Moab Travel Guide

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Moab Highlights

  • Pro
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    Easty says…

     Moab is a convient place to see the Arches and Canyonlands NP 

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    setikeyvan says…

     It can be very hot in the summer and it's far from major airports. 

  • In a nutshell
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    KiKitC says…

     Moab is the off road mecca...it ROCKS 

Moab Things to Do

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  • Arches National Park

    Some wonderful hiking trails, all not very long and some very easy to walk from the car. A good mix with some primitive trails and well maintained trails. Entry into the park is only $10 and good for a week. There are over 2000 arches in the entire park. The visitor center is very informative and a few years back was renovated it was nice that...

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  • Canyonlands National Park

    This is the other National Park within spittin' distance (or at least part of it is), and one I prefer to Arches due to a lot fewer bodies to contend with and slightly cooler temps. This park covers an enormous amount of ground with the closest and most-visited unit being Island in the Sky; about 32 miles from Moab. Needles, about 75 miles south,...

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  • Outrageous Hike #1: Fisher Towers

    This is a 5-star, must-do for hikers!! We did it on an overcast morning that we'd hoped would clear off but no go; due to grey clouds and flat lighting, my photos are just dismal compared to how incredible this trail really is. Nature's gothic cathedral of soaring sandstone towers - the highest, Titan, topping out at 900 feet - glow fiery red at...

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Moab Hotels

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Moab Restaurants

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  • Good food at a great price

    I've seen several restaurants come and go at this location over the years. Hopefully this one survives. They have only been opened two weeks. The restaurant is two floors an very colorful. The menu is not that big but sufficient. They do advertise Tapas, but looking at the limited selection and prices it was more like appetizers. Although it was...

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  • Average food but quick

    This diner is has typical diner food, with nothing really special. What is nice is they have their own parking lot so you do not have to search or walk far after parking and the food comes fast. I ate breakfast here, the House Pancakes. But be careful! On the menu under the Pancakes description there is a line "choose your eggs: any style". Now...

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  • Beer batter string beans!!!

    This is a Brew pub, as the name states. Larger than most with a bar to the left and a large dining room to the right. High ceilings and lots of room. At the entrance there is a little store for gifts and an ice cream vendor. There is a discount on this after your meal.I ate once in the bar are and another night in the dining area. The wait staff...

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Moab Nightlife

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  • Pints without Pain

    If you've read my warning about bizarre Utah liquor laws, you'll know that finding a spot for a post-hike pint can be frustrating? Eureka: we found one here. Woody's is your no-frills, no-attitude oasis for a cold one on a sunny patio or in the bar with no annoying ado. It's a battered local's haven with pool tables, darts, DJs on Thursdays, live...

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  • Country music and cheap beer

    When we asked for a pub, we were told that the young people from Moab hang out in Woody's Tavern. it's a private club, so you need to buy a membership card for $4 and you need to pay extra $2 for the band. The band was playing country music (!?!i don't know if they always have country or just that friday night) and there were several pooltables....

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  • After riding Porcupine Rim, we...

    After riding Porcupine Rim, we decided to go get some food and grog. I had been to Moab about four months earlier and knew of a cool little place to do so; The Rio. You have to order beers out of the cooler because they are not 3.2, but full strength beers. All beers on tap only contain 3.2% alcohol (Thanks to Utah regulations and liquor laws).The...

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Moab Transportation

  • Coyote Shuttle

    I used Coyote Shuttle to take me up to Kokopeli but they were going Hazard County trail head, the new preferred starting point if you want to do Kokopeli, UPS, LPS and Porcupine Rim.The usually meet at Chili Bike Shop on Main st. but we were running late because our bike shop didn't open right at 8am. I called them and they said no problem, we'll...

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  • Porcupine Shuttle

    Porcupine Shuttle is great for those wanting to shuttle for mountain biking down the Kokopelli Trail and the Porcupine Rim Trail. Reservations are required usually the day before and cost is $20 for you and your mountain bike. The leave from the Poison Spider Bike shop, 497 N. Main st., Moab.

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  • Getting here

    Moab has a tiny airport, 16 miles out of town, with scheduled service via Vegas and Denver but flights are very limited as are car rental options once you're on the ground. We've used Grand Junction Regional (120 miles from Moab) for both of our trips to this area as it's serviced by more carriers and car rental agencies. Scheduled shuttles are...

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Moab Shopping

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  • What not to buy

    Every tourist town has its traders of tchotchkes and Moab seemed to have acquired few more of those than when we were here 7 years earlier. Yessiree, the stuff was everywhere and much of it stuff I'd seen everywhere else in the Southwest. Spare me another t-shirt, paperweight, shot glass, coffee cup, whatever-the-hell-it-is with Kokopelli slapped...

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  • All your outdoor equipment needs are met

    This is a really good outdoor equipment shop. Everything you need is here. Especially good if you forget to pack something. A full range of packs, maps, camping, clothing and shoes are available. They do have a sale rack for clothing with some good deal but a little limited on sizes.A stand out here is the filtered water that is free to fill up as...

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  • Organic food store

    Great little store that has all your health and organic, vegan and vegetarian needs. A good location to also find out whats going on in town. Very convenient. I shop there often. Well, it is organic so it is slightly higher than other markets.

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Moab Local Customs

  • Matrimony Spring

    For those that know about Matrimony Spring, use it frequently as the water is always running, cool, fresh and good tasting. It is a tradition for campers, hikers, bikers and locals alike to fill up at the spring. The name comes from the legend that early settlers that were newly married found the spring. Once drinking from it they vowed never to...

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  • Canyon County Zephyr Environmental Paper

    I am not here to promote the theme of preserving the beauty of the West, and intrusion by developers, but believe all in the globe should read some of the history and evolution of Jim Stiles and Edward Abbey trying to get the message out what is happening to this Southwest area as a microcosm of what it still in store to come. The history of Stiles...

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  • Moab Rentals of vehicles

    They have all kinds of vehicles and bikes for rent along the main strip. Maybe my guess of 15+ places trying to get you to rent one and go for an adventure. This is the local culture, and who knows what shape they come back in, but am sure many are not good. Rates run about $175 to $250 for 2 to 4 door types, and some may have day minimums....

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Moab Warnings and Dangers

  • Magnificent 7 mountain bike route...

    While I love this trail, there are several issues that need to be specifically pointed out. The first is a barbwire fence that actually crosses the trail and has absolutely NO WARNINGS at all! If you are flying down the trail and happen to admire the view for a few seconds you can end up in the fence and in quite a mess. You have to dismount and...

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  • Elusive Spirits & Bewilderment of Brews

    Utah has the most bizarre, most frustrating, most confusing liquor laws in the United States; even the locals are baffled. And they change them as often as I change my socks so just about the time you figure them out, they throw you a curveball. We found the situation just a bit better on our 2011 trip than in 2004 as they'd finally gotten rid of...

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  • Water hazards

    An unusual amount of heavy rain/flash flooding threw bit of a wrench in our hiking agenda; not that we had any trouble finding other things to do. This region only sees about 8 inches a year but when it comes there's no place for it go except rushing over rock and washes - many of which you may be on the wrong side of. Deep/narrow canyons or slots...

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Moab Tourist Traps

  • Run. Run while you can.

    I’ve no idea why people do this stuff. Bar M Chuckwagon is one of those hokey bus-tour meccas in an imitation western “town” where forking over $30+ apiece per adult ($16.00 per smaller buckaroo) buys you some nasty-looking chow slopped onto a tin plate, a corny dinner show, a silly shoot-out (folks, that stuff is a lotta Hollywood hooey) and fake...

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  • Researh before you arrive

    If you want to go on the popular trails in a Jeep, be sure to ask your rental company if they have any prohibited trials. I wasn't able to take my Canyonlands Jeep rental on Hell's Revenge of about 10 other trails that were on their prohibited list. Next time I will rent from Jim at Outlaw Tours and get a real Jeepers experience. If you do rent a...

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  • If you use a company to guide...

    If you use a company to guide either your cycling or rafting trips, make sure that they are a reputable company. There are some where your insurance on some stretches of river and road are not fully covered. Check your insurance before any trip!

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Moab What to Pack

  • Good stuff to bring

    Aside from your usual luggage, a backpack that allows both hands to be free for scrambling: essential if planning to explore the area canyons/parks. What to bring depends on what type of activities you're planning to do (slickrock biking, rafting, rock climbing, etc.) but the majority of travelers are likely coming to visit Arches and Canyonlands...

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  • Water and food are required!!!

    Solid comfortable shoes and light colored and weight clothes. Sun screen. Remember it gets really hot when you are surounded by sand and rock in the summer. Don't lose your camera like the guy I met at Delicate Arch. He had to hike to the arch two times in one afternoon with 100 degree heat! Again, water and some food will really help in the...

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  • Bring a good shoe selection

    Moab has some amazing hiking and good shoes are a must. A great hike is Negro Bill Canyon to Morninig Glory Bridge but your feet will get wet. My wife and I wear Keen Newport H2s but my friends ended up buying Tevas so they wouldn't have wet hiking shoes the rest of the trip. In other areas the slickrock requires good traction, sneakers don't...

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Moab Off The Beaten Path

  • Klondike Bluff Dinosaur tracks - Part 2

    After the initial tracks the best is yet to come. Continue on the slick rock following the white dashed lines. The trail will turn left. Continue straight on the slick rock staying close to the left where the dirt and slick rock meet. Keep you eyes peeled to the ground and as the hill begins to crest you will find several lines of tracks.

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  • Klondike Bluff Dinosaur tracks - Part 1

    I think these tracks and the ones mentioned in Part 2 are the best in Moab. Take route 191 north out of Moab for about 13 miles (mile post 142). Klondike Bluff road is on the right. If you pass the airport, you went too far. This road is easily accessed with two wheel drive cars. Th parking area is at the end where you will see a wired fence and...

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  • Willow Springs Dinosaur tracks.

    Some cool tracks here not as defined as others but definitely noticeable. There is also a sign describing the tracks put in by BLM.To find the tracks, drive north on 191. Over the Colorado River and drive until you pass 313 on the left. Willow Springs rd is the second right after 313. Continue on Willow Springs road and just before you get to the...

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Moab Sports & Outdoors

  • Magnificent 7 mountain bike trail!

    The Mag 7 is a new mountain bike route that parallels Gemini Bridge road, where the trail begins. The trail consists of 4 sections, Bull Run, Arth's Corner, Little Cyn and Gold Bar. Everyone is talking about this route and it is all great. And now that I rode it, I have to agree. This will be come a classic and a must do if you are mountain biking...

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  • Circle O Loop

    I love the circle O loop. If you have heard of the slick rock trail but are a bit overwelmed with the prospect of riding that, try the Circle O. The majority is over slick rock, following a rust color line painted on the rock. Considered technically difficult, it is a great introduction to slick rock mountain biking.Some of the turns a tight. The...

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  • North 40

    North 40 is part of the Bar M mountain bike area. It is a loop trail with an option the cut it short. Total trail is 4.2 miles. It is an intermediate rise with a few steep sections and some deep sandy sections that are just annoying. Mountain bike, helmet and plenty of water.

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Moab Favorites

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  • What's in a name

    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." 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...

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  • Red Canyon - road 128

    How fortunate was I to be on a bus trip that came down the red canyon of scenic byway 128. I was snapping like crazy most of the way down the route and then we pulled up. We stopped so we could get a shot of the scene that confronted us; one that included Fisher Towers, a couple of spectacular outcrops that stood like islands just off the end of...

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  • Things on rocks

    As mentioned previously, rock clilmbing is something that is very popular in these parts. Watching the climbers seek grip points on the rock face made me even more determined that it's something I'll never do. I can find other less strenuous ways to hurt myself! Another feature of the boat trip was viewing the petroglyphs and pictographs, which...

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    Oct 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    10/12/2013 UPDATE:
    The lodges at Zion and Bryce are open again for at least 10 days or as long as the parks are funded. The Lodge at Bryce closes for the season on Nov. 9th, Zion Lodge is usually open all year.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    10/11/2013: Utah National Parks to re-open!
    The state of Utah will provide the funds to reopen Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks, Cedar Breaks and Natural Bridges national monuments and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on Saturday 10/12 for at least 10 days. Additional days may be added if a federal budget resolution hasn't been reached by the end of that time.

    Not yet clear if this applies to the lodges at Zion and Bryce but I'll update this notice as information becomes available.

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Hikers scheduled to be in Moab during the government shutdown, please don't change your plans! There are some great hikes to be found on outside of Arches and Canyonlands, such as Fisher Towers and Corona Arch: find some of the rest here:

    http://www.discovermoab.com/hiking.htm

    There are also tons of other activities to keep you very busy so visit the list on the excellent Moab website (discovermoab.com/activities....) and/or stop into the Visitor Center in town.

    Not much of a hiker? Explore ancient petroglyph and pictographs around the area (http://www.discovermoab.com/rockart.htm) or take a scenic drive (http://www.discovermoab.com/byways.htm.)




    • jojes's Profile Photo
      Oct 2, 2013 at 7:37 AM

      Good on you Kate for mentioning all of this. Really great info for the ones out there now!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Oct 2, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Thanks Jessika: the little towns who are largely supported by tourism to the National Parks are also hurting so hopefully this will help both!

 
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