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Old 09-01-2017, 08:51 AM   #1
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Trip to Moab in October

My wife and I are going to Moab Oct. 16-20. Have been there over a dozen times but never camped. Always stayed in hotels or campground cabins. Would like to know if there are any cool of the grid spots to camp with our 2wd SMB? Trip is primarily for mountain biking but if we can take our van somewhere cool bonus!
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There is a vast area next to the sovereign trail system (off the 191 on your way into town from the north). There are other folks out there but it's big...

I think its's willow springs road on the left...before the shell station/campground.

From what I understand, they recently installed a pit toilet out there, before that dig a hole.... shovel....

There are many places around town where you can camp up to 14 days, like up castle valley road and places around La Salle loop road if you want to get up higher.

There are also lots of BLM campgrounds by the river on the 128 (Hal canyon, Big bend, etc etc); these are handy if you ride Porcupine rim/whole enchilada as that ride ends up at the Colorado river. If you want higher/cooler elevations there are also a number of campgrounds off of the La Salle loop road, like warner lake, Miner's basin, oohwah lake, etc.
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There is a vast area next to the sovereign trail system (off the 191 on your way into town from the north). There are other folks out there but it's big...

I think its's willow springs road on the left...before the shell station/campground.

From what I understand, they recently installed a pit toilet out there, before that dig a hole.... shovel....

There are many places around town where you can camp up to 14 days, like up castle valley road and places around La Salle loop road if you want to get up higher.

There are also lots of BLM campgrounds by the river on the 128 (Hal canyon, Big bend, etc etc); these are handy if you ride Porcupine rim/whole enchilada as that ride ends up at the Colorado river. If you want higher/cooler elevations there are also a number of campgrounds off of the La Salle loop road, like warner lake, Miner's basin, oohwah lake, etc.
Thanks boywonder, is Sand Flats Rd open to dispersed camping? Saw some tent campers up there years ago near the SlickRock trailhead.
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The sand flats road is BLM with designated camping spots and pit toilets. Some are very nice. There are also BLM campgrounds along the Colorado river on hiway 128.

Here is a link to BLM campsites in the area:
BLM Campgrounds surrounding Moab, Utah
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Thanks boywonder, is Sand Flats Rd open to dispersed camping? Saw some tent campers up there years ago near the SlickRock trailhead.
As mentioned there are a few primitive campgrounds up there around fins n things trail....not sure about dispersed at Slickrock area.

If you continue up sand flats road past the start of porcupine (there is a newer pit toilet there...no roof!!, and some horse drinking troughs)....keep going past there.....left turn fireroad towards the rim takes you to a couple of really cool camping spots right on Porcupine Rim. This may be dispersed..there are a few fire rings, etc there. Killer view off the rim into Castle Valley.
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The sand flats road is BLM with designated camping spots and pit toilets. Some are very nice. There are also BLM campgrounds along the Colorado river on hiway 128.

Here is a link to BLM campsites in the area:
BLM Campgrounds surrounding Moab, Utah

Thanks!!!! Bookmarked!
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Be warned: the days of Oct 19-22 are a huge school holiday in Salt Lake. There is also a very large high school mountain bike race series having its finale there that weekend.

That is a very crowded weekend down there.
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We have only been to Moab once and we had a great time exploring and camping with friends. Still, it was a little crowded for our tastes as we prefer to camp and wheel where there are few people. After our friends departed, we headed East on 70, then South on 24 towards Goblin Valley state park where we made a brief stop. While it was a very interesting collection of formations, it was over-run with kids. From there we backtracked towards county road 1015 and turned left on Temple Mount rd. It took us past campgrounds packed with motor homes and tents, but we continued up the mountain. The further we went, the fewer the people. A few miles past the last campground, we stopped at Table Mountain where there were plenty of disbursed campsites, but not a single person in sight. The scenery was spectacular, so we made camp at the top of the mountain. The following day we continued on Temple Mountain road and put together a 50 mile loop that included more spectacular scenery, easy driving, abandoned mines, plenty of smaller trails to explore, wildlife, lots of ruins, and not one single person the entire day. The loop brought us back to the same campsite for a second night. The area is highly recomended if you want to escape the crowds of people you find in the parks, and still have amazing scenery and dirt roads to explore. The end of this thread has some photos of the area. Enjoy.
http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...d-19140-2.html
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Thanks!!!! Bookmarked!
Agreed. Excellent resource. There's a whole lot more there than I thought!
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Great info thx!
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