The following Destination Inspiration about Moab is from Making Sense of Cents.
Moab is home to two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands. I thoroughly enjoy both, and these are MUST-sees if you are ever in the Moab area. Arches National Park has several beautiful natural arches to see, and Canyonlands National Park has huge, beautiful canyons that can be easily seen from any viewpoint.
Mountain bikers, off-roaders, RVers, and more all come to Moab to enjoy the beautiful scenery, delicious food, and abundant outdoor activities.
Moab is a place that I’ve visited numerous times just in the past few years. I spent a year living in Grand Junction, Colorado, and we would often travel to Moab for day and weekend trips. Every time we had an out-of-state visitor, we would also bring them to Moab because it’s a place that can’t be missed.
Below are my tips and tricks for getting to Moab and my thoughts on how to best spend a two-day getaway or weekend retreat.
The best time to go
The best time of year to go to Moab is from the middle of March through May, and then again in the fall months as the temperatures are the most comfortable during those times. The summer months can be quite hot, so not as many people visit then.However, any month is usually a great month to visit. My favorite time is the early spring months when the weather is perfect.
The drive in
Driving to Moab is beautiful from any direction. If you’re coming from Denver, you’ll most likely be taking Highway 70 the majority of the way. The views are beautiful through the Rocky Mountains and through the high desert on the Western Slope of Colorado. If you’re driving from Salt Lake City or Southern Utah, the views are just as beautiful as well.
If you are passing through Grand Junction, Colorado, I highly recommend stopping at Colorado National Monument on Highway 70. It’s a beautiful drive with amazing views.
Tip for the drive
Until you get to the actual town of Moab, gas stations can be a rare find. I recommend fueling up on Highway 70 if you are coming from the north or if you plan on heading straight to Canyonlands National Park, as there are not many gas stations around and it can be quite a long drive with minimal cell phone signal.
Best place to watch the sunrise - Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch is a short, easy hike that has amazingly beautiful views that everyone must see if they visit Moab. The 0.7-mile loop from the parking lot can be easily done with no problems, and the view can't be beat. The arch is right on top of a huge canyon wall with views of a deep drop as well as beautiful mountains.
If you are short on time but still want to see a beautiful view, I recommend going to the first overlook right when you get to Canyonlands National Park. It’s right across from the Canyonlands National Park visitor’s center, and is absolutely beautiful. It’s a very short 30-second walk as well.
If you don’t have a Jeep when visiting Moab, I recommend going to one of the many businesses in town and renting a well-equipped one. Barlow Adventures and Twisted Jeeps in town both have great options and can help you find the best off-road trails to tackle.
If going on the river is your thing, there are several companies that can help you explore. The river has the most beautiful views I have ever seen and there is plenty of fun to be found. There are many ways to enter the river with stops all along the way that locals, visitors, and companies use. Follow the river and you will easily see them from the road.
My favorite river activity would have to be kayaking. I’ve seen people paddle boarding as well and I plan on bringing my paddle board in the future to try that out.
Mountain bikers from all over the world come to Moab to ride the Slickrock Bike Trail. This trail is located in the Sand Flats Recreation Area, which also has off-roading and camping as well. The trail is 10.5 miles and takes around 2-3 hours to finish.
Best breakfast in town
Eklecticafe is hands down the best breakfast spot in Moab. Even the name is fun! This cafe has delicious baked goods, such as tarts, brownies, cookies, and more, as well as breakfast burritos, pancakes, wraps, and burgers. My favorite would definitely have to be the breakfast burrito!
Best place to grab a beer
Moab Brewery is a great place to stop if you want some fresh local beer, as well as a delicious meal. They also have some cool displays and decorations, such as hang-gliding equipment on the ceiling, and a Jeep sliced in half.
Shopping in Moab
Moab has a beautiful Main Street area filled with stores, gift shops, art shops, and more. Taking a stroll down this beautiful street can be a day on its own!