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Old 02-08-2016, 12:09 PM   #1
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Arches National Park 2017

I have been thinking about another trip to Utah and Arches some time soon. I was checking on the web and found out that Devils Garden campground will be closed spring thru fall of 2017 for road work. I just wanted to give everyone a "heads up". Arches is one of my favorite parks and I want to see it again but 2017 will not be the year to visit. It would not surprise me that the passenger car access to the park be very discouraged or limited just like it is at Zion and Brice. If I don't go this fall, it will not be until 2018.
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There are numerous BLM campgrounds along route 128 just north of Moab. Many have sites right on the river. Pit toilets. No water. You can spend hours viewing the canyon walls. And unlike the campground in Arches, they allow dogs Raz
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There are numerous BLM campgrounds along route 128 just north of Moab. Many have sites right on the river. Pit toilets. No water. You can spend hours viewing the canyon walls. And unlike the campground in Arches, they allow dogs Raz
The BLM campgrounds along 128 are fabulous. Dewey Bridge, Goose Island, Hittle Bottom and Gold Bar were all very enjoyable but to me there is something very special about Devils Garden, especially at sunrise and sunset.

When I stayed at Devils Garden, my dog was with me and there were numerous other dogs in the campground. Dogs must be on leash and only on roads or parking areas, but they are allowed with these limitations.
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When I stayed at Devils Garden, my dog was with me and there were numerous other dogs in the campground. Dogs must be on leash and only on roads or parking areas, but they are allowed with these limitations.
It's been some time since I was there. Perhaps it's the trail restrictions I recall. As a rule I find national parks are not very pet friendly. When you were there did you have a reservation and if so, how long in advance did you have to make it? Raz
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We have been to Arches three times, but it was before we started Scamping and we stayed in town. Since you have to drive to see places within the park anyway, I would not mind camping outside and make day trips. Having a beautiful campsite is great, but not absolutely essential here.
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I have stayed in full service campgrounds in Moab for access to power, water and showers and had a nice time but I personally enjoyed the time at Devils Garden to be the best. My dog has been with me at numerous National Parks with absolutely no issues. I would not call National Parks "pet friendly" but I certainly would not call them pet unfriendly either.


Devils Garden only has about 50 camp sites in total, and only about a dozen or so will work well for a trailer like ours. Many of the sites will only work for tents. If you want a reservation at Devils Garden you need to book it 6 months in advance. This campground fills up real fast. The campground is 18 miles from the entrance to the park, so it's quiet. Early morning and late evening are very quiet times with spectacular scenery.
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I spent a couple of days at Devil's Garden this past September. We had no reservations, just drove in and stopped at the Host's cabin. She had a cancellation, so we moved right in. It was a tent sight, but that's what we wanted. All signs and the staff at the Visitor Center said it was full. Pays to check "at the source".

Surprisingly fun time at Arches. The day hike trails were quite challenging for day hiker trails, most are usually quite tame in comparison. Highly recommended.
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If you need electric, but don't want a commercial campground, check the availability of sites at Dead Horse Point State Park. Electric only sites, no water at the campground so fill your tank in Moab, but the views from the park and some sites are amazing. There are a few first come sites, but they fill early. A bit of a drive to Arches, but well suited if you want to explore the park, Canyonlands & Arches.
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I'll second that... Dead Horse State Park and Gold Bar BLM: absolutely.
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....so fill your tank in Moab.....
On our first visit we found water at the park on the corner of rt 191 and rt 128. Last trip that source was gone. Jon, do you recall where you got water in Moab? Raz
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I'll second that... Dead Horse State Park and Gold Bar BLM: absolutely.
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On our first visit we found water at the park on the corner of rt 191 and rt 128. Last trip that source was gone. Jon, do you recall where you got water in Moab? Raz
You can dump and get water at Farm & City at 850 S Main in Moab. $5 and was available 24 hours a day. Easy in and out and a honor system cash box. www.discovermoab.com lists other options
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Is there an app or a source for finding water and/or dump stations?
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