Tips for Visiting Moab in February

Are you wondering what it’s like to visit Moab in February?

Winter is one of our favorite times visit Moab, Utah.

We live close enough to Moab that we can visit at various times throughout year so we have lots of ideas and tips to share!

Use this guide to help you decide if a February vacation to Moab is the right time for you to enjoy outdoor winter adventures here.

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What to Pack for a Winter Vacation

1.  Hiking Gear

2. Clothing – Layers

3. Daypack

4. Other

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

READ OUR FULL GUIDE: Places 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.  → Book the Purple Sage via Airbnb

• 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!

• Condos south of town – we really like the King size bed in the master, washer and dryer in the unit and a swimming pool/hot tub (just a 5 minute drive south of Moab).

TOP REASON TO VISIT MOAB IN FEBRUARY

The off season rates are the best reason for a February vacation. The rates may be a bit higher over the President’s Weekend so try to plan around that time if you can.

Check out our favorite places 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.

Moab during the busy season can get VERY crowded. There may be traffic getting into the town, long waits at restaurants and lines to get into the nearby national parks.

In February the town slows down a bit so you can enjoy your time strolling main street to enjoy the restaurants and shops that are open.

BIGGEST DRAWBACK

There are a few negatives for going to Moab in February.

If you’ll be visiting the national parks in the area, there are no ranger-led hikes or campfire talks at Arches National Park in the winter.

Also, the hiking trails at Arches, Canyonlands and around the Moab area remain open year-round, but if there’s been a recent snow storm, many of the trails can be slippery from packed snow and ice and may require traction devices and trekking poles. 

And for anyone who wants to do off-roading in their Jeep or ATV, some roads may be impassible due to weather and road conditions.

If you’re ok with that, and can be flexible with your itinerary, then you should definitely visit Moab in February!

MOAB WEATHER IN FEBRUARY

The weather at Moab in February is still cold and can be unpredictable if a storm rolls through. The average highs are near 50 degrees with the lows in the mid 20s. Remember that Moab is about 4,000 feet above sea level so it does get cold in the winter, even if the sun is out.

Dress in layers when visiting Moab in February. Take warm winter clothing so you’ll actually want to get out of the car and enjoy the outdoor activities! Your hiking boots should be warm and waterproof. No one wants soggy feet!

After a snow storm, the Arches and Canyonlands roads 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.

You can see current weather conditions at Arches on the NPS website and updated photographs of trail conditions at the Arches visitor center. 

MOAB ATTRACTIONS IN FEBRUARY

Here’s a fun list of things to do in Moab and ways to get to know the history and geology of the area.

If you want to visit the National Parks in the Moab area, you may find these guides helpful.

HIKING IN FEBRUARY

Hiking in Moab is awesome, and one of the best ways to explore the area!

The hiking trails at Arches, Canyonlands Island in the Sky and Dead Horse Point are some of the best you’ll find anywhere in the US!

February is a terrific time to 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 in the winter!

Most of the trails in Moab are fully exposed to the sun, which is perfect for your visit in February.

Keep in mind you may encounter ice, snow and mud in shady areas of the trails because February is still cold and the wet areas may not dry out.

You may need traction devices on some trails. Check with the Moab Information Center or the park visitor’s centers for the most current trail conditions.

→ CHECK OUT Devil’s Garden Trail Guide

→ CHECK OUT 10 Amazing Hiking Trails in Arches

Biking in February

With so many outdoor activities to do there, Moab is considered the adventure capital of the US!

February is a great time to enjoy the mountain bike trails, even if there’s been a recent snow storm. The Moab landscape is filled with “petrified” sand dunes and slick rock that have become famous for bike rides.

During the summer the parking lots are full and the trails are lined with riders, but not in February! You could have the lot and trail to yourself, or there may only be a handful of other bikers!

Multiple bike shops stay open in the winter to rent gear, tune a bike, or recommend a trail.

PHOTOGRAPHY IN FEBRUARY

Snow may not be the best for hiking or jeeping, but it makes for amazing photos! We love to photograph the landscape of red rocks with the contrast of the the white snow.

Be prepared for all types of winter photography at Arches, Canyonlands or Dead Horse Point due to weather. You can still capture amazing photos with rain, snow and fog.

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 National Park 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!

And since February will be cold in the morning and evening, we like to use photographer gloves and keep rechargeable hand warmers in our coat pockets!

→ CHECK OUT: 3 Day Photography Guide for Arches National Park

→ CHECK OUT: Arches National Park Photography Tips

STARGAZING IN FEBRUARY

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 February, if you’ve got a clear sky, you can try to capture a photo of the Milky Way!

Moab has world-famous offroad 4x4 trails.

Off-Roading in February

Off-roading in Moab in the winter can be enjoyed by jeep, side-by-side or other such vehicles.

In February we recommend you wear, or at least have packed in your vehicle, warm clothing and waterproof boots.

If you opt to do a guided tour, the jeeps are heated, but you’ll want to dress in layers so you can get out and explore the scenic stops along the way.

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.

→ MUST-HAVE: Moab, Utah Offroad Trail Guides and Maps!

FAQ’S FOR VISITING MOAB IN FEBRUARY

Can you visit Moab in February?

Yes! There are lots of things to do in Moab in the winter. The national parks in the area are open 24/7. Visit the NPS site to get the updated winter hours.

What is the best time of year to go to Moab?

Spring and fall are great times to visit Moab when the temperatures are perfect for long days of hiking, mountain biking and most outdoor activities.

But the winter will offer fewer crowds if you can be flexible if a winter storm rolls through.

Does Moab get snow?

Snow storms can happen in February in Moab. When it does snow, it’s not usually large amounts. When a storm rolls through, the area can get a dusting of snow, or even a few inches. The landscape is beautiful in the snow!

Do the roads close in Moab?

The Arches and Canyonlands park roads might be closed after a snowfall for several hours for plowing. For road conditions, check the Utah Road Weather Forecast or call 1-866-511-UTAH (8824).

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