Outdoor Activities When Visiting Moab in the Spring

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

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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!

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!

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Moab Weather in the Spring

The spring months of March, April and May are almost perfect in Moab.

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.

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!

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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:

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!

two men biking in Moab

Moab Biking in the Spring

Biking is one of the most popular Moab adventures – and 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 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

take jaw-dropping photos at Arches & Canyonlands

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! 

jeep driving a trail across slickrock in moab utah

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.

golden hour light at Moab along the Colorado River by Photo Jeepers

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.

river rafting

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:

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. 

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