Jason Todd

Camp in the park or book a night in Moab

RATES:
$ inexpensive under $100
$$ moderate $100–$175
$$$ expensive $175–$250
$$$$ splurge—$250 and up

Late spring and summer are the busiest time in Arches. There is one campground in the park.

IN THE PARK

Devils Garden Campground. The only “lodging” in Arches, this improved campground is 18 miles from the park entrance, has potable water and flush toilets (but no showers), and is open year-round. Between March and October, its 50 sites are often fully booked months in advance. 50 individual sites and two group sites, $; recreation.gov or 877/444-6777.

OUTSIDE THE PARK

Moab, UT

Gonzo Inn. Cozily contemporary, whimsical hotel in downtown with a pool. $$-$$$$; 100 West 200 South Street; gonzoinn.com or 435/259-2515.

Red Cliffs Lodge. This refined ranch on the banks of the Colorado River in Castle Valley certainly feels like it’s in a national park, even if it’s not. $$$-$$$$; Milepost 14, Highway 128; redcliffslodge.com or 866/812-2002;.

Castle Valley Primitive Camping. There are 12 BLM designated campgrounds off Highway 128 in Castle Valley. Ten of these have sites on the Colorado River. All of these are free, have vault toilets, and are first-come/first-serve. blm.gov/ut or 435/259-2100.

Dead Horse State Park Yurts. These provide a unique pseudo-camping experience inside a traditional Mongolian dwelling. 3 yurts, $; 7 mile inside the state park’s entrance; stateparks.utah.gov or 800/322-3770.

Rodeway Inn & Suites Landmark Inn. Centrally located in downtown with a 52-foot water slide into an outdoor, heated saltwater pool. $$;168 N. Main St.; moabrodeway.com or 435/259-6147.

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