Moab Camping - Big Bend Camp Ground (near Arches National Park) Utah

Moab camping - on the door step of Arches National Park

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Big Bend Campground

Highway 128 (on the Colorado River)

8 miles from Arches National Park

10 miles north of Moab



N38.64809° W109.47916°

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Moab Camping at Big Bend Campground Colorado River

In a canyon, right on the Colorado River, dominated by the mighty red walls of Arches National Park...this is a fantastic Utah camping ground!

There are actually 7 Bureau of Land Management camp grounds along this section of the Colorado River, bordering the stunning Arches National Park - all them making great places to base yourself for heading into the park.

These Moab camping grounds are also a good place to stay for visiting Canyonlands National Park (Islands In The Sky district) which is 32 miles, 40 minutes drive (north west of Moab on Highway 191 for 10 miles, then south west on Highway 313, then south on Island In The Sky Road). Although you can camp nearer.

If you want to visit Dead Horse Point, it is only 32 miles, 40 minutes drive (north west of Moab on Highway 191 for 10 miles, then south west on Highway 313 for 22 miles. It's at the end Highway 313).

The BLM camp grounds are all similar in layout - partially shaded campsites, separated by scrubby trees, varying in size from 7 to 22 campsites:

  • Upper Big Bend - 8 campsites
  • Big Bend - 22 campsites (5 RV camping sites for RVs up to 40ft)
  • Oak Grove - 7 campsites
  • Hal Canyon - 11 campsites
  • Drinks Canyon - 17 campsites
  • Granstaff - 16 campsites
  • Goose Island - 18 campsites (all RV camping sites for RVs up to 40ft)

Goose Island and Big Bend also have group camping sites available.

Moab Camping at Big Bend Campground - with a back drop of Arches National Park

All of these camp grounds are very popular and fill up very quickly. Get here early and avoid weekends.

Big Bend Campground does have an overfill area (just a car park really) that you can use if all the campgrounds are full (it costs $5, but you can only stay here for 1 night). We had to stay in the overflow on our first night- it was actually quite good fun, as it was pretty crowded so we all got talking over several beers and moonlight.

On our second night we got a great campsite, right on the river bank, separated from the neighbouring campsite by trees, so it was really private. To secure this spot we got up early and patrolled until we spotted someone packing up. We then asked if they were leaving, quickly filled out a form and paid for the campsite before they had even left. This is what you have to do when it's busy, but it is really worth it.


There is no water at Big Bend Campground (the nearest water is at Lion’s Park, which is at the intersection of Highways 191 and 128 two miles north of Moab. The water is located by the pedestrian bridge dedication plaque).

You can also get water at the Visitor Centre in Arches National Park and at Devils Garden Campground in Arches National Park)


$12 (50% off with a Golden Age/Golden Access seniors card) (2 vehicles, 4 tents/trailers and 10 people)


22 campsites (& 3 group campsites which must be booked in advanced)


All year


First come first served. If you are a group of 15 or more you can reserve a campsite by calling 435-259-2102


14 days within a 30-day period

Moab Camping - Delicate Arch in Arches National Park


  • Gravel floor campsites/pitches (no vehicles greater than 20ft)
  • Vault/long drop/compost toilets
  • Fire pits
  • BBQ/grill plate
  • Picnic tables/benches


Yes, but on a leash






  • Hiking (no dogs on the Arches National Park trails)
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Tour-led activities

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