Getting Outside Near Moab:
There are so many options for rides, hikes, backpacks, runs, drives, floats, climbs and so on, that you will really need to decide why you are going to Moab in the first place. I usually try to at least stop there for a day or two, take a hike or a bike, and continue on to more remote locations. Some of my favorite options are listed below.
Porcupine Rim Trail- Ride or Run
Pritchett to Hunter Canyon Loop
Lower Courthouse Wash Dayhike
Moab Area Rock Art
Poison Spider Trail Ride
Colorado River Day Float
In the Town of Moab:
Moab is another area covered extensively in print and online. But we cannot discuss Utah and the southwest without including at least some information on Moab. The Links and information we include below barely scratch the surface of what Moab has to offer. We hope it helps you begin your exploration there.
First, once you are in town, be sure to stop at the Moab Visitor's Center (located at Main and Center streets) in the middle of town to get all of your questions answered.
There are a number of locations to fill water cans, including the local City Market behind the kiosk at the gas station, across the street at Gearheads (they have fresh, cool, filtered water- all you can use for free), City Park, or Rotary Park. There are also many hydrants along Main street on the street corners where you can stop and fill- just look around for them. My favorite and formerly recommended location for filling cans is at the spring on Highway 128. Heading north out of town on Highway 191, turn right onto Highway 128 at Lions Park heading up the river. The spring is located on the right side about 150 meters after you turn. There is a pullout and parking. The spring was merely a pipe driven into the sandstone, and provided the cleanest, coolest, freshest water around. Much controversy has surrounded the safety of drinking the spring water in recent years. It was temporarily shut down because of worries about bacteria in the water. As of the summer of 2010, and as recently as September, 2010 it was flowing again. The pipe is no longer in place so filling larger cans is a bit of a problem.
If you are in need of any kind of gear, the first place to visit is Gearheads, located at 471 South Main Street (Highway 191) at the corner of Uranium Avenue.
Just across the street from Gearheads is City Market, the largest grocery store in the area. You can get just about anything here, including some organic and vegetarian alternatives. On 100 North just off Main Street, just behind Wicked Brew, is the Moonflower Market, Moab's natural food store. Stop here if you are looking specifically for natural and organic foods.
Outfitters and Guided Trips:
From river shuttles to guided trips visit Tag-A-Long Expeditions in Moab
Also in Moab offering much of the same is Tex's Riverways
Coyote Shuttle offers tours and land shuttles to various locations around Moab for your hikes, rides or floats. We used them for a shuttle up to Dewey Bridge for a two day float of the Colorado River.
Moab- The Official Website- This link takes you to one of many "official" websites for the town.
Our favorite is Wicked Brew- drive thru coffee- about 2 blocks north of the visitor's center on the same side (at 132 North Main St.).
For a sit down coffee shop try the Red Rock Bakery and Cafe on Main Street just across from the visitor's center. There is a new coffee shop across from Wicked Brew, Love Muffin Cafe, that we have not visited yet.
Wireless internet is available at various locations around town. One of my favorites is the new Moab city library at 257 East Center Street. It is a nice place to take a break from the heat and the crowds. The internet connection is fast and free. If you don't have a laptop along, the have many internet terminals throughout the library available free of charge. They have books for sale at the entrance, with proceeds benefitting the library.
The Moab Brewery is on the right heading south- go through the main part of town just past the turn for the theatre.
EklectiCafe is located at 352 North Main Street and features as the name implies an eclectic variety of food. They have free wireless internet for diners.