It’s that time of year! Get out your calendars and start planning some overnight camping trips if you haven’t done so already.
I’ve teamed up with a bunch of great outdoor bloggers to help you out. We have all compiled lists of our favorite campgrounds in North America.
Check ‘em out!
If you ever come to Moab, Utah for world renown mountain biking, climbing, 4-wheelin’, hiking or just to sight see here are my top 5 favorite campgrounds in the area…
Devils Garden Campground – Located inside Arches National Park this campground is perfect for the family. There is plenty of sand for your tykes to play in, beautiful views of the La Sal Mountains and it’s close to many hiking trails. There are flush toilets, running water, picnic tables and grills. Some of the camp sites are nestled in the slickrock and others are out in the open with expansive views. Cell service is spotty so expect to be unplugged most of the time. It’s better that way, right? The campground is 18 miles inside the park so you are a good 30-45 minute drive from the town of Moab and any concessions. Plan wisely. This campground fills up fast and spots are reservation only from March through October. If you come after October be sure to get to the visitor center early and stand in line for a spot. The park will still be busy in November.
Kayenta Campground – This campground is located at Dead Horse Point State Park 32 miles northwest of Moab. This campground is close to Canyonlands National Park making it a good place to stay to visit both parks. There are great covered picnic tables at each site, modern bathrooms with flush toilets and running water. Campfires are NOT allowed. There are hiking trails nearby and a great mountain biking trail that parallels the rim of the canyon. There is a small concessions stand at the visitor center if you need a cup of coffee or a little snack. Potable water is also available. The Kayenta Campground is open year round. You can reserve a campsite or there are first-come first-serve sites available. This is one of the nicest campgrounds we have visited.
Warner Lake – Head up into the La Sal Mountains where you will find the temperatures 20 degrees cooler than in Moab during the summer. This is a great escape from the summer heat. The campground is situated walking distant to Warner Lake with a hiking trail leading from the lake or other trails leading from the campground.. There are tons of trees shading the campground. Fire pits are located at each campsite, bathrooms are available and a cabin that sleeps 4 can be rented. Bring your fishing rods to catch some rainbow trout in Warner Lake.
Big Bend - This campground, approximately 20 minutes from Moab, is down Hwy 128 or what the locals call “The River Road”. It is nestled right up against the Colorado River and provides great places along the river for your tykes to play. Across the street is a popular bouldering location and the well traveled Negro Bill hiking trail is only a few miles away. This is a more primitive campground with vault toilets and no potable water. The campsites here are first come first serve.
Sand Flats -There are 9 campgrounds located in the Sand Flats area and depending on which campground you stay in your drive to town could be 15 minutes or less. It’s very convenient for most areas around Moab, numerous 4-wheel drive trails are accessed from the Sand Flats area and the Slickrock mountain bike trail is within walking distance from some of the campgrounds. Sand Flats is a big sandbox and slickrock haven for your tykes to play in. Bring sand toys for hours of fun. Picnic tables, fire rings and vaulted toilets are available but water is not. Be sure to bring your own water and firewood.
When we want a night or two away but want to stay close to home these are our campgrounds of choice.
Here is the remaining list of the Best Campgrounds in North America:
Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies – The Best Provincial Park Campgrounds in Southern Alberta
AKontheGO – Alaskans Share Their Favorite Campgrounds
Brave Ski Mom – Best Campgrounds in North America: Western Colorado Edition
Climb Run Lift Mom – Camping at the City of Rocks
The Campsite – Top 5 Backcountry Campgrounds in Banff National Park
TravelingMel – Yellowstone Campground Review
Adventure Parents – Classic Campsites: Murphy Hogback Campground, Canyonlands National Park
Val in Real Life – North Americas Best Campgrounds: Elkmont
GA Family Camping – Best Campground In American Cloudland Canyon
Our Boler – The Best Of West Coast Camping
Adventurous Moms – Dolly Copp Campground in Gorham, NH
Odyssey Outdoors - Best Family Campgrounds of WA
The Campsite Blog – The Best Campgrounds in North America
Outside Mom – Our Favorite Campgrounds in the Southwestern US
Have you camped in Moab or any of these other fabulous campgrounds? What’s your favorite campground?