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Moab and Southeastern Utah Travel Guide

Plan Your Moab and Southeastern Utah Vacation

Southeastern Utah is full of converts, and not so much in a religious sense. These are people formerly of suburbs or cities who cut through this country once on a road trip or came here long ago for a family vacation. They spent a few days surrounded by the vast, unpeopled desert and the clean, welcoming rivers, and the land became a part of them. Years or decades later, they have rejected the

urban lifestyle and now work remotely by Internet; own restaurants, breweries, bike shops, or galleries; or do seasonal work—whatever they must to stay here. As much as the red rock, big sky, and nearby mountains, the rich, pioneering energy of these residents is what makes this part of Utah what it is. For them, this is a place to be reborn.

Although the towns tend to be visually unstimulating in this part of the world, the beauty that surrounds them is off the charts. You can hear about the canyons, arches, natural bridges, and such, but no words come close to their enormous presence. Not even pictures do them justice, and once you’re standing in front of the famed Delicate Arch or riding your bike on an endless stretch of red slickrock, that will become crystal clear. That’s probably why many people come here, actually—to see this place for themselves. Ostensibly, visitors arrive to run the gorgeous stretch of the Colorado River near Moab or to hike in La Sal Mountains. Or perhaps they are history buffs, excited about checking out the ruins and rock art left behind by various Native American tribes. Truly, however, most tourists must come out of curiosity, to find out if this landscape is just as special and disarming as they have heard it is. And although that sort of thing is a personal matter, it’s more than likely that after even a little while in this environment, you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Beauty from another world There is simply nothing like the scenery here. Whether you’re visiting the popular Arches or Canyonlands national parks or exploring an empty trail on Bureau of Land Management land on your own, it’s almost certain that the terra-cotta expanse of moonlike rock and open desert will affect your very core.
  2. Get out and play About the only outdoor activity not available here is surfing. Mountain and road biking, rafting, rock climbing, hiking, four wheeling, and cross-country skiing are all wildly popular. Go it alone or choose guided adventures offered by the many local outfitters. Still want to be on the water on a board? Try stand-up paddleboarding.
  3. Creature comforts Remote, southeastern Utah—and Moab, in particular—has an array of lodging and dining options. Sure, greasy spoons and cheap digs abound, but so do elegant bistros, fancy hotels, and quaint bed-and-breakfasts.
  4. Catch a festival Especially in the spring and summer months, this area is chock-full of gatherings focused on art, music, and recreation. Some of the best known are the Moab Music Festival and Moab’s weeklong Easter Jeep Safari—but there are plenty more.
  5. Another state of being Something about the openness of this desert creates a scrappy, friendly culture, one where time and money aren’t the main focus. Enjoy the vacation, but be careful. Once that red rock gets in your blood, you might never leave.

When To Go

When to Go

The most enjoyable times to be in this section of Utah are the beginning and end of high season, right before (March) or directly after (October...

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