Moab is a charming little town in Southern Utah, and it is FULL of things to do. It’s where you’ll find some amazing Utah National Parks like Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, but it doesn’t end there, which is why you’ll need this Moab travel guide!
With the surrounding desert and mountains, a Moab itinerary is where you can also try a ton of new activities like rock climbing and canyoneering.
In other words, it’s the perfect place to check a boatload of stuff off your bucket list.
Have I convinced you to go yet? I hope so!
This guide will cover everything you need to know about traveling to Moab and what to expect when you get there so you can plan the best trip.
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And with that, let’s start things off with some must-know planning details!
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Planning Your Trip to Moab, UT
- Where is Moab: Moab is located in Southern Utah.
- 🌵When to Go: The best months to visit Moab, UT, are October through May.
- How Many Days to Visit: You should spend 2 full days in Moab. That will give you time to visit the National Parks and surrounding areas.
- ✈️Fly: For the best tickets, check KAYAK.
- 🚗Rental Car: KAYAK can also help you find budget-friendly rental cars!
- 🚐Campervan Rental: Want a campervan instead? You can rent one using Outdoorsy.
- 🏨Stay: Under Canvas Moab, Sage Creek Moab, Hyatt Place Moab
- 🎟Fees: The standard National Park entrance fee is about $35 per park. To save, snag the America The Beautiful Pass ($79.99), and it will be your annual pass for all US national parks.
I should note that summer is a popular time to visit Moab, too, but they can be very hot! You’ll need to watch the heat closely.
You can visit in winter as well, but that will require extra preparation.
Getting to Moab
Moab is a destination most folks end up in during a Utah National Parks road trip or some other southwest road trip of choice. However, if you’re looking to fly closer to Moab, you can do that.
Here are the airports and major cities closest to Moab, UT.
- Canyonlands Field Airport – About 18 miles from Moab and a 20-minute drive. Tickets can be costly!
- Salt Lake City – About 230 miles away and a 3 hour and 45-minute drive.
- Flagstaff, AZ – About 320 miles away and a 5 hour and 20-minute drive.
- Denver, CO – About 530 miles away and a 5 hour and 40-minute drive.
- Las Vegas – About 450 miles away and a 6 hour and 50-minute drive.
Where to Stay in Moab, UT
With so many tourists visiting each year, Moab has excellent accommodation options that offer views and proximity to all the good stuff. Take a look:
- Under Canvas Moab—This property offers a unique experience to those traveling in the area! You can go glamping under beautifully designed canvas tents complete with a comfy bed and fireplace. Plus, you’ll get a deck with a patio to enjoy your morning coffee on!
- Hoodoo Moab by Hilton—A GORGEOUS property with desert-inspired decor. Try to get a room with a view when you go!
- Hyatt Place Moab—Beautiful property with a mountain-view pool complete with pet-friendly rooms.
- Sage Creek Moab—Vacation rentals near the heart of Moab! The condos are each designed and curated to feel like your home away from home.
- Cozy Condo—Beautiful 2BR condo near the heart of Moab that will be the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring.
Things to do in Moab
Now we can get into the fun part! As mentioned before, Moab is a great place to cross many bucket list items.
Now, I’d like to give you an idea of how you can best spend your time here!
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Explore the National Park
There are 2 US National Parks within a short driving distance from Moab. They are Arches National Park (20 minutes from Moab) and Canyonlands National Park (47 minutes from Moab).
Both are beautiful places to spend a day! You can also spend a day going on a 4×4 tour through BOTH parks! If that’s too much, you can do a half-day tour too! Don’t forget your America The Beautiful Pass!
Dead Horse Point State Park
Another gem in the Moab area is Dead Horse Point State Park! It’s a must-see and incredible for sunrise or sunset.
Book an Unforgettable Tour
Don’t leave Moab, UT, without going on an epic adventure! Here are some unforgettable experiences to consider!
Take an Off-Roading Trip
Moab is a MECA for off-road lovers. That’s why they host Jeep Week in Moab, UT every year! Take your own 4×4 here or book an experience like the ones below:
- 4WD UTV Experience – Go off-roading in UTVs while admiring the beauty of Moab’s surrounding canyons.
- Self Drive & Guided Tour – Let a guide take you to overlook Arches while you self-drive a UTV.
Go on an Epic Canyoneering Adventure
Moab is also home to slot canyons and plenty of hidden gems you can go canyoneering in. If you’re a novice at the sport, you can book a guide!
- Half Day Rappelling Tour – Go canyoneering and explore some of Moab’s local slot canyon!
- Full-Day Canyoneering Tour – Spend the entire day canyoneering through canyons.
Jump on a Scenic Plane Ride
Between activities you might want to bust out your laptop to do a couple of things or fill up on water before heading out on a long trip.
So in this section of your Moab travel guide, we’ll go over some city amenities you may find useful! When I lived in a campervan in Moab, I found these to be SO helpful.
Where to Get Wifi in Moab
Finding WiFi can always be a bit of a struggle as a traveler.
Moab made it easy, though! If you’re into coffee shops, I recommend Moab Garage. Please note that the Moab Garage saves their tables for customers, which means you will at the least need to buy a small cup of coffee to use their WiFi.
Otherwise, if you want a quiet space to work, I suggest heading to the Grant County Public Library.
The WiFi is super fast, and they have a significant number of desks for you to work on!
Where to Fill Up or Cleanup
When I went packrafting in Moab, I found myself DESPERATE for a shower afterwards.
We would be camping our last night in the city so a hotel wasn’t an option. Hopefully if you find yourself on a Moab adventure, this section will come in handy for knowing where to take a shower and fill-up on filtered water!
To our surprise, Moab had free filtered water for visitors. This is ESPECIALLY helpful if you’re going camping or booking a tour of sorts. You can find it in the Gear Heads outdoor equipment shop.
If you’ll be out packrafting or canyoneering or camping and need to freshen up, I can’t recommend the Moab Recreation & Aquatics Center enough.
For $5 you can use their shower for unlimited minutes, while a $7 fee will get you a day pass to their gym and the showers.
The Rec Center is next to a park, making for a perfect yoga and picnic spot, which is excellent after a long day of visiting Utah National Parks.
Where to Eat in Moab
Before we went out on our packrafting Utah adventure, we needed snacks. So the City Market was the perfect grocery store to restock.
Getting food within US National Park borders can be so expensive, so this is a great way to save!
But aside from City Market, you might want to eat out during your Moab trip. Here are some great places to eat in Moab:
What to Pack
Figuring out the right items to bring to the desert can be challenging! But, as someone who lived in the desert for 13 years, I kind if know what I’m doing ;).
Below is a list of items to bring.
- Sun hat
- Comfy shoes
- Walking shoes
- Tank Tops
- Packable Down Jacket (with a stuff sack)
- Backpacks: 50L Backpack (female); 65L Backpack (male); 40L pack (female); 40L pack (male)
- Hiking Boots: Keen Terradora (female), Teva Arrowhead (male)
- Sandals: Chaco’s (female, male)
- Hiking Socks: Smartwool Socks (female, male)
- Lightweight Tent
- Female 0 Degree Sleeping Bag or 15 Degree Bag; Male 0 Degree Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Pad
- Camping Pillow
- Compact Lantern
- Windproof Lighter & Waterproof Matches
- Lightweight Camp Chair
- Portable Speaker
- Water Bottle
Your Next Steps for Your Trip to Moab, UT
I hope you found this Moab travel guide helpful! Moab is a fun town to explore and has so many excursions in close proximity to it that you’ll have a hard time find something NOT to do. Ha!
If you want my suggestions on how to add Moab to a larger trip you’re planning that includes National Parks and other Utah gems check out one of my other Southwest blogs:
Thanks for reading, and see you in the next post!