Condo in Moab Blog 7/27

Summer at the condo in Moab is in full swing and that means River Rafting season!  Due to the coronavirus situation, one day and half day trips are the primary focus this year. If you want to do an overnight trip you will have to coordinate with one of the local companies. It’s very important that only members of your protective bubble travel together on a river rafting trip.

The daytime temperatures have been in the high 90s to low 100s with pleasant night time temps dropping down into the 60s. We have seen an occasional thunderstorm blow through from time to time. But most of these events have been fairly brief and have not affected recreational activities for the most part.

Arches National Park is partially open. You can see all the major sites and there is even camping at the Devils Garden Campground. However, the visitor center remains closed and there are no tours to the Fiery Furnace.
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Since Arches and Canyonlands National Parks reopened in the spring, the condo in Moab has been pretty busy ever since. August is around one third booked but September only has about 13 available nights. October bookings are starting to fill in. So, if you want to stay at the condo in Moab this fall now is the time to make your plans.

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Every guest staying at the condo in Moab receives a complementary water bottle. These are high quality water bottles that will last you for many years to come. Please take them with you when you go out on day trips. The desert sun can be unforgiving and we want everyone to stay fully hydrated. If you don’t see water bottles on the kitchen counter when you check-in please contact the property manager and she will get them to you.  Enjoy your stay in Moab!

Condo In Moab - Hike Near Fisher Towers
Condo In Moab – Hike Near Fisher Towers

Condo in Moab Blog Mid June

Now that Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park have reopened to the public, the condo in Moab is seeing a lot more activity.  Visitors to Arches National Park may soon find themselves having to use a reservation system. The first day that it opened on May 29 the entrance had to be shut at 9 AM due to the overwhelming crowds.

Hopefully, the National Park Service will get a reservation system set up ASAP. During the busy season this is the only way to manage the crowds. Having endless lines of traffic backing up onto the highway is never a good thing. While it’s nice to see visitors coming back and feeding the local economy everyone has to remember that there is still a pandemic going on.

When you stay at the condo in Moab everything should be spotlessly clean upon your arrival. We have ample amounts of hand soap, detergent and cleansers and encourage frequent handwashing for all of our guests.

Please wear a mask when you go to the store or are in public places. Moab is a very small community with a tiny hospital that only has 11 beds. We simply can’t handle any type of demand for treating COVID 19 patients if there were to be an outbreak in our community. 

Since 25% to 50% of all people with the coronavirus are asymptomatic you can spread the virus easily and not even know it. Wearing a mask shows respect for everyone around you and we need to protect each other.

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We want everyone to have a great time when they stay at the condo in Moab. If you see anything that you feel needs attention please contact our property manager. You can find their contact information on the kitchen counter. They are very responsive and will make sure that anything that needs to be addressed will be attended to quickly.

Condo in Moab - April along the creek
Condo in Moab – April along the creek

Condo In Moab Blog Mid-May

Things are starting to heat up at the condo in Moab.  Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park will be opening on May 29. Operations will be somewhat limited. The visitor centers will remain closed. Backcountry camping will be allowed in Canyonlands but not in Arches.  Also, the regular campgrounds will remain closed into the foreseeable future.

June is typically a very busy month at the condo in Moab. Last year it was booked about 80% of the time but right now there is good availability. However, we expect that to change as word gets out that the national parks will be reopening.

To make life easier the health department has given the okay for restaurants and retail shops to open up as long as they follow some fairly stringent guidelines. There will be limits in regards to occupancy levels so places won’t get crowded like in the past. We recommend that you buy food at the City Market and enjoy your meals at the condo in Moab. Or, have a picnic lunch at one of the many beautiful spots in this part of the world.

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There are lots of places to go for a walk and enjoy the red rock scenery without driving into the national parks. On the east side of Moab is an extensive stretch of BLM land along Sand Flats Rd. There are many places to park and wander off into the red rock scenery. Or, you can do some off roading, Just make sure you have a high clearance vehicle because the terrain in this part of the world can be unforgiving.

We are very excited that things are opening up again in Moab. Spring and fall are the best times of year to visit this part of the world. As always we recommend that you keep plenty of water with you when traveling in this environment. Unlike the Sierras and other mountainous regions water sources can be few and far between in the Moab area. Also, the snow is melting very rapidly in the La Sal Mountains and the seasonal creeks will be drying up pretty soon.

Condo in Moab - Colorado River View Hwy 128
Condo in Moab – Colorado River View Hwy 128

Condo In Moab May 3 Blog

The month of May brings with it warmer temperatures and some changes to the vacation rental situation at the condo in Moab. We reported last week that there was a requirement for a break of 72 hours between the departure of one guest and the arrival of the next. However, that was amended a few days ago and now there is a 24 hour waiting time between departure and arrival.

The three-day waiting time was going to make it very difficult for renters, property managers, cleaning crews and property owners to coordinate the schedule.  Having to manually block time before and after each booking for a period of 72 hours was going to be cumbersome.

It’s of utmost importance that the cleaning crews do a great job when turning properties around. One of the reasons that I like working with Makenna’s Gold Rentals is because the cleaning crews are consistently very good. Every now and then someone’s going to miss something but if you contact the property management office they are very responsive and will make sure things are taking care of to your satisfaction.

Still no word as to when Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park will be opening. The latest rumor is sometime in late May. If I had to guess I would say it would be after Memorial Day so they don’t get overrun with visitors.,

If you are thinking of staying at the condo in Moab and would like to book the condo there is still some availability for May and June. Please make sure that your start date is 1 full day after the departure date of the previous guest.

The days are getting longer and the weather is definitely warming up. We had our first 90° days last week. It won’t be that hot this week but it’s important to remember to bring lots of drinking water even when going out for a short walk.   While there is still water in some of the creeks you cannot rely on water sources in the backcountry.  We want everyone who stays at the condo in Moab to come back safe from their daily explorations.

condo in moab creek off hwy 128
Condo In Moab – Creek Off Hwy 128

Condo In Moab is Open for Rental

April has really been a spectacular month at the condo in Moab! The weather has been beautiful with sunny days and a few high clouds. Moderate temperatures ranging from the high 60s to the mid 80s as the month wraps up have made it a wonderful time to be outdoors. I’ve been doing a fair amount of hiking and exploring new parts of red rock country.

Even though Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are still closed, Grand County has decided to loosen up the restrictions for vacation rentals and hotels. So, I am going to be departing on May 3 as the first guests check in on May 6. There is a new requirement to have a 72 hour vacancy between departures and arrivals. This is to ensure that after the property is cleaned all viruses are completely killed and the next guest can be assured of a safe and comfortable stay.

If you would like to make reservations there is still some availability for May and June. Please make sure that your start date is three days after the departure date of the previous guest.

Here is a portion of the information from the health department memorandum pertaining to departures and arrivals:

72-Hour Rest Period:

All lodging facilities that provide a room or other rental (including a cabin, house, or unit) shall restrict access to each room or other rental from any person for a period of 72 hours after check-out of prior guests.

Cleaning staff may enter the room or rental after 24 hours if they have received supplies and training specific to personal protective measures and sanitation supplies pursuant to recommendations of the health department. The purpose of this 72-Hour Rest Period is based on scientific studies indicating that the COVID-19 virus can remain stable on certain surfaces for up to three (3) days (i.e.,72 hours).

Example Timeline – Guest checks out on Sunday at noon, room/rental is left alone for the rest of the day. On Monday afternoon cleaning services are provided if cleaning staff is appropriately trained and protected. On Wednesday afternoon the room/rental is available for new guests to check in.

condo in moab colorado river
Condo in Moab – Drive Along Hwy 128 and Colorado River

Condo In Moab In April

Beautiful spring temperatures and gorgeous sunny skies characterize life at the condo in Moab during the first part of April. Uncharacteristically, there are no people in town because the Coronavirus epidemic has led to the closure of both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. As a result, I’m staying here during the closure to enjoy the gorgeous red rock scenery and do a little bit of hiking on BLM and National Forest Land.

This is a rare opportunity to take pictures among the red rocks without people in them. But unfortunately, I can’t get into the national parks so I have to just enjoy the other public lands which seem almost endless. With all of the local businesses shut down with the exception of the supermarkets and a handful of restaurants offering takeout service, Moab resembles a ghost town.

It’s very important that anyone who is not a full-time resident or property owner stays away from this part of the world because there are no accommodations. All hotel rooms are shut and only available to what are considered essential workers which means people who are directly tied to keeping Moab going. And vacation rentals have been terminated through at least the end of April and possibly longer.

So, while southeastern Utah, Western Colorado, Northeast Arizona and northern New Mexico have relatively few cases of the Coronavirus, the locals and the authorities want to keep it that way.  The best way to do this is to completely eliminate people coming in and out of this part of the world for any reason that is not truly essential.

All of us fervently hope that by keeping Coronavirus cases in the single digits in each County in the Four Corners region we can return to a semblance of normal life sooner than many other parts of the country. There has even been a call for everyone working in supermarkets and the food service industry to wear masks 100% of the time since they are in contact with the food supply. Some more extreme types don’t want anyone entering Moab unless they can first show proof of a negative Coronavirus test but it’s unlikely were going to get to that point anytime soon.

Hopefully, things will return to normal sometime later this year. So you may wish to consider making reservations for autumn since that is a very popular time and the condo in Moab tends to sell out quickly.

Condo in Moab - North Windows Arch
Condo In Moab – North Windows Arch

Moab Vacation Rental Condo

Spring has arrived early at the Moab vacation rental condo. Temperatures in the 60s and beautiful sunny skies are making the first part of March absolutely delightful. There are still a few open dates in March, April and May. But the condo is getting booked up so we recommend that you make reservations now if you are planning to come any time before July.

Our neighbors to the northeast in Colorado have enjoyed a phenomenal ski season this winter. It was my good fortune to have flown here in July and found a nice condo to rent in Dillon for ski season.  You never know when you book a ski vacation far in advance if mother nature will cooperate. But everything has worked out great with fresh snow several times a week.

Using the Epic Pass I skied at Keystone, Breckenridge and Vail. After spending the last few decades skiing primarily at Lake Tahoe with occasional adventures elsewhere it was quite a treat to have all new terrain for the past couple of months.

Speaking of all new terrain, one of the great things about staying at the Moab vacation rental condo is the proximity to many parts of the red rock country. It’s about 15 minutes north to the entrance to Arches National Park. Roughly 30 minutes gets you to Canyonlands National Park. And about one hour to the south brings you into a completely different section of Canyonlands.

One of our favorite trips that can be done either in a long day or as a one night overnight takes you from the condo in Moab initially to Natural Bridges National Monument. This place is pretty compact so you can go to the overlooks and even walk under one of the bridges before noon. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading down to the Valley of the Gods.

This is very much like Monument Valley only the rock formations are spaced farther apart. It gets very few visitors primarily due to the rough road. Make sure it has not rained recently or you will find a couple of the normally dry creek beds to be difficult or impossible to cross.

A leisurely four hours will get you from Natural Bridges down through the Valley of the Gods and pretty close to Monument Valley. We recommend staying overnight at the lodging closest to Monument Valley (make sure you book months in advance) and enjoying dinner at the hotel called The View.  The 17 mile drive through Monument Valley takes 2 to 3 hours, longer if you plan to linger or hike around one of the Mittens.

Moab Vacation Rental Day Trip to Monument Valley

Condo in Moab Mid – Feb.

While our neighbors in Colorado have been getting pummeled with one snowstorm after another it’s been rather beautiful at the condo in Moab.  This coming week it looks like temperatures in the high 40s to mid 50s with sunny skies as far as the eye can see. This makes those beautiful colors in the red rocks pop out even more than usual especially with the sun still low in the sky.

Reservations are filling up for the months of March, April, May and June. However, there is still some good availability if you come during the week instead of on the weekend. Our favorite time to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks is Monday through Thursday when there are smaller crowds.

We highly recommend that you arrive at the park entrance either before 8:30 AM or after 4 PM. You can take your chances anytime in between. However, some of the longest lines to get into the parks generally take place between 9 AM and 1 PM.  Please keep in mind that both of these national parks are rather primitive.  

You’re not going to find much of anything in the way of services, food, gas or anything else you would normally expect to be able to purchase.  You can sometimes buy sandwiches and snacks in one corner of Canyonlands.  But, you won’t find anything other than books, maps and a few souvenirs at the Arches visitor center.

Make sure that you start your day very prepared and fully self-contained. That means packing all of the food and water that you will need for the entire day along with extra clothing. Fill up the gas tank, put on sunblock and let someone know where you’re going if you are planning to travel off road.

If you are staying at the condo in Moab you will drive right past City Market and the accompanying gas station on your way to both Arches and Canyonlands. They have a great deli which makes yummy sandwiches and has all the fixings you need for a delightful picnic.  With such a great variety to choose from you will be sure to enjoy a wonderful day in the great outdoors surrounding Moab

Condo in Moab Red Rocks
Condo in Moab – Red Rock Monument

Moab Condo Blog 2/3/2020

After we get through a bit of stormy weather today at the Moab condo it looks like a nice sunny week ahead.  Check out the weather forecast

A good sized winter storm is making its way through the Intermountain West. However, only the southern end will clip the Moab area. So, after things clear off we will have clear sunny weather for the most part along with a few clouds interspersed here and there. Daytime temperatures will be in the 40s. When you put it all together it means a terrific time to see the beautiful colors at both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Now I know what some of you are thinking. It’s way too cold to be wandering around red rock country. Well if you bundle up and have shoes with good traction (or wear) ice trekkers you can make your way to most of the sites without too much difficulty. You won’t have to fight the crowds; in many places you might have a nice stretch of the park all to yourself.

At the Moab condo we are doing the annual heavy cleaning of the entire property. This means moving all of the furniture and getting into all of the nooks and crannies to make the place sparkling clean for the first arrivals of 2020. We pride ourselves on having a terrific housekeeping staff. So, if you ever find anything amiss please contact our property manager immediately and they will set things right pronto.

Reservations are starting to fill up for the spring of 2020. If you are thinking of coming anytime between March and the end of June now is the time to book the Moab condo. Some of the prime weeks are already taken.
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Don’t forget to bring your laptop or tablet when you come to the Moab condo. We have a really fast Wi-Fi connection!  So, you can stay connected or disconnected, whatever your mood.

Moab Condo Trip - Grand Canyon on the way to Canyonlands NP
Moab Condo Trip – Grand Canyon on the way to Canyonlands NP

Condo in Moab 2020

Happy New Year from the condo in Moab!  It’s that time of year when things slow down in Moab. While the days might be getting longer, we are still a good two months away from the traditional start of the visitor season.

However, if you don’t mind the cold weather then January and February are a nice time to visit Moab. You won’t find any crowds at the supermarket, restaurants or the national parks. Many of the restaurants and retail stores remain closed until mid to late February. But if you are coming for the beautiful scenery, this time of year provides you with the most brilliant colors.

With the sun very low in the sky the red rock scenery takes on a whole new light. You will get to see colors and variations in the rock formations that are not as apparent when the sun is high in the sky later in the year. Photographers especially appreciate the early morning light yet they don’t have to get up at 5 AM. Sunrise photos are beautiful in winter. Just make sure that you dress warmly as mornings in January tend to be quite chilly.

It looks like reasonably nice weather at the condo in Moab this week. However night times will be in the teens with daytime highs only in the 30s. A little bit of snow is expected at higher elevations but then things clear up quickly. If you are driving early in the morning this time of year watch out for black ice. You don’t need any precipitation to get enough condensation on the roads with temperatures dropping well below freezing each night. Unfortunately, black ice is almost impossible to see. It’s better to slow down and not make sudden moves. This means breaking and accelerating slowly and carefully along with making cautious lane changes.

Condo in Moab - Red Rock Scenery in Winter
Condo in Moab – Red Rock Scenery in Winter