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Old 12-29-2007, 07:29 AM   #1
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Moab, Utah RV Parks

I will be spending this summer in the Utah area and need advise on RV Parks in the area.
I will be visiting Moab, Archises and Monument Valley Parks.

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Old 12-29-2007, 10:32 AM   #2
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You have a bunch of choices. Arches and Canyonlands are must see and has good camping Depending on the season you may have to be the early bird to get a spot. Canyonlands is didivided into 3 areas. Island in the Sky, Needles, and the Maze. To get in the Maze you need off road ability. Island in the sky is on the rim of a canyon. The Needles is in a canyon bottom and tends to be hot. There is also BLM land near the Needles with some nice rock formation and a swimming hole with a waterfall. The private campgrounds on the main road have a lot of big rigs and off roaders There are all kind out outfitters in the area.
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Gunny, we went to Utah (Moab) last September and stayed at Dead Horse Point State Park. It is a small park and you might need reservations. You have to take your own water and there is no dump facility, but they do have electricity. We encountered an Airstream boondocker from Chicago who had just spent a week at the Arches NP campground. He got there early, had no reservations and snagged a site. He did the same thing at Canyonlands NP and had the coolest site there!!! There is also a BLM campground up on the mesa...no facilities, but adequate for boondocking. There were a couple of Airstreams there. Moab itself has several commercial campgrounds. Over the years we've stayed at two or three of them. Since things change at campgrounds, I cannot recommend (or not recommend) any of them.

...so much to see and do in Southern Utah...

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Old 12-29-2007, 10:43 AM   #4
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I stayed at Canyonlands this past May and it was very nice, centrally located and not expensive. The spaces are a bit tight though.

Also, if you want to stay in the park, there is a national campground at the end of the road. It is very nice, there are restrooms. No electricity or running water.

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Almost forgot!
There is a little known and little used area almost inside Moab that is state run. Lots of trails in the slickrock for foot, bike, or 4x4. You might remember seeing a video about someone driving a jeep up "The Liions Back" and loosing his breaks on the way down. That's on the way in.
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Hey Pie, I was there with you in Dead Horse, I stopped on the way out and dumped you and Jim must of been sleep driving!!
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It really boils down to what you want to spend, and what you expect from the camping experience.

You can boondock. Loads of BLM land around.

You can stay at the state park (Dead Horse Point). Wonderful location, but a longish drive into town for just a bottle of milk. We stayed there for a week and loved it.

You can stay at one of the national park campgrounds. More primitive, but beautiful, too. Personally, though, if you want to go this alternative, choose Dead Horse Point State Park.

You can stay at any of the several private RV parks in Moab. All close in, wide variation in amenities. We stayed at one for one night when we arrived in Moab, just enough time to shower (for we were going to be a while without showers), fill fresh water tank to the limit, dump the waste tank, visit the grocery store, and head for Dead Horse Point.

Be forewarned: You cannot buy alcoholic beer at the grocery stores. You have to go to the government store. It really is not nice to expect a little zing from a beer -- and get nuthin' from it.


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I usually hit Moab twice a year....coming and going from Oregon. Do a little mountain biking while I'm there, or hit Arches for a day or so. Been there about 5 times now.

Anyway, since I just need a spot to dump, shower, fill and chill, I usually hit Moab Valley RV Park. It's the first one on the right as you come into town from the North.

It's a little tight, but fairly level, secure and gated, nice folks and close to everything.
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Pet Peeve,

Last year went to a Good Sam Park north of Moab. It also has a gas station and caters to 4 wheelers. They refused to give me my Good Sam discount. I wrote to Good Sam and they sent me a check. Good Sam.

On the other side of the coin they sell beer in their store. I found some local brew called Polygamy Porter. Company motto is "you can't have just one".
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Our stay in Moab

We stayed three nights last August at the River Oasis RV park at the north end of town. Not far from the entrance to Arches. We spent one day at Arches and one day at Canyonlands. Pack your lunch and don't forget your camera.

Oh.....We ate at the Moab Diner. Their green chile sauce is to die for. Not hot, just goooooood.
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Gunny,

I would recommend that you do not stay at the RV park next to the bulk propane facility. The facility may be the safest in Utah, but I wouldn't stay there. The facility was rebuilt for a reason.

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Gunny,

I would recommend that you do not stay at the RV park next to the bulk propane facility. The facility may be the safest in Utah, but I wouldn't stay there. The facility was rebuilt for a reason.

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I'm not sure which to be more afraid of: A bulk propane facility or the big pile of radioactive mining tailings just northwest of town.


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Gunny, When we were at Moab we stayed out of town (North) at a campground called Archview. It was right across from the road to Canyonlands NP and about 4 miles North of Arches. It had a nice store and gas station and although on the road was isolated at the same time. The sites were fairly typical of a private RV park with full hookups. I would stay there again. The photos posted below were all taken at Archview.
The campground at Arches NP is really nice if you want to boondock. It is very remote at the end of a long drive.

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There is also a fourth unit of Canyonlands if you like pictographs and can stand a hike...

It is the Horseshoe Canyon unit that you get to by heading north to Green River and then South. We camped at Goblin Valley State Park (a great place, dry camping with good hot showers) and then drove across the road a fair piece until we got to the trailhead. After a 2.5 mile hike down the mostly-dry riverbed you will find spectacular pictographs - among them, the famous spaceman.

Goblin Valley is where Galaxy Quest (the rock monster scenes) was partly shot.

Enjoy your trip. Pat
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