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Upper Big Bend Campground

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Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

Campsites tucked along the Colorado River Canyon with spectacular views suitable for tent camping. Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. This campground is popular with climbers visiting the Big Bend Bouldering Area, a short walk away. (Do not enter the river without the required life jackets; it has dangerous under currents.)Individual Sites: 8 Fees: $20/night Water: No Toilets: Yes Hook-ups: NoADA Access: ADA Information - The campground has one accessible standard site, campsite #5

Fee Info

$20/night (Pay at campground-cash or check only)

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Location

Upper Big Bend Campground is located in Utah

Detail location of campground

Directions

From the junction of Hwy. 191 & Hwy 128, drive east 8.1 miles along the Colorado River on Highway 128. The campground area will be on the left.

Address

Moab Field Office 82 East Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532

Coordinates

38.64933 N
109.48819 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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  • WiFi
    Available
  • Verizon
    Available
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Available

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump

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15 Reviews

MThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2023

Easternmost River...ish BLM cmpgrnd

When the larger river campgrounds were full, this one was 1/2 empty. No real river views, dense willows, but quiet and at just 6 miles to Moab, a great adventure launching CG space #2 can take a 30ft trailer.
Oh and don't be that Douc#e that skips on payment, two nights, both our neighbors skipped on the measly $20 the BLM charges to maintain the space. There still free boondocking spots north of town ...

Site#2
Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by MARC C., October 26, 2023
Clinton E.
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2022

Close to road but has good shade

There are eight sites. A few have a good shade #1 is the best. All sites have fire rings and picnic tables - no cell service - a very clean vault toilet - you can pay there by check or cash or go down to big Bend to the credit card machine. Close to bouldering area, but site #1 at Big Bend is a short walk.

Site1
Month of VisitNovember
K
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2021

Lots of space and great access to the river!

Sites were well spaced out and had great river access. Definitely a bigger area than ones earlier on the road like Hal and Oak Grove. Some spots had a few trees for shade, and facilities were in good shape!

Site6
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Kailey S., July 7, 2021
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Kailey S., July 7, 2021
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Anna M.
Reviewed May. 7, 2021

No Cell Service

Great river side site but there is no cell or wifi service like the listing states. Pit toilets are clean but you find yourself waiting in line to get in.

Month of VisitJune
James L.
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2020

Sandstone and Water

Nestled between a high sandstone wall and the Colorado River, this campsite provides decent respite from the crowds seeking entrance to Arches NP. Many travelers are frustrated to find the several riverside campgrounds full at noon or earlier. This campground is about 10 miles from the main road that goes to Moab and Arches. A busy (during the day) UT-128 is but 50-60 feet from the sites and is almost the only distraction at this campground. By 9 PM or so the traffic volume has subsided and quiet rules until the sun rises again. Those with tents will be in good shape if it is set up on the lower ledge closer to the river. It would dampen the sound somewhat. The site accommodates small RVs. Generator hours are from 8-8. No facilities other than the pit toilets. I gave this campground a 4 because it supports visits to the NP and trails in the area and is pleasant enough.

Kate L.
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2020

Peaceful but buggy Riverside spot

We were able to grab a nice campsite here around 6 PM on a Friday. Lovely camp for a night with a fire pit and table, about 10 meters from the water. Slept outside just fine, but it was very buggy at night and early morning.

  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Kate L., August 30, 2020
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Kate L., August 30, 2020
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Kate L., August 30, 2020
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A
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2019

Beautiful and basic

Beautiful spot in the canyon. Decent space between campsites and good privacy. It is a 8 mile drive to Moab but the drive is outstanding. Vault toilet is adequate. No trash or water.

No river access. Spaces were filling up by 4pm midweek in October.

  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Adam J., October 17, 2019
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Adam J., October 17, 2019
Dan K.
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2019

Great spot next to river

First come first serve. Small fee

Alan B.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2019

Another great spot along the Colorado River!

Another amazing spot right along the Colorado River!  It is in very close proximity to Moab, Arches NP, and the western famous Castle Valley!  There are numerous hikes to do along the river corridor and even more to do in the surrounding area.  There's also some decent sandstone boulders you can mess around with right across the road.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Alan B., June 1, 2019
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Alan B., June 1, 2019
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Matthew G.
Reviewed May. 28, 2019

Nice campground around the corner from Arches.

Spent memorial weekend here with my wife and went to Arches NP for the day, very quick to get there from here. Had a vault toilet, each campsite had a picnic table, and sites were a good size. We stayed at site 1 which was good for a multiperson group. Weather was beautiful, 70's during the day (which felt warmer with the sun), and 50's at night. The grounds are away from the river so you can't see it from the campsites.

SiteSite 1.
Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Matthew G., May 28, 2019
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Matthew G., May 28, 2019
C
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2018

Beautiful views on the river.

Nice primitive spots on the river! Bring your fishing gear. Lots of bats and amazing sunrise and sunsets in the canyon. There seemed to be lots of ants, just check where your putting the tent.

jill M.
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2018

Happy Camper

Highway 128 offers a bunch of campsites on the colorado river, its $15 per night. Just drive up and down to find a open site. There is also bml hiking trails off this highway. You are between Arches National park and Moab

  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by jill M., June 5, 2018
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by jill M., June 5, 2018
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Kelsey L.
Reviewed May. 31, 2018

Beautiful but packed in the summertime

This is very popular, especially in the summertime. We arrived mid-late afternoon and it took driving between 4 of the different campgrounds to find an open spot. There looked to be some really awesome sites along the river that I hope to return to in the future when it's less crowded.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Kelsey L., May 31, 2018
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Kelsey L., May 31, 2018
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Courtney L.
Reviewed May. 28, 2018

By the river down through the canyon

Great camping. First come first serve (checkout/checkin at noon everyday). We got in late Friday night and had to stay at the overflow but talked with a group that was leaving the next morning and grabbed their spot. Beautiful vIews of the sunrise on the canyon walls! Plan to go back in the future.

Madison G.
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2017

Perfect spot near Moab!

This site is great if you're visiting the Moab area but it is the farthest from town. There are lots of closer sites, but this one is only 15 minutes away. Great River views and bouldering too!

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Madison G., June 28, 2017
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Madison G., June 28, 2017
  • Review photo of Upper Big Bend Campground by Madison G., June 28, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Upper Big Bend Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Upper Big Bend Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Upper Big Bend Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is available.