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Grand County Economic Development

Staff Directory

August Granath
Director | Economic Development & Tourism
435-259-1340
agranath@grandcountyutah.net

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, August grew up exploring the Moab area multiple times a year to reset and recharge from life on the Wasatch Front. After six years spent on the east coast, the pacific northwest and abroad, August returned home to Utah in 2020. August joined the County as a Business Development Specialist shortly thereafter in March 2021 and took the reins as Director of the Grand County Economic Development department in September of the same year. He oversees economic diversification, tourism destination management, and film related activities. Ultimately, it is his responsibility to convene private, public, and community stakeholders to support a robust, resilient, sustainable, and equitable economy in Grand County. August is deeply grateful to live in a place where he can backcountry ski in the La Sals in the morning and mountain bike the Slickrock trail in the afternoon all while learning from and trying his best to serve the diverse and wonderful community in Moab. Lastly, if you tune into local community radio station KZMU at just the right time you just might catch Old and New Dreams, his late night jazz program, and fall asleep to his soothing radio voice.


Rachel Bartlett
Administrative Assistant
435-259-1370
admin@discovermoab.com

Rachel grew up in Atlanta but has traveled much of the country as a professional visual artist. A true Renaissance woman, she holds an engineering degree as well as journeyman status as a carpenter. She moved to Moab in 2016 and prefers her outdoor activities to involve two wheels. Competitive by nature, she tries (and fails) to keep up with her former professional downhill mountain biker husband. They enjoy rallycross together with her at the wheel and him as the co-driver. They currently live fulltime in an RV with their trail pup and cat. As the administrative assistant for the department she keeps the entire office running smoothly as well as special event permitting and TRT monitoring.


Robert Riberia
Assistant Marketing Director | Graphic & Web Design
435-259-6281
robert@discovermoab.com

Originally from Western New York, Robert has been employed by Grand County since 1999. An avid hiker and photographer, he has been exploring all of southern Utah since 1986 along with his wife Rhonda. Robert’s current position is Assistant Marketing Director/Graphic & Web Designer for Grand County Economic Development, which promotes Moab Tourism, Business and Film. His job duties include developing and implementing marketing campaigns, designing and managing the discovermoab.com website, digital media and researching and developing new content. In 2017 Robert received the Utah Tourism Industry Association (UTIA) Spirit of Service Award for a tourism employee who best exemplifies the Utah tourism industry commitment of exceptional service by showing “Service Elevated.” Later that year he also received the 2017 U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) Destiny Award for Best Branding and Integrated Marketing Campaign with a Destination Marketing Budget of $1-2.5 Million for a campaign he designed and managed. There is also a rock on Mars named after Robert’s cat Steve, but that’s another story.


Melissa Stocks
Assistant Marketing Director | Social Media & Industry Partnerships
435-259-8825
socialmedia@discovermoab.com

Melissa manages and implements a comprehensive marketing plan that strategically increases quality visitation and supports Grand County’s local tourism economy. She coordinates the development of marketing initiatives, advertising, social media, website, and collateral materials. Melissa also represents Grand County in domestic and international professional shows; develops and maintains a positive relationship with the business community and maintains public awareness of tourism issues, advertising opportunities, and public relations. A Peruvian girl, who moved in 2017, she fell in love with the landscape and the community of Moab. Consequently, Melissa likes to go hiking, camping, fishing, walking downtown at night, and watching the stars along with her husband and puppy. She is a Board Member of the Grand County, UT League of Women Voters organization. In 2021 Melissa won the U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) Destiny Award for the Best Advocacy and Grassroots Campaign.


Ben Alter
Economic Development Specialist
435-259-1372
balter@grandcountyutah.net

Ben hails from Northern Virginia and moved to Moab in April of 2021 for a term as an AmeriCorps service member with the Economic Development department. Ben did such a good job that he was hired on full time by the end of the year. In his role as Economic Development Specialist, Ben works to help plan events, coordinate local business assistance, and realize funding opportunities for some of the community’s most pressing needs. Previously, he worked as a senior media research analyst with a focus on utility infrastructure and health care legislation in America. Before moving west, he studied history at Bard College and volunteered as a tutor with the Bard Prison Initiative. Ben loves all animals dearly and makes a point to say hello to each cow he encounters when he’s out off-roading, backpacking, or just taking a stroll.


Bega Metzner
Film Commissioner
435-260-0097
bmetzner@grandcountyutah.net | filmmoab.com

Born and raised in New York City by her director father and photographer mother, Bega Metzner was a child of the industry. She started her formal career on a film set working as a PA (Production Assistant) where she met a costume designer who quickly whisked her away into the world of wardrobe – a world she worked and traveled in for over 20 years. Bega quickly worked her way up from shopper to set costumer to assistant designer, and soon took off on her own as a costume designer and stylist for film, commercials, and editorial print ads. During this time, she spent her downtime in Moab, Utah, a place she first fell in love with (and drank the water from matrimony springs) while on a photoshoot in 1989. When Bega decided she wanted to live full-time in Moab, she started working for the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission as the assistant director, taking on the role of Director in December of 2016. After 6 years as a Moab City employee Bega is now a joyful member of the Grand County Economic Development team as the Film Commissioner. Bega continues to act as the liaison between any type of media production and the area she represents – Moab to Monument Valley.


Grandstaff Canyon Trail

Grandstaff Canyon was named after William Grandstaff, an African American prospector and rancher who grazed his cattle here during the late 1800s. It is a lovely canyon, cut into the Navajo Sandstone by a small, perennial stream that begins about six miles from the southern shore of the Colorado River. The trail winds along the stream through an oasis of cottonwood and willow trees, cut off from the desert above by towering sandstone cliffs. Like all good hikes, this one also has a reward at the end. Morning Glory Natural Bridge spans the head of one of Grandstaff’s side canyons at the end of the trail. According to Bureau of Land Management statistics, Morning Glory is the sixth largest natural bridge in the United States. It’s span is 243 feet.

Length of Hike

2 miles to Morning Glory Bridge; allow 4 hours round trip.
Type of Hike: Constructed trail with several stream crossings. This is a hiking-only trail.

Area Attractions

Year-round stream in scenic canyon. Morning Glory Natural Bridge, which has a span of 243 feet, is the sixth longest natural rock span in the United States.

Trailhead Location

On Utah Scenic Byway 128, three miles east of junction with U.S. 191.

Route Description

From the parking area next to Utah 128, follow the trail up the left side of the stream. Keep going upstream for about 1.5 miles.

Morning Glory Natural Bridge is located at the end of the second side canyon on the right. The trail forks just below this canyon. Follow the trail to the right, cross the stream, and ascend a steep slope. Morning Glory Bridge is located at the end of the trail about 0.5 miles up the canyon from the stream. Do not touch the poison ivy that grows below the pool under the bridge! Poison ivy plants have dark green, shiny leaves with serrated edges in clusters of three.

When you reach Grandstaff Canyon, while at the parking lot, make sure you read the information sign. There is a lot of poison ivy in this canyon, so you need to be careful. Your destination is Morning Glory Bridge, which is 2 1/5 (not 2!) miles up the canyon. Follow the trail, making sure to enjoy the large canyon walls, plant life, and small creek (which you will cross several times, so your feet may get wet!), to name a few things! There is an abundance of cactus, so watch your ankles! A few miles up the trail, there will be a small sign on a trail marker indicating the right turn to the Bridge. You’re almost there! Just a few small uphill climbs, and you’ll be able to see the bridge. Follow the trail until you are standing near or under the bridge. Enjoy the view! Most of the time there is a pool of water below it, and you’ll be able to hear the water flowing from the rock wall from an underground spring! It’s a beautiful oasis in the summer!



Poop in Moab

How to Properly Dispose of Human Waste in the Moab Area

Disposing of Human Waste in the Moab Area

Whenever possible, use developed toilet facilities. When developed facilities are not available, all solid waste should be packed out in approved waste bags. Human waste is a serious health issue in the backcountry. To make carrying out human waste easy and safe, the use of a W.A.G. bag (Waste Alleviation and Gelling Bags) is recommended. W.A.G. Bags are spill proof, puncture proof and zipper closed. W.A.G. Bags must be disposed of in W.A.G. Bag equipped locations in Moab.

What is a W.A.G. Bag

When hiking, backpacking, biking, driving where toilet facilities are not available, the most convenient and sustainable option is purchasing a W.A.G. Bag: a double-walled, self-closing human waste container complete with crystals or gels to neutralize the dangerous pathogens in human waste, allowing direct disposal into approved W.A.G. Bag Disposal Bins after use. W.A.G. bags tuck easily into a pack, and one bag is good for about three to four uses.

Where to Purchase W.A.G. Bags in the Moab Area

W.A.G. Bags can be purchased at the following locations in Moab:

Do not dispose of W.A.G. Bags in regular trash cans. In order to reduce exposure to biohazards, it is a priority for our local solid waste handler to reduce the amount of human waste that is handled by their staff members and introduced to various types of equipment. W.A.G. Bags should be brought directly to any of the disposal bins listed below.

W.A.G. Bag Disposal Bin
W.A.G. Bag Disposal Bin – At 5 convenient locations in Moab (see below).

Where to Dispose of W.A.G. Bags in Moab

Grand County Transit Hub
Intersection of Highways 191 and 128 (“River Road”)
Available 24/7

Lions Park
Intersection of Highways 191 and 128 (“River Road”)
Available 24/7

SE Utah Health Department
575 Kane Creek Blvd, Moab, UT 84532
435-259-5602
Available 24/7

Wastewater Reclamation Facility
1070 W 400 N, Moab, UT 84532
435-259-5577
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday-Friday

Moab Transfer Station
2295 S Hwy 191 (3 Miles South of Moab)
435-259-6314

  • 24/7 dumping for individuals. (Go inside during operating hours. A bin will be outside after hours.)
  • Commercial tour operators can only dump during operating hours. 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Monday – Friday), 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Saturday), Closed Sunday. Fees apply.

What NOT to put in W.A.G. Bag Disposal Bins

  1. W.A.G. bags only. Spill-proof, zipper-closed, commercially made Waste and Gelling Bags ONLY.
  2. NO Do-It-Yourself bags. Empty their contents into a toilet, tie the bag securely then put it into a regular trash bin.
  3. Do not empty your toilet buckets or cassette toilets into the bins. Flush normal amounts of poop, pee and toilet paper down a toilet.
  4. NO dog poop. Tie the bag securely, then put it in the regular trash. Do not throw dog poop in a recycling bin.
  5. No groover dumping.
  6. No commercial dumping. Businesses should go to the Transfer Station.
  7. RVers should dump blackwater at an RV dump site. Sewer hoses required.


Poop Responsibly


Arches National Park

Scenic Byway U-128

Every twist and turn holds something new.

This spectacular route along the Colorado River gorge begins at the Colorado River Bridge on the north end of Moab. Spending a day exploring this section of the river gorge will provide you with jaw dropping scenery and take you to the sixth-longest natural rock span in the United States, world famous movie locations, beautiful picnic and bouldering areas, a Film Heritage Museum, a large variety of hiking trails including one that goes to the breathtaking Fisher Towers, historical points of interest, guided horseback riding opportunities, outdoor dining, a brand new mercantile (opening in 2020) and a ghost town.

Utah State Route 128 (U-128) is a 44.6-mile-long (71.7 km) state highway north of Moab. The entire length of the highway has been designated the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway, as part of the Utah Scenic Byways program. This road also forms part of the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway, a National Scenic Byway. Residents of Moab frequently refer to SR-128 as “the river road”, after the Colorado River, which the highway follows.

The highway was originally constructed to connect rural cities in eastern Utah with Grand Junction, Colorado, the largest city in the region. Part of the highway was merged into the Utah state highway system in 1931; the rest was taken over by the state and assigned route number 128 in 1933. Today, the highway is used as a scenic drive for visitors to the area.

The highway crosses the Colorado River at the site of the Dewey Bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge was the longest suspension bridge in Utah until April 2008 when it was destroyed by a fire.

To begin this tour, set your odometer to 0 at the intersection of US-191 and U-128.

0.0 Miles (0.0 Km) – Lions Park/Boulder Park

Moab Lions Park
Moab Boulder Park

This scenic park is located on the banks of the Colorado River just north of Moab on U-128 at the intersection with US 191. It’s a lovely facility with a paved parking area and big shade trees along the riverbank. There’s a footbridge over the Colorado River that connects paved trails that go north-south along US 191 and east-west along U-128 and the river through red rock canyons. Restrooms and picnic areas are available. Facilities are wheelchair-accessible.

Lions Park also contains Moab Boulder Park. Moab is a very, very difficult place to get going when you’re a beginner at climbing, and this park really bridges the gap from beginners to help them get out on the cliffs. Along with three custom-made boulders that were color-matched to blend with Moab’s surrounding red rocks, the park also includes a thick rubber surface beneath the climbing rocks to help cushion the inevitable falls.

Fisher Towers 360

Continuing down U-128, the drive parallels the Colorado River within a narrow section of the Colorado River gorge, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding red sandstone cliffs. Popular attractions along this portion of the route include viewpoints of the river, public camping areas, and Grandstaff Canyon, which contains a delightful hiking trail to Morning Glory Natural Bridge.

3.1 Miles (5.1 Km) – Grandstaff Hiking Trail

Grandstaff Canyon was named after William Grandstaff, an African American prospector and rancher who grazed his cattle here during the late 1800s. It is a lovely canyon, cut into the Navajo Sandstone by a small, perennial stream that begins about six miles from the southern shore of the Colorado River. The trail winds along the stream through an oasis of cottonwood and willow trees, cut off from the desert above by towering sandstone cliffs. Like all good hikes, this one also has a reward at the end. Morning Glory Natural Bridge spans the head of one of Grandstaff’s side canyons at the end of the trail. According to Bureau of Land Management statistics, Morning Glory is the sixth largest natural bridge in the United States.

Grandstaff Canyon was named after William Grandstaff, an African American prospector and rancher who grazed his cattle here during the late 1800s. It is a lovely canyon, cut into the Navajo Sandstone by a small, perennial stream that begins about six miles from the southern shore of the Colorado River. The trail winds along the stream through an oasis of cottonwood and willow trees, cut off from the desert above by towering sandstone cliffs. Like all good hikes, this one also has a reward at the end. Morning Glory Natural Bridge spans the head of one of Grandstaff’s side canyons at the end of the trail. According to Bureau of Land Management statistics, Morning Glory is the sixth largest natural bridge in the United States.

Morning Glory Natural Bridge

Morning Glory Natural Bridge 360

7.8 Miles (12.6 Km) – Big Bend Bouldering Area

Big Bend Bouldering Area has something for every age and ability. Located right off the highway, literally across the street from the Colorado River, it is hard to find a more scenic location for bouldering. It’s not unusual to have beginners working next to world-class climbers. Bring a comfortable chair and watch the show or work the routes yourself.

At 13 miles (20.9 km) the gorge widens as the highway proceeds past Castle and Professor Valleys, which have been the shooting locations for many western films including Wagon Master and Rio Grande, along with numerous television commercials.

14.2 Miles/22.9 km – 21 Miles/33.8 km – Horseback Riding (Seasonal)

  • Red Cliffs Lodge Horseback Riding (14.2 Miles/22.9 km) – For a truly authentic western experience, nothing beats touring our rugged desert from atop a gentle, cowboy-trained quarter horse. From early settlers to John Wayne himself, people have found there’s no better way to see, smell, and experience the Wild West.
  • Moab Horses at Hauer Ranch (21 Miles/33.8 km) – The ranch offers both horse and mule riding through miles of scenic open range in the most spectacular country you can imagine. Meander along the Colorado River, cross creeks, or visit famous movie sites while enjoying the feel of open range riding. All trips are tailored to your experience level and desired duration.

14.2 Miles (22.9 km) – Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage

Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage
Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage

Red Cliffs Lodge, on the banks of the mighty Colorado River, is home for the Moab Museum of Film & Western Heritage. The lodge is built on the old George White Ranch, a key location for nine of the big Westerns including Rio Grande, Cheyenne Autumn, Ten Who Dared, The Comancheros, and Rio Conchas. The late George White was founder of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, the longest ongoing film commission in the world. In the museum one can learn more about film locations, how the sets are built, and how the filming process is managed on nature’s own sound stage. On display in the museum are production photographs, movie posters, autographed scripts, props from the many pictures filmed in the area, and displays about the western ranching heritage.

Dozens of movies have used the ranch and surrounding area as the set and backdrop for their films. From Disney to Spielberg and from westerns to sci-fi, Moab has been the scenic choice for some of Hollywood’s greatest movies. Red Cliffs has hosted some of its biggest stars; John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Rock Hudson, Henry Fonda, Roger Moore, Burt Reynolds, Jason Patrick, Johnny Depp and many, many more.

Westworld has a lot of scenes that were filmed along Highway 128.
Austin Powers’ helicopter, for Goldmember, was shot on Highway 128.

14.2 Miles (22.9 km) – Red Cliffs Outdoor Lunch

During the season, Red Cliffs Lodge offers an outdoor lunch on the banks of the Colorado River. (Open to the public as well as guests.)

15.5 Miles (24.9 km) Castle Valley – Castleton Tower and The Rectory

Castleton Tower is a 400-foot (120 m) Wingate Sandstone tower standing on a 1,000 foot Moenkopi-Chinle cone above the northeastern border of Castle Valley. The Tower is world-renowned as a subject for photography and for its classic rock climbing routes, the most famous of which is the Kor-Ingalls Route featured in the famous guidebook “Fifty Classic Climbs of North America”. In 1964, Chevrolet filmed a commercial for the Impala convertible perched atop the tower.

Adjacent to Castleton Tower is The Rectory, a thin 200 foot (61 m) wide, and 1,000 foot (305 m) long north-to-south butte with 200 ft vertical Wingate Sandstone walls tower standing on a 1,000 foot Moenkopi-Chinle base. The Jon Bon Jovi music video Blaze of Glory was filmed at The Rectory. The Australian band Heaven also filmed their Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door music video on top of The Rectory.

Note: There are great views of these formations from the Sylvester Trail (below).

Castleton Tower

17.3 Miles (27.8 km) – JJ’s Mercantile

Opening to the public in Spring 2020, on the property of Sorrel River Ranch, JJ’s Mercantile will provide everything from gifts, groceries and gear for the guests of the resort, campers, locals and those passing through. Stop by for hot coffee, tantalizing pastries, fresh baked bread, tasty sandwiches and salads artfully prepared from JJ’s open kitchen and ready to go.

18.4 Miles (29.6 km) – Sylvester Trail

From the Professor Valley Ranch Road turn-off on the right, drive 2.2 miles (3.5 km) on a well graded road to the trailhead.

The Sylvester Trail is in the Onion Creek area and follows open desert through the Professor Valley drainage and features beautiful views of the surrounding terrain. The trail is named after Dr. Sylvester Richardson, who with his wife Mary Jane, were among the first settlers in the valley back in the 1880’s. Sylvester’s nickname was ‘Professor’ for which the valley is named.

From the parking area, follow the trail which is relatively flat and easy. The trail will cross a dry wash several times before it begins to ascend a bench on the right. The trail weaves along this bench gradually ascending. The rock formations include the Preacher, The Nuns, Rectory and Castleton Tower. Once the trail passes the foot of Castleton Tower, it will begin to descend slightly.

When you reach a dirt 4×4 road, the Sylvester Trail ends and you return the way you came. 6.9 miles (11.1 km) round-trip. (The trail is shared with equestrian users and there is no shade, so avoid on hot days.)

21.8 Miles (35.1) – Fisher Towers Trail

Fisher Towers Trail

Turn right on the well graded dirt road, then travel 2.2 miles (3.5 km) to the trailhead. The Fisher Towers trail is a world class experience. The views of Castle Rock and the shear sandstone cliffs of the Colorado River are stunning. This is an out and back hike will take you by 3 amazing formations, The Kingfisher, Echo Tower and The Titan. This area is popular with rock climbers so keep an eye up on the rocks. The trail descends into the canyons in several places which brings the overall elevation gain to about 1000 feet. The best picture taking time is probably when the afternoon sun is looking over your shoulder at the towers but alas that is also the most unforgiving time on a hot summer day so be sure to bring plenty of water.

Fisher Towers 360

23.3 Miles (37.3) – Amphitheater Loop

Turn left into Hittle Bottom Parking Area – The trail starts across the street and features broad sweeping views and solitude. 2.8 mile loop.

This is a foray into the heart of the Richardson Amphitheater, near the Colorado River, in an area of beautiful rock formations. The Amphitheater Loop Trail is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Fisher Towers Trailhead and both trails can be walked in a single day. The Amphitheater Loop Trail makes a lovely walk, and climbs approximately 250 feet in elevation to afford a stunning view of the Colorado River corridor. Along the way, you can see interesting sandstone formations in the Moenkopi and Cutler sandstone layers.

24.7 miles (39.8 km) – Fisher Towers Viewpoint

Fishers Towers and La Sal Mountains

The roadside viewpoint on the left provides one of the grandest views in the west, the red rock spires of the Fisher Towers set against the often snow covered peaks of the La Sal Mountains.

30.0 Miles (48.3) – The Site of Historic Dewey Bridge

Dewey Bridge
Historic Dewey Bridge, before it was destroyed by fire in 2008.

Dewey Bridge, built in 1916, originally carried U-128 across the Colorado River. The bridge featured an all wood deck measuring 502 feet (153 m) long, 10.2 feet (3.1 m) wide from support to support and 8 feet (2.4 m) wide from rail to rail. The bridge also consisted of two metal towers, a run of seven cables on each side of the bridge deck, and cable anchors. The bridge was designed to support the weight of six horses, three wagons, and 9,000 pounds (4,100 kg) of freight.

On the day of its completion, it was the second-longest suspension bridge west of the Mississippi River. The longest was the Cameron Suspension Bridge, also built by the Midland Bridge Company, who used the same base plans for both bridges. Dewey Bridge remained the longest suspension bridge in Utah until it was destroyed by fire in 2008. The remains of the bridge and a historical marker remain on the site.

44.0 Miles (70.8) – Cisco Ghost Town

The town started in the 1880s as a saloon and water-refilling station for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. As work crews and, later, travelers came through, stores, hotels and restaurants sprang up to accommodate them. Nearby cattle ranchers and sheepherders in the Book Cliffs north of town began using Cisco as a livestock and provisioning center. Around the turn of the 20th century, over 100,000 sheep were sheared at Cisco before being shipped to market. After oil and natural gas were discovered, people began traveling more and Cisco continued to grow. The town’s decline coincided with the demise of the steam locomotive. A declining economy crashed when Interstate 70 was built, bypassing Cisco. After another 5 miles (8 km) the route intersects Interstate 70.


For most of us Moab conjures thoughts of warm days spent hiking, biking, floating, or simply basking in the sun perched on a red rock. It’s true, the summer months are the most popular time of year to visit; but the city is brimming with things to do year-round. New adventures ebb and flow with the desert’s long hot summer days and mild, incredible winter months. Explore the best aspects of each season below to discover the best time for your Moab vacation.

In the Spring | March – May

As days get longer and the red rock starts to warm, travelers from around the world visit Moab to shake off a cold winter. Midday temperatures generally reach 70ºF during the springtime, making it a perfect time of year to get outside! The trails come alive with wallflowers, paintbrush, and juniper, so have your camera at the ready for some incredible desert wildflower photography.

If it’s your first time visiting Moab (or far from it), be sure to pack your hiking boots. Trails like the Delicate Arch, Grandstaff Canyon, Corona Arch, and Fisher Towers Trails should be on every hiker’s to-do list. Mountain bikers can’t miss the famed Slickrock Trail or the Moab Brand trail network, both of which are usually in great condition come springtime. To add a little more adrenaline to your trip, schedule a four-wheeling tour with one of the guides in town.

Red desert flowers

Local’s Tips

  • Downtown Moab is full of locally owned guides, outfitters, artists, and restaurants – make sure to spend an evening wandering through town for a taste of the local lifestyle.
  • The way the desert seems to come to life under a rising sun is simply unforgettable. Wake up early, grab a bite to eat in town, and catch a sunrise from a red rock vista.

We’re committed to protecting the natural lands and historic artifacts in the Moab region. As you plan your next trip, we ask that you explore these simple steps towards traveling more responsibly and help us preserve Moab for generations to come.


Do It Like a Moab Local


In the Summer | June – August

During the hotter summer months people tend to head for the Colorado River or the La Sal Mountains to cool down. Temperatures can reach over 100ºF, so it’s best to get the day’s activity in during the early morning or in the early evening. Plus, you’ll want to save some energy to stay up and gaze into Moab’s starry night skies, which are some of the darkest anywhere in the world.

Long summer days lend themselves well to packed itineraries; just make sure you have plenty of water and sun protection. Escape the heat by camping at Warner Lake Campground in the La Sal Mountains, where less-traveled trails are within easy access. Or, head down to the Colorado River for some kayaking, white water rafting, or a relaxing moonlight cruise.

Local’s Tips

  • Make your way over to Swanny Park for free summer concerts every Friday night, starting July 10th.
  • Summer is the busiest time of year for the national parks. Avoid some of the traffic by visiting during the early morning or early evening.

In the Fall | September – November

Once the fall months come around Moab is in full bloom. The river has had some time to warm, the higher elevation trails are thawed, and temperatures drop back down to a comfortable 70ºF. Fall is a great time of year to hit the trails, visit the national parks, and camp along the Colorado River under Moab Canyon’s commanding red cliffs. Plus, up in the Manti-La Sal National Forest the trees start to take on their vivid fall colors.

For an experience you can’t find any other time of year, be sure to take a scenic drive on the La Sal Mountain Loop Road. It’s 63 miles in length, and should take nearly two hours to drive. Pack a picnic and take your time, the forest is incredible during the fall months. It’s also a perfect time for hikers to take to the trails, and mountain bikers can generally access all of the popular Whole Enchilada Trail, along with other higher elevation trails.<

Local’s Tips

  • Every November the Moab Folk Festival and Celtic Festival bring great music, food, and tradition to the red rocks. Make sure to plan some time to unwind in town at either of these great festivals.

In the Winter | December – February

Winter in Moab may be one of the city’s best kept secrets. The crowds dissipate and the red rock looks spectacular under snow. With temperatures between 40ºF and 50ºF, you’ll find the crisp air invigorating as you ramble down a hiking trail that you’ll practically have all to yourself.

Winter weather travelers can’t miss Onion Creek, which is roughly 20 miles up Moab Canyon on Highway 128. Take the drive (a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended) for unbeatable photo opportunities of snow capped red rock outcroppings and a handful of great day hikes. Afterwards, spend some time exploring both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks; it’s a great time to see the most popular landmarks without the crowds.

Local’s Tips

  • Did you know you can ski in Moab? If you’re visiting during the winter months, pack your skis for some peaceful cross country skiing in the La Sal Mountains.

To start planning your next Moab vacation, learn more about monthly weather averages or explore places to stay while you’re here.


A dog in front of the Corona Arch in Moab, Utah

If you’re anything like us, you probably think that a day spent exploring with your pup is as good as things get. Moab is full of stunning red rock views, great hikes, and charming local shops for you and your pets to visit. You could start off with a three-mile hike out to the picturesque Corona Arch, the Colorado River like never before from Dead Horse Point State Park, or spend a day in town at the off-leash Bark Park. Then consider stopping by Moab’s famed Quesadilla Mobilla food truck for a bite to eat, a chance to pick up a few local tips, and maybe a dog treat or two.
No matter where your adventure takes you, you’ll probably want a place to kick off your boots at the end of the day. Browse the 11 pet friendly hotels throughout Moab shown below, or explore campgrounds that welcome pets.

Aarchway Inn

$$-$$$ | Pet Fee: $75 | aarchwayinn.com

Just two miles from the entrance to Arches National Park, Aarchway Inn is a beautiful, amenity-packed resort hotel on the north edge of town, tucked just a bit away from the buzz of downtown Moab. The spacious grounds offer plenty of room to play with your pup, complete with access to nearby nature trails with incredible views of the surrounding landscape.

Big Horn Lodge

$-$$ | Pet Fee: $10 per pet, per night | moabbighorn.com

An affordable option right off Main Street in downtown Moab, Big Horn Lodge offers multiple pet-friendly hotel rooms. You’ll have plenty of dining and shopping options nearby—and the off-leash Moab Bark Park is less than a half-mile walk away, giving your pups a well-shaded place to romp around (complete with a doggy drinking fountain during the warmer months).

Expedition Lodge

$-$$$ | Pet Fee: $30 per stay | expeditionlodge.com

Also within easy walking distance of Moab’s Bark Park and the paved Mill Creek Pathway, the pet-friendly Expedition Lodge keeps you close to everything in the center of town. You’ll have easy access to all of Moab’s world-class adventure offerings—like the dog-friendly Grandstaff Canyon Trail just off the Colorado River.

The Gonzo Inn

$$-$$$ | Pet Fee: $30 per night, up to 2 pets | gonzoinn.com

A one-of-a-kind, pet-friendly hotel tucked away one block off Main Street, The Gonzo Inn features plentiful grassy areas for your dog to play and explore. It’s also just steps away from the beginning of Mill Creek Pathway, a beautiful paved path where you can walk your dog in the shade alongside a beautiful creek winding through town. Added bonus: they’re open to all kinds of pets, in case you’re traveling with a feline friend as well.

Homewood Suites Moab

$$-$$$ | Pet Fee: $50, up to 35 lbs | hotelmoabut.com

With stylish, contemporary rooms and a convenient location right in the middle of downtown Moab, the pet-friendly Homewood Suites is an easy walk from Moab’s off-leash Bark Park. Enjoy free hot breakfasts and complimentary evening socials between your daily adventures—or grab the best breakfast burrito in town at the Love Muffin Café right across the street.

Hyatt Place Moab

$$-$$$ | Pet Fee: $75 per stay up to 7 days, 2 pets max | hyattplacemoab.com

A newly built hotel on the north side of town and very close to the entrance to Arches National Park, the Hyatt Place Moab features a small designated pet area on-site, and dog-friendly hiking trails just steps away from the front door. If you’re planning to settle in for a while, this could be a good option—the $75 pet fee covers two dogs (up to 50lb.) for stays up to seven days.

Moab Rustic Inn

$-$$ | Pet Fee: Call | moabrusticinn.com

Centrally located near downtown Moab and less than a block away from the shaded Mill Creek Pathway, the Moab Rustic Inn offers surprisingly roomy accommodations with a humble, unassuming vibe. All rooms and apartments also feature kitchenettes where more frugal travelers can prepare their own meals.

Motel 6

$-$$ | Pet Fee: None | motel6.com

Another great option for Moab visitors on a budget, the pet-friendly Motel 6 Moab doesn’t charge any pet fees. It’s also a little removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown, which makes for a quiet stay. It’s super close to the entrance of Arches National Park, as well as the Atomic Café—a great place to grab a burger and a beverage after a long day of playing in the sun.

Red Stone Inn

$-$$ | Pet Fee: Call | moabredstone.com

Centrally located in Moab close to restaurants, shops, gear outfitters, bike shops, and much more, the Red Stone Inn is also a short walk away from the Moab Bark Park and multiple paved paths with lots of shade. (Note that other than the off-leash Bark Park, dogs are not allowed in Moab city parks). But there are plenty of dog-friendly trails just a short drive away, like Professor Creek/Mary Jane Canyon and pretty much all of the Manti-La Sal National Forest.

Silver Sage Inn

$-$$ | Pet Fee: Call | silversageinn.com

Located toward the south end of Main Street and right next to local-favorite Mexican restaurant El Charro Loco, the Silver Sage Inn makes for a great pet-friendly home base for visiting adventurers. Be sure to bring your pooch by the reception desk for free dog treats and suggestions on dog-friendly hikes in the local area.

Wingate by Wyndham Moab

$$-$$$ | Pet Fee: $25 | wyndamhotels.com

Situated on the south end of town for easy access to nearby trails in the La Sal mountains, the Wingate by Wyndam is a pet-friendly hotel in Moab with well-appointed rooms and all the comforts you’d expect, complete with a small dog park/pet relief area. And of course, you’re just a few minutes away from famous Moab attractions like the Sand Flats Recreation Area and the legendary Slickrock Bike Trail.



Other Things to Know


While you’re in town, make sure to stop by the Moab Barkery to spoil your pup with fresh-baked gourmet treats. Afterwards you’ll be ready to head out on one of Moab’s many pet-friendly hiking trails and places to see. If you’ll be visiting one of the national parks there are a few rules to keep in mind. Pets are only allowed in designated campgrounds, on paved roads and scenic drives, and must be leashed at all times within the national parks (click here for complete Arches and Canyonlands National Park pet policies). Otherwise, pets are welcome on most public land and areas surrounding the national parks.

So round up your pup’s gear (they’ll need plenty of water), pack your daypack, and learn more about visiting Moab with your pets to finish planning.


All of Moab’s Bicycle shops have remarkable stories to tell.  This month we are focusing on Poison Spider Bicycles

The Poison Spider Bicycles story began in 1988 when Judy and Chuck Nichols brought their tour company to Moab and started Canyon Country Bed & Breakfast, Moab’s first B&B, and established a mountain bike rental fleet with 6 used bikes.  By 1990, the popularity of mountain biking exploded and both the bike rental operation and tour company moved from the B&B to the current location, which back then was a tiny turquoise and pink house called Nichols Bike Stop.

Poison Spider Bicycles
The giant spider on the side of Poison Spider Bicycles’ building has been a longtime landmark on the north end of Moab.

The name of the shop changed to Poison Spider Bicycles in 1992 and in the winter of 1993 work started on the current building, which opened in March of 1994.  Scott Newton started as a mechanic and, when offered the business in January of 2007, he took the opportunity to instill his love of riding through the business. All of the employees that work at Poison Spider Bicycle ride some type of bike. Triathletes, racers, mountain bikers, dirt jumpers and roadies all work there and convey their love of riding daily to the locals and tourists alike!

Poison Spider Bicycles Staff
The Poison Spider staff fully support Moab’s Do It Like A Moab Local program which promotes stewardship of our unique and fragile environment.

Poison Spider Bicycles, a longtime asset to the Moab Community, is involved in the following programs and organizations:

  • High school and middle school mountain biking team coaches
  • Grand County High School student government and cheerleader sponsors
  • Bike rack provider to local businesses
  • Bike to work program for Moab employees
  • Christmas Toy Drive for foster families in Grand County
  • Christmas food drive
  • PSB recycles
  • Support for renewable energy sources by participating in the Utah Blue Sky Wind Generated Power Program
  • Donates a portion of their t-shirt sales to the Moab Trail Alliance
  • IMBA and Bikes Belong member

Poison Spider Bicycles achievements include:

  • Bicycle Dealer Showcase
  • Velo News, NBDA and North American Cyclists Top 100 Bicycle Shop
  • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the past three years as well.


Visit Like a Moab Local

Visit Like a Moab Local

Moab locals have it figured out. They know the best rides, the best routes, the best places to hike and camp and eat—and a few other important things about the right way to enjoy the desert. While the Utah desert seems like a rugged place, you might be surprised to learn its environment is more sensitive than you might expect. To make sure everybody has the chance to enjoy our little slice of paradise for generations to come, residents of Moab are taking steps toward sustainability with the Moab First Sustainable Tourism Program. When you visit Moab, do it like a local by keeping the following tips in mind.

Stay on the Trail

Canyon Hikers

While the desert soil may look unassuming, it’s actually teeming with life. Biological soil crust (also known as cryptobiotic soil) is a major part of the desert ecosystem, and helps prevent erosion as well as trap nitrogen and other plant-friendly nutrients in the soil. Cryptobiotic soil is also incredibly sensitive, and can take decades to recover from even a few footsteps breaking through the crust. When you visit Moab, make sure to stay on established trails and roads—and if established routes aren’t available, do your best to walk through dry creek beds or on bare rock.

Leave No Trace

Most people with a conscience already know not to litter up the great outdoors, but there’s more to Leave No Trace than just packing out all your trash and recyclables. Due to high use, human 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 local outdoor retailers. When picking a campsite, use a pre-existing spot rather than placing your tent on top of vegetation, and make sure to stay at least 300 feet from water to avoid scaring animals away from critical sources of hydration. And speaking of wildlife, make sure to give them plenty of room in general—keep pets leashed, and teach children never to chase, approach, or pick up wild animals.

Respect the Rocks

Moab and the surrounding areas are home to an incredible number of ruins, artifacts, and ancient rock art. While it can be tempting to get up close and personal, make sure to admire from a distance—and look, but don’t touch. We want to keep these pieces of ancient history around for many years to come—so stay out of ruins, leave any artifacts you find in place, and encourage others to do the same, so everyone can appreciate the wonder of ancient civilizations well into the future.

Bring Your Own Bags

Bring Your Own Bags

Starting in January 2019, the city of Moab enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags. It’s part of Moab’s efforts to help curb the use of disposable plastic products. Besides being a major litter problem, plastic bags also tend to make their way into waterways and oceans where they can harm animals, as the plastic bits don’t biodegrade even as they become divided into tiny pieces. Remember to bring your own reusable bags for any grocery or souvenir shopping, or pick one up at a local shop.

Drive Electric

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

As part of its new sustainability strategy, Moab now features 10 electric-vehicle charging stations located throughout the city, as well as four additional Tesla supercharging stations that can charge Tesla vehicles halfway in about 20 minutes. A recent study by the Utah Department of Transportation estimates an average of 13,000 vehicles at the intersection of Moab’s Main and Center streets—if even a small fraction of those cars were electric, we could save hundreds of thousands of pounds of air pollution every year.

Eat & Shop Local

Downtown Moab

Another great way to visit Moab like a local is supporting local businesses that have made a commitment to sustainability. Keep an eye out for businesses with a Green to Gold sign—the Green to Gold program is a city-sponsored initiative encouraging establishments to take simple steps to reduce their environmental impact. In the summer of 2018 alone, Green to Gold businesses in Moab saved over 850,000 kWh—the same amount of energy used by 136 cars over the course of an entire year, or the annual CO2 emissions from 68 homes.

With these six tips in mind, you’ll be helping the cause of keeping Moab an amazing destination (and an amazing place to live) for years to come. For more helpful Moab insider info or to start planning your trip, visit doitlikealocalmoab.com


Woman and child in Canyonlands National Park

There’s no place on Earth quite like Moab, Utah—it’s why millions of people flock here every year from every corner of the planet to hike, bike, raft, off-road, and generally enjoy the otherworldly scenery and unique terrain. In fact, some of us love it so much that we live here year-round. And while the Utah desert seems like a rugged place, you might be surprised to learn the environment is surprisingly sensitive. To make sure everybody—both locals and visitors alike—has the chance to enjoy our little slice of paradise for generations to come, residents of Moab are taking steps toward sustainability with the Moab First Sustainable Tourism Program. When you visit Moab, keep the following tips in mind to visit like a local and do your part to protect this amazing landscape.

Stay on the Trail

Hikers in Grandstaff Canyon

While the desert soil may look unassuming, it’s actually teeming with life. Biological soil crust (also known as cryptobiotic soil) is a major part of the desert ecosystem, and helps prevent erosion as well as trap nitrogen and other plant-friendly nutrients in the soil. Cryptobiotic soil is also incredibly sensitive, and can take decades to recover from even a few footsteps breaking through the crust. When you visit Moab, make sure to stay on established trails and roads—and if established routes aren’t available, do your best to walk through dry creek beds or on bare rock.

Leave No Trace

Most people with a conscience already know not to litter up the great outdoors, but there’s more to Leave No Trace than just packing out all your trash and recyclables. When picking a campsite, use a pre-existing spot rather than placing your tent on top of vegetation, and make sure to stay at least 300 feet from water to avoid scaring animals away from critical sources of hydration. And speaking of wildlife, make sure to give them plenty of room in general—keep pets leashed, and teach children never to chase, approach, or pick up wild animals.

Respect the Rocks

Moab and the surrounding areas are home to an incredible number of ruins, artifacts, and ancient rock art. While it can be tempting to get up close and personal, make sure to admire from a distance—and look, but don’t touch. We want to keep these pieces of ancient history around for many years to come—so stay out of ruins, leave any artifacts you find in place, and encourage others to do the same, so everyone can appreciate the wonder of ancient civilizations well into the future.

Bring Your Own Bags

MoabFirst Reuseable Bags

Starting in January 2019, the city of Moab enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags. It’s part of Moab’s efforts to help curb the use of disposable plastic products. Besides being a major litter problem, plastic bags also tend to make their way into waterways and oceans where they can harm animals, as the plastic bits don’t biodegrade even as they become divided into tiny pieces. Remember to bring your own reusable bags for any grocery or souvenir shopping, several businesses will have reusable available during January supporting the plastic-bag ban.

Drive Electric

Moab Recharging Station

As part of its new sustainability strategy, Moab now features 10 electric-vehicle charging stations located throughout the city, as well as four additional Tesla supercharging stations that can charge Tesla vehicles halfway in about 20 minutes. A recent study by the Utah Department of Transportation estimates an average of 13,000 vehicles at the intersection of Moab’s Main and Center streets—if even a small fraction of those cars were electric, we could save hundreds of thousands of pounds of air pollution every year.

Eat & Shop Local

Downtown Moab, Utah

Another great way to visit Moab like a local is supporting local businesses that have made a commitment to sustainability. Keep an eye out for businesses with a Green to Gold sign—the Green to Gold program is a city-sponsored initiative encouraging establishments to take simple steps to reduce their environmental impact. In the summer of 2018 alone, Green to Gold businesses in Moab saved over 850,000 kWh—the same amount of energy used by 136 cars over the course of an entire year, or the annual CO2 emissions from 68 homes.

With these six tips in mind, you’ll be helping the cause of keeping Moab an amazing destination (and an amazing place to live) for years to come. For more information on Moab’s sustainability efforts or to start planning your trip, visit discovermoab.com.


blm camping moab

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.


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

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 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.

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.

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

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.