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Trail Mix invites the public to participate in the Moab Spring Spruce-Up inaugural volunteer event held to maintain, build, and clean up non-motorized trails and other highly-impacted areas in Grand County to help offset impacts in the 2024 season.

Volunteers will be working on equestrian, hiking, mountain biking, and climbing approach trails throughout Grand County. The event is all day Saturday, April 13 with a variety of work projects followed by a volunteer appreciation party with drinks, food, and music. Orientation and registration will be the evening of Friday, April 12. Colin Topper, chair of the TrailMix committee, said of the event: “Moab is known for our world-class non-motorized recreation. Grand County’s TrailMix is dedicated to making sure these trails are well-built and accessible to everyone.  Last year, we had a great response from Moab visitors and residents alike who wanted to contribute to the improvement and maintenance of our trails in Grand County.  If you’d like to spend a beautiful April weekend getting dirty and making a difference for the trails you love, please join us at Spring Spruce-Up!”

Interested volunteers can pre-register for the event at grandcountyutah.net/1284/Spring-Spruce-Up.  Registration for specific projects will take place from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, April 12 at the MARC (111 E 100 N, Moab UT).  Volunteer projects will run from 9am-3pm on Saturday, April 15, with a breakfast from 7am-8:45 am beforehand at the MARC. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own brown-bag lunch.  At 9am, participants will board a shuttle van for transportation to their respective volunteer project location.  Volunteers will be returned to the MARC around 3pm.  Later Saturday evening from 5pm-6pm there will be a social and snack hour for volunteers to get to know each other and relax after a long day of volunteering. At 6pm, there will be a celebration for all volunteers including live music, food, drinks, raffle prizes, games, and more!

Projects for Moab Spring Spruce-Up will be led by Trail Mix, the City of Moab, Grand County Active Transportation and Trails, Grand County Weeds, Friends of Anonymous Park, Rim to Rim Restoration, and Backcountry Horsemen Canyonlands Chapter. All volunteers must register prior to participating in the event.  Participants under the age of 18 will need to bring a parent or guardian to sign activity waivers. 

For a complete event schedule and more information, visit the grandcountyutah.net/1284/Spring-Spruce-Up or email moabtrailmix@gmail.com

Your Ultimate Guide to Moab’s Outdoor Festivals and Spring Events

Embark on a journey through the exhilarating outdoor festivals and spring events nestled in the heart of Moab, Utah. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to serene explorations of nature, Moab offers something for every outdoor enthusiast. Whether you’re seeking high-octane thrills or tranquil moments of connection with the natural world, this guide will equip you with everything you need to make the most of your Moab adventure. So lace up your boots, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready to unlock the boundless possibilities of springtime in Moab!

Skinny Tire Festival (Road Bicycle Event)
This 4-day cycling event is full of amazing scenery and bucket-list-worthy routes. Cycle along the might Colorado River, through Arches National Park, and up to Dead Horse Point State Park.
March 9 @ 9:00 am – March 12 @ 3:00 pm
Website: skinnytireevents.com/skinnytirefestival

Canyonlands Half Marathon and 5 Mile
Thousands of runners come together in March to enjoy the scenic red rock formations and winding Colorado River that Moab has come to be known for! Running parallel to Arches National Park and the Mighty Colorado, runners are in for a real treat.
March 16
Website: madmooseevents.com/canyonlands-half-marathon

Easter Jeep Safari
The Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab Utah throughout the 9 day long event. The official event is hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers Inc. one of the local four wheel drive clubs of Moab.
March 23 – March 31
Website: rr4w.com/events.cfm

TransRockies Moab Rocks
Over three fully supported stages—covering 76 miles (123km) and 7,800 feet (2,400m) of elevation—you’ll race on legendary trails like Porcupine Rim and modern classics like Klondike and Mag 7. In all, it’s a fraction of what the Moab area has to offer, but only the best of the best make the cut.
April 6 @ 8:00 am – April 8 @ 3:30 pm
Website: moab-rocks.com

Cruise Moab (Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 Event)
Guided trail runs, Thursday night Vendor Showcase, the famous Friday night dinner & raffle (including 1 dinner), one raffle ticket, one event sticker, and one official event t-shirt.
April 17 – April 21
Website: cruisemoab.com

Moab Rotary Car Show & Rod Run
Beautiful vehicles set in a breath-taking location. Don’t miss this fun & unique event. Bring the whole family! The car show presents beautiful antique, unique cars and trucks.
April 26 – April 28
Website: moabrotary.com

Thelma and Louise Marathon, Half Marathon, 15K, and Marathon Team Race
Because a girls weekend should include an exciting challenge, we present Thelma and Louise Marathon, Half Marathon, and 15K! Bring your best girl friends to Moab and experience remoteness of Moab’s Behind the Rocks area.
April 27
Website: madmooseevents.com/thelma-and-louise-half-marathon-rel

TransRockies Gran Fondo Moab
The Gran Fondo Moab will follow the La Sal Mountain Loop Road which features an amazing variety of canyon country scenery. The 60-mile long route follows the winding Colorado River, then heads up to the La Sal Mountains through beautiful Castle Valley.
May 4
Website: transrockies.com/gran-fondo-moab

Raptors on the Rocks (4X4 Off-road Event)
Join the third annual Raptors on the Rocks event – a gathering of Raptor enthusiasts from all over the globe in Moab, Utah
May 9 – May 12
Website: raptorsontherocks.com

Moab Arts Festival
A broad selection of original art from over 60 artists will be on display. he variety of artisans includes categories such as furniture, fine art, creative arts, pottery, fiber & textiles, jewelry, glass, and wood.
May 25 – May 26
Website: moabartsfestival.org/

Desert Rats 150 (Long Distance Running Event)
It’s about reaching deep within yourself, adapting to adversity and overcoming the challenges in front of you. Those who enjoy Desert RATS the most come into the experience prepared and willing to be flexible in every way.
June 16 @ 10:00 am – June 22 @ 7:00 pm
Website: geminiadventures.com/run/desert-rats-150

Every year, the Utah State Capitol comes alive with the buzz of excitement as industry professionals gather for Tourism Day on the Hill, an annual event hosted by the Utah Tourism Industry Association. This year, on Friday, February 9th, Grand County Economic Development Director Ben Fredregill and Assistant Marketing Director Melissa Stocks immersed themselves in the latest tourism trends and fostered connections with key stakeholders.

The day kicked off with a morning meeting offering valuable insights into the state of Utah’s Visitor Economy and outlining priorities for the upcoming 2024 Legislative Session. Fredregill and Stocks found themselves engaged in lively discussions, gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities shaping the tourism landscape in their state.

Tourism Day on the Hill
Grand County Assistant Marketing Director Melissa Stocks and Economic Development Director Ben Fredregill at Tourism Day on the Hill.

Tourism Day on the Hill
Chris Newton, Zach Fyne, Melissa Stocks and Megan Fox.

Following the informative session, Fredregill and Stocks made their way to the Rotunda Lunch, where they were greeted by a sea of familiar faces from Utah’s Destination Management Organizations (DMOs). The Grand County Economic Development office proudly showcased their table adorned with travel guides, merchandise, and business cards, inviting attendees to explore all that Grand County and Moab have to offer.

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the lunch gathering, Fredregill and Stocks seized the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, forge new partnerships, and engage in meaningful conversations with Utah’s representatives and senators. It was a perfect occasion to exchange ideas, share success stories, and brainstorm innovative strategies to promote tourism growth across the state.

Overall, it was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with peers and reaffirm the importance of collaboration within Utah’s tourism community. Until next year’s event, let’s keep the momentum going!

Additional Information

The State of Utah’s Travel & Tourism Industry – Kem C Gardner Policy Institute

The State of Utah’s Travel & Tourism Industry Trifold– Kem C Gardner Policy Institute

The State of Utah’s Travel and Tourism Industry, 2024 – Jennifer Leaver, Senior Research Analyst

2024 Partner Briefing Sheet

In a strategic effort to bolster tourism from France, Melissa Stocks, Assistant Marketing Director of Discover Moab, embarked on a Sales and Media Mission to Paris from January 22 to 26. Collaborating with the Utah Offices of Tourism and other destination marketing organizations (DMOs), the mission aimed to foster relationships with key travel agencies and journalists, unveiling Moab’s offerings to the French market.

During her time in Paris, Melissa Stocks engaged with 14 prominent travel agencies and met with 10 influential journalists from various magazines. These interactions provided invaluable insights into the preferences and expectations of the French clientele, shaping the strategies for attracting them to Moab.

French Sales Mission
French Sales Mission

Key Client Preferences

Travel Timing French clients show a preference for traveling to Moab during the months of April and October, aligning with favorable weather conditions and fewer crowds.

Accommodation Requirements There is a notable demand for accommodations offering inclusive amenities such as breakfast and access to a pool, catering especially to families with children.

Cultural and Recreational Interests

French visitors exhibit a keen interest in participating in a range of cultural and recreational events, spanning arts festivals, music festivals, school sports games, rodeos, car shows, and more.

Sustainability Programs

Clients express eagerness to learn about Moab’s sustainability initiatives, with a focus on programs like Science Moab, Leave No Trace, and Trail Ambassadors, indicating a growing trend towards responsible tourism.

Anticipation for New Travel Routes

The imminent introduction of a new flight route from Paris to Phoenix to Moab has sparked excitement among clients, highlighting their desire for seamless and convenient travel options to the region.

French Sales Mission
French Sales Mission

In addition to the Sales Mission activities, attendees had the privilege of participating in Utah’s 100th Anniversary of Film and TV Celebration. This momentous occasion featured a convivial cocktail party, followed by a screening of the iconic film Thelma & Louise, complemented by a presentation of the book A la vie à la mort, sur la route avec Thelma et Louise by authors Marine Sanclemente and Catherine Faye. Each guest received an autographed copy of the book, rounding off the evening on a memorable note.

As Discover Moab continues to cultivate relationships and tailor its offerings to the preferences of the French market, the stage is set for an influx of visitors seeking luxury experiences, outdoor adventures, and cultural immersion in the stunning landscapes of Moab, Utah.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a romantic getaway without breaking the bank, Moab might just be the perfect destination for you. While the stunning red rock landscapes and outdoor adventures are reason enough to visit, the off-season rates during February make it an even more enticing option for couples seeking a memorable Valentine’s Day experience without the hefty price tag.

One of the best parts about spending Valentine’s Day in Moab is the abundance of affordable yet luxurious accommodation options. Just about all hotels in Moab will still have unbelievably low off-season rates on Valentine’s Day. Imagine indulging in a cozy room or suite, complete with stunning views of the surrounding red rock formations, all without burning a hole in your pocket. It’s luxury on a budget, allowing you to focus on creating unforgettable moments with your loved one.

Valentines Day in Moab
Valentines Day in Moab

For couples looking to pamper themselves, Hoodoo Hotel and Spa Moab are offering special deals on their lodging and services during the Valentine’s Day season. Treat yourselves to a relaxing massage, rejuvenating facial, or a soothing soak in a hot tub – because what better way to bond with your partner than through shared relaxation and indulgence? Red Cliffs Lodge is offering even special romantic deals for the entire month of February! Sunset Grill claims to have the most romantic view in Moab, in addition to great dinner specials.

Of course, no Valentine’s Day would be complete without a romantic dinner, and Moab has plenty of options to choose from. Several restaurants in town are rolling out the red carpet with special Valentine’s Day menus and offers. Whether you’re craving exotic flavors at Arches Thai, sizzling steaks at >Branding Iron, mouthwatering barbecue at Blu Pig (with the added bonus of live music setting the mood), special deals at Moab Grill, authentic Mexican cuisine at El Tapatio, craft brews and pub fare at Moab Brewery, or a family special at The Trailhead Public House & Eatery, you’ll find the perfect spot to wine and dine your sweetheart.

Valentines Day in Moab
Valentines Day in Moab

After a delicious meal, consider taking a moonlit stroll along the quaint streets of downtown Moab or venture out to one of the nearby scenic viewpoints for a breathtaking view of the starry night sky against the majestic backdrop of the red rocks. With its serene beauty and tranquil ambiance, Moab sets the stage for romance like no other place.

Valentines Day in Moab
Valentines Day in Moab

Moab Menu Guide
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Moab, Utah

After a long day of adventures on the trails, on the river, or exploring the national parks, a satisfying meal is non-negotiable. Fortunately, Moab offers a plethora of great dining options that belie its small-town status. With offerings from breakfast to BBQ and food trucks to fancy fine dining (and just about everything in-between), these are some of the best places to eat in Moab.

For Breakfast

Love Muffin Café

Open Daily 6:30AM-1PM
139 North Main St.

If you’re looking for a quick stop for some pre-adventure fuel, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than coffee and a breakfast panini or burrito from the Love Muffin Café. With a seasonal, organic menu comprised largely of local ingredients, there are also plenty of lighter options like house-made granola and quinoa bowls. Though Love Muffin may be best known for its breakfast offerings, their lunch menu is just as delicious, featuring fresh sandwiches and salads made with house-made bread, sauces, and dressings. And while the line can often reach out the door, the friendly staff keeps it moving along at an impressive clip.

Jailhouse Café

Open Daily 7AM-12PM
101 North Main St.

Pop into this cute, historic diner for delicious comfort breakfast foods and an atmosphere that instantly feels like home. Built in the late 1800’s, the Jailhouse was once Moab’s official County Courthouse, an office space, and a post office; but now it’s known as “Moab’s Breakfast Place”. Some of the can’t-miss dishes here are the chorizo scramble, Swedish pancakes, and the eggs benedict (which have a reputation for being the best in town). Wake up early for a table at this popular breakfast spot, the coffee is hot and the friendly staff is ready to help you start your day off on the right foot.
Food Trucks in Moab, Utah

For Lunch or Dinner

98 Center

Open Thursday-Monday 11:30AM-9:00PM
Closed Sunday
98 E Center St

In Salt Lake City, Utah, two chefs, Frankie Winfrey and Alex Borichevsky, bonded over their shared love for Asian cuisine while working at the Arie Sushi Bar at Snowbird Ski Resort. They both enjoyed skiing in the winter and pursued outdoor adventures in Moab during the summer, where they noticed a gap in Moab’s culinary scene. Determined to bring fresh and diverse flavors to Moab, they founded Sabaku Sushi, later evolving it into 98 Center at 98 East Center St. Despite initial skepticism, their dedication to quality and innovative dishes like Pho, Banh Mi, and specialty cocktails garnered success, creating a vibrant gathering place for locals and tourists alike, emphasizing fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients made from scratch.

Frankie and Alex, along with Alex’s wife Natali, worked tirelessly to refine 98 Center’s menu, drawing inspiration from a trip to Vietnam to add new dishes and cater to various dietary needs. With exceptional service complementing their culinary offerings, 98 Center became a staple in Moab’s dining scene, open five days a week and participating in local events, enriching the community with their commitment to quality and creativity.

98 E Center in Moab, Utah

Trailhead Public House and Eatery

Open Daily 11:00am-9:00pm, Monday-Saturday. Closed Holidays.
Corner of Main & 100 North

Trailhead Public House and Eatery is located in an historic building (constructed in 1886) on the northeastern corner of 100 North and Main Street in Moab. Trailhead serves American food in an ambiance influenced by European pubs. Fresh ingredients and high-quality Wagyu beef set Trailhead apart, along with homemade soups as well as vegetarian and gluten-free offerings. Currently, it features classic pub favorites like fish and chips and several varieties of chicken wings, plus a selection of one-third pound burgers served with house-cut french fries. The Hot Trails and Bacon burger boasts house fire-roasted hot peppers and ghost pepper cheddar for the adventurous, while the Whiskey Tango features a zesty whiskey tango sauce. Trailhead also serves salads made with seasonal ingredients and several types of grilled cheese. The on-site bar serves beer, wine and other spirits.

Moab Food Truck Park

Open Mon. to Fri. 11AM-8PM, Sat. 5-10PM
Closed Sunday
39 West 100 North

OK, so technically this isn’t one restaurant so much as a collective of various mobile eateries, but the newly opened Moab Food Truck Park is not to be missed, especially if you’re part of a group that has a tough time settling on one place to please all palates. With a wide variety of mouth-watering food truck fare such as Red Wok Chinese Express, Tacos El Gordo, Hokulia Shave Ice, Downtown Dawgs, Delicate Donuts, The Krusty Crab, and Big Don’s Pizza, there’s truly something for everybody. The shaded and misted seating area comes in handy during hot weather, and if you’re lucky, you might even be treated to some live music while enjoying your meal.
Food Trucks in Moab, Utah

Sultan Mediterranean Grill

Open Daily 11AM-8PM
574 North Main St.

The Sultan Mediterranean Grill is relatively new to Moab, and they’re on a mission to bring vibrant Greek and Lebanese flavors to the desert town. Stop in for any of the lunch specials after a busy morning playing on the red rocks, or end your day with an authentic Mediterranean feast. The food is beautifully presented, fresh, and expertly prepared. Plus, the menu has a great offering of vegetarian options and lighter plates. You can’t miss the spicy hummus, a lamb kebab or gyro, or the falafel pita.

Desert Bistro

Open Nightly at 5PM
36 South 100 West

While most Moab restaurants won’t give you a second glance if you come in covered in a fine layer of desert dust, you’ll definitely want to get cleaned up a bit before visiting this fine dining establishment. The menu puts a Southwestern spin on classic French cuisine, with nightly game specials and fresh seafood flown in from the coast. Desert Bistro also boasts an extensive wine and cocktail list, as well as fresh-baked bread and desserts, all made in-house. Reservations are recommended, especially during the busy season.

Sabaku Sushi

Open Tues. to Sun. 5-9PM
90 East Center St.

If sushi isn’t the first food that springs to mind when you think of desert fine dining, you’re probably not alone. But one meal at Sabaku (the Japanese word for “desert”), and you’ll quickly realize that great sushi doesn’t have to be served anywhere near an ocean. With fresh fish overnighted in several times per week, as well as house-made tamago and anago, Sabaku will delight even seasoned sushi connoisseurs. Those with food intolerances will be happy to know about the gluten-free tempura batter.
Fine Dining in Moab, Utah

Josie Wyatt’s Grille

Open Daily 7AM-10PM
99 North 100 West

One of the newest restaurants in Moab, Josie Wyatt’s Grille puts a southwestern flair on fine western steakhouse dining. You’ll find the restaurant in Moab’s first 4-Diamond hotel, the Hoodoo, just off of Main Street. It’s ambiance pays homage to the namesake Western icons. The most popular plates pair locally sourced produce with premium quality steaks, which are expertly prepared and can be finished with a delicious sauce (like the horseradish crème fraîche). To top off the entire experience, spend some time talking over one of their wonderful cocktails on the patio.

Antica Forma

Open 11:00AM-9PM, Closed Sunday
267 North Main

The name Antica Forma means “The old form.” The restaurant features true Neapolitan pizza made in a wood-fired oven which burns at around 800-900 Fahrenheit. Head pizzaiolo Israel Hernandez trained under two of the top Neapolitan pizzaioli, or “pizza makers,” in NYC. Don Antonio Starita is a third generation master pizzaiolo whose family’s pizzeria in Naples is a local favorite. He, along with Roberto Caporuscio of Keste Pizza & Vino in NYC, trained Israel in the art of pizza Napolitano. Authenticity and quality are important to Antica Forma, so their ingredients are either imported from Italy or made fresh in house every day. Even the oven was flown in from Naples. Genuine Neapolitan pizza dough made with double zero flour (doppio zero ‘’00’’ caputo flour), fermented at a cool temperature for at least 24 hrs for better taste. Their pizza sauce is made with San Marzano tomatoes, grown on the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius. Mozzarella is hand-stretched and made in house daily. This is pizza unlike any other in southern Utah.

Suffice it to say that Moab has no shortage of eating options; these are just a few of our favorites. For more options, browse our complete list of restaurants in Moab.
Antica Forma

Check out the new video introduction to Sand Flats Recreation Area! Located just east of the town of Moab, Utah, Sand Flats is known for its amazing outdoor adventures and camping amidst epic red rock landscapes. It’s famous for the Hells Revenge 4×4 Trail as well as the Slickrock Bike Trail and Porcupine Rim Bike Trail.

But Sand Flats is way more than just famous trails. It’s the beauty of the landscape that draws people here. It’s hiking and camping and enjoying sunsets and nature in a fragile high desert ecosystem. Its this setting – some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth – that we have the privilege of riding, driving, hiking and camping.

Sand Flats Recreation Area is managed through a unique partnership between Grand County and the Bureau of Land Management.

Exciting news for travel enthusiasts! The first-ever flight from Moab to Phoenix with Contour Airlines is now a reality, marking a momentous occasion that brings these two extraordinary destinations closer together. This direct connection opens up a world of possibilities, inviting adventure-seekers to explore the majestic red rocks of Moab and bask in the warmth of Phoenix’s sun.

Moab, known for its breathtaking landscapes featuring iconic arches, canyons, and mesas, has long been a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. With the introduction of this direct flight, the rugged beauty of Moab is now easily accessible to those seeking an unforgettable experience in nature. With national and international flights connecting through Phoenix, flying directly to Moab has never been easier.

So, cheers to this new chapter, where adventure knows no bounds, and the skies are the limit!

Contour Airlines in Moab

Book your flight today at contourairlines.com or through americanairlines.com.