Why You Should Visit Moab in October

We love visiting Moab in October because the weather is amazing! You’ll find everything you need to know: weather, activities, what to pack, where to stay and more!

Use this Moab Utah Vacation Guide to plan an October vacation: weather, activities, what to pack, where to stay and more!

Moab Utah in October

There are plenty of things to do in Moab, Utah if you enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, photography, and more!

October is still a busy time of year in Moab so you’ll still need to navigate the crowds. Keep reading for all our tips to help you see why you should visit Moab, Utah in October.

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What To Pack for a Trip to Moab

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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.

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  • 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!

VISITING MOAB IN OCTOBER

Moab in the fall is a busy time and it WILL be crowded. You’ll want to do your Moab adventures like hiking and biking in the mornings when the trails aren’t so crowded.

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.

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

MOAB WEATHER IN OCTOBER

October temperatures in Moab: highs 74 and lows 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to stay hydrated and still use sun protection in October:

WATER: Moab is a high desert area so you should drink at least one gallon of water per day, and always carry water with you – hydration packs or carry refillable bottles in your backpack.

FOOD: Pack and eat healthy snacks because there may be NO services on the trails or scenic drives. 

SUN PROTECTION: Wear a sunhat and use sunscreen . Carry lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion to apply as needed.

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THINGS TO DO IN MOAB IN OCTOBER

Moab is one of the popular places to visit in Utah for hiking, biking, climbing, river rafting and more! Here’s a list of activities to do in October:

National and State Parks Near Moab

Explore the two National Parks and one State Park in the Moab area. In October the temperatures are just about perfect! Enjoy scenic drives or hiking trails at any time of day! Here are some guides to help you plan your visit to these destinations in October:

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Dinosaurs and Petroglyphs in Moab

The Moab Giants Museum is a MUST for anyone who loves dinosaurs! In October you’ll enjoy being outside walking along a trail of life-sized dinosaurs!

There are also lots of places to see dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs in Moab too!

Corona Arch in Moab Utah

Moab Hikes in October

October is an awesome time of year to explore the Moab Utah hiking trails. Remember to stay hydrated and wear a sunhat and sunscreen!

Our favorite day hikes in Moab are:

And of course you can’t beat the trails in the National and State Parks:

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Biking in Moab in October

Moab biking trails are well known so most of the year you’ll need to share the trails. October is still a busy time of year so we recommend you get out early to avoid the crowds! You can rent bikes in town and even join a Moab bike tour!

sunrise at Mesa Arch Canyonlands

Moab Area Photography in October

Moab is also a bucket list destination for photographers. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to photograph the areas around Moab because the light at this time creates a spectacular glow on the red rocks that’s so beautiful! In October you won’t need to get up “as early” or stay out “as late” as you do during the summer months which is nice!

We’ve created an Arches and Canyonlands Photography Guide detailing the best photo spots in these parks and our favorite 3 day itinerary some of our favorite ‘lesser known’ places to take pictures in Moab!

Remember that if you want pictures at the most popular sites without people getting in the way, early morning is the best time to be out taking pictures!

take jaw-dropping photos at Arches & Canyonlands

Moab’s Potash Road Scenic Drive

If you’re looking for beautiful views of the Colorado River, ancient rock petroglyphs, and dinosaur tracks, then drive the Potash Road! 

It’s a 34 mile roundtrip drive along the Colorado River. Plan about 2 hours for the drive and stops to take pictures. We like going in the late afternoon so the canyon walls will glow with that deep orange color and reflect into the Colorado River.

Moab Stargazing in October

When visiting Moab, you must take one evening to go outside and LOOK UP! In October you can see or photograph the Milky Way right after sunset!

Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point are internationally recognized as one of the best places for stargazing because of the remote location, accessibility, altitude and clear skies.

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Off-roading in Moab in October

If you’re up for an adventure, plan to explore the off-road trails in Moab! Local tour companies offer 4×4 rentals for you to tackle the trails on your own. If you’re an inexperienced driver, we recommend you book a tour or have a guide ride along with you to navigate and teach. We have used and recommend Outlaw Jeep Tours. You can also book a guided 4WD tour in Moab where you sit back and let the driver navigate the trails!

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