We visited Memorial Day Weekend. The campground was empty because it was HOT. The campground is a basic dirt field with only a few small trees. We took the site that had trees for shade. Each site had a picnic table and fire pit. The campground has a cute history and fun touristy things to check out… and it's convenience to Monument Valley is superb. Although the views from our site were less than desirable, the rest of the campground offered picturesque scenes of the nearby "monuments."
Although the sites are very close together, we found this campground to be very nice. The sites are small, flat, and the ground is too hard to stake into. Each site had a bear box which you MUST use as we saw several bears there… especially in the early morning. The store was a convenient walk and had the essentials. The scenery was beautiful; we loved walking around camp and taking it all in. It was cool at night because of the high elevation.
Like most KOA's, the campground is basic but convenient. The campground is open with a few trees, but they do provide a wooden overhang for shade. It gets hot, so shade is welcomed. There was plenty of space for 2 tents. At night, there were terrible wind storms that filled our tent with blowing sand. (It came up and under the rain fly.) It was a convenient location for Canyonlands, but nothing was overly great about it.
This campground was very quiet and open. There's not a lot of shade and a whole lot of red dirt. The volunteer ranger was very friendly and helpful. The best part about this simple campground is that hiking paths to several arches are a convenient walk from camp. This made exploring easy. Sunset on the red rocks was a gorgeous view from camp. Be aware that there are sometimes firebans during the summer.
Sites are green and shaded. Most are pretty close to one another, but several have river access. Toilets are nonflushing, pit-style, but are kept pretty clean. There was no shower available. Many sites are reservable while many are first come, first served. If you do not reserve ahead of time, be sure to come on a Thursday before the weekend crowd comes. We went early Thursday afternoon and had several to choose from. (Open sites are clearly labeled "Open" in green while reserved sites are clearly labeled in red.) By Friday afternoon, the campground was full. Single sites are labeled with an "S" while multi-sites are labeled with an "M." Our single site in C Loop had plenty of room for 2 tents, but there were some sites that were much smaller. Firewood is sold in small bundles for $6. Be sure to check out Blue Hole, a beautiful swimming hole with a very rocky beach.
Cars start lining up at 5:00 a.m. in hopes to snag a first come, first served site… but it's worth it. You join the line in your car, shut it off, and watch the early morning stars while you wait a few hours for the ranger to let you know when a site is available. Once you're in, you'll notice the Virgin River runs through the campground (and there's easy access to it) and the river is lined with large (for the desert) Cottonwood Trees. These trees allow for some shade, but expect your site to be in full sun for most of the day. Do your hikes early in the morning to avoid crowds and the heat… then wade in the shallow river in the afternoons. It's an easy walk across the bridge to the store (firewood, food, beer, etc.), but bring your park pass with you, as the store is right outside the entrance and to you will need it to come back in.