Moab Travel Guide

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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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  • Dinosaurs Tracks

    Located off Mill Canyon rd. This is an interpretive trail with signage of where to look for the fossils and a description of what type of dinosaur they belong two. There are several different types. Some are very easy to see and make out. Others not so much. It is clear they are different from the surrounding rock they are imbedded in but you will...

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Moab Hotels

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Moab Restaurants

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  • Tasty pub and grub

    It was good in 2004 so we came back in 2011 and 2014. This is the only microbrewery in the area and a good place to refuel and rehydrate post-hike, float, bike or climb. The menu runs to standards like salads, sandwiches, burgers and a few entrees, and the craft brew list from ales to stout. We landed in here twice: the first night for salads, and...

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  • Bring us your tired, your filthy, your...

    We collapsed at Milt’s half dead after a very long, very hot day at Needles which left us in NO shape for civilized company. Window service and a shady outdoor patio was perfect for a couple of starving hikers while keeping our sweat-encrusted, grubby selves a polite distance from other diners. This is a local hot spot with slickrock bikers,...

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  • Little Somethings

    This was the new kid in town since our previous trip, and the salad selections looked good on a day we were craving some greens. There are three different dining areas: casually quirky downstairs, less quirky upstairs, and a small rooftop terrace. We snagged the last table outside and while it didn’t have much for ambiance, it did have a nice view...

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Moab Nightlife

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  • Pints without Pain

    2015 update: still our favorite watering hole. 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...

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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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  • Sure things

    Another excellent resource for authentic Native American craft, Lema’s has been a Moab fixture for nearly 30 years. Their expansive inventory includes Navajo rugs, pueblo pottery, jewelry, Hopi kachinas, baskets, fetishes and other handmade items, and their knowledgable staff can tell you about the artists/tribes their pieces are resourced from....

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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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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

  • Respect dinosaur prints

    When visiting or observing dinosaur foot tracks, do not dump a bunch of water into a dinosaur print like this lady who did not know what she was talking about. She impressed a family with a few young kids but everything she was telling them was not true. It is permitted to spray some water on the track to make is easier to identify. I have never...

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  • Watch where you set your tent!

    This recent trip in May 2104 we set camp early evening at ken's Lake. One in our group happen to set his tent on top of a nest of Field Mice. We didn't learn this until after 3 days when we broke down the tents and packed up. There seem to be a mother and several babies scurrying around our feet. They definitely were not shy or frightened by our...

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  • Severe weather in the desert

    During my last trip in May 2014, our group was hiking at Fisher Towers. The weather had been on and off thunderstorms for several days. Our hike this day started out with some clouds and sun. While we were in the sun, I can see off in the distance Nimbus clouds forming with some virga. After about 1 mile of hiking I heard some thunder and stopped...

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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

  • Halfway Stage Station

    The Halfway Stage Station is another ruin site that is located off of Mill Canyon rd. this station served as the half way mark between Moab and Thompson which is where the train station was. It was 35 miles between Moab and Thomson so travelers would stop for lunch on there way to or from Thompson. The first train came to the area in 1883. All that...

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  • Mill Canyon Copper Mill

    This is a small ruin of a copper mill. All that remains in a stone wall and a black pile of fine rocks left over from the smelting process of the copper ore. There is also a pile of rusted cans and hardware from the era. This site is usually seen in conjunction with the Dinosaur Trail as they are across the dry wash from each other.

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  • 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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Moab Sports & Outdoors

  • Castle Tower Access Trail

    Castle Tower is a distinctive tower just off the La Sal Loop Drive. The tower can easily be seen from the road but for a closer look you can hike up the Access Trail. This trail goes up a short canyon that is a little bit of a challenge. There is a small dry waterfall that requires a short little climb but not difficult. Once up from here, you walk...

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  • Faux Falls trail

    There is a trail that meanders up the right side of the falls. There are several smaller tiers of falls above the main lower fall. The trail is relatively short along some slick rock and steep sand portions. At the top is a flat area with a locked barrier of the source for the falls. The water that feeds the falls is diverted out of Mill Creek and...

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  • 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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  • Ken's Lake campground

    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...

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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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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    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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