Visiting Moab in the spring is one of the best times to go! Use this Moab Utah Vacation Guide to plan a trip during the spring months: weather, activities, what to pack, where to stay and more!
The temperatures are perfect to enjoy all the outdoor things to do in Moab like hiking, biking and more!
Thankfully we live close enough to Moab that we can visit multiple times a year. We share things to do, what to pack and where to stay when taking a spring break trip to Moab.
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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 the Spring
The spring months of March, April and May are almost perfect in Moab.
- Moab in March: high 64 / low 35 – 3 days rain
- Moab in April: high 73 / low 42 – 3 days rain
- Moab in May: high 83 / low 50 – 3 days rain
It’s always good to check the Moab weather forecast so you’re prepared for rain in the spring, and maybe even a dusting of snow in March. Usually if it snows, it doesn’t last long and quickly melts.
If you’re wondering what it’s like to 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 the Spring
If you love the outdoors, then Moab should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Utah!
BUT it’s also a popular time to plan a Moab spring break vacation, so there will be crowds!
National and State Parks Near Moab in the Spring
The two National Parks and one Utah State Park near Moab are must-see destinations! These guides can help you plan your trip! Our big tip: go early to avoid the crowds! Here’s what you can expect when visiting these parks in the spring:
- Arches National Park in the Spring
- Canyonlands National Park in the Spring
- Dead Horse Point State Park
Moab Hiking in the Spring
There is so much landscape to explore right around the city so add a The Moab Utah hiking trail to your itinerary, in addition to the hikes you’ll find in the nearby National and State Parks.
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!
- Day Hike Checklist
- What to Bring on a Hike
- Photography Gear for Hiking
- Hiking Gear for Kids & Tips for Hiking with Kids
Moab Biking in the Spring
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 Moab bike tour to explore the amazing landscape in the area!
Moab Photography in the Spring
While visiting Moab in the spring you will definitely want to pack your camera to take some of the most incredible pictures. Download our camera gear checklist!
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.
→ We highly recommend this if you’re SERIOUS about photography in Moab: 3 Day Itinerary & Photography Guide
Moab Stargazing in the Spring
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!
Moab Off-Roading in the Spring
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 4×4 adventure in Moab. 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.
Moab River Rafting in the Spring
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 Moab rafting trips. This is a fun adventure to go on with your family or even a group of your friends.
History and Geography of Moab
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 Moab 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.