Tips for Visiting Moab in the Spring

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

2. Clothing – Layers

3. Daypack

4. Other

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.

• 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.  → Book the Purple Sage via Airbnb

• 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:

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! 

Dead Horse Point State Park Utah

Hiking

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!

Biking

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!

Photography

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

Stargazing

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

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.

River Rafting

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!

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