Few places in the world are as captivating as a trip to Arches National Park. Arches is located in Moab, near the South Eastern border of Utah and Colorado. But one doesn’t simply just go to Arches National Park; hiking must be involved, photography and some form of camping is everything you need to make an authentic trip to Arches complete.
Even better than camping? Glamping in Moab.
Glamping in Moab
Where to Stay Near Arches National Park
During our recent family trip, our family made the awesome decision to find a conveniently located Moab Utah Campground to go glamping in Moab in an RV. We spent our days discovering Arches National Park Hikes, and came back at night to circle around the campfire and admire the millions of brilliant stars that filled the desert sky.
We got the best of both worlds because once we were finished with nature, we simply walked inside the RV and slept in a comfy bed with a proper toilet and shower.
Why Go Glamping in Moab?
Moab is truly one of the most mesmerizing places on the planet.
We are so lucky that it is located right in our very own backyard (give or take 4 hours away). It is a place where the mountains look like they were painted by hand, the rock formations appear to have been sculpted by a master artist and the sun reflects off the earth from every angle in perfect harmony.
After partaking in all that is grandiose and magnificent at Arches National Park and nearby Canyonlands, the last thing you want to do is leave your beautiful surroundings.
Ending the day by stepping inside a hotel diminishes the communion you just experienced with the very planet that gave birth to your soul.
Whether you are a camping person or not, glamping will change your perspective on spending time in nature. Whereas with camping you are roughing it outdoors all the way, with glamping you can still stay inside nature simultaneously with non-camping life.
3 Options for Glamping in Moab
If you are looking for Moab Utah Campgrounds, but don’t want to deal with taking a tent and all the supplies, glamping is a great alternative. Glamping is the next best thing to camping and vacationing outdoors.
There are sites all over the web dedicated to helping you find the perfect style of glamping for your personality, from yurts to huts to cabins. When it comes to Moab, Utah, there are three main types of glamping accomodations.
- Moab RV Glamping
- Moab Utah Campgrounds: Glamping in Tents
- Glamping Cabins at Red Sands
Moab RV Glamping
Utahan’s love to camp in RV’s. They dot highways, rest stops and camping sites throughout the state.
Coming from Oregon, this is not what I grew up understanding camping, but I see the allure. In fact, Gabriel and I almost took the money from the sale of our last house and bought an RV to live in instead. Almost, but not quite.
RV’s offer the comforts of home. They have couches, chairs, beds, kitchens. You can bake cookies while you’re driving! They offer a new definition to the open road.
I’ve always wanted to drive across the country in an RV. There is just something about being free to live your life while driving across Route 66.
There are several options when comes to choosing an RV in Moab for your glamping stay.
- Fun Stay
- All Trips
- RV Share
- Go to Moab
- Sun RV Resorts
- Canyonlands RV Resort and Campground
Where We Stayed
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When we stayed in Moab we didn’t realize how much glamping had to offer. We found our Moab RV to rent on airbnb, and the title of the listing was in fact: Glamping in Moab. It was intriguing, so we booked it! Our kids called our accommodations a ‘car hotel’.
It’s a pretty apt description of an RV.
The Moab RV we stayed in is a 2017 Wildwood DLX 39FDEN RV. It is located in the OK RV Park in Moab. The location couldn’t be better. It’s about 10 minutes outside of Arches National Park, close to grocery shopping, and restaurants.
Outside we had a BBQ, propane, wood and campfire pit, regulator and water hose.
Inside the RV had one full bedroom with lots of pillows and a comfy bed. The RV had two air conditioners! One for the bedroom and one for the main living areas. The front living area includes two couches that convert into beds, plenty of extra bedding and blankets, and a TV. Even wifi is included!
This Moab RV has a full size kitchen with full size microwave, oven and fridge. There is not a dishwasher, but a full size sink. The bathroom has a good size shower, sink and toilet. Our kids thought it was awesome that you pushed a pedal with your foot to flush the toilet.
Our Moab RV was stationary and permanently parked at the campgrounds. We couldn’t drive this around, but it was a fun segway into trying out living in such close quarters on a temporary basis.
Moab Utah Campgrounds: Glamping in Tents
For a slightly different experience than staying in a ‘car hotel’, check out glamping in tents. The name is a little bit of a misnomer, as these tents are more of a cross between a tent and a yurt. These are basically tiny homes with canvas walls.
This is like African Safari meets Utah. The tents camouflage into the surrounding mountains and offer comfortable sleeping quarters nestled in the arches.
Some of the glamping tents offer en-suite showers and bathrooms and others are communal. It is the resort is where the differences are really notable. As opposed to an RV park, where you rent out a parking stall sized space, when you are tent glamping in Moab you stay at an actual resort.
The resorts offer paddleboats, ziplines, jetboats, mountain biking, scenic flights and more! Check out the following sites for luxury tent glamping in Moab. This site contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links at no extra cost to you.
Glamping Cabins at Red Sands
A little farther out than a glamping stay in either an RV or in a tent, are the Red Sands Cabins. These glamping cabins are less camping, and more hotel. The major difference is size, price and location.
Red Sands is located in the Sand Flats Recreation Area about 15 miles outside of Moab, Utah and Arches National Park. You can find fishing, laundry, playgrounds and even golf here!
The main draw for glamping in cabins of course is privacy with actual walls. The cabins at Red Sands offer more of a communal feel, but with less amenities than you’re used to in a hotel. Plus, every cabin or manufactured home, has an exterior entrance so they maintain the feel of being in nature and continuing to experience the national parks after the sun goes down.
Bonus: Tipi or Yurt Glamping in Moab
And finally,… if Tipi’s or Yurts are your thing, Moab has a few of those too!
► For Kids: Our kids loved glamping in Moab in our car hotel! It was tiny, different, unique, on wheels, and outside was a fire pit, and we could see the stars under the night sky without the light pollution from the big city!
As far as the park and the company, the RV manager was on point. Two out of the three nights the vacant RV next to us had blaring music going off in the middle of the night, but he was quick to respond and take care of it. We think it was an alarm.
► What We Learned: Roughing it doesn’t have to be so rough!
Arches National Park is a gem! It’s full of hikes, trails, viewpoints, scenery, wildlife, geological formations, and of course, the ultra famous Delicate Arch! Read more about our family adventures at Arches National Park.