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Moab is a small town that sits at the foot of red cliffs and the La Sal Mountains. The town, which overlooks the Colorado River, had a colorful history with familiar names such as Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch and other outlaw gangs hanging out here. Zane Grey made Moab the setting of many of his novels, and it has been used frequently in movies. In the 1950's uranium was discovered here, and what had been a quiet agricultural town turned into a busy center for mining and prospecting. This boom is over, but the town now prospers on tourism. Moab is the beginning point for white-water rafting, canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, horseback riding, four-wheeled-driving, and mountain biking. You will find many local tour companies that make such opportunities possible. Be aware, however, that many of these companies only offer their outings seasonally. Summers are very hot here, and winters are surprisingly mild, due to the lower elevation of 4,400 ft. December and January are usually the coldest months, with their average daytime highs in the 40's, with temperatures dropping into the teens at night. The photo is of the LaSal Mountains, taken on a misty day from Arches National Park.

We first came to Moab in January 1999, but in 2005 when we were in Moab we discovered that the town is growing, expanding both north and south. There are now more hotels and campgrounds to choose from, as well as more businesses to cater to the needs of tourists. This photo shows you part of the area extending south of downtown. Note the beautiful setting that Moab lies in.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A lot of possibilities for outdoor explorations.
  • Cons:HOT-HOT-HOT in the summer!!!
  • In a nutshell:If you love the outdoors, and don't require trees, you will love this area of UTAH.
  • Last visit to Moab: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 29, 2005
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  • angelalu's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2008 at 6:54 AM

    "Hot, hot, hot, hot in Summer"??? :-))..I'm going there within few days..I hope I won't get burned!..Super landscape picture by you and interesting infos! Greetings from Potenza, Italy, Angela

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2006 at 5:56 PM

    Thank you for the birthday wishes. Really enjoyed your Moab tips. We're planning a trek out there with the Rover...can't wait.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2006 at 9:09 PM

    What breathtaking scenery and vivid, brilliant photographs. Very enticing descriptions and helpful information.

  • masc4s's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2005 at 11:57 AM

    Amazing country. Super photo's and well written. Very interesting, thank you for sharing :-)!

  • Easty's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2004 at 8:02 AM

    I love the picture of the LaSal Mountains. Excellent information on this page. I saw a couple of places that I missed while I was there last summer.

  • frank_delargy's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2004 at 5:18 PM

    Glad to see you added the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail in. There are some dinosaur tracks in the hills around there too. Great overview of Moab!

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 1:34 PM

    Hey, I jus spent a week in Moab for my vacations! It is such amazing landscapes there! I can't wait to go back! Great page! Haven't had time to do much on mine yet!

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 9:35 AM

    Excellent info and links for an upcoming trip, thanks!

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    Aug 9, 2004 at 10:50 AM

    Great opening photo, where exactly in Arches did you see this view? I hope to see it myself this Oct. Thanks!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 8:29 AM

    Very interesting Off The Beaten Tip: Early People and Dinosaurs. I didn't know!

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