The condo in Moab is almost completely booked for
the month of April. The only open dates
are for arrival on April 21 with departure on the morning of April 24. During the month of May the only opening is
arrival on May 14 with departure on May 16.
The weather has really improved during the past
couple of weeks. Daytime temperatures
are now regularly in the 60s but the nights are still cool in the 30s and
40s. Even though it doesn’t feel
extremely warm yet make sure to wear plenty of sunblock.
When visiting Arches and
Canyonlands National Parks you’ll generally be between 5000 feet and 7000
feet in elevation. With the Sun getting
higher in the sky every day and the thinner atmosphere at these altitudes you
can get sunburned in as little as 15 minutes.
The colors in the red rock scenery are exceptionally
beautiful this time of year. If you can
catch sunrise or sunset the lower angle of the sun will make for truly
exceptional photographs. As we get
closer to summertime and the sun moves up higher in the sky photos tend to wash
out during the middle of the day. You
can still take great pictures with that beautiful clear blue sky in the
background. But the colors in the red
rocks are not quite as vivid compared to when you have that lower angle of the
sun earlier in the season.
There are many different ways to get to the condo in Moab. While most people drive and bring their mountain bikes and other recreational assets, the Moab Airport is very convenient. Planes connect directly to Salt Lake City and sometimes Denver or Phoenix. Rental cars are generally available at the little airport. While flying might seem expensive it can save a lot of travel time if you’re coming from California or other places on the West Coast. And we all know time is money…
Visitors to the condo in Moab will want to be
prepared for changeable weather this time of year. Even though the days are getting longer and
warmer there is still the potential for snow at the higher elevations in Canyonlands
National Parks. Moab itself is situated
at a lower elevation and generally stays warmer. We anticipate daytime highs in the 60s to low
70s with nighttime strapping into the 40s.
As the snow melts and the surrounding mountains it
helps to increase the flows in all of the creeks and rivers. Springtime is beautiful and the water can
appear very refreshing on a warm day.
But be careful as creeks and rivers tend to be rather chilly this time
of year. Also, moving water can be
stronger and swifter than it appears.
Never swim alone and use caution when crossing any body of water.
Wildflowers will start to appear over the next
several weeks. You won’t see endless
meadows blooming like in the Sierras.
But scattered about especially in North facing or more shaded areas you
will encounter the occasional profusion of color. This fragile display of nature’s beauty is
most prominent during the next couple of months before the summertime heat
This is a wonderful time of year to go mountain
biking. The condo in Moab has an
oversized two-car garage with plenty of room to store your bikes and all of
your other gear. The long pleasant days
with moderate temperatures make for excellent writing conditions. This year we are providing complementary
water bottles to all of our guests at the condo in Moab. Be sure to take one with you whenever you
head out the door.
Don’t forget to use the discount card on the key ring when you go shopping at the City Market. You’ll enjoy great savings throughout store! If you don’t feel like cooking dinner in less than 5 minutes you can get to the Moab Brewery for tasty meals and delicious draft beer.
It’s a great time of year to be at the condo in
Moab! Temperatures will be warming up
into the 60s with sunny skies for the week ahead. The snow has melted off and the trails are
readily accessible in Arches National Park.
You may still find some patches of snow here and there in Canyonlands National Park due to
its higher elevation.
Be careful when driving in Canyonlands. There are a few shaded spots on the north
facing aspects of the road that can ice up overnight if temperatures should
drop below freezing. One of the things
to remember about the month of March is that the weather can vary dramatically in
this part of the world. While we don’t
usually get much snow this time of year it can still be pretty chilly first
thing in the morning.
Regardless of the time of year that you visit the
condo in Moab it’s always good to bring clothing that you can wear in layers. Temperatures can vary by as much as 50° in
the course of a single day.
Don’t forget the sunblock when you step out the door
at the condo in Moab! In this part of
the world there is not a lot of natural shade and out on the trails the trees
can be few and far between. Even though
it might not seem like you’re up at altitude it’s likely that you are going to
be between 4500 and 6500 vertical feet in elevation when visiting both national
parks. Also, the surrounding mountains
go up to over 11,000 feet. Anyone traveling in the backcountry needs to be
prepared for gyrations in the weather.
If you are planning to visit Arches National Park please be aware that the best time to arrive at the entrance station is before 9 AM or after 4 PM. The access road in and out of the park is essentially one lane in each direction although you will find a fair number of turnouts. However, traffic entering the park can back up for quite a distance and you could wait for an hour or more.
At the condo in Moab Spring is right around the corner. The days are getting longer and now that we are turning the clocks forward one hour it’ll be nice to have daylight during the evening hours. Photographers really appreciate the low angle of the sun this time of year. The colors in the red rock scenery are at their most brilliant right around sunrise and shortly before sunset.
Visitors to Arches National
Park will find that some of the best opportunities for picture taking occur
after 5 PM. The way that this particular
park is situated it catches the late afternoon sun lighting up many of the rock
formations just before it drops below the horizon. A couple of places that are worth the wait
include the Fiery Furnace and Delicate Arch.
Both of these formations are situated in a way that the colors are most
extraordinary under the setting sun.
It’s a short drive of about 15 minutes from Arches to the condo
in Moab. Once you enter the park you go
up a few switchbacks before leveling out and the dramatic scenery begins. Initially you’ll just see a lot of
interesting rock formations. However,
once you go past the parking turn-out for Park Avenue and the Courthouse you’ll
start to see the beautiful natural arch formations.
One of the great things about Arches National Park is that you
have lots of turnouts and easily accessible parking close to the road. There are a number of short hikes that you
can do to get up close to many of the individual arches. Picture taking without getting other people
in your photos can be a bit of a challenge unless you arrive very early or stay
until dark. Since it’s a quick ride back to the condo in
Moab after you leave Arches we recommend staying as late as possible to enjoy
the last rays of sunlight.
During the busy season some of the smaller parking lots fill
up quickly. No worries, many people just
hop out of their car for a quick view and a couple of pictures before heading on
to the next stop. However, it’s very
important that you do not stop in the middle of the main park road or block the
entrance to any turnouts or parking areas.
If one of the viewpoints you wish to visit has every parking space filled just continue onto the next one and visit the places you miss on the way back. The main road through Arches National Park goes in and out so it’s easy to stop and see anything that you bypassed initially.
Things are looking good at condo in Moab and the first
visitors of the season will be arriving soon.
Springtime is extremely popular for visiting Arches and Canyonlands
National Parks. The sun is still at
a relatively low angle in the sky which makes for spectacular colors in the red
rock scenery. Air temperatures are
moderate and conducive to hiking, mountain biking and all types of outdoor
There are just a handful of open dates in April. Availability at the condo in Moab is slightly
better in May and June although both months are booking quickly. If you don’t mind the warmer temperatures in
the summertime both national parks tend to be less crowded in July and
August. Visitors coming that time of
year need to be prepared and bring lots
of water, sunscreen and pace themselves when hiking or mountain biking.
As we begin the month of March virtually all of the shops
and restaurants in Moab are back in
full swing. Many local business owners
shut down for a couple of months in the wintertime and take a breather before
the onslaught of Spring time visitors.
This little town of approximately 5000 year-round residents sees 2
million visitors during the course of the year.
When you figure that the vast majority of those visitors come during the
busiest 30 weeks it means roughly 60,000 people passing through town each week.
It’s a good idea to make dinner reservations from March through June and again from September through October. Some of the most popular restaurants can get fully booked up. City Market is best avoided between 4 PM and 7 PM if at all possible. We recommend doing your grocery shopping early in the morning; before 8:30 AM is best. You’ll find a discount card for City Market at the condo in Moab attached to one set of keys. Make sure to bring it with you and enjoy substantial savings at the store.