Moab Spring Activities + Travel Tips
There are a variety of Moab spring activities to do when you visit: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and off-roading in Jeeps and ATVs.
Use this Moab Utah Vacation Guide to plan your trip: weather, activities, what to pack, where to stay and more!
Moab, Utah is located in Southeastern Utah close to Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point State Park.
Here’s a list of activities you can do during your Moab spring break vacation!
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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!
Moab, Utah in the Spring
Spring is a peak time to visit since the Moab weather and temperatures are more mild this time of year. Keep in mind the town, parks and trails will all be busy so be prepared for crowds.
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
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.”
Moab Spring Activities
Check out this fun list of Moab Activities you can do in the spring.
If you’re traveling with kids, there are many kid-friendly things to do in Moab like hiking, biking, junior ranger programs, and discovering dinosaurs!
Spring Activities at Arches National Park
You can’t beat the weather when visiting Arches National Park in the spring to explore the park filled with arches, spires, fins and balanced rocks!
Arches Timed Entry tickets are required beginning in April. You can still visit Arches even if you don’t have a ticket! Just plan to get into the park before 6 am or after 5pm. Going at those times will help you avoid the crowds, and it’s a great time for Arches National Park photography!
People of all ages and abilities can participate in Arches National Park activities:
- Arches National Park scenic drive
- Best hikes in Arches National Park
- Arches National Park with kids
- Arches National Park camping
Spring Activities at Canyonlands National Park
When you visit Canyonlands National Park in the spring, we recommend you spend one day at Island in the Sky and one day at Needles.
There are fun things to do at Canyonlands Island in the Sky vs Needles like hiking, backpacking, driving 4×4 roads and photographing the unique sandstone rock formations.
More Canyonlands National Park activities include:
Spring Activities at Dead Horse Point State Park
Located near the entrance to Canyonlands Island in the sky, Dead Horse Point State Park is an iconic location to see the panoramic vistas and the bend in the Colorado River. Photographers come from around the world to capture this landscape scene.
You can explore the Dead Horse Point State Park hiking trails or biking trails. It’s a terrific place to camp as well!
The side trip and Utah State Parks fee are worth the visit!
Spring Hiking in Moab
Many of the best Moab Utah hiking trails are found in the National and State Park boundaries. But there are many other hikes in the Moab area to explore.
The entire Moab area is one big playground, especially for hiking. It’s a terrific way to see and photograph this scenic area filled with sandstone arches, pinnacles, petroglyphs and even dinosaur prints!
Be sure to wear the right clothing and pack the right gear for spring hiking in Moab:
- Day Hike Checklist
- What to Bring on a Hike
- Photography Gear for Hiking
- Hiking Gear for Kids & Tips for Hiking with Kids
Spring Biking in Moab
During the spring, Moab mountain biking is a popular activity so the trails will be crowded.
There are a variety of trails for any experience level, from beginners looking for a scenic ride through beautiful canyons and mesa tops, to seasoned bikers looking for the ultimate challenge.
Moab is known for the world famous Slickrock Bike Trail. It’s a challenging 9.6 mile trail that’s highly technical and considered by many to be the ultimate mountain biking experience.
Spring Off-Roading in Moab
During the spring the weather in Moab stays pretty mild and sunny. The Moab Easter Jeep Safari happens in the spring so the town and off-road trails will be busy! But it’s a terrific event if you have a Jeep!
Tours are the best way to see the scenery and enjoy the thrill of off-roading, especially if you’re intimidated by the vehicles and terrain.
But if you’re feeling a little on the adventurous side, book a Drive Along Tour where you get behind the wheel of a Jeep, and under the watchful eye of an experienced guide, follow their vehicle along the trail.
We have used and recommend Outlaw Jeep Tours for the Drive Along Tour.
Spring Scenic Drives in Moab
The Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway where you can see great views of the Colorado River, ancient rock art, and dinosaur tracks.
We recommend you begin the drive in the late afternoon so you can see the glowing color on the red sandstone cliffs as the sun sets. The scenic byway is a 34 -mile round-trip drive to Jug Handle Arch and back to Moab. Plan two hours for the trip with stops to take photos.
Potash Road begins about 4 miles north of Moab, where it turns off of Highway 191. Soon the road enters the deep gorge of the Colorado River. Look for rock climbers on the cliffs that locals refer to as Wall Street.
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.
The final attraction on the road is Jug Handle Arch. Beyond this, the road becomes rough and requires a 4WD vehicle. It connects with the Shaefer Trail in Canyonlands.
Spring Photography in Moab
You definitely want to pack your camera to take pictures of the stunning Moab landscape. Download our camera gear checklist!
Moab photography is best at sunrise and sunset because the reflected light on the red rocks is so vibrant!
- Sunrise at Arches National Park
- Sunset at Arches National Park
- Canyonlands sunrise photo spots at Island in the Sky
- Canyonlands sunset photo spots at Island in the Sky
→ We highly recommend this photography guide if you’re SERIOUS about taking photos in Moab: 3 Day Itinerary & Photography Guide
Spring Stargazing in Moab
Stargazing is a MUST-DO activity while you’re in Moab. It’s home to many Dark Sky locations like Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point.
All three locations are all internationally recognized as the best places for viewing stars and photographing the Milky Way due to their remote locations, altitude, and clear skies.
The slogan “Half the Park is After Dark” encourages visiting these National Parks in Utah at night and simply LOOK UP!
During the spring, the Milky Way is visible:
- March – 3:00 am to 5:45 am
- April – 1:00 am to 4:45 am
- May – 11:00 pm to 4:00 am
Spring Kayaking, Paddleboarding, and Rafting in Moab
Explore the Colorado River near Moab by canoe, kayak, paddle boards, or rafting! You can rent boating equipment at local outfitters in Moab.
Rafting the mighty Colorado River is a thrill and a wonderful way to enjoy the scenery around the Moab area.
You can take half-day, full-day or even multi-day rafting trips in Moab. This activity is perfect for families or groups of friends.
If you want to enjoy calm waters, there are sections of the river where you can paddleboard. There are many guided tours for stand up paddleboarding for beginners and seasoned paddlers as well.
Moab Giants Museum
The Moab Giants Dinosaur Park is a cool attraction for kids and adults! Explore the outdoor trail and walk along 100 life-sized dinosaurs. They have dinosaur egg wagons to transport the kids. How cool is that!?
This fun attraction in Moab also includes a 5D PaleoAquarium, Tracks Museum and playground. We recommend you go in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the scorching heat of the sun.