Archive | May 2014

Canyonlands RV Resort and Campground, Moab Utah

Canyonlands RV Park is in the middle of Moab, Utah on the main road, within walking distance to downtown, restaurants, shops, and a grocery store. Moab is a popular, congested destination – and right next door is an ATV shop for rentals, etc. Many of the campers have Jeeps, 4-wheelers, and motorbikes so it can get pretty noisy and busy in the campground, especially on weekends. Be careful when you pull into and out of the campground. There’s a pretty big dip on the edge of the road, and our levelers dragged as we went through. I saw several cars bottom out because they didn’t slow down.

Canyonlands Campground

The campground is very congested, especially around the reception office. This can be a problem when new arrivals park their rigs in front to check in – there’s no other place for them to park. Traffic coming in/going out of the campground can be noisy if you’re in a site near the office like we were. The sites are all pull-ins, and are very close together. There’s not much extra room in your site to park a toad, so we parked our Jeep very close to the side/rear of the rig, just to get it out of the road. Many people didn’t bother getting their vehicles out of the road, making it tough to get a rig through the grounds. The sites are concrete pads, and are relatively level.

Canyonlands Campground

Full hookups are available, as well as cable and free Wi-Fi. The cable worked pretty good and we had lots of channels. Wi-Fi can be slow at times. I had to call the company for Internet when we first arrived; they reset the towers because the Internet speed was almost non-existent. Often, I’d lose my Internet connection. It worked find for basic email – but I did manage to upload a photo or two, as long as I kept the files very small and did it early in the morning before everyone else accessed the net.

There are many trees in the campground, which provide a lot of shade. Each site has a picnic table. Be aware that branches can blow out of the trees during windy conditions! We were sitting outside in our chairs when a small branch came down and landed right between us. Luckily neither of us was hit.

Canyonlands Campground

The campground has a convenience store onsite that sells gas, propane and typical convenience store things. They have an onsite laundry and a heated pool. There is a car wash nearby.

Everything in town that you’ll need is within walking or biking distance. Arches National Park is only about 15 minutes up the road. While the location is nice, because of the noise and congestion in the campground, I doubt if I’ll stay here again. If you decide to stay here, be sure you don’t get a spot up by the entrance/reception office – try to get one closer to the back. Do NOT let them put you in site #41, unless you like the hustle/bustle/noise of the entrance/exit of the park. The one positive about this site is it’s close to the pool.

PROS
Convenient location
Pool
Laundry onsite
Gas Station onsite
Shade
Picnic Tables
Full Hookups
Cable TV

CONS
Crowded
Congested, especially at the entrance
Small sites
Noise
Wi-Fi sucks

Goulding’s Campground at Monument Valley

 

Guildings Campground is just a few miles up the highway from Monument Valley. Check-in is easy; the hardest part is finding a place to park your rig while you go inside. Not a bad place to stay, but the sites are packed pretty close. You will be saying “hello” to your neighbors during your stay! The campground itself can get congested, especially if there are a lot of campers with large RVs. Be sure you get your toad out of the road when you get in your spot! There were a few sticking out while we were there, and they were in the way of people trying to drive through. Spaces are assigned according to your rig size, if you’re towing a vehicle or not, or in a tent. Smaller RVs without toads were packed into one area (lots of rentals were here.) The larger rigs with toads got the center spots with pull-through sites.

Checkin Office at Gouldings Goulding's Campground in Monument Valley

The site itself was relatively level, although there was a gentle slope towards the front, right of the rig. Putting a couple of blocks under the tire seemed to fix it. The sewer dump was in a weird spot – way at the back of the drive, while the electric was up in the middle. We had to park the rig towards the back of our pull through spot to stay close to the sewer drop. It was a little awkward, but it worked. If your sewer hose will go backwards behind your rig it will be fine – ours only goes forward and to the side. Full hookups include sewer, electric, water and cable. They offer free Wi-Fi, but even their website says that they don’t have high speed Internet. Reception to Wi-Fi is crappy, to put it mildly. IF you can get a connection, it’s good for checking email, and that’s about it. Forget about sending/uploading photos or large files. Just plan on being without and anything you manage to get will be a pleasant surprise. I think your connection is better, as you get closer to the reception center. We have Sprint cell coverage, and we got spotty coverage. 3G was non-existent and we did manage to keep a few bars to make phone calls.

Goulding's Campground in Monument Valley

There is an onsite laundry and showers right at the campground. Guildings also has a grocery store, convenience store, car wash, and restaurant right up the road near their hotel. Nothing is cheap here, but there’s nothing else nearby, other than the restaurant in Monument Valley. They have an indoor pool right next to the reception center, but we didn’t use it. There is a post office about a block up from the campground entrance. Gouldings offers Monument Valley tours, but beware if you don’t want to get stuck on a ‘safari truck’ that seats 20.

Monument Valley Post Office

There is an onsite laundry and showers right at the campground. Guildings also has a grocery store, convenience store, car wash, and restaurant right up the road near their hotel. Nothing is cheap here, but there’s nothing else nearby, other than the restaurant in Monument Valley. They have an indoor pool right next to the reception center, but we didn’t use it. There is a post office about a block up from the campground entrance. Gouldings offers Monument Valley tours, but beware if you don’t want to get stuck on a ‘safari truck’ that seats 20.

The view from the campground is very nice, canyon walls surround you, and there’s a nice view down into Monument Valley from the end of the campground drive. There is a nice hiking trail (hard to find) in the camp, which leads to a pretty arch. Ask at the reception desk; don’t rely on their crappy map to find it.

View of Monument Valley From Gouldings

If you’re staying at Monument Valley and you want hookups for your RV, then Gouldings is your only option for now. The old campground inside the park has been taken over by The View hotel, and now has a few cabins and dry camping spots – it reopened four days before we arrived. They’re working on electric and water, so soon they will have RV hookups inside the park! Keep checking the Monument Valley website.

Oh! And on your way, be sure and stop at mile marker 13 just north of the entrance to Monument Valley for the iconic “Forrest Gump” shot. This is the place where he finally stopped running.

Forrest Gump Monument Valley View

Pros:
Hookups
Close to Monument Valley
Great views
Hiking trail in camp

Cons:
Crowded
Crappy Wi-Fi