites with hookups, tent sites, and yurts. From your camp, you can hike the rim trails and mountain bike down singletrack trails.

Are the parks full? The Bureau of Land Management runs 26 great campgrounds in the Moab area. They’re first-come, first-served; get there early on summer weekends to get a spot.

About 20 miles south of Moab, the La Sal Mountains offer a totally different experience. Hike through meadows and over streams to backcountry campsites, or try to bag one of the 12,000+ feet summits. Local campgrounds sit within a stone’s throw of great trout fishing.

In Moab, camping is possible year-round. Spring brings whitewater rafting, while summer means intense heat and bigger crowds. Fall, with its warm weather, is a fantastic time for camping. If you have a warm sleeping bag, come in the winter—you may even get the red rocks to yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions About Camping Near Moab

Can you camp anywhere in Moab?

No, you cannot camp anywhere in Moab. If you’re within 20 miles of Moab, camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Luckily, developed, designated campgrounds are all over Moab, from primitive campsites at a BLM campground to private RV parks. You can also find a number of primitive camping options just outside the city, including in Arches National Park and on private land.

Can you camp in Moab in winter?

Yes, you can go camping in Moab in winter. Many Moab campgrounds and RV resorts stay open year-round, and the town does not shut down for winter. Area attractions like Arches National Park see much fewer crowds in winter than in fall, and snowy landscapes make for great photos. Between November and February, temperatures sit at around 50° to 55° degrees, meaning tent camping is possible with the right gear so long as you check weather forecasts in advance. January is the coldest month—you can also choose a cozy cabin stay or a vacation rental in Moab for a warmer experience.

How much does it cost to camp in Moab?

Moab camping ranges in price, from $20 per night for a simple tent or RV camping site to upwards of $350 for a luxury Moab cabin. You’re likely to pay more as amenities increase, as prices are lowest for primitive campsites and rise with access to things like bathrooms, showers, camp kitchens, and free wifi. Find Moab camping under $50.

Where can I camp for free in Moab?

While you’re unlikely to find any free camping in Moab itself, free camping can be found well outside town in Manti LaSal National Forest.  Although the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees more than 20 campgrounds around Moab, most of these developed campsites require a fee to stay overnight. (When within 20 miles of Moab, camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds, making free camping a rarity) Arches National Park requires entry fees, so you won’t find free camping in the park either.

Can you camp on BLM land in Utah?

Yes, you can camp on BLM land in Utah, where 42% of the state is considered BLM land (some 22.9 million acres). Most developed BLM campgrounds in the state require a fee, while dispersed campsites on Utah BLM land are more often free. Popular spots include the Silver Island Mountains Backcountry Byway (BCB) outside the Bonneville Salt Flats, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest outside Gunnison, and Ashley National Forest

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