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Bureau of Land Management Campgrounds

Introduction

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains 26 campgrounds in the Moab area. With the exception of Ken’s Lake (see below), most individual campsites are available on a first-come/first-served basis and no reservations are accepted.

Seasonal Campground Closures

Several campgrounds will be closed from November 29, 2022 to February 16, 2023 (see below). These seasonal closures assist the BLM in directing visitation and managing their workload. They also facilitate completion of maintenance and capital improvement projects that are conducted during the relatively slow visitation.


Ken’s Lake Campsites Now Reservable

  • Individual campsites in Loop A are now reservable through Recreation.gov. Loop B campsites are available first-come, first serve.
  • Click here for Ken’s Lake Campsite Reservations Q & A.
  • Ken’s Lake Recreation Area is just 10 miles south of Moab and offers swimming, paddle-boarding, limited boating and fishing. Hiking and 4WD roads are accessible from the campground.

All other BLM Campgrounds are first-come, first-serve (no reservations available):

  • All individual sites are $20/night.  Pay at the campground with exact cash or check, except at the North Klondike campground which also has the option to pay using the Recreation.gov mobile app. (Note: Camping in the Sand Flats Recreation Area is $15 per night per vehicle.)
  • Campgrounds and camping areas have picnic tables, vault toilets and fire rings. Firewood gathering is not allowed. Bring your own wood (available at convenience stores in Moab).
  • Campsites are limited to 10 people and two vehicles (or one vehicle and a trailer).
  • RV Sites have no hook-ups. Generator hours are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Camping at all sites is limited to 14 days within a 30-day period.
  • Group Campsites – Several campgrounds feature reservable group sites, which are suitable for large groups. All BLM group campgrounds are reserved through Recreation.gov.

Please note that drinking water is NOT available at these campsites and plan accordingly.

Please do not drive through campgrounds when "Full" signs are posted. The campgrounds are full and the noise and lights disturb fellow campers!

  Did you know: All Moab BLM campgrounds are supported soley by user fees – not tax dollars!  


Recreation.gov Mobile App


Key

#

Elevation

#

Sites

#

RV Length

#

Group Sites

Picnic Tables

Boat Launch

Horse Corral

Highway 128 Campgrounds

Click on each campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Goose Island Campground

Hwy 128, 1.4 miles from Hwy 191

4000
19
40
2

Grandstaff Campground

Hwy 128, 3 miles from Hwy 191

4000
16
24

Drinks Canyon Campground

Hwy 128, 6.2 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure: Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
17
18

Hal Canyon Campground

Hwy 128, 6.6 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure: Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
11
24

Oak Grove Campground

Hwy 128, 6.9 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure: Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
7
18

Big Bend Campground

Hwy 128, 7.4 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure (lower end):
Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
23
40
3

Upper Big Bend Campground

Hwy 128, 8.1 miles from Hwy 191

4000
8
18

Upper Onion Creek Campground

Hwy 128, 21 miles from Hwy 191, then 0.7 miles southeast on gravel road. Has corral for up to 8 horses.

4200
14
40
2

Lower Onion Creek Campground

Hwy 128, 21.5 miles from Hwy 191 then 1 mile northwest on graded road.

4000
21
24
3

Fisher Towers Campground

Hwy 128, 21.5 miles from Hwy 191 – Dirt Road access.

4500
5
18

Hittle Bottom Campground

Hwy 128, 22.5 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure (Campground and Group sites): Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
15
34
1

Dewey Bridge Campground

Hwy 128, 28.7 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure (Group Sites A, B, C):
Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
7
34
3

Highway 279 Campgrounds

Click on each campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Jaycee Park Campground

Hwy 279, 4.2 miles from Hwy 191

4000
7
18

Williams Bottom Campground

Hwy 279, 6 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure: Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
17
24

Gold Bar Campground

Hwy 279, 10.2 miles from Hwy 191

4000
9
40
4

Highway 313 Campgrounds

Click on each campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Lone Mesa Group Sites

Utah 313, 9 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure (Group sites A, B, C, D, E):
Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

5300
0
50
5

Horsethief Campground

Utah 313, 12 miles from Hwy 191

Seasonal Closure (Buckskin, Cayuse and Dapple loops), Group sites A, B, C, D, E:
Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

5800
83
40
5

Cowboy Campground

Utah 313, 14 miles from Hwy 191

6100
7
7

Kane Creek Road Campgrounds

Click on each campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Kings Bottom Campground

Kane Creek Rd, 2.8 miles from Hwy 191

4000
25
24

Moonflower Group Site

Kane Creek Rd, 3 miles from Hwy 191

4000
1

Hunter Canyon Group Site

Kane Creek Rd, 7.8 miles from Hwy 191 – Dirt road access.

4000
1

The Ledge A, B, C, D, & E Campgrounds

Kane Creek Rd, 10 miles from Hwy 191 – Access to the Ledge Campground is down a tight, steep switchback and over several creek crossings on a gravel/dirt road. It is not recommended for vehicles over 22′ or vehicles pulling long trailers.

Seasonal Closure (Ledge A, Ledge B, Ledge C, Ledge E – except site 1 and 2):
Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
105
22
2

Ken’s Lake Campground

Click on campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Ken’s Lake Campground

8.5 miles south of Moab off Hwy 191, then follow signs south on Spanish Valley Drive. Ken’s Lake Campground is now reservable via Recreation.gov.

Seasonal Closure (Loop A):
Nov. 29, 2022 – Feb. 16, 2023

4000
49
40
2

North of Moab

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

4500
10
50

North Klondike

22 mi north of Moab on SR 191, take the graveled Road 143 and past the metal toilet (stay left at first “Y” on road). This campground also has the option to pay using the Recreation.gov mobile app.

4700
25
2

Sand Flats Recreation Area

Click on campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

Sand Flats Recreation Area

Sand Flats Road, 2 miles east of Moab

4500
140
34
6

BLM CAMPGROUNDS THAT ACCOMMODATE LARGE RVS:

  • Sand Flats Recreation Area – Most sites accommodate up to a 26 foot RV. Campground A has 6 sites that will accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Goose Island – All sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Ken’s Lake – Numerous sites accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Big Bend – 5 sites will accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Hittle Bottom – 5 sites will accommodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Gold Bar– Reservable group sites that accommodate several large RVs.
  • Lone Mesa– Reservable group sites that accommodate several large RVs.

EQUESTRIAN FRIENDLY CAMPGROUNDS:

There are three reservable BLM group sites that accommodate horses (have horse corrals) in the Moab Area. These are reservable on Recreation.gov six months in advance and up to eight days before the arrival date. The Courthouse Rock Campground also accommodates horses (horse corrals) and is available first come, first served. No water is available and feed must be weed-free. As a courtesy to fellow users, please consider removing animal waste from the corrals/campground:
  • Upper Onion Creek Group Site A
  • Ken’s Lake Group Site A
  • Lone Mesa Group Site A
  • Courthouse Rock Campground

Fairy Shrimp

BLM Camping Map

Where to get a shower in Moab.

Dispersed (Primitive) Camping On Public Lands

Within 20 miles of Moab, camping is only allowed in developed campgrounds.

Primitive camping is available in certain areas outside of Moab (see map & legend below): These regulations apply to all primitive sites:

  • Vehicles must stay on roads
  • Human waste carryout required (portable toilet or human waste bags)
  • Pack it in; pack it out
  • Do not build new fire rings or leave trash in existing ones.
  • No wood cutting or gathering.
  • Do not mark on rocks

Disposing of Human Waste in Moab


The areas with designated sites (marked with green hatch lines) are summarized below:

  • 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

There are several areas in which no sites are designated and camping is not allowed (orange). The Shafer Basin, which forms the viewshed of Dead Horse Point State Park and is important bighorn sheep habitat, has no sites. Long Canyon, which is subject to extreme flooding and is also 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.

Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide

The Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide is a new comprehensive guide to adventures and activities that are available on the public lands surrounding Moab. If you are interested in hiking, off-road driving, river activities, scenic byways, dark sky observing, mountain biking, e-biking, rock art tours, camping, dinosaur trails, or traveling with pets, this guide will set you on the right path. The Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide is NOW AVAILABLE for free at the Moab Information Center (corner of Main & Center Streets in Moab). The ebook version is also available for download. Click here to view the Moab Outdoor Adventure Guide online.


Moab Nightlife

Introduction

After a full day of hiking, biking, rafting, 4-wheeling or sightseeing, take some time to relax in the town of Moab. Moab has a surprising variety of nighttime activities that are sure to please every visitor.

Theaters

Moab Backyard Theater

56 West 100 South, Moab (next to Zax Restaurant)
moabbackyardtheater.com

Great entertainment in a relaxed outdoor setting beneath a big cottonwood tree just a few steps off Main Street. The performances are always unique, affordable and entertaining. Outside food and drinks are welcome! Grab some dinner to-go from nearby restaurants and enjoy it while you catch a show.

Sound and Light Shows

Canyonlands by Night and Day

1861 N Hwy 191, Moab (North of the Colorado River bridge)
canyonlandsbynight.com

Begin your evening at Canyonlands by Night’s riverside location, two miles north of Moab, where you will be served a cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the Colorado River. After dinner, guests board a flat-bottomed boat and head up the river. Once darkness settles in, the formal part of the evening begins with 40,000 watts of light illuminating the canyon walls. Lights, shadows, music, and narration tell the story of the canyon’s formation, creation, and history.

Live Music

The Alley Sports Pub and Grill

1078 East Mill Creek Dr, Moab
facebook.com/TheAlleySportsPubAndGrill

The Blu Pig

811 South Main St, Moab
blupigbbq.com

Woody’s Tavern

221 S Main St
woodystavernmoab.com

Dark Sky Activities

Dark Sky Programs and Full Moon Hikes

Arches National Park • Canyonlands National Park • Dead Horse Point State Park
nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/stargazing.htm

The parks and monuments of the southeastern Utah share some of the darkest skies remaining in the contiguous 48 United States. As few as one in ten Americans live in areas where they can see the estimated 2,500 stars that should be visible under normal conditions. During the spring and fall, Island in the Sky rangers team up with rangers from Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park to introduce visitors to the wonders of the night sky. A ranger program will be followed by stargazing and telescope viewing. The location will rotate among the three parks and the start time will vary with the time of sunset.

Astronomy Tours

Experience the unmatched dark skies surrounding Moab with a tour from Moab Astronomy Tours or RedRock Astronomy. Come along as your guide shows you planets, galaxies, star clusters, nebulae, and other breathtaking celestial sights using high powered telescopes.

Downtown Moab

Evening is a great time to explore our downtown business district with its great collection of restaurants, microbreweries, shops, and galleries. Moab’s diverse cuisine will please any palate, from regional southwestern fare to world-class gourmet. Stroll through the downtown shops for a great selection of southwestern arts and jewelry, souvenirs, t-shirts, and much more.


Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

The landscape of southeastern Utah is like no other place on Earth. The ruggedly spectacular desert landscape and remote location of the adjoining towns often generates quite a few questions from first-time visitors. The following list was compiled from some of the most frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my ATV/UTV Street Legal?
Your vehicle must have (1) a license plate from your home state and (2) meet all of these requirements. If your home state does not issue license plates to ATV/UTVs, your vehicle cannot be street legal in Utah. If your vehicle is not street legal it must be trailered or towed to the trailheads.

Do I need a Utah Non-Resident OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) Permit?
If a street-legal ATV/UTV is registered and has a license plate from your home state, and it meets all of Utah’s street-legal requirements, then you do not need to purchase a Utah Non-Resident OHV Permit. If your vehicle is not street legal you need to purchase a permit either online or in town. Permits are available at the Moab Information Center or at either the North or South Maverik convenience stores in Moab. Permits are $30 and are good for a full year.

  • Are there any airports located near Moab?
  • Can I see Arches and Canyonlands National Park in a passenger car?
  • How long should I allow to see Arches and Canyonlands National Parks?
  • Is it worth visiting both Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park?
  • Is there anywhere for me to leave my car for several days?
  • Are there any babysitting services in Moab?
  • Are there any supermarkets in Moab?
  • Are there any general merchandise stores in Moab?
  • Is there a hospital in Moab?
  • Is there a recycling center in Moab?
  • Are there any Automated Teller Machines in Moab?
  • What Gas Stations are located in Moab?
  • Are there any public tennis courts in Moab?
  • Can I hike with my pet?
  • Why are the trees along the Colorado River turning brown and what are those tiny beetles near the river?
  • Are there any health food stores in Moab?
  • Is there any live music at night in Moab?
  • What are the current road conditions in southern Utah?
  • I’ve been backcountry camping for over a week. Can I get a shower in Moab?
  • Is there anywhere in Moab to rent a satellite phone or 2-way radio?