Are you thinking of visiting Moab in the Spring?
Spring is our favorite time to enjoy outdoor Moab, Utah adventures!
Thankfully we live close enough to Moab that we can visit multiple times a year.
Use this guide to help you figure out what you would like to do in Moab on your spring break trip.
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What to Pack for a Spring Vacation
1. Hiking Gear
- Spring hiking may mean wet trails, and even some patches of snow! You’ll want waterproof hiking boots or shoes: → Check out our favorite Merrell Moab hiking shoes!
- Hiking socks that breath… and if they prevent blisters, that’s even better: → Check out the BEST SOCKS by Darn Tough!
- Walking stick or trekking poles
2. Clothing – Layers
- Wicking and quick-drying base layers
- Fleece or insulated jacket: → Columbia fleece jackets are our favorite!
- Waterproof rain jacket
- WATER: → Use refillable water bottles or a hydration backpack
- FOOD: → Check out our list of healthy snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Hand lotion
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
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
READ OUR FULL GUIDE: Places 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.
• 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!
• Condos south of town – we really like the King size bed in the master, washer and dryer in the unit and a swimming pool/hot tub (just a 5 minute drive south of Moab).
Things to Do in Moab in the Spring
There are so many outdoor Moab adventures and activities you can do during the spring.
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
National and State Parks
Of course one of our favorite things to do in Moab is visiting the National Parks and the Utah State Park by Moab. These guides can help you plan your trip!
- Arches National Park in the Spring
- Arches National Park Travel Guide
- Arches National Park Hiking Trails
- Tips for visiting Canyonlands National Park
- Things to Do at Canyonlands Island in the Sky
- Visit Needles Canyonlands
The hiking around Moab is out of this world. There is so much landscape to explore right around the city.
If you are looking for some of the best hiking you definitely want to hike at Arches, Canyonlands Island in the Sky, Needles Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point. Here you will find trails for all hiking levels. There is always something for everyone!
Hiking in the spring is one of the best times for hiking. The sun is out and the temperatures are moderate. Your hiking day pack needs to include water, sunscreen and chapstick!
There is no wonder that Moab is the adventure capital of the USA!
The spring is the perfect opportunity to bike all day and not worry about getting too hot.
You will find the trails more crowded in the spring, especially on the weekend (try to avoid spring break and Easter!) Just be sure to be a little more patient and pay attention while riding.
Join a bike tour to explore the amazing landscape in Moab!
While visiting Moab in the spring you will definitely want to pack your camera to take some of the most incredible pictures.
While visiting Moab you want to plan to photograph during the sunrise and sunset hours. The sun on the red rocks is vibrant and a spectacular sight.
You definitely want to check out our Arches National Photography tips to find the perfect shot at the most popular places within the park.
→ We highly recommend this if you’re SERIOUS about photography in Moab: 3 Day Itinerary & Photography Guide
You want to reserve at least one night while visiting for stargazing. Leave the city of Moab and just look up and 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. You might even get lucky and spot the Milky Way!
Off-roading in Moab is one of the best adventures that you will go on! Grab your jeep or side by side car and hit one of the hundreds of trails in the area.
You can rent 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 adventure. We love using and recommend using Outlaw Jeep Tours.
Moab Scenic Byway: Potash Road
While vising you definitely want to add driving the Potash Road to your itinerary. Here you can see the most beautiful views of the Colorado River, ancient rock petroglyphs, and even dinosaur tracks.
We recommend going in the late afternoon so that you can take in all the colors and the sunset. This drive is 34 miles roundtrip and will take about 2 hours.
If you feel like a real adventure and the water is not too cold in the spring then perhaps plan a river rafting adventure in the Colorado River.
You will find half-day, full-day, and even multi-day rafting trips. This is a fun adventure to go on with your family or even a group of your friends.
Run Down the Dunes
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!