Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Water Unknown
About Grandstaff Campground

Riverside camping designed for tents only. Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The campsites offer spectacular views of the Colorado River and the massive red rock cliffs of Arches National Park. This campground is very popular due to its proximity to Moab, its shade in the summer and the beautiful scenery. Located near the Grandstaff Trailhead (hiking) and Porcupine Rim Trail (mountain biking). Typically fills in the morning, from March-October. (Do not enter the river without the required life jackets; it has dangerous under currents.)

Individual Sites: 16 (limited to 10 people & two vehicles per site); Water: No; Toilets: Yes; Hook-ups: No;

Fee Info
$20/night (Pay at campground, cash or check only)
Bureau of Land Management
Drive In
Boat In
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Picnic Table
Trash Available
No WiFi
Grandstaff Campground is located in Utah
38.6102 N
-109.5339 W
Get Directions
From the intersection of Hwy. 191 and Hwy. 128, drive east 3 miles along the Colorado River. The campground will be on your left.
13 Reviews of Grandstaff Campground
Great hike and a river nearby!

Clean pit toilet stocked with tp, a spot right next to the water luckily in the shade (most spots were unlucky) and a good distance from neighboring sites. A wonderful 4.5 mile out and back hike across the highway, totally recommend!!!


Great campsite- well maintained, not too cramped. One of the closes BLM campsites to town of Moab & Arches NP. However the traffic noise echoing through the canyon & the lights from road take away any feelings of seclusion.

View picturesque sandstone cliffs from your tent

Grandstaff campground is situated among the backdrop of the canyons massive sandstone cliffs of the Colorado river and is only a short 3 miles from Moab. While the campground sits on the shore of the Colorado river it also sits along the highway, but the slow speed limit in the area does a lot to keep down road noise. We have never experienced any disruption to our sleep from highway noise while staying in any of the campgrounds in the canyon along the highway. Grandstaff is a good jumping of site for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The campground has 16 sites and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be warned, the site does not have water, it is suggested that campers fill up at Lions Park(intersection of Hwy 191 and UT 128) near the pedestrian bridge dedication plaque. Each campsite has a picnic table, metal fire ring and tent pad. If you're a hiker be sure to hike the nearby picturesque Negro Bill canyon trail to its end at Morning Glory Bridge, a natural arch spanning 243 feet.

Not only for tents

Many RVs and trailers kinda ruin the whole “tents only” I was looking for

Favorite campground to date

Visited Grandstaff Campgroud in May 2017. I’ve done a decent amount of camping and this is by far my favorite. Beautiful scenery in every direction. Clean facilities. Can’t wait to come back some day.


Nice spot down the road from the national parks. Spots line the river. Spots aren't super spaced out but they have the basics.

Colorado River

Outside Moab you can find a string of campgrounds along a scenic drive along the Colorado River. I tent camped at Grandstaff which is sandwiched between the river and the road like all campgrounds along the corridor. That fact was diminished by the gorgeous riparian setting with the river winding through fantastic rock formations. Lots of bird life including hummingbirds.

best scenery near Moab!

I love this campground especially during rainstorms as the canyon walls explode with waterfalls!

Soaring red walls over the Colorado River

One of many campgrounds along this stretch of the Colorado east of Moab. If you're looking for beautiful scenery next to a nice cool water front then this place is your desert paradise. All campgrounds had permanent firerings and picnic tables.

The sites fill up very quickly. The first day we tried to get a spot around 1 in the afternoon in May and all spots were filled. We got lucky the next morning and swooped in as another party was leaving around 10, so arrive early!

Nearby are the Big Bend boulders and many side trails into the main canyon. To the east lies the most famous desert tower in the world, Castleton Tower. Driving south through Castle Valley will take you up to the stunning La Sal loop road if you need to escape the heat!

Great BLM campground - location on the river, close to Moab, quiet

These BLM campgrounds are a great deal! It's $15, or just $7.50 with the NPS senior pass.

After we saw there are about a dozen BLM campgrounds between Moab and I70 along Route 128 on the Colorado River, we knew we wanted to try one. We missed the entrance to Goose Island, the first campground as you leave Moab, but then we saw Grandstaff before we could find a place to turn around. Glad we ended up at Grandstaff. There are 16 sites, and all except #16 and maybe #15, are right on the river. Sites are large; we didn't even see our neighbors on either side of us. There is some road noise, but it didn't bother us.

We arrived around 9 am. "Campground Full" sign was up, but we looked and found 2 empty sites with a couple more groups packing to leave. So….go early! When we left the next day, we told someone waiting to grab it. Someone was already waiting by another site while people packed up. This was around 8 am.

No water, showers or electric but it's still a great place. You can get water at the Lions Park or Gearheads in Moab. The rec center in Moab offers showers for $5 or gym/shower for $7.50 ($5 for over age 55). Great facility!

This campground is just across from Grandstaff Canyon (the ridiculously named former Negro Joe Canyon). The roundtrip that includes Morning Glory Natural Bridge is 4.5 miles. There are several water crossings (rocks, not much water), and the hike is shady in late afternoon.

There is a mountain bike trail across the road. Porcupine Rim starts there and connects with others.

Paved bike path picks up shortly after campground. It is an off road path most of the 5 miles into downtown Moab. You'll be on the road a bit.