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    Moab Visitors Center

    by Etoile2B Updated Feb 9, 2005

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    Moab Information Center

    Favorite thing: Smack dab on the corner of Main Street and Center Street is the Moab Information Center. Here you can find books, postcards, maps, national park passes, etc. The staff is well versed in Moab, Arches and the surrounding areas. They're happy to answer all your questions and offer advice to travelers. I think any first time visitor to Moab would benefit from a trip to the Visitor's Center.
    http://www.discovermoab.com/

    Fondest memory: Mom and I had been told by several locals the story and location of the legendary Matrimony Springs, but we were having difficulty finding it and started to think that the residents of Moab were pulling our leg. On our way out of town we stopped by the visitors center one last time to see if they could help us find it. Not only is it a real place, it is exactly where everyone had told to look, we had just missed it. But we probably wouldn't have been able to find it if the woman at the Visitor's Center hadn't been so helpful and explicit with her directions.

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    Flowers Are Varied and Pretty

    by BruceDunning Written Oct 13, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Moab has the luxury of the Colorado River running through the area, so the water benefits the growth of plants. Below are some of the indigenous to the are and region. We have a hard time growing the moon flower plant in this climate, but down there, it propagates naturally from seed.

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  • Buy beer before you get to Utah!

    by daveyb7676 Updated Jul 9, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Grand Junction, CO

    If you are traveling to Moab by car, and you plan to buy beer/liquor/wine etc. make sure you do so before you get to Utah. The beer sold in convenience stores and supermarkets in Utah is watered-down 3.2 beer. To purchase real beer, liquor, and wine you must go to a UT State Store. State Stores are open no later than 9PM, they are closed on Sundays and various holidays, and their prices are ridiculously high. The only caveat is that the state of Utah likes to protect its liquor monopoly. According to state law, it is illegal to transport alcohol into the state of Utah; however the risk of getting caught doing so is relatively low.

    Traveling westbound on I-70, I always stop in Grand Junction, CO on my way to Moab. In Grand Junction you will find privately owned liquor stores with reasonable prices. In addition to liquor stores, Grand Junction offers a wide array of goods and services including drug stores, mass-merchandisers, supermarkets, restaurants and lodging. The best place in town to find anything you may need is in and around the Mesa Mall, which is located at the intersection of US Hwy 6 and US Hwy 50. Grand Junction is an excellent place to stop on your way to or from Moab.

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    Grab your bike, put on your...

    by CWebb Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Grab your bike, put on your helmet and head for the Slick Rocks bike trail. Be sure to take lots of water (especially in the summer months) and use your own judgement when riding--this trail is not for beginners.

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    What's in a name

    by iandsmith Written Oct 3, 2011

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    Sparkling fields beneath a barren landscape

    Favorite thing: The name Moab is a Biblical name for a land just short of the Promised Land. The Moabites were historically regarded as the perpetual enemy of the Israelites, "God's Chosen People."

    Fondest memory: Physically, the region was a green, verdant valley in the middle of a serious desert; an emerald in the sand, so to speak. Because of those similarities, the town was dubbed Moab by Mormon settlers in the 1800's.
    The Colorado River is the lifeblood of this area; without it the town wouldn't exist, there'd be no white water rafting and no spectacular scenery. There's a green strip along its banks where things can be grown when encouraged by irrigation.

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    Ken's Lake campground

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jun 6, 2014

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    Favorite thing: Ken's Lake is an excellent location for peace and quiet. It is operated by the Bureau of land management. You can register on site or reservation system through Recreation.gov. There are three group sites and 30 tent sites so relatively small. There is a water fall near by that was really flowing with the three days of rain we experienced.

    A little far from Moab but much closer than the Arches campground or Onion Creek.

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    Mountain biking to Moab is...

    by Got_Snow Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Mountain biking to Moab is like sex to the Red Light District in Amsterdam. It is hot, technical, and the scenery is outstanding. I don't know anything about the second analogy, but the mountain biking I do. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the epic journey to Moab.

    Fondest memory: We arrived in Moab at 2:00 am in the morning. We had driven seven hours to get to the beautiful mountain biking mecca of Moab.
    My cousin, Chris, and I had driven from Wyoming and we met my cousin, Tim and his friend Greg, at Ken's Lake. We had planned to meet up and camp their because it wasn't too far from Moab, and better yet it was free! When we had arrived, the campground was swarming with over-sized motorhomes, Jeeps, four-wheelers, and motor-cross bikes.
    Normally, during the hot summer months, Ken's Lake has an uncrowded campground, but we arrived in the peak of people. Little did we know that Easter Jeep Week (Four-wheel drivers from Satan) was going to be in full force. Moab was a zoo crawling with monster trucks, huge jeeps, and hummers. I was horrified as we drove through Moab. All of the campgrounds, hotels, motels, and hostels were packed with four-wheel drive, off-road, gas-guzzling, pollution packing, decked out vehicles. 'Great!' I thought to myself. We are going to be competing with these damn things on the trail all weekend, and what is worse we are a lot smaller!
    When we got to the campground, Tim and Greg were waiting for us. They had already searched for a camp site, but there was nothing to be had! It was completely full. We ended up driving down south from there, and pulling on a side road with another campground. We drove up and there wasn't much of a crowd. It was 2:00 am in the morning and we just wanted to relax. We drank a couple of beers, bs'ed
    for about a half an hour, and pulled out our sleeping pads and sleeping bags. We purched under our own private trees and slept under the stars. Magestic right? Nope, the highway was about 25 yards from us and it was busy with people coming into town. It was a full moon, the semi trucks passed by all night long, and I came down for some peace, quite, and miles of people-free trails.
    But one of the fondest memories I had was just before a fell asleep in the brisk spring wind. I thought to myself, 'This is what a road trip is all about. Facing the odds and making the best of what is dished out to you. Jack Kerouac would have been proud!' I looked up at the full moon and knew that this was really going to be an amazing journey in the desert.
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    For All the Informatin You Need

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    LaSal Mountains and Petrified Dunes

    Favorite thing: Visit the Moab Information Center on Center and Main to pick up driving tours, information on concession tours, and other activities. The friendly personnel will be happy to help you with your questions. For on line help visit the following web site www.moab-utah.com for information on the nearby national parks, restaurants, tours, maps, and general visitor information including a comprehensive list of lodging and their web links. This site will also cover your sporting needs describing ways to enjoy river adventures, mountain biking, hiking trails, 4X4 adventures, and guided tours.

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    When in Moab, visit one of the...

    by moremaga Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: When in Moab, visit one of the many national parks such as, Canyonlands, Arches, etc... The natural landscapes with the deep canyons and magnificant plateaus are absolutely breathtaking. Pictures do not even do this place justice. You have to go there in person to fully appreciate it.

    Fondest memory: Mountain biking all day, camping all night with a group of friends....nothing better.

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    Experience the bombardment of...

    by worldtrekker Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Experience the bombardment of jeeps and 4X4's in Moab during the Easter Jeep Safari. This is sponsored by Red Rock 4-Wheelers, Inc, P.O. Box 1471, Moab UT 84532-1471. I happened to be in Moab during the Jeep Safari week in '97 and it was overwhelming how overrun the town became with all types of 4X4's. The safari is organized and there are certain trails that are driven on particular days. I didn't take part in the safari but it was still exciting to be there. Accommodation will be difficult to find so book early if you will be there at that time. If you want to rent a 4X4, book that early as well. Photo: At one of the viewpoints in the Islands in the Sky District (Canyonlands National Park).

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    Float the Green River. ...

    by Davidp1952 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Float the Green River. Stillwater Canyon offers the last 52 miles of calm water on the Green as it winds through Canyonlands National Park and meets the Colorado River. As you leave the launch point at Mineral Bottom you can look forward to scenery on the grandest of scales. You may visit the ruins and rock art sites of Ancient Puebloan Indians who vanished from this area hundreds of years ago. There are a lifetimes worth of off-river exploration possibilities including access points into the Doll House and the Maze, Canyonlands most remote district. Throughout your trip the possibility of discovering your own desert paradise is limited only by your desire to find it.

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  • Drink plenty of water whether...

    by roastie Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Drink plenty of water whether your driving a 4x4, mountain bike, running or even doing absolutely nothing. Moab is Hot and Dry during the spring/summer months.

    Fondest memory: Having lunch with my legs hanging off a cliff.

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  • Visit Arches National Park. ...

    by colemanl Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit Arches National Park. You'll have to drive to make it through all of the sights, but if you want to see the arches up close you'll need to do a little hiking. There are 11 trails that range from .4 miles/.6 km toabout 4 miles/7 km. You can find out more by visiting their site online at www.nps.gov/arch.

    Fondest memory: Walking the main strip in search of souvenirs, native amercan jewelry and arts and crafts.

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    Drop into the peace tree Juice...

    by fisheagle Written Aug 25, 2002

    Favorite thing: Drop into the peace tree Juice Cafe. Oh they have a great selection of good and healthy juices.

    Fondest memory: It reminded me of Victoria Falls town. This town was a busy little town. Cycling and rafting are top activities. Lots of little cute shops to go into and explore. The people were very helpful.

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    The great wall of Park Avenue

    by iandsmith Written Oct 3, 2011
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    Favorite thing: Despite the over 2,000 arches there is much more to see in this park; it just depends on how far you want to go.
    Bearing in mind there's only one main road in with a couple of offshoots you may think that it's limited but not so.

    Fondest memory: Park Avenue is one of the first significant outcrops you come to. It stands tall and proud and long. Frankly, if it had a couple of arches in it it would probably be the main attraction. There's a walk that takes you beside it for its entire length.
    It's an easy walk and only about a mile long so if you have the time, unlike me, it's something I would plan to do, but bear in mind that if it's hot you must always take fluid with you.

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