The Moab KOA is conveniently located just off US-191 on the southern outskirts of Moab. The park has sweeping vista views of the scenic Spanish Valley and oft snow-capped La Sal Mountains. This campground is a good base from which to explore Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as the many other stunning natural sites in the area.
Moab, UT 84532
Park: (800) 562-0372
Latitude: 38.523883 N, Longitude: -109.496682 W, Elevation: ~4,025 feet (1,227 m)
We stayed for seven nights at the Moab KOA in early June of 2017. The campground staff was friendly and helpful during our stay. This is a basic, clean, and well maintained campground set in a desert community in an area of stunning natural beauty and dizzying array of recreation opportunities.
We generally find that KOAs are pricey for our tastes, but we are willing to pay for the convenience for short stays or if there are not better alternatives. Prices were high at this park at this time of year, but this was the only campground where we could get reservations. For seven nights at a 50 amp full hookup pull-thru site, we paid about $68 per night, including tax and our KOA Value Kard Rewards Discount. Moab has become an extremely popular place to visit, campground spaces are in high demand and short supply, and campground rates are correspondingly high.
Amenities On Site or Nearby
The campground offers the basic amenities expected from a KOA, including full and partial hookup sites, dry tent sites, rental RVs and park model cabins, RV dump station, propane, restrooms and showers, game room, laundry room, playground, horseshoes, tether-ball, volleyball, dog run, and swimming pool. The park has a small general store with basic groceries, household goods, camping supplies, souvenirs and tourist info for the local area. Grocery stores, restaurants, automotive and some RV services are nearby in Moab. A larger choice of services and shopping are available in Grand Junction, Colorado (118 miles).
Accessibility – 3/5
The campground is easily accessible from highway US-191. Lanes in the park are well-maintained gravel. The park has both pull-thru and back-in sites and can accommodate large rigs. The campground facilities have provisions for Universal access.
Facilities/Amenities – 3/5
The campground offers the basic amenities expected from a KOA, including full and partial hookup sites, dry tent sites, rental RVs and park model cabins, RV dump station, propane, restrooms and showers, game room, laundry room, playground, horseshoes, tether-ball, volleyball, dog run, and swimming pool. Facilities are clean and well maintained. Staff was friendly and helpful.
The park has recently added more RV sites and park model rental cabins and is constructing a very nice looking new swimming pool.
Site quality – 2/5
Sites are very basic, including only the full or partial hookups with 50/30/20 amp electric, cable TV and a picnic table. Sites are sand and gravel and have picnic table. Sites are wide enough to accommodate slide-outs and awnings, but otherwise have little separation between sites. Older section sites have mature shade trees, while new section sites have freshly planted small trees. Many of the RV sites are not completely level – often having some slope. Since this is a desert setting, areas between sites are sand, gravel, and sagebrush.
Scenic Value – 4/5
The campground has sweeping vista views of the scenic Spanish Valley and La Sal Mountains and a rugged wall of sandstone cliffs provide a back-drop. The La Sal peaks are particularly stunning in the winter when capped with snow. A new housing development next to the park detracts from the view.
Location/Isolation – 3/5
The campground is on the outskirts of Moab, but does not feel very isolated due to urban sprawl around the park and traffic noise from busy US-191. ATVs and dirt bikes are popular in the area and at times generate a lot of noise in the park.
Paws Friendliness – 4/5
The campground is pet friendly and has two large enclosed pet runs with cleanup bags. The campground is large enough for a decent walk with your pet.
If visiting during late spring, summer, and early autumn months, be especially careful of high temperatures with your pet. Newer sections of the park have little shade and sandy surfaces can become extremely hot in the blazing desert sun. Time your walks with your pet during cool mornings or during the evening after the ground has cooled. Be sure your pet has plenty of water, shade, and is not left unattended in hot vehicles or RVs.
Overall Rating – 3/5
Overall, the Moab KOA campground is a convenient, but expensive place to stay while exploring the Moab area. We would not mind staying here on another visit, but this probably would not be our first choice if we could get reservations elsewhere.
We received a weak to moderate 4G Verizon signal at this campground. We deployed our cellular antenna and booster to improve MiFi hot spot internet access. The campground provided free WiFi, but we did not use this during our stay.
The water at this campground tested hard – we added our water softener to the water filtration stack.
Here are a few local attractions and activities:
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Dead Horse State Park
- Colorado River boat tours or rafting
- Scenic drive to Castle Valley and through the La Sal Mountains
- Hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, river rafting, ATV & dirt biking