Best Time to Visit Moab Utah

Determining the best time to visit Moab, Utah depends on what you want to see and do.

As you’re looking for things to do in Moab for an upcoming vacation, timing is one of the first things you need to decide.

best time to visit moab utah

Moab, Utah is one of the state’s most popular destinations for outdoor activities. We’ve got everything you need to know to help you decide WHEN to visit Moab.

Below you’ll also find helpful tips for what to pack, where to stay and things to do when you plan a Moab vacation.

Moab packing lists for spring summer fall and winter
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WHAT TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO MOAB

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A Photo Tour of Moab, Utah

Take a visual tour through the Moab, Utah area to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!

Best Time to Visit Moab

Moab is one of the more popular places to visit in Utah ANY time of year, but there are pros and cons to visiting at during different seasons and months of the year.

Visit Moab by Month

MOAB IN THE SPRING 

Springtime is the most popular time for tourists to flock to Utah National Parks. The time between April to May is the busiest due to spring break in Utah and the mild temperatures.

The temperatures in Moab in the spring are perfect to enjoy all the outdoor things to do in Moab like hiking, biking and more!

Spring Weather in Moab

Spring weather in Southern Utah means warmer days with cool nighttime temperatures, Be prepared for an occasional rainstorm, but the rain can produce some pop-up waterfalls which is a cool thing to see! 

  • March highs 64 / lows 35
  • April highs 71 / lows 42
  • May highs 82 / lows 51

Here’s what you can expect in the spring at the National Parks near Moab:

fisher towers in moab

MOAB IN THE SUMMER

Moab’s harsh and scorching summer weather means temperatures can rise over 100 degrees. If you want to visit during the summer months, here are a few tips.

You’ll want to start your Moab adventures in the morning when it’s cooler. During the heat of the day, go back to your hotel to swim or simply relax in the air conditioned room. Head back out in the late afternoon before sunset when the temperatures begin to cool. And we always recommend you take an evening to look up and enjoy the night sky full of stars!!

Summer Weather in Moab

HOT temperatures is what to expect in the summer! You’ll need to be prepared with sun protection, water and electrolytes!

  • June highs 93 / lows 60
  • July highs 100 / lows 67
  • August highs 97 / lows 66

Here’s what you can expect in the summer at the National Parks near Moab:

man kayaking a river

MOAB IN THE FALL

Fall is the next best season to visit Moab when the temperatures aren’t as hot as summer.

Because the weather is good for outdoor activities, expect the Moab Utah hiking trails to be crowded. Starting your day off early before the crowds is always our number one tip!

Fall Weather in Moab

The temperatures in Moab start to cool off during the fall months which makes it perfect to enjoy outdoor activities!

  • September highs 88 / lows 55
  • October highs 74 / lows 42
  • November highs 56 / lows 30

Here’s what you can expect in the fall at the National Parks near Moab:

colorado river in moab

MOAB IN THE WINTER

Visiting Moab in the winter is our favorite time to go! It’s the off season so the prices for lodging are cheap compared to the spring, summer and fall.

We really like the month of December to be the perfect time to go before the temperatures get really cold and the weather is bad with rain and snow.

Yes, winter may mean wet or muddy hiking trails and even closed roads due to weather conditions, but if you want to enjoy hiking and taking pictures without the crowds then this is a great time to go!

Winter Weather in Moab

Be prepared with winter clothing: waterproof layers and shoes. Before heading out, check with the visitor center for updated conditions around the area. During the winter hiking trails may close, or may require traction devices due to ice.

  • December highs 45 / lows 23
  • January highs 44 / lows 22
  • February highs 52 / lows 28

Here’s what you can expect in the fall at the National Parks near Moab:

Fiery Furnace at sunset with snow

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Where to Stay in Moab

There are all types of lodging in and near Moab from budget-friendly hotels to higher-prices resorts. You’ll also find vacation rentals, a hostel, campgrounds and RV parks in Moab.

READ OUR FULL GUIDE: Where to stay in Moab

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Moab – we enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this hotel due to its location close to Arches.
  • Purple Sage – our all-time favorite place to stay in Moab – walking distance to shopping, full kitchen, and only 8 units so you don’t feel lost in a large hotel. 
  • Red Cliffs Lodge – rooms up to 6 people – located 17 miles from Moab, this lodge is known for its beautiful location, winery and activities like horseback riding, fishing and more!
  • Vacation Rentals in Moab – we like kitchens found in rentals to cook our own meals to save money!

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