There are two Onion Creek camping areas. Upper Onion Creek is the most popular and has several group sites. The Lower Onion Creek site is a 1/2 mile further down 128 (going east).
Very secluded, I have never had a problem camping here even though it is for groups. There is a pit toilet on site. Camping without reservations is $2.50 per person per night. A calendar is posted closer to the site, not on the kiosk. If no one is on the calendar you are free to camp (but you must pay).
Often there is no envelope here to deposit you money and tag your site. Be sure to stop at one of the other camping areas along the Colorado to pick one up.
Even though this is 20 miles east of Moab, I prefer Onion Creek over the other closer sites especially if you want quiet!
Remote location with a great sunrise looking at Castle Tower to the west and Fisher Tower just behind the site. There are fire pits and often plenty of firewood. There are also picnic tables.
We stayed here in 2004 and it's still open for business. This combination of campground, RV park and cabins is a great spot between Arches and the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands. It's right on 191 at the 313 turnoff to Canyonlands: 9 miles north of Moab and 4 miles north of Arches.
It's not fancy but has 20 campsites, 50 RV sites (46 with hookups), 14 cabins (9 deluxe with water and bathrooms, and 5 without), a campstore, gas station, laundry, showers and a pool. We ended up in one of the two largest cabins (El Grande) which slept at least 6 people. There is a pullout in the living room and two doubles in the loft. The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, stove and assorted cooking utensils, and the bathroom is large with a shower and towels provided (no tub.) It also has air conditioning, fans, (bad) satellite TV and a picnic table. Very quiet at night and reasonable at (updated price 2011) $116.00 or so for two adults (smaller/more rustic cabins run less). Additional guests over the age of 5 cost $3 - $5. Good choice for large families or groups.
This place was completely packed the 3 days we were here.
Configurations and amenities may have been upgraded or changed since our visit so contact the resort for up-to-date info.
Good location between Arches and Canyonlands Island in the Sky district). More reasonable for larger families than renting two hotel rooms. Convenience groceries and gas on site. Quiet at night but some miles away from Moab restaurants and shopping.
This two-person cottage was home for a week on our last trip. We really like rentals for longer stays as they provide privacy, space and more amenities we actually use for either the same or not much more than hotel rooms. True, you make your own bed in the morning and they all have their little quirks but all-in-all they've worked out to be perfect choices for us. This one was up on a hill on the edge of town, had a deep, wraparound porch with expansive views of Moab and the La Sals, wifi, satellite TV, a kitchen (no oven), bike storage, and a very comfortable king-sized bed. Clean, quiet, roomy and private: it was very hard to leave!
I booked it through Moab Lodging and Property Management and can recommend them as a great resource for rentals in the area. They handle a portfolio of holiday accommodations from economy condos to 3-bedroom homes and were friendly and professional to deal with. Full payment is required several weeks before your stay (which makes some of you nervous) but these are honest folks so no worries about internet scams here. They also provided helpful guides on operating the heating/cooling units, electronics, etc., 24/7 contact numbers, and called us several days into our stay to see how we were doing. Nope, it doesn't get any better than that - we'll definitely work with them again on our next trip to Moab.
Prices will vary based on size of rental, amenities, season, and length of stay so I can't note PP rates.
For our specific cottage: good bed with lots of linens; strong wifi; huge, covered porch with 360" views; kitchen; comfortable living/dining area with lots of windows; quiet; privacy; very clean: professional and reliable rental agency.
Not only is this an inexpensive place to stay, but there is a shared kitchen on site which is completely equipped with all the dishes and utensils you may need. The bathrooms are communal and each room is decorated lavishly (some may say garishly) in a different theme. There was the African Safari Room, the Retro 50's Room and the Victorian Room that we stayed in, complete with ornately carved furniture and a trellised ceiling. We thought it was a fun and funky place to stay with a convenient location and a great price at $35/night.
The place was very nice for the need. It was clean, TV worked and has fridge, microwave and coffee maker. That was about all I needed,but a good bed to boot. Wow. The places are set up to be, or once were apartment type units, so the rooms are extra large and the bathroom huge. It may be older, but beat the heck out of a chain, or a locl name brand rip off for dollars.
Liked the location, the large rooms and the amenities to cook, and cool foods/beverages.
There are DOZENS of campgrounds. All have extreme scenery. Why would anyone be so stupid and stay in a hotel/motel? Bring tent or RV-thingy and set-a-spell outside. Gaze at the rock cliffs that the locals call "desert tapestry." It's no lie!
The State (Dead Horse) and Fed (Canyonlands) are always booked solid. With the Euro so strong the foreigners are taking up all the "brochure" sites that can get reserved. Nothing wrong with that though---its great they're spending their money in the USA.
Being a tourist town there are a number of motels to choose from. You will also find campgrounds in the National Parks and at Dead Horse State Park. See the tourist information web site listed below for a variety of motels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, and campgrounds. We were traveling with our 22 ft. fifth wheel trailer and camped in the National Parks. Devils Garden in Arches is about 5 miles north of Moab on Us 191 to the park entrance, then another 18 miles into the park. Be aware that there are no showers or electricity. We also camped in the Island in the Sky and Needles areas of Canyonlands National park, and again there are no showers or electricity. These are wonderful areas to make as a home base if you plan on doing a lot of hiking. Come well supplied, as you will have to return to Moab if you need to stock up on groceries or other items.
Pretty isn't it? Five STAR accomendations.
Bring your camping gear.
Park Fee. Or nothing.
The midnight sky is magnificance.
Morris Last Resort Cabins is absolute heaven. Really. Go for the cabins in the mountains. Peaceful. Two story cabins very comfortable. Downstairs has bedroom, bath, living room and kitchen. Upstairs has bedroom and sitting room with TV. DECKS on both top and bottom levels. Cabins face east, so decks face east and south. Great views. Quiet. Wonderful. Would go down to Moab to hike, eat etc, but found going back up to cabin very attractive as the quiet just drew me and I enjoyed just sitting on the deck reading, listening to nothing and feeling very peaceful.
How many times can I use the phrase peaceful, quiet in a description. It's the best. Get away from the noise of Moab and stay in the mountain cabins.
Not the fanciest or newest place in town. But the staff, which consisted of one guy named Rick on our stay (I think he's the owner) was friendly and helpful.
It's one block off of the main street and all the commercial amenities offered in Moab.
There is a nice little covered porch and some chairs so you can sit right in front of your room and relax. They also have a grass area with a couple of tables and chairs under some big trees.
I got wireless access from somewhere in the area. I don't know whether it was provided by the motel or just in the air from somewhere else.
The place could use a little maintenance but not so much as to make it unbearable. I've come to expect that trade for a place that accepts dogs.
Stayed here for a couple of days in June. It was really hot outside by then, so this camping spot with lots of trees was a haven after a day of MTB and hiking. The cost is only $5/vehicle/night. Bathroom within walking distance.
I highly recommend the Hotel Off Center at 96 East Center St. in 'Downtown' Moab, it's very funky with every room a different experience. The owner worked on movie and commercial sets, and has put his talents into creating a great lodging destination!
Unique room designs, including a western 'cowboy' room, a theatre room, a miners cabin complete with mine entrance, and much more.
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