Places to Camp near Canyonlands National Park

In eastern Utah, near Arches National Park and Moab, UT, you’ll find Canyonlands National Park. Often paired with a visit to Arches or Moab, Canyonlands is more than four times the size of Arches. In fact, it’s the largest national park in the state.

Like other Utah parks, getting a campsite can be a challenge. The Needles takes reservations, but Island in the Sky is first-come, first served. Both can be accessed with an RV up to 28 feet long. However, the campsites are dry. Camping in the frontcountry isn’t easy, but there are many backcountry campgrounds to choose from. Like all other parks, the best camping near Canyonlands National Park is wherever you can find it, as 42% of the entire state is BLM land.

Best Camping Sites Near Canyonlands National Park, UT (239)

    Camper-submitted photo from Kayenta Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kayenta Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kayenta Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kayenta Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kayenta Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Kayenta Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park

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    Kayenta Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park

    41 Reviews
    165 Photos
    380 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Welcome to Kayenta Campground in Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah. This spot is a gem for anyone looking to explore the stunning landscapes of the Moab area, including Arches and Canyonlands. The campground is known for its large, clean sites and incredible views.

    Kayenta Campground offers a mix of electric sites, walk-in tent sites, and yurts, all laid out in two loops: Kayenta and Wingate. The electric sites come with paved driveways, a tent pad, fire ring, and a sheltered picnic table to keep you shaded from the sun and wind. The campground is well-maintained, with staff ensuring that the fire pits are cleaned out and the surrounding areas are raked after each visitor leaves.

    One of the standout features here is the covered dining area with a pantry, which adds a touch of convenience to your camping experience. The campground also has clean bathrooms with flush toilets, although there are no showers, so plan accordingly. You'll need to bring your own water, but there are trash bins available for your convenience.

    For activities, you can enjoy easy hiking trails right from the campground. The west rim and east rim trails form a loop of about five miles, offering breathtaking overlooks and a chance to soak in the natural beauty of the area. There are also designated mountain biking trails if you're up for some adventure on two wheels.

    Visitors have praised the campground for its cleanliness, friendly camp hosts, and the stunning night sky views. It's a bit pricey at $50 per night, but many feel it's worth it for the location and amenities. Whether you're in a tent, RV, or staying in a yurt, Kayenta Campground provides a fantastic base camp for your adventures in this beautiful part of Utah.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Devils Garden Campground — Arches National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Devils Garden Campground — Arches National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Devils Garden Campground — Arches National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Devils Garden Campground — Arches National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Devils Garden Campground — Arches National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Devils Garden Campground — Arches National Park

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    Devils Garden Campground — Arches National Park

    91 Reviews
    349 Photos
    979 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Overview

    Devils Garden Campground is located deep within the heart of beautiful Arches National Park in Southeastern Utah, at an elevation of approximately 5200 ft.. The campground is situated among natural sandstone arches and fins and is only 18 miles north of the park's entrance and 23 miles from Moab, Utah.__

    Recreation

    Hiking trails are abundant in Arches, including the Broken Arch Trail, a scenic loop with a trailhead conveniently located within the campground. Trails are varied and offer something for everyone, from the easy 0.3-mile loop around Balanced Rock to the steep and strenuous 3-mile round-trip trail to Delicate Arch. Other recreational activities in the park include guided hiking tours of the Fiery Furnace, an off-road vehicle route, road biking and picnicking.

    Facilities

    Hiking trails are abundant in Arches, including the Broken Arch Trail, a scenic loop with a trailhead conveniently located within the campground. Trails are varied and offer something for everyone, from the easy 0.3-mile loop around Balanced Rock to the steep and strenuous 3-mile round-trip trail to Delicate Arch. Other recreational activities in the park include guided hiking tours of the Fiery Furnace, an off-road vehicle route, road biking and picnicking.

    Natural Features

    The campground is forested with mixed stands of Utah juniper and pinyon pine. Flowering prickly pear cacti, yucca and other desert wildflowers dot the landscape, offering vivid color to the surrounding red rock desert. Arches National Park has the highest concentration of natural arches in the world. Over 2,500 of these unusual rock formations can be found here. Towering spires, fins and balanced rocks complement the arches, creating a remarkable assortment of landforms in a relatively small area. The park is within an arid, high desert environment with hot summers and cold winters.

    Nearby Attractions

    Southeastern Utah offers breathtaking scenery, hiking, road and mountain biking opportunities, rafting and scenic driving routes. Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park are within a 45-minute drive of Arches' entrance. Moab offers numerous restaurants, shops and museums. The desert around Moab is a mountain biker's dream, with hundreds of miles of slickrock and single-track trails for all riding abilities.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $100 - $250 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Wingate Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wingate Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wingate Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wingate Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wingate Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wingate Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park

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    Wingate Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park

    33 Reviews
    88 Photos
    236 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Welcome to Wingate Campground at Dead Horse Point State Park! This spot is a gem in Utah, offering some of the most breathtaking views you'll ever see. The campground is perched on top of the world, giving you panoramic vistas that are simply unforgettable.

    One of the standout features here is the electric hookups, which make it a great choice for RVs and those who like a bit of comfort while still enjoying the rugged beauty of the area. The sites are spacious and well-maintained, with covered picnic tables and wind screens to make your stay more comfortable. The bathrooms are clean, and there's even a dishwashing station, which is a nice touch.

    Visitors often rave about the quiet and serene atmosphere. The campground is small, so you won't be dealing with large crowds, making it a perfect place to unwind and soak in the natural beauty. The stars at night are incredible, offering a clear view of the Milky Way that you won't get in more populated areas.

    For those traveling with pets, this campground is a fantastic alternative to the nearby national parks, where dogs are often restricted. There are plenty of hiking trails right from the campground, leading you to the edge of stunning canyons and offering views that rival those of Canyonlands National Park.

    If you're into a bit of rustic charm, you'll love the feel of this place. It's got that boondocking vibe but with the added convenience of power. Plus, it's just minutes from the Visitor Center and the iconic Dead Horse Point overlook. Whether you're here for the hiking, the views, or just to relax, Wingate Campground is a spot you'll want to return to again and again.

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    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $40 - $50 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 378 Willow Springs Road
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 378 Willow Springs Road
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 378 Willow Springs Road
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 378 Willow Springs Road
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 378 Willow Springs Road
    Camper-submitted photo from BLM 378 Willow Springs Road

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    BLM 378 Willow Springs Road

    56 Reviews
    117 Photos
    877 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Welcome to BLM 378 Willow Springs Road, a fantastic camping area near Moab, Utah. This spot is a gem for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors without breaking the bank. It's close to Arches National Park and offers easy access to some of the best mountain biking trails around, including the KlonZo trail network.

    The area is known for its spacious sites, though it can get busy, especially on weekends. If you arrive late, you might end up with a spot closer to the road, which can be a bit noisy and dusty. But if you venture about a mile in, you'll find more secluded spots that offer a quieter experience, though you might miss out on some sunset views.

    One of the standout features here is that it's free to camp, though some folks have mentioned a $15 fee that doesn't always get enforced. There are no water or sewer hookups, but you'll find porta-potties scattered around, and a trash dumpster near the exit. The ground can be tough, so if you're tent camping, bring some para cord to secure your stakes.

    Pets are welcome, and fires are allowed, so feel free to bring your furry friends and enjoy a campfire under the stars. Just remember, there's no firewood available, so you'll need to bring your own. The area is also big rig friendly, but maneuvering can be tricky in some spots.

    Moab is just a short drive away, offering everything you might need, from groceries to great local food and even laundry facilities. Plus, the cell reception is decent, so you can stay connected if needed.

    All in all, BLM 378 Willow Springs Road is a great spot to set up camp, explore the nearby trails, and soak in the natural beauty of Utah. Happy camping!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $15 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Willow Springs Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Willow Springs Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Willow Springs Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Willow Springs Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Willow Springs Trail
    Camper-submitted photo from Willow Springs Trail

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    Willow Springs Trail

    52 Reviews
    98 Photos
    1141 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Willow Springs Trail is state-owned land located 13 miles north of downtown Moab Utah. The state provides some vault toilets and port-o-lets throughout the area, but there are no designated campsites or fire rings.

    Utahraptor State Park is located roughly 15 miles northwest of Moab in the Dalton Wells and Willow Springs area of Grand County — where Utah’s most famous dinosaur was discovered. The site is also home to the historic Moab CCC Camp and the Moab Isolation Center.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $15 / night

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

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    Dispersed Camping Outside of Moab - Sovereign Lands

    51 Reviews
    92 Photos
    1837 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.

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    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Equestrian
    • Dispersed
    • Trash
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway

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    Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway

    40 Reviews
    111 Photos
    78 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Boasting incredible camping near Arches National Park, Sun Outdoors Arches Gateway, formerly Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground, is just steps away from the nation's most scenic sights. Whether lounging in the hot tub or perfecting your swing on the putting green, you'll have stunning views. Stay in one of our RV sites, tent sites, or vacation rentals, including brand new Airstream trailers.

    • Pets
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $66 - $161 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown

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    Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown

    38 Reviews
    60 Photos
    46 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Welcome to Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown, a fantastic spot nestled right near the heart of Moab, UT. This campground is perfect for those who want to be close to all the action while still enjoying the comforts of a well-equipped site. Whether you're in a tent, RV, or cabin, you'll find what you need here.

    One of the standout features of this campground is its prime location. You can easily walk to downtown Moab, where you'll find plenty of shops, restaurants, and attractions. If you're up for some adventure, Arches National Park is just a short drive away, offering stunning landscapes and hiking opportunities.

    The campground itself is packed with amenities. You'll find full hookups for RVs, clean showers, and a laundry facility to keep you fresh and ready for your next adventure. There's also a general store on-site for any last-minute supplies, and a pool to cool off in after a day of exploring.

    Visitors have mentioned the friendly and helpful staff, which can make your stay even more enjoyable. The sites are shaded by mature trees, providing a bit of relief from the sun, and there's a picnic table at each site for your convenience. Pets are welcome too, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    While the sites are a bit close together, the convenience and amenities more than make up for it. Plus, the campground offers a military and first responder discount, which is a nice touch.

    So, if you're looking for a comfortable and convenient place to stay near Moab, Sun Outdoors Moab Downtown is a great choice. Enjoy your stay and happy camping!

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    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs
    Camper-submitted photo from MOAB KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from MOAB KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from MOAB KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from MOAB KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from MOAB KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from MOAB KOA

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    MOAB KOA

    34 Reviews
    109 Photos
    212 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    With its colossal sandstone structures and scenic state and national parks, it is no wonder that Moab, Utah, is one of the most sought-out destinations in the American Southwest. The breathtaking landscape of red rocks and forests, along with the Colorado River's cool waters, arrest the senses with their rugged beauty. Make Moab KOA your Adventure Capital of the West headquarters as you plan a trip of a lifetime to Moab. Book at the Best Place To Stay in Moab Today! Being the best camping spot in Moab, our campground combines the rustic feel of adventure camping with resort-like amenities like the largest pool in town! Plus, we are only 15 minutes from Arches National Park and offer easy access to Dead Horse State Park. Additionally, camping near Canyonlands National Park has never been easier! Your unforgettable adventure awaits at Moab KOA.

    RV Sites: If you are traveling cross-country in your RV, you need a place with plenty of space. We offer the best RV campground in Moab. So, try one of our Pull-Thru or Back-In RV Sites. Max pull thru is 80 feet. 

    Cabins: Our adorable Camping Cabins near Canyonlands are the perfect way to experience this region's immense beauty. If you prefer something more comfortable, our Deluxe Cabins come with bathrooms, linens and toiletries. 

    Tent Sites: For many campers, the tradition of tent camping in Moab, Utah with all your gear is the only way to experience camping! Our spacious Tent Sites ensure you have plenty of space for your whole crew to cozy up around the campfire.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors North Moab
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors North Moab
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors North Moab
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors North Moab
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors North Moab
    Camper-submitted photo from Sun Outdoors North Moab

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    Sun Outdoors North Moab

    40 Reviews
    69 Photos
    96 Saves
    Moab, Utah

    Camp minutes away from Utah's greatest attractions and destinations at Sun Outdoors North Moab, formerly Slickrock Campground. Enjoy a great location within walking distance of the amazing Colorado River and biking distance to downtown Moab and its unique shops, restaurants, and breweries.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available near Canyonlands National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, Canyonlands National Park offers a wide range of camping options, with 239 campgrounds and RV parks near Canyonlands National Park and 96 free dispersed camping spots.

Which is the most popular campground near Canyonlands National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground near Canyonlands National Park is Kayenta Campground — Dead Horse Point State Park with a 4.8-star rating from 41 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping near Canyonlands National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 96 free dispersed camping spots near Canyonlands National Park.

What parks are near Canyonlands National Park?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 18 parks near Canyonlands National Park that allow camping, notably Arches National Park and Capitol Reef National Park.