24 Hours in Moab | Utah Adventures
I get asked a lot what the best places to camp are in Moab, and I am here to tell you
E V E R Y W H E R E.
Whether its in the national parks, on the river, on BLM land; there isn’t a bad campsite in the whole dang area.
Personally, my friends and I always camp off the same road because its on BLM land and its big enough that even on the busiest of weekends, we’ve always been able to find a spot to call our own. And a lot of the times, we have amazing views to go with it - and if not, its still conveniently located to where we will usually go watch sun rise.
Now if were being honest, I’m not going to tell you exactly where I usually set up camp. I feel like Moab is one of those areas with so much BLM land and campgrounds around that you can find your own little amazing spot. I’ve paid to camp in campgrounds underneath the massive sandstone walls that line the river, I’ve camped in the national park campgrounds with their flush toliets and sometimes (at least in Arches) cell service, and I’ve camped on tons of BLM roads with their remoteness and solitude. There isn’t a bad apple in the whole bunch.
So recently Keith and I had some friends that were passing through Moab, so being an hour away we met up with them. We all ended up getting in pretty late (4 pm before daylight savings) and the rain was relentless. Keith and I ended up taking a walk in town and were completely soaked within a few minutes of standing outside.
Long story short, we went to set up camp, and decided, lets not.
So we booked ourselves a hotel, grabbed some food in town, and spent the evening soaking in the hotels hot tub while the rain misted down on us. And even that was an experience.
The next day we ended up driving all around Moab, seeing many places we’d seen before, and even finding new places that only existed because of the heavy rain the previous day. What was supposed to be another rain soaked day turned into being bright and sunny and warm until well into the evening. We watched sunrise, we caught our first ever serious cloud inversion, we stood under a waterfall, we napped in the back of the truck, we ate dinner with friends we hadn’t seen in two years, and we finally arrived home at 930.
If you’re looking for something to do in Moab, all you have to do is drive. There is only one road I’ve been down in Moab that was dissapointing, and that was just because it was winter and I thought we were going to get stuck in the mud. Let me tell you, even while I was sitting there thinking about the $500 tow bill I thought we would have to pay, I still sat there in awe of the beauty of the area.
[Also a little side note about leave no trace - if you are visiting any area in the outdoors, BLM land included, please pack out what you pack in! Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing these lands destroyed by trash left by people who don’t care for the area. And also remember that the desert soil around Moab and most of Utah is cryptobiotic soil, meaning it is alive and can take centuries to heal from a single foot print! So it is incredibly important to stay on trail in these areas! For more information on leave no trace, click here!]