Frequently Asked Questions About Moab
The landscape of southeastern Utah is like no other place on Earth. The
ruggedly spectacular desert landscape and remote location of the adjoining
towns often generates quite a few questions from first-time visitors.
The following list was compiled from some of the most frequently asked
Are there any airports located near Moab?
Moab Airport is located 18 miles north of Moab. Great Lakes Airlines currently provides scheduled daily flights to Denver, Colorado. The closest major airport to Moab is located in Salt Lake City
(236 miles from Moab). Currently there are 9 major air carriers and 2
commuter airlines flying into Salt Lake City International Airport.
Walker Field, located in Grand Junction Colorado (110 miles from Moab),
contains a small airport with daily commuter flights with United Express/Air
Wisconsin, Skywest/Delta, and America West Express/Mesa Airlines. Contact
information for all of these airlines is located on our Airline
Can I see Arches and Canyonlands National Park
in a passenger car?
Yes, Arches National Park and the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands
National Park contain paved scenic drives which go to all of the major
viewpoints in the park. The Needles District of Canyonlands National
Park contains a short scenic drive, with the rest of the park accessible
via backcountry hiking trails and 4 wheel drive roads.
How long should I allow to see Arches and Canyonlands
The answer to this question depends upon what specific activities you
are interested in doing. The scenic drives at Arches and Canyonlands
National Parks (Island in the Sky District) can be driven in a few hours
each. Therefore, if you have a limited amount of time to stay in the
area, you can get a good sample of both parks in one day. However, it
is advisable to spend at least a full day at each park so you can enjoy
a few hikes to better experience the parks. Several days can be spent
at each park if you enjoy hiking many of the longer trails, and Canyonlands
National Park contains enough backcountry to keep dedicated hikers and
backpackers busy for years!
Is it worth visiting both Canyonlands National
Park and Arches National Park?
Yes! Arches and Canyonlands National Parks provide completely different
experiences. Arches National Park contains the world's largest concentration
of natural stone openings. The park provides visitors with an up-close
experience of an unearthly, yet hauntingly beautiful, red rock landscape.
In contrast, the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park
is located atop a 1000 foot mesa with viewpoints that encompass thousands
of square miles of ruggedly spectacular canyon country. Because of the
varicolored landscape of southeastern Utah many people feel that the
views from the Island in the Sky actually surpass those seen at the Grand
Is the heat unbearable in the summer?
Actually, the heat isn't as intense as you may have been
led to believe. This region is considered to be a high desert - ground
level in Moab is 4000 feet and the surrounding National Parks reach elevations
of over 6000 feet. During the summer months there is very little cloud
cover and our humidity is extremely low which results in remarkably cool
and comfortable evenings. As a result of that cooling, the morning temperatures
are quite comfortable. Getting an early start in the morning provides
hikers and bikers many hours of comfortable temperatures. The warmest
part of the day is usually from 1pm-4pm. Summer visitors to southern
Utah often spend the morning enjoying the physical activity of their
choice, and then spend the afternoon pursuing more relaxing activities
such as scenic drives, horseback rides, or jetboat rides. Check out or Weather
Page for a list of daily temps in the Moab area.
Where can I find more information about the other
National Parks in Utah?
Information relating to all of the National Parks in southern Utah can
be found on www.fiveutahparks.com
Is there public internet access in Moab?
Yes, Internet access is fairly common in many of the local lodging establishments,
and at numerous restaurants around town. Internet access is denoted in
listings. The Grand County Library, (257 East Center St, Moab 435-259-1111)
offers internet access for library card holders only.
Are there any supermarkets in Moab?
Yes, Moab has 2 full size grocery stores, both containing a deli and
425 S Main Street
702 South Main Street
Are there any general merchandise stores in Moab?
Yes, Moab has several:
1145 S. Highway 191
Moab, UT 84532
835 S. Highway 191
Moab, UT 84532
702 S Highway 191 Ste 4
Moab, UT 84532-2943
290 S. Highway 191
Moab, UT 84532
Is there a hospital in Moab?
Yes there is. In February, 2011 the new Moab Regional Hospital opened its doors to patients, replacing the 54-year old Allen Memorial Hospital. The new hospital is a 17-bed critical access hospital. Services include a full-service emergency room, general and orthopedic surgical services, primary care physicians, obstetrical services, and a wide-range of other specialists.
Moab Regional Hospital
450 Williams Way
Moab, UT 84532
Is there a recycling center in Moab?
Yes, it is located at 1000 Sand Flats Road (on the way to the beautiful
Slick Rock Bike Trail). The center is staffed Monday to Saturday from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached at 259-8640.
Items accepted are: Corrugated cardboard, green, brown and clear glass
jars and bottles, aluminum cans, steel (tin) cans, any color see-through
#1 plastic bottles or container (like most soda/sport drinks bottles.
Some strawberry-type containers/laundry scoops are #1 plastic too), newspaper,
white and mixed office paper.
Recycling saves water, creates jobs, lowers pollution rates, preserves
natural areas and promotes responsibility. Recycling matters!
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Are there any Automated Teller Machines in Moab?
Yes, Moab contains quite a few ATMs. In addition to ATMs at Wells Fargo
Bank and Zions National Bank, the supermarket and quite a few convenience
stores also contain ATMs.
What Gas Stations are located in Moab?
Moab contains numerous gas stations including Shell, Phillips 66, Maverick,
Black Oil, and Chevron.
Are there any public tennis courts in Moab?
Yes. The tennis courts at Grand County High School (608 South 400 East)
are open to the public.
Can I hike with my pet?
Activities with pets are
very limited within the National Parks of southern Utah. Pets are prohibited
from the backcountry as well as on trails. Pets must be leashed at all
times when outside a vehicle and may be walked only on roads or in parking
lots. Pets may accompany visitors in campgrounds.
Generally, pets may accompany
you as you hike on public land in Canyon Country. (Check out our Moab
Brochure Rack for a downloadable brochure with some popular Moab
area hikes.) For the safety of your pet (there are many shear drop-offs
in Canyon Country) and other hikers, pets should be kept under verbal control
at all times. Be aware that other wildlife may be encountered along
trails. Please note that heavily traveled areas may have additional
regulations regarding pets. For exact regulations regarding the specific
area you will be visiting, contact the appropriate Bureau of Land Management
Moab BLM Office (Moab Area)
Price BLM Office (North of Moab)
San Juan BLM Office (South of Moab)
Please remember that the climate of southeastern Utah is considered
to be an arid desert. Summertime temperatures inside a closed vehicle
can reach life threatening levels in a short period of time. Therefore,
it is not recommended that you leave your pet in a vehicle.
There are several kennels with boarding services in Moab:
Karen's Canine Campground
2781 S. Roberts
Moab Veterinary Clinic
4575 Spanish Valley Drive
Desert Doggie Daycare
4890 Sunny Acres Lane
Pet supplies can be purchased at the following businesses:
- ALCO Discount Store, 1145 South Hwy. 191
- City Market, 425 South Main
- The Garden Center, 240 West Center
- Moab Barkery -
82 N Main Street
- Spanish Valley Feed Store, 2728 S. Hwy. 191
- Village Market, 702 S Main Street
- Walker Drug, 290 South Main
Why are the trees along the Colorado River turning
brown and what are those tiny beetles near the river?
trees are actually tamarisk, an invasive and non-native plant. Riparian
lands in the Western U.S. have been severely impacted by many human-related
actions, but none so much as the introduction of tamarisk. The Colorado
River Corridor is an ecosystem that has been out of balance for several
decades, and now the tamarisk has spread to such an extent that it has
effectively altered the natural functions and processes of the ecosystem.
In an effort to control the problem, the harmless tamarisk
or saltcedar leaf beetle (Diorhabda elongata) has been released along
the Colorado Riverway. Beetles are an effective biological control used
to reduce or eradicate tamarisk. The beetles are a natural control agent
from areas in the world where tamarisk originated. After much study,
the beetles were brought to the U.S. in an attempt to stem the tide of
the tamarisk invasion.
For more information on the tamarisk and beetles, click
How complete are your listings of accommodations,
campgrounds and tour operators?
Our listings are 100% complete. This website is produced by the Moab
Area Travel Council in Moab, Utah. One of our main duties is to represent
every business in town. Unlike other Moab websites, on which listings
must be purchased, we include listings for all businesses operating within
our county. As a result, our site is the only major Moab website featuring
complete listings of local accommodations, campgrounds, and tour operators.
Are there any health food stores in Moab?
Yes - Moonflower Market - located on 100 North, across from the Post Office.
They can be reached at (435) 259-5712.
Is there any live music at night in Moab?
Yes! The following establishments often feature live entertainment on
the weekends. Check with each establishment for their current schedule.
200 South 100 West
Frankie D's Bar & Grill
44 West 200 North
221 South Main
What are the current road conditions in southern
24-hour automated road condition information can be accessed
using any Utah-based phone by simply dialing 511. Outside Utah, you can
access the same information by dialing toll-free 866-511-UTAH (8824).
You can also access this information via the Internet at the following
I've been backcountry camping for over a week.
Can I get a shower in Moab?
For a small fee a few of the local campgrounds allow visitors
to come in and take a shower. Check out the following page for a complete
can I get a shower?
Is there anywhere in Moab to rent a satellite
phone or 2-way radio?
Yes, WF Communications rents satellite phones and commercial grade 2-way
radios. You can contact them at (800) 717-1895, (435) 259-8240, or visit
their website at www.wfcommunications.net.