I have stayed just about everywhere in downtown and some blm land. I prefer either one of the few hotels (bowen comes to mind) or camping along 279. Most of the hotels are around 100 a night give or take. The gonzo is more expensive, heard its good, but not my type of place. There is also a hostel for some real cheap sleeps!
It really depends on what you want out of moab. Do you want "fine" dining or cooking at camp. The breweries are always a nice time, but if you camp far away, that gets old quick driving into town. I would not recommend the downtown campsite (cant remember the name, its mostly hidden behind a gas station), the tent sites are really really (really) small and it always seems packed ( I usually travel to moab around late sep, early oct.) Showers are nice, they also can be bought by out-of-towners for a nice shower before checking out the town.
There are some cabins in a rv camping site just south of the bridge into town on 191 on the right. I haven't ever stayed at that location but it looks nice, only issue is its a little out of the main part of town. So depending on how much walking you want, you may be driving.
Also check out:
Jail house cafe for breakfast
Moab Brewery for "beer" and the asiago garlic ravioli (had this twice in a row, liked it that much)
zaks for pizza
Eddie mcstiffs for variety of food, not as good as it used to be i my opinion, but still better than burger king.
Canyon lands national park via potash road (dont take the paved road off 191, its long and boring) the back road can be navigated by just about any suv.
Also take the scenic route into town if you have the time.
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