Westwater Group Site (Ranger Station)

Westwater Canyon River

Welcome to the wild and remote canyons and rivers of Eastern Utah, where approximately 10,000 people float the Westwater Canyon section of the Colorado River each year. This 17-mile stretch of the Colorado River is surrounded by the Westwater Wilderness Study Area. 

The Westwater Group Site is located near the ranger station and put-in. This site is ideal for large groups looking to camp along the river. 

The group site includes a shade shelter with picnic tables and a fire ring where large groups of up to 30 people can gather. Parking spaces for up to 10 vehicles are provided as well as a vault toilet. 

Need to Know

Natural Features

The site is adjacent to the Colorado River as it meanders through a valley. Views of Navajo Sandstone walls surrounding the valley can be seen from the site. 

Nearby Attractions

Moab, UT is located 70 miles southwest, where Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are nearby. Grand Junction, CO is located 35 miles east, where McInnis Canyon and Colorado National Monuments are nearby.


The Colorado River is known world-wide for extraordinary whitewater trips from the Ruby-Horsethief section up river of Westwater Canyon to Cataract Canyon and the Grand Canyon downstream. Westwater Canyon offers boating excitement for experienced adventurers to test their skills navigating the 11 named rapids ranging in difficulty from class I to class IV. 

While rafting down the canyon, the area offers views of incredible geology, hiking with glimpses of abandoned settler cabins and caves, as well as opportunities for camping. Just north of the site, many motorized and non-motorized trails can be found paralleling the rim of canyons and traversing technical slick rock. 

Westwater Canyon employs a permit system to protect it from excessive human impacts. This area is extremely remote and rugged, and it's important to keep it this way. To help protect the purity of the area and as a part of the protection plan, we ask that you learn and practice "Leave No Trace" Ethics. 

Changes & Cancellations

Please contact the BLM Moab Field Office for assistance with changes and cancellations at 435-259-2100.


You can make changes to a reservation through your online Recreation.gov user account any time prior to the arrival/first date of the reservation.


Please cancel your reservation if you do not plan to use it. This opens highly sought-after campsites for others to reserve.     

You can cancel your reservation online through your Recreation.gov user account or through the call center (call center incurs an additional fee). You may also contact the BLM Moab Field Office for assistance. A $10 service fee will be withheld from any refund for a cancellation.   

Late Cancellations 

A late cancellation occurs less the 14 days before the arrival/first date of the reservation (a.k.a. cut-off window).

Late cancellations will incur a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee.  

Early Departures

If you spend at least one night and then leave prior to the scheduled departure check-out date, please contact the BLM Moab Field Office (435-259-2100) to open the remaining nights for others to use. You will not be able to cancel these nights through your Recreation.gov account.

You will be eligible for a partial refund of the nights AFTER you depart that you did not use. If you depart after the facility check-out time, you will not be eligible for a refund for that night  


A No Show occurs if you do not arrive at your campsite or cancel your reservation by check-out time (Noon) on the day after the scheduled arrival date. Staff will hold a campsite until check-out time (Noon) on the day following the arrival date. 

No-shows are assessed a $20.00 Recreation.gov service fee and forfeit the first night’s recreation fee.  


You can submit a refund request through your Recreation.gov account within 7 days of the departure/end date of your reservation.

Interagency Pass Discounts

Interagency Pass discounts do not apply to group campsite reservations.

Contact Information


Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 435-259-2100

Rental Options

Learn more about gear rental options for your trip

Driving Directions

From Grand Junction Colorado (westbound traffic):

Take I-70 from Grand Junction for approximately 35 miles to exit 227. Turn south at the stop sign and proceed for nine miles to the Ranger Station and put-in.

From the west (eastbound traffic):

Take exit 227 on I-70, then head south at the stop sign. Proceed for nine miles to the Ranger Station and put-in. 

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