|Why Moab? No other landscape in the Western United States is as complete as Moab. Only at Moab does the Colorado River, the “Master River” of the southwest, meet with a spacious valley, towering red rock formations and a mountain range soaring nearly 13,000 feet. Moab Valley is the most interior reach of the 4,000 foot contour in the Rocky Mountain/Colorado Plateau region.. So what? This means a climate not dissimilar to Las Vegas, is juxtaposed with a huge river and towering snow covered peaks. On almost any day of the year a recreationalist can choose weather from two or three seasons just by picking a nearby elevation.In spring it is possible to ski in the morning, boat at mid-day and mountain bike in the evening. During summer there are endless miles of cool upper elevation mesas for biking. The La Sal Mountains offer biking, hiking, fly-fishing and lollygagging. The river is always there for a dip or a boat jaunt. Autumn is so spectacular as to defy description, with balmy days and cool nights. If there is an off-season, it is winter. Mid-winter in Moab is a well kept secret of crystalline vistas, empty National Parks, outrageous back-country skiing and delightful canyoneering.
Moab is the boundary location of the ancient Fremont and Anasazi cultures. The Spanish Trail, an overland route from missions at Santa Fe to Monterrey, found a natural river crossing at Moab during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Later, Butch Cassidy frequented Moab when it was a fledgling Anglo settlement. The late 19th Century was a bit rough in Moab, which was also known as Robber’s Roost. Archeology, rock-art and western tales are unusually rich in the Moab region.
The largest wetland on the upper Colorado River has been preserved at Moab by the Nature Conservancy as the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands, where migrating and resident birds may be viewed in abundance all year.
Moab is known as the Mountain Bike Capital of the Universe. The Slickrock Trail, behind Moab Springs Ranch, has no peer in the world. Dozens of easier (and harder) routes criss-cross the canyon country round about. Scenic road-biking along the Colorado River is being made safer with new designs for trails and road improvements.
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Moab Area Links:
The Grand County Travel Council: www.discovermoab.com