"A Dead Town Returned To Life" Moab by RoscoeGregg
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When I visited Moab the first time in the mid 1970's It was like a ghost town. The uranium mining boom was over and it had become a real backwater with a housing over supply. I had just spent 21 days backpacking through the needles. Friends and I wandered down the streets. I have clear memories of vacant houses and empty store fronts. We walked down the middle of a deserted main street at mid-day eating ice cream. It felt almost like a post apocalyptic movie.
If I only had the foresight to buy one of those houses in 1978. I could retire on the sale and travel as much as I wished.
Sometime I think in the mid 1980's Outside magazine ran a cover highlighting Moab as "The Mountain Bike Capital of the World". It was like opening the flood gates.
Almost over night a wave of mountain bike devotes overwhelmed this little dack water town. Within a few years houses went from vacant to costing 100s of thousands of dollars.
My wife has a friend that lived with his family in the building that became Rim Cyclery and sold in in the 70's for a few thousand dollars. It sold in the late 90's (not sure of the date) for millions.
So if you have a time machine here is a great place to visit before 1980.
Even though it has come to feel a bit like Branson you can still enjoy Moab.
If you look there are a lot of locally owned business with owners that will go the extra mile to help you meet your needs.
We use it as a base for our back-country trips and it makes a nice place to resupply and for end of trip blowouts.
So look for the local and enjoy the funky desert town that almost died.
- Pros:It is in a great location.
- Cons:Publicity has been a bit too effective.
- In a nutshell:A great place to resupply.
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