"A Nucleus of Activity Close to Here" Top 5 Page for this destination Moab by BruceDunning

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Region Map of the sites

There are a number of parks close to Moab, and it is the east focal point into the Utah painted desert region. Besides Arches and Canyonlands Parks within 10 miles of town, there is also a number of sites along Hwy 191, the main route through town. The West is large and wide open, so you may not think much about driving to Capitol Reef about 130 miles to the west-but no direct route to get there. To the East of town is the LaSal Mountain range; fabulous green and huge peaks stretching in the horizon. The top peaks in this range is 13,000 feet, and the range sprawls for miles in the skyline.
Moab Dilemma is having a moral conscience to the earth and nature versus pursuing an economic quest to get revenue to the town. The latter gained the foothold, and the environment is not what it once was around there. Many standard lower end/cheaper motels and restaurants prevail, and tourist trinkets.

Wonderful Colors in Rock Formations

Just to the west side of the town is a string of high mountain crests. The color changes during the day and this is form early morning with the sun bringing out the real red look of the rock. Activities are within walking distance of the main street to go up into the mountain range and do what please you, like hike, ride, or relax.
At one time there was a movement to carve a road out through the Book Cliffs from I-70 connecting Vernal and Moab. That dies out in 1992, It was said the program would ruin the terrain and nature to such a degree that is would be abominable.

Road Sign announcing to come to town

Roadside marker of the town and its splendor to offer the visitor. The whole town is staged for tourism, and I do not believe there is a real industry, per se to rely on. So, it must get a bit slow in the winter months, where the wind blows hard out here and is does get cold and snow in higher elevations. Access is off US 70 from the north, or take Hwy 191 that comes form south and connects with many Arizona sites down that way.
They have 1 million visitors a year, so offer nearly everything you would wan to do for recreation. The town was settled in 1855. It grew during the uranium mining around the area in 1960's, but that dies out in 1980's. Charles Steen mined the first urnanium and hit it big. He built a large home on a bluff just north of town. Tourism took over in 1970's, and it is a majority of why Moab exists today.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A lot to do in and around the town
  • Cons:Too much promotion of ATV, motor bike and jeep trails
  • In a nutshell:Go when tourism visitors are at a slower pace
  • Last visit to Moab: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 30, 2009
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    I am going to make it this way someday. I keep my hiking simple anymore. Injured myself badly the last time we hiked, so I keep the hiking level and flat:) Nice page! You've given me many things to see. Thanks!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    Indeed, wonderful tips and thanks for sharing, excellent read. (You might like to check your spelling of "from" a few times - just nitpicking!) Cheers

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2010 at 6:13 AM

    What a great tour of Utah's National Parks - thanks for sharing your tips and observations. Also, thanks for visiting my Winchester page! Happy Travels.......

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2010 at 1:40 AM

    Haven't heard of the Goblin Valley state park, but it sure looks interesting. We saw some wonderful colours around Moab too, it is an area full of beauty!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    Moab was certainly an interesting place and busy. Lots of things to do in the area so good thing Moab has so many hotels to offer. The Hole in the Wall was an interesting spot for sure.

  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Great page Bruce. I like the good 'bad' restaurant tip ! Hoepfully other VT'ers will not eat there. All the best.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Hi, Bruce! It would be great to hike with a company of friends there....


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