Moab in March is pretty much our favorite time to visit because the weather is “just right” to spend your day outside.
This guide includes things to do in Moab, weather, what to pack, where to stay and more!
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.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO MOAB
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- Hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- WATER: Hydration packs or carry refillable water bottles in your backpack.
- Healthy snacks – there may be NO services on the trails you’ll hike or drive.
- Lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion – Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin.
- Summer – High temperatures, unrelenting sunlight, and low humidity. To keep cool, wear light colored, loose fitting UV protection clothing that does not absorb sunlight. Also avoid sun burn by wearing a sunhat and by generously applying sunscreen to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun.
- Winter – Pack winter clothing to stay dry and warm.
- Fleece jacket
- Buff headbands
- Hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- First aid kit
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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!
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!
TOP REASON TO VISIT 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 spring break destination 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 weather in Moab 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
Here’s a fun list of things to do in Moab and ways to get to know the history and geology of the area.
- Moab Giants Museum
- Moab Museum
- Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage
- Amazing Petroglyphs in Moab
- Dinosaur Sites Near Moab
National and State Parks Near Moab in March
If you want to visit the National and State Parks in the Moab area, you may find these guides helpful. Here’s what to expect at these parks in March:
Hiking Around Moab in March
The Moab Utah hiking trails are awesome, and one of the best ways to explore the area!
If you are looking for some of the best hiking you definitely want to explore the trails in the National and State Parks near Moab where you will find trails for all hiking levels.
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.
Remember it’s still important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen!
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.
Biking 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.
Moab Photography in March
There’s never a bad month for photography in the Moab area. 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.
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!
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.
Stargazing 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!
Off-Roading 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.