Moab River Camping
If you’re planning a visit to the Moab area, you should seriously consider camping alongside the breathtaking Colorado River. The Colorado River has forged its way through the Moab area forming stunning canyons and cliffs gleaming with red rock. Camping on the banks of the Colorado River surrounded by towering cliffs is another remarkable experience that Moab, Utah has to offer.
Picking a place to camp along the river is pretty easy and stress-free. Because many of the spaces are on a first-come, first-serve basis, if you don’t find a spot at one site, you can always continue to float along the river until you find a place to stay. If you are planning to camp alongside the Colorado River, it’s important to bring along all the water you’ll need to stay hydrated or cook. Here is a list of some of the riverside campsites in Moab for you to choose from.
Goose Island Campground
Goose Island is a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground that offers reservations and has toilets. If you’re planning a visit for the distant future, this is one of the first campsites along the river you should check availability for.
Granstaff Campground is a BLM first-come, first-serve campground that has pit toilets. It is one of the highly sought after campsites and requires you to get there early to secure a spot.
Big Bend Campground
Big Bend Campground is located in the northern end of the river and also offers reservations. With pit toilets and a nice view of a large bend in the river, Big Bend Campground is one of the more popular camping choices.
Jaycee Park Picnic Area and Campground
Jaycee Park is a first-come, first serve campground owned by the BLM on the southern end of the river through the Moab Valley. The campground has pit toilets and campfire pits and is popular for climbing enthusiasts because of its proximity to the Wall Street climbing area.
Kane Springs Campground
Kane Springs is one of the more developed camp areas alongside the Colorado River. With rates starting at $20 a night, toilets, showers, running water, and online reservations. It’s one of the most accommodating sites alongside the river.
Some of the Colorado River’s bank is operated by the Bureau of Land Management, (BLM). Most BLM operated campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis and fill up quickly. The BLM issues some updates on how quickly campsites fill up every year and depending on which specific campsite you choose, you might have to be in them before noon. All BLM operated campsites along the river have a $15 a night fee and come with toilets and fire pits. The sites are open year round, and something to remember is that none of the sites have running water. Although the campsites fill up quickly, claiming your spot before you clock some time on the river isn’t difficult.
River Camping Gear
Camping alongside the Colorado river in comfort requires a good amount of gear. If you are planning to fly into Moab, or do not own all of the gear necessary for camping in the area, Canyon Voyages offers an extensive gear rental list that has everything you may need for your stay.
Although it is possible to sleep among the stars here in Moab, it’s ideal to pack along a tent, sleeping pad, and sleeping bag for ideal comfort. Camping in the sand makes for a great bed, and a simple pad will be more than enough to keep you comfortable through the night. If you’re planning to fly into the Moab, or don’t own all of the gear necessary, we carry a variety of tents that can house 2 – 3 people or up to 4 people.
There aren’t any restaurants along the river, so if you plan on camping overnight, you’ll have to plan on cooking some meals alongside the river. A stove, pots and pans, utensils, lanterns and any other cooking equipment
Some campgrounds along the river have pit toilets and other systems available, but if you plan on camping away from a site, you will need a toilet system.
If you are planning on making a boat excursion, dry bags are necessary for keeping your valuables including electronic devices and clothing safe. Dry bags come in a variety of shapes and can fit all you may need for the excursion in your boat.
The towering red cliffs and magnificent vistas are best viewed from below on the Colorado River. If you are planning your trip to Moab, whether on a boat, in a canoe, raft, or kayak, or a stand-up paddle board, you’ll find Moab offers you a fantastic, adventurous experience.
Look up Canyon Voyages when you’re in Moab
We offer rentals and all of the gear you may need to properly explore the Colorado River. Our motto is “You can’t get lost on an adventure,” so sign up for a river adventure today! Learn more about our boat rentals here.