Use this Moab Utah Vacation Guide to plan the perfect vacation: weather, activities, what to pack, where to stay and more!
We get asked often about where to stay in Moab. There are all types of lodging in and near Moab from budget-friendly hotels to higher-prices resorts. You’ll also find vacation rentals, a hostel, campgrounds and RV parks.
There are no hotels in nearby Arches or Canyonlands National Parks, only campgrounds, so most people stay in Moab. The town also has a variety of restaurants and places to shop which add to the appeal to find accommodations in Moab.
Since we visit and stay in the Moab area many times each year, we wrote this guide to help you find the best Moab lodging as you plan your trip. The places listed will be in location order from the north end of Moab (close the national park entrances) to the south end of town.
- Hotels Near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
- Campgrounds Near Arches and Canyonlands Island in the Sky
- Places to Stay in Moab Near Restaurants and Shopping
- Moab Hotels for Families
- Moab Vacation Rentals for Families
- Budget-friendly Hotels and Cabins in Moab
- Best Moab RV Resorts and Campgrounds
- Camping Near Moab
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What To Pack for a Trip to Moab
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- Hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- WATER: Hydration packs or carry refillable water bottles in your backpack.
- Healthy snacks – there may be NO services on the trails you’ll hike or drive.
- Lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion – Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin.
- Summer – High temperatures, unrelenting sunlight, and low humidity. To keep cool, wear light colored, loose fitting UV protection clothing that does not absorb sunlight. Also avoid sun burn by wearing a sunhat and by generously applying sunscreen to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun.
- Winter – Pack winter clothing to stay dry and warm.
- Fleece jacket
- Buff headbands
- Hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- First aid kit
- DOWNLOAD – Camera gear checklist
A Photo Tour of Moab, Utah
Take a visual tour through the Moab, Utah area to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!
WHERE TO STAY IN MOAB, UTAH NEAR THE PARKS
Moab is one of the most popular places to visit in Utah. The small town is about 5 miles from the entrance to Arches National Park and about 30 miles from the entrance to Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky.
If it’s important to be close to the entrance of these parks, then these are the best Moab accommodations.
Hotels Near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Moab – our friend’s pick for families
- SpringHill Suites by Marriott Moab
- Aarchway Inn
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Moab – we enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this hotel due to its location
TIP: If you’re visiting Arches or Canyonlands in the summer when it’s hot, we suggest you visit the national parks in the morning and evening to avoid the crowds and heat. Spend time in the swimming pool at your hotel during the warmest hours of the day. You’ll want to choose one of the hotels that are near Arches and Canyonlands to make it easier to commute back and forth during the day.
You can use your national park pass or entrance ticket to enter the park as many times as you want during the day.
Campgrounds Near Arches and Canyonlands Island in the Sky
Canyonlands Island in the Sky Campgrounds – Willow Flat Campground is open year round. It’s first-come, first-served near the Green River overlook. There are 12 sites with picnic tables and fire rings. Please Note: There is no water at this campground. Here’s the full list of campgrounds at Island in the Sky.
Needles Canyonlands Camping – There are no services at Canyonlands Needles. The nearest place to get food, firewood, and supplies is Monticello, Utah, approximately 60 minutes’ drive from The Needles. (IF the Needles Outpost is open, you MAY find a few supplies, but don’t count on it!) There is seasonal potable water. Camp sites have toilets, fire rings, picnic tables, and trash cans.
Dead Horse Point Camping – Kayenta Campground at Dead Horse Point State Park offers 21 sites with lighted shade structures, picnic tables, fire rings, and tent pads. All sites also have RV electrical hookups, and modern restroom facilities are available. There are also 3 yurts available at Dead Horse Point. Each one offers sleeping space for up to six people, an outdoor propane grill, and comfortable seating indoors and out. Heat, air conditioning, and electrical outlets are also available.
Camping along Highway 313 – Lone Mesa, Horsethief and Cowboy Camp are first-come, first-served and may accommodate tents, trailer, and RV’s. READ the BLM guidelines for camping here.
- Archview RV Resort & Campground – terrific location close to the park and not far from Moab
- Under Canvas Moab
- Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground
Arches & Canyonlands AUDIO TOUR
“Download the app to your phone – no cell or wifi service needed. Based on your GPS location, the app takes you on a guided tour of the park and points out all the interesting features and stops. It’s like having a park ranger in the car with you.”
MOAB ACCOMMODATIONS IN TOWN
If you want to experience the vibe of Moab, then stay close to the city center. You’ll be within walking distance of yummy places to eat and fun places to shop.
Places to Stay in Moab Near Restaurants and Shopping
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab
- Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn
- Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn
- Kokopelli Lodgings – we enjoyed the Kokopelli Lodge that’s right in town
- Hotel Moab Downtown
- Gonzo Inn
- Purple Sage – our all-time favorite place to stay in Moab
- Moab Flats – we haven’t stayed here, but it’s just a bit down the street from Purple Sage and it would be our second choice
Moab Vacation Rentals for Families
Did you know you can create a search on Airbnb for places to stay when you travel with family?
To search for a home:
- Click or tap the Trip type (you may need to click Other filters)
- Select For families
You’ll see homes that have:
- A 4.75+/5 average rating from guests
- 5-star reviews from other families
- Family-friendly amenities, such as kitchen, wifi or internet, and a TV
- House Rules that are suitable for infants and children
BEST BUDGET LODGING IN MOAB
The best prices for accommodation in Moab will be during the off-season winter months. If you’ll be visiting during the busy season, you can still find budget lodging options in Moab.
Our criteria for these budget hotels and cabins: free breakfast or kitchenette – or at least a small fridge and microwave.
TIP: It’s amazing the cheap meals you can make with only a microwave! Eating meals in is one of the best budget tips for travel.
Budget-friendly Hotels and Cabins in Moab
- Archview RV Resort & Campground – cabins with kitchenette
- Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground – cabins with kitchenette
- Motel 6 – free breakfast
- Super 8 by Wyndham – free breakfast
- Moab Gateway Inn – free breakfast
- River Canyon Lodge – some with kitchenettes
- Moab Red Stone Inn – kitchenette
- Silver Sage Inn – fridge and microwave
- Lazy Lizard Hostel – kitchen
- Moab Rim Campark – cabins with kitchenette
TIP: Check to see if bedding and towels are provided at the cabins at these campgrounds. The cost savings may not be worth the hassle, or you may not have the room, to pack sheets or sleeping bags and towels. We’ve stayed in cabins at Archview and Moab Rim Campark, but we live fairly close to Moab so it wasn’t inconvenient to pack sheets and towels.
CAMPGROUNDS, RV RESORTS AND CAMPING NEAR MOAB
In the town of Moab and the surrounding area you’ll find RV resorts, campgrounds and primitive camping on public lands.
Best Moab RV Resorts and Campgrounds
- Archview RV Resort & Campground
- Under Canvas Moab
- Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground
- Slickrock Campground
Camping Near Moab
Primitive Camping On Public Lands Near Moab
There is no primitive camping within 20 miles from Moab. Camping is restricted to limited designated sites in the areas shown on the map below, marked with a brown post and a tent symbol.
These designated sites are free, but no facilities are provided. Campers are required to carry out all garbage, including solid human waste and toilet paper. There is no wood cutting or collection allowed. No new fire rings are allowed.
All campers are required to possess, set-up and use portable toilets or approved human waste bags. Campers may not bury or leave solid human body waste and toilet paper. The disposal of solid human waste off public land is required.
If you have any questions about primitive camping restrictions please contact the Moab BLM Office at (435) 259-2100.