Nighttime view of Arches National Park

How to Plan a Camping Trip in Arches National Park

Arches National Park in Moab, Utah is rooted deep in culture and natural splendor. Its landscape of sandstone arches, valleys and winding roads makes for a spectacular adventure from the moment you make your 18-mile trek to Devil’s Garden Campground from the park entrance, a prime camping spot in the high desert.

This campground is equipped with about 50 different flat and sandy campsites, all of which offer plenty of space and privacy to enjoy peace and tranquility during your stay. Beyond the camping opportunities, there are plenty of Devil’s Garden trailheads nearby for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, admiring wildlife, and taking in all of the other natural geological formations that Arches has to offer.

Interested in planning a camping trip in Utah at Arches National Park? Need assistance getting ready for your overnight stay? Here’s everything you need to know before you make your way to the Devil’s Garden.     

1. Reserve Your Camping Spot 

If you’re interested in extending your visit to Arches National Park by camping at Devil’s Garden, be sure to do it in advance. Campsites are not first come first serve; the Moab Adventure Center recommends reserving campsites at least four days in advance (and no earlier than 180 days in advance) so it’s important to plan your trip accordingly. 

2. Plan Your Arches National Park Activities in Advance

There are dozens of different ways to spend your time in Utah National Parks, but you’re not the only one who’s interested in the rock formations and the scenic drive. The National Parks Service reported that many of the trailhead parking lots tend to fill before 9 a.m., and many of the areas continue to remain congested into the afternoon. Make sure to have a game plan and alternative activities if your original agenda doesn’t follow suit. 

3. Stay Connected for Park Updates

If you’re looking for guidance while visiting Arches National Park, follow the park’s official Twitter account for alerts and updates! This is a great place to look for delays, traffic updates, terrain conditions and other details that can help you plan your arrival accordingly. 

Landscape view of Arches National Park

4. Pack the Essentials 

If you want to make the most of your trip to Arches National Park, make sure to pack accordingly. Bring along the standard camping essentials, but also be mindful of the rollercoaster conditions that come with a desert environment.

The days may be hot, but the nights tend to grow cold. Expect the unexpected when packing your wardrobe and other accessories to help you adventure and rest comfortably. Here’s what we recommend:

  • A rooftop tent
  • A daypack
  • Stainless steel water bottles or a hydration system
  • Dry bags
  • Head lamp
  • Toiletries
  • Sun protective items, like sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Bug spray
  • A first aid kit  
  • Long and short sleeved shirts
  • Legging and shorts
  • Insulated hooded jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hats
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Hiking boots

Of course, don’t forget to bring a camera to document your adventures. Some of the most popular photography spots exist within Arches National Park, so be sure to bring along an extra battery and memory cards so you don’t miss out on the opportunity. 

5. Keep Your Pets at Home

You might be inclined to bring your furry friend along for a camping trip at Arches National Park, but we recommend leaving your pets at home. Pets are not permitted on any of the hiking trails within the national park, and the weather conditions in the desert can be uncomfortable for dogs and other companions.  

6. Be Mindful of the Weather

Weather conditions in Arches National Park can oftentimes be unpredictable; storms can emerge unexpectedly and can sometimes be on the severe side. While you can’t always predict how much rain or wind you might experience, you can plan your trip cautiously around the potential inclement weather. Make sure you avoid trees when it comes to tent placement, and do your best to camp near high elevation to avoid potential flooding. 

7. End Your Nights with Stargazing Sessions 

While sunset at Delicate Arch is a sight for sore eyes, the night sky in general is absolutely breathtaking. If you’re looking for a tranquil end to each day, set aside time for stargazing. The wide open sky, free of distracting artificial light, glistens with stars through Arches National Park and makes for a memorable experience. 

8. Invest in Your Rooftop Tent 

Instead of packing a traditional ground tent for your Arches National Park camping excursion, why not invest in a rooftop tent? At Hutch Tents, we can help you elevate your camping experience and make preparing for your adventure as simple and seamless as possible.

Our collection consists of hard shell and soft shell tents mounted directly to your roof rack, so you never have to worry about making room to pack your traditional tent again. Not only does this create more space for your other belongings, but it also means you can forget about the tedious task of campsite setup and break down. Our rooftop tents are designed to be easy to install, transport, and set up when you make it to your campsite.

Hutch Tents are also incredibly durable, made with the highest quality materials to ensure a safe and secure experience no matter where you’re camping.

Are you ready to make the most of your visit to Arches National park in Utah? Check out our collection of roof top tents and find the one that’s most suitable for you.
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