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BLM Campground at higher elevation or with some shade?

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BLM Campground at higher elevation or with some shade?

Planning a trip for next August, and want to spend a few nights in and around Moab during the last week of August. Are there any worthwhile campgrounds that you guys can recommend that are still nearby (within 15 to 20minutes away) but may be a little cooler than staying in Moab?

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1. Re: BLM Campground at higher elevation or with some shade?

The elevation differences are not enough to cause any noticeable cooling unless you went all the way up into the LaSals, which really takes you away from Moab. I would look along the Colorado River where you can find some shaded sites plus you have the water. Best sites are along SR128 on the south side of the Colorado east of Moab. Also look up on SR279 (Potash Road), north shore west of Moab, and the Kane Creek area where there's a fair amount of shade. Avoid the SR313 sites heading out to Canyonlands.

blm.gov/ut/…campgrounds.html

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Edited: 03 September 2014, 20:21
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2. Re: BLM Campground at higher elevation or with some shade?

Awesome. Thanks for the advice.

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3. Re: BLM Campground at higher elevation or with some shade?

If you know, how far, in terms of driving time, is the Warner Lake Campground in the LaSal Mountains from Moab?

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4. Re: BLM Campground at higher elevation or with some shade?

Not BLM, but I would think Willow Flat (up at Island in the Sky) or Dead Horse State Park would be a bit cooler at night, and even day time, than down in the valley. Both are quite a bit higher than Moab and put you right in awesome places for sunrise and sunset. Never mind being right in the park. But like T&C says, a shady spot on the river might be nice too.. The La Sals will definitely be a ride.

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5. Re: BLM Campground at higher elevation or with some shade?

Unfortunately there aren't many shady spots left after the BLM went through with the tamarisk removal program.

Best spots for afternoon shade are along Potash Rd. Sun goes behind the cliff by about 3 or 4 and then it starts to cool down.

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