Plan A Trip To Moab In The Summer

It’s important to know what it’s like when visiting Moab in the summer. June, July and August are HOT months to visit, but we’ve got tips to help you enjoy all the outdoor things to do in Moab during the summer.

Below you’ll find all the information you need to plan a summer trip to Moab: weather, activities, what to pack, where to stay and more!

Moab Utah in the summer

The summer temperatures in Moab will be HOT so be sure to stay hydrated and use sun protection.

Keep reading for our tips and recommended activities to enjoy Moab in the summer!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO MOAB

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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.

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  • 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!

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!

Even with the heat, Moab in the 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 summer months of June, July and August will be HOT in Moab. We recommend you plan your outdoor activities for the mornings and late afternoons. Take a break during the heat of the day to enjoy your hotel AC and swimming pool!

WATER: Moab is a high desert area so you should drink at least one gallon of water per day, and always carry water with you – hydration packs or refillable water bottles in your backpack.

SNACKS: Pack and eat plenty of healthy snacks and food. There may be NO services on the trails you’ll hike or the drives you take. 

SUN PROTECTION: Wear a sunhat and use sunscreen . Carry lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion to apply as needed.

Sunburst near Balanced Rock at Arches National Park

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!

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:

rafting the colorado river near moab

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.

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Moab Summer Hikes

Here’s a list of the best Moab Utah hiking trails. 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

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!

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Moab Photography

The best times to photograph the areas around Moab are sunrise and sunset. The colors are vibrant and the light creates a spectacular glow on the red rocks that cannot be missed. Download our camera gear checklist!

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!

take jaw-dropping photos at Arches & Canyonlands

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!

Colorado River in Moab with glowing red rock reflections

Potash Road Scenic Drive

The Potash Road is a scenic drive with beautiful views of the Colorado River, ancient rock petroglyphs, and even dinosaur tracks. 

It’s 34 miles roundtrip and will take about 2 hours. We like going in the late afternoon so the canyon walls will glow with that deep orange color and reflect into the Colorado River.

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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!

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