Visiting Moab in September

If you’re looking for an unforgettable outdoor adventure, visiting Moab in September is the perfect way to do it. With its stunning red rock canyons and winding rivers, this scenic desert town is a playground for those who love to explore nature’s beauty.

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

things to do at Moab Utah in September

From thrilling hikes to breathtaking views, there’s something for everyone in Moab.

September is one of the best times to visit this unique destination as temperatures are mild enough for comfortable exploration during the day while still offering cooler evenings with plenty of stars twinkling overhead.

So pack your bags and get ready — visiting Moab in September promises an experience like no other!

Use our Moab, Utah packing list to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in September! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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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!

Visiting Moab in September

There’s not much shade in the Moab area so you’ll want to do your Moab adventures like hiking and biking in the mornings when it’s cooler and the sun isn’t blazing.

Moab in the fall is a busy time and it WILL be crowded. You’ll find higher prices for accommodations and long lines at the restaurants! The national parks, state parks, overlooks, hiking trails and points of interest will also be packed with people.

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.

Moab Weather in September

Moab weather and temperatures in September are highs around 88 and lows around 54 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to stay hydrated and use sun protection!

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.

Things To Do in Moab in September

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 September, as well as kid-friendly things to do in Moab!

Sunrise at Canyonlands Island in the Sky

National and State Parks Near Moab in September

Explore the two National Parks and one State Park in the Moab area. In September we recommend you enjoy the AC on scenic drives during the hottest part of the day.

Hit the hiking trails in the cooler times of the day! Here are some guides to help you plan your visit to these destinations in September:

Arches National Park in September – you’ll need an Arches Timed Entry Ticket to enter the park during the busy daytime hours. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a timed entry ticket. Just plan to enter the park before 6 a.m. One benefit to getting in the park early is you can see and photograph the sunrise at Arches National Park!

Canyonlands National Park in September – plan your hikes in the morning or evening when it’s cooler. Island in the Sky has amazing sunrise photo spots!

Dead Horse Point State Park – known for its stunning views of the Colorado River, dramatic vertical cliffs, canyons, and vista views. We highly recommend this location at sunset!

Moab Giants dinosaur museum
Moab Giants Museum

Dinosaurs and Petroglyphs in Moab

The Moab Giants Museum is a MUST for anyone who loves dinosaurs! In September you’ll still want to visit early when it’s not too hot because you’ll be 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
Corona Arch

Moab Hikes in September

You’ll enjoy a variety of Moab fall hiking trails! In September plan to hike in the morning when the temperatures are cooler and not as crowded. Remember to stay hydrated and wear a sunhat and sunscreen!

Our favorite day hikes in Moab are: Corona Arch Trail, Dellenbaugh Tunnell Trail, and Fisher Towers!

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

father and two sons mountain biking in Moab
Mountain biking in Moab

Biking in Moab in September

Moab biking trails are well known so most of the year you’ll need to share the trails. September is a busy time of year so we recommend you get out early to enjoy the cooler weather and avoid the crowds!

You can rent bikes in town and even join a Moab bike tour!

rafting the colorado river near moab

Moab River Rafting, Paddleboarding and Kayaking in September

September is still a good time for river rafting and kayaking in Moab! You’ll find all types of Moab rafting trips to float along the Colorado River.

You can also do stand-up paddleboarding in the calmer waters of the Colorado River close to Moab. There are local companies that rent kayaks and paddleboards.

Moab Tours in September

With experienced guides on Moab tours, you can explore all the amazing sights the area has to offer and make sure you don’t miss anything.

Here are a few of our favorite tours in Moab:

sunrise at Mesa Arch Canyonlands
Mesa Arch at sunrise

Moab Area Photography in September

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!

Use our Guide to Moab photography that lists the best sunrise and sunset locations in the area. 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!

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!

Milky Way of Mesa Arch

Moab Stargazing in September

When visiting Moab, you must take one evening to go outside and LOOK UP! In September you can see or photograph the Milky Way from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm!

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.

Colorado River along the Potash Scenic Byway

Moab Scenic Drives in September

Here are a few of the beautiful drives you can enjoy in the Moab the area.

Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway – the 34-mile round-trip drive is a terrific half-day excursion from the Moab area to see great views of the Colorado River, ancient rock art, and dinosaur tracks. Potash Road or the Lower Colorado Scenic Byway runs along the Colorado River and ends at the border of Canyonlands National Park. We recommend this drive in the late afternoon when the red rocks glow and reflect in the river!

Arches National Park Scenic Drive – the full 43-mile scenic drive, including the spur roads, takes 2 to 3 hours. Add more time if you plan to walk around and take photos or do any hiking at any of the stops.

Canyonlands Island in the Sky Scenic Drive – you’ll definitely want to have your camera ready to capture the beauty you’ll see at all 10 overlooks along this drive!

Located near Needles Canyonlands you’ll find two stunning places to see views of Needles, Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point, and the Moab area!

We recommend the Arches & Canyonlands GuideAlong App to hear fun behind-the-scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location.

Off-roading in Canyonlands

Off-roading in Moab in September

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 Moab 4WD guided tour where you sit back and let the driver navigate the trails!

Tent camping in southern Utah
Tent camping near Moab

Moab Camping in September

There are a variety of ways to enjoy Moab Camping in September: RV Parks and Campgrounds, National Park Campgrounds, State Park Campgrounds, and BLM camping.

If camping is not your thing, here are many types of accommodations to choose from in Moab: budget-friendly hotels to higher-priced resorts.

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