Originally posted on February 5, 2009 (Salt Lake Scenery)
Mention the word Moab and you get one of two reactions: “Huh?” or “Dude!”
Located at the base of the La Sal Mountains in southeast Utah, the quaint little town of Moab was established in the mid-1800’s by Mormon settlers to take advantage of its strategic location along the Old Spanish Trail. The town was incorporated back in 1902 and experienced a boom in its early history thanks to the mining industry. By the 1950’s Moab was a bustling little community as its population swelled seasonally with visitors to the mines, tourists and an occasional film director and his entourage of movie folk.
That all changed in the mid-1960’s when the demand for uranium, Moab’s main source of income began to dwindle. Fortunately for Moab, there was more to the place than just picks and shovels. The town’s close proximity to some of the most breathtaking, scenic natural wonders opened it up to a whole new industry: Tourism. In recent years, the town’s other little secret began to surface – Its recreational activities.
These days, mining is a distant thought in the minds of Moab’s steady, permanent population of approximately 5,000. During the summer months Moab is teeming with activity, but you can enjoy it just as much during the winter months. Here are five reasons to keep coming back to Moab.
1. National Parks – Visit the area just once and its a safe bet that you will want to come back and explore Canyonlands National Park and the nearby Arches National Park. The scenery is breathtaking and you’ll be in awe of the miles and miles of incredible rock formations, arches carved into the rock by the wind and rain, awe-inspiring cliffs cut over millions of years by the Green and the Colorado Rivers. When you come here, bring your camera, a gallon of water and sunscreen, because you’re going to want to see everything that these two beautiful parks have to offer. Delicate Arch and Dead Horse Point are some of the more popular names you’ll hear, but there are a number of areas you will want to visit during your stay.
2. Recreation – If you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just a regular Joe who wants to try something outside of your run-of-the-mill vacation, Moab is the place for you. There are miles and miles of scenic bike and hiking trails for every level of experience from beginner to downright crazy! If dust and sand aren’t your thing, then maybe water is your ticket to enjoying the outdoors. Just like biking and hiking, running the massive Colorado River has different levels of expertise as well but be sure you hire the right outfit to fit your needs. There are also a number of ATV trails, horse trails, dude ranches and more. You name your recreation fancy, Moab can just about cover them all.
3. Creature Comforts – Whether you plan on staying in a tent, an RV, a cabin, lodge, condo or hotel, Moab caters to the needs of every type of visitor. There are a number of spas in the area that allow the women folk to relax and be pampered while the men are out playing with their 4-wheel toys or swinging a club at a local golf course. Relax by the pool with a book or take a stroll through the town to visit its museums and one-of-a-kind shops. You can find just about anything you need within a reasonable drive
4. Events – All year round you can find something of interest happening in or around Moab. From the Moab Arts Festival in May and the Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo in June to the ever popular Easter Jeep Safari that takes place every year in April, this town is always hopping with good fun. The Moab Music Festival takes place in September and the whole town looks forward to strange local activities like the Annual Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival in the fall. If you like a wide range of activities and events, plan a trip to Moab.
5. Food & Entertainment – Moab offers a slice of the old west and the eateries here provide visitors with unrivaled local and international fare. Establishment’s like Eddie McStiff’s, the Slick Rock Cafe and Frankie D’s are popular for people in just about any walk of life and provide a fun atmosphere in which to unwind in the evening. If you’re looking for something with a bit of romantic charm you may want to venture out to one of the nearby resorts where you can enjoy Ahi Tuna or Chicken Piccata at the Sorrel River Grill or Barbecue Pork Ribs at the Red Cliffs Cowboy Grill, both of which offer beautiful views of the surrounding red cliffs and the Colorado River.
Moab has charm, amusement, history and culture all rolled up into its breathtaking topography. For more information about this popular Utah destination, visit DiscoverMoab.com or Moab-Utah.com today and book plan your next vacation to this beautiful destination.