As I recently learned, a visit to Moab should be on everyone’s bucketlist. Located in South Eastern Utah, Moab is a town wedged in between three breathtaking national parks and the stunning La Sale mountain range. The entire region is teeming with geological wonders and a diversity of accommodation and activity options that ensure it’ll be a hit for all groups. Read on for a recap of the beauty my friends and I encountered during our long weekend in Moab…
The City of Moab is an an easy 4 hour drive from Salt Lake City, where we flew into from the Bay Area. Our group of 6 friends and 1 dog drove down from Park City and made great time thanks to well paved roads and minimal traffic. The only part of the drive that was tricky was the final portion of the day, when we got off the paved roads and sought out a campsite on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. The All Wheel Drive Subaru faired fine, but the rocky dirt road driving was a little dicey for our van – so drivers of low cars beware!
Our Perfect & Private Campsite
All three of the National Parks surrounding Moab have official campgrounds where visitors can pitch tents near parked cars. We opted for a more rustic route because all the official campsites had been rented out and camping on BLM land always gives you more privacy and space. The key to making it work is good planning, AKA having a lot of drinking water and traveling with experienced campers who can guide the group should a crisis arise (since there are no rangers around).
Cornhole is a perfect game for car camping because it can be set up almost anywhere and is a very social game that is easy to learn. These are homemade boards and simple but sturdy beanbags that could withstand the desert dust and occasional rain shower.
View from our campsite, the La Sale mountains are visible in the back
Another perk of camping on BLM land is the freedom to bring your pets and allow them to wander off leash
Moab is famous for incredible mountain biking and there are several shops in town (Poison Spider and Chile Pepper) that will rent you high end bikes and shuttle your ride. Not everyone in our group were bikers, so we opted for two gorgeous day-long hikes and spent a half day checking out the Green and Colorado Rivers. You can research good hikes in Canyonlands here and here for Arches.
Scrambling rock during our hike along the Devil’s Garden Loop, wearing Live The Process
Overlooking the massive Green River that snakes around Canyonlands Park
Hiking to Corona Rock
Appreciating the geological wonders at Corona Rock, wearing Live The Process
- The climate is no joke in this area. Every day when you head out, make sure you’re prepared for rain, intense sun, wind and cold weather. The best times of year to visit are the spring and fall, when the weather is not too extreme.
- Give yourself ample time to get into and around each park – the entry lines can be long, and parking lots full!
- Research what time the sunsets each day and make sure you catch the magic hour, it’s remarkable.
Images by HonestlyFIT