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Best Dispersed Sites Near Arches National Park, UT (84)

    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping Outside of Moab - Sovereign Lands
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping Outside of Moab - Sovereign Lands
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping Outside of Moab - Sovereign Lands
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping Outside of Moab - Sovereign Lands
    Camper-submitted photo from Dispersed Camping Outside of Moab - Sovereign Lands
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    1.

    Dispersed Camping Outside of Moab - Sovereign Lands

    51 Reviews
    92 Photos
    1860 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    The Moab Exchange lands were acquired by the State of Utah in 1965 in an exchange for sovereign lands within the newly-designated Canyonlands National Park. The Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands is responsible for the management of 829-acre Prairie Dog Haven Unit and the 4,350 Dalton Wells Unit in Grand County, Utah.

    In 2015, the Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands completed the Moab Exchange Lands Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). The CMP was designed to facilitate the management of the exchange lands under multiple-use, sustained yield principles and accommodating public and private uses to the extent that the uses do not substantially impair the public trust resources.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Equestrian
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Gemini Bridges Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Gemini Bridges Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Circle Road Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Circle Road Dispersed Camping Area
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    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Circle Road Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Circle Road Dispersed Camping Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Yellow Circle Road Dispersed Camping Area

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    Yellow Circle Road Dispersed Camping Area

    28 Reviews
    92 Photos
    907 Saves
    La Sal, Utah

    11 Miles south of Moab, free dispersed sites along Yellow Circle Road. BLM signage designates the area within which you can camp. Many RVs and tent sites. Good for 2wd.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed

    4.

    South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed

    20 Reviews
    28 Photos
    439 Saves
    Arches National Park, Utah

    Welcome to South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed camping area, a no-frills spot near Moab, Utah. This place is perfect if you're looking for a free, quiet place to set up camp with some stunning views. Just a heads-up, this isn't your typical campground with amenities. You'll need to bring everything you need and pack it all out when you leave.

    The road in can be a bit rough and rocky, so take it slow, especially if you're towing a trailer or driving a low-clearance vehicle. Some folks have mentioned that the road is manageable, but it can get bumpy. Once you find a spot, you'll be treated to wide-open spaces with no tree cover, which means great opportunities for stargazing and solar charging.

    One of the best things about this area is its proximity to Moab and Arches National Park. You're only about 15-20 minutes away from Moab, making it easy to pop into town for supplies or a meal. Arches is even closer, so you can spend your days exploring the park and come back to a quiet spot at night.

    Visitors have noted that the sites are exposed and can get windy, but the sunsets and sunrises are worth it. There are no toilets, showers, or drinking water, so come prepared. Fires are allowed, but you'll need to bring your own firewood.

    If you're into mountain biking, bring your bike along. The long road offers some enjoyable rides with beautiful views. And if you're just looking for a place to crash for the night, this spot works well in a pinch.

    So, if you're up for a bit of an adventure and don't mind roughing it, South Klondike Bluffs / Road 142 Dispersed camping area is a solid choice. Just remember to respect the land and leave no trace. Happy camping!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Dispersed
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Middle Fork Shafer Canyon Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Middle Fork Shafer Canyon Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Middle Fork Shafer Canyon Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Middle Fork Shafer Canyon Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Middle Fork Shafer Canyon Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Middle Fork Shafer Canyon Dispersed

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    BLM Middle Fork Shafer Canyon Dispersed

    17 Reviews
    103 Photos
    877 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Welcome to the BLM Middle Fork Shafer Canyon Dispersed camping area in Utah. This spot is a hidden treasure for those who crave solitude and jaw-dropping views. Perched along the rim of a canyon, this area offers some of the most stunning vistas you'll ever lay eyes on.

    Getting here is part of the adventure. The road requires a high-clearance vehicle, and while a 4x4 is recommended, some folks have managed with less. Just be prepared for a bit of a bumpy ride. Once you arrive, you'll find several campsites spaced out along the cliff edge, giving you plenty of privacy and a front-row seat to nature's grandeur.

    One of the standout features here is the sheer tranquility. Visitors often mention the incredible quiet, broken only by the sounds of nature. It's the perfect place to unwind and disconnect. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars, but remember to bring your own firewood.

    Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure. Just be mindful of the rugged terrain and keep an eye on them near the cliff edges.

    There are no amenities like toilets, showers, or drinking water, so come prepared. Pack out all your trash and leave no trace to keep this beautiful spot pristine for future visitors.

    Whether you're in a tent or an RV, the views and the serenity make the journey worthwhile. So, pack your gear, bring plenty of water, and get ready for an unforgettable camping experience at Middle Fork Shafer Canyon.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine rim campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine rim campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine rim campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine rim campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Porcupine rim campground

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    Porcupine rim campground

    14 Reviews
    44 Photos
    1460 Saves
    Castle Valley, Utah

    Welcome to Porcupine Rim, a dispersed camping area that offers some of the most breathtaking views you'll ever see. Nestled in the Manti-La Sal National Forest near Moab, UT, this spot is a hidden gem for those who crave a bit of solitude and stunning scenery. The sunsets and sunrises here are nothing short of spectacular, painting the sky in hues that will make you want to stay forever.

    Now, let's talk about the nitty-gritty. This place is free to camp, but it's not for the faint of heart. The road up is rocky and bumpy, so a high-clearance vehicle is a must. If you're driving a sedan, you might have to park a bit further out and hoof it the rest of the way. But trust me, the effort is worth it. Once you're up there, you'll find a few campsites scattered around, each offering its own slice of paradise.

    Amenities are pretty basic. There's a toilet, which is a nice touch, and fire pits for those chilly nights. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire under the stars. Just make sure to bring your own drinking water, as there isn't any available on-site. And yes, pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    Visitors have raved about the views and the sense of seclusion. One camper mentioned that they had the whole place to themselves, while another highlighted the incredible stargazing opportunities. Just be prepared for some bugs and sticky sap from the trees—small prices to pay for such an amazing experience.

    So, pack your gear, grab your 4x4, and head up to Porcupine Rim. It's a bit of a trek, but once you're there, you'll understand why it's worth every bump and bruise. Enjoy the beauty, and please, leave no trace behind.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 144 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 144 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 144 Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 144 Dispersed
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    Camper-submitted photo from Castleton Tower
    Camper-submitted photo from Castleton Tower
    Camper-submitted photo from Castleton Tower
    Camper-submitted photo from Castleton Tower
    Camper-submitted photo from Castleton Tower
    Camper-submitted photo from Castleton Tower

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    Castleton Tower

    9 Reviews
    39 Photos
    550 Saves
    Castle Valley, Utah

    A tent-only campsite near Utah's Castleton Tower.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Reservable
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    • Alcohol
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Mineral Bottom Road Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM Mineral Bottom Road Dispersed Camping
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