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Williams Bottom Campground

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Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Land Management

ATTENTION: William's Bottom Campground will be closed the first week of December 2020: 11/30 through 12/4 for maintenance. Shady campsites for tents and small trailers with beautiful views of the scenic Colorado River Canyon. Individual sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The campground is located between the Wall Street climbing area and the Poison Spider 4WD trailhead. Individual Sites: 17 (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

Williams Bottom Campground is located in Utah

Detail location of campground

Directions

From the center of Moab (at Center and Main) head north on Hwy. 191 to Hwy. 279 just south of the Arches National Park entrance. Turn left (west) on Hwy 279 and drive 5.5 miles. You will see the campground on the right.

Address

Moab Field Office 82 East Dogwood
Moab, UT 84532

Coordinates

38.538 N
109.6046 W

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  • Tent Sites
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28 Reviews

Kamri C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2024

Awesome Campground

Nice spacious sites with fire pit and table

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Month of VisitApril
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Reviewed Aug. 25, 2023

Currently closed

Currently closed for some reason. Was chained off with a "closed" sign.

Month of VisitSeptember
R
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2023

Great campsite next to road and rock climbing!

Great campsite with rock climbing right near by, payment is to an iron ranger, first come first served sites, there are maybe 15 or so. Was pretty empty when we visited although it was pretty hot.

Month of VisitJuly
Ryan
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2023

Nice night- hammockable!

The spot was a very nice to cook by the fire. It was very convenient to find a spot in Moab with trees to set up a hammock. The mosquitoes, however, were atrocious.

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Month of VisitJuly
Josh V.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2022

Roadside Campground

Right by the road. Easy access. Multiple pit toilets. No cell service for T mobile or Verizon. Fire pits.

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Josh V., October 20, 2022
AThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2022

Great spot close to town

This is a nice little spot nestled on the river. Given the landscape, it’s not super private but we liked it for the convenience to town and the national parks. We had no problem finding a site late at night in October but I imagine it fills up other times of year 

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Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Alyssa L., July 18, 2022
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Alyssa L., July 18, 2022
Megan I.
Reviewed May. 15, 2022

Great place to camp

The campgrounds were really clean. They are dog friendly and most everyone kept their dogs on lead which was nice. Our campsite was really clean and close by to the petroglyph and rock climbing sites. There is also a nice hike up the road. The people were super kind and respectful. There was some shade and of course a picnic table and fire pit. Fills up super fast though! Come early if you want to find a spot!

Month of VisitJune
Mike Y.
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2021

Great spot

This spot was excellent. No water on site but they do have bathrooms. Very close to Arches national park and downtown Moab. Just down the road was the parking for the Corona Arch hike as well.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Mike Y., October 9, 2021
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Mike Y., October 9, 2021
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Sean M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2021

Great Location Basically in Moab!

Great location super close to Moab and Arches. Nice sites right at Wall Street climbing area and the potash road petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks. Pit toilets were reasonably maintained and clean. Picnic tables, and fire rings provided. There is actually shade here, which is rare in this area. Right on the Colorado river too.

Month of VisitSeptember
Cynthia W.
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2021

Location can't be beat!

First off, I had read other reviews and knew what I was getting myself into when we found our spot here, so we had no surprises.

This campground sits right next to 279 which is a super popular road for climbers, hikers, 4-wheelers and many more outdoor enthusiasts. It is not quiet! The road does get quieter as the night progresses but people drive it throughout the night and not always quietly.

This campground does offer convenience in its location. Moab is a short drive away, as is Arches, Dead Horse Point SP and Canyonlands - Island in the Sky. We also drove to Capitol Reef and the Needles district from our spot. Wall Street is just up the road and Corona Arch is a short drive through the canyon. We loved the accessibility but did get woken up from time to time by someone blasting through the canyon.

We were also aware water and firewood were not available here and we packed our own in. There are several businesses in Moab that have free potable water for refills, which was nice because we were there for a week.

The campground was clean and the vaults were immaculate. My girls had fun exploring the rock faces for pictographs.

Overall the campground was a nice place to put our heads after exploring all day, but I definitely wouldn't come here for quiet getaway.

  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Cynthia W., March 28, 2021
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Cynthia W., March 28, 2021
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Cynthia W., March 28, 2021
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Morgan Y.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2020

A parking lot, a river and a great view

No frills. This was pretty much a gravel parking lot. We wedged our little camper in between a few scrub trees and suddenly felt secluded. A nice, free option far away from the crowded, loud spots in the parks. Longbow arch trailhead was across the street. 

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  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Morgan Y., November 6, 2020
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Morgan Y., November 6, 2020
Light Backpack S.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2020

Primitive but cool

The Colorado River is across the street but in a bit of a marshy area. The grounds are immediately next to the road, which is frequented by OHVs at most hours of the day. It’s not a wildly busy road, but with the off roaring and rock climbing nearby, it can contribute to a rough night of sleep if you’re in a tent. On the plus side, it’s so close to Wall Street climbing area, so the perfect spot if that’s you’re destination. Also very, very convenient to Arches NP, Canyonlands Island in the Sky division and Dead Horse Point state park. There are some sites with a bit of shade, but in Moab summers, a lot of it feels exposed. The surroundings are beautiful red rock walls and Potash road is nice for biking along. The grounds are very affordable and you’ll get a picnic bench, fire pit and primitive toilets. The sites are really geared for tents and small trailers. These spots seem to fill up less quickly than the sites down Route 128 (based on our limited experience).

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Light Backpack S., November 1, 2020
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Light Backpack S., November 1, 2020
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Warren S.
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2020

Convenient location

20 minutes from Moab. Tucked up against canyon wall. Vault bathrooms tables and fire ring.No water. Close to hiking, river,climbing and petroglyphs. Downside, it is right next to a very busy road and one way road going through camps is fine red silt so with traffic it can get dusty.

Alex P.
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2020

Easy BLM paid site

Just off season, end of October, plenty of sites available on a Thursday late afternoon. A couple of pit toilets along the grounds, no water, dumpsters available. No camp host off season. Fire pits, tables, flat sites. No Verizon service. Close to hiking, the river and off roading. The highway can be loud most times of day, Jeeps, can-ams, trucks etc, Corona Arch is a great close hike. Not a secluded site, but nice trees and close to lots of activities. $20/night.

Dalton V.
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2020

Great views!

Spots are all fairly close together. Great location with quick access to Arches/Downtown Moab

  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Dalton V., September 15, 2020
Laura S.
Reviewed May. 24, 2020

We were lucky they had an open site

We just drove up and managed to land an amazing site along a giant rock face. No picnic table available, however there was a fire pit. Situated along the Colorado River, it was the perfect spot to call home while we explored Arches and the Canyonlands. Not too far from Potash Road (and the White Rim trail!), if you’re down to do a little overlanding.

  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Laura S., May 24, 2020
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Laura S., May 24, 2020
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Reviewed Feb. 12, 2020

Right off the Road

It’s a bit more primitive compared to Jaycee Park campground further north, but it was all but deserted and I could park my motorcycle next to the tent. Nice view across the river. Composting toilets and water.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Eric Y., February 12, 2020
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Eric Y., February 12, 2020
Isabelle K.
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2019

Can't beat this location!

Well maintained and simple campground right off Potash Road in Moab. Ideal location for the adventurer! Located just beyond the famous Wall Street climbing routes, this was a great use camp for our weekend of climbing. The Colorado River is just across the road which is ideal for an afternoon dip. There are also really cool Petroglyphs on the canyon wall just down the street! 

We only stayed here one night, got in late and left pretty early the next morning. Overall the location was the best part of this campsite. Had a nice fire pit with a grill, picnic table, flat place for our tent, and parking for our car so it met all of our basic needs! Also was super clean (no trash to be seen!) and you can't beat the views of the surrounding canyon and river. Would stay here again for sure.

Be sure to make reservations though! We got really lucky with finding our spot last minute, apparently the rest of the campground was reserved all weekend.

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Month of VisitNovember
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  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Isabelle K., October 21, 2019
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Laura C.
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2019

Ehh

We did a lot of camping over a week and a half in different areas in Utah and this was my least favorite camping spot(We camped in other spots around Canyonlands and Arches). The smell was what bothered me the most... The outhouses stunk horribly. We could smell them from our campsite and we werent even the closest ones to them. Sites werent very private but we just parked our car in between the campsites for added privacy. It was shaded and cool in the afternoon. The perk of this site was that we got there around 8pm and there was still a spot for us. Its close to town, arches, and canyonlands. No water so bring your own.

C
Reviewed May. 3, 2019

Walk to Wall Street

Wlliams Bottom is your basic campground. Sites are self-pay with picnic tables and firepits. No running water, just a simple outhouse.

Location is great - if you want to climb Wall Street it is an easy 5 minute walk from the campground. If you need supplies or a meal, Moab is only a little over 9 miles away. Arches National Park is 7 miles, the Corona Arch Trailhead is 4.4 miles, and Ice Cream Parlor for more climbing is 17 miles. The Colorado River is just across the road as well.

Month of VisitNovember
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  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Carlene N., May 3, 2019
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Brian P.
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2019

Great sites and excellent location

Stayed here during Easter weekend 2019. The campsite was full when we arrived but a few spots cleared out within an hour. No hookups, which was fine with us and pit toilets were clean. Payment is at the entrance, and a campground host is usually there for help. Extremely close to Poison Spider trailhead and the Wall Street climbs. Only downside we found is that they close proximity to the road resulted in lots of road noise from the 4X4s heading to/from Poison Spider, but it wasn't too bad. Also, probably no phone or Internet service here (also fine with us) Highly recommended.

  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Brian P., April 24, 2019
Erin M.
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2019

Quiet little camp on a busy Road

This camp had amazing Red rock Views and Shade! Named After the “ Father of the Arches” Doc Williams, this 17 site primitive campground was super cool! Since the campground is Located off Highway 279 it seemed a tad noisy at times. For those headed out for the OHV trails, it is located near the poison spider and Potash road 4x4 trails. 5.6 Miles from Highway 191 and about 20 Minutes from Moab. The sites are First Come first serve and owned by the BLM. There was 1 bathroom (Vault) and no water when we were there. Bring BUG SPRAY, with the Colorado River nearby we noticed increased bug activity in the evening when the sun disappeared behind the canyon walls. Not bad for $20 bucks a night!

  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Erin M., April 23, 2019
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Erin M., April 23, 2019
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Erin M., April 23, 2019
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Alan B.
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2018

Great campground with a climb in one of the sites!

The campground is perched right along the Colorado and steep red sandstone wall. There is also a intermediate crack climb right in the campground! It also gives easy access to Arches National Park

PSA: please don't climb on the rock after a rain storm. The rock is weak and could break. If the ground usn't dust dry at the base of the climb the don't try to send

There is so much near this campground! Nearby are ~100 climbing routes both trad and sport. A little bit of all styles featuring all sandy sandstone.

Month of VisitNovember
Alan B.
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2018

Beautiful camping near the Colorado

There is so much near this campground! Nearby are ~100 climbing routes both trad and sport. A little bit of all styles featuring all sandy sandstone.

PSA: please don't climb on the rock after a rain storm. The rock is weak and could break. If the ground usn't dust dry at the base of the climb the don't try to send

The campground is perched right along the Colorado and steep red sandstone wall. There is also a intermediate crack climb right in the campground! It also gives easy access to Arches National Park

Alan B.
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2018

Along the Colorado with great climbing nearby

Perfect spot for accessing all of the Wall Street climbing area! Every single route can be reached from this campground with the longest approach being maybe a mile but that's nothing for climbers right!? If you don't feel like walking that far for a climb then ~70% of the routes can be reached within a half mile and there's even a couple routes right in the campground proper! There are pit toilets and water is usually available if there isn't a severe drought going on.

From this campground you can easily drive to and hike Corona and Bowtie arch and hike up to Jug Handle arch if the view from the road isn't good enough. Each of the trailheads for these arches are a little further west on the road. If you keep going past the Potash plant you will eventually pass through the back entrance to Canyonlands that will give you access to the lower reaches of the park that surrounds the Colorado River. Come here if you want to skip out on the typical crowds but you absolutely NEED a 4WD high clearance vehicle, no exceptions.

Month of VisitNovember
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Alan B., October 31, 2018
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Alan B., October 31, 2018
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Amanda M.
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2018

Hidden Gem in Moab, Utah - BLM site

What a great find! We stayed at William’s Bottom Campground last September 2017, when we were visiting Arches National Park on a road trip. There were some major construction projects underway at Arches at the time that we visited, and because the park was only open from 7am - 7pm, the Devil's Garden campground within the park was closed.

When researching where to stay, we saw that there was a private campground in Moab that seemed to cater more to motorhomes and trailers - we are tent campers who would prefer to be out in nature. Besides the private trailer campground, the only other camping options in the Moab area are small first-come, first-served campgrounds provided by the Bureau of Land Management. There are quite a few of these BLM campgrounds scattered along the Colorado River, and during peak seasons, these campgrounds can fill up quickly. We were concerned that all the campgrounds would be full and that we would be without a campsite for the evening, but decided to chance it since it was a Wednesday evening after the Labor Day weekend.

The first small BLM campground on highway 297 that we came across was full, but the next one - William’s Bottom - only had a few campers in its 12 sites, so we stopped and set up camp for the night. The campground is primitive and unmanned, and the $15 nightly fee can be left in an iron ranger at the front of the campground.

The William's Bottom campground is and easy drive from the Moab area, under some beautiful red cliffs, and the Colorado River is right across the highway. Because it is so close to the Colorado River, the campground has some trees and shade - hard to come by in this area of Utah. Even so, an easy up or canopy would come in handy if you were to hang around camp in the afternoon heat. The campsite was quite sandy, and there were a lot of fire ants about; I would suggest knocking your shoes and checking for insects if you leave your shoes out at night.

Each site has a fire ring and tables, but there are no trash cans, so you have to pack your trash out. There is NO WATER available, so bring plenty of water! Arches does have water spigots outside its visitors center, if you need to refill water bladders for a day of hiking in the park. I believe there were pit toilets…but we were in and out of camp relatively quickly, and never needed to investigate. It is right off the to the side of a fairly busy highway, so there is some noise pollution. There is a small road running through the campground, so you are not directly on the highway.

There are petroglyphs very close by on the cliffs along highway 297 and are worth seeing. Looking at maps, Williams Bottom is also close to hiking trails and popular climbing spots.

We had never camped in a BLM campground before, and were happy with the experience. Williams Bottom Campground is the perfect base camp for visiting Arches and Canyonlands NPs.

CAMPSITE SPECS

Fees: $15/night

Plumbed Toilets: NO - pit

Drinking Water: NO

Showers: NO

Picnic Table: Yes

Firepit: Yes

Cooking Grates: Yes

Shade: Yes - limited

Cell Service: NO

Animal Bins/Food Lockers: NO

Trash: NO

Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Amanda M., August 2, 2018
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Amanda M., August 2, 2018
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Carrie C.
Reviewed May. 17, 2017

Easy access to all the good stuff!

This is a great camp just outside of Moab on Potash Road along the Colorado River. To the north of camp (towards Moab) is the climbing area know as Wall Street and to the south is the Poison Spider trail for mountain biking/ATV/Jeep.

The campground fills up fast on the weekends so if you can get there on a Thursday, your odds of snagging a great site are in your favor. The sites have metal fire rings with grates for grilling and nice picnic tables. There are trees to set up your hammock in the shade too! Pit toilets are available as well. Pack out your trash and make certain you remember to bring firewood.

cost is $10-15 night (I can't recall) but it's cheep 👍🏼

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Carrie C., May 17, 2017
  • Review photo of Williams Bottom Campground by Carrie C., May 17, 2017
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Amber A.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

Camp at the bottom of red cliffs

Lots of rock climbers here but there are also hiking trails. It’s a drive-up primitive camp site, there aren’t too many sites but most of them aren’t too private. It’s relatively shady. There’s a vault toilet but no drinking water, as I expect with Bureau of Land Management sites (bring your own water and lots of it). Absolutely beautiful area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Williams Bottom Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Williams Bottom Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Williams Bottom Campground?

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