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"To those who have heard it, including the author of this book, the sound is unearthly. It starts as a low growl that quickly increases in pitch and volume until ending in a shriek. It's like no animal cry ever encountered and no bird call that has ever been heard."

Tom McCourt on the Moki scream: excerpt from "The Moab Story from Cowpokes to Bike Spokes"

Mr. McCourt tells us that the Navajo believe this spooky caterwauling comes from cranky spirits (Moki) that hang around the canyons and abandoned cliff dwellings of the Southwest. My theory is a bit different, at least since the tourists (more frightening by far than any apparition) have invaded their previously lonely domains. Southeastern Utah offers a hundred different opportunities to drown, break your neck, fracture your skull, sprain an ankle, shatter your spine, expire of dehydration or saw your own arm off with a butter knife. All that hollerin' is just another slickrock biker, daredevil climber, whitewater rafter or backcountry scrambler who played loose with Mother Nature and got an *ss whuppin'.

All the more reason to love Moab. While fleets of mammoth tour buses belch their way along the roads of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, disgorging chattering hordes of humanity for the 5-minute snap of Overlook #17, two wheels, a kayak, tent or just a good pair of boots are all you need to find a quiet, remote corner to commune with The Great Outdoors and/or die trying.

It's a scrappy little town of folks who look like me: who haven't been religious with the sunscreen and hat; have skinned elbows and scraped knees; who go to dinner in cargo shorts and Keens; who never quite get all the dust out of the creases. Many came for a weekend and never left. They cheerfully fry up burgers, pull pints of beer, provide guide services and haul casualties out of impossible places: the busiest SAR team in Utah is based here. In a nutshell, hate the outdoors and you'll run screaming for the nearest mall. Love it and you might stay forever.
Just watch out for those Mokis, ya hear?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Heaven for the outdoor enthusiast
  • Cons:Hell for mall rats
  • In a nutshell:My kind of place
  • Last visit to Moab: Sep 2014
  • Intro Updated Dec 23, 2015
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2015 at 5:56 AM

    Lots of discoveries here.....Thanks for your sound advice, Kate!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Mar 23, 2015 at 5:59 AM

      Victor, this is my favorite little corner of the United States, and one I wish all of our members could enjoy sometime. Thank you for visiting my pages!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Me again coming back to look at your updates and new tips since 2012. Utah is one of those states that I have only been through on the train, so Moab and such places look very exotic to me.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jan 23, 2015 at 8:53 AM

      Don, you would love the Southwest And there are places which would be fun to explore on a bicycle! Grand Canyon National Park has rentals right there!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Kate, thanks a lot for your detailed personal story about your experience....I do appreciate your contribution to VT! Well done!

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Jan 14, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      Thank you very much, Victor! Moab is one of my favorite places on earth so it's fun to share. :O)

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Oh fantastic :-)) I am getting homesick now, want to go back :-))) Thanks for so much inspiration! I know again that I need mountains to live!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Thanks for including the link to that commercial!
    I think if I went to Moab the first thing I would do would be to buy a Dirt Shirt and a copy of that book by Frank McCourt. And I would definitely also follow your advice on “What not to buy”. I never knew Utah had such confusing liquor laws, though I suppose I might have guessed. Once I saw a flash flood when I was hiking in New Mexico, but fortunately I was on high enough ground so I didn’t get in its way.

  • Apr 20, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    Wonderful pages, I'm looking to you for advice on how to build tips on hiking trails..whether to do each trail separately, or have one tip summarizing them all- looks like you do your separately with excellent information about the hikes...I love it!

  • mikehanneman's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Great page on Moab!! My wife and I were in Moab a couple of years ago and really liked it. I wish I had your hiking info then!!!

  • TheLongTone's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Really great tips, informative and personal and funny, if I could give six stars I would!

  • RoscoeGregg's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2011 at 6:40 AM


    You really clocked some trail time! I seems so funny when it rains in the desert. What a treat to see the washes run a bit.

  • Rabbityama's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    I love the tone of your page and reviews here! The picture combined with your description of the pulled pork makes my mouth water! I miss that kind of food being in Japan...


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