"3 Days in Moab" Moab by windsorgirl

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Moab was once a quiet Mormon settlement until a prospector discovered uranium deposits in 1952. Almost overnight, Moab became one of the wealthiest towns in America. When the uranium market declined in the 1970's, the town turned to tourism as its major industry. Visitors flocked to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This small town of 4700 provides food, lodging and tours to its many visitors.

What You Need To Know

Moab is located in southeast Utah, 235 miles southeast of Salt Lake City and 450 miles east of Las Vegas. Moab is nestled at the foot of the red cliffs and the La Sal Mountains at a 4000 foot elevation. For this reason, it enjoys unusually mild weather.

It is a popular tourist destination for outdoor enthusiasts. There are kayaking, canoeing and rafting opportunities on the nearby Colorado and Green Rivers. You can also enjoy a four wheel drive tour at Canyonlands NP or horseback riding in the La Sal mountains.

Thousands of mountain bikers make use of the famous Slickrock Bike Trail. And some, like me enjoy hiking and photography in the spectacular countryside surrounding Moab.

One could easily spend an entire week in Moab exploring the nearby attractions.

Our Visit To Moab

Moab was stop number six on our 16 day driving tour through southwestern USA. We began our trip in Las Vegas where we picked up a rental car and drove first through Arizona and then northeast to Moab. From Moab we headed southwest stopping at Bryce and Zion Canyons before returning to Vegas.

We spent our first day in Moab visiting Newspaper Rock and driving the scenic byway 128. Our entire second day was spent at Arches NP from sunrise to sunset and our third and final day was spent at Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point. I would happily return to Moab to see more of the sights.

  • Last visit to Moab: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated Dec 13, 2004
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Your depiction of this area helped a lot in determining what to do and time to do it in. The Moab site was very helpful

  • ZanieOR's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2005 at 8:13 PM

    The landscape and your photographs are spectacular. I was in Moab once (with two kids and a sister); on a Saturday in August with no reservations. We wanted to stay but ended up driving after dark to Colorado for a motel. The starry sky was worth it.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2005 at 10:48 AM

    Excellent page on Moab the beautiful!

  • johanl's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2005 at 8:46 AM

    super pages on Moab with again such beautiful pictures!!!!

  • Easty's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2004 at 3:36 PM

    Great information on Moab. The Route 128 Scenic Route has some absolutely spectacular scenery.


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