This is the only campground in Arches National Park. There are 52 site to choose from. Current regulations require reservations be made online at http://www.recreation.gov/.
This is very convenient. The website provides a map so you can select the location you like.
Each site has a picnic table and fire pit with a grate that flips over the pit.
Unique Quality: The campground has running water in the bathrooms from mid March to mid October. Exact dates are not give as this depends on temperature.
Another outstanding feature are all the fins located near some of the camp spots. Some offer a sense of seclusion as well as a perfect location to climb up and gaze at the stars.
The only campground inside the park is the Devil's Garden Campground which offers 52 sites and centralized flush toilets and water. There are also two tent only group sites. There are a number of campgrounds in the nearby town of Moab. I did not camp here but wanted to let you know what is available.
When you visit Arches if at all possible try to spend at least one night in the campground. It is an experience that you will be glad you have in your memory.
I have stayed here many times over the last 30 years and I never tire if it.
It is not an overly developed campground so tent campers like me feel at home. The sites are tucked into and around slickrock outcrops. So even if the campground is full it never feels crowded.
The comfort stations have water and are kept very clean.
This campground fills up often and if you are sure of the date you want to stay here they now have an online reservation service. I have not used it but it might be a good idea.
Unique Quality: This is just a great campground. No matter where you stand in this campground the vista is breathtaking.
I am a little partial because i have visited here often over the years. Our whole wedding party camped here and we were married just a 10 minute walk from the campground
Directions: At the top of the road.
The Devil's Garden Campground is the crown jewel of the National Park system. I have been lucky to camp at many of the park system's campgrounds and surely all the most noted, and I can say without much hesitation that this one is the best. Of course, if you hate the desert and glowing red rock scenery, please head to the forests of another park. You would be doing everyone a favor since thousands are turned away from this gem every year for lack of space. About the only thing missing here is showers due to lack of precious water. Sure, they could truck it in and they already do for drinking water purposes but that would increase prices and put more of a stress on the environment than need be. If you can't go without a shower for a couple days, stay in town and drive 50 miles round trip every day. Hey, at least it's a pretty drive.
Spots can be reserved and if on a tight schedule you should certainly do this well in advance as this is one very popular campground. It was a very reasonable $15 a night in the spring of 2008 but I see it's gone up to $20, still in line with many other parks with far less of a water problem. This can be done between 180 and 4 days of arrival. So, you can't call the night before and hope to get a spot. My guess is you won't likely get one 4 days ahead of time during the busy season.
If you are traveling foot loose and fancy free, they luckily have left 24 spots open to walk-in campers. You simply show up and hope there is a spot available. Obviously, people stay for more than one night and not all of the spots open up each day. My suggestion? Get there very early.
Unique Quality: We got to the park in the afternoon and of course there were no spots. We camped at nearby Canyonlands for one night and returned at 4:30 AM the next morning. We were not the first ones there either! At 7:30 AM they informed the hundred people waiting that there were 7 spots opening up that day. We were glad we were crazy enough to get up that early. It was first come first serve after that and we got an amazing spot. It was huge and plenty big for the ten people the park allows. It was set right in the rock rock fins so we had some shade. Our tent went on a nice sandy patch high on a hill looking down at our picnic table and car. It was worth carrying everything up there, believe me. Jack rabbits and deer scurried through every morning. It was a paradise we'll never forget. If you like camping and the desert, make sure to camp here.
Directions: At the end of the Arches Scenic Drive, 18 miles from the park's entrance.
No hookups, but very good facilities, scenery, hiking from the campground
Unique Quality: Campsites are nestled into the redrock; unbelievable setting for tents, trailers, and RV's. It can get windy in here as the gusts whistle through the rock formations!
Directions: This campground is at the end of the park, so you need to drive in about 20 miles
Devil's Garden is the main campground at Arches National Park. It's near the end of the main road. The main thing it has going for it is its location; it's far enough away that you don't get a lot of traffic, and it saves you a great deal of time by allowing you to get up in the morning and see the sights in the northern end of the park without having to make the 20-mile drive from the entrance.
The campground is nestled between some of Arches famous sandstone fins (see photo #2). Skyline Arch is right behind the campground, and you can quickly scramble up to it in 5 minutes or less. The Amphitheater - featuring Ranger Programmes - is right there as well.
The campground has 56 sites. IT IS NOW POSSIBLE TO RESERVE CAMPSITES AT D.G.! This is a recent development, so some older guide books may not mention it. Half of the spaces are reservable, half are first-come, first-served. There are no hookups and I don't remember there being showers either. There is water and bathrooms, though. I believe it was $14/night when I was there in 2005.
Centrally located. Get to the visitor center at 7 AM to register this place is almost always full. If you can't get in there Dead Horse Point is very nice (beautiful view) which is about 25 desert miles away.
Unique Quality: No pool, no hot tub, nice sites, lots of views, lots of once in a lifetime hikes.
Directions: in the park
This campground, which lies at an altitude of 5,200 foot is located at the far end of the Arches road. There is a 7 day stay limit. The campground is open all year, and has 52 tent and trailer sites. Note that the RV sites are for RV's no larger than 30 foot in length. Although there are no showers, flush toilets and water are available mid-March through mid-October. Chemical toilets are available in the winter, and water can be gotten from the visitor center. In the summer campfire programs are offered at the campground amphitheater. In the winter the cost of camping is at a lower rate. From March 1 through October 31 up to 30 of the individual sites may be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation System. These reservations must be made no less than 4 days ahead of time, and no more than 240 days in advance. The remaining 22 campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis each day beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the park entrance station or visitor center. If you wish to make reservations online visit www.ReserveUSA.com, or you may phone the Reservation System at (877) 444-6777, (877) 833-6777, or (518) 885-3639.
Unique Quality: In the summer free evening campfire programs are offered at the amphitheater. A few hiking trails begin at the campground.
Directions: Drive 5 miles north of Moab on US 191 to the park entrance. The campground is another 18 miles to the end of the park road.
There is only one Campground in Arches, the Devil's Garden Campground. It isn't very large, but it is in a beautiful setting! It is first come, first serve. It is also the starting point for a wonderful loop trip through the Devil's Garden rock fins and through Broken Arch!
Directions: Located at the very end of the 18-mile Scenic Drive
Arches National Park, Utah, 84532, United States