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About Gold Bar Recreation Site

Gold Bar Recreation Site is located along the Colorado River, west of Moab, Utah. The site includes a boat ramp, beach, individual campsites, group campsites, and facilities. The Corona Arch Hiking Trail is located across the road from the campground and offers a 1.5 mile hike to two spectacular arches. Rock art can be viewed along the drive to the recreation site and the nearby Poison Spider Mesa offers an interpretive dinosaur track trail. Visitors enjoy the nearby mountain biking and OHV trails.

Camping: There are 9 individual campsites available on a first come-first serve basis. The sites are limited to 10 persons and 2 vehicles per site. The campsites include fire grate, picnic table, and vault toilets. The recreation site also includes 4 group campsites that must be reserved on recreation.gov. Group areas have fire grates, picnic tables, vault toilets and sites A, B, and C have shade shelters. Site D does not have a shade shelter but is a great site for groups of motor homes. The campground does not have water, dump stations or electric hook ups.

Fee Info
$20.00 per site per night camping fee payable at self service fee station at campground. Group campsite reserved on Recreation.gov
$130.00 - $250.00
Bureau of Land Management
Drive In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Picnic Table
Gold Bar Recreation Site is located in Utah
38.5757 N
-109.6334 W
Get Directions
From Moab, drive 5 miles north on Hwy 191 to the intersection with Hwy 279. Turn left/west on Hwy 279 and drive 10 miles to the campground entrance road.
9 Reviews of Gold Bar Recreation Site
Good Vibes, Great Location

The camping sites are all a decent size, and the trees and brush add some shade and privacy between sites. The canyon provides shade for the campground for at least two and a half hours after sunrise. Each site has space for at least two parking spots.

Access to the Colorado River is within walking distance of the campsite. People were swimming to the sandbar across the river. Corona Arch trailhead is right across the highway. More trailheads and petroglyphs nearby. A short drive from Moab and the Parks.

Only downside was the noise from the highway, but it isn’t very busy. There’s practically no nighttime traffic.

Gorgeous riverside camping

Camped here last weekend while visiting Moab. I was really impressed by the cleanliness of these sites and how well laid out they were. Each site had plenty of parking, a good fire ring, and best of all, plenty of shade for tent spots! Really appreciated in the hot desert days. Access to the nearby river was so awesome, we had fun walking around on the sand flats. Would like to come back in the middle of summer and float this calm section of the river! 

Campground also had great proximity to the rock climbing at "Wall Street" and the popular Corona Arch trailhead, right across the street from the campground.

Love this campground!

I’ve stayed at this campground many times while visiting Moab and love this spot! It’s about 15 minutes from downtown Moab on Potash Rd, so the drive is always beautiful and convenient. There are so many campgrounds to choose from on this road but this is one of my favorites. Right next to the road so it’s a little noisy at times, but being right on the river with the Corona Arch hike right across the street is amazing. One pit toilet. Spots are pretty large and spread out with some near the river and others closer to the road. Awesome campground!

So much to see nearby

Great side on the Colorado, just a few miles from Canyonlands and Arches. Even on a busy weekend there was still space to be found at this campground. There’s a nice hike at the trailhead across the street, and I saw a few rafts put in at the nearby boat ramp. On the way in, there’s plenty of opportunity to climb, and a nice trail to see rock art and dinosaur tracks.

Not remote but surrounded by scenery

This campground was an interesting little campground. When we looked at the listing to find it, it said there were four sites available and we were taking 10 people total. 7 high school students and 3 adults. We knew based off of the BLM site that we were allowed to have 10 people and two vehicles, we had just one big vehicle. No where on the BLM site does it say there is a tent limit, at least that we found. We did get hollered at by the camp host (another campground away) that we had too many tents. So, although the BLM site does not restrict tents, they say you can only have four. She also told us to use the group site at $25 plus $5 a head but that price is so far off that it's laughable.

Anyway, there are 9 sites in the main campground, priced at $20 a site. There are 4 group sites, they range from $130 a night to $250 a night. They can accommodate anywhere from 30 to 90 people per site and 10 vehicles per site. There are no hookups or electric at any of the sites. There are toilets at each of the campgrounds (individual and group). Our group said they were pretty smelly, I went up to the bathrooms that are at the bottom of Corona Arch and those were very clean, lacked a smell and had hand sanitizer in them. The doors were finicky and our students claimed they didn't lock so apparently they are too complicated for high school students.

We stayed in the individual (ten person capacity sties). The sites were clean, spacious and depending on the site you were in, shaded in spots. Some are right out by the highway and those are less desirable. We had a picnic table and a large fire pit.

This was a field trip for our high school kids so we were happy that there were things to do very close. Corona Arch is just across the street. It's about a mile and a half in, so 3 miles round trip. The beginning is really the roughest part. After the tracks, it flattens out a bit and it's mostly just flat rock. This hike allowed us to do a little geocaching, although we only found one of the two on the trail. The arch is magnificent! It's absolutely huge. There are a couple spots of the hike where you need to escape your comfort zone if you aren't fond of heights. There is a steel rope that you climb with foot holes and also a short ladder, maybe 6 feet tall. The rest is pretty smooth sailing. The kids enjoyed the echo at the arch.

Another spot, just about half a mile from the campground is another hike. It's a bit strange at first, you go through what looks like a drainage tunnel of sorts. You get through and I think we were supposed to take a trail up but we missed it and went the flat route towards our geocache. Saw some really nice water holes, not sure if you can swim in them but they seem pretty deep. The official trail is supposed to be 4 miles round trip, but we did not find that trail.

Of course the campground is right on the Colorado River and there are boat ramps at the group sites. The river seemed a bit low in these spots but we did not get in.

After preparing our food we were able to play some frisbee in the roadway for the campground. There wasn't a lot of vehicles that came through so they rarely had to move out of the way. They did a little ultimate as well. If they had had a football or baseball and glove, they could have enjoyed that too. The space was there. The terrain was a little rough but that didn't stop them. They had a blast.

The road in from Moab had petroglyphs and lots of climbers. Temps were about 70 during the day and cold at night, supposed to be 50 ish but it seemed cold. Day temps were almost too hot for the hiking but still tolerable.

Over all the campground was enjoyable and I would take a group back again.

Colorado River

These campgrounds are right on the colorado river in moab. They all have a fee to stay depending on which campsite you pick. Which seems to be the case with most campgrounds in the area. There is isnt any water but there is out house restrooms. The Corona arch trail is right across the street so easy access to the trailhead and waking up to the colorado river is beautiful!

On the river

Like other reviewers said it is not a great campsite per session, but it is on the river. Great trail right across the road to Corona Arch--really a fantastic hike! We would recommend this for a cheaper camping option close to the national parks and great hiking.

Bugs Galore

Well, the area was very beautiful, but we were eaten alive! Bring some bug spray and you'll have a great time.

First to Review
BLM first-come sites near the Gold Bar group sites

There are 5 first come, first served campsites near the Gold Bar Group sites that are non-reservable and usually open when the rest of the camping has been scooped up! They may not be the most scenic spots, (like camping in a gravel parking lot) but the views of the colorado are nice, and the Gold Bar camping is located directly across the street from one of the best hikes in Moab…Corona Arch! Corona Arch is a super fun, 3 mile hike that features a huge arch that you can walk right underneath! The hike has a few mildly technical spots…a ladder, the "moki" steps, and a handrail section. Make sure you visit corona arch during your stay at the gold bar sites!