Big Bend campground consists of a few large group sites right along the edge of the Colorado river. They're only about a 25 minute drive from Moab. The sites are perfect for large groups of campers, because they're pretty big. The sites have picnic tables and fire rings. It was awesome to just sit around the fire at night and listen to the river.
My favorite part about the sites is that there is a huge bouldering area right across the street. You can rent a crash pad for about $10 a day in Moab, so it's pretty inexpensive if you want to give bouldering a try. There are some nice routes for both beginners and experienced climbers. Be sure to pack plenty of water if you go in the summer though, because there's not really any shade.
Of course there's also Arches National Park nearby to explore. I could spend days in there and never get bored. Moab is a really cool town too. Be sure to explore the food, shops, and whatever else you can find.
We rolled into the Moab area a bit late in the day, so were unable to snag a site at our preferred location. We were lucky to find a decent enough tent-camping spot in the Big Bend overflow area. Our friends who were car camping joined us later that night and it proved a really easy place to meet. Bathrooms and water access were located just a short walk across the street in the main Big Bend campground. Being riverside for a night was great, but the combination of wind through the valley and the close proximity to the road resulted in a lot of dust being kicked up. Overall, we recommend Big Bend if you want to be closer to Moab and by the river (great for a quick dip/rinse!).
Big Bend is in a convenient location. During popular travel times, Big Bend is very busy and almost always full. It's a very popular place to camp. It's right next to U-128 (Noisy and well-used road into Moab). I always enjoy my time in the Moab area but definately appreciate a good location. This is a great site for a first time vistor or someone who doesn't enjoy remote (quieter) campgrounds.
There are so many campgrounds along the road into Moab, but we decided to stay at this once in the over flow area. The over flow was just a open area to set up your tent. No pre designated spots. We set our tent up right along the back border. We had an amazing view of the stars at night and woke up to the most amazing sunrise over the rock behind us.
23 sites at this no frills BLM campground. You can use a vault toilet and dispose of your trash. That's it, but it's quiet and most of the sites are large. A few of them are side by side. Most are along the river side but there is some heavy brush to get through at some sites to actually get to the river. There is a small area that could pass for a beach.
We arrived at 9 am and waited for people to leave a site. More sites turned over during the day but the place filled up again.
20 is large and private. See photo. Some of the sites look rocky for a tent but there are a few where you can get your tent into the brush area…hidden.
There are 3 group sites (reservable); one is across the road. There is also an overflow area across the road which was used by 1 RV and 2 tents when we were there. Met a couple in a rental RV who was getting desperate because this is the 6th of 7 BLM campgrounds within 10 miles of Moab on the river. There are 5 more beyond milepost 20. Overflow area is still a fee area ($15, $7.50 with NPS senior pass).
Also across the road - a bouldering area.