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Posted: 02/15/20 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quiet campsites (boondocking) Moab/South Grand Canyon area late march

Hi all

We will be in a 4x4 pop-up truck camper, (so easy to off road) and I'm looking to find scenic quiet safe boondocking late march.

Specifically just 2 areas - (sadly short on time and limited to only these 2 areas)

just a tiny bit north or just south of Moab, UT (so easy dinner in Moab that night)

and also at, or very close to the South rim of Grand Canyon.

Yes of course we'll watch for road closures, and watch the weather....

and I believe that roads may close that make it impossible to get to the South rim of the Grand Canyon.

We are fully self contained, and prefer scenic and quiet boondocking.

Thanks for any suggestions! :-)

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Not very scenic but close to Moab

Ken's Lake BLM at N38° 28.568' W109° 25.623'

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Horse Thief BLM at N38° 34.983' W109° 48.972'

More distance to Moab but scenic

Lock Hart Rd BLM and Hamburger Rock BLM at N38° 11.026' W109° 40.092'

At GC say in the park.


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I know there are good spots up in the San Juan Mountains just across the border into Colorado. And there are places down near South Rim. Check Free Campsites. I've heard there are spots along the river east of Moab but those supposedly are only a few and usually full. Yeah I see them on that site above along the La Sal road.


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March in Moab isn't going to be empty. The jeep safari is 4/4-4/12 this year just be aware. As some mentioned along hwy 128 and the river, north of town on the west side of the hwy are some areas, not much south of town until you get a ways. One campground while I haven't stayed there recently I used to love it as it was quiet and off the beaten path but easy to get to. South of Moab about 30ish miles is the canyon rims recreation area. Windwhistle campground is a campground and not true boondocking but no hookups. Water and toilets may be available depending on when they open them up. If you continue on that road there are several turnoffs to the south for real boon docking and there are some excellent sites back up in there. Just hit dinner before you head out of Moab or head down to Monticello as another option.

Also Someone mentioned Hamburger rocks down by the Needles district just outside the park. Nothing wrong with the area at all but that is about 70 miles from Moab though you are only a couple miles at most from the needles district of canyonlands np. Also I think not sure if I would call it quiet but kane creek road (at the macdonalds) leads to hurrah pass and on the way I believe there is some boon docking and overflow camping as well but the boondocking is literally right off the side of the road. While no real issue at night during the day the road can have some traffic on it and after a while it turns dirt so can get dusty with the traffic.


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There is a good network of forest roads east of Tusayan, Arizona -- just don't choose a site too near the airport. Lots of sightseeing helicopters. But lots of boondocking. Download the MVUM from the forest service -- very helpful map!


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Good idea.

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LosAngeles wrote:

Quiet campsites (boondocking) Moab/South Grand Canyon area late march

Hi all

We will be in a 4x4 pop-up truck camper, (so easy to off road) and I'm looking to find scenic quiet safe boondocking late march.

Specifically just 2 areas - (sadly short on time and limited to only these 2 areas)

just a tiny bit north or just south of Moab, UT (so easy dinner in Moab that night)

and also at, or very close to the South rim of Grand Canyon.

Yes of course we'll watch for road closures, and watch the weather....

and I believe that roads may close that make it impossible to get to the South rim of the Grand Canyon.

We are fully self contained, and prefer scenic and quiet boondocking.

Thanks for any suggestions! :-)


Good source of info Here

Should have no issue on the South Rim - Come in on RT 64 from the east - Might catch Monument Valley and Goosenecks on the way south.

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We boondocked in a 40’ fifth wheel on Forest Service Road 302, just south of Tusayan. We were a few miles down the FS road, and took a “two-track” back about 1/4 mile off of the FS road. It was scenic, quiet, and other than a small herd of elk....we had no visitors! [emoticon]

We use several camping “apps” which help in finding recommended boondocking/camping spots. Two of the “apps” we use are, RV Parky and ALLSTAYS from my wife’s cell phone. Another app to consider is “Campendium”, there are other “apps” that be found on a “smart phone”! memtb

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For the Grand Canyon South Rim consider the NPS campground at Desert View. While not true boondocking its location within an easy walk to the rim and away from the crowds at Canyon Village make it very pleasant.

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Staying within walking distance of the South Rim, even if it is not boondocking, is a great idea -- we did, and the sunsets were amazing. No need to hunt for parking!

They say the sunrises are great, too, but they tend to occur too early in the morning for me. [emoticon]

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