Things To KnowMoab Area
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.
Dress in layers.
Temperatures in the Moab area can fluctuate as much as 40 degrees in a single day, or change quickly during storm events.
Summer temperatures often exceed 100 degrees F (37° C).
Winters are cold, with highs averaging 30° to 50° F (-1° to 10° C), and lows averaging 0° to 20° F (-17° to -6° C).
Don’t leave pets in a vehicle when temperatures are above 65 degrees, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise quickly in the sun and threaten your pet with heatstroke. Provide water to pets at all times. Visit DiscoverMoab.com for a listing of nearby kennels, veterinarians, and other pet services.
Help protect the fragile desert:
Protect the dark, lumpy biological soil crust by walking only on trails, rock, or in sandy washes (where water flows when it rains), and keep all vehicles and bikes on designated roads.
What is the best time to visit Moab?
March through May, and September through October have the best weather, with daytime temperatures averaging 60° to 85° F (15.5° to 29° C). But, these are also peak visitation times.
Summers have less crowds, but are hot, with daytime temperatures averaging in the 90°s (32° C), sometimes exceeding 100° F (38° C).
Winter weather varies, but is often mild with little snow in the Moab Valley. Higher elevation areas, however, may not be accessible due to snow and ice.
What's the Weather Like?
Stop by the Moab Information Center for the latest weather, road and trail conditions.
Here are the current conditions:
Where can I get Internet access?
The Grand County Public library offers several public access computers and free WiFi.
The Moab Information Center also has free WiFi.
Most hotels and restaurants offer complimentary WiFi.
Is there a shopping mall in Moab?
Moab also has two full size grocery stores, an express grocery store, plus a health food store, and a liquor store.
Where can I hike with my dog?
While pets are not permitted on trails in Arches or Canyonlands National Parks, leashed pets are allowed on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service.
BLM’s Popular Hiking Trails Guide (.pdf) has lots of dog-friendly hikes listed.
In the La Sal Mountains, hikes such as Miners Basin to Warner Lake Trail (FS.USDA.gov), Gold Knob, and Oowah Lake (FS.USDA.gov) are good options. Avoid busy bike trails such as the Whole Enchilada, Burro Pass, and Hazard County. There are bears in the mountains, so leash your pet to keep it safe.
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. Learn more about motorized routes in the Moab area by visiting:
- DiscoverMoab.com: 4-Wheel Drive Trails and ATV/UTV Riding, and Dirt Bike Riding and Motorcycle Trails. web pages.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.
Do I need an OHV permit for my ATV/UTV/dirt bike?
All OHVs must display a current OHV registration sticker when operated or transported on Utah’s public lands or roads.
As of 2023, new Utah law requires all OHV operators to complete an OHV education course before operating on public land. Non-resident visitors must complete the course before operating in Utah and purchase a non-resident OHV permit. Learn more here.
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