Along with easy access to biking and off-highway vehicle trails, Sand Flats' campgrounds offer spectacular vistas of sandstone domes, canyons, and mesas in addition to the ever-changing La Sal Mountains as a dramatic back-drop. Visitors are awed by beautiful sunsets, the magic of howling coyotes and a night sky of seemingly unlimited stars.
The Sand Flats Recreation Area is home to the Slickrock Bike Trail, a world renowned mountain biking destination. The area is also a premier destination for 4x4 and backcountry motorcycle enthusiasts. There is nearly 40 miles of off-highway vehicle trails to explore within the recreation area.
The group campsites are located in the Echo campground, campsites E-1 and E-10. Both campsites accommodate up to 16 people. E-1 has space for six passenger cars, or two RVs, or two to three trucks with camp trailers. E-10 parking is smaller and can accomodate up to 6 pasenger cars, or 1 RV and one to two trucks with camp trailers. Facilities include shade structures, picnic tables and fire rings. There are nearby vault toilet facilities. Campers will need to bring drinking water.
The campground is set among slickrock domes and fins. The sites offer sweeping views of sandstone domes, canyons and mesas against the backdrop of the 13,000 ft. La Sal Mountains. Pinyon and juniper trees offer limited shade.
The sites are located only five miles from downtown Moab, providing convenient access to many bike and off-highway vehicle trails, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River and the La Sal Mountains.
Charges & Cancellations
If you do not arrive at the group campsite facility by check out time on the day after your scheduled arrival date, which is 11 am, you are considered a no show and your site will be made available to others.
ADA Access: N
I ended up staying here because everything along the River was full. Initially, I was bummed but as you can see by the photos it’s absolutely beautiful. Wide open space with large spots and you aren’t close to your neighbors. I was here in September so it was still a bit warm in the day and cooler at night. Our spot had room for our van and a friends camper. Most of the spots have room for several cars etc. This campground is great if you’ve come to ATV, dirt bike etc or you just came to get away and breathe. You can eat dinner, jump on your bike or ATV and take off on an adventure. There are miles of trails and lots to explore all around. You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere but the center of town is just a couple miles away with lots of restaurants, shops, and grocery stores.
There is a place at the front to pay and it’s only $15/night. No water or hookups/electric but, you’re close to town if you need anything. Make sure to bring extra water. This is a great spot to stay to visit the surrounding parks that Moab is greatly known for. I definitely will be back and would stay again!
Really great if you are a tent camper looking to stay close to Moab while checking out the national parks. Only $15 a night. Easy check-in/check-out. Basic amenities (no one water or power) like toilet. Would recommend
Some of the best dirk biking I’ve done! Every terrain you can think of… slick rock, clay, sand, soft dirt, hard dirt, and hill climbs!
This place is perfect and typical Moab. Right next to the FAMOUS slickrock trail, this location was great to camp in!
One of the best areas in Sand Flats Recreation Area. This site was one of the biggest in the area that could fit multiple tents and has a fire pit and picnic table. It was $15 to camp per night. I went with a group of three guys and made friends with others that shared the site. There is no service in most of the area, however, if you climb up some of the rocks (for example the view from the video or picture) you can get service. It was mostly sand where our tent was set up with some rocks. It does get cold during the night so make sure you have warm clothing. There are multiple activities to do within this area. Consider going during Jeep Safari. Although crowded it is a very cool event especially if you are interested in off-roading.
We stopped by for two nights the weekend after labor day, and I was really pleased with our brief stay. There were SO MANY OPTIONS of open sites, so it was fun to spend an hour driving through the park, shopping for which one we would settle on. We chose one with some shade for the tent and for the dog, and that had room to explore nearby. Site was clean, park was quiet at night, and we did plenty of wandering/exploring around the site
I will start with saying this is my favorite spot i have ever camped. In particular the spot in the pictures (I will not tell you the spot number, find it if you can) Besides camping, the sand flats recreation area offers an array of activities. Slick rock is a famous mountain biking trail that is inside of the recreation area as well as endless trails for 4x4 vehicles. Through out the night you can hear the roar of engines driving around the sand flats. My favorite part of this area is how right around every camp spot you will find slick rock hills and trails to hike around and take in the view. Watching sunset from up above the campgrounds is amazing.
There is a fee upon entering the Sand Flat Area, one for day use ($5 per vehicle) and one for camping use ($15 per vehicle). There are many campgrounds spread out around miles of road, all are first come first served. You will find walk in sites as well as RV and tent sites. Campgrounds are marked with a letter and in each campground there will be around 10 spots. 120 in total.Each spot has a picnic table and a metal fire ring. Vault toilets are available in each campground, some of them are open air. Just a fence surrounding the toilet with nature and sky up above.
Spot size depends on which campground you are in, they will vary significantly. We have had spots with 5+ tents with plenty of room and we had been to areas where 3 of us are on top of each other. Choose wisely but choose quickly, spots fill up very fast in Moab's busy season which runs from late April to Late October. Try to arrive early in the day to get spots as people leave. Remember, temperatures get very hot here, i would bring a canopy or tarp to set up a shelter in the day.
I virtually ALWAYS stay at Sand Flats when I go to Moab (which is often), because it's a nice campground, outside of the craziness of town, but still close to town. It's quiet, and dark at night, and it's CHEAP
This was sensational. We drove about an hour up the mountain to camp right by the rim. If it hadn't been so late I'd have hiked the last hundred feet to pitch my tent right in the spot overlooking the rim. The views were astounding. Moab was a last minute addition to our Colorado camping trip and I am SO glad we added this Utah gem in. Right by Arches National Park, the scenery is breathtaking. And camping up here is totally free! Clean bathrooms and gorgeous skies and views. Now I tell all my friends to GO! Camp the rim. It is SO worth the extra drive up the mountain, though there is also gorgeous camping lower down. (I made a friend in a Chalet camper like the one I have at home and got a pic). They recommend 4 wheel drive. I was in an SUV (not 4 wheel drive) and my friend was in a Volvo 240 wagon. We made it all the way up until those last few feet which can easily be walked up to with equipment.
Close to Slick Rock trail.