Camping Overview: Arches National Park

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Arches National Park Camping Travel Tips

  • Camping within Arches National Park is limited to Devils Garden Campground, the only developed site in the park. There are 52 sites in the campground. Thirty of the sites can be reserved in advance. The remaining sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning each day at 7:30 a.m. at the visitor center.
  • Two group sites are also available at the Devils Garden Campground. The Juniper Basin campsite can accommodate up to 55 people, and the Canyon Wren campsite fits up to 35. No RVs or trailers are permitted in the group sites.
  • Backcountry camping is allowed by permit, which is obtained only at the visitor center. In Arches, there are no designated backcountry campsites. No fires are allowed, and you must carry in your own water and practice low-impact camping techniques.
  • Up the Creek Campground is open March through Mid-November. It is located one block from Main Street in Moab, but is surrounded by trees and is near a small stream. You must walk in to this small, tent-only campground from a designated parking area, making it a peaceful camp experience. It's close to the Slickrock Bike Trail.
  • Located a mere two miles from Arches National Park is the Moab Valley RV Resort complete with tent, RV and cabin sites, and full facilities. Views from surrounding rock formations are abundant.
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The Devils Garden Campground is located 18 miles from the park entrance and is open year-round. It is the only campground in Arches and offers easy access to Devils Garden Trail, the most arch-laden hike in the park.

There are 50 tent and trailer sites at the campground. Campground facilities include potable water, tables, grills, and flush toilets. There are no showers.

Individual campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

During peak season (mid-March to late October), getting a campsite can be somewhat of a free-for-all. You must pre-register for individual campsites at the Arches Visitor Center between 7:30 and 8 a.m., or at the entrance station after 8 a.m. The campground usually fills by 9 a.m. From late October to mid-March, the water is turned off, but pit toilets are available. Bring your own wood or charcoal for the grills. Some sites will accommodate RVs up to 30 feet in length.

Group Sites

Two group sites are available within the Devils Garden campground. These sites may be reserved in advance for groups of 11 or more people. The Juniper Basin campsite will accommodate up to 55 people; the Canyon Wren campsite up to 35. No recreational vehicles or trailers are permitted in the group sites.

Reservations for group campsites are accepted beginning on the first business day of January for the following calendar year. Reservations are accepted by mail or fax, and must be received at least two weeks in advance of a trip. You will receive a mailed response. For more information on making reservations, contact:

Reservations Office
2282 S. West Resource Blvd
Moab, UT 84532
Phone: 435-259-4351
Fax: 435-259-4285

Regulations

1. Wood gathering and ground fires are prohibited in the park.
2. Pets must be leashed at all times when outside a vehicle. Pets are not allowed on any hiking trails.
3. Maximum length of stay is seven days.
4. Check-out time is 10 a.m.
5. Group size is limited to ten people per site.
6. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generators may be used from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food and Supplies

No food is available in the park. In the Arches Visitor Center, you may buy film and water containers. Moab is the nearest place to purchase general camping supplies (five miles south of Arches on Utah Highway 191).


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