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Established Camping

Grandstaff Campground

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Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

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)

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Location

Grandstaff Campground is located in Utah

Detail location of campground

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.

Address

Moab Field Office 82 East Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532

Coordinates

38.6102 N
109.5339 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
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  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

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  • Trash
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
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32 Reviews

FThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2024

Wow right on the Colorado River

We were there for 7 days and loved it. Paddling most days great hiking and biking. We were on site 6 but site 7 had great shade in the PM.

Site6
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Francois T., June 8, 2024
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Francois T., June 8, 2024
TThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2024

A favorite

Vault toilets and a decent turnaround ar the end for small trailers.

Month of VisitJuly
D
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2023

Nice and quiet

Nice campground right by the river. Every site has a designated space for a tent, a bench and a fireplace. Clean restrooms. 20$ per site/per night.

Site14
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Dominik D., August 25, 2023
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Dominik D., August 25, 2023
T
Reviewed May. 10, 2023

Great place to stay at the Colorado River

First come basis for €20 per night between The Arches and Moab. Moab is a wonderful town.

Month of VisitJune
Maud L.
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2022

Beautiful place!

Stayed here 1 night in our campervan (18 ft). Arrived around 13 and there were still a few spots left. A lot of people left disappointed after 16 though. Great place to stay and we enjoyed the most amazing sunrise. Close to arches national park. Would definitely recommend! Only downside is that we heard a lot of cars passing because it’s right next to the road

Month of VisitOctober
J
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2022

Nice spot next to river

We stayed here for two nights as a base close to Moab and NP entrances. Canyon walls provide good morning shade.

Site6
Month of VisitOctober
Halli S.
Reviewed May. 31, 2022

Camping on the Colorado!

This campsite is right off the main road to Moab and has everything you need! Setup around noon and everything around us got taken pretty quickly. A lot of cars driving through after dark to find a spot with no luck. The sites are spaced out, have picnic tables/fire pits. AMAZING stars. Restrooms super clean! Only downside is it’s right next to the main road so a lot of cars throughout the evening

Site2
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Halli S., May 31, 2022
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Halli S., May 31, 2022
Elizabeth M.
Reviewed May. 16, 2022

Beautiful location and close drive to arches np

We arrived around 11am and were able to snag a campsite from someone leaving, it stayed full the two days I was there so I would definitely recommend arriving in the morning. Beautiful views and right across the street from a nice hiking trail. It was close to the road but it wasn’t too busy at night so the cars didn’t keep us up. They seem to take good care of the campground as well:)

Site1
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Elizabeth M., May 16, 2022
Jordan H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2022

Amazing!

Great campsite right on the Colorado river with views of red rocks! We were in site #12, there wasn’t a lot of shade at our spot, but some of the other sites have more trees. Across the street is the Grandstaff Trailhead, which was a great little hike!

Site12
Month of VisitMay
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paige L.
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2021

great location

This was a really good spot right in between Moab and Arches with an awesome view. I didn't get to the site until 10pm and there was still 2 spots left. The only negative is that it is right off of a regularly trafficked road.

Site7
Month of VisitSeptember
Emma D.
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2021

Great location for arches. Loved it

It was super easy to go in and fill out the paper and get a site. I was worried they wouldn’t have any sites available because I didn’t show up till 7pm but there were still some available. The location is really pretty and right on the river and the stars at night were so amazing. Alittle but if road noise when cars went by but really not much.

Site2
Month of VisitSeptember
Alison L.
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2021

A solid choice!

It was a well kept campground and still had spots available around 2pm on a Saturday in July! There is road noise at the site but if that doesn't bother you it's a great place to sleep!

Site4
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Alison L., August 8, 2021
Chris C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2021

Riverside camping

This is not tents only as some of the reviews say. You can have a camper up to 24’. There is no electricity or water but you can run generator from 8 am to 8 pm. Great place to park if you are catching shuttle for mountain biking. Porcupine Ridge actually ends at the campground. I highly recommend. There are tons of tree ants so bring some ant spray to treat your campsite.

Site4
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Chris C., July 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Chris C., July 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Chris C., July 7, 2021
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k
Reviewed May. 30, 2021

Moab BLM for the Win

Grandstaff was amazing. Will definitely go again. Had decent bathrooms and the rangers would come by to check on the sites and collect payments. So that helped with accountability and maintaining the site. I would recommend leaving something behind at your site ( nothing of true value though) if you are going out to the town or exploring the area. Definitely at there early enough to get a site. I camped there for a couple of days with my dogs. It’s pet friendly and overall safe. The town isn’t too far away if you need something last minute or want to just enjoy. Definitely leave your pay slip on the clip they provide in front of your site. But leave no trace behind and toss your trash in the dumpster at the end of the road. The views are amazing and the river is gorgeous. I will be going back for a longer stay. 14 days max:)

SiteGrandstaff BLM, Moab, UT
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by katrina , May 30, 2021
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by katrina , May 30, 2021
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Joseph B.
Reviewed May. 6, 2021

Can't wait to go back

An amazing trail....crossed the steam many times...quiet & serene... breathtaking scenery...

Month of VisitMarch
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Joseph B., May 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Joseph B., May 6, 2021
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Jeff N.
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2021

Tent camping at its best

Stopped and looked but didn’t camp. If you can snag a spot.. look out, fantastic most scenic camp ever!

  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Jeff N., April 15, 2021
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Jeff N., April 15, 2021
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Sydney W.
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2020

New favorite campsite

Very easy to access (even in snow), only about 15 min from town, and like 5 from Arches, has trash and bathrooms. We were the only people there but it was really cold so...

Truly beautiful all around close to the arches and solemne trailheads. Pet friendly and the fire pit was raised and had a grill too!

20 a night was a lot but its easy to self check in and out at the entrance sign and it really is the perfect little place.

  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Sydney W., December 26, 2020
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Sydney W., December 26, 2020
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Sydney W., December 26, 2020
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S
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2020

Great Location

This site can get extremely windy and stormy so make sure to have the necessary equipment and stakes depending on how you’re camping. It’s a great location though. 5 minutes from downtown, 10 from arches, and walking distance to the grandstaff arch trail. Sites are clearly marked with parking and fire pits. There’s also a trash can to dump trash and two bathrooms.

  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Sarah I., November 12, 2020
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Sarah I., November 12, 2020
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Sarah I., November 12, 2020
Margo A.
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2020

Dirt Camping along the Colorado River

If you’re looking for dirt camping along the Colorado River and amazing Red Rock cliffs before you head into Moab for some great local beer, this is the place. First come first serve, tents only, 20$. Toilets but No water or hook ups.. Don’t go in the river...this reviewer nearly got washed away.

Katie H.
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2020

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!!!

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D
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2020

Awesome.

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.

Dexter I.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2019

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.

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Dexter I., October 14, 2019
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Dexter I., October 14, 2019
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Shavit L.
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2019

Not only for tents

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

Meesh C.
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2019

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.

Stefanie W.
Reviewed May. 15, 2019

Riverside

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

D
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2018

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.

  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Deborah D., August 18, 2018
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Deborah D., August 18, 2018
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Deborah D., August 18, 2018
Shilah M.
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2018

best scenery near Moab!

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

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Alan B.
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2018

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!

Month of VisitJune
  • Waterfalls in the canyons during a storm.  They pop up everywhere!
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Mary S.
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2018

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.

Site5
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Mary S., June 7, 2018
  • Review photo of Grandstaff Campground by Mary S., June 7, 2018
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Ryan M.
Reviewed May. 10, 2018

BLM First come first serve

great sites show up early as they fill quick. These are first come first serve blm land sites sponge the river. Great scenery and one of the best spots to stay if looking to be near the road.

Month of VisitJune

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Does Grandstaff Campground have wifi?

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