Visiting Moab In The Summer

Located in southeastern Utah, the town of Moab is surrounded by stunning red rocks that create a beautiful backdrop for any outdoor activity.

From ATV rides in the desert to camping trips under starry skies, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure when visiting Moab in the summer.

This Moab Utah Vacation Guide will detail everything you need to know to plan your summer vacation: weather, activities, what to pack, where to stay and more!

Moab Utah in the summer

June, July and August are HOT months to visit Moab, but we’ve got tips to help you enjoy all the outdoor activities during the summer.

It’s important to stay hydrated and use sun protection. Use our Moab, Utah packing list to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for your summer trip. Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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Moab Summer Packing List

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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 the Summer

Expect HOT temperatures during the day. You’ll want to plan outdoor activities in the mornings and evenings when it’s a bit cooler. We like to spend the hot daytime hours enjoy the hotel AC or pool!

Summer is a popular time to go so it WILL be crowded. Expect 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 the Summer

The Moab weather and temperatures during the summer months are brutal.

Things To Do in Moab in the Summer

If you love the outdoors, then Moab should be at the top of your list of places to visit in Utah! Here’s a list of Moab summer activities we recommend:

Moab History and Geology

There’s some cool history and geology around the Moab area. Moab Giants Museum is a must-visit for anyone who loves dinosaurs!

National and State Parks Near Moab

The Moab area has two National Parks and one State Park to explore: scenic drives, hiking and camping. Here’s what you can expect at these Utah National Parks in the summer:

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Rafting the Colorado River

Summer River Rafting, Paddleboarding and Kayaking in Moab

River rafting and kayaking are great summer activities to enjoy 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 Summer Hikes

Here’s a list of the best Moab summer hikes. The morning is the best time to hike in Moab when the temperatures are cooler. It’s important to stay hydrated and wear a sunhat and sunscreen!

Our favorite trails in Moab are:

And of course the trails in the National and State Parks:

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

Biking in Moab in the Summer

The biking trails around Moab are some of the best in the world! Summer is a busy time of year so be prepared to share the trails. Get out early to enjoy the cooler weather and avoid the crowds. Join a Moab bike tour to explore the amazing landscape in the area! You can rent bikes in Moab so you don’t need to pack your own!

Mesa Arch at sunrise

Moab Photography in the summer

The best times for Moab photography are sunrise and sunset. The colors are vibrant and the light creates a spectacular glow on the red rocks that cannot be missed.

In the summer you may experience “heat shimmer” in your photos, or smoke in the air from wildfires in the western US.

CHECK OUT our Arches and Canyonlands Photography Guide! We share our favorite 3 day itinerary some of our favorite ‘lesser known’ places to take pictures in Moab!

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!

Download our camera gear checklist!

milky way over Mesa Arch
Milky way over Mesa Arch

Summer Stargazing in Moab

When you’re visiting the Moab area you MUST take one evening to go outside and LOOK UP!

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.

Summer is a fantastic time see or photograph the Milky Way! The times the Milky Way is visible during the summer months are:

  • June – 10:30 pm to 3:30 am
  • July – 10:30 pm to 3:45 am
  • August – 9:03 pm to 1:30 am
Colorado River in Moab with glowing red rock reflections
Colorado River along the Potash Road

Moab Scenic Drives in the Summer

Check out all 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!

Watch for signs and pullouts indicating petroglyphs. And look for the “Dinosaur Tracks” sign and turnout. A short hike takes you to a series of three-toed dinosaur tracks. You’ll be amazed at all the dinosaur tracks in Moab you can find.

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!

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Jeeping Trail in Moab

Off-roading in Moab in the Summer

Moab off-roading can’t be beat! Local tour companies offer 4×4 rentals for you to tackle the trails on your own. But for inexperienced drivers, 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. There are all types of tours where you can sit back and enjoy a Moab guided 4×4 adventure!

Moab Camping in the Summer

There are a variety of ways to camp in the Moab area in May: 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. You’ll also find vacation rentals, a hostel, campgrounds and RV parks in Moab.

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