The Lower Onion Creek Group Sites are located along the banks of the Colorado River. The sites are ideal for small family or group gatherings of 15-30 people (parking is limited and can accomodate only one large RV or truck w/trailer). Lower Onion is also a launch site for river trips. Within close proximity to national parks and open space, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and four-wheel drive tours in the surrounding area. The town of Moab is approximately 40 minutes away and has dining, shopping, sports rentals, tour companies and museums.
This location is close to hiking, mountain biking and four-wheel driving opportunities and is a launch site for river running on the Colorado River.
Group sites have fire grates, picnic tables, vault toilets and shade shelters. The group sites do not have water, dump stations or electric hook-ups. A boat ramp is in the campground and near the group sites.
The group sites are located along the Colorado River offering spectacular view of the red rock canyons, buttes, mesas and spires against the backdrop of the nearby La Sal Mountains. A dry creek runs along the back of Group Site A (watch for flash-flooding)!
There are many hiking, mountain biking and four-wheel drive trails along Hwy. 128. The Fisher Towers area offers hiking, rock climbing and scenic vistas. Lower Onion Creek is about 40 minutes from Arches National Park and one hour from Canyonlands National Park.
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The group sites at Lower Onion creek were great! We went in mid June (wicked hot) and it was a great location on the Colorado. I believe we got site B? There are two group sites that are near each other, and we got the one that was not as close to the water. Awesome in many ways, but a few trade offs.
- Big spot near the water, lots of spots to pitch a tent.
- Had 2 access points to the Colorado for filling up water, as well as near shore swimming (current was still pretty fast)
- Not a terribly far drive to Moab/Arches/Canyonlands.
- Shaded picnic tables (HUGE Pro for summer) that we could hang hammocks from.
- Away from the road with very little noise and away from Moab so you could really see the stars pretty darn well.
- Huge raft groups would pull up right to our spot around 9:00 AM if we weren't out of camp and would come frequently afterwards. Apparently its a big spot for the rafting tours to start from.
- Sites were pretty close. We had some people who were staying right next to our campsite because there's a site that backed right up to ours. Privacy is lacking a bit for such an expensive site.
We moved to Lower Onion after a few nights in Big Bend and loved how much more scenic and quiet it was. This was one of our favorite campgrounds in the Moab area and highly recommend it. It's so worth the 25-30 minute drive into town.
Check-in was easy, but be sure to get there early during high season, especially if you're in a group looking for more than 1 site. The Sites are spacious and all have their own fire pit and picnic table. Toilets are on site and outside - they are walled off but don't have a roof. We recommend bringing extra TP during high season.
Most importantly, the ambiance here can't be beat. Nights under the stars were beautiful and the sunrise and cup of coffee with the amazing rock formations in every direction really couldn't be beat.
This time I am reviewing Lower Onion Creek. Upper and Lower are grouped together on this site, but they are 2 different campgrounds. Lower onion is directly across from the Fisher towers turn off on Hwy 128. No sign for lower onion until you actually make the turn and head down towards the site. We really loved this campground. River access so fun for kids. Set lower which helps when those super high spring winds come through. Bathrooms on site. $15/night. Dogs on leash. All spots did fill up after we arrived by 4pm on Friday evening. We checked out the bike path close to Moab this time and the Grandstaff trail also off of hw128. Both so fun and easy with littles.
Upper Onion Creek arrived Friday by 3pm. Site was almost full, cleared out by Saturday morning, so sat morn may be best time to arrive. Toddler could roam free without mom worried about drop offs. Easy biking down red dirt road, easy enough with kid seats on back of bike. Super fun with ebike. Sunset tour down Kokopelli trail 10 miles of canyons with 4 wheel drive. Day temps perfect late october, nights 40ish. We will be back for sure
We drove up Highway 128 from Moab in search of BLM campsites. The first sites closest to Moab were full so we kept going on the amazingly beautiful drive to mile marker 22 and found a site at Lower Onion Creek campground. Not as close to the water as we had hoped but still very close and a mile in from the main road which was great. The views are spectacular here. We car camped for 2 nights. Biggest downfall was the bugs! SO MANY gnats and flys. No biting bugs thankfully but the suckers were very irritating. When the bats came out at night (very cool) the bugs went away and smoke from our campfire helped. There are toilets which were clean but pretty smelly. There are dumpsters on site. Camp sites have fire pits and the whole area is well maintained.
We hiked Fisher Towers hike just across Hwy 128 and it was FANTASTIC. 4.6 miles round trip and every bit of it was beautiful. Moderate difficulty and definitely go early to beat the heat.
This area is close to Arches National Park and the town of Moab. Overall a great trip!
We ended up way out at Lower Onion Creek on a Friday night because all the campgrounds closer to Moab were full. It was pleasant surprise how great this place was! It is very quite, even with a relatively full campground. The Colorado River is nearby and there are amazing views of the Fisher Tower area. There are a few open air pit toilets available that are in well maintained.
There are no trees, it is very arid desert, but beautiful. Each camp site includes a nice picnic table and a fire ring. There is enough room to pitch 2 tents or one small camper. Several folks car camped here.
Cost is $15 a night paid at the bulletin at the campground entrance.
This is a great campground! We rolled in around 11 pm, all the camp sites up to this point were full. We set camp up in the dark but there was a nice level tent pad. We woke to gorgeous desert views! The camp ground had filled up even more, a lot of late arrivals. There is an open air outhouse that was clean and well stocked with TP. There is no place to dispose of trash, so pack it out. Great place if you don't mind the extra miles up river. It's a gorgeous drive and nice to get away from the crowds. Nice fire ring and picnic table at each site. Some sites are even large enough for a pull trough trailer or RV. We liked it so much we went back a second night.