was astounded and a bit dismayed by the growth and crowds in Moab.
It took me an hour to get from one side of Moab to the other when I passed through last month. Insane amount of people (and construction). Traveling through Utah and Colorado seemed like summer level of crowds. The Sprinter camper van market is certainly doing well! I love Utah, but tend to stay away from Moab just because of the crowds.
On the left side of the highway, coming from Cortez, about a mile or less before Mesa Verde is a gravel road. This is also about 4 miles past the Phil's World trailhead. Less than a mile in, there's a fork to the right. Follow that fork to a BLM dispersed camping area. There are numbered sites but it is undeveloped with no facilities.
2001 Ford Econoline E250
GTRV camper conversion