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.
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.
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.