Moab Weather: Best Time of Year to Visit

It’s all about the weather when deciding the best time of year to plan a vacation. This article details the Moab weather you can expect each season and month of the year.

This Moab, Utah Vacation Guide tells you everything you need to know to decide the best month to visit.

Moab Utah weather Faux Falls in the spring and Colorado River in the winter

There are plenty of things to do in Moab all year long, but the temperatures and weather will impact what you need to wear and could limit the outdoor activities you can do.

Do your research to know what it’s like visiting Moab, Utah at various times of the year so you can decide which season and month is best for you to plan your vacation to enjoy outdoor activities!

Moab packing lists for spring summer fall and winter
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What To Pack for a Trip to Moab

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Most of the year you’ll enjoy fun outdoor Moab adventures like scenic drives, hiking, biking, and photography. During the winter, the activities may be a bit more limited due to cold or snowy conditions!

When planning a trip to this popular Utah vacation spot, it’s important to be up-to-date with current weather and road conditions!

Use these resources to plan your Moab vacation:

Moab, Utah Weather: Moab Weather by Month

If you’re wondering the best time to visit Moab, below you’ll find specific information about what it’s like at different seasons and months of the year to help you decide.

You’ll also find links to different articles we’ve written about each season or month specifically: weather, services, and things to do that time of year.

Faux Falls near Moab

Spring Weather in Moab

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.

It is not unusual to get rain or even snowfall in March. We recommend you watch the weather and pack a winter coat, winter hat, and winter gloves when going to Moab in early spring. A fleece jacket, hat, and gloves should be fine later in the spring.

During the spring, Faux Falls is running at full capacity! It’s a fun stop and great place to photograph a waterfall in the desert.

Spring is a busy time for the Utah National Parks near Moab. We we recommend you get in the park early to for the best photography:

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Summer Weather in Moab

When planning your trip to Moab in the summer expect HOT temperatures! Since the temperatures are brutal this time of year, plan your outdoor activities for the cooler mornings and evenings!

With the hot summer temperatures, you’ll want to protect yourself from the sun by wearing a sun hatsunscreen and sunglasses. It’s important to stay hydrated and carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack. You also need to eat salty healthy snacks!

Summer is a great time to enjoy the AC as you explore the scenic drives near Moab:

Enjoy the cooler evenings by stargazing at Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point. All three are popular locations for milky way photography!

Fisher Towers golden light in Moab Utah

Fall Weather in Moab

The weather at Moab in the fall starts to cool down making it a great time to explore the park because it will be cooler in the mornings and evenings, and the daytime temperatures aren’t too hot compared to the summer.

With the cooler temperatures at night, you will definitely want to bring a fleece jacketwarm hat and gloves for the nights and early mornings. 

Fall is a nice time to explore the Moab area on a sunny day when the air isn’t stifling! It’s a perfect time to explore the hiking trails in the area. The fall months are still busy so hit the trails in the morning or late afternoon.

Colorado River in Moab in the winter with snow

Winter Weather in Moab

The temperatures really drop at Moab in the winter so it’s the least busy season. We don’t mind the colder weather for enjoying outdoor activities, which makes the winter the best time for us to visit to escape the crowds!

BUT the cold winter weather may not be for everyone.

During the winter it is especially important to dress in layers. We recommend an insulted winter jacketfleece jacketwarm hat and gloves if you’ll be doing any outside activities. Here’s the full list of the outdoor winter clothing we use – especially these awesome photographer gloves and rechargeable hand warmers!

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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.

READ OUR FULL GUIDE: Where 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. 
  • 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!

Moab Utah Tours and Resources

Arches and Canyonlands photography guide

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