Arches Timed Entry From April 1 through October 31, 2024, daytime visitors to Arches National Park are required to have a timed entry ticket to enter the park. Reservations open three months in advance. More information at go.nps.gov/archesticket.
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Moab

Moab   |  Austen Diamond
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Moab is surrounded by a sea of buckled, twisted and worn sandstone sculpted by millennia of sun, wind and rain. A drive on Main Street solidifies Moab's reputation as a major hub for outdoor recreation. The town is bustling with mountain bikers, river rafters, climbers, canyoneerers, hikers and off-roaders who have come to play.

Despite its status as an outdoor recreation mecca, Moab is also a place known for its wide open spaces and many nooks and crannies where one can escape the rest of the world.

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Best Things To Do in Moab

  • Winter in Moab

    Winter is the perfect time to experience Moab without the crowds. Revel in red rock paradise, find endless snow in the La Sal Mountains and save plenty of time for shopping and dining around town.

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It’s hard not to notice that Moab is a world class mountain biking destination.

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It’s no wonder Moab makes the perfect base camp for nearby exploration. There are countless adventures to be had within an hour’s drive of Moab.  

  • Indian Creek: This area is a haven for trad rock climbers. You’ll find a seemingly endless array of some of the most daunting crack climbing routes in the world at Indian Creek, including the legendary Belly Full of Bad Berries (5.13a) — an 80 foot (24 meter) 45 degree overhanging splitter offwidth — that only the best climbers can ascend, and Scarface (5.11 a/b) which consistently gets five out of five star reviews from its patrons and offers spectacular views of the region. It’s almost as much fun to watch climbers attempt these routes as it is to do them. 

  • Green River: At first glance, you might think this town is just another stop on the way to Moab, but it has some interesting history. The city of Green River was once a stomping ground for Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch. Don’t miss a tour of the John Wesley Powell Museum where you can watch a short film about Powell’s 1869 expedition on the Green and Colorado rivers. Want to see some cool rock art? Check out the pictographs and petroglyphs of Sego Canyon near Thompson Springs just east of Green River.

  • La Sal Mountains: Part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, the La Sal mountains are 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the south of Moab and rise to nearly 13,000 feet (3,962 meters). A favorite among hikers, mountain bikers and fishers, it’s lush landscape and babbling brooks are a strong contrast to the exposed red sandstone that Moab is known for. Backcountry skiers like to earn their turns in the La Sals when the snow allows for it. The La Sal Mountain Loop Road is a scenic backway and is a nice 63 mile (101 kilometer) drive with beautiful scenery that takes about three hours to complete. It is especially pretty during the fall when the leaves are changing colors.   

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Where to stay

Hotels and Lodging

You'll find a range of upscale hotels to cozy bed & breakfast lodging options in Moab. The Moab Area Travel Council maintains a listing of places to stay, including locations that allow pets, offer kitchenette amenities, and more.

Hotels & Motels

Camping and RV Resorts

From glamping in luxury canvas tents with king size beds and private bathrooms to primitive sites, there's no shortage of camping in Moab. 

Additionally, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) maintains 26 campgrounds in the Moab area. With the exception of Ken’s Lake, individual campsites are first-come, first-served and reservations are not accepted. Group sites can be reserved through recreation.gov.

There are at least seven primitive camping areas near Moab where you can legally camp. These are primitive sites that do not have hook-ups, trash collection, or toilets. These are pack it in, pack it out (i.e. Leave No Trace) locations. See the Moab Field Office for maps and additional details.

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Outdoor Recreation Guides and Rentals

Don’t worry if you don’t have the right gear, equipment or expertise for your trip to Moab. You can hire a guide for individual or group tours and there are plenty of outfitters that can set you up for a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River or a Jeep tour on Hell’s Revenge. Find the guide or outfitter you need on Discover Moab

Restaurants in Moab

From food trucks to fine dining, there’s no shortage of restaurants in Moab. Breweries, pizzerias, boutique cafes and diners abound. Every town has its Thai — in Moab it’s Arches Thai. They serve all kinds of authentic Asian cuisine from pho to drunken noodles. For cheap eats, try Tacos EL Gordo at the street food market on Main Street. In the mood for something upscale? Make a reservation at Desert Bistro and pair the Colorado Lamb loin with a nice glass of Argentinian Malbec.         

Downtown Moab

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Things To Know

Over the past decade Moab has become more popular than ever before, hosting an average of more than three million people every year. Even in January when the trails are covered in snow and ice, you’ll have a lot of company on the hike to Delicate Arch. Crowds do ebb somewhat when temperatures soar during the dog days of summer, but generally speaking Moab is busy year-round. The busiest time of year is always around Easter Weekend when the annual Jeep Safari takes place. During this time, it can be hard to find a hotel stay or available campground. 

Many Moab hotels allow dogs and the town is somewhat pet-friendly. Dogs are required to be on leashes and owner’s must clean up after them. Never leave your pets in the car — even for five minutes and even with the windows cracked — when you’re in or near Moab. Animals can die within minutes of being left in a hot car.  

Be a considerate traveler when visiting Moab so that others may enjoy its magnificence too. Visit Forever Mighty to learn more about responsible travel in the state of Utah. 

Weather

The best time to visit Moab is in the spring or fall when temperatures pleasantly hover in the 70s and low 80s (F) (21-28 C). In January lows dip into the 20s and in July temperatures can skyrocket to more than 100 F (38 C). It does snow in Moab, but it usually doesn’t stick around for too long. It’s not common to see a heavy snowstorm in March and April, but it does happen. When it rains in Moab, the slickrock becomes incredibly slippery and tough to navigate, hence its name, so check weather reports before heading out on any adventure. It’s always a good idea to bring a rain jacket, sunscreen, a hat, snacks, a headlamp, first aid kit and more water than you think you’ll need for any activity.

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