Next door to Arches and Canyonlands National Park, Moab is the recreation capitol of Utah. Locals cherish it as an fun, eclectic, artsy town in the middle of a gorgeous desert. It’s also very touristy, meaning you’ll have no shortage of lodging, great food, and variety of guides and activities. It’s home to festivals, competitions, and all kinds of gatherings and very worth a visit.
Attractions & Exploration
Locations of Natural Wonder
- Arches National Park – A geological wonderland of natural sandstone formations, including arches, windows, and bridges.
- Canyonlands National Park – Hugely undisturbed and quiet park with breathtaking views of the canyon country of the Southwest.
- Dead Horse Point State Park – Fantastic views of the quiet maze of canyons carved by the Colorado River.
- La Sal’s – Manti-La Sal National Forest is a cool, alpine reprieve from scorching desert. Popular for solitude seekers and mountain bikers.
- Mountain Biking – Hugely popular in Moab, you can find a whole range of trails to fit your experience. Bike rentals and tours are available from many outfitters.
- Rafting – One of the few places in Utah with rivers deep and challenging enough for rafting and kayaking adventures, Moab is home to plenty of rafting companies. Or, if you know what you’re doing, you can put in yourself.
- OHV – The area around Moab boasts excellent terrain for off-roading. Guided tours are everywhere and take you everywhere.
Festivals and Events
- Moab Jeep Safari/Jamboree – every Easter and October thousands gather in Moab to crawl the surrounding sandstone hills. Register in advance or come watch.
- Skinny Tire Festival – a celebration of road biking and cycling is held every spring. The event includes rides through the most scenic of surrounding areas.
- Moab Music Festival – touted as one of the best grass-roots festivals, come experience musical flavors from classical to jazz in early September.
Camping & Lodging
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- Spring | Summer | Fall – Warm weather is enjoyable from early spring into mid-late autumn. Dead summer is even a good time to visit Moab, with the refreshing water-sports of the Green River calling many recreationists. Winter is about the only off-season. It’s chilly, but worth consideration if you want lower rates and fewer crowds.
- Moab is super popular and super pricey. This is not a budget town if you plan to stay within and rely on local restraunts for food.
- Book in advance! Guided tours and campgrounds fill up quickly, especially on holiday weekends (spring/fall break, Jeep Safari, races, festivals, etc).
- Visit more than the Parks. Many wonders await within an hour from the town. You’ll find more solitude and bring home unique stories.
- It’s hot and dry from May – September. Bring lots of water and have at least a gallon in your vehicle.
- Flash floods are common. Check weather forecasts before venturing into prone areas.
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