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The Best Camping in Canyonlands National Park

Looking for the best camping in Canyonlands National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Canyonlands National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Canyonlands National Park

  • Moab, Utah

    Murphy Loop Trail

    10.05 mi / 1827 ft gain
    Murphy Loop Trail is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Catch a Sunset at Green River Overlook

    4.5
    Turn right on Highway 313 after Mesa Arch Trailhead and follow the road past Willow Flat Campground to Green River Overlook. Park at the parking lot. Climb over the railing onto the rock edge. Sit and breathe in that desert wind and distant sun. Simple as that.I recommend camping at Willow Flat t...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Backpack the Lathrop Canyon Trail in Canyonlands

    18 mi / 2130 ft gain
    Access to this trailhead is a few miles south of the Islands in the Sky Visitor Center in Canyonlands National Park. An easy drive from Moab or Interstate 70. Remember to get permits and check in with the rangers if camping. If just doing a day hike then no permits are needed. REMINDER: There is ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike The Syncline Trail in Canyonlands NP

    5.0
    8.3 mi / 1507 ft gain
    Be advised, the NPS signs and maps that warn of a very difficult hike ahead are not hyperbole, as I thought at first. This hike is a loop around the famous Upheaval Dome on an unmaintained trail that leads you down over 1500 feet into the canyon, close to the Green River, then climbs back up 1500...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Mountain Bike Moab's White Rim Trail

    5.0
    100 mi
    This trip can be done with an outfit or independently. The outfit Escape Adventures is highly recommended. They send two guides - one drives a pickup behind with all the camping gear. If you don't have the money or interest, however, it is possible to simply use panniers or a backpack to carry ev...
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Hike the Confluence Overlook

    4.0
    10.4 mi / 220 ft gain
    The Green River starts in Wyoming and flows 730 miles before joining the Colorado River in Utah. Confluence Overlook Trail is located in the northern parts of the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park. At the southwest edge of the parking area, you will see where the trail starts. The tra...
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Spanish Bottom to Dollhouse Granaries

    2.96 mi / 1260 ft gain
    Spanish Bottom to Dollhouse Granaries Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Moab, Utah.
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Camp at Squaw Flat Campground

    3.0
    Squaw Flat campground is an easily-accessed area full of picturesque campsites in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. It is located in the Needles District, which is well known for its colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone that cover the region. Campsite reservations must be made in advance at rec...
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Elephant Canyon Loop via Squaw Flat to Chesler Park to Druid Arch

    15.06 mi / 2231 ft gain
    Elephant Canyon Loop via Squaw Flat to Chesler Park to Druid Arch Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Monticello, Utah.
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Angel Arch from Squaw Flats

    26.61 mi / 4117 ft gain
    Angel Arch from Squaw Flats Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Monticello, Utah.
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Lower Red Lake Canyon Trail

    20.32 mi / 3547 ft gain
    Lower Red Lake Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Monticello, Utah.
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Joint Trail in the Canyonlands Needles District

    5.0
    19.06 mi / 3028 ft gain
    A large part of the grandeur of Canyonlands National Park is the vast barren vista at Island in the Sky, but no visit to Canyonlands would be complete without the intimate and immersive desert experience that the Needles District offers. Drive two hours southwest of Moab away from cell phone rece...
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Squawflat Trail to Lost Canyon Peekaboo Trail

    9.56 mi / 2349 ft gain
    Squawflat Trail to Lost Canyon Peekaboo Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Monticello, Utah.
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Lost Canyon

    8.22 mi / 1109 ft gain
    Lost Canyon Trail is a loop trail that is moderately difficult located near Monticello, Utah.
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Chesler Park and Druid Arch Loop from Squaw Flat Campground

    21.68 mi / 3461 ft gain
    Chesler Park and Druid Arch Loop from Squaw Flat Campground Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Monticello, Utah.
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  • Moab, Utah

    Dead Horse Rim Loop Trail

    5.06 mi / 1535 ft gain
    Dead Horse Rim Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Moab, Utah.
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