Located in southeast Utah, visiting Moab in March offers a unique combination of breathtaking landscapes and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. There are a variety of things to do in Moab in March like hiking, biking, rock climbing, photography, and scenic drives!
With the mild temperatures and sunny days, March is a popular time of year to plan a Moab vacation. If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend visiting the first two weeks of March.
We live close enough to enjoy Moab at various times throughout year so we have lots of ideas and tips to share to help you plan a March vacation. This guide includes a list of things to do in Moab, March weather, what to pack, and where to stay!
Our most important tip is to have the right clothing and gear for the weather and temperatures for the time you’ll be visiting Moab. Grab your free Moab, Utah packing list by clicking the image below!
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Packing List for Moab in the Spring
- Waterproof hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- WATER: Hydration packs or carry refillable water bottles in your backpack.
- Healthy snacks
- Lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion – Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin.
- Winter clothing might be needed in March
- Fleece jacket
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 March
Moab, Utah is one of the most popular places to visit in Utah, especially in the spring.
The weather in Moab in March is perfect to explore the national parks and surrounding areas! It will be cool to cold in the mornings and evenings, but it’s just right during the day when the sun in shining.
There is not much shade to be found around Moab so it’s nice to be outside on a sunny day when the air is cool! It makes hiking, biking and offroading so much more enjoyable!
And you’ll see waterfalls and desert flowers in the spring you won’t see any other time of year!
Moab is a popular destination for spring break in Utah so expect crowds! The town, trails and points of interest will be packed with people.
And definitely avoid the weekend of the Moab Easter Jeep Safari unless you are going there to specifically attend this event. The small town will be very crowded which means higher prices for accommodations and long lines at the restaurants!
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 March
The Moab weather in March is starting 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.
The average highs are near 60 degrees with the lows in the mid 30s. Dress in layers when visiting Moab in March. A good fleece jacket and waterproof hiking boots are good things to have in the spring.
Things to Do in Moab in March
Moab transforms into a playground of outdoor adventures in March. Here’s a fun list of Moab spring activities to enjoy the outdoors, as well as ways to get to know the history and geology of the area.
Learn About Moab Dinosaurs and Petroglyphs in March
The Moab Giants Museum is a MUST for anyone who loves dinosaurs! March is a terrific month to be outside walking along a trail of life-sized dinosaurs! There are also lots of places to see dinosaur tracks and petroglyphs in Moab too!
- Moab Giants Museum
- Moab Museum
- Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage
- Amazing Petroglyphs in Moab
- Dinosaur Sites Near Moab
Visit the National and State Parks Near Moab in March
Moab, Utah, serves as a gateway to two National Parks and one State Park. All three offer unique landscapes with spectacular views, and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy!
Arches National Park in March – one of the best times to visit due to the moderate temperatures that aren’t too hot or too cold. March is the perfect time to hike to the park’s iconic formations like Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, and Balanced Rock
Canyonlands National Park in March – the must-see sights include the Island in the Sky mesa that provides panoramic views of the park. Don’t forget to visit The Needles, where you’ll find stunning, colorful sandstone spires.
Dead Horse Point State Park – watching the sunset at Dead Horse Point is an incredible experience. As the day fades, the sky transforms into a beautiful painting, filled with vibrant colors. The cliffs and canyons become bathed in a stunning red and orange glow, creating a magical atmosphere.
Explore Moab’s Scenic Drives in April
Moab, Utah is a scenic destination with many beautiful drives to enjoy the breathtaking views around 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!
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!
We recommend the Arches & Canyonlands GuideAlong App to hear fun behind-the-scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location.
Hike Around Moab in March
The Moab spring hikes are awesome, and one of the best ways to explore the area! March is probably the best time for hiking when the sun is out. It’s quite different from summer when you’re sweating and worrying about heat exhaustion.
Definitely check out the hikes at Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead Horse Point. You will find trails for all hiking levels.
- Arches National Park Spring Hikes
- Canyonlands National Park Spring Hikes
- Dead Horse Point State Park Hiking Trails
Most of the trails in Moab are fully exposed to the sun, which is perfect for your visit in March since you aren’t worrying about finding shade. Remember it’s still important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen!
Bike in Moab in March
With so many outdoor activities to do there, Moab is considered the adventure capital of the US!
March is a great time to enjoy the Moab mountain bike trails because you can be out all day and not worrying about getting too hot! BUT that also means more people will be on the trails so be prepared to share the trails.
The Moab landscape is filled with “petrified” sand dunes and slick rock that have become famous for bike rides.
Photograph the Moab Landscapes in March
If you want to snap some amazing shots in Moab, make sure your camera is good to go at sunrise and sunset. The colors during those times are mind-blowing, and the soft glow on the red rocks is absolutely mesmerizing!
- Best sunrise photo spots in Moab – Mesa Arch, Grand View Point, Turret Arch, Delicate Arch, La Sal Viewpoint
- Best sunset photo spots in Moab – Fisher Towers, Delicate Arch, Balanced Rock, Dead Horse Point
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.
CHECK OUT our 3 day photography guide for Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point to capitalize on all the best places and times to take pictures in the Moab area! We share some of our favorite ‘lesser known’ places to take pictures in Moab!
Stargaze Near Moab in March
Definitely take one evening to get away from the Moab city lights, 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.
In March, if you’ve got a clear sky, you can try to capture a photo of the Milky Way – the Milky Way is visible from 3:00 am to 5:45 am!
Off-Road in Moab in March
Many times the Moab Jeep Safari will take place in March. As the name suggests, it’s always scheduled around Easter each year. It’s a busy time in in town and on the off-roading trails. If you’re not participating in this event, you should probably avoid this week!
Local tour companies offer 4×4 rentals, but for inexperienced drivers, it’s best to join a tour or have a guide ride along with you to navigate and teach. We have used and recommend Outlaw Jeep Tours.
Join a Moab Guided Tour in March
Here’s a list of fun Moab tours that are available during the month of March. Booking a tour helps you explore all the amazing sights the area has to offer to make sure you don’t miss anything.
- Private Full-Day Moab Tour and Hike Combo
- Private Half-Day Canyoneering Tour in Moab
- Moab Half-Day Rock Climbing
- Day Photography in Arches, Canyonlands, & Moab
- Moab Back Roads, History, and Winery E-Bike Tour
- Hell’s Revenge UTV 4X4 Off-Roading Tour from Moab
Camp Around Moab in March
There are a variety of ways to camp in the Moab area in March: RV Parks and Campgrounds, National Park Campgrounds, State Park Campgrounds, and BLM camping.
- RV Parks in Moab
- Arches National Park Camping
- Island in the Sky Campgrounds
- Needles Canyonlands Camping
- Dead Horse Point State Park 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.
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