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Old 04-06-2013, 12:18 PM   #1
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Moab UT Camping

New here, but thought I would try and help out if anyone is ever interested in Camping in the Moab, UT area. This includes designated campgrounds managed by the BLM or dispersed camping in the BLM managed lands.

Since I know quite a few NP (Arches/Canyonlands-Island in the Sky and Needles Districts) and Forest (Manti Lasal) personnel, I might be able to help out with these areas; however, the BLM lands I know very well.

Just send me a PM and Iíll help out all I canÖ.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:29 PM   #2
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If you have any pictures of the different places you have camped, I know everyone would love to see them.
We have camped extensively in Colorado, and always wanted to make it out to your area, but haven't been down there in years. Have to put it on the bucket list!
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One of my fav spots!

Will be there the week prior to memorial weekend thru Sunday the 26th!!

I would like more info on some of the spots for bigger units for dry camping tho!
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
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If you have any pictures of the different places you have camped, I know everyone would love to see them.
We have camped extensively in Colorado, and always wanted to make it out to your area, but haven't been down there in years. Have to put it on the bucket list!
As for camping in the Moab area...I have only done that a few times and since the popup is new, I have only done it one time in the popup. I live here, so I normally go home. Most of my camping trips are to AZ, CO, ID, WY and MT.
However, as for photos of the area; non-camping related, I have thousands. Primarily since I have run almost every off-road trail in the immediate area.

My first trip with the new popup was last fall to Sand Island campground; south of Bluff UT. Nice site, especially late Oct/Early Nov since no one is there; other than the coyotes


And if you have a vehicle that can do some mild off-roading there are tons of indian ruins and writing in the area you can visit....
This is Riverhouse, south of Comb Ridge


And views of the San Juan River...


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Old 04-06-2013, 01:33 PM   #5
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Further south is Valley of the Gods...a very well-maintained dirt road that takes you by some interesting rock formations, and is also an access to the Moki Dugway switch back down from Cedar Mesa

Lady in the tub...


In the distance is Monument Valley...very hazy day with lots of sand in the air so MV is not that clear...


And the Moki Dugway...


And for a short side trip from the Valley of the Gods is Goosenecks State Park (no fee unless you camp)
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One of my fav spots!

Will be there the week prior to memorial weekend thru Sunday the 26th!!

I would like more info on some of the spots for bigger units for dry camping tho!
One of the best areas to disperse camp with a large unit is off Dubinky Road (west of Hwy 191, off 313), northwest of Moab. There are quite a few places to pull off and camp and only requirement on the one side of the road is you be self-contained or if not, have a portable toilet.

This puts you about twenty miles from Arches, and about 10 miles from Canyonlands. If you have ATVs/UTVs, this is the area to camp. You have hundreds of miles of class B and D roads you can run on, just make sure to get a UT OHV sticker if UT does not recognize your state's OHV sticker.

There is another area that is popular for big rigs and that is on the east side of Hwy 191 (main road into and out of Moab), just north of Hwy 313 (road to Canyonlands). It is actually land owned by the state of Utah and known as SITLA (School Institutional Trust Lands), but plenty of big rigs park along there on the slick rock.

Kane Creek is another place that offers some dispersed camping, but it is quite a way down a dirt road, and down a short, but sharp switch back. It is a well-traveled road for ATVs/UTVs. Very busy when the weather turns nice. However, IF (and I say IF) a severe thunderstorm his about twenty miles south of Moab, the creeks which are normally dry can flood in an hour and prevent anyone from leaving for a few hours to a day or two. And it can be sunny and hot where you are.

There is NO disperse camping along the Colorado river, but plenty of campgrounds.

Where you camp sometimes is really related to what you want to do while in the area. Like I mentioned earlier, if you want to ATV then Dubinky is a great place to go. If you want to visit Canyonlands (Island in the Sky District) than Dubinky is great too. Arches is not that far away from Dubinky either.

If interested I can give you detailed directions to any of the dispersed areas.
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F5Moab:

As a local what do you think of Big Bend on UT 128??

It's one of my favorites.

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One of my fav spots!

Will be there the week prior to memorial weekend thru Sunday the 26th!!

I would like more info on some of the spots for bigger units for dry camping tho!
As I said to F5Moab, I love Big Bend BLM campground along the Colorado River on UT128.

Handles big rigs pretty well although not ALL spots. Completely dry, though.

BTW, I'm planning to be there around the same time. Memorial weekend will be a ZOO!!

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Absolutely awesome pictures, thanks for taking the time to post them.
Wow.
Can one drive through Monument Valley? That would be something to see.
Definitely have to add your area to our bucket list.
Thanks again.
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Nice pics, will make it out there one day.
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