What’s not to love about Moab—red rocks balanced in precarious positions; trails that twist under fallen boulders; slick rocks, tall monoliths and sharp phobia-inducing canyons.

Not familiar with Moab?

Then head west, pilgrim, to the wide open playground of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.

While the city of Moab does have a small airport, forget it for a direct flight. Either fly into the international airport in Salt Lake City, Utah and grab a rental car, or better yet, where ever you are in the United States, road trip it! Don’t worry if you don’t have the right vehicle for the trails because there are many different ways to play in Moab.

Keep reading for all the tricks to Moab but first keep these few tips from the locals in mind:


  • * If visiting Moab during the high season: March – June or September – October book rentals prior to visiting.
  • * While the summer is still busy, the temperature can soar into the 100s daily!
  • * April is the month with the most rain.
  • * While April might have the days with the most rain, the summer is “monsoon” season – meaning that sudden thunder storms and heavy rains can make the trails suddenly dangerous…well, more so than they usually are.
  • * Dress in layers—you’ll be the most comfortable regardless of the weather.


Here are some common sense tips that might keep you out of trouble:

  • * Always, always, always pack WATER…always, always!
  • * Always pack as if you’re going to be stranded. This doesn’t mean that you can’t leave your Winnebago, it just mean to throw into your pack/vehicle some emergency essentials, water and extra food.  
  • * Never rely on your cell phone to work in the back country. So plan accordingly. Let someone know where your party is going and when you think you’ll be back.
  • * This tip goes with the one above; if going without a local guide always check your trail, really quick, with the Moab Information Center. Trust me these people are great and fast!
  • * When needed, register and pay for your time in an area. Please don’t skip this one. Sometimes the pay box is a little obscure but there will be signs if there’s not a toll booth.
  • * Know the OHV regulations and designations
  • * Never damage a trail, natural formations or paleontological resources. Seriously, besides it not being cool, this has landed more than a few individuals in a lot of trouble with the local authorities and conservation groups.
  • * Always, please, pack out what you packed in!


Whew! Now that’s out of the way…come on back and I’ll tell you were the big boys (& girls;) with toys play in Moab.

XO from the redrocks of Moab!

Have other tips for first time travelers to Moab? Let us know in the comment section below…


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