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Moab Information Center
Make the Moab Visitor Information Center (MIC) your first stop when you arrive in Moab for current information, maps, guides, books, and more.
Conveniently located on the corner of Main & Center Street, the MIC's friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help with information on services and recreational opportunities throughout SE Utah.The MIC offers:
• Current weather and road information
• Information about hotels, restaurants, tours operators, shuttles, and other services for travelers
• Interpretive displays
• Gift shop featuring guide books, maps, videos, CD-ROMs, postcards, and much more
• Free WIFI
• Clean restrooms
Hours vary according to the season; the Center is open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The MIC is a multi-agency facility operated by CNHA. MIC partners are: The Grand County Travel Council, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.
MIC Lecture Series
All talks begin at 6:00 p.m. (unless noted otherwise) and are FREE to the public.
July 02, 2015
Clothing the World in a Social Skin: Building Murals, Rock Art, and Textiles of the Cedar Mesa Area
In the greater Cedar Mesa area, ancestral Pueblo peoples used textiles as a powerful means of signaling social and religious identities within and between communities. Current research shows that in the 13th century peoples also decorated their homes, pottery, and surrounding cliff walls with imagery of ornately woven yucca and cotton textiles like sandals and tumpbands, as well as depicting blankets and belts that were likely used in ritual contexts. While the majority of the textiles have disappeared due to the ravages of time and looting, a record of the presence of this industry remains painted and scratched into the cliff faces and building walls of archaeological sites in this area. This research, funded by the Canyonlands Natural History Association, is aimed at documenting these important resources before they disappear due to impacts from increased visitation, looting, and the ravages of time.
July 16, 2015
John Wesley Powell: Down the Great Unknown
Intrigued by the huge “unexplored” blank spot on the map of the United States in 1868, JP Powell led 10 men down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 4 wooden boats. Powell succeeded in what many thought to be a suicide mission, then went on with not only a second river expedition, but also to influential posts in Washington DC to argue water issues that still face us today. His is an exciting story to retell.
August 13, 2015
Voices of Canyonlands: Past, Present , Future
Would you like to hear the story behind the establishment of Canyonlands National Park? Moab resident photographer, radio producer and art coach Bruce Hucko created 4 radio programs about Canyonlands in cooperation the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Park and the Utah Humanities Council. This AURAL presentation features the children of Bates Wilson and Bates Wilson himself (known as the Father of Canyonlands), as well as Karl Tangren, Ray Tibbetts, Heidi Redd, and other community members who experienced the area before, during and after the creation of Canyonlands National Park. No pictures on a screen. Bring your listening ears!
August 20, 2015
San Juan Red Ware Pottery Production and Exchange
Ancestral Pueblo societies in the Four Corners region underwent a series of changes beginning in the late 8th century A.D. These changes included population increases, the formation of large villages, and changes in ritual practices. At the same time, a new type of pottery, San Juan Red Ware, began to be made in southeastern Utah. This red ware pottery was traded widely, and archaeologists often find it in contexts that suggest it was important to communal ritual. Compositional analysis of San Juan Red Ware potsherds shows that red ware pottery from southeast Utah falls into several distinguishable chemical groups, indicating numerous production locales. Analysis of red ware distributions shows that there was relatively little exchange among the production area sites in southeastern Utah. San Juan Red Ware was obtained, however, by Ancestral Pueblo people living to the east of the red ware production zone in what is now southwestern Colorado, and red ware exchange linked Ancestral Pueblo people across the region through complex networks of interaction that cross-cut apparent differences among social groups.
August 27, 2015
Telling the Tell
“Time counts and keeps countin', and we knows now finding the trick of what's been and lost ain't no easy ride. But that's our trek, we gotta' travel it. And there ain't nobody knows where it's gonna' lead. Still in all, every night we does the tell, so that we 'member who we was and where we came from...” (Savannah Nix: Mad Max- Beyond Thunderdome) Non-literate societies codify cultural knowledge through oral narrative that is transmitted from one generation to the next. This certification takes the form of oaths, sayings, or tales. it may be in the form of musical or rhythmic presentation such as songs or chants. It is possible for a society to transmit its history, literature, laws, ideology, and other knowledge bases without written codification.
September 17, 2015
Join the Director of the Clark Planetarium (in Salt Lake City), Seth Jarvis, as he takes us on a journey through the stars! Seth has been an enthusiastic amateur astronomer since he built his first telescope at the age of 12. He started working for the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City as an usher in 1978. He then went on to be one of the planetarium’s first “AstroVan” outreach astronomy lecturers and traveled to rural Utah schools. Seth became the director of the Clark Planetarium when it opened in 2003. He is the author of several programs that now play in planetariums and science centers around the world. Come explore the night sky and learn what the stars have to teach us!
September 24, 2015
More info coming soon!
October 01, 2015
Tom Haraden is a retired National Park Ranger who worked in nine parks over 37 years. Trained as a wildlife biologist he’s studied grouse, grizzly bears, moose and desert bighorn sheep. Tom has been studying bats for over 15 years and is licensed bat rehabilitator. We have them in our neighborhood ~ Creatures so sophisticated, so adapted to their environment, so elusive and so misunderstood. Elements of a total global ecosystem so influential that their absence would change the world as we know it. Come to see them as the beguiling, winsome creatures they are. (NPS photo)
October 22, 2015
To be announced
More info coming soon.