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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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.

Sculpture:

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.

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LABOR DAY weekend stays in Moab for 2016. What is available?

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  1. Tierra Del Sol 1&2 open MoabCondos4rent.com 435-260-1755
  2. Red Cliffs Lodge has 11 rooms on Sunday  435-259-2002
  3. Rim Village moabrents.com 435-260-8726
  4. Accommodations Unlimited moabcondorentals.com 435-259-6575
  5. Big Horn Lodge moabbighorn.com 435-259-6171
  6. Rim Village vrbo.com/175802 970-445-8227
  7. Days Inn 435-259-4468
  8. Cali Cochitta B&B moabdreaminn.com 435-259-4961
  9. Red Rock Garden airbnb.com/rooms/13531428 917-902-3063
  10. The Launch Pad Bed and Bagel launchpadmoab.com 208-290-1717
  11. Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn 435-259-6151
  12. Adventure Inn adventureinnmoab.com 435-259-6122
  13. Moab Cabin moabcabinrental.com 602-930-7777
  14. Rim VIillage F1, G2, O2 435-260-2599
  15. Adobe Abode B&B adobeabodemoab.com 970-424-6778
  16. U2 Rim Village vrbo.com/226117 801-601-8076
  17. SunCastle Rental vrbo.com/312520 801-390-8550
  18. Apache Motel 435-259-5727
  19. Redstone Inn 435-259-3500
  20. Center Street Suites homeaway.com/479166 and homeaway.com/479168 303-619-1954
  21. Silver Sage silversageinn.com 435-259-4420
  22. Canyonlandsinn@gmail.com only 20 rooms on Spt 4th
  23. Hotel Moab Downtown hotelmoabdowntown.com 435-259-7141
  24. Ahrens Rim Village vrbo.com/692355 970-948-8322
  25. Stella Ruby Cottages stellarubycottages.com 435-260-0215

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CAMPGROUNDS:

  1. Slickrock Campground 435-259-7660
  2. OK RV 435-259-1400
  3. Up the Creek Campground 435-260-1888
  4. Canyonlands RV Resort & Campground 435-259-6848

 

Moab’s Grand County consists of 3,682 square miles. Take a ride around the county to locate alternative Arches to be seen while in Moab. Whether your preference is hiking, biking, 4wheeling or sightseeing from the pavement, an arch is set aloft of the natural crevices and broadways, awaiting your gaze. The main arteries, State Roads 128, 279, 313, 211, and 191, are obvious routes once you have arrived in Moab. Moab is such a little quaint town. Get a map and head out. So what is your preference?

Sightseeing by Vehicle on Pavement

Updraft Arch

Description:  Updraft Arch is up top of the rim of the canyon wall. It is eroded into Navajo sandstone on the south side of S.R. 128.

How to get there:  From the intersection of Hwy 191 and S.R. 128 around .9 miles Updraft Arch is poised high up on the rim.  There is a driveway 1.1 miles out. You have past the arch when you reach this landmark. It may be best to stop at this parking lot head down a foot path to the paved Goose Island Trail to walk back upstream to search for Updraft Arch again. It will be around .2 miles from the parking lot.    Latitude: 38°36’2.95″  Longitude: -109°33’33.41″

Huntress Arch

Description:  Huntress Arch blends in on the smooth slickrock face toward the rear of a little side canyon. Look for two orbs near, but below the rim in the wall toward the back left side of the canyon.

How to get there:  Park temporarily at Goose Island Campground. It is 1.4 miles along S.R. 128 from the junction with Highway 191.  Across the road is a shallow side canyon. Huntress Arch is in there.                        Latitude: 38°36’22.93″  Longitude: -109°32’17.41″

Little Arch and Jug Handle Arch

Description:  A sign indicates the position of Jug Handle Arch. It is beyond Corona Arch hiking trail and Gold Bar Campground at the intersection of Long Canyon. Long Canyon is a popular 4×4 route which is often impassable during or after severe rains. Little Arch is high on the canyon wall. No signs. It is more difficult to locate. There are pull offs in the area to stop and ply searching. Watch for traffic.

How to get there:  Drive 13.5 miles on State Road 279 from the intersection of Highway 191 and S.R. 279.  There will be a sign designating Jug Handle Arch. This road is also known as the Potash Road. Watch for Little Arch in the north rim on your way in to and out from Jug Handle. It is at approximately 3.5 miles from the junction of Hwy 191 and S.R. 279. And approximately 10.1 miles from Jug Handle back toward Hwy 191.

Day Trip South Of Moab

Looking Glass Arch

Description: It is located in a somewhat solitary feature of sandstone referred to as Looking Glass Rock.

How to get there:  Drive south of Moab on Hwy 191, catch Looking Glass Arch on Looking Glass Road, a passable 2 mile dirt road 23 miles south of Moab. Stay on pavement when the road is wet.

Wilson Arch

Description:  Wilson Arch measures 46 feet high and 91 feet wide. There are two very large parking lots on either side of Hwy 191. To stop to take photographs.

How to get there:  Sticking to the pavement, 26 miles south on Hwy 191 is the huge Wilson Arch, a road side phenomenon.

Lopez Arch

Description:  Fernin R. Lopez ran cattle in La Sal. He was a well-known and trusted ranch foreman.

How to get there:  Lopez Arch is small, yet visible to the east side of Hwy 191 at mile marker 98.

Wooden Shoe Arch

Description:  It is always fun to find arches in the shape of familiar things. This one reminds the viewer of a Dutch clog.

How to get there:  Turn off of Hwy 191 onto Hwy 211.  Near the end of Hwy 211 is the entrance to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. This is a fee area. Wooden Shoe Arch will be on the southern horizon along the way and you will instantly know why it got that name. A road sign points out Wooden Shoe Arch too. Take a moment to stop at the Wooden Shoe Overlook.

Always carry food and ample water for sightseeing in the desert canyon country.

Hiking to an arch

Three hikes are found off of S.R. 279.

Longbow Arch

Description: Longbow Arch is an established hike from the Poison Spider Trail parking lot. Besides the trail to the natural arch, the trail forks to petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks. The Longbow Arch trail has an initial climb of a few hundred feet of elevation. Then the trail evens out. This is a great path-finding opportunity for youngsters. The trail is marked with green paint along sandstone or green flagging across sandy patches and washes. The end of the trail is not marked. It is in a narrow slip that climbs gradually beneath and past the arch to switch back to gain ground beneath Longbow Arch. It is 1.2 miles out-and-back.

How to get there: Longbow Arch is an established hike from the Poison Spider Trail parking also along S.R. 279.   Corona Arch. Poison Spider Mesa parking lot on SR 279. Trail accessed between the pit toilet and nearby informational kiosk.

Corona Arch

Description: On the trail to Corona Arch watch for other arches along the way, like Bowtie and Pinto

Arches.  The trail climbs up to a railroad track and visitor registration box. Go over the tracks down the other side to follow rock cairns along the base of a cliff, across slickrock and sand patches. The trail has a cable strung along slickrock. Walk on the uphill side of the cable here. A second cable provides a hand hold for ascending sandstone with notches carved for foot holds. At the top of this passage is a fiver rung ladder to gain another little pitch. Corona Arch can be seen from this landing, more or less. Another 250 yards of walking you can be underneath the arch.

How to get there: Drive 10 miles along S.R. 279 from the Hwy 191 junction to find the Corona Arch parking lot. Across the road is the Gold Bar Campground.

Goldbar Arch (a.k.a. Jeep Arch)

38.59907°N / 109.63955°W

Description: Canyon bottom walking comes to a dry pour over. Find the beaten path to the right/east of this obstacle to get beyond it. After some distance another pour-over will be passed again to the right. Travel on slickrock with huge boulders. Watch for cairns on the left to leave this floor to go up a slope. The trail eventually forks. It is a loop with a scramble through the arch back around. The trail gains 900 feet from the culvert. It is 3.5 miles round trip.

How to get there: Goldbar Arch can be found beyond Corona Arch parking lot .3 miles more on S.R. 279. Go through the culvert under the railroad track.

Two hikes are accessed off of S.R. 313

Streak Arch

 

Description: Walk up the South Fork of Seven Mile Canyon to Streak Arch. Cross the road, Hwy 313, to hike about 1 3/4 miles up the canyon, arch is on the left. The Desert Varnish, manganese stains are beautiful and give this arch this name.

 

How to get there: Park at a small turnout on the right about 2.3 miles from Hwy 191 onto Hwy 313.

 

Jewel Tibbetts Arch

Description: This 1.6 mile loop starts on a dirt road but soon leaves the road to go through several dry washes to rejoin a road no longer available to motorized use. After the trail leaves this old road, follow rock cairns across ledges, through Pinyon-Juniper woodland to the slickrock edge of 400’ deep Hell Roaring Canyon. Use caution on the cliff section near the canyon rim.

 

How to get there: Go to mile 13.6 off of SR 313. Drive the dirt road 1.5 miles west to the trailhead parking lot.

 

One hike is off of Kane Springs Road.

Hunter Canyon Arch

Description: . The arch is about a half mile from the Hunter Canyon parking lot and up on the right side of Hunter Canyon. In the spring water may be flowing in Hunter Canyon.

How to get there: Hunter Canyon is off of Kane Creek Road, where pavement turns into a two wheel drive dirt road. Kane Creek Road has a switch back and creek crossing that should be considered for clearance. The arch is about a half mile from the Hunter Canyon parking lot and up on the right side of Hunter Canyon. In the spring water may be flowing in Hunter Canyon.

Mountain bikes are NOT allowed on this list of hiking trails.

Biking to an Arch

Road cycling on Scenic Byway 313 is popular.   Mesa Arch 

Description: Bike from the town of Moab along the paved Moab Canyon Pathway (72.4 miles round trip), park at the junction of Hwy 191 and S.R. 313 (47.8 miles round trip), or unload the road bicycle at one of the viewpoints out along S.R. 313 to pedal into Canyonlands. The viewpoint at the top of the switchback would be a 41.2 miles ride. Don’t forget the $10 for a biker’s entrance fee or to bring your Federal Recreation Land Pass.

How to get there: The wide shoulders on S.R. 313 are appreciated. Pedaling into the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park the road narrows significantly. If traffic is low, head to the Mesa Arch trailhead 6 miles from the park boundary. Lock up the bike to stretch out walking this .5 mile loop to enjoy an arch situated on the edge of a precipice. No biking on the trail. Returning to Moab, watch the distant skyline. You are peering into Arches National Park. The windows section makes a spectacle of their self.

Mountain Biking  also in Canyonlands.

Musselman Arch

Description: Musselman Arch is on the White Rim in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park .Bicycling, 4Wheeling or dual sport motorcycling each require a free day use permit. The ISKY visitor center issues those permits. Or complete the online reservation 48 hours at most before the date of use. Use will be capped at 50 for day-use bicycling.

How to get there: Ideally, hire a shuttle to the Island in the Sky, ride down the Shafer Trail out to Musselman Arch. Or hire jetboat  services to drop you off at Lathrop Canyon to pedal from river to White Rim passing Musselman on the way out. Make it an epic 49 mile ride back to town via the Potash Road (Hwy 279). Or follow the jetboat to the Potash Boat Ramp and park there to end this ride at the ramp.

Pritchett Arch

 

Description: Natural Arch on the edge of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. Length is .5 miles out-and-back. The trail is a wash, then crosses slickrock benches, ledges, and requires scrambling. If you are lucky you will see vehicles stuck at Rocker Knocker, The Rock Pile and Yellow Hill, three nasty ledges with no vehicle by-pass. Pritchett Bridge can be a fantastic mountain bike ride. The 4×4 road is treacherous even for skilled 4wd drivers, is much more navigable by bike. Worth $2 to cross private land from Kane Creek Rd and pedal 4.2 miles to view Pritchett and Halls Bridges. Or run a shuttle to bike a 22 mile course through the Behind the Rocks trail system. From this direction you should find a directional ‘Pritchett’ post at every intersection.

 

How to get there:  Pritchett Canyon is 4.5 miles from Highway 191 out Kane Creek Road. You must pay a private land owner to access the canyon from this point. This is one of the most difficult 4×4 roads in the area. Consider mountain biking or hiking 5.1 miles up Pritchett Canyon Jeep Road from Kane Creek to hike a short .5 spur to the arch.

 

Doing some 4 Wheeling?

A backcountry map will either name or indicate a Natural Arch to be found along a myriad of trails. Ample rentals are available to travel the dirt roads. Make reservations for rental jeeps, OHVs or trail motorcyles. There are tour companies who will drive ahead and lead visitors to these spots too.

Uranium Arch

 

Description:

Uranium Arch has a 75 ft span. Near the arch is a sign painted on slickrock indicating “arch”. The final part of the trail to the base of the arch is difficult terrain, park and walk or negotiate it with a properly equipped 4WD vehicle.

 

How to get there: From the junction of Hwy 191 and S.R. 313 set your mileage, continue north on Hwy 191 5/8 of a mile. Find a wide dirt parking lot. This is the trailhead for Sevenmile Rim Trail or jeep trail no.9 on the Trails Illustrated/National geographic Map Moab North Map 500.   On the dirt road keep left at 1 1/8 miles fork. In an 8th of a mile turn right at a second fork.  Now traveling north for 5/8 mile for another left turn (still on Jeep Trail No. 9 – follow Sevenmile rim Trail signs) for ¼ mile where road goes south. Keep left for the next 3 forks. The dirt trail goes aound the south end of Corral canyon, flows a cliff for 1/2mile then turns right for another 3/8 of a mile to Uranium arch.

 

 

 

Arrowhead Arch

 

Description: Collapsed sometime in first part of 2010 and spanned 17 feet. Find Squaw Window 1 km northeast of Arrowhead on the same cliff-line.

 

How to get there: At Dewy Bridge on S.R. 128 turn onto the Owl Draw Upland road. Continue past Buck Spring. Keep right as the road jogs 90 degrees from a southwest direction to a westerly direction. Watch for a lighter duty dirt road, a right hand turn leading to a prominent sandstone outcropping. The arch is atop the sandstone feature.

 

Picture Frame

Description: On the way to Picture Frame arch you get to see Balcony Arch too.

 

How to get there:

Drive south from Moab on Hwy 191. About 12.3 miles, turn right or west onto the Behind the Rock Road. It is 5.4 miles of two wheel drive to Lone Rock (also known as Prostitute Butte). At this junction, a sign will indicate the way to Pritchett Arch. Turn right. The trail is now 4WD and goes along the side of Lone Rock. Watch for Balcony Arch at the very top of the butte. You cannot climb to Balcony Arch. Picture Frame Arch  becomes visible at the turn around at the backside of Lone Rock. You can walk up to Picture Frame Arch

 

Visit the Moab Information Center for maps. Located at the Corner of Main and Center Streets in downtown Moab. Use www.discovermoab.com  to find bike or 4×4 rentals and tours. More information is a phone call away as well, 435-259-8825.

 

This brochure is presented as a courtesy to area visitors. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made as to the safety or ongoing validity of information listed herein. The Moab Area Travel Council or it’s agents are not responsible for any liability arising from the use of the information herein.

 

In cooperation with:  The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and San Juan County Tourism.

 

Canyon Country  Minimum Impact Practices

  1. Tread lightly and leave no trace. Drive , pedal and hike on established roads and trails. Hiking is appropriate on rock and in washes besides designated trails. Camp in marked sites. Use a stove rather than a campfire. Backcountry camping requires a portable toilet in southeastern Utah. Tent camping is better suited to campsites with pit toilets. RVs may utilize Bureau of Land Management or State Trust Land dispersed sites. Use only previously occupied locations. No bushwhacking new sites. Gathering firewood is prohibited.
  2. Keep canyon country clean. Pack out trash. Remove solid human waste. Clean up after less thoughtful visitors. Recycling center is located on the Sandflats Road.
  3. Protect scarce desert water sources. Keep 300 feet from isolated water sources to allow wildlife access. Leave potholes undisturbed. Wash away from these precious pools or springs. Carry all of your own drinking water.
  4. Allow space for wildlife. Maintain distance and remain quiet when encountering wildlife. Keep children and pets under control and away from wildlife.
  5. Leave historic sites untouched for preservation. Admire Native American rock art, ruins and artifacts from a distance. Walk clear of dinosaur tracks. Scratching, painting, chalking, rubbings, and casts are forbidden, and damage sites. Make pictures. Teach others to respect these ‘open-air museums’. Report violations.
  6. Learn to recognize to preserve biological soil crust. This delicate, often black, crusty-looking , complex of soil and slow growing algae, moss, bacteria, and lichen retains water, reduces erosion, and provides a stable base from which higher plants can flourish.

Published by  Moab Area Travel Council in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Moab District Office, Trail Mix, SITLA and San Juan County.

 

 

While in Moab, don’t skip over a chance to walk alongside the footprints of me and some of my oldest friends (and not-so-friends)!  A real paleontologist will be there to guide you along some of Utah’s best fossil sites.  You can even follow the paleontologist back into town for more dino fun and facts, and the chance to hold real fossils!

Programs are presented at several locations throughout the Moab area. These locations are identified below, or maps are freely available at the Moab Information Center or the Bureau of Land Management.

These programs run from July 29th through September 4th.

July

Jul 29    Jurassic Walk and Talk  Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Jul 30    Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Bone Trail at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Jul 31    Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

August

Aug 5     Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Stomping Ground at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 6     Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 7     Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 12   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Bone Trail at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 13   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 14   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Stomping Ground at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 19   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 20   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 21   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Bone Trail at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 26   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 27   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Stomping Ground at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Aug 28   Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

September

Sep 2      Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at Mill Canyon Tracksite at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, bring the kids by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Fun with Fossils”—a free hands-on learning activity led by a paleontologist.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Sep 3      Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Mill Canyon Bone Trail at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones”—a free paleontology talk about the Moab area’s dinosaurs.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

Sep 4      Jurassic Walk and Talk Join a BLM paleontologist for a free walk with dinosaurs at the Poison Spider Dinosaur Trackway at 9 am.  After daytime adventuring, come by the Moab Information Center at 6 pm for “Dino Tracks and Facts”—a free paleontology talk about dinosaur tracks found in the Moab area.  For directions and additional information, see ad in Moab Happenings or call the BLM at (435) 259-2100.

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Mill Canyon Track Site Sign

Copper Ridge

  • Length of Hike:  1/2 mile (0.80 km) round trip. Allow 30 minutes for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: The Copper Ridge site features the first tracks of a long-necked, plant eating sauropod dinosaur ever found in Utah, along with carnivorous dinosaur tracks preserved in the 150 million year old Jurassic-aged Morrison Formation.
  • Trailhead Location: From Moab, go north on US Highway 191 for 23 miles. Turn right 3/4 mile (1.2 km) past milepost 148 (just north of the microwave tower at the “North Klondike” sign). Cross the railroad tracks and follow the signs south on the dirt road. It is 2 miles (3.2 km) to the trackways from the highway.

Dinosaur Stomping Ground

  • Length of Hike:  3 miles (4.8 km) round trip. Allow 2.5 hours for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: The tracks you see at this site are preserved in the Jurassic-aged Entrada Sandstone. The portion of the Moab Megatracksite that you visit on this hike is known as the “Dinosaur Stomping Grounds;” it contains over 2,300 single tracks in an area of about two acres. Most of these tracks represent large carnivorous dinosaurs.
  • Trailhead Location:  From Moab, go north on US 191 for 23 miles. Turn right 3/4 mile (1.2 km) past milepost 148. Cross the railroad tracks and follow the main road for 1 mile (1.6 km). Take the right fork (left fork goes to the Copper Ridge Dinosaur Tracksite) and continue for just over ½ a mile (0.8 km) to the Megasteps Mountain Biking Trailhead parking area. Trail departs from here.

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Bone Trail

  • Length of Hike:  1/4 mile (0.4 km) round trip. Allow 30 minutes for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: Dinosaur bone still encased in Jurassic-aged rock may be viewed in Mill Canyon. These rocks contain the fossilized dinosaur bones of Allosaurus, Camarasaurus, Camptosaurus and Diplodocus, and petrified wood.
  • Trailhead Location: Drive 15 miles (24.14 km) north of Moab on U.S. 191, the turn left onto a dirt road (marked “Mill Canyon”). This road is just north of highway milepost 141. Be careful when crossing the train tracks. Proceed 0.6 miles (0.96 km) on this dirt road to a “Y” intersection with a parking lot. Take the left fork and go 1/2 mile (0.8 km) to another intersection. Turn right here. The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail is 0.6 miles (0.96 km) away along this route. At the trailhead, you will find a parking area and interpretive signs both at the parking area and along the trail itself.

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite

  • Length of Hike:  1/4 mile (0.4 km) round trip. Allow 30 minutes for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: The Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite is one of the largest and most diverse dinosaur tracksites known in the United States. A minimum of 6 different dinosaur tracks, along with crocodile tracks, can be viewed. This 112 million year old site contains one of the world’s largest known tracksites from this period of geologic time.
  • Trailhead Location: From Moab, take Highway 191 north for 15 miles (24.14 km) to Mill Canyon Rd.  Turn left onto Mill Canyon Rd. and travel approximately one mile to the “Y” intersection of Mill Canyon Rd. and Cotter Mine Rd.  Turn left onto Cotter Mine Rd. and continue for another ½ mile (0.8 km) to a second large parking area. Once in this parking area, the trail departs from the east side near the kiosk.

Poison Spider Dinosaur Tracksite

  • Length of Hike:  1/2 mile (0.80 km) round trip. Allow 30 minutes for guided hike.
  • Site Attractions: 190 million years ago the area around what is now Moab was covered in huge sand dunes. Between dune fields were scattered flat areas of wet sand, shallow ponds, and small streams. Dinosaurs crossed these flats and left their footprints for you to view now.
  • Trailhead Location: From the center of Moab, travel north on Highway 191 for 5.9 miles (9.5 km) and turn left on Highway 279 (the “Potash Road”). Continue 6 miles (9.7 km) from this junction, which follows along the Colorado River, until you reach the “Dinosaur Track” sign, where the route leaves the pavement to the right. The parking lot is at the top of this hill.

Fun with Fossils

  • Length of Activity:  Allow 30-45 minutes for talk and activity.
  • Join Us For: Join us as we introduce you to some of the area’s most famous prehistoric residents!  A short show-and-tell talk will be led by a BLM paleontologist, followed by a fun and engaging activity appropriate for all ages.
  • Activity Location: Moab Information Center Porch, 25 E Center Street, Moab, UT 84532.

Bones, Stones, and Fossil Zones

  • Length of Activity:  Allow 30-45 minutes for talk.
  • Join Us For: Learn about the regional geology, local dinosaur, and other fossil discoveries found in the Moab region.  It’s bound to be a bona fide good time!
  • Activity Location: Moab Information Center Porch, 25 E Center Street, Moab, UT 84532.

Dino Tracks and Facts

  • Length of Activity:  Allow 30-45 minutes for talk.
  • Join Us For: Learn about the regional geology, how tracks are made, and the dinosaur trackways preserved in the Moab area.  It will leave a lasting impression!
  • Activity Location: Moab Information Center Porch, 25 E Center Street, Moab, UT 84532.

For more information, please contact: Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Moab – 435-259-2100