28 Adventurous Things to Do in Moab (+ Itinerary!) – Bearfoot Theory


The city of Moab, Utah is actually an journey hub for out of doors lovers. Red rock canyons, slickrock trails, winding rivers, and panoramic views make it a tremendous place for mountaineering, mountain biking, tenting, rafting, and extra.

I dwell just some hours’ drive away from Moab in Salt Lake City, so Ryan and I typically take journeys right down to the realm, particularly within the shoulder season to get some desert solar. We’ve explored most of the greatest issues to do in Moab, and it stays one in all my favourite locations in Utah.

While lots of people go to Moab for its proximity to Aches and Canyonlands National Parks (that are superb, and I’ll cowl a few of my favourite issues to do in every beneath), there are various different unbelievable out of doors adventures available exterior the nationwide parks as effectively.

In this publish, I share my high issues to do in Moab, gathered from weeks of exploring the realm’s nooks and crannies.

Important Reminder: As it goes in all the locations we share, please apply good path etiquette and bear in mind to Leave No Trace. This means packing out all your rubbish (together with rest room paper) and following the established guidelines. In the desert, this additionally means studying how you can defend cryptobiotic soil and the way it has a big impact on our ecosystems.

Hiking in Moab

Hiking in Moab is what attracts quite a lot of guests to the realm. From epic hikes to pure rock formations to scenic hikes that spotlight the perfect views round Moab, to in a single day backpacking journeys within the desert, there’s something for everybody. Below I share my favourite mountaineering trails round Moab.

1. Take a Sunset hike at Dead Horse State Park

Dead Horse State Park has expansive views of surrounding Moab and Canyonlands National Park which might be spectacular throughout the daytime — however go for the sundown and also you’ll get some actually jaw-dropping surroundings.

I like to recommend mountaineering the 5-mile Dead Horse Rim Loop Trail to get the perfect views. It’s additionally pet-friendly and a comparatively simple path that needs to be accessible for many hikers.

There is a campground at Dead Horse State Park or try the yurt leases for a enjoyable glamping expertise.

Fun reality: Dead Horse Point was the situation for the ultimate scene within the film Thelma and Louise.

Two women standing facing sunset at Dead Horse Point in Moab. Red rocks have a scattering of snow
Watching the sundown at Dead Horse Point is a should!

2. Hike to a waterfall on the Mary Jane Canyon Trail

On our current journey to Moab, Ryan and I hiked the Mary Jane Canyon Trail and completely cherished it! The 7.6-mile path follows a moist riverbed deep into rust-colored canyons. As the canyon chokes up, the hike culminates at a cascading waterfall. I extremely advocate getting all the way in which there, because the waterfall is beautiful.

It’s a fantastic hike in Moab for folks of all ability ranges because it’s not technical and comparatively flat. Plus, the path is dog-friendly, so you’ll be able to carry your pup alongside, too. Please make sure that to pack out their poop!

Mary Jane Canyon Trailhead instructions

Tip: Wear an outdated pair of tennis sneakers or a supportive pair of water sneakers, like Astrals. You’ll be within the riverbed your complete time, so your ft will get moist.

Woman with dog standing under Mary Jane Falls in Moab Utah
The Mary Jane Trail follows a moist riverbed for many of the hike, so you’ll want to put on sneakers you don’t thoughts getting moist and muddy. The waterfall on the finish is price it, although!

3. Do a Night Hike to Corona Arch

Arches National Park is understood for its many superb hikes to pure rock arch formations, however should you’re seeking to beat the crowds, I extremely advocate doing the 3-mile out-and-back hike out to Corona Arch.

If you’re feeling further adventurous, take into account mountaineering to Corona Arch at night time. Many folks hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park at night time, however right here you’re prone to discover much more solitude.

Daytime temps in Moab will be scorching, so a night hike in summer time is extra comfy, and it’s additionally a fantastic alternative for nighttime pictures.

Taking within the starry night time sky and moon rising over the Corona Arch is definitely among the best hikes to do close to Moab. Be certain to carry a headlamp and take note of the path markers as you hike out so that you don’t get misplaced.

Corona Arch Trailhead instructions

Corona Arch at sunset in Moab
Catch a tremendous sundown or apply your night time pictures expertise at Corona Arch

Tips for visiting Moab’s arches
  • Get an early or late afternoon begin to keep away from crowds and beat the warmth
  • Stay on the paths. It will be simple to get misplaced since most of the trails are merely white strains painted on the rocks. Deviating from the paths can even hurt the fragile desert ecosystems.
  • Bring a lot of water. The sizzling solar and uncovered terrain make it simple to get dehydrated. Bring loads of water and use solar safety.
  • Don’t climb on the arches! These pure rock formations will be very delicate. You don’t wish to be that one who causes a well-known arch to come back tumbling down.
  • Brush up on some further desert mountaineering ideas

4. Hike in Arches National Park

The entrance to Arches National Park sits simply exterior of Moab and also you undoubtedly don’t wish to skip it. The park can get busy, however seeing the towering rock formations up shut is by far among the best issues to do in Moab.

There are a handful of nice hikes in Arches National Park together with the favored treks out to Delicate Arch in addition to Landscape Arch and Double Arch. For extra hike suggestions and pictures from my visits to Arches, head over to our publish on the Best Hikes in Arches National Park.

Hiking in Arches National Park
Hiking the Devil’s Garden Loop in Arches National Park

5. Hike to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch is likely one of the hottest points of interest within the Island within the Sky space of Canyonlands National Park, however for good motive. Perched on the fringe of a cliff, this picturesque arch gives breathtaking panoramic views of huge canyons and distant mesas

If you wish to take advantage of your hike out to Mesa Arch, dawn is an epic time to go to. As the solar comes up, the rays hit the underside of the arch, turning it right into a fiery orange glow. (Just don’t anticipate to be alone as this can be a extremely popular dawn vista).

The hike to Mesa Arch is a comparatively simple 0.7-mile loop. The trailhead is about an hour’s drive from Moab, or you possibly can camp on the close by Island within the Sky campground to make sure you make it up by dawn.

Mesa Arch Trailhead instructions

Mesa Arch at sunrise in Canyonlands National Park
Mesa Arch In Canyonlands At Sunrise

6. Hike the Grandstaff Canyon Trail

Grandstaff Canyon Trail is a surprising 5.7-mile out-and-back hike that results in the spectacular Morning Glory Natural Bridge. It’s a enjoyable and interesting path to do – there are creek crossings, some gentle scrambling sections, caves to discover, towering sandstone canyon partitions, spectacular views, and extra.

The path culminates at a skinny slice of an arch set between two towering canyon partitions. There’s a pleasant space beneath to loosen up and luxuriate in this lovely place earlier than returning again down the way in which you got here.

When we hiked Grandstaff Canyon, we noticed a number of folks rappelling down from the highest of the arc, which appeared enjoyable. You can e-book a rappelling tour with Moab Adventure Center.

Grandstaff Canyon Trailhead instructions

Morning Glory Bridge in Grandstaff Canyon near Moab, Utah
Morning Glory Arch on the finish of Grandstaff Canyon

Biking in Moab

Moab is the unique ‘mecca’ for mountain biking and riders nonetheless journey from all around the world to expertise the well-known Moab slickrock trails. But you don’t must be an skilled to get pleasure from biking in Moab. Below are a number of methods to discover the Moab space on two wheels.

7. Pedal the Moab Canyon Pathway

The Moab Canyon Pathway is a 9-mile paved recreation path that begins on the town and heads north, paralleling Highway 191, out to the Moab Brand Trails community.

It’s a good way to get out and luxuriate in Moab’s pink rock panorama by bike with no need to deal with the difficult mountain biking trails.

You might additionally add on 4-miles by taking a detour onto the Colorado River Bike Path.

8. E-bike the Slickrock bike path

There isn’t any scarcity of world-class mountain biking in Moab, however one of the crucial well-known trails is the Slickrock bike path. Originally created for moto riders to apply their trials expertise, it’s now a playground for mountain bikers.

E-bike riders pay attention up! The Slickrock bike path is likely one of the solely mountain bike trails in Moab that’s e-bike-friendly. It’s truly a fantastic path to do with the assistance of a pedal-assist bike as a result of your complete 12-mile loop is kind of difficult and tiring

You can even heat up with the two.3-mile Practice Loop which is able to nonetheless offer you a style of slickrock driving.

9. Mountain bike The Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada is an epic shuttled route for skilled mountain bikers that begins excessive up within the La Sal Mountains and plunges over 7,000 ft right down to the Colorado River. Along the way in which, the route traverses by means of a number of ecosystems from excessive alpine meadows to pine forests and aspen groves all the way in which right down to the cacti-studded desert.

The Whole Enchilada is one in all Becky’s, our behind-the-scenes assistant, favourite rides for its technical terrain, unbelievable views, and all-day journey. Read her write-up of the Whole Enchilada to get a greater thought of what it entails and whether or not it’s a superb match for you.

Want a guided tour? Book a mountain biking tour of Moab with an area information.

Mountain biker stopped on wide desert slickrock trail called The Whole Enchilada in Moab
The Whole Enchilada is a difficult mountain bike route that begins up within the La Sal Mountains and plunges over 7,000 ft to the Colorado River

10. Plan a biking journey on the White Rim Trail

The White Rim Trail is a 72-mile doubletrack highway that traverses the northern boundary of Canyonlands National Park exterior of Moab.

It’s a preferred loop for high-clearance 4×4 autos, but it surely’s additionally an unforgettable journey that may be completed by bike.

I biked the White Rim Trail as a 4-day vehicle-supported journey a number of years in the past over Halloween weekend, and whereas it was difficult, it was additionally an unbelievable expertise full of jaw-dropping views and superior distant tenting. Plus with a help car, you’ll be able to hop within the truck should you ever get too pooped.

The White Rim Trail can be completed as a self-supported bikepacking journey or you’ll be able to e-book a tour with a number of tour operators in Moab.

Taking a break after an extended stretch of biking on the White Rim Trail

Paddling in Moab

The Colorado River runs simply west of Moab and it gives a ton of nice paddling alternatives for guests. Whether you’re searching for an in a single day rafting journey or simply wish to get out on the water for the day, I share the perfect issues to do in Moab for water lovers.

11. Float the Colorado River

Grab your packraft or ducky and a few associates for a river rafting float down the Colorado River. In my opinion, floating on the Colorado River is likely one of the greatest issues to do in Moab. Not solely is it a simple approach to beat the crowds and keep cool, however you’ll additionally get a special perspective of the Moab pink rocks from the water.

We used our Kokopelli Rogue packrafts on a very flat part and thought they had been the right boat for this mellow paddle. We put in on the bridge alongside Highway 191 as you enter city and took out at Wall Street.

You can even e-book guided day rafting journeys on the Colorado River’s Daily Section. This part has a bit extra motion for many who wish to expertise some rapids.

Woman sitting in packraft on the Colorado River
Floating the Colorado River is a good way to see a special perspective of Moab’s desert panorama

12. Float the Green River

The Green River is a scenic waterway that carves a path by means of the beautiful and dramatic canyonlands west of Moab earlier than emptying into the Colorado River. If you’re searching for a enjoyable and enjoyable multi-day journey, floating the Labyrinth Canyon is a good way to get pleasure from a 45-68 mile flat water stretch of the Green River all of the whereas being rewarded with spectacular surroundings.

I did Labyrinth Canyon as a 5-day canoe journey and cherished the remoteness and pure great thing about the journey.

Planning a Labyrinth Canyon river rafting or canoeing journey does require some logistical planning, but it surely’s definitely worth the effort!

Two people in a canoe on the Green River in Utah surrounded by red rock landscape
The Green River runs by means of the pink rock canyonlands west of Moab

13. Paddleboard on Ken’s Lake

Ken’s Lake is a small lake about 10 miles south of Moab that’s set in opposition to the beautiful backdrop of pink rock bluffs and the La Sal Mountains.

It’s a fantastic place to chill off on a sizzling day. Grab your paddleboard or kayak and spend a number of hours floating across the lake. There’s additionally a campground at Ken’s Lake if you wish to spend extra time by the water.

If you’re searching for a brief however candy hike within the space, Faux Falls is a simple hike from Ken’s Lake and is a superb place to have a picnic or watch the sundown.

Scenic Drives

Moab has a ton of nice scenic drives, a lot of which characteristic spectacular factors of curiosity and pure rock formations that you may get out of the automotive and discover. It’s vital to notice, although, that many roads round Moab are solely accessible by high-clearance 4×4 off-road autos. The scenic drives I like to recommend beneath are appropriate for many automobiles.

14. Head out to Sand Flats Recreation Area

The Sand Flats Recreation Area is positioned northeast of city and gives a scenic drive up by means of Moab’s pink desert panorama and into the foothills of the La Sal Mountains.

The highway is well-maintained for about 17 miles, so it’s a fantastic drive for many autos. There is an entrance payment to entry Sand Flats Recreation Area, which you’ll pay on the entrance sales space.

If you wish to stretch your legs, there are many mountaineering and mountain biking trails off of Sand Flats Road. For mountaineering, try the 1.8-mile Juniper Loop. For mountain bikers, Falcon Flow is a enjoyable intermediate-friendly trip.

Sand Flats Recreation Area driving instructions

Mountain biker riding bike down Sand Flats Road in Moab. Tall red rock boulders on either side of the road
Sand Flats highway is will maintained for about 17 miles from the doorway gate. You do have to pay a small entrance payment to entry the Sand Flats Recreation Area

15. Explore Kane Creek Road

The drive alongside Kane Creek Road takes you out of Moab and previous the japanese banks of the Colorado River. The well-maintained filth highway then heads into the pink rock partitions of Hunter Canyon. Along the drive, there are a number of trailheads and attention-grabbing stops just like the Birthing Scene Petroglyph, Hunter Arch, and distant tenting areas.

The highway does proceed on by means of the canyon however quickly traverses up some steep switchbacks that might be fairly scary should you aren’t accustomed to this sort of driving.

Kane Creek Road driving instructions

16. Drive out to Big Spring Canyon Overlook

Big Spring Canyon Overlook is positioned close to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. The drive on the market takes about an hour and a half one-way from Moab, but it surely’s tremendous scenic and price doing if you wish to get higher views of the National Park.

Along the Needles drive, there are many scenic overlooks, mountaineering trailheads, and factors of curiosity like ruins and petroglyphs.

Once you get out to the overlook, I like to recommend mountaineering the two.4-mile Slickrock Foot Trail to stretch your legs and get higher views.

If you wish to discover additional, e-book a campsite on the close by Needles District campground.

Big Springs Canyon Overlook driving instructions

View of red rock formations at Big Springs Canyon Overlook in Canyonlands National Park
To actually take advantage of Big Springs Canyon Overlook, I like to recommend exploring the mountaineering trails round the primary overlook

17. Drive the La Sal Mountain Loop

The 60-mile La Sal Mountain Loop gives a really completely different perspective of the area that contrasts sharply with the everyday desert panorama.

This totally paved loop takes drivers away from the pink rock canyons and plateaus and up into the alpine heights of the La Sal Mountains. As you drive, the views transition from huge desert expanses to verdant forests, meadows, and finally, snow-capped peaks.

Along the way in which, there are quite a few viewpoints, trailheads, and iconic landmarks to cease at like Castle Valley, the Colorado River, Oowah Lake (brief detour), and extra.

Due to its elevation, the La Sal Mountain Loop additionally gives a cooler retreat from the summer time warmth of the Moab Valley beneath. However, it’s vital to know that the highway is steep in locations with tight switchbacks and will be slick or snow-covered in colder months.

La Sal Loop driving instructions


Camping in Moab is an journey in and of itself. Whether you e-book a picturesque campground by the Colorado River, a deluxe glamping tent with all of the facilities, otherwise you discover a candy dispersed spot within the desert, Moab is stuffed with nice tenting alternatives for everybody.

18. Camp at Porcupine Rim Campground

For sweeping views of the mesa and valleys that make Moab so lovely, spend a number of nights tenting out on the dispersed Porcupine Rim Campground.

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The campground is an hour’s drive from Moab’s downtown and a 4WD car is most popular, however not required in case you have good clearance and off-road driving expertise.

Keep in thoughts that the highway might generally be closed if there may be any flooding, so keep updated on the present circumstances earlier than heading out.

Also for the perfect likelihood at scoring a superb website at this small campground, go to mid-week.

Woman standing on cliff at Porcupine Rim Campground in Moab Utah
The sweeping views at Porcupine Campground make it a fantastic place to publish up for a number of days

19. Rent a yurt at Dead Horse State Park

For a singular tenting expertise, lease a yurt at Dead Horse State Park. I stayed i one after they had been model new the night time earlier than my White Rim Trail biking journey began, and it was a enjoyable approach to collect with associates. There are two yurt areas inside the State Park: Moenkopi and Wingate Yurts.

The Wingate Yurts are nearer to the paths, customer heart, and campground, however pets usually are not allowed.

The Moenkopi Yurts are extra personal and farther from Dead Horse Point, however pets are allowed.

Before you e-book:

  • Bedding shouldn’t be supplied
  • There is a two-night keep minimal
  • Pets are solely allowed within the Moenkopi yurts
  • The yurts have heating, cooling, and electrical energy
  • Cooking have to be completed exterior the yurts (fuel grills are supplied)

20. Stay at Moab Under Canvas

Moab Under Canvas is a safari-style luxurious glamping expertise within the desert exterior of Moab. The tents embody plush beds, personal loos, wood-burning stoves, and personal decks to benefit from the lovely environment.

Prices begin at $200/night time, so it’s undoubtedly not a budget-friendly place to remain, however if you wish to splurge, I extremely advocate it!

Pets are allowed and there’s a grill space the place you’ll be able to prepare dinner your personal meals. Moab Under Canvas additionally gives an journey concierge service that may assist you to e-book your adventures.

21. Camp at a BLM Campground alongside the Colorado River

There are a handful of very nice BLM campgrounds alongside the Colorado River each north and south of Moab. They are all out there on a first-come-first-serve foundation and most have direct entry to the river.

These campsites refill quick, although, so it’s greatest to get there early within the morning to see if there’s a spot out there. The campgrounds shouldn’t have potable water, however there are pit bathrooms. Nightly charges are round $20.

Below is an inventory of BLM campgrounds alongside the Colorado River. You can study extra and see the place they’re positioned on the Moab BLM tenting map.

North of Moab alongside Route 128

  • Goose Island Campground
  • Drinks Canyon Campground
  • Hal Canyon Campground
  • Oak Grove Campground
  • Big Bend Campground
  • Lower Onion Creek Campground
  • Hittle Bottom Campground
  • Dewey Bridge Campground

South of Moab alongside Kane Springs Road

  • Kings Bottom Campground
  • Moonflower Canyon Campground

South of Moab alongside Potash Road

  • Jaycee Park Campground
  • Williams Bottom Campground
View of Colorado River with red rock canyonlands as backdrop
Snag a campsite alongside the Colorado River for some unforgettable Moab evenings

Climbing & Canyoneering

Moab appears to cater to each out of doors fanatic, together with rock climbers and canyoneers. We don’t have as a lot expertise with these out of doors sports activities because the others listed above, however listed below are some in style rocking climbing and canyoneering adventures in Moab.

22. Sign up for a climbing development sequence

Have you at all times needed to discover ways to climb? This 5-day Rock Climbing Progression Series is a good way to study the fundamentals of mountaineering and construct your confidence exterior of the climbing health club.

Run by Golden Mountain Guides, you’ll discover ways to safely scale and descend rock faces with a workforce {of professional} mountaineering guides and friends.

I did one thing related for snowboarding. I needed to discover ways to be a greater skier, so I signed up for a 3-day girls’s ski camp at Alta and it was among the best issues I’ve ever completed to enhance my out of doors expertise.

Just seeking to climb for the day? You can rent a full-day or half-day personal climbing information as effectively.

23. Go canyoneering

The pink rock panorama exterior of Moab is stuffed with nooks and crannies which might be excellent for canyoneering expeditions. Unless you’re an skilled canyoneer, although, I don’t advocate trying any severe routes by yourself. Instead, try the canyoneering excursions provided by Red River Adventures. You can select from simple half-day outings or check your expertise and stamina with a harder route.

I discussed seeing some folks rappeling down Morning Glory Arch above, which is one in all Red River Adventures’ excursions.

Explore Town & Local Events

Moab is a bustling desert city with heaps to see and do. It’s simple to get delay by all of the vacationer exercise, however I do advocate spending at the very least a number of hours strolling round downtown Moab to take a look at the retailers and eating places.

24. Eat at Moab Garage

Moab Garage is an superior native eatery to seize breakfast or lunch, together with a number of vegan choices. They serve nice espresso in addition to scrumptious donuts, breakfast fare, and filling lunch plates. They’re open 8am – 3pm Thursday by means of Sunday.

25. Browse Moab Made

Moab Made is an area artisan present store positioned in downtown Moab, proper on the primary road. Every merchandise bought in Moab Made is regionally crafted or designed. It’s a fantastic place to browse for artwork, jewellery, pottery, and extra. Plus, you understand your cash goes again to the neighborhood!

26. Eat on the Moab Food Truck Park

Located only a block away from the primary road in downtown Moab, the Moab Food Truck Park includes a handful of distributors serving yummy meals. From genuine tacos to handmade gelato, you’re certain to seek out one thing for each palate.

Looking for vegan meals? Check out the Moab Kitchen meals truck. It’s parked a number of blocks away from the meals truck park on W. Center Street. It serves the perfect vegan breakfast sandwiches I’ve ever had.

27. Catch some dwell music at Woody’s Tavern

Woody’s Tavern is a comfy neighborhood bar and restaurant that has been a favourite Moab hangout for many years. It’s additionally a fantastic place to catch dwell music from native bands like Stonefed and Meandercat.

You can discover the updates on reveals and what’s occurring on the Woody’s Tavern Facebook Page.

28. Check out Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

If you want dinosaurs – and who doesn’t? – the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park is a worthwhile cease to spend an hour or two, particularly should you’re touring with youngsters.

You’ll study fascinating info about these giants that after roamed round what’s now Moab and the huge surrounding canyonlands.

Just a few of the interactive reveals embody a 5D prehistoric aquarium, fossilized dinosaur tracks, lifesized dinosaur fashions, and extra.

The museum is positioned about 10 minutes exterior of downtown Moab, throughout from the Brand Trails community. You may even trip your bike alongside the Moab Canyon Pathway all the way in which there.

4-6 Day Moab Itinerary

You might spend weeks – even months – in Moab and never slot in all the perfect mountaineering trails, bike rides, water sports activities, or different adventurous issues to do.

To take advantage of your time in Moab, here’s a 4-6 day itinerary that you may customise primarily based in your pursuits and the way a lot time you may have.

Best Time to Visit Moab

Moab is a year-round vacation spot, the shoulder seasons – spring and fall – are the perfect instances to go to for cooler temps. Keep in thoughts, although, that spring and fall are additionally peak vacationer seasons, so attempt to keep away from visiting on the weekends and holidays to beat the crowds. Not solely will it’s extra nice for you, however overcrowding can harm trails and the fragile surrounding setting.

La Sal Mountains in Moab Utah covered in snow
I like visiting Moab early and late within the shoulder season. Not solely are their much less folks, however you get views like this!

Spring: March by means of May brings giant crowds to Moab (which is like its personal form of situation), so plan to hike mid-week, early morning, or select lesser-known trails.

Weather-wise, spring temps are sometimes within the 60-80 diploma vary. You’ll wish to put on layers when mountaineering so you’ll be able to regulate as wanted to maintain cool and heat because the temps change all through the day. See our information to what to put on mountaineering for particular suggestions.

Fall: Fall brings nice circumstances and exquisite autumn hikes from late September by means of November. While September can nonetheless be busy, crowds are likely to die down a bit in October and November. Just carry rain gear and heat layers in anticipation of the occasional fall thunderstorm. It will be cooler, particularly within the evenings, than you may anticipate. See our information to what to put on mountaineering within the fall for particular suggestions.

Summer: Southern Utah is understood for its intense summer time warmth. Grand County, residence to Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and the encircling space, receives essentially the most search and rescue calls of wherever in Utah and lots of of these are because of warmth exhaustion.

Daytime temperatures from June into September are typically within the 90s and even 100s. If you do plan your journey to Moab in the summertime, it’s important that you just get an early morning begin or wait till later within the night to keep away from being exterior throughout the excessive warmth of the day, which will be extraordinarily harmful.

Or even higher, plan your actions across the Colorado River, like floating or white water rafting. Be certain to carry solar safety for all of your out of doors adventures and loads of water.

Winter: Winter generally is a nice time to go to Moab, however know that Moab does get snow and temperatures can drop down into the 20s or beneath at night time and hover within the 40s or 50s throughout the day.

I truly love visiting Moab within the winter as a result of the crowds are fewer and you may typically get a number of the extra in style trails and issues to do in Moab to your self.

Pack heat winter mountaineering layers and a Mirocspikes to your sneakers if you wish to hike in Moab throughout the winter.

Woman sitting in camp chair at scenic canyonland overlook outside of Moab. Ground is covered in snow
Winter is one in all my favourite instances to go to Moab for the gorgeous distinction of the white snow in opposition to the pink rocks and the quieter vibes

Other Tips for Visiting Moab

When planning your go to to Moab, Utah, it’s important to grasp this distinctive desert setting so that you will be ready for a enjoyable and protected journey whereas being a accountable customer on the similar time. No matter the vacation spot, it’s important to apply the ethics of Leave No Trace. However, the delicate panorama of Moab requires of us to be much more conscious of their affect and to tread evenly on this naturally lovely place. Small missteps can add as much as long-term impacts, and it’s as much as all of us to responsibly get pleasure from every vacation spot we go to to maintain it lovely for future generations.

So, whilst you’re planning, use the following pointers for visiting Moab to rise up to hurry on what to look out for, how you can be ready, and how you can be a accountable out of doors fanatic while you go to this out of doors journey hub.

Explore Beyond the National Parks

A great journey means getting off the overwhelmed path. While the National Parks are superb, Arches particularly experiences overcrowding. Luckily I gave you 28 different adventurous issues to do in Moab so you’ll be able to search out completely different adventures that aren’t the obvious.

Use these tips to learn how to do Moab like a local and be a responsible visitor while hiking, camping, off-roading and more.

Practice Good Trail Etiquette

On Moab’s multi-use trails, it’s not unlikely that you’ll encounter different guests, some on foot, two wheels, and even 4. Many of the backcountry filth roads in and round Moab are open to ATVs, and different kinds of Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) — together with any car with four-wheel-drive — so issues can get busy. Some areas alongside the path programs are additionally close by neighborhoods. Be respectful to the locals by staying conscious of your environment and hold your velocity down.

If you’re mountaineering or mountain biking, apply good path etiquette whereas sharing the path: be courteous, know the principles (mountain bikers ought to at all times yield to hikers), and be pleasant to others. Not solely does this create a fantastic expertise for everybody, however you’ll be main by instance as effectively.

Biking the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands near Moab
Biking the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands requires sharing the highway/path with a wide range of customers.

Pack it In, Pack it Out

Whether you’re mountaineering, tenting, or vanlifing, you’ll want to pack out and correctly get rid of all the pieces, together with your poop AND your rest room paper if rest room amenities usually are not out there. One of the perfect ideas for visiting Moab is to come back ready to do that!

Due to excessive use, human waste is a severe challenge at dispersed campsites, and in some areas (just like the Canyonlands backcountry), poop have to be packed out in authorised waste baggage or moveable rest room programs. Approved waste baggage will be bought on the Moab Information Center and native out of doors retailers.

If you see a chunk of trash whilst you’re out and about, decide it up and assist depart the realm even higher. Pack out pet waste as effectively.

Kristen in her Sprinter Van / Get dispersed camping tips for Moab
There aren’t any trash cans or bathrooms at Moab’s Dispersed campsites. You should pack all your rubbish, rest room paper, and waste out!

Tread Lightly and Stay on the Trail

There are many causes to remain on established trails whereas recreating in Moab. This avoids damaging the cryptobiotic soil, which has delicate flora that’s essential to the well being of the desert ecosystem and may actually take 1000’s of years to develop. The soil is made up of moss, lichen, and fungi that retain moisture for different species to thrive and helps scale back erosion in desert environments. Even a single footprint can have a critically unfavourable affect, and in some instances, it might by no means get well.

Local’s actually have a catchy slogan to assist guests bear in mind, “don’t bust the crust”. When you meet a gaggle on the path, allow them to cross or politely cross them with out stepping off the path to keep away from making it wider.

Cryptobiotic Soil in Moab / Dont bust the crust
Cryptobiotic soil: Don’t Bust the Crust!

Leave Behind What You Find

In addition to preserving the soil, don’t decide up, transfer, or take residence any rocks or artifacts of any type. Moab is residence to many pure cultural options, like Native American artifacts from the Navajo, Ute, and Pueblo Tribes. Here, you’ll be able to see preserved remnants which might be 1000’s of years outdated, like historical stone dwellings, rock carvings, and former locations of worship.

There are additionally preserved dinosaur footprints, wall drawings, and extra. If you might be fortunate sufficient to bump into one thing that is part of Moab’s heritage, deal with it like an area would and depart it simply as you discovered it for others to get pleasure from.

Learn how to visit Moab, Utah responsibly with these tips

Prepare for the Heat

Moab’s warmth and terrain are two issues to be ready for forward of time. An vital tip for visiting Moab is to remain fueled and hydrated whilst you’re out exploring the canyons and trails. I extremely advocate consuming electrolytes while you’re out on these adventures as effectively.

Sun safety and moisture-wicking clothes are a must have, and so is nice footwear. Make certain you may have sturdy mountaineering sneakers that present arch and ankle help, plus sufficient grip for trekking round rocky desert terrain. 

Hiking in Moab / Use these tips to learn how to do Moab like a local and be a responsible visitor while hiking, camping, off-roading and more.

Plan Ahead

Plan your route, do your analysis, and know the place you’re going forward of time to cut back your probabilities of getting misplaced. Since cell protection will be spotty round Moab, let somebody know your plans to allow them to be on the alert in the event that they don’t hear from you while you’re purported to return.

For distant areas, it’s possible you’ll even wish to take into account bringing a satellite tv for pc communication gadget equivalent to a Garmin InAttain so you’ll be able to come up with somebody if the sudden occurs. A terrific tip for visiting Moab is to keep away from mountaineering alone except you might be very assured in your skills, are tremendous ready, and have notified somebody of your plan.

It’s a lot simpler to get misplaced within the desert as a result of there aren’t as many defining options as there are within the alpine. Even if you’re alert and conscious of your environment, it isn’t arduous to get confused or lose your means. Always carry a map or your navigational device, just like the Garmin InAttain talked about above, and familiarize your self with the route earlier than you begin mountaineering.

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