Boy oh boy where do I start with this funky little town. Moab, pop. 4779 is nestled in the heart of Utah on the Colorado Plateau and is a far cry from most people’s mental image of a Mormon city. The town is a geological mecca in the heart of canyon country, with most visitors coming here for purely hedonistic reasons. There are still the usual laws around alcohol with the state controlling the sale of liquor and beer with over 3.2% alcohol content but that’s just the way it is in Utah. Moab has a dramatic desert landscape where jutting red rock cliffs tower above the Colorado River. It is considered to have some of the world’s best mountain biking trails with oodles of divine and scary terrain but even a novice can experience the wonders of slick-rock in playgrounds such as Barlett Wash but the most popular one which is not for the fainthearted is Slickrock trail which put Moab in the map for the mountain-biking enthusiasts.
Mountain-biking is just one way to enjoy the landscape – the other is off road vehicles. If you wander down main street late afternoon you will see the most fantastic selection of jacked-up mud caked jeeps just returned from the one of the many off-road trails on offer to test your vehicle to the limit. And if you’re not into any of that scary stuff then you have all the national parks to explore. Utah is known as the National Park capital of the US. The scenery offers everything from wind-carved arches in Arches National Park just 2 miles from Moab to massive stone walls molded by the Colorado and Green rivers. Other parks nearby are Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Castle Valley, Fisher Towers, Capitol Reef, Zion National Park, Bryce National Park, Trails of the Ancients to name a few.
And of you are still looking for more entertainment there are endless festivals and happenings to check out. Watch this space for a review of the annual pumpkin throwing festival on Oct 27th.
There are motels and campgrounds galore to suit budget and comfort needs. We are staying in Slickrock Campground having done a little too much primitive camping the last couple of months – hot showers and internet were a necessity. And to really get the Moab vibe, tune into KZMU radio which has some pretty diverse and cool shows to listen to.