Moab Utah is attractive to visit for the three great parks: Canyonlands and Arches National Parks and Dead Horse POint State Park. The sightseeing is indelible. One mustn’t overlook the world famous Colorado River that wiggles a route through Utah on the way to the Grand Canyon, where everyone seems to know the Colorado River exists in Arizona. Moab has rafting. Something for everyone from kids and grandparents to whitewater enthusiasts. Many bring toys to enjoy Moab. Among these are ropes, boats, bikes and an assortment of motorized vehicles. Everyone should add a nutshell of information about the surrounds of Moab.
Visitors desiring education about a variety of Moab topics, will find free flowing information from rangers in the parks and experts in other venues located in Moab. The presentations are entertaining, as well as, FREE. Self-guided materials can be found in the Moab Information Center in the heart of Moab. And, of course, Guided Tours are thriving in Moab for a personal voyage with an expert by raft, 4×4, ATV, motorcycle, horseback, or ropes.
As of this article date Dead Horse Point State Park posts – April 1 2011 ~ 10-10:30 AM ~ Geology talk at the Dead Horse Point Overlook April 2 2011 ~ 10-10:30 AM ~ Geology talk at the Dead Horse Point Overlook April 2 3022 ~ 8 PM ~ Star Party at the Visitor Center Amphitheater April 3 2011 ~ 10-10:30 AM ~ Geology talk at the Dead Horse Point Overlook April 9 2011 ~ 8:30 PM ~ Audio/Visual, games, activities and Bat viewing at the Visitor Center Amphitheater April 10 2011 ~ 7 AM ~ Morning Bird Walk starts from Visitor Center Amphitheater April 16 2011 ~ Register 2 days prior for this Full moon Hike 435-259-2614 April 23 2011 ~ Hour long Sunset Hike. Start 7 PM at the Overlook. April 30 2011 ~ Hour long Sunset Hike. Start 7 PM at the Overlook.
Arches National Park has a ranger lead walk that operates twice a day. It is called the Fiery Furnace. It is worth the $10 for adults; $5 for 7-12 ages and 6 and under free. Don’t expect the little ones to walk, bring that back pack and be able to walk the broken ground of this outing. Limited to 15 participants at a time.
Arches Artist in Park features Kathy Cooney for 2011. Visitors have an opportunity to interact with the artist on the following days. April 2 2011 ~ 11 AM – 1 PM ~ La Sal Mountain Overlook April 2 2011 ~ 2-4 PM ~ Arches Visitor Center April 9 2011 ~ 2-4 PM ~ Arches Visitor Center April 16 2011 ~ 11 AM – 1 PM ~ Wolfe Ranch April 16 2011 ~ 2-4 PM ~ Arches Visitor Center April 19 2011 ~ 2-4 PM ~ Arches Visitor Center April 21 2011 ~ 2-4 PM ~ Arches Visitor Center April 23 2011 ~ 11 AM – 1 PM ~ Balanced Rock April 23 2011 ~ 2-4 PM ~ Arches Visitor Center April 26 2011 ~ 2-4 PM ~ Arches Visitor Center April 30 2011 ~ 11 AM – 1 PM ~ Windows Section April 30 2011 ~ 2-4 PM ~ Arches Visitor Center
Canyonlands National Park as this General Schedule for the various districts of the park – Rangers present a variety of interpretive programs March through October at the Island in the Sky and Needles districts. Schedules and times vary so please check the bulletin boards at the visitor center and campground for current listings.
Spring-Fall Program Schedule – The Island in the Sky district offers up to four programs daily, including geology presentations at Grand View Point at 10:30 & 11:30am and talks at the Visitor Center at 10:30am & 1:30pm. Rangers at overlooks & trails throughout the day, are also happy to explain Canyonlands’ many features.
The Needles district offers evening programs at the Squaw Flat Campground most nights of the week. Programs begin at 7:30 pm and last about one hour. The Maze district offers guided hikes in Horseshoe Canyon every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) during April-May and September-October. Walks begin at the west side Horseshoe Canyon trail head at 9am. Special walks or programs may be arranged for large groups by contacting the districts directly: Island in the Sky (435) 259-4712 Needles (435) 259-4711 Horseshoe Canyon (435) 259-2652
For Families with Children in the National Parks of Moab: There are Discovery Packs for Island In the Sky and Needles districts. A deposit is required to check one out. The pack has a number of handy explorer gadgets and field guides to use as you walk around. Perfect if you desire to identify the flora or lizards that you see on the trail.
Junior Ranger booklets are given out to kids ages 6-12 in every National Park across the nation. Be sure to ask about the Junior Ranger program in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks too.
In downtown Moab, The Moab Information Center has an amphitheater. Often Thursday nights are dedicated to presentations brought to the public by the Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA). CNHA also stocks the visitor center with maps and books and music pertinent to the Moab area.
Currently these programs are scheduled to be held at the Information Center – March 31, 2011 ~ 7 PM ~ The Story Behind the Photos; Excerpts from Roads Through Time – A Roadside History of the Moab Area Sam Lightner, Jr’s book Roads Through Time – A Roadside History of the Moab Area is more than just a road guide to the area byways; it is the inside story of Moab: the ancient Anasazi and Ute, Spanish explorers and gritty cowboys, devout religious followers and lawless criminals, and adventurous bikers and climbers. Join us to learn more about the back story to Moab’s history. April 14, 2011 ~ 7 PM ~ Art Works by Pete Apicella, 2010 Community Artist in the Park 2010 Pete Apicella Pete Apicella served as SE Utah Group Community Artist in the Park in 2010. Pete will share a little about his experience along with examples of his artwork which reimages the dynamic desert landscapes of this region into works featuring colored pencils and prismatic inks in a vivid and compact format. April 28, 2011 ~ 7 PM ~ Wildflowers of Canyon Country ~ Joel Tuhy Joel’s presentation is one of the most popular of the year. This year he will share his extensive knowledge of wildflowers of Canyon Country. Joel’s photos are truly outstanding. Joel works locally for the Nature Conservancy. May 12, 2011 ~ 7PM ~ Slide show and discussion on the Sagstetter’s recent book: The Cliff Dwellings Speak Bill and Beth Sagstetter
Also May 7 -14 2011 is the Utah State Archeaology Week. Stop in at the Moab Information Center to collect the Rock Art Brochure for a self-guided tour of reachable panels on the outskirts of town. Remember: Rock Art Panels are protected by the Antiquities Act. Do not add graffiti to these sites, nor touch the rock art. Become a member of The Archeaological Conservancy and join them May 10-17 2011 in Utah for a San Juan River Trip with expert David Grant Noble. He is author of Ancient Ruins of the Southwest. Shop the Arches Book Company or Back of Beyond Books of Moab for regional titles.
There are other excellent guided tours in Moab. They lead visitors on the Colorado River, on the trails by motorcycle, ATV, four wheel drive or bicycle, through the rocks climbing or canyoneering, in the sky with scenic flights, hot air ballooning or sky dives. If you are researching Moab Utah as a destination for a group coming for a reunion, business meeting, expo, conference, board retreat, wedding or other event, find help with venues and services for groups at Moab Utah Meetings, Weddings, Events.