Originally Posted by richp
For ten years, I was a long term volunteer river ranger on the Colorado Riiver near Moab. It's true that the developed river sites are hot properties. But in addition, BLM has other campgrounds at places that are a bit more remote, like the Westwater Ranger Station and Wind Whistle.
Also, there are vast at-large camping areas elsewhere on other BLM lands and near the entrance to the Needles district of Canyonlands -- to the south of Moab. Great boondocking potential, if you are into that.
When did you work there? I might know you!
Here is a good list of all Moab Field office campgrounds...
Some on Kane Creek can be difficult to access with long trailers and part is a dirt road. River road gets very hot during the summer months due to the canyon walls, but usually cools down at night.
For arches, canyonlands district area, there is a lot of dispersed camping areas (north of Moab), some is on SITLA lands (School trust).
This map shows most of the dispersed camping in the Moab Field office area..
Note some areas where you can disperse camp (the hashed area on the map) require camping in designated spots only. And they are starting o require toilets in many areas due to the billion cat holes that have been dug.
And Windwhistle is one of my favorite campgrounds. (Actually hatch point is nicer but it not friendly to long trailers). Windwhistle stays cooler than Moab area; higher elevation, and nice breezes.