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Camping near Moab with hiking

Immerse yourself in nature in the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands national parks.

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Red Desert RV Park

8 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Moab, UT
Red Desert RV Park has expanded to 55 full hookup RV sites along with 14 cabins. We are geared towards outdoor adventurists and sightseers wanting a cost-effective stay while taking advantage of everything Moab has to offer! We are locally owned by a family of 8 and love calling Moab our home. We understand the corporate overtaking that Moab has had in the last 5 years and plan to keep our campground affordably priced and locally owned. We have upgraded the old site plan from 7 RV sites to 55 Full Service RV sites this year. Most sites are pull through but we will have some back-ins. We are finishing a new bathhouse that will have a laundry, women's bathrooms and showers, men's bathrooms and showers, and an ADA compliant family style bathroom. In addition to the new bathhouse, we will have a new office and retail store building to add souvenirs, RV supplies, snacks, drinks, and other necessities for guests. We do not currently have propane fill on site but are trying to add this later this year. We know that there are many options to choose from when it comes to staying in Moab. We urge people to support locally owned businesses that help Moab grow and solve problems that exist in our community. Moab is a recreation mecca with something for everyone and our little campground on the south end of the valley puts you within minutes of town, the mountains, and the red deserts around Moab.
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The Needles Outpost Campground

40 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents100 acres · Monticello , UT
This Outpost and campground is located on 300 acres of private property surrounded by park and public land. It has been here for over 30 years in some form or another. We are Caleb & Amber who enjoyed managing this little oasis in the middle of the desert from March to June of 2017 when we decided to purchase the business & make it our own. This is a dry, rugged campground with a bathhouse that provides coin operated showers and flush toilets. In addition there is little old rustic camp store placed in the middle of nowhere where we provide fuel, snacks, firewood, ice, showers, cold drinks & more. If you are looking for a more private site with lots of space and shade, book our Small Group at the Rocks. For a warmer stay during the cooler months book one of our Glamping Tents listed. We have the larger, and spacious tent in the grove of the Juniper Trees (which is also amazing in the warmer season) and rent a heater from us inside the general/camp store. BE SURE TO GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO CHECK IN NO LATER THAN 5PM. THANK YOU!! DON'T FORGET TO TAKE A SCREEN SHOT OF THE DIRECTIONS HERE, YOU WILL LOSE SERVICE ON YOUR WAY.
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Desert Moon Campground and RV Park

5 sites · RVs, Tents11 acres · Thompson Springs , UT
Setup your tent and enjoy some respite before and after exploring the beautiful canyons and desert landscapes that surround the Desert Moon and beyond. We have 2 showers, bathrooms, potable water, picnic tables, and wifi on site. There is also a covered seating area for guest use by our Inn. There are 5 campsites total. Thompson Springs began as a railroad stop on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in the mid to late 1800's. It soon became a shipping point and community center for local farmers, cattle ranchers and sheepherders. It is now a ghost-town with a population of 50 people. The Union Pacific Railroad is right across the street, with trains passing by multiple times a day and night. The Desert Moon has a true wild western past. The old dancehall on the property, The Cactus Caberet, once served as the town bar and brothel. We are currently in the process renovating the dancehall into a venue for live music and retreats. There are 8-12 staff members living on site in their personal RV's at all times. We are a small community of artists, builders, and adventurers. We are constantly working to improve this property that came under our ownership in July of 2020. Feel free to come say hello and ask us about what we are building here! Thompson Springs is a true "ghost town" with no retail or restaurants except a 7-11 off the I-70 exit. The towns of Moab and Green River are only a half hour drive away and are full of regional and eclectic restaurants and shops. The Desert Moon is located just four miles from the Sego Canyon Rock Art in the Bookcliffs featuring pictograph and petroglyph panels from three different Native American cultures: Barrier, Fremont, and Ute. Be sure to check them out! There are miles of off-road trails accessible from our property. Some require a 4x4 vehicle or dirtbike, but many are well maintained enough for almost any vehicle.
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High Sage Hogans

4 sites · RVs, Tents2 acres · La Sal, UT
Situated at 7,000 feet, campers are surrounded by the snow covered LaSal Mountains overlooking the deep Canyonlands NP of the Colorado River escarpment, and only 30 minutes from Moab, Utah. Summer temps are much cooler here than in the surrounding canyons and valleys of the Moab area, a very pleasant retreat from the heat! Virtually ALL outdoor sporting adventures are found around here in nearly limitless abundance, including winter sports, snowmobiling, off-roading, dirt-biking, 4-wheeling, and more. Campground has outdoor-potty, free firewood with pits.
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Where The Wild Things Camp

12 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · La Sal, UT
Come camp Where The Wild Things Camp! Let the awe-inspiring views of the majestic slick rock, sage and juniper surround you in the peace and quiet of this beautifully secluded desert space. Centrally located to the best Canyonlands has to offer, our camp is located on 25 acres less than half a mile from Looking Glass Arch, a popular rock climbing destination which got its name from the conquistadors who would climb to the top and look through a “looking glass” for landmarks that would lead them back to Santa Fe. Moab is 25 miles to our North, about a 30 minute drive. The nearest convenience store/gas station is in the tiny town of La Sal, 12 miles NE of us. Speaking of La Sal, the nearby La Sal mountains rise to over 12,000 in elevation and is a great place to get out of the heat and enjoy lakes surrounded by beautiful pine and aspen forests. As the name suggests, Where The Wild Things Camp truly is wild and not for everyone. We are off grid, meaning there is NO electricity, no drinking water, its often windy (thank goodness for ALL the trees) but there is “spotty” cell phone service. Make sure to check the weather forecast before coming out and be prepared for anything as the weather here in the desert can be unpredictable. Non-aggressive dogs are always welcome, however please keep in mind that a lot of our wild friends also live here, such as coyotes, rattlesnakes, deer and antelope. We wouldn’t want your pets or our friends harmed in any way! From Moab: Drive south on Hwy 191 for approximately 23 miles and turn right (east) onto Looking Glass Rd/Co. Rd. 131 (It will be the first right after La Sal Junction) Continue on this road for 1.4 miles until you see a wide gravel road branching off to the left. Turn left, this road will branch again in .03 miles, turn to the right (before entering ULUM) and continue straight (another .5 mile to WHERE THE WILD THINGS CAMP!! From Monticello: Drive north on Hwy 191 for approximately 31 miles and turn left onto Looking Glass Rd/Co. Rd 131 (It will be the first left after Wilson Arch). ***ATTN. RV’s + trailers, road is bumpy and sandy (4x4 recommended). Please let us know if your bringing rv or trailers. ***An automatic message is sent 48 hrs prior to booking date containing the following (link) google earth map. Screenshot/save directions. Service is spotty. https://earth.google.com/earth/d/1LNE4WnnOSypbZmVX_Z1uOCCNpkMgFDdl?usp=sharing Moab: 25 miles Canyon Rims Recreation Area: 12 miles La Sal: 12 miles Monticello: 33 miles Blanding: 54 miles Bluff: 79 miles Mexican Hat: 104 miles Monument Valley: 126 miles
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South-40@LaSal Tent and RV Park

4 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · La Sal, UT
The South-40@LaSal Is: quiet, spacious, secluded, secure, and natural! We are located 26 miles southeast of Moab Utah. ( about a 30 minute drive from town or 40 minutes from Arches national Park.) This property is 40 acres of undeveloped Ranch land That borders the remote community of La Sal, Utah. We currently offer four (4) RV spots and several opportunities for tent camping. The RV spots include: Electric hook ups with (50amp, 30 amp, & 20 amp) water hydrants, Wi-Fi Internet, gray water disposal system, and solar powered sanitary vault toilet, Currently there are no sewer hook ups, black water dump . See more pictures and videos on FB at South-40 at LaSal
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Adventure Haven RV

8 sites · RVs1 acre · La Sal, UT
RV's only, and please note that we do not have restrooms. ALL five sites have FULL hookups and strong WiFi. We are 27 miles south of Moab. If you are new to Hipcamp please don't expect a commercial RV park and everyone should read to the bottom of this description. Please take the time to do this. ​We are open and honest about who and where we are, and we care about your experience. What kind of people LIKE the Adventure Haven? Those who like peace and quiet and dark skies. Relaxed full-time RVers, work-at-homes who need strong and fast WiFi, folks on a budget, those who like to support Hipcamp hosts, people looking for inside local information, solo travelers who want to feel safe yet not in a crowded place - like they’re near someone they know, and in a quiet, small town where unusual things are noticed. What kind of people DON’T like the Adventure Haven? People on high-pressure vacations who did not read the listing and expected a commercial RV resort. People who are uncomfortable with rural eye-sores (old cars, and slow projects). People who like street lights, sidewalks and curb appeal. Party people and special event groups (not allowed here). People with children who ignore marked boundaries and get into trouble. Let’s have a pretend conversation to make sure this place is a good fit for you! James and Linda: Hello Hipcamper, did you read our listing? We are overstating things because we care about your experience and know your trip is important. We are located in a funky rural subdivision that has a wonderful view of beautiful nearby mountains. YOU: Yes we did read it and a rural, working class Utah vibe is fine with us. We’re not expecting a RV resort, we just want to be away from the noise and hustle of Moab, and we’re looking for a good value. What a great view of the mountain! (We’ll just ignore that old trailer across the street in the other direction.) The park has so much space and only five spots! It is really relaxed. Wow - the WiFi is solid! We can work from home here; it is so reliable and fast (fiber optic). Your insider information on the area will be a great help to us; who could put a value on that? You say the night skies are some of the darkest anywhere? We already feel the freedom here. This place is great! The funky neighborhood is just part of the adventure. James and Linda: Good, we want you to be happy! This place is not for everyone, but we like it here, and many other people have grown to love it too; just look at our reviews! ****If you want a long stay and the calendar shows we are full, please contact us because we might be able to work it out! The Adventure Haven is a five site mini-RV park located in an old and sparsely occupied town with a population of about 300. A uranium boom town in the 1950's, La Sal is now a shadow of past times (and littered with artifact trailers and structures). But we are in beautiful high desert country and we are at the foothills of the La Sal Mountains and the park has a completely unobstructed view of this range! All sites have water, sewer, WiFi, and 30 amp electric service (two have 50amp). We also have two fire rings with a view to the mountain, and two portable fire pits. Our park is new, clean and open with a solid road base surface. Sites can accommodate 40 foot plus units, but all require some backing. The La Sal vibe: as in any rural community, old junk is seen as valuable assets, and "curb appeal" is not in the local vocabulary (actually we don't have curbs or street lights here, and half the town has dirt roads). But it is peaceful here, a refreshing get away. We have some of the darkest skies anywhere, and hours can go by with no traffic at all. Welcome to rural Utah! We have built a tall privacy fence so you don't have to look at our treasure. Looking north and west, the Adventure Haven feels fairly secluded: houses are mostly obscured or out of sight in these directions. A row of large aspen trees is along one side of the camp with our neighbor obscured (when the trees have leaves), but not far away. Two funky old house trailers are visible to the south (just across the street), but camps face North with unobstructed views to the mountain. We are on the very northwest edge of this old community. This is absolutely NOT a place for a late night party, but it is a good place for normal gatherings. (You can stay up late and enjoy the night sky and talk, but if you get wild you will get shut down.) People in general find it to be quite nice as well as a good value. The Adventure Haven feels open, public and safe to most people. Funky and rural, in high pristine desert with a sweet view of the mountain is the overall vibe. The Needles district of Canyonlands is about 1 hour from Camp; Moab and Arches National Park are only 35 minutes away, and there are exciting features to explore right in our neighborhood. • Looking Glass Arch, Lopez Arch and Wilson Arch are all about 15 minutes away! • The world-famous motorcycle route, Colorado 90, begins just 12 miles away, with fine scenery all the way. • Hook and Ladder OHV Trail system is less that five miles from the Adventure Haven, the dirt starting in only 2. The Rim Rocker Trail can be accessed from here as well by driving a few miles on pavement. • Forest Service access to the La Sal Mountains is less than 7 miles away for an escape into alpine coolness, with fishing at Medicine Lake 15 miles from here. Note: Only mellow, quiet, and controlled pets are allowed here, and only two per site. Pets must be on a leash and owners must pick up after them. Please tell us about your pet in the booking request. Please consider that this place may not be suitable for your children. The perimeter is well marked, but is not child proof and there are hazards, such as an irrigation ditch, beyond it (running now). We also lack a play area, but there is a nice one at the elementary school 2.5 miles away. Please include the age of your children when requesting a booking. Thanks!
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Glamping Canyonlands

14 sites · Lodging22 acres · Monticello, UT
We are outdoor enthusiasts; love hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, paddling, mountain biking, snowboarding, etc. As we've gotten older, our pace has admittedly slowed down, but we still get out there whenever we can. We also love food, travel, music, life, our fur babies and a lot of other things. Glamping Canyonlands is an off-the-grid property with four 16.5 ft and one 16x24 ft canvas wall tent and a pod. The tents are furnished with a comfortable memory foam queen mattress fitted with bedding, extra blankets, seating for two, area rugs, end tables, string lights, board games, first aid kit, hand sanitizer, phone battery pack, small battery operated fans, 2 deck chairs, private firepit with grill top, hammocks & picnic table. Communal areas are bathrooms with a flushing toilet, warm shower, outdoor kitchen, and, picnic tables. French press coffee each morning. Starlink Internet is available. May not each most of the tents but in the communal areas. Late check-ins are available. You will receive more information closer to your arrival date. The small town of Monticello-15 mins, Newspaper Rock-15 mins, Foy Lake-25 mins, Canyonlands NP-40 mins, Moab-40 mins, Arches-50 mins. We've been married since 2012 and best friends since 2006. In fact, it was our honeymoon in the Canyonlands National Park that inspired us to open Glamping Canyonlands, our eco-friendly, off-grid campground. If there is anything specific you'd like to know about us, just ask! We hope we get the opportunity to meet you in the near future!
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The Views at Gateway

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents2000 acres · Gateway, CO
Located on the Dolores river, this property is perfect for hikers, fishing, rafting, or just camping! There is a natural spring just a few miles from the location with drinking water as well. When you stay here you are located right on the river with nothing but places to hike, climb and have fun and there are several options for you to choose from. There is a cabin, an onsite RV, a canvas tent, and BYO tent or RV camping on the land - you can pick whatever suits you best! No matter what, you can fall asleep to the sound of the river after a great night of star gazing! Nearby outdoor points of interest include the Dolores River on property, Hanging Flume which is approx. 20 miles from site, Gateway Canyons Resort Auto museum 7 miles from site, Arches National Park 2 hour drive from site, Colorado national monument 1 hour drive. The Grand Mesa 2 hour drive, Telluride ski resort 2 hour drive! You can find hiking, biking, swimming, paddle board, kayaks, rafting, fishing, tubing, bird watching, star gazing rock climbing, bouldering, all right from the property. All sites are accessible without 4wheel drive. I love where I live and think everyone should be able to experience the peaceful quiet beautiful environment that it is!
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Cliff House

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Spanish Valley, UT
Located on a working ranch above Moab in the La Sal Mountains. The Cliff House has expansive views looking over the Moab Rim, Henry Mountains and the surrounding canyon country. Get ready to get away from all the hustle and bustle of Moab, find some solace and relax! PLEASE NOTE: The Cliff House is a 1 hour+ drive from Moab! Although it looks very close on the map it does take time to get there. The Cliff House has a composting toilet, solar power, wood stove and non potable water for showering and washing.
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Mesa Cabin

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Castle Valley, UT
Located on Wilson Mesa in the La Sal Mountains the Mesa Cabin overlooks the Moab Rim, Henry Mountains, and the surrounding canyon county. Conveniently located off of Sand Flats road about 45mins from Moab overs a great location for mountain biking, hiking, climbing, OHv trails in the La Sal Mountains. Mesa cabin includes one bedroom with queen bed, living area, kitchen. Adjacent to property are several zones for rent camping. Cabin has electricity, (includes refrigerator), and outhouse. NO running water. BYOWater
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Gateway Glamping

4 sites · Lodging2 acres · Gateway, CO
WESTERN SLOPE Glamping in Gateway, Colorado (81522) Unplug and unwind in Colorado’s canyon country. Our property is located in the town of Gateway with an incredible view of The Palisade rock formation. Enjoy a fully furnished glamping tent with a king bed, plush linens, firepit, private outdoor dining/cook space w/ BBQ grill, camp kitchen. There is a shared bath house with a flush toilet, shower. Guests can enjoy the communal lounge space with an 1100 gallon stock tank soaking pool, lounge chairs and wood fire pit.
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Camping near Moab with hiking guide


On the banks of the Colorado River, just west of the La Sal Mountains, Moab is an excellent base for exploring some of eastern Utah's most impressive outdoor attractions, drawing hikers, campers, and ATV and mountain-biking enthusiasts, particularly in the summer months. It's the gateway to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, and while the national parks are certainly the big draw here, there are plenty of other Moab-area spots to explore, including the Sand Flats Recreation Area and Dead Horse Point State Park. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also operates a couple of dozen first-come, first-served campgrounds near Moab.

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

Where to go

North of Moab

Arches is the main attraction north of Moab, and while there's only one camping area in the park (Devils Garden Campground), campers will find plenty of private alternatives, some with RV sites and hookups, in the immediate vicinity. Further north, the McInnis Canyon National Conservation Area offers plenty of gorgeous rock formations, with fewer crowds than what's found at the national parks.

Southwest of Moab

The region to the southwest of Moab is full of outdoor attractions, and while Canyonlands National Park is by far the best-known, there are plenty of other areas within a few hours’ drive worth exploring, including Natural Bridges National Monument. San Juan County, in particular, offers a verdant alternative to the rockier landscapes that dominate the area, with plenty of mountainous forestlands and biking trails just west of Highway 191, near Monticello.

Southeast of Moab

A short drive southeast of Moab will take you to the Manti-La Sal National Forest and its La Sal Mountains. It's a great place to be if you're in search of lush camping options away from the national park crowds; Warner Lake campground, in particular, is a good option, with tent sites, picnic tables, and fire pits. Also worth checking out is the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, which preserves ancient indigenous petroglyphs, cave dwellings, and shrines.

When to go

The Moab area is at its busiest during the summer months, and if you like hot weather and don't mind crowds, this is a great time to visit. For a cooler, quieter experience, consider visiting in the spring, when the weather is pleasant and wildflowers are in bloom. Fall offers equally mild weather, and while winters can be bone-chilling, it’s a great time to visit to avoid crowds—just make sure your car has four-wheel drive.

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