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Old 06-06-2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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Best CG in Moab UT?
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:51 AM   #2
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At the risk of not answering your question.

If you are traveling through and picked Moab as a good rest stop, or have a planned itinerary,and need a campground to charge batts and get water…then I apologize.

There are so many great free places to camp in the area. To me….Going to a campground in Utah would be like going to a restaurant, and eating a peanut butter sandwich in the parking lot.

Sorry for not answering your question, I can't. I have never been at a campground in Moab. But there is camping by the river…no hook ups, but it's green, shady, and you can have a little privacy. Also check out Burr Trail (LOTS OF GREAT FREE SPOTS )
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:39 PM   #3
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We like Spanish Trail on the main road south of town. Reasons: big sites, grass landscaping and lots of shade from mature trees. A bonus is good walking in the area. Camping areas are set back a ways from the road and the campground is quiet.
It is about two miles south of town. If you like being in town there are several highly rated ones to choose from but with smaller sites.
Also several highly rated ones on the N side of town. We don't like these as well because, sites are small and there is lots of paving.
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We've visited Moab many times and we can't get enough of the place. Our typical strategy is to camp in the Needles unit of Canyonlands National Park for awhile (this is maybe 60 miles south of Moab) and then treat ourselves to a commercial campground in Moab for the rest of our stay. Our favorite campground is Portal Resort and Campground. It's close to downtown, and it's not terribly expensive at $30 to $40 a day (they offer a military discount too). They have both pull-through and back-in sites. The sites are neat and clean but trees are scarce. If you visit during the summer your AC will work overtime. This is where the full awning package comes in handy. The bathrooms and shower facilities are well used but clean.

Some recommendations:

- Have breakfast at the Jailhouse Cafe. Breakfast is all they do and they're very good at it.
- the Moab Diner makes the best chocolate malts. A great way to cool down on a hot afternoon.
- the Back Of the Beyond bookstore has (naturally) a good selection of Edward Abby and books on the area's natural history.
- The Hogan Trading Company has the absolutely finest selection of Native American art in town. Beautiful stuff. Don't walk in there with your credit card handy unless you're prepared to buy something.
- And the obvious: Visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park.

Hope this helps.
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Riverside Oasis..northside of town near the entrance to Arches NP; on the river; campground is shady; the sites are a bit close
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:12 PM   #6
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We stayed at the https://www.portalrvresort.com/ for almost a week last year, and plan to stop in there for one night on our way home from NV.
For an out of the way local's diner, check out Milt’s Stop & Eat - Burgers, Shakes, Fries & more for awesome milkshakes and good burgers. Excellent food at Moab Brewery as well - Moab Brewery: Moab's largest restaurant and only microbrewery
And yes Hogan Trading Company has the real deal in Native American artwork plus other local artists as well. There are several good shops in Moab to pick up good deals on Native American pottery and jewelry if you know what you are looking for.
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We stayed at the https://www.portalrvresort.com/ for almost a week last year, and plan to stop in there for one night on our way home from NV.

For an out of the way local's diner, check out Milt’s Stop & Eat - Burgers, Shakes, Fries & more for awesome milkshakes and good burgers. Excellent food at Moab Brewery as well - Moab Brewery: Moab's largest restaurant and only microbrewery

And yes Hogan Trading Company has the real deal in Native American artwork plus other local artists as well. There are several good shops in Moab to pick up good deals on Native American pottery and jewelry if you know what you are looking for.

Thanks for the recommendations. They came in handy. The kids and I stayed at portal, and ate at the brewery and Milts. Milts was a big hit! We will pull out in the am, well later in the am. Cheers.



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We get to Moab once or twice per year.

We've stayed at the Spanish Trails RV park, as well, and enjoyed it. I think any of the major tourist-oriented RV parks listed in the Good Sam guide would be fine, but there are a few in town that look sketchy, probably mostly for locals.

What kind of camping do you want?

One place outside of town that we really like is Dead Horse Point. A state park CG there takes reservations. There is also our go-to BLM campground just outside the state park, called Horse Thief. Between Moab and the Needles area of Canyonlands, we also like a BLM campground called Hatch Point, in the Canyon Rim BLM area.

Arches NP has a campground that is booked solid months in advance.

Dispersed camping is allowed in many places around Moab, but you may or may not want to take an Airstream into some of those places. Be prepared for some oil well development, as well, in formerly wilder places.

There are also designated campsites along the Colorado River between Moab and the Dewey Bridge.

All of the BLM sites are boondocking, and without on-site water. So take lots.

Moab has become really popular in the last decade or so. We used to always get into Horse Thief, but even it fills up now on weekends/peak season.

Moab has a big information center in town that has a lot of helpful information and knowledgeable staff.

If you're there in the summer, be prepared for extremely hot weather. (Lots of water, sun hats, the usual advice . . .) Especially if you travel with a dog and wish to park in town, there is some shady parking on the first street west of the main street.

We really like to eat at Zax at least once: wonderful pizza buffet.
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