Arches National Park has 53 campsites available seasonally in the Devil’s Garden Campground. Half are closed in the winter. The camping in Arches is reserved online only. The campground has flushing toilets in the restrooms and an occasional spigot for filling drinking water containers is interposed throughout the campground. There are no hookups for RVs. These reserved national park campsites fill up two months at a time, so plan ahead. Backpacking, on the other hand, is not often sought after in Arches. A free backcountry permit to backpack and camp is readily available. Inquire in person at the Visitor Center. It is open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April through October. Hours shorten to 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March.
Backcountry use in Canyonlands National Park requires a fee and permits. In Canyonlands, visitors may camp by river rafting or canoeing, 4WD, mountain bike trails, or backpacking. Reservations for backcountry permits can be made the second Monday of July for the following year if you like to plan well in advance. Reservations cannot be made within two weeks of a date. In this situation, apply in person at the applicable visitor center. The Maze District camping is only available by backcountry permit.
Bring your sleeping bag and throw it down for one of the calmest evenings of rest to be had. If a late arrival is traveling to Moab, the best strategy is reserving a place to stay. The campsites operated by local business people have flushing toilets, showers, and drinking water spigots. The commercial camping in Moab provides 468 tent sites, 771 RV sites with hook ups, and 118 camp cabins. Reservations with these campgrounds in Moab, especially during weekends or late arrivals, will decrease the anxiety of finding a place to throw it down.