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Windwhistle Campground

Canyon Rims Recreation Area

Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, Utah

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  • Beginning the scenic drive on Needles Overlook Road.- Windwhistle Campground
  • La Sal Mountains en route to Windwhistle.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Windwhistle is within Canyon Rims Recreation Area and central to many destinations.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Serenity among the rocks.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Shade is limited, but high elevation extends the comfortable season.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Sandstone walls surround.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Campsites can accomodate small RVs, though there are no hookups.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Fragile desert plants grow around the campground. Stay on trails.- Windwhistle Campground
  • The group campsite.- Windwhistle Campground
  • See if you can find the secret jacuzzi on top of the slickrock.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Everywhere you look is an amazing view.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Slickrock vista.- Windwhistle Campground
  • Windwhistle Campground from above.- Windwhistle Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Drinking water. Paved road access.
Cons: 
Little shade. Small sites.
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Region:
Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, UT
Managed by: 
Bureau of Land Management
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Yes
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Windwhistle is a picturesque campground situated between Moab and Canyonlands National Park. It is typically uncrowded, which is unusual considering its prime location, beautiful scenery, and small size. High elevation at nearly 6,000 feet makes it much cooler than the lower desert around Moab, as well, so it is bearable for more of the summer. It is within BLM's Canyon Rims Recreation Area, providing easy access to Needles Overlook, Anticline Overlook, Indian Creek, and other area destinations.

The campground has 15 drive-up sites, each with a picnic table, fire ring, and grill. There are pit toilets, garbage receptacles,  and drinking water spigots, though water is only guaranteed from May to October. Though most sites are first come first served, there is one reservable group tent site. Getting to it requires walking in about 40 yards, but it is relatively secluded from other sites. A half-mile nature trail with informative signs begins from near the group site and wanders among pinyon-juniper forest and desert wildflowers.

The campground sits partially tucked into a large alcove surrounded by the walls of Roan Bailey Mesa. This is one of the many sandstone domes scattered across this plateau that forms the eastern rim of Canyonlands. The horizon is dominated on one side by the towering La Sal Mountains and on another by the looming Abajo Mountains, and the rest is hemmed in by precipitous cliffs that fall away into Colorado River canyon country. The drive to Windwhistle is a tour of this impressive landscape that will have you itching to explore. This spot is a great base camp for far-flung adventures south of Moab.

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