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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
Click here to download a copy of the ultimate guide to dining in Moab!

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.

This summer, embark on an exciting journey from the enchanting streets of Paris to the vibrant cityscape of Phoenix, before immersing yourself in the stunning red rocks of Moab. With new nonstop flights connecting these diverse destinations, your adventure is set to unfold seamlessly, offering a perfect blend of urban elegance and natural wonders.

Contour Airlines

Paris to Phoenix with Air France
As of May 23, 2024, Air France is set to launch its nonstop service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. Imagine starting your journey in the romantic ambiance of Paris and then seamlessly gliding into the southwestern warmth of Phoenix. The flights will operate three times weekly, providing ample flexibility for your travel plans. Phoenix to Moab with Contour Airlines:

Partnering with American Airlines, Contour Airlines introduces daily jet service between Phoenix and Moab, starting February 1, 2024. This convenient connection allows you to seamlessly transition from the urban charm of Phoenix to the mesmerizing landscapes of Moab, with its famous red rocks and unique geological formations.

As the sun sets over the red rocks of Moab, reflect on the journey that took you from the charming streets of Paris to the beauty of Moab. With new flight connections making this adventure accessible, seize the opportunity to create lasting memories in these unique and contrasting destinations. Your summer sojourn awaits, offering a tapestry of experiences woven together by the skies and landscapes that connect Paris and Moab.

As winter blankets the iconic red rocks of Moab with a serene layer of snow, an exciting opportunity arises for savvy travelers looking to experience this desert oasis on a budget. Embracing the off-season charm of Moab during winter not only promises a unique and tranquil escape but also presents a significant financial advantage. In this blog, we’ll explore the enticing prospect of saving money during your winter stay in Moab, where lodging prices drop by 20% to 40% thanks to the shoulder season.

However, the truth is that Moab remains a delightful retreat during the winter months, offering a unique charm and a range of lodging options for every type of traveler.

Moab in Winter
Moab in Winter

Shoulder Season Discounts
One of the best-kept secrets of visiting Moab in winter is the substantial discounts on lodging. Many hotels, motels, resorts, and vacation rentals offer enticing price reductions during the shoulder season, making it an ideal time for budget-conscious travelers to explore this stunning destination. Take advantage of the quieter streets and the serene beauty of winter while enjoying substantial savings on accommodation costs.

Hotels, Motels, and Resorts
Experience the warmth of Moab’s hospitality without breaking the bank by choosing from the wide array of hotels, motels, and resorts that offer discounted rates during the winter months. Enjoy the same level of comfort and service at a fraction of the cost, allowing you to allocate your budget towards memorable experiences and outdoor adventures.

Cozy Cabins and Vacation Rentals
Winter in Moab unveils a different kind of magic, and what better way to experience it than in a cozy cabin or vacation rental? Enjoy the intimacy of a private space while benefiting from the off-season discounts. These accommodations often provide a unique and budget-friendly alternative for those seeking a more personalized experience.

Moab in Winter
Moab in Winter

Camping and Glamping on a Budget
For the adventurous souls looking to save even more, winter camping and glamping offer unique opportunities to immerse yourself in Moab’s natural beauty. With discounted campground fees during the shoulder season, you can enjoy the thrill of outdoor living without breaking the bank. Just be sure to pack warmly and check the availability of essential amenities.

Planning Your Escape
To make the most of your budget-friendly winter escape to Moab, plan ahead. Research accommodations offering seasonal discounts, explore bundled packages, and take advantage of any special promotions. Additionally, consider mid-week stays for additional savings and a more tranquil experience in this popular destination.

Winter in Moab is not just an opportunity to witness a different side of its beauty but also a chance to explore this desert haven without straining your wallet. The off-season discounts on lodging, ranging from 20% to 40%, make it an attractive prospect for budget-conscious travelers seeking affordable adventures. So, trade crowded streets for serene landscapes, and embark on a winter journey to Moab where the magic of the red rocks meets the allure of budget-friendly exploration.

Click Here to Book Lodging for your Moab Winter Escape!

Embark on an unforgettable adventure along Moab’s renowned Corona Arch Trail with Trail Ambassador Mariah as your guide. Discover the unique charm of this popular trail, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes that showcase the region’s natural beauty.

Grand County’s Trail Ambassador program promotes responsible recreation, emphasizing three essential principles – self-protection, environmental conservation, and respect for fellow trail enthusiasts. These dedicated ambassadors are stationed at key trailheads, providing valuable insights to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Recognized for its outstanding efforts, the program recently achieved the prestigious Gold Standard Site designation by Leave No Trace, underscoring its commitment to preserving the area’s pristine beauty.

Plan your visit responsibly and learn more about this exceptional initiative at discovermoab.com. #TrailAmbassador #DiscoverMoab #LeaveNoTrace #ResponsibleRecreation