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.