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Best Off Road Camping Around Moab Utah

Moab, Utah is a well-known off-road haven and a recreation mecca set in the vast and beautiful southern Utah desert. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll be spoilt for choice, starting with the red cliffs & canyons, the Colorado River and the Arches & Canyonlands National Parks which are all close by.

This means that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go off-roading in Moab as you attempt to tackle the hundreds of 4WD trails of varying difficulties. In the process, your 4x4 is bound to break down and need some repairs. Not to worry, Dixie 4 Wheel Drive has a full-service auto repair shop that will repair and service your vehicle, getting you back on the road in no time.

After having lived in this area for decades, we understand how vast and overwhelming the scenery and outdoors can be. Sometimes, you just need days to take it all in. Other times, you just want to head into the wild to relax and rejuvenate far from the city crowds and noise. At times like these, off-road camping is your best bet.

Off-Road Camping Spots Near Moab Utah

Off-road camping gives you an easy way to enjoy Moab’s fantastic outdoors. You can simply load your favorite creature comforts in your 4X4 and head out. Tackle the obstacles and explore trails during the day then pitch your tent next to your car and spend a night under the star-studded sky.

Camping in Moab is restricted to campgrounds or designated sites in some of the very popular areas. Some of the best campgrounds that allow RV and large vehicles are listed below:

  • Along Highway 128 (River Road) – campgrounds include Goose Island, Big Bend, Upper Onion Creek & Hittle Bottom.

  • Along Highway 279 (Potash Road) – check out the Goldbar campground

  • Along Highway 313 – check out Horsethief campground

  • Along the La Sal Mountain Loop Road (South of Moab) – here you’ll find Ken’s Lake which is a popular camping spot where you can also do some fishing.

  • Along Sand Flats Road (East of Moab) – the Sand Flats Recreation Area has campground facilities and plenty of 4WD routes for you to enjoy.

  • In Canyonlands National Park – this expansive park has hundreds of miles of 4WD roads providing access to different campsites. While overnight trips and camping are allowed at designated sites at White Rim Road, The Needles and The Maze, you’ll need to obtain a permit beforehand.

Be Prepared For Camping When Planning Your Moab Camping Trip

Some of these campgrounds have better facilities than others so do your research prior to going there. It’s always best to carry along your own drinking water, portable toilets and a stove (gathering firewood or wood cutting is prohibited).

Make sure you pass by the Dixie 4 Wheel Moab shop to stock up on necessities before venturing into the wild. Happy Camping!


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