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Bureau of Land Management Campgrounds

Grand County Fire Restrictions

Introduction

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains 26 campgrounds in the Moab area. Individual campsites are available on a first-come/first-served basis. No reservations are accepted.

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

  • All individual sites are $20/night. Pay at campgroundexact cash or check only.  (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!

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Key

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Elevation

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Sites

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RV Length

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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

4000
17
18

Hal Canyon Campground

Hwy 128, 6.6 miles from Hwy 191

4000
11
24

Oak Grove Campground

Hwy 128, 6.9 miles from Hwy 191

4000
7
18

Big Bend Campground

Hwy 128, 7.4 miles from Hwy 191

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

4000
15
34
1

Dewey Bridge Campground

Hwy 128, 28.7 miles from Hwy 191

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

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

5300
0
50
5

Horsethief Campground

Utah 313, 12 miles from Hwy 191

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 Campground

Kane Creek Rd, 3 miles from Hwy 191

4000
1

Hunter Canyon Campground

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

4000
10
18

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.

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 Dr.

4000
49
40
2

Mill Canyon (North of Moab)

Click on campground name for exact location on Google Maps.

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
25
50

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
120
34
2

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 accomodate RVs up to 40 ft.
  • Horsethief – All sites accomodate 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. 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

BLM Camping Map

Where to get a shower in Moab.

Dispersed (Primitive) Camping On Public Lands

Grand County Fire Restrictions

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

Dealing with Human and Pet Waste While Dispersed Camping

Due to high use, human and pet waste is a serious health issue at dispersed camping sites. All solid waste must be packed out in approved waste bags or portable toilet systems. These may be purchased at the Moab Information Center and Moab outdoor retailers.

Human Waste

To reduce damage to natural and cultural resources and to provide for public safety, the following ordinances have been passed. Compliance is mandatory for all dispersed campers.

Human Waste

No person shall dump or otherwise deposit human waste, or wastewater contaminated by fecal matter, on Public Lands except in a Sewage Facility. All persons are required to carry out solid human body waste and must possess and utilize a Sewage Facility that allows for the disposal of solid human waste through an authorized refuse container or sewage systems.

No compliance will result in a violation of Title 17 and guilty of a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.

Here is the link to the Grand County, Utah Ordinance 604 (2019)

Pet Waste

Grand County Title 6 Animals

6.16.030 Animal waste. The owner of every animal shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his or her animal or animals on public walks, recreation areas, or private property. (Ord. 129 Art. IX, 1977)

Except as otherwise specifically provided in this title, any person who shall violate any provision of this title shall be deemed guilty of a Class B misdemeanor and shall be punished by a term of incarceration in the county jail not to exceed six months and fined in the sum not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by both such term of incarceration and fine. (Ord. 329 § 4 (part), 2000; Ord. 129 Art. XII, 1977)

Here is the link to the Grand County Ordinance Title 6

Waste Disposal Bags

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.


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 About Current Conditions – Updated October 16, 2020

Are there any available campsites in the Moab area?
October is typically one of the busiest months to visit Moab, and this year is no exception. Because camping is extra-popular this year, most reservable campgrounds are full through October. BLM campgrounds, which are all first come, first serve, are also busy, although there is usually a daily turnover of sites when the previous night’s campers depart around 9-10am. A map and full list of the BLM campgrounds in the Moab area is available here. Generally, the further the sites are from Moab the better your chances. We do not know what campgrounds currently have availability.

Is there a Fire Restriction?
Yes, there is currently a fire restriction in the Moab area. You may only have a campfire in a permanently constructed cement or metal fire pit provided in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Read the full Fire Restriction Order.

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 Permit?
If a street-legal OHV 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.

How much extra travel time do I need to allow because of the road construction on the north end of Moab?
Highway 191, on the north end of Moab, is getting a much-needed upgrade during 2020. The existing roadway will be widened to accommodate five lanes of traffic, which will alleviate congestion heading into town. To minimize the impact during your visit please allow at least 60-90 extra minutes when heading south into town from I-70 (possibly longer Thur-Sun), particularly between 12pm-10pm. Details on the status of the project can be found at udot.utah.gov. A webcam from the intersection of Highways 191 and 128 is available here.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions