Horsethief Campground

Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, Utah

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Horsethief Campground


  • Horsethief is just a half-mile down a dirt road from the highway to Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point.- Horsethief Campground
  • One of the trails originating from the campground with the Henry Mountains beyond.- Horsethief Campground
  • This is a peaceful and starkly beautiful desert campground.- Horsethief Campground
  • Minimal amenities, maximum desert tranquility.- Horsethief Campground
  • The trailhead on the east end of the campground leads to a huge mountain bike area.- Horsethief Campground
  • The views from the outer sites are lovely.- Horsethief Campground
  • The roads are decently wide, and many of the spaces are large.- Horsethief Campground
  • Campsite with juniper.- Horsethief Campground
  • Campground entrance.- Horsethief Campground
  • - Horsethief Campground
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Spacious sites. Nice views. Convenient to Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point. Mountain bike trails.
No reservations.
Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, UT
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Pets allowed: 
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Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
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Campground Description

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Horsethief Campground is one of a large number of Bureau of Land Management campgrounds scattered around the Moab area. These parks complement the commercial campgrounds in Moab as well as the national and state park campgrounds in the area, which are often booked up well in advance. Horsethief is particularly great for both mountain bikers, due to its proximity to a vast trail network, and for RV campers who may have difficulty finding suitable sites in Canyonlands or Arches.

The park has a few loops with widely-separated sites, vault toilets, and little else. The desert scenery is vast here and looms large for nearly all sites. The short dirt road to the campground is well-maintained, as are the internal roads. Most of the sites are back-in, but there are a few pull-throughs as well, and there is one reservable group site that is just a large parking area with an area for tents.

Within a 20-minute drive are the wonderful overlooks and trails of Dead Horse Point State Park and the most popular sections of Canyonland's Island in the Sky District. Arches is a bit further away but still not a bad drive, so Horsethief could easily be the main base camp for a visit to the entire Moab area. This campground can be popular at times, so early arrival is advisable to snag a good spot.

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