Arches National Park camping is some of the most exclusive camping in Moab. If you love Arches National Park as much as I do, you may want to scope out the amazing camping inside the park. Since there’s only one campground in the park, you’ll want to plan ahead if you want to spend the night under the stars in this amazing landscape.
There is only one campground in Arches National Park. Devils Garden Campground, located near the Devils Garden Trail. Of course, there are several options for camping near Moab, so if you can’t snag a spot here, don’t fret, there’s other camping available.
In short, it depends. Reservations for Arches National Park camping are available between March 1st and October 31st. This time coincides with the busy season for Arches and the campground is usually full every night. Therefore, if you plan to camp between March and October, then you’ll absolutely want to reserve your campsite up to 6 months in advance.
However, winter campers who want to sleep under the stars from November through February can try their luck at the Devils Garden Campground. During this time, sites are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Pro Tip: You should plan to reserve your campsite at Devils Garden Campground at least 4 months in advance (6 months if you plan on camping during a holiday or special event such as spring break or Easter Jeep week).
There are 51 sites available in Devils Garden Campground. Two sites are ADA accessible and reserved for those with disabilities. There are also 2 group sites as well. All sites can be reserved in advance from March through October, while one ADA site is available to disabled campers on a first-come-first-serve basis during the busy season. Here’s a look at what to expect while camping at Devils Garden Campground:
RVs allowed? Yes, max length 40-feet. No hookups.
Trailer allowed? Yes
Toilets? Vaulted with some flush
Road condition? Paved with variable terrain
Tent pads: Dirt
Amenities? Fire pit, picnic table. Drinking water. Very little shade.
When it comes to camping in the desert, you’ll need to know a few handy hacks. First, always be sure to pack out all of your trash. During your stay never leave your camp without throwing your trash in a vehicle. Tiny desert critters will wreak havoc on your campsite and cause an unsightly mess.
Next, you’ll want a large vessel to store your water. The Devils Garden Campground has potable water, but since you’re in the desert with limited shade, you’ll be drinking plenty.
Plan on bringing a shade structure. The desert sun can bake rocks and make the landscape feel like a furnace, even if it’s only in the mid-70's. Always be prepared with plenty of sun protection.
Lastly, stay in designated areas only. The desert is a fragile environment. Keep this place looking amazing for the next visitor by following all closures, staying on trails and durable surfaces, and avoid stepping on cryptobiotic soils.
Arches National Park camping offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to camp surrounded by beautiful sandstone giants. You’ll get to see the glory of the park’s sunsets, experience the magical night sky, and really immerse yourself in this truly incredible environment.