Moab Camping

Moab is one of the best places on Earth to sleep under the stars. From finding the perfect spot to firewood best practices, we’re here to help you camp like a local.

**All camping is prohibited in the Moab area until further notice. If you are caught camping on Public Lands in Grand County, you will be subject to a citation and a mandatory in person court appearance.**

INTRODUCTION

The Moab area has over a thousand established campsites available, from in-town recreational vehicle (RV) sites with full hookups and showers to more primitive sites in extremely scenic locations. Please note that during the busy season (March-May & September-October), first come, first-served campgrounds can fill very early in the day and reservations are recommended for those campgrounds that accept them.

Many folks visit this area and do not use any permitted guide services when recreating. However, some visitors do not own a raft or have any boating skills and therefore go on the river with outfitters. Some folks do not feel comfortable exploring on their own and go with a guide service. One benefit of a permitted outfitter is they are familiar with the area, they share the desert etiquette and stewardship messages to increase visitor’s awareness of important things like biological soil crust and the importance of staying on the trail. Permitted outfitters have insurance and are a wealth of knowledge about local flora, fauna, geology and natural history.

 

As for camping in the developed campgrounds… the campgrounds are very busy in the spring and fall. Arriving early is a good idea as folks tend to vacate campsites in the morning (from 6 am to 10 am) so there is some turnover. There are over 700 first-come, first-served campsites within the 44 developed campgrounds (no water, no electricity) that cost $20 per night. We also have 35 reservable group sites that are available on www.recreation.gov.

 

Camping within the campgrounds or in an area where dispersed camping is allowed is limited to 14 days within a 30 day period (and then folks need to travel 30 miles away before returning). I recommend you look at our newspaper ‘know before you go’ and the map that indicates the areas that are limited to camping only in developed campgrounds and the area that camping is limited to designated dispersed. As you know, proper containment and disposal of solid human waste are now required on all lands within Grand County (not just the designated dispersed camping).

 

Remember, when recreating with your dog (keeping them on a leash and under control as well as packing out and disposing of their waste). For more information go to https://www.discovermoab.com/guides-and-outfitters/

- Jennifer Jones - 

BLM

Pack it In, Pack it Out

When choosing a camp spot, pick one that’s been used before, and leave it in better shape than you found it. Make sure to fully extinguish all fires until ashes are cool to the touch, and do your best to avoid disturbing the natural landscape.

Pack Out Your Poop
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.
Pack it In, Pack it Out
When choosing a camp spot, pick one that’s been used before, and leave it in better shape than you found it. Make sure to fully extinguish all fires until ashes are cool to the touch, and do your best to avoid disturbing the natural landscape.

Always have a garbage bag so you can Leave it better than you found it! If you see litter at a campsite, trail or anywhere, take a few minutes to clean it up and take some ownership in helping our public lands.

- Phill Monson - 

Local

For a complete list of all Moab campgrounds visit discovermoab.com

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