U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
The Moab Field Office receives about 2 million visitors per year. Many of these visitors wish to camp, and many of these want to camp in close proximity to Moab. Because of the volume of visitors to the Moab area, the BLM has found it necessary to restrict camping to campgrounds or designated sites in our very popular areas. Campgrounds are found along Highways 128, 313 and 279, on the Kane Creek Road, at Ken's Lake, in the Canyon Rims Recreation Area, and in the Sand Flats Recreation Area. Click here for information on dispersed camping and restricted camping areas.
Strategy for finding a campsite on Moab BLM
The campgrounds that are the nearest to Moab generally fill first, especially during April, May and October. For instance, if you want to choose one of the 11 BLM campgrounds along Highway 128, the first one, Goose Island, will usually fill first. . . then they will fill in progression up the highway, going away from Moab. The last campground up Highway 128 (and the one furthest from Moab), Dewey Bridge, fills only rarely. Campgrounds such as Windwhistle and Hatch Point, two others that are further from Moab, are seldom full. If you want a campground near Moab during spring or fall weekends, it is advisable to arrive by noon on the Friday of that weekend or even earlier. Another choice is Horsethief Campground (on Highway 313). This large and spacious campground generally has lots of room for everyone. It normally only fills during spring and fall weekends, usually by about 4 p.m. In addition to these, Moab also has 13 commercial campgrounds: http://discovermoab.com/campgrounds_private.htm
The Colorado River: A Changed View
If you are a long-time visitor to the Moab area and have camped along the Colorado River or one of its tributaries, your next stopover at one of our campgrounds may be a bit of a surprise. More.....