The spectacular red rock country of the Moab area in Southeastern Utah offers seemingly endless outdoor adventures and opportunities for having fun. Hiking, biking, auto touring, 4-wheeling and rafting are just some of the activities to enjoy during your visit.
Plan Your Visit
The City of Moab is the gateway community for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River, three scenic byways, and thousands of square miles of amazing red rock landscapes. This small town is a full-service, tourist-friendly community, with lots of hotels, shops and restaurants to serve your needs during your visit. Visit DiscoverMoab.com for more about the services available in Moab.
TIP: Hotels and campgrounds often fill on weekends and holidays during the busy season, May-Oct. We recommend making you reservations prior ro your arrival. Stop by the Moab Information Center for current availability of accommodations and campground sites.
Map and Directions
Make the Moab Information Center, your first stop when you arrive in Moab. The MIC offers information on recreational opportunities and services throughout southeastern Utah. Our knowledgeable staff will answer your questions and offer suggestions on what to see and do to help you make the most of your visit. The MIC offers free information as well as a wide variety of guide books and maps for sale and the perfect souvenirs to remember your experience. The Moab Information Center is conveniently located in the center of Moab on the corner of Main and Center Streets.
Things to Know
Where can I drive my jeep, ATV or trail bike? There are thousands of miles of two- and four-wheel -drive routes in the Moab area to explore for motorized users. Learn more about motorized routes in the Moab area by visiting these websites:
• DiscoverMoab.com: 4-Wheel Drive Trails web page and Off-Highway Vehicle Riding web page. If you have specific questions, contact the Bureau of Land Management: Moab Field Office - 435-259-2100; Monticello Field Office - 435-587-1500.
• Manti La Sal National Forest recreation website:
NOTE: Motorized travel is limited to designated routes and all vehicles are required to stay on the route.
Tip: GPS may not be reliable in the Moab area. Carry a map of the area you will be exploring and take lots of water with you. Maps and guides for your adventures on this website and at the Moab Information Center.
Do I need an OHV permit? All OHVs must display a current OHV registration sticker when operated or transported on Utah's public lands or roads. Non-residents – Owners of ATVs, UTV's, snowmobiles and unlicensed off-highway motorcycles brought into Utah by non-residents must obtain a non-resident permit for their machine. (OHV permits are not required for street legal, licensed off-highway motorcycles.) Non-resident permits cost $30 and are available at the Moab Information Center and other vendors. Utah has a mutual agreement with some states not to charge non-residents fees. Visit Utah’s Off-Highway-Vehicles for OHV registration and permit information.
Where can I camp? There are lots of camping options in the Moab area to choose from. Please note that campgrounds may fill on weekends and holidays during the busy season (May-Oct). You’ll find a complete list of commercial, Bureau of Land Management, Utah State Parks and Forest Service campgrounds at DiscoverMoab.com.
Where can I hike with my dog? While pets are not permitted on trails in Arches or Canyonlands National Parks, they are allowed on trails managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the US Forest Service. Pet-friendly hikes near Moab include Negro Bill Canyon, Corona Arch, Hidden Valley and Hunter Canyon.
In the La Sal Mountains, hikes such as Miners Basin, Gold Knob, and Oowah Lake are good options. Avoid busy trails such as the Whole Enchilada, Burro Pass and Hazard County. There are bears in the mountains, so leashes are encouraged for the safety of your pet.
Is there a Wal-Mart in Moab? Moab doesn’t have a Wal-Mart or a mall. But our shops offer fun shopping and can supply most everything you will need.
What’s the weather like? Temperatures in this high desert region can sometimes fluctuate as much as 40 degrees in a single day.
• Spring and fall daytime highs average 60-80° F (16-26° C) and lows average 30-50° F (-1 to -10 C).
• Summer temperatures often exceed 100° F (38° C), making strenuous exercise difficult.
• Winters are cold, with highs averaging 30-50° F (-1 to -10 C), and lows averaging 0-20° F (-17 to -7° C). Large snowfalls are uncommon (except in nearby mountains), but even small amounts of snow or ice can make local trails and roads impassable.
Tip: Check the current weather online or stop by the Moab information Center for the latest weather, road and trail conditions.
Safety: Hydration is essential in the desert, even in winter. Take and drink lots of water as you explore. Protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen, wearing a hat and light-colored clothing. Wear sturdy shoes.
Help protect the fragile desert: Watch Your Step! Help protect the dark lumpy biological soil crusts during your visit. Please walk only on trails, rock or in sandy washes (where water flows when it rains), and keep all vehicles and bikes on designated roads.
Things to Do
Recreation: There are so many ways to have fun and enjoy the public lands of the Moab area. The most popular activities are hiking, mountain biking, auto-touring, 4-wheeling, ATV/UTV riding, and rafting the Colorado River. You can also discover dinosaur tracks, explore the area geology and see rock art created by ancient people who lived here long ago.
Here are some helpful links:
• Visit the activities page at Discovermoab.com
• Bureau of Land Management recreation
• Manti-La Sal National Forest recreation
Biking: Find out about Moab's world-class mountain biking at these web pages:
Events: Check these links to see what's going on in the Moab area:
• CNHA's event calendar