With more than 1.5 million visitors annually, Arches National Park generates substantial demand for camping and hotels in the Moab, Utah area from spring through fall.
Are you planning a trip to Moab for Arches and wondering where to stay in or close to Arches National Park? Here is our guide to camping and hotel options in the area.
Arches National Park Camping
Devils Garden Campground – This is the only frontcountry campground in the park and there are 51 campsites in Devils Garden. They are reservable from March through October, and the park website indicates they are usually full every night so reservations are needed. The cost for an individual site is $25 per night. Sites are first-come, first served November through February.
Arches Backcountry Sites – All overnight stays in the backcountry require a permit issued in person at the visitor center. The park designated four campsites in two site zones in 2017 for backcountry camping. There is one camp site in the Devils Garden Campsite zone and three in the Courthouse Wash Campsites. Word of caution: The park website describes the backcountry as mostly rough terrain, inaccessible trails with very limited water.
Nearby Public and Private Campgrounds
Other public campgrounds in the area include Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, the US Forest Service campgrounds and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campgrounds in the Moab area.
Canyonlands National park has two campgrounds, one in Island in the Sky at Willow Flat Campground and the other is Squaw Flat Campground in The Needles.
Dead Horse Point State Park, which is located between the entrance of Arches and Canyonlands, has two campgrounds and a yurt area, including Wingate Campground and Kayenta Campground.
National Forest campgrounds have a total of 35 campsites between Warner Lake Campground, Mason Draw Campground and Oowah Campground.
The BLM campgrounds include 12 campgrounds around Highway 128, 3 around Highway 279, 3 around Highway 313, 4 on Kane Creek Rd., one in Sand Flats Recreation Area, one in Mill Canyon and the Ken’s Lake Campground. There are more than 550 campsites at these locations. Individual sites require exact cash or check paid at the campground. No reservations are accepted – all individual sites are first-come, first-served. Several campgrounds do featured reservable group sites on recreation.gov. Winter brings closures to some campgrounds, group sites and select campsites within some campgrounds.
Nearby private campgrounds in Moab include the Moab KoA, Slickrock Campground, Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground and Up the Creek Campground.
Arches National Park Hotels
There are no lodges or hotels located inside the park boundaries of either Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park. Most visitors to Arches and Canyonlands stay in the nearby town of Moab, which is about five miles from the park with a population of just over 5000.
Moab Hotels Near Arches National Park
Moab has national hotel chains such as Best Western Plus, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Fairfield Inn, La Quinta Inn, Comfort Suites, Wingate by Wyndham, Super 8, Quality Suites, Sleep Inn, Days Inn, and Motel 6. There are also a number of local options for Moab hotels.
Hotel prices in Moab are at their highest in May and September, with prices usually exceeding $100 a night from late March through October. Prices during the summer at particular hotel brands can exceed $200 and even $300 per night.
The closest hotels to the park entrance are Fairfield Inn and the SpringHill Suites. They are located only 2.5 miles from the visitor center.
If you are looking for a hotel outside of Moab, try Green River on I-70 or Monticello south of Moab at the intersection of US-191 and US-491. Both are located about an hour from Moab. They are not ideal for an extended visit to Arches but could make for a good stop for someone driving into or out of the area. They may also offer lower priced options when Moab is booked.