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Moab is amazing. It’s touristy but in a good way and I love it anyway. And these pictures of Moab are about to show you just how great it is.
Moab is home to two national parks, the La Sal Mountains, the Colorado River, one state park, dinosaur tracks galore, and countless rock art sites.
It’s a haven for hippies, artists, and outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts with a cute as heck downtown full of cool local shops and delicious restaurants.
It’s actually one of the places I wanted to live like, for good but now I’d just like to visit. It’s also the town that got me into working seasonal jobs!
This is mostly a fun post to share pictures of Moab and it’s attractions. Under each picture I’ll include a bit about that spot, so it will have information, too.
National Park Goodies
- If you’re planning to visit three or more national parks within a year from your trip, definitely get the America the Beautiful pass. It will save you money in the long run if you’re going to more than three parks in a year. Buy the pass here.
- If you’re planning on doing a lot of hiking on your trip, or even at home, check out AllTrails! This is my favorite app to find, keep track of, and track my hiking activity. And it’s FREE! Sign up here.
- This Ultimate National Park Planning Bundle is a must-have. You get two ebooks and a planner, saving 50% by getting them as a bundle! If you want all the details, this is the bundle for you. Buy the Ultimate bundle here.
- This National Park Planner (one of the ebooks from the bundle above) is perfect if you just want some guidance in your planning. Buy the planner here.
- Get yourself a National Park journal for all of the NPS sites (400+!) to keep track of your travels!
- Consider reading some of these books set in national parks before your big trip, on your adventure, or once you get home to take you back to the parks until next time.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Moab that I have. It’s the La Sal Mountains behind the Fisher Towers with the Colorado River winding by. This was taken from a pull out on Highway 128, coming in to Moab: one of the best scenic drives in Utah.
This is the Colorado River from Potash Road, near Wall Street climbing area, I think. This was from our 2018 winter Moab trip.
This is from the same winter trip and it’s looking out at the La Sal Mountains at sunset from the Windows area in Arches National Park.
This is one of like, two pictures I took at Dead Horse Point State Park. It’s a great view but I was disappointed by the park. Plus the $15 entrance fee is robbery.
This is looking down from the White Rim Overlook trailhead area in Island in the Sky at Canyonlands. The clouds were so cool this day and since it was winter it wasn’t very busy.
This is the view looking out toward The Windows from Double Arch on our 2018 winter trip.
I think this was also on our 2018 winter trip. We took a drive down Highway 128 in the evening and stopped to enjoy the view of Parriott Mesa and Castle Valley.
We also did the hike to Corona Arch that trip and I really enjoyed it. It thankfully wasn’t too busy or hot since it was February.
This is one section of the petroglyphs right on the side of Potash Road. This is just a small number of all the petroglyphs here.
Here is a view of Corona Arch from the trail before you get all the way there. You can see one of the green trail markers, too.
These are the second dinosaur tracks I saw! These are right on Potash Road, too, and just a short walk from the parking area. They are marked.
Here is another Potash Road petroglyph section. I like to think the bottom right panel is paper dolls.
I thinWe turned down the road at Castle Valley to see what was down there and got to enjoy this view of the La Sals. Neither of us is sure what this rock is or where exactly it is.
This is the view opposite the very first picture in this post! It’s Highway 128 and the Colorado River.
Bowtie Arch is right next to Corona Arch so you get to see two arches on one fairly easy trail! This one is a pot hole arch.
This is a closer view of the Potash Road dinosaur tracks.
This is another alternate view of Castle Valley. I really loved this spot and getting to see it all dusted with snow.
This is another view of the La Sals at sunset from Arches National Park.
This is Castleton Tower in Castle Valley Moab. It’s a popular Moab rock climbing location.
This is one of the first overlooks in Dead Horse Point State Park. It’s very similar to Canyonlands.
This is another one of my favorite pictures from Moab. These are the Marching Men that can be seen from the Tower Arch Trail in Arches.
We were stuck in this part of Fiery Furnace for no less than 45 minutes. We spent some time exploring then couldn’t figure out how to get out. We backtracked and found some people who were doing the trail backward and they told us how to get out. At least it was a really amazing area!
I can’t believe it took this long to get a picture of Delicate Arch. This was my second hike to it in the winter of 2018 (my first was summer of 2015) and it wasn’t very busy.
We were lucky and got to see Arches with snow very briefly on our 2018 trip! It was really only in this area before The Windows, but it was beautiful.
The view from the Devils Garden Trail isn’t as grand as some (no mountains) but it’s still beautiful!
The La Sal Mountains and petrified dunes at sunset. I think this is just after the Park Avenue parking area.
This is definitely from the view area right after Park Avenue, just looking the other direction. That’s the Arches scenic drive.
A closer look at the rock formation above, but at sunset. It was probably from the same time as two pictures up.
This is Sand Dune Arch from my very first trip to Arches and Moab in 2015. It was my first national park ever! We got really lucky that trip. It was early July and only in the 80s. It wasn’t until we got to Roswell that it was over 100.
I think this is looking over toward either Delicate Arch or The Windows, but I’m not entirely sure.
Another view of Arches dusted with snow. That’s all I wanted to see on our 2018 Utah winter trip, red rock with a dusting of snow.
If you can’t make the hike to Delicate Arch for whatever reason, you can still see it from the Lower Delicate Arch viewpoint!
We finally hiked to Broken Arch from Sand Dune Arch in 2018, too! It was a nice easy hike to a beautiful, less-visited arch.
I didn’t see Double Arch until probably my second or third trip to Arches. It’s pretty cool but I like other arches more I think.
I love this view of Canyonlands. I love looking down at White Rim Road, following it, trying to see if anyone is driving it.
This is somewhere in Canyonlands near Whale Rock. I absolutely love this view.
I think this is a view along the Murphy Point Trail or somewhere along the end of it. We wandered around the end area a bit before hiking back out.
This is another one of my favorite Moab pictures. On the same day we saw snow in Arches we got to see Newspaper Rock in the snow. The road was so bad driving back though.
I also love this Moab picture. It’s the moon over the Murphy Point Trail in Canyonlands.
We were lucky and got to see some snow in Canyonlands on the Murphy Point Trail in December 2021, too. This might be my new favorite hike in Canyonlands.
Birthing Rock is one of the most unique rock art sites I’ve seen or really heard of. There’s even a doctor helping.
This might be the Moonflower Petroglyph panel. This is easy to visit on the way to Birthing Rock and is right by the parking area. You don’t have to hike to it at all.
The Bartlett Rock Art site is one of the more unique Barrier styles that you can occasionally see in southern Utah.
Here is another view of Parriott Mesa in Castle Valley at sunset with a dusting of snow.
This is another favorite picture of Moab. It’s just a rock wall right before Tower Arch. I love this one so much.
This is another favorite picture of Moab! This was after our Fiery Furnace hike from the viewpoint at the parking lot. It’s the La Sals and Fiery Furnace fins just before sunset and I love it.
How could Mesa Arch not make it in here until now? I refuse to go to Mesa Arch at sunrise so we went around sunset instead and I really enjoyed it! It was still beautiful and not as busy. But it was winter, so that helped.
Finally we have the first arch you come to on the Fiery Furnace trail. This is my absolute favorite hike in Arches. Maybe my favorite hike of all time!
Where to stay in Moab
Quality Inn – This is a good budget-friendly option not far from downtown Moab. It’s not fancy and will require driving to downtown but it’s still a good choice. We’ve stayed here.
Lazy Lizard Hostel – This is the ultimate no frills budget accommodation in Moab. The hostel is not fancy in any way and it’s on the edge of the town meaning you’ll have to drive downtown, but it’s fun. We’ve stayed here more than once.
Sleep Inn – This is a great option a short walk from downtown Moab. We stayed here on our winter Moab trip and I think we had a little kitchenette area. I’d stay again.
Hoodoo Moab – If you want something new and fancy right in downtown Moab with a restaurant on site, this is the one for you. They also have an outdoor pool.
The Gonzo Inn – This is a budget-ish option near downtown Moab. It’s basic but it is pet-friendly! It’s not fancy but is in a good location.
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Do these pictures of Moab make you want to visit? Have you been before? What did you think of it?