A Travel Guide to Moab Spring Weather

Spring is a fantastic time to visit Moab, Utah. Expect temperatures ranging from the 60s to 80s during the day with lows in the mid-30s to 50s. The Moab spring weather can be unpredictable with rain, and even snow in early spring!

The moderate spring Moab weather is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, photography, and scenic drives. This guide will detail the weather to expect in Moab during the spring months of March, April, and May.

Moab spring weather

Springtime in Moab varies quite a bit from month to month. When visiting Moab in the spring, it’s important to pack for all types of weather because you never know when the weather will change.

We live only a few hours away from Moab so we’ve had the opportunity to visit many times during all four seasons. The tips we share in this Moab, Utah Vacation Guide are based on our experiences visiting the area throughout the years, and specifically during the spring months.

Moab is located in southeast Utah so you’ll enjoy warm days, but the spring nights can still be chilly. Be sure to pack layers so you can stay comfortable throughout your visit. And with spring comes the unpredictable weather, so it’s always a good idea to have some rain gear on hand just in case.

Use our Moab, Utah packing list to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in the spring! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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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 Spring

Moab, Utah is located in Southeastern Utah close to Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point State Park. These parks are known for their iconic red rock landscapes!

Due to the moderate weather, Moab at spring break is a popular destination and will be crowded, especially during the Easter Jeep Safari Week and when schools are out for spring break.

You can enjoy Moab spring activities like hiking, biking, canyoneering, photography, and scenic drives at the National Parks, State Park, and around the Moab area.

There are amazing Moab spring hikes to explore the hiking trails in two National Parks, one State Park, and on BLM land. Hiking in Moab is a terrific way to see and photograph this scenic area filled with sandstone arches, pinnacles, petroglyphs and even dinosaur prints!

Moab Spring Weather

Before heading out to admire the stunning red rock landscapes of this desert town, understanding the Moab weather and climate and how to prepare for it is crucial.

Moab is about 4,000 feet above sea level so it does get cold at night during the spring months.

If it does snow in March (or even April), the roads in Arches National Park and Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point might be closed for plowing for a few hours. Keep in mind that the roads, parking lots, and pullouts in the parks can still be icy, especially in shaded areas.

Here are the specific temperature and weather details for each month in the spring when visiting Moab!

Arches National Park with rain puddles
Arches National Park with rain puddles

Moab Spring Weather in March

When visiting Moab in March, temperatures are mild and comfortable, making it ideal for outdoor activities. The average highs are near 60 degrees with the lows in the mid 30s.

Yes, the weather in March begins to get warmer, but the mornings and evenings will still be cold. Keep in mind the weather can be unpredictable if a storm rolls through with rain, and possibly snow.

Moab is also a bucket list destination for photographers. Sunrise and sunset are the best times for Moab photography because the light at this time creates a spectacular glow on the red rocks that’s so beautiful! Look for fun photographic opportunities after snow or rain too!

We definitely recommend packing photographer gloves and having rechargeable hand warmers in your coat pockets!

Faux Falls
Faux Falls

Moab Spring Weather in April

Visiting Moab in April is amazing because the temperatures are perfect to enjoy outdoor activities. The weather in April means highs near 73 and lows near 42 degrees Fahrenheit.

You’ll find a Moab Utah hiking trail to suit any level of hiker, but the one we recommend is Faux Falls! In the spring the waterfall is full and rushing due to the spring rains and snow runoff from the nearby mountains. The waterfall is created by the piping diverting water from Mill Creek to fill the reservoir, Ken’s Lake.

If you plan to visit Arches National Park in April or May, you’ll need a timed entry permit! Timed entry tickets will be required to enter the park from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will allow visitors to enter the park during a one-hour specified window of availability.

You CAN visit Arches without a ticket as long as you enter the park before 6 a.m or after 5 p.m. That’s the best time of day for Arches National Park photography anyway.

Jeep on the Hell's Revenge Trail
Jeep on the Hell’s Revenge Trail

Moab Spring Weather in May

You’ll love the amazing weather at Moab in May, but the town, trails and attractions will be crowded. Expect temperature highs 82 / lows 51 degrees F. With the warmer daytime temperatures, you’ll want to stay hydrated and use sun protection!

Off-roading in Moab in the spring can be enjoyed by jeep, side-by-side or other such vehicles. We recommend any of the ATV or Jeep Moab tours for inexperienced drivers. You’ll have more fun on tour or even have a guide ride along with you to navigate and teach!

Yes, you can rent ATVs and Jeeps, but Moab is not the place to learn on your own if you’ve never done any off-road driving!

Camera Photographing Dead Horse Point

What to Pack for Moab Spring Weather

Moab, Utah in early spring will still have cold mornings so layers are key. You’ll definitely want to pack your photography gear for hiking to capture the amazing landscape scenes in Moab!

spring hiking gear

Spring Activities Near Moab

Plan your trip to Moab today and discover all that this vibrant desert town has to offer. You’ll find spring activities in the nearby National and State Parks!

Cabin in Moab
Cabin in Moab

Where to Stay in Moab in the Spring

There 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.

Moab maps and travel guides

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