Utah Moab

Moab is a city in eastern Utah. It’s a gateway to massive red rock formations in Arches National Park. Southwest, Canyonlands National Park, and features mesas and buttes carved by the Green and Colorado rivers, plus Native American rock art. Dinosaur tracks can be found at sites like Bull Canyon Overlook and Copper Ridge. In the city, collections at the Museum of Moab include dinosaur bones and archaeological artifacts. The Moab Cabin sits above Moab at the base of the LaSal mountains on the Wilson Mesa. There are three approaches to the cabin. Sand Flats Road route: from the center of town you can take the Sand Flats road through Slick Rock state park. You don’t pay the entrance fee, simply tell the ranger you are going to the cabin. From the entrance gate shed it is exactly 13 miles to the private 1/2 mile lane to the cabin. LaSal Mountain Loop road. Go South on highway 191 and climb the loop road until you come to the left hand turn to road 0067 also known as the Sand flats road. Route from the Northeast on highway 128. Follow the LaSal loop road once again to road 0067 (sand flats) and follow to the cabin lane. Each route offers a distinct geology from the other and while distances are different they all take about the same amount of time. 45 minutes.

Located just 5 miles (8 km) north of Moab is Arches National Park, which contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park’s 76,518 acres, the park also contains an astounding variety of other geological formations. Colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires dwarf visitors as they explore the park’s viewpoints and hiking trails. A paved scenic drive takes visitors to many of the major viewpoints within the park. The park’s rock formations delight children as well as adults, with many easy trails providing opportunities for kids to get out of the car and explore the arches up close. Hikers can choose from a wide variety of trails, from short twenty minute walks leading right up to many of the largest arches in the park, to more adventurous hikes into lesser seen areas.

Distance from Moab
5 miles (8km)
Directions from Moab
The entrance of Arches is located 5 miles (8km) north of Moab, along
highway 191.
Park Hours
Open year-round, 24 hours/day
Entrance Fee
$30/vehicle – Good for 7 days (Subject to change)
Visitor Center & Hours
The visitor center includes interactive exhibits, educational kiosks, a 150- seat auditorium, and a bookstore featuring guide books, maps, DVD’s, postcards, and much more. The park is open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year; however the visitor center hours vary by season. (435) 719-2299

Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah, and its diversity staggers the imagination. The easiest way to see the park is with a visit to the Island in the Sky district, only 32 miles (51.5 km) from Moab. The Island in the Sky offers many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips. The Island in the Sky sits atop a massive 1500 foot mesa, quite literally an Island in the Sky. Twenty miles (32.2 km) of paved roads lead to many of the most spectacular views in Canyon Country. From these lofty viewpoints visitors can often see over 100 miles (161 km) in any given direction, resulting in panoramic views that encompass thousands of square miles of canyon country. Take a short day-hike or spend a relaxing late afternoon enjoying the sunset. Whether you have a few hours to spend or a few days, the Island in the Sky provides an unforgettable Canyon Country experience for the entire family.

Distance from Moab
32 miles (51.5km)
Directions from Moab
Take Highway 191 10 miles (16 km) north to Highway 313, and then drive
southwest 22 miles (35 km). Driving time to the visitor center from Moab is
roughly 40 minutes.
Park Hours
Open year-round, 24 hours/day
Entrance Fee
$30/vehicle – Good for 7 days (Subject to change)
Visitor Center & Hours
Canyonlands is open year-round, 24 hours a day, however the park
centers close for the winter. Call (435) 719-2313 for park information.

32 miles (51.5 km) from Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks. The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculpted pinnacles and buttes. Millions of years of geologic activity created the spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park. Deposition of sediments by ancient oceans, freshwater lakes, streams and wind blown sand dunes created the rock layers of canyon country. Igneous activity formed the high mountains that rise like cool blue islands from the desert below. The legend of Dead Horse Point states that around the turn of the century the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck was then fenced off with branches and brush. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst within view of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below. There are miles of pet-friendly developed hiking trails in the park, including a paved trail which provides easy access to some of the most scenic views. Mountain Bikers will love the new Intrepid Trail System at Dead Horse Point. With slickrock sections, looping singletrack, sandy washes, and incredible scenery, the Intrepid Trail System provides a great taste of what Moab mountain biking is all about. This is the perfect ride for families and offers spectacular views of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.

Distance from Moab
32 Miles (51.5 km)
Directions from Moab
Drive 9 miles (14.5 km) northwest of Moab on US 191 and then 23 miles
(37 km) southwest on Utah 313. Driving time to the visitor center from
Moab is roughly 45 minutes.
Park Hours
Park open year-round, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Visitor Center open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Day Use fees (valid for 3 consecutive days starting from the date of purchase):

$20 per vehicle (up to 8 passengers)
$15 for Utah Seniors (Utah residents 62 or over)
$10 per motorcycle
$4 pedestrian or cyclist (biking into park)
Commercial day-use fee: $4 per person
Visitors Center and Hours
The visitor center is open year-round, has facilities for the disabled, an information area, exhibits, rest rooms, water, publications and souvenirs. The visitor center hours open from 9am-5pm year round, closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day.(435) 259-2614

The LaSal Mountain

Just 20 miles south of Moab are the La Sal Mountains, which are part of Manti-La Sal National Forest. Attaining heights of nearly 13,000 feet, these alpine mountains are the second highest mountain range in Utah. Numerous hiking and mountain bike trails, along with picturesque campsites, make these mountains a great complement to your visit to Moab. Whispering pines, quaking aspens, and bubbling brooks make a family outing in the forest an unforgettable experience. Great trout fishing can be found in several beautiful lakes and streams throughout the La Sals. For current conditions in the La Sal Mountains, contact the Manti-La Sal National Forest District at (435) 259-7155. Warner Lake Campground Warner Lake Campground can be accessed by driving south on 191 form Moab for approximately 6 miles and then turning east onto the La Sal Loop Road towards Kens Lake. Drive on the La Sal Mountain Loop Road for approximately 10 miles to the Warner Lake Road, which is a 5 mile graded dirt road. The campground has toilets, picnic tables, and fire grills. (Camping and picnic fees charged.) Camping reservations for Warner lake can be made online at the National Recreation Reservation Service website: recreation.gov

La Sal Mountain Loop Road

The La Sal Mountain Loop Road Scenic Backway features spectacular scenery ranging from the forested heights of the La Sal Mountains to expansive views of the red rock landscape below. This paved Scenic Backway begins on US 191, six miles south of Moab, and winds north over the La Sal Mountains through Castle Valley, ending at Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway U-128. Returning to Moab provides a 60 mile loop drive that requires approximately 3 hours to complete. Note that several hairpin turns on the Castle Valley side of this route are unsuitable for very large RV’s.

The Sand Flats Recreation Area (SFRA) near Moab, Utah is a nationally significant public lands treasure at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. A high plain of slickrock domes, bowls and fins, it rises in the east to meet the colorful mesas and nearly 13,000 foot peaks of the La Sal Mountains. Bordering the area on the north and south are the canyons of the Grandstaff and Mill Creek Wilderness Study Areas. Further north lies the deep gorge of the Colorado River and Arches National Park. Sand Flats’ famous Slickrock and Porcupine Rim bike trails and almost 40 miles of 4×4 trails are world-renowned for their combination of challenge and awesome scenery. Sand Flats is also popular for camping. Over 175,000 visitors enjoy this 8,000-acre recreation area annually. The Sand Flats Recreation Area is managed through a unique partnership between Grand County and

the Bureau of Land Management. In 1995 this area was developed through the collaborative efforts of Americorps, the Bureau of Land Management, Grand County and the Moab community. SFRA’s mission is to protect the natural features of the area from adverse recreational impacts while providing access to sustainable and enjoyable recreational opportunities.

See following YouTube special on Slick Rock

The Easter Jeep Safari is a series of day long trail rides (make sure you register in advance). The safari lasts nine days, and participants provide their own four-wheel vehicle, food and fuel. If you show up the day of an event without registering, you can check at the registration desk at the Spanish Trail Area to see if there is any last-minute availability.

The first Canyonlands Half Marathon was run on May 1, 1976 had just 22 finishers, including a dog. Today, thousands of runners come together in March to enjoy the scenic red rock formations and winding Colorado River that Moab has come to be known for! Running parallel to Arches National Park and the Mighty Colorado, runners are in for a real treat. Long considered a “Bucket List” race, Canyonlands Half Marathon was named

by Runners World UK, in their article “The Worlds Greatest Races,” in the July 2018 issue.
Moab Rocks takes some of the regions best classic and new routes including Klondike, Porcupine Rim and Mag 7 and combines them into a 3-day xc masterpiece in a fully supported format. All this wrapped up in a fun and friendly atmosphere, combining camaraderie and competition.

land surrounding the national parks is open to ATV & UTV travel on existing trails. However, please note that ATV & UTV riding is not allowed within either Arches or Canyonlands National Parks. ATV and UTV enthusiasts can use all of the popular Moab 4WD Trails or explore many of the other backcountry trails that surround Moab.

Moab’s beautiful water carved canyons, inaccessible without technical skills, await your discovery. Moab’s experienced canyoneering guides will teach you the skills required for adventurous hikers to explore Utah’s remote red rock canyons. No previous climbing or rappelling experience is required. Anyone who is reasonably fit can experience the adventure of a lifetime. Hire a local guide to expedite an introduction to Moab’s canyoneering areas.

Amazing Night Skies

The public lands surrounding Moab have some of the darkest skies remaining in the contiguous 48 United States. As few as one in ten Americans lives in an area where they can see the estimated 2,500 stars that should be visible under normal conditions. In many cities, the night sky is completely obscured by the glow of urban settlement. At Arches National Park, the naked eye is sufficient to witness a wealth of stars. Under the right conditions, common binoculars may even reveal the rings of Saturn.

Arches National Park
Arches’ relative isolation from the artificial light of urban areas makes it an ideal place for viewing the night sky. Park staff have also worked to reduce ambient light from within the park by replacing park lighting with "night-sky friendly" lights and fixtures. Arches National Park preserves a wealth of resources. Many, like natural darkness, have become more significant as they become increasingly rare outside the park. On a clear night, you can see great stars just about anywhere in the park. Areas off the main park road with few obstructions of the sky are best. The farther north you drive, away from the lights of Moab, the darker the sky will be.
Try stargazing at these areas:
Balanced Rock Picnic Area
The Windows
Garden of Eden Viewpoint
Panorama Point

Experience Our Dark Skies
Experiencing the night sky provides perspective, inspiration, and leads us to reflect on our humanity and place in the universe. The history of scientific discovery and even human curiosity itself is indebted to the natural night sky. Every visit to Moab should include some time under the stars.

For the best viewing plan your visit around the time of a New Moon.
Canyonlands National Park
Night skies at Canyonlands are so pristine that the International Dark-Sky
Association designated Canyonlands as a Gold-Tier International Dark Sky
Park in 2015. Canyonlands joins three other national parks in southern Utah with the International Dark Sky Park designation.
Visitors come from all over the world to attend  night sky ranger  and to experience the dark skies they never see at home. In many national parks these night sky programs are the most popular ranger- led activities.
Efforts to preserve natural darkness at Canyonlands began several years ago with a focused effort to revamp and replace park lighting with "night-sky friendly" bulbs and fixtures. Today nearly 100 percent of the lights in Canyonlands National Park are "night-sky friendly." 
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park, recognized as an International Dark Sky
Park in 2016, is one of the most active and accessible areas to stargaze in the Moab area. Its high plateau location, mountains far in the distance and cities out of sight yields a nearly full view of celestial sphere. Park staff routinely provide programs celebrating the night sky , from walks under the full moon to gazing through telescopes at objects millions of light years away. Whether you want to enjoy by yourself or join a ranger, Dead Horse Point State Park is a premier spot to see the skies our ancestors wondered over and survived with

Download Dead Horse Point State Park’s Dark Sky Brochure to learn more.
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