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This was night four of our Grand Canyon Trip, and our only cloudy, starless night. I have heard such good things about the view at night, even so, it was one of our favorites. We put a speaker in a nearby bush we dubbed the "bluetooth bush" and piped in some native flute music. I'm here to tell you, there's nothing I recommend more. If the sweet serenity of the pure quiet doesn't do it for you, then get those old disembodied melodies going. There are no bathrooms or trash, so pack-in, pack-out.
I stayed here in May and enjoyed it very much. Each campsite has fire pits and cooking grates. The pit toilets were very clean and well kept. The campground does fill up on busy weekends but there are lots of other dispersed camping areas around.
On a side note the location that shows up on the map isn’t correct. The campground is actually on the south side of the main road. Not every site will fit the large trailers or rv’s but most will.
The sites all had ample space between them, but no real barrier. There was no light pollution, so the milkyway photos were amazing! Huge sites, picnic table with shelter, fire pit and pit toilets. It was 100% worth the $8.
We had it to ourselves 11/30/19.
We stayed in site 8 and literally could have gone for a swim from our site. The sites are too close together for my liking, but we were the only ones at the campground. The pit toilets were clean (and not smelly)..The sites all had fire pit/grate, picnic table and flat spot for a tent or RV parking. The highway noise was a bit annoying, but not unbearable.
The sunrise over the river was incredible!
If you don't plan on spending some time exploring, climbing or doing some photography on or around Looking Glass Rock, then there's not much reason to take the dirt road out to this spot. The road is dirt and well maintained until you take a cutoff to your left right as you're getting to the western boundary of the rock form. There are primitive campgrounds scattered all over the area surrounding the butte. There are some sites that do require a high clearance/4WD vehicle in order to get to as you'll be driving over uneven slick rock and some moderately deep sand. There are no amenities so bring everything you need and then pack it out!
As for adventures we did while in the area, we visited the always popular Wall Street climbing area to the west of Moab on Potash Rd. If that's too busy for ya you can also go a little further up the road and explore around Day Canyon where we also climbed the tower in the pictures, Boognish Tower. And of course if you're looking to just spend an afternoon or a night around the arch then the East Rib Route on Looking Glass Rock is an amazingly easy beginner climb (albeit slightly run out) that has a spectacular ~120' completely free hanging rappel through the window at the top of the route. Certainly the best arch rappel I've done in the area and definitely one of the more unique beginner climbs in the Moab area.
The campground itself is beautiful, nestled between trees and rock formations the sites are far enough for completely privacy and quiet. There are bathrooms and water and your picnic tables and fire pits. Trail heads for many amazing hikes of different levels start here so if you want an early start this is the place!
It’s unfortunate though that the NPS doesn’t do a better job at running the site and informing visitors about its availability. Rec.gov app says the camp is full without even first comes availability. At entrances to the park a big sign says the camp is full, sign near the camp says so as well. There is no camp host or anyone to ask. When I got there at 2pm “full” meant 3 open sites! Further more, some sites have multiple tent pads, this is mentioned anywhere which is a a shame since it could help with the limited open spaces.
All in all a beautiful, great located campground! Too bad the NPS doesn’t do it’s job efficiently enough for everyone to enjoy it.
One of the best campsites I've stayed at! This privately owned campground is owned by a very friendly couple and has a small amount of reservation-based sites. Most all of the campsites are fairly separated and secluded. The entire campground sits in-front of a huge red rock structure that is climbable and explorable making each (or at least campsite #4) feel infinitely large. The fact that the campgrounds faced west towards the sunset made for some amazing evenings. The couple that owns it is very friendly and nice, they have clean facilities, $3 showers and a mini market in the check-in house. Would highly recommend this campsite for exploring Needles. **FYI it will take at least 2 hours to drive from this campground to other areas of Canyonlands because there are NO roads that go through the park.**