Where to Stay Near Arches National Park

Where to Stay Near Arches National Park
Arches National Park is a dreamlike garden of fantastic red-rock arches (more than 2,000 of them), slender "fins" and intricate and chaotic towers in the high desert of southeastern Utah. Looking upon the park's incredible shapes and textures of rock is an exceptional experience, with millions of geologic years revealed in its vividly painted shapes. You will not find public transportation or rooms beyond the park's entrance, but the city of Moab, embracing diverse and abundant lodging and camping options, is just 5 miles south along Highway 191. In summer, temperatures above 100 degrees F are not unusual, nor are those below freezing in winter, important points to remember when selecting a place to stay.

Camping in the Park

Arches National Park has one campground, Devil's Garden, 18 miles from the park entrance, with 52 tent and trailer (up to 30 feet) sites and walk-in spots for groups of 11 or more from March 1st to October 31st. Because of the campground's huge popularity, it is wise to make reservations or show up early (it opens at 7:30 a.m.) for the 24 campsites that are held on a first-come, first-served basis, not all of which will be available every day. Individual sites are $20 per car, and group sites are $3 per person. Pets on-leash are allowed only in the campground. Back-country camping permits are issued at the visitor center, but there no designated campsites, no fires allowed and no available water. Reservations cannot be made by contacting the park.

Devils Garden Campground reservations
www.recreation.gov
(877)444-6777
(877) 833-6777 (TDD)

Arches National Park
P.O. Box 907
Moab, Utah 84532-0907
www.nps.gov/arch

Camping Outside the Park

The Moab area hosts 25 campgrounds operated by the Bureau of Land Management. The Big Bend Campground, right across the Colorado River from Arches on Highway 128, is one of several that are close to the park. Group and RV sites may be reserved, but not the individual campsites. The U.S. Forest Service maintains Warner Lake Campground, which is southeast of Moab, and there is a state campground at Dead Horse State Park, southwest of Arches. The city of Moab also has a number of commercial campgrounds and RV parks with varying facilities.

Big Bend Campground
Bureau of Land Management
Moab Field Office
82 East Dogwood
Moab, Utah 84532
utmbmail@blm.gov
Phone: (435) 259-2100
Fax: (435) 259-2106

Warner Lake Campground
Moab Ranger District
Manti-La Sal National Forest
2290 S. West Resource Boulevard
Moab, UT 84532
www.recreation.gov
For reservations, call: (877) 444-6777

Dead Horse State Park
P.O. Box 609
Moab, UT 84532-0609
www.dstateparks.utah.gov
(435) 259-2614

Moab Lodging

Moab brims with motels, hotels and bed and breakfasts, including a few that the grapevine has favored. The Apache Motel, located in a quiet residential area, is clean, comfortable and simple in the classic '50s style. The Virginian Motel is a well-maintained older motel in a great location with terrific rates and kitchens included. The Cali Cochitta Bed and Breakfast, a Victorian home originally built in the late 1800s, is charming, secluded and cozy, and it features warm hospitality and breakfast in the garden area. The Sunflower Hill Luxury Inn is a AAA Four Diamond Award winner, with 12 elegant, individually appointed rooms in two buildings.

Apache Motel
166 S. 400 East
Moab, UT 84532
apachemotel@frontiernet.net
(435) 259-5727

The Virginian Motel
70 E. 2nd South
Moab, UT 84532
www.moab-utah.com/virginian/motel.html
virginian87@hotmail.com
(435) 259-5951

Cali Cochitta B & B
110 S. 200 East
Moab UT 84532
www.moabdreaminn.com
info@moabdreaminn.com
(435) 259-4961

Sunflower Hill Luxury Inn B & B
185 N. 300 East
Moab, Utah
sunflowerhill.com
innkeeper@sunflowerhill.com
(435) 259-2974

Lodging Outside of Moab

Red Cliffs Lodge, on the Colorado River 14 miles east of Highway 191 on Highway 128, features a winery, restaurant, tours and adventure activities. The Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa, 3 miles farther up Highway 128, also has a restaurant and activities such as mountain biking, hiking and river rafting. The Nine Mile House, which can be rented for groups of up to 10 people, is located 1 mile off of Highway 191, 4 miles north of Arches National Park entrance.

Red Cliffs Lodge
Highway 128 Moab Post 14
Moab, UT
www.redcliffslodge.com
info@redcliffslodge.com
(435) 259-2002

Sorrel River Ranch Resort
HC 64 Box 4002
www.sorrelriver.com
stay@sorrelriver.com
(435) 259-4642
(877) 359-2715

Nine Mile House
6725 N Hwy 191
Moab, Utah 84532
(530) 432-5670

Article Written By Barry Truman

Barry Truman has published many outdoor activity articles in the past five years with International Real Travel Adventures, the Everett Herald and Seattle Post Intelligencer newspapers, Backpacking Light Magazine and Trails.com. He has a forestry degree from the University of Washington.

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