Visiting Moab in April is amazing because the temperatures are perfect to enjoy outdoor activities.
But, it’s also the busy time so be prepared for crowds. There are plenty of things to do in Moab, and ways you can avoid the crowds, so keep reading!
Thankfully we live close enough to Moab that we can visit multiple times a year so we can share our travel tips, what to pack and where to stay when planning an April vacation.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO MOAB
FREE DOWNLOAD: Moab, Utah packing list
- Hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- WATER: Hydration packs or carry refillable water bottles in your backpack.
- Healthy snacks – there may be NO services on the trails you’ll hike or drive.
- Lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion – Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin.
- Summer – High temperatures, unrelenting sunlight, and low humidity. To keep cool, wear light colored, loose fitting UV protection clothing that does not absorb sunlight. Also avoid sun burn by wearing a sunhat and by generously applying sunscreen to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun.
- Winter – Pack winter clothing to stay dry and warm.
- Fleece jacket
- Buff headbands
- Hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- First aid kit
- DOWNLOAD – Camera gear checklist
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!
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!
MOAB WEATHER IN APRIL
The weather at Moab in April is pretty much perfect with highs near 73 and lows near 42 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to visit Moab at other times of the year, check out our article: Best time to visit Moab.
Arches & Canyonlands AUDIO TOUR
“Download the app to your phone – no cell or wifi service needed. Based on your GPS location, the app takes you on a guided tour of the park and points out all the interesting features and stops. It’s like having a park ranger in the car with you.”
Things to Do in Moab in April
There are so many outdoor activities you can do in Moab in the spring. Here’s our list of favorite things to do in April!
National and State Parks Near Moab
You can’t visit Moab without exploring the National Parks and Utah State Parks in the area. These guides can help you plan your trip!
Hiking in April Near Moab
There are amazing Moab Utah hiking trails in addition to the ones you’ll find in the National and State Parks.
Hiking in April is one of the best times for hiking. The sun is out and the temperatures are moderate.
It’s important that your hiking day pack needs to include water, sunscreen and chapstick!
- Day Hike Checklist
- What to Bring on a Hike
- Photography Gear for Hiking
- Hiking Gear for Kids & Tips for Hiking with Kids
Biking Around Moab in April
Biking in Moab has become a big deal. There are so many amazing biking trails around Moab, Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point.
April is the perfect time of the year to bike all day and not worry about getting too hot like other times of the year.
You will find the trails more crowded when it’s spring break in Utah, or during Easter and the Jeep Safari. We recommend avoiding those times if you can.
Moab Photography in April
Moab provides amazing landscapes to photograph. Download our camera gear checklist so you don’t forget any equipment at home!
The best times to photograph the Moab area is during the sunrise and sunset hours. The sun on the red rocks is vibrant and a spectacular sight.
→ We highly recommend this if you’re SERIOUS about photography in Moab: 3 Day Arches & Canyonlands Itinerary & Photography Guide
Off-Roading in April Around Moab
Off-roading is a must-do Moab Adventures ! Take your jeep or ATV and explore one of the hundreds of trails in the area.
There are ATV and 4×4 rentals from many local companies, but if you are not used to off-roading, you can always join a tour and have a guided 4×4 Moab adventure. We love using and recommend using Outlaw Jeep Tours.
Stargazing in April Near Moab
Definitely take one night to leave the city of Moab and just look up! You will find a truly spectacular show in the sky.
Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse are all International Dark Sky Parks which makes them absolutely perfect for seeing thousands of stars in the sky.
The Moab area is one of the best places in Utah to photograph the Milky Way!
Moab Scenic Byway: Potash Road
The Potash Road is a short scenic drive where you can see the most beautiful views of the Colorado River, ancient rock petroglyphs, and even dinosaur tracks.
Take the drive in the late afternoon so you can photograph the reflecting sun on the red rock across the river.
It usually take about 2 hours to complete the 34 mile roundtrip drive, including time for a few stops along the way.
River Rafting in April in Moab
If you feel like a real adventure then perhaps plan a river rafting trip along the Colorado River.
You will find half-day, full-day, and even multi-day Moab rafting trips. This is a fun activity to do with your family or even a group of your friends.
Moab History and Geography
Get to know the history and the geography of the area by visiting these places:
- Moab Giants Museum
- Moab Museum
- Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage
- Amazing Petroglyphs in Moab
- Dinosaur Sites Near Moab
Run Down the Dunes Near Moab
If your kids need to get some energy out, take them to run down the sand dunes. Almost right across from Arches National Park there is a hill to sled, roll or run down sand. It’s totally free and the kids can be entertained for hours.
CHECK OUT our list of more kid-friendly things to do in Moab!