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Old 07-27-2013, 06:57 PM   #1
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Going to Moab, UT in Oct. I am hoping to get a spot on the Colo. River in one of the BLM campgrounds. It looks like there are only 3 that have sites big enough for a large rig. We will arrive on Tue. Anybody ever stayed at one of these and do the get filled up that time of year.
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We stayed there once. All I can tell you for sure is to check and see if there is a school holiday. There was when we stayed and it was over full.
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We stayed at Big Bend BLM campground with our 40-foot RV + toad this spring. It was good weather, very popular and very difficult to get a site even early in the week, but we managed to snag one (pure luck). The other BLM campground closer to town (Goose Island) has some large and super sweet sites right by the water, but it's a total game of musical chairs to get in there. I'm not sure how Oct will be, but if it's anything like Spring I'd recommend getting to the BLM campgrounds super early and be ready to occupy a site as soon as it clears. I don't think I saw any site free for more than 5 mins while we were there!

For more peace and quiet I'd recommend Horsethief BLM. Lovely sites and very peaceful plus much (much) easier to get a site, but further from town. If you don't find a spot close to town that's where I suggest you go. We really liked the look of that campground and it would be our #1 choice if we went back.

The other big rig friendly spot is apparently Kens Lake south of town, but I've never been there so can't comment.

If you're interested I did a review and pics of Big Bend here:
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Lots of good information, thanks. I was afraid Oct might be busy due to cooler weather in the dessert. I had listed Horsethief and Ken's Lake as alternatives since they can accomodate large RV's. Ken Lake looks pretty interesting.

I tried to reserve a site at Dead Horse Point SP. They have very specific dates that you can make reservations for a two week window, about 4 months in advance. I set a reminder on my calendar for that date, but didn't try to book a reservation until I got home that evening. All the large RV spots were already reserved. Obviously somebody or some group had marked that date as well.
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Kens Lake is fine for big rigs and for some reason does not fill as fast. I have no issues getting in there and we are a 30' semi truck pulling a 42.5' 5er. Not all sites are "big rig" but many are.
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Horsethief BLM? What state are we talkin her?
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So if you decided that Moab may be a little too mainstream, and was considering going somewhere else in Utah, where would you choose to spend the better part of a week in Oct? NP's are not an option.
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Personally I would head off boondocking down SE area on the big Mesas and spend my time hiking out to find old cliff dwellings. We spent several weeks doing just that before we went to Moab. Lots of cool spots out there.
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Personally I would head off boondocking down SE area on the big Mesas and spend my time hiking out to find old cliff dwellings. We spent several weeks doing just that before we went to Moab. Lots of cool spots out there.
Are you referring to Escalante. Knaab or more like Canyonlands or Monument Valley?
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So if you decided that Moab may be a little too mainstream, and was considering going somewhere else in Utah, where would you choose to spend the better part of a week in Oct? NP's are not an option.
I stayed at this place last year and I'll be there in a few days as well.

Pack Creek Campground and RV Park

Its a nice quiet place in moab itself. Its not near the main highway.

This is from their website
"Effective until US troops come home, all active military and their immediate families may stay at Pack Creek Campground at no charge. You're paying your cost of admission by serving! A unit patch would be appreciated."
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Are you referring to Escalante. Knaab or more like Canyonlands or Monument Valley?
More remote than that. I was referring to Grand Gultch/Cedar Mesa area. Basically the "hot-spot" of the ancient pueblo dwellings in SE Utah. Very remote, lightly visited & lots of BLM land.

This is the area I'm talking about:
Map of Cedar Mesa, Grand Gulch and Comb Ridge, Utah
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If you are going to be in the area over the weekend of October 20, be forwarned they have a big half marathon that weekend and the river road is closed for a large portion of the weekend.
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If you are going to be in the area over the weekend of October 20, be forwarned they have a big half marathon that weekend and the river road is closed for a large portion of the weekend.
Thanks for that bit of information. Actually we are heading south to Phoenix on the morning of Sat the 19th.

Still leaning toward Ken's Lake or Horsethief. I have given up on the River. Sounds like too much traffic.
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Has anybody ever been to Echo Park, where the Yampa River meets the Green River (Dinosaur NP)? I was there a couple years ago while rafting down the Yampa. It is one of my top 5 places ever. The park road coming into the campground looks decent. It would be an absolutely amazing place to camp if it is possible to get a big rig in there. I have looked at it on Google and there may be a few tight turns.
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