Have you seen Arches National Park yet? It’s otherworldly at best, hosting over 2,000 natural sandstone arches! Reminiscent of our Arches hat, It’s the premier place to see natural rock formations, arches, and other massive landforms.
Located just north of Moab in Utah, Arches camping is extremely ideal for locals of Spanish Valley, Castle Valley, and Moab—but is well worth the journey for anyone in Utah and even travelers from out of state.
Devils Garden Campground
Devils Garden Campground is an awe inspiring desert landscape located within the park. This Arches camping site is a beautiful option for camping among the very geological features hikers and campers go to Arches for—the arches themselves. The campground is located pretty much in the middle of the park (about 17 miles north of the park’s entrance and only 23 miles from Moab).
Among the cacti, junipers, and pinyon pine at Devils garden, you’ll enjoy the choice of tent or RV camping. Some amenities include drinking water and fire pits. Dogs are definitely allowed, but be sure to check with park staff about rules pertaining to pets in the park.
Willow Springs Trail
Willow Springs is a free dispersed camping spot located immediately west of the park. This Arches camping is ideal for campers who’ve just driven far and wish to get a fresh start at the park first thing in the morning. The land is a beautiful desert landscape with rock formations, distant mountain views, and stunning sunrises and sunsets.
At Willow Springs, campers choose from tent or RV camping. This is dispersed camping, so water, tables, and other amenities are unavailable. Make-shift fire rings mark some of the idyllic spots, and campers are free to make fires in these. Make sure to show up before the sun sets as these spots are well known and this campground can get crowded in the peak season. Pets are allowed!
Fish Towers Campground
Fish Towers Campground is located off the 128 near the Colorado River (approximately 25 miles away from the park entrance). The grounds are named after the stunning, grand, tower-shaped rock formations. Many campers who visit Fish Towers remark that they’ve never seen anything like it!
Spots are limited and reported costs are 10-20 dollars a night. Fire rings and benches mark the sites at this Arches camping, and campers can choose between RV camping or tent. Pets and fires are allowed, but you won’t find much in the way of other amenities.
Goose Island Campground
Goose Island Campground is also off of the 128, but is closer to both Arches National Park and the Colorado River than Fish Towers Campground. This site is also very close to Moab.
Here, campers enjoy lake front camping, plenty of camping opportunities, as well as the option to mountain bike, river raft, or take four-wheel drive tours. Some sites are shaded by trees and contain grass-areas. Amenities include fire grates, picnic tables, and vault toilets.
Finally, we have Castleton Tower, a great spot for Arches camping located off the 96 near Castle Valley, located a 30 minute drive from the park. The Castleton Tower itself is a magnificent geographical monument. Precisely, it’s a 400-foot Wingate Sandstone tower atop a 1,000 foot Moenkopi-Chinle cone.
This tent-only campground is located in viewing range of the Castleton Tower. As one expects with dispersed camping, amenities are limited-to-none and sites are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Dogs and fires are both allowed within the grounds.
Our Ode to Arches National Park
We found Arches National Park so inspiring we designed a hat after it, wear it on your visit to shade your face from Utah's sun and heat. This hat will be sure to remind you of Arches long after your visit and is a great conversation starter for fellow fans of this iconic destination.