Situated in the south east corner of the Utah desert and surrounded by National Parks, Moab is the place to experience #vanlife and the only town I’ve been to so far where living out of your car is cool. (Everywhere else they call it “homeless”) Moab is a prime destination for anything outdoors – rock climbing, BASE jumping, horseback riding 🐎, mountain biking 🚲, hiking🏃, camping 🏕, fishing 🎣, water and river activities 🏞, off-roading!
Moab is also the place where I’ve met the coolest outdoorsy people so far and each and every one of them is more unique and radical than the previous. Last night’s acquaintance was a base jumper, sky diver, rock climber who spends his off season traveling and living out of his van and when working is a smoke jumper (read: forest fires firefighter in British Columbia who jumps out of airplanes with a chainsaw on his back and a backpack with food and water for 48 hours isolation) #speechless
There are lots of fun things to do in Moab, a ton of natural history and geology, National Parks and Monuments, and Native American art. Oh, and the people, don’t forget to talk to the people!
First things first, book your lodging way in advance as Moab is small and it sells out! I love Red Moon Lodge and I couldn’t recommend them high enough. The B&B is situated out of town on acres of land overlooking the red sky-high cliffs. The rooms are immaculately clean and so spacious, quiet, and comfortable I wish I lived there! Their organic gardens (read: fresh produce), hot breakfast, coffee, and tea are to die for! The property is 100% solar powered, the delicious tap water comes from an artisanal well, and you can wander in acres of gardens, greenhouses, and flower paths, visit the medicine wheel and the pond, or grab a stretch at their own yoga barn. The owners are the sweetest, kindest couple that would offer you nothing but soul food and healing!
1) Moab Fault Line – most of the National Parks and Monuments on the Colorado Plateau in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona were initially formed by earthquakes millions of years ago. The water and wind erosion took care of the rest. You can see the fault line from Arches.
2) Arches National Park – spectacular landscapes and easily accessible hikes. Walk through Park Avenue. Visit the most photographed natural site in Utah – the Delicate Arch. Take a hike from Wolfs Ranch and go stand under the arch. Another park site not to miss is Devil’s Garden. Watch out for flash floods, they happen very quickly and will leave you stranded! And snakes, watch out for rattlers too! I had to come back 3 times for these pictures. First it rained, then came snow, and finally the sun showed up and blue skies reappeared (and I hiked the Delicate Arch) 👱.
Beginning to flash flood – these puddles turn into rivers in a matter of minutes. Trust me, I hopped over them rivers 🏃.
Wolfe Creek Ranch – this is the “luxury” modern cabin built in the 1900. Luxury = wooden floor…1 room for a few families. Told you the first settlers didn’t have it easy!
Can you believe these 2 pictures are taken 24 hrs apart?! That’s desert weather for you!
3) Canyonlands National Park – since Hollywood is not allowed to film in the Grand Canyon, most of the scenes you see in the movies are shot in Canyonlands, UT. It isn’t as deep of a canyon as the Grand, but you can manipulate depth with the camera. The park is very much off the beaten path. The Visitors Center is 1 hour away from the main road and the 4 parts of the park you can visit are another hour or two FROM the Visitors Center. Needles site is extremely remote. Don’t go alone! 😱Highly recommend bringing an extra tank of gas ⛽ and water (for you and for the car 🚗).
The “air” between the two towers/rock formations in the distance is a favorite spot for slacklining (walking on a tight rope)… #noididnttryit
4) White Rim Road – a 100 mile dirt road on the canyon’s floor. You need a 4×4 off-road vehicle 🚙 or a dirt bike 🏍. Bring plenty of water, it’s a very long and very hot journey!
5) Dead Horse State Park – the history behind the name is very sad (humans are not very smart, I’m telling ya…😢) but the park features the cliff where Thelma and Louise drove their car off of! Also, prime spot for BASE jumping 😨!
6) Indian Petroglyphs – dating back to 6000 BC these carvings in the rock depict hunting scenes. Petroglyphs are carvings vs pictographs, which are drawing on rock with minerals or blood. (I learned 2 new words in Moab 😆)
7) LaSal Mountains View Point and Wilson’s Arch – where I took these stunning photos and saved a trucker’s life while hiking snowy slippery rocks. Drive south towards Monticello, you’ll see signs for both.
8) Potash Mine – the two major industries in town, besides tourism, outdoor adventure of any kind, and national parks, are potash and uranium. Clearly I couldn’t take a picture of the uranium mine, but here is a shot of the potash fields. Potash is a mineral used for soil fertilization. The blue color in the water is artificial and added to speed up evaporation. #sadstory
10) Moonflower Food Co-op and Moab Coffee Roasters – I told ya it’s hippie and outdoor junkie heaven!🍍🍑🍏☕🍮#butfirstcoffee