Given Moab, Utah’s proximity to two breathtaking national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, it can be hard to find a campground that isn’t booked when you’re in town during peak season. To provide travelers with more options, there are four new campgrounds, all owned by Sun Outdoors, formerly Sun RV Resorts, that offer tented and RV sites, along with cabin, casita or Airstream stays. Yet, these are no ordinary campgrounds. To start, they are pet-friendly. Some have swimming pools while others have giant life-sized chess sets, a playground or a putting green on site. Choose from these four campgrounds that put you, at varying degrees, close to downtown, both national parks and more.
Moab Downtown Campground
Of all four campgrounds, this year-round spot is the furthest south, positioning you closest to Canyonlands National Park’s South Entrance where you can access The Needles district.
The campground is in downtown Moab tucked off of Main Street and is located at 555 South Main St. You’ll also have an on-site gas station, showers, laundry, swimming pool and splash pad, playground and ATM machine. You can use your feet to stroll downtown and check out Moab’s breweries, restaurants, outdoor activity rental places and souvenir shops.
Each RV site comes with full hook-ups, a natural or cement pad and can accommodate an RV up to 50 feet in length. The sites also come with a picnic table and fire pit. There is cable and WiFi access. Pet-friendly tent sites come with a picnic table, natural pad, a fire pit with a cooking grate and a nearby water spigot. There’s a dump station on site.
Choose between two types of cabins — one that can sleep up six and the other that can accommodate up to five. In the five-person cabins, you’ll find two sets of bunk beds, a mini-refrigerator, heat, air-conditioning, an ADA-compliant ramp and a screened-in porch. In the six-person cabin, you’ll have two twin beds over a full bed, plus a mini-refrigerator, air-conditioning and heat, cable TV and a screened-in porch.
When you wake up, hit the road to The Needles district. Start by heading south of Moab on U.S. 191 for 40 miles and then take Hwy. 211 35 miles west until it ends. The park service recommends using a paper map to get there as GPS maps often give incorrect directions. Hwy. 211 is the only paved road leading in and out of the area.
For more information, visit www.sunoutdoors.com/utah/sun-outdoors-moab-downtown.
North Moab Campground
On the other side of downtown is this pet-friendly year-round campground that sits at 1415 N. Main Street. Just outside the heart of downtown, Slickrock is biking distance or a short drive away from Moab’s shopping and restaurants. On site, you’ll find WiFi, laundry, showers, a store and plenty of shade to relax in after a day in the sun.
RV sites here accommodate RVs 25-50 feet in length with room for slide-outs and are back-in or pull-through. RV sites have 30- or 50- AMP electric. Water is on-site and there is 20-amp electric at smaller sites for rooftop tents, vans, small campers and large tents. Each site comes with a gravel pad and picnic table.
Tent sites come with a grill and a covered area. Single tent sites have a 10×10 foot pad that’s covered by an 8×8 foot awning. Double tent sites have a 10×20 foot pad that’s covered by an ample 8×16 foot awning.
There are three choices of vacation rentals that can sleep up to between seven to 10 guests. These comfortable and spacious accommodations include a private bathroom, heating and air conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen with appliances and cookware, linens, TVs and a cozy front porch.
For more information, visit www.sunoutdoors.com/utah/sun-outdoors-north-moab.
Arches Gateway Campground
This year-round campground is the closest to the junction where Hwy. 128, which follows the Colorado River, and Hwy. 191 intersect. It’s minutes from downtown Moab by car. And it’s a several-minute drive to the entrance to Arches National Park. The address is 1773 N Hwy. 191. Its proximity to the park means you can sleep in a little longer than everyone else who is racing to get into Arches first thing in the morning.
What makes this campground unique is its Airstreams, along with its pool, hot tub and putting green. Spend the night in the Airstream Village made up of eight Airstreams. There are three different Airstream setups: one two-guest set-up comes with two queen beds; another choice sleeps up to four with a queen bed, full bed and twin bed; and another option is to rent an Airstream with two twin beds that sleeps two guests. All include bathrooms with showers, heat and air conditioning, linens, a full kitchen and wooden deck with shade.
If you have an RV, you can pull-in or back-into sites that accommodate RVs between 20-45 feet in length. All sites are full-hookup with 30- or 50- amp and include concrete patios, a charcoal grill, and cable and WiFi access. There are also tent sites, some that are covered and others that are not. Each site has a charcoal grill and picnic table, plus access to WiFi.
If you’re more interested in sleeping in a bed in a cabin, the property has a number of different cabins to choose from that sleep between 2-4 people. Each is equipped with a queen bed and two twin beds. Some have kitchenettes, if you want to cook, or flat-screen TVs with cable. Bring your own linens or rent some on site. Each cabin has heat and air conditioning. If you have more people in your party than 4, rent a premium two-bedroom cottage that can sleep up to nine people.
Other campground amenities include a general store, a bike wash-and-repair station and a dog park. There’s also laundry facilities, so you can wash your bike shorts before you head out again on the trails the next day.
For more information, visit www.sunoutdoors.com/utah/sun-outdoors-arches-gateway.
Canyonlands Gateway Campground
This campground is on the other side of Arches National Park close to Moab Giants, a dinosaur museum. That means you may find a little more solitude than the other campgrounds that are closer to the hustle and bustle of Moab. It is open seasonally from March through October, but check the website for exact opening and closure dates.
There’s an Old West theme at this campground that includes a historic church that is rumored to have appeared in some Hollywood movies back in the day. Plus, there are five cute casitas on site that you can stay in that look like a village from the old West, especially since each has its own theme like The Jail or The Saloon. They sleep 2-4 people and come equipped with a mini-refrigerator, microwave, flat-screen TV and more.
You can stay here in your RV, too, because sites can accommodate anything from 35 feet to 110 feet. All sites are pull-through and have full hook-ups, leveled gravel pads, a charcoal grill, picnic table and cable and WiFi access.
If you stay at a tent site, there is a water spigot, hot showers, and restrooms with a dishwashing sink nearby. Plus, each site has a charcoal grill and picnic table. You’ll have access to WiFi, too.
During the day, cool down in the on-site pool and in the evening enjoy a community campfire. Before you head out, make sure to fuel up at the on-site gas station.
For more information, visit www.sunoutdoors.com/utah/sun-outdoors-canyonlands-gateway.