Moab Trip Planning

When you’re doing Moab Trip Planning it’s important to make a list of your priorities. Are you coming for a special event? What sights do you want to see?  Is there a day trip you would like to do? Any particular restaurants that you want to dine at?

The length of your trip will make a huge difference in your planning. Please keep in mind that during the busiest times of year traffic can be really bad. This can have a huge impact on time management. You can only do so much in a single day if you want to visit both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

If you only have one day then getting an early start is crucial. Do all of your food shopping the night before. Put water bottles in the fridge, load your day pack and get everything prepped so you can depart quickly. Arriving at Arches National Park before 8 AM will generally get you ahead of the crowds.

It’s a bit of a stretch trying to see both national parks in one day but it can be done. You won’t have time for any long hikes. But you can stop at several different overlooks and parking areas.  This will allow you to do many short hikes to great vantage points. If you only have 1 or 2 days to spend in Moab it’s probably best if you come in May or June. This will allow you to take advantage of abundant daylight and late sunsets.

Visitors who can spend at least 4 days and 3 nights will be able to see the major sights at both national parks. Those with the luxury of having a week or more will be able to venture further afield. Places such as the La Sal Mountains, south end of Canyonlands and the drive along the Colorado River are worthy additions to your itinerary.

When doing Moab trip planning your wardrobe will be greatly impacted by the time of year that you choose to visit.  You’ll want a variety of layers for spring and fall, warm clothes from November to early March and summer apparel from late May to mid September.  Always have a windbreaker or rain gear with you because conditions can change quickly.

Moab Trip Planning Moonflower Canyon
Moab Trip Planning – Moonflower Canyon

Moab Condo Reviews

When you are searching for a vacation rental in Moab condo reviews are a great way to see what others think of the places you are considering. We appreciate all of the feedback that we get from guests who stay at the condo in Moab.

Positive comments about the property make us feel great and tell us we are doing a good job. Constructive criticism helps us improve for future visitors. Our goal is to provide everyone with a 5 star level of quality and service.  Every year we make some improvements to the condo in Moab to keep things looking great!

The opinions below are the most recent Moab condo reviews. You can read many more Moab condo reviews when you click the link below to check availability.  We would like to give a warm thank you to everyone who stays at the condo in Moab and takes the time to provide us with their thoughts.

Here are the latest Moab Condo Reviews

Roy from Broomfield, CO who stayed in July 2021 writes:

The townhouse was a perfect way to enjoy Moab, but have our own comfortable retreat to stay at. Everyone had their own room.

Brandon from Social Circle, GA had this to say in June 2021:

Perfect location for our Moab trip. The community was quiet and really nice. Getting to the unit is a little strange at first. But follow the directions given by the company and it’s not hard. The house was clean and we loved having the garage to park and keep our bikes in.

We’d definitely stay here again and rent from McKenna’s!

David from Monticello, AR commented in May 2021:

The condo was extremely nice and the complex was as well. Gaining access to the unit was seamless. They are well organized and I would highly recommend this.

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Moab Condo Reviews - View of La Sal Mountains From the Condo Complex April 2020
Moab Condo Reviews – View of La Sal Mountains From the Condo Complex April 2020

Moab Condo Summer News

Moab Condo Summer News

This edition of the Moab Condo Summer News comes to you as temperatures sizzle in late July.  Triple digits are the norm in July and August. But night times are very pleasant.  There is a slight chance of thunderstorms this week. That would bring welcome relief as long as we don’t get any flash flooding.

The summer monsoon season has resulted in a flash flood warning for much of Arizona. But at the moment the southeast corner of Utah seems to be spared. It’s always good to keep an eye in the sky no matter what the time of year. A thunderstorm 30 miles away can bring flash floods to the canyon you are walking in even if it’s clear and sunny overhead.

Every year visitors unfamiliar with our microclimate find themselves in precarious situations. Never hike alone in the red rock canyons this time of year. With the sun high in the sky and little shade, heat exhaustion can come upon you suddenly. Even if you have plenty of water it’s nice to have others with you who can get help if necessary.

But don’t let any of this scare you away from enjoying red rock country in the summertime. The crowds tend to be smaller. That means you won’t have long waits at the restaurants, supermarkets, bars or gas stations. Also, the supermarkets are stocked full of fresh produce from nearby sources. And the balmy evenings make for wonderful outdoor gatherings and barbecues.

If you are planning to visit Moab in September or October now is the time to make reservations. All of the quality lodging properties are booking up fast. And that includes the condo in Moab.

We will continue to give updates on the Moab Condo Summer News. So check back from time to time to learn the latest info about our community. It’s always a good idea to read the online version of the local newspaper which is the Moab Sun. You’ll find lots of good info along with insights about our community.

That’s it for this edition of the Moab Condo Summer News. Enjoy the beautiful red rock scenery and stay safe!


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Moab Condo Summer News Canyonlands National Park
Moab Condo Summer News – Canyonlands National Park

Booking A Condo In Moab

Are you contemplating booking a condo in Moab? Reservations are filling up fast for the peak weeks during September and October. Along with spring, autumn is the most popular time of year. The weather is still generally quite nice and there is abundant sunshine. The lower angle of the sun makes the red rock scenery even more beautiful.

But, most people get vacation during the summer time.  Since the condo in Moab has air conditioning you may wish to consider visiting in August.  It can get pretty hot outdoors during the middle of the day.  So, that’s a great time to hit the swimming pool and relax.   Most mornings tend to be pleasantly cool. And the balmy evenings are a perfect time to enjoy a barbecue outdoors on the patio.

Clear summer nights make for some fabulous stargazing. You can enjoy the celestial show at the condo. Or for a more spectacular experience take a short drive about 5 minutes south.  That brief journey will get you away from almost all of the ambient light.

If you are feeling a little bit more adventurous you can drive up into the La Sal Mountains. We don’t recommend going there at the present time because of the ongoing Pack Creek Fire.  Once that blaze goes into the history books, stargazing from the side of mountain will again be spectacular.

Booking a condo in Moab is only the 1st step in planning your vacation. We are seeing a lot of visitors to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. International travel is still on hold for most people. So, domestic travel is skyrocketing as we get control of the pandemic.

Please keep in mind that many vacation rental companies have a minimum length of stay. But every now and then staying for only a single night might be possible. This is generally true for the hotels. Although, even some of those properties have a 2 night or longer minimum stay during peak periods.

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Booking a Condo in Moab
La Sal Mountains Turn Out – Great Place for Stargazing

Moab News May 2021

It’s time for the latest Moab News about the Condo in Moab. Bookings for May are very strong. June has only a few days available near the end of the month. If you don’t mind warmer weather, then July and August might be your best bets in the near future.

The summer months in Moab tend to be fairly hot. It’s not unusual to see temperatures in the triple digits during the peak daylight hours. But once the sun goes down it cools off rather quickly. It’s nice to enjoy those balmy summer nights out on the patio. There is a nice barbecue grill where you can work your culinary magic outdoors.

In the summer time, it’s best to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks during the early morning hours. You get the benefit of cooler temperatures and fewer people. When the sun gets higher in the sky river rafting is a great recreational activity. There are many different companies providing day trips and multi-night excursions.

If you have never been river rafting before, start out slow with an easy day trip.  A gentle float down a short stretch of either the Green or Colorado Rivers is best for beginners. More experienced river runners have a lot of multi-day options from which to choose.

We had a relatively mild winter this past year according to the Moab news. So, river rafting season will likely peak in July and dwindle in August. We recommend that you hire a guide unless you are extremely experienced at running white water. Every year the rivers flow a little bit differently. This is due to variations in snowmelt, water flow rates and changes to the river beds that occur each year.

Make sure you always wear a life jacket when on the river. Even the strongest swimmers are no match for powerful rapids. If you do find yourself getting tossed out of the raft point your feet downriver. Going headfirst is never a good idea. There are lots of rocks and obstacles that you could crash into.

Whenever possible try to travel in a group with at least 2 or more rafts. That way if you encounter trouble there will be someone nearby to help. River rafting is a lot of fun. But we don’t want to read about you in the Moab news.

Moab News – Canyonlands National Park

Moab Vacation

It’s a great time of year to take a Moab vacation! The beautiful spring weather makes it very enjoyable to explore Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. While the sun is moving higher in the sky, daytime temperatures are still very comfortable.

When planning a Moab vacation it’s important to book your lodging far in advance. This is especially important during the peak times from mid March until mid-June. Also, September and October tend to be fairly busy, too.

If you would like to take a Moab vacation with nice weather and fewer crowds consider the month of November. The weather is a little bit cooler and the days a bit shorter. But, the low angle of the sun makes for brilliant colors in the red rock scenery. Also, nightly rates tend to be lower during November.

Our condo in Moab comes with a fully outfitted kitchen with everything you need. In addition to the complete set of cookware you will find a nice variety of spices. The City Market is located on the south end of town. So, it’s only about 5 to 7 minutes to get from the condo to the store.

This supermarket has everything you could want to make delicious meals. There is also a full service deli and bakery. The deli makes great sandwiches and has a variety of side dishes to complement any meal. Plus the selection of imported cheeses will give you many wonderful choices to consider.

As the days get longer and warmer make sure you bring plenty of water wherever you go. These 2 national parks do not have the kinds of services you are going to find in places like Yosemite or Yellowstone. It’s best to be self-contained for your food and beverage needs. We recommend that you put a sleeping bag or blanket over your cooler to prevent the ice from melting quickly.

Enjoy your Moab vacation and be sure to take lots of photos!

Moab Vacation Photo April 2020 – Canyonlands National Park

Reserve a Condo In Moab

When you want to reserve a condo in Moab you have come to the right place.  This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1500+ square foot property has everything you need for a great vacation. The oversized two-car garage has plenty of room for mountain bikes and other recreational gear.

Rim Village Vista is a quiet complex in a great location just 5 minutes south of downtown Moab. At the complex you will find a swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, kids playground an outdoor spa. There is plenty of open space to enjoy the beautiful views of the red rock scenery and the La Sal Mountains.

It’s good to plan ahead and reserve a condo in Moab at least a couple of months in advance if possible.  We are seeing a lot of bookings for March and April. The month of May is also starting to fill up as it’s one of the nicest times of year to be in Moab.

The pleasant springtime weather and abundant water in creeks and rivers make for a most enjoyable visit. With the trees starting to turn green it’s only a matter of time before the wildflowers start popping.

There are many great places to go hiking and exploring besides Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The drive through the La Sal Mountains just south of the condo in Moab will quickly bring you to many different trailheads. There are huge variations in elevation.  We recommend that you take into consideration the altitude and microclimates before setting out on your journey.

Even though the creeks are running nicely this time of year it’s always good to bring plenty of water with you. We recommend at least 2 quarts per person per day. If the temperatures are going to be above 85°F bring extra water just in case.

Our condo in Moab provides free water bottles that you can take home with you as a remembrance of your vacation. Take some stress and worry out of your vacation planning and reserve a condo in Moab now. Then sit back, relax and look forward to enjoying a nice holiday in red rock country.

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Reserve a Condo in Moab Close to the La Sal Mountains
Reserve a Condo in Moab Close to the La Sal Mountains

Moab in the Spring

Moab in the spring is a wonderful time of year. When the snow starts melting in the La Sal Mountains it creates a beautiful scene. There are seasonal waterfalls along with lots of little rushing creeks to enjoy.  You’ll also find the many hiking trails in the area that have creeks flowing nearby. With the mountains rising up to over 12,000 feet in elevation the snow generally hangs on well into June.

Moab in the Spring 2019
Moab in the Spring 2019 – La Sal Mountains

A wonderful day trip can be made by driving north out of Moab.  Just before you get to the Colorado River make a right turn toward the east. Follow Highway 128 stopping along the way to enjoy some nice overlooks of the river and the red rock scenery. There are numerous trailheads along the way before you get to the quaint little community of Castle Valley.

A short detour into Castle Valley brings you to some nice scenery and one of the quietest spots around. Even during the busiest times of year this little oasis provides a respite from the crowds at Arches and Canyonlands.

Backtracking to the road that brought you to the entrance of Castle Valley turn right and head south. The road will get narrower but it’s still plenty wide enough to accommodate 2 normal passenger cars going in each direction. You will start a majestic climb upward into the La Sal Mountains.

As you ascend higher and higher there are a handful of turnouts from which to get a bird’s eye view. The temperatures will drop until you eventually reach a nice parking area above 8000 feet.  This spot makes a great place for a picnic lunch before you continue to wind your way around the mountain.  Bring a windbreaker as you’ll likely need it!

Make sure your car has good brakes because you will need them on the dissent. The snow-covered mountains will be right next to you for a good part of the journey back towards the highway that leads you to Moab.

Take a map because you will not always have cell phone service on this journey. Also, there are a number of short detours you can take that will bring you to other trailheads. In future blog entries we will talk more about many of the great hiking and 4 wheeling opportunities.

The reservation calendar is filling up quickly for the coming months.  And Moab in the spring is an awesome time to visit this part of the world.

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Moab in the Spring – Grandstaff Canyon Entrance off Hwy 128

Moab Update

Moab lodging can be a pretty complicated subject. In addition to the condo in Moab there are lots of nearby campgrounds,. You’ll also find RV parking places and the usual assortment of hotel rooms. Determining what is the best option for you depends on many things. The size of your party, length of your stay, preferred location, amenities, view and other factors.

At the condo (which is technically Rim Vistas Village 11A8), you will find a very comfortable and spacious property. There are three bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms. Enjoy gorgeous views from every room where it makes a great place to enjoy your vacation.

Repeat visitors to our community know that the restaurants can be pretty crowded during the busy times of year. That’s why a Moab lodging option where you have a full kitchen that is completely outfitted can make your trip more relaxing and enjoyable. The condo is approximately five minutes from the City Market which is the largest local supermarket in Moab.

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With a fully equipped kitchen at the condo in Moab you can prepare meals for your family and friends. There is even a barbecue on the downstairs patio where you can enjoy a stunning view of the red rock scenery. Instead of waiting in line at the most popular restaurants we recommend that you make reservations well in advance during the busy season.

Speaking of reservations, we are already starting to see some pretty good bookings for the spring of 2021. Now is the best time to make reservations to assure yourself of getting the best Moab lodging option available.

During the months of January and February many of the local restaurants and shops are closed. The local merchants take a bit of time off to relax and recharge before many visitors return in mid March. So if you are going skiing in the Rockies don’t be surprised if you run into some Moab locals on the slopes.

Moab Lodging Puts You Close to This Beautiful Scenery in Arches National Park

Moab Trip December 2020

It’s been a remarkably beautiful autumn for a Moab trip.  This week we are enjoying beautiful sunny skies and daytime temperatures in the 50s. While the nights are dipping below freezing, the stars are absolutely spectacular! Anyone who got to see the full moon rising was in for a real treat.

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The second half of December is completely booked up but there are still open dates early in the month. Even though the pandemic continues to raise around the world we have seen relatively few cases in canyon country. Restaurants are still open but bars are closing at 10 PM each night. Hopefully we will not have to endure any further restrictions like the ones being implemented in California and some other states.

If you have to suffer through a pandemic there are few places on earth where you can enjoy the outdoors like here in Moab. This time of year the sun continues to drop lower in the sky which really brings out the gorgeous colors in the red rock scenery at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

Photography buffs taking a Moab trip will find that this is the best time of year to shoot pictures of the landscape. If we get a little bit of snow later this month or in January it really helps with the contrast. There are so many dramatic rock formations that you really never run out of places to photograph or explore.

We are already starting to see bookings at the condo in Moab for the spring of 2021. Anyone contemplating a vacation next year should think about making reservations now so you don’t get aced out. The most popular weeks from the middle of March until the end of June tend to fill up quickly.

Beside the still photos on this website you can also see a virtual tour which will give you a great feel for the property and the view.

Stay safe and best wishes to everyone for a happy and healthy holiday season.

Moab Trip - Photo December 2018 After 1st Snowfall
Moab Trip – Photo December 2018 After 1st Snowfall