Moab’s Bureau of Land Management campgrounds are filling earlier each day this season: http://discovermoab.com/campgrounds.htm

Goose Island and Grandstaff fill around 8 am. http://discovermoab.com/campgrounds_blm.htm

Anything within 10 miles of Moab have been filling by noon or earlier, including Ken’s Lake.

Upper River and 313 campsites have been filling between noon and 3pm (earlier on weekends and event days).

The Ledges are typically filling by late afternoon.

Dispersed camping, following the restrictions and regulations (mandatory to have a portable toilet, forbidden to gather firewood out there, use pre-existing sites indicated by a rock ringed fire pit or brown lathing sign), is also an option if they will be arriving before dark.

Visitors need to know that they should have back-up plans if arriving after noon. They could consider making a reservation at a private campground for their first night, hotel reservation or lazy lizard stay and searching for a site the following morning, IF they want to drive around. If they are arriving late afternoon or evening, reservations at private campgrounds are the way to go if they are planning to stay in the Moab area. REMIND users BLM quiet time is 10 PM – 7 AM. Please do not disturb folks in BLM sites between these hours. Pull over before Moab and resume in the morning if arriving super late.

We think the days of driving to Moab and finding a site in our campgrounds after mid-day is dwindling. Make reservations with http://discovermoab.com/campgrounds_private.htm and remove the anxiety of locating a spot to camp.

Forest Service also announces the need to buy firewood where you burn it, across the Nation to prevent spread of pest and disease.



Answers for availability for Jeep safari April 7-16 2017.


  • Packcreek Campground has dry camping.
  • Slickrock Campground
  • Up the Creek Campground
    PO Box 285
    Moab, UT 84532


  • Moab Rim Campark
    1900 South Highway 191
    Moab, Utah 84532
    moabrimcampark@gmail.comWe have a few tent sites left for the entire week and several that are almost the entire week. We also have some power and water only RV spots available until 4/12 if they are only looking for a few days.
  • Moab Valley RV Resort only has a couple of tent sites left, NO cabins, NO RV’s.


  • The Old Airport will be open for RV camping April 7-16 2017. No Fires. Portable toilet is Mandatory. It is south of Moab about 8 Miles on Hwy 191, turn east onto Old Airport Road at the stop sign go across the Spanish Valley Drive. Do not drive on the plants, stay on the pavement. It is free. It is closed to camping all other times of the year. But everywhere is going to be over the top busy this week. Extra law enforcement is hired to keep people from illegally camping.


  • Days inn-426 N Main Street, Phone (435)259-4468,Email :gm@daysinnmoab.com
  • Arches Drive Bed and Breakfast, 435-260-8499
  • SuCasa have April 7 & 8th available at the Su Casa Inn. One master bed and comfortable sofa bed. Sleeps up to 4
  • Cali Cochitta B&B: 435-259-4961
  • River Canyon Lodge have about 26 rooms starting at $154.95. We like to refer people to Tripadvisor.com as it has 360 degree photos of each of our room types. P(435)259-8838
  • April 9th and 10th are my only open nights. Arches Retreat, 801-413-3838
  • U2 Can Stay LLC- in Rim Village.  April 9-16, 3 bedroom 2 bath condo for $325 per night. $85 cleaning fee and tax.  7 night minimum rental.  Call me directly and save the Homeaway booking fee. Troy Stevens www.u2canstay.com, Phone (801) 601-8076, Cell (801) 898-4437
  • Canyon Nest Bed & Breakfast
    4318 Chapman Lane, Moab, UT 84532, 602-749-5833, info@canyonnest.comcanyonnest.com
  • Big Horn Lodge, 800-325-6171, 435-259-6171,Rooms Available April 7-11, 2017
  • 3 Dogs and A Moose Cottages, 171 & 173 West Center Street


  • Makenna’s Gold Rentals has several townhomes available at the beginning of Jeep Safari till mid week (7th-11th) and I have a new townhome coming on board and will be available the entire week. I can be reached at 970-260-6223
  • Castle Valley Inn Team, (435) 259-6012, castlevalleyinn.com
  • Red Rock Garden-  We have April 8-13 available. 3BR 3bath with deck and back yard space, near golf course, $350/night, www.MoabRentalHouses.com, (917) 902-3063
  • moablaunchpad.com has a full house rental April 7-13 208-290-1717
  • Quality Suites $209.00 + tax
  • Comfort Suites $279 + tax 435-259-5455
  • Kokopelli Lodgings, 72 S. 100 E., 888-530-3134, 435-259-7615


IMPORTANT: Arches Road Construction Information for March – Oct 31 2017



Photography Workshops for the 2017 Travel Year









  • Moab Photography Symposium
  • http://moabphotosym.com/ All B&W version
  • Bruce Hucko, Huntington Witherill, Bruce Barnbaum, Michael E. Gordon, Guy Tal, Chuck Kimmerle, Colleen Miniuj-Sperry, Jeff Foott and Judith Zimmerman
  • May 4-7 2017







For hints of time of day http://www.outdooreyes.com/photographarches.php3

The author of the bestselling Fifty Places series (more than 500,000 copies sold) returns with a globe-trotting travel guide to the best and most beautiful places to drink beer around the world, as described by industry insiders! Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die, By Chris Santella.

What is the most unforgettable place you’ve ever enjoyed a refreshing pint of pale ale or pilsner? In Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die (Abrams Image; September 20, 2016; U.S. $24.95; Hardcover), Chris Santella explores some of the world’s greatest beer towns, as well as places to enjoy a cold one after a day of great sport.  Venues range from beer festivals (like Munich’s Oktoberfest and Telluride Blues & Brews) and brewpubs (like Hair of the Dog in Portland, Oregon) to après ski (the hot tub at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska) and brewery tours (like the one at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco).  With a mix of national and international destinations firsthand accounts from craft brewing pioneers like Jim Koch (founder of Boston Brewing), Ken Grossman (founder of Sierra Nevada) and Governor John Hickenlooper (co-founder Wynkoop Brewing), and vibrant photographs that bring locales to life (a hallmark of the series), Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die makes the perfect gift for the beer lover in your life.

Some of the exciting destinations featured in the book include:

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • San Diego, California
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Munich, Germany
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Wellington, New Zealand… and many more!

About the Author:

Chris Santella is a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post and Trout.  His work has also appeared in The New YorkerTravel + Leisure, and the Wall Street Journal. Santella is the author of 12 other titles in the Fifty Places series, as well as Fifty Favorite Fly-Fishing Tales, Why I Fly Fish, The Tug is the Drug and Cat Wars (with Dr. Peter Marra).

About the Book – Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die  By Chris Santella

Abrams Image / September 20, 2016; U.S. $24.95 / CAN $29.95; Hardcover / 224 pages; 7 x 8″ / 40 color photographs; ISBN: 9781419722165

And this, extracted from the pages of the book a passage by Russ Fracente of Moab:

The town of Moab sits between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, amongst a remarkable patchwork of canyons, mesas and deep river gorges.  It’s easy to enjoy the thousands of square miles of red rock vistas from the seat of your car…though thousands come each year to enjoy them from the seat of a mountain bike.

“Moab is the kind of destination where anyone who likes outdoors will find something to do,” began Russ Fracente.  “There’s skydiving, riding ATVs, white water rafting, rock climbing—and, most notably, mountain biking.  You’ll find some of the most technical terrain anywhere around Moab.  People come from around the world to ride one-of-a-kind trails like Slickrock.  Eight years ago, there wasn’t quite as much for less seasoned riders.  But many new trails have been added, especially at Dead Horse Point State Park.  Beginner to intermediate riders can get out and enjoy some of the best views you can imagine.”

And you can rest assured that though this is Utah, a cold beer will be waiting at the end of the day.

Most trace the roots of modern mountain biking to Marin County California in the early 70s, though a case could be made that people have been going off road since the bicycle was created.  (The Marin Museum of Bicycling points out that in 1896, the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, a regiment of African American riders, biked from Missoula to Yellowstone to test the potential of customized bicycles for military use in mountainous terrain.)  Armed with old single speed bikes outfitted with balloon tires, a handful of Marin teenagers (known as the Larkspur Canyon Gang) attacked Mount Tamalpais above Mill Valley.  Other road bikers soon followed suit, and not long after, the first race was organized – Repack – so named because riders would have to repack their brakes with grease after each race, thanks to the braking the steep descent demanded.  Hence a new sport was born…though it wouldn’t be called mountain biking until 1979.  Enthusiasts recognized the potential of Moab and its geologic wonders as a biking hub a few years later, though it really came on the scene in 1986 with the first Canyonlands Fat Tire Festival.  As more riders began to make their way to Moab, the existing trail infrastructure began to seem inadequate.  The community came together to garner resources to improve and expand the region’s single track system; the result was 100 new miles of trails, cementing Moab’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost mountain biking destinations.

Now beer – or for that matter, any alcohol – has a somewhat ambiguous history in Utah.  Contrary to popular beliefs, alcohol was not always strictly prohibited.  Early Mormon settlers in the Salt Lake Valley built breweries as well as temples, and recognized the commercial potential of producing and selling beer, wine and even whiskey, to non-believers passing through.  It wasn’t until Prohibition that abstinence was made LDS doctrine.  Despite the fact that Mormons still make up the majority of Utah’s population, an influx of newcomers drawn by the state’s outdoor attractions coupled with the exigencies of a tourist economy have spawned some twenty brewing concerns in the Beehive State, including one in Moab.  “The Moab Brewery is the only microbrewery in town,” Russ continued.  “They usually have eight or ten beers on draft, everything from a light pilsner to an oatmeal stout.  By law, everything on draft is 3.2 percent alcohol by weight, though by volume, it’s actually 4%.  It’s my understanding that Utah brewers make their beer to the 4% ABV, and that out-of-state producers that export into Utah brew their beer to full strength and then water it down, so it’s better to ‘go local’ for the best flavor.   Eddie McStiff’s, a restaurant in town, has a number of beers on tap, and the widest selection of bottled beer in town.  While draft beer is only available in lower alcohol content forms, bottled and canned beer is available in standard alcohol content forms, though only in certain establishments in Utah, it’s a little hard to get used to the liquor laws.”  [To the best of our knowledge, restaurants that have a liquor license as well as state liquor stores are able to sell regular strength beer.]

As mentioned above, Moab has trails to suit riders with a range of skill levels.  Russ shared a few of his recommendations.  “Beginners will find lots of terrain at Dead Horse Point State Park as well as over at Moab Brands.  For intermediate riders, I like the Klondike Bluff area and Magnificent 7.  The trails here add enough rocks to keep you on your toes, but not enough to have you fearing for your life if you’re a less seasoned rider.  For advanced riders, Slickrock is a must.”  Slickrock is among the world’s most famous mountain bike trails.  The 10+ mile trail twists, climbs, turns and descends on Navajo Sandstone, the geologic formation that accounts for many of the region’s iconic rock attractions.  Along the way, Slickrock offers up some tremendous Colorado River vistas.  For riders seeking a multi-day adventure, there’s the White Rim Trail, which runs 100 spectacular miles through Canyonlands National Park.

In Moab, a beer always tastes best after a long day of riding.  “There are a couple of rides that start up in the mountains,” Russ described.  “You can either get a shuttle up or do a self-shuttle where you leave one car at the end of the trail and take your buddy’s car to the top.  After a long ride, your body is craving water and salt.  When you get to the bottom, it’s great to have a cooler with some cold beer waiting.  If you’re a skilled rider, the Whole Enchilada [which combines six trails— Geyser Pass, Burro Pass, Hazzard County, part of Kokopelli, Upper & Lower Porcupine Singletrack and Porcupine Rim, has 8,200 feet of downhill and 1,700 feet of climbing might be the best experience.  We get the same people coming in year after year to ride it; it’s not one to miss.   At the end of the 30 mile ride, you descend to the Colorado River, where you can sit and soak it all in.  I’m a stout guy, and my beer of choice would be an Old Rasputin Imperial Stout [from California’s North Coast Brewing].  Though as that’s a fairly strong [9% ABV] beer, I think I might eat something with it!”

Russ Fracente has been been enjoying bicycling since childhood, but really began riding hard after moving to Moab.  He is Assistant Sales Manager at Poison Spider Bicycles, which has been consistently rated one of America’s best bike shops.

If You Go…

Getting There:  The closest commercial airports to Moab are in Grand Junction, Colorado (2 hours driving distance) and Salt Lake City (4 hours’ drive).  Salt Lake City is served by most major carriers; Grand Junction is served by several carriers, including American Airlines (800-433-7300; www.aa.com) and United (800-864-8331; www.united.com).

Best Time to Visit: You’ll find the mildest weather in spring and fall.  Rain is not generally an issue.

Spots to Visit:  The Moab  Brewery (435-259-6333; www.themoabbrewery.com); Eddie McStiff’s (435-259-2337; www.eddiemcstiffs.com); and Poison Spider Bicycles (435-259-7882; http://poisonspiderbicycles.com) for cycling guidance.

Accommodations:  The Moab Area Travel Council website (www.discovermoab.com) lists lodging options around Moab.

With the fabulous weather camping is predominantly sought in the desert around Moab Utah. The tricky bit is determining the location for the convenient access of specific adventures. Which adventures? Mountain biking, hiking, climbing, 4-wheeling and OHV trail riding are among those.

Which Campgrounds Have Access to Your Activity?

Sand Flats Recreation area is home to the Slickrock Bike Trail and contains the Porcupine Rim Trail. Camping is limited to 9 various locations amounting to 120 individual sites. Besides the mountain biking to be had, motorized use enjoys, Hells Revenge and the Fins and Things trails. Sand Flats is attractive for the owners of OHV’s which are NOT street legal. These OHVs – UTVs/ATVs/Motorcycle trail bikes can be ridden right out of camp to the trails in Sand Flats.

Similarly, Horsethief Campground off of Hwy 313 serves OHV users desiring to ride out of camp. There is a tremendous network of trails in the region north of Moab. It is best to have maps of the area to see how all the segments mesh. Nearby is Cowboy Camp, a little spot for tent camping – no camp trailers allowed. From this Hwy 313 camp, mountain bikers can connect to the Navajo Rocks trail system, the Intrepid Trail system in Dead Horse Point State Park and/or the many routes in the Gemini Bridges area, like the Magnificent Seven and the newest Horsethief bike trail network.

For the climbers, Wall Street on Hwy 279 is a popular hang out to belay buddies. Close to the climbing are Jaycee Park and Williams Bottom camping areas. Those have nice tent camping and have the essential pit toilet for conveniently fulfilling the Leave No Trace adage. Near Big Bend Campground on Hwy 128, the Bureau of Land Management has established a proper parking area for bouldering. Find a map in Karl Kelley’s, High on Moab, the newest and all around informative climber guide including 21 challenging boulders. Drinks Canyon, Hal Canyon and Oak Grove Campgrounds would also be places to stay to be close to Big Bend Boulders.


Pipe Safe for BLM First Come, First Served Sites $15 a night

Also on Hwy 128, consider Lower Onion Creek for camping access for rolling right out of camp to 4-wheel or OHV Onion Creek and connecting with Top of the World and Polar Mesa. Fisher Towers is best as a tent camping spot and serves up some nice hiking and climbing.

Out on Kane Creek Road, Moonflower Canyon shall have fewer walk-in tent sites. Spring Canyon walk-in tent sites out along Kane Creek Road will be closed and reclaimed.  Find additional walk-in sites added to Kings Bottom to balance out the removal of the others. Got a motorhome? Toy hauler? Head out to the Ledges camping area where there are 105 sites with access to dirt trails from camp.

Prefer a full hook-up? Make reservations with a commercial campground in Moab. Street Legal UTVs are able to drive to trails. Archview Resort is the only campground near Moab to ride an ATV out of camp and get that full hook up for an RV. North 38 miles, in Thompson Springs are hookups at the Ballard RV Park. Trails can be ridden out of there. Find out more in the Third Edition of Charles A. Wells, Guide to Moab, UT Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails.

Behind the Rocks is 14 miles south of Moab. Turn west off of Hwy 191. There will be no camping signs posted here.  Camping is not allowed from the turn off for about 3 miles. After that distance some sites for tent camping appear. Keep going. The first two dirt roads off to the south go to houses. Keep going. The next roads lead to a tear drop design of RV sites. The most important matter here is to have a portable toilet to use in the Behind the Rocks area. Tent campers can purchase wag-bags (a means of packing out human refuse) from the Moab Information Center. Nice trail riding out here, dappled with arches.

The Moab Information Center is teeming with area maps. Stop in to get maps or guide books to see the many trail options available in and around Moab Utah. It is located at the corner of Main and Center Street, open 7 days a week.


Arches National Park is reserved online using recreation.gov. It sells out months in advance. No hookups. Dead Horse Point, Utah, State Park also reserves camping online. Dead Horse has electrical hookups. It too sells out months in advance. Canyonlands National Park has first come, first served camping. No OHV use allowed in the national parks of Moab.  So the parks are great for hikers especially.

When the weather is fine, camping is popular. Most important about backcountry use, enthusiasts are required to Leave No Trace, which means using portable toilets or camping in sites with pit toilets. Gathering firewood is prohibited. Bring your own or buy bundles from many shops in Moab. South town Maverick has a free dump station for RVs. Bring a hose to fill up with water from the side of the Maverick store seen from the dump station. Spanish Trail Shell can refill propane tanks and allows filling water from a faucet along the curb near where the propane is dispensed.  Again bring a hose to fill an RV. Farm and City Seed and Feed does it all, dump, water ($5 fee), and propane in one stop.

Find more camping details on http://discovermoab.com/campgrounds.htm or call 435-259-8825.


In mountain bike circles, the Slickrock Trail is famous! It requires stamina and skill to negotiate the petrified sand dunes that comprise the trail. Mountain biking has escalated with travel for riding and trail building by destinations across the United States and the world. Moab has stayed relevant to mountain biking due to the effort of the volunteers of the Moab Trail Mix. Now alternative slickrock can be ridden for less extreme pedaling, yet there is ample expert terrain too. There are trails that are sufficient for the entire family in Moab. If you haven’t bicycled Moab lately, you haven’t biked Moab. You can no longer say, ‘Been there, done that’ about Moab.

The uranium miners steered into the far reaches around Moab in the 1950s using two wheel drive and the granny gear. As that boom passed and recreation dawned, fat tire biking used those dirt roads along with four wheel drive users. As recreation booms, an abundance of travelers cued a variety of segments for single track mountain bike pedaling, ATV only trails, single track trail motorcycling, as well as, 4×4 vehicle use on Moab’s surrounding trails.

Check out DiscoverMoab.com for the quintessential overview of Mountain Bike trails of Moab. Green Circles, Blue Squares and Black Diamonds have been assigned to trails to better enable visitors to select a trail according to ability. A network of trails are found in some areas so a carload can travel together yet ride separate trails in relation to recovering from yesterday’s epic ride, or start with an easy one to progress to another level of skill or ply those skills for more difficult trail lines. Obviously, if you haven’t pedaled Moab lately, you really haven’t pedaled Moab. Come check out 111 miles of mountain bike trails in Moab. Print the maps on http://discovermoab.com/biking.htm and bring them along. Or purchase each map at a local Moab bike shops for $2-$3 each. That money goes into the treasury of the Moab Trail Mix, the fine organization building and maintaining Moab’s excellent variety of mountain bike trails. Need more travel information? Phone 435-259-8825 Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM Mountain Standard Time or email info2@discovermoab.com.


Murals dapple various establishments in Moab Utah. Make it a scavenger hunt to walk or pedal about to discover more about Moab’s civic pride in the form of art. Along north Main Street see Poison Spider Bicycle’s shop wall and a river scene across the front of Adrift Adventures. Saunter from Main Street west onto 400 North and south along 100 West. Find murals at the Moab Valley Multicultural Center at 156 N 100 W and more building art at Rim Cyclery 94 W 100 N. Return to Main Street and across to gaze at the bright scenes painted by Pete Apicella onto the Kokopelli Inn Towner from the sidewalk on East 100 North. On the opposite end of town another river scene adorns Canyonlands Field Institute’s buildings. Tucked behind Milt’s Stop and Eat on the back of Dave’s Corner Market is another water scene albeit a cretaceous rendering. From the cretaceous panel at the corner of East Mill Creek Drive and 400 East, take a walk to find several points of interest. Wander up Mill Creek Drive to the intersection to giggle at the eyes embossed in the retaining wall. Go back to Rotary Park, get a drink of water, play percussion instruments, then head west on the path, over the bridge, along the creek to 400 East. Go under 400 East to find the walls of the tunnel embellished there. Use the ramp to gain the sidewalk north on 400 East to amble to Dixie Park across the street from Milt’s. In this pocket park there is a sculpture, “Rest Assured”, by local artist Serena Supplee. Also note the hand stamped concrete art in Dixie.

A Big Horn Sheep profile is on the north end of the Moab Brewery building.

Another Big Horn Sheep appears startled in the depiction upon the back wall of Aarchway Inn. The mural there renders archeology elements in a terrific stone setting of the desert southwest.

The newest mural, quite resplendent, is on the Tesoro Fuel Station mid-town at the entrance to the Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground.


Some 3-D items can be seen clinging to places, like the big desert lizard on Club Rio’s building or another lizard hugging the Gonzo Inn sign on Main Street. Continue down the street past Gonzo Inn for a funny, warped art piece on the fence of Dream Rides office location. Stroll up Center Street from 100 West, there are Kokopelli statuary dotting the way. Onward east of Main Street go to the Moonstone Gallery, a sculpture garden, first pieces were commissioned to Michael Dunton. Dunton also provided the downtown street light embellishments of hanging stone. On the way beside the Museum of Moab, there is another sculpture to view too. This stroll will also pass the Center Street Gym which has a Diversity Mural, a collaborative project of community members of all ethnic descents financed by Utah Arts Council, Moab Arts Council and the Moab Arts and Recreation Center.

Out of town: turn onto Spanish Trail Road at the Spanish Trail Shell Station. Continue east to the roundabout of E Bench Road and Murphy Lane. In the circle are iron Kokopelli figures. Similar figures are to be found on the corner of Center Street and 100 West and in the yard of the Moab Information Center.

One of Moab’s natural attractions is the historic rock art panels protected by the American Antiquities Act for permanent preservation for future generations. The Moab Information Center has a free leaflet detailing directions to these precious places. Please exercise care while enjoying these landmarks. Do not make rubbings, touch nor add scratches, ink, paint, marks to the stone surfaces, signs, fences, cultural structures in all of Moab.

Go Inside: find Hotel Moab Downtown (182 S. Main Street). The lobby has interesting graphics on the walls. Nearby the Red Rock Bakery has a surprise in the restroom. And inside the Moab Brewery landscape murals wrap around the top of the walls.

On Going:

Big Horn Gallery located in the Dead Horse Point State Park visitor center has rotating exhibits by regional artists to enjoy.

Gallery Moab is an artist cooperative. At the time of this writing, twenty two artists are involved. Find artists regularly utilizing the space for a studio to enable visitors to watch and interact with local Moab artists. The group also has workshops and events held at the 87 North Main, Moab address.

Native American art can be viewed and purchased from Lema’s Kokopelli Gallery, Canyonlands Trading Post, Arches Trading Post, or the Hogan Trading Company. Bret Edge and Tom Till have galleries of photography on Main Street Moab. Framed Image is a block east of Main Street at 59 E. Center Street displaying regional artists in that gallery.

Craft your own art:

  • As a photographer. Consider reserving a photography tour with local Moab companies.
  • As a painter. Crooked Strokes has classes and can be reserved for private parties to paint and sip your favorite beverage.