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Old 02-22-2018, 05:10 PM   #1
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Utah, Moab, Arches, Canyonland campsites

Whats best time of year to go there? Summer might be to hot and we'd like to miss the snow too.

I see that most camps in the parks don't have water or electric.

Is there one campsite or location that is close to all three Parks or must we move in order to have enough time to both drive and have time to do a little sight seeing and hiking?

We're coming from Phoenix with a 29' Class C towing a Toyota so hoping for campsites that are not only are full service but also big enough for us to park the car also.
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We were in Arches at the end of March 2017 and the weather was unseasonably warm. Hiked up to Delicate Arch and also hikes to some hidden arches that I found in a book (listed below). Also did the Fiery Furnace hike.

Hiking Arches National Park: An Opinionated Guide to the Park's Best Hikes


We stayed at the Moab KOA which is a few miles south of town. Plenty of room for RV and toad.

My personal feeling is that Canyonlands is great for a multi-day backpacking, canyoneering or rafting trip. If you're only doing day hikes, stick to Arches.

Not sure what 'three' parks you're referencing?
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We are heading there the middle of April. Iíve got trip planned and campgrounds booked. I spent quite a bit of time researching . Message me if interested.
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I second the koa nice place
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Spring and fall are peak season around Moab for a reason. Avoid the last week in March as that's Easter Jeep Safari, when the area is insanely busy. Summer is too hot for me, but then again you're from Phoenix. Yes, Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point and Moab are close enough that you could use any of them as a home base to see all.
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We stayed at Portal RV in Moab. Very nice place.
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The weather varies with elevation since the parks are pretty close in latitude. Bryce is at 8000’, Zion is about 3000’, while Arches is 4000’ or so. In summer Zion can be unbearably hot while Arches is just hot and Bryce is pleasant. In winter, Zion can be cool, Arches a bit cold while Bryce is frozen. Spring and fall are the most popular for the parks because it splits the difference. However those are the most popular times too. If you want to see the parks, go early in the morning before the crowds get miserable. Don’t go to any of them on a holiday weekend. Arches has had to close the gates during holiday weekends due to overcrowding.
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Take a look at Bauer Canyon View CG in Glendale, UT. Pretty close to make day trips easy.
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No offense intended, guys, but the OP asked about Moab, Canyonlands & Arches, but didn't mention Zion, Bryce, etc. Glendale would be a half a day's drive away from where he wants to visit.
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We stayed at Portal RV in Moab. Very nice place.
Us too-- stayed on the resort side. Nice pool and well kept grounds
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We stayed at the KOA in Moab. It was nice and it was convenient to Arches and Canyonland. Make sure to visit the Moab Brewery. Great burgers and beer.
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Whats best time of year to go there? Summer might be to hot and we'd like to miss the snow too.

I see that most camps in the parks don't have water or electric.

Is there one campsite or location that is close to all three Parks or must we move in order to have enough time to both drive and have time to do a little sight seeing and hiking?

We're coming from Phoenix with a 29' Class C towing a Toyota so hoping for campsites that are not only are full service but also big enough for us to park the car also.
Here you go - a real authority give some insight on the Moab area - https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/f...d/29448394.cfm

The Link Should address most of your questions - We have visited in most every time/month of the year - for me, I personally enjoy it when it's COLD - and NOT CROWDED - but that goes for all of Utah. (Used to ski a lot when we were Younger ) Biggest thing you need to be aware of are the rallies and the times the area is over run with people. The link should give you that info.

Passport America has a few sites - if the PA discount works then it is likely not crowded. With you coming up from Phoenix, I'd try to catch a little of the Southern Highlights as you come up and go home - Monument Valley - Antelope - Lake Powell - Goosenecks - many of the State Parks............................

You will need to keep an eye on the Weather, as it will change quickly - One winter, December, we hiked to the top of Angels Landing in Shorts and T shirts, then the next day did Bryce in 8" of Snow and 10 degrees - was a GREAT TRIP.

Best of Luck, hope the Link helps,
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The two times we have gone there, both were the week after Easter Jeep Safari. Weather isn't hot and the town is not too busy. We stayed in Canyonlands Campground right in Moab. Sites are good sized but close to each other. The nice thing is you can walk to most places in Moab from the campground. When you explore the area, make sure you have LOTS of water with you. Have fun!
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