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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.



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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



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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.

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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.

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


  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



  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


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At the end of a day’s adventure, what goes on in town? Pick up the free publication, Moab Happenings. It has a section dedicated to live music and evening entertainment. Although for something different, Kate Cannon, Superintendent of the Southeastern Group of Utah National Parks urges, “Try a park after dark”.

Currently, Canyonlands has been awarded the Gold Tier status and designation as an International Dark Sky Park. However, being on vacation, perhaps a relaxing drink is in order. Moab is abounding with options.


Atomic Lounge, 900 N Hwy 191, an upscale choice, bringing back the cocktail, mixed with fresh juices and in house syrups. Drinking establishment serving small plates, located on site of the Moab Burger Company if hunger really hits.

Woody’s Tavern, 221 South Main, declares to have the Coldest Beer in Moab! Inside there are pool and foosball tables, live music plays most weekends. Outside there is the Cabana Bar.

New! The Alley, once a special events space is now a pub at the Gravel Pits Lanes, 1078 E Mill Creek Drive. Gravel Pits Lanes came under new owners. The arcade is freshened up. The Snack Bar is expanded for lighter fare dinners. And every Saturday at 8 PM, there is the Rock N’ Bowl. Pay $15 per person for unlimited bowling, the tunes are cranked up, the black lights turned on, the disco ball spins for cosmic bowling until 11 PM. Cheapest pitchers in town!

The Blu Pig’s Blu Bar is going for it! Live music scheduled every night! Serving a selection of whisky, tequila and beer, look for the IPL, yes, IPL on tap, specially crafted for the Blu Pig, 811 S Main Street.

Moab Brewery, 686 S Main Street, has handcraft ales to enjoy by the pint, pitcher, or a sampler. In the bar, adjacent to the restaurant seating there is a pool table and camaraderie, bar appetizers. On your way out — Fill a 32 ounce can with a favorite beer on tap and watch staff can it. Or fill a growler. The packaging agency has full strength beer. Purchase 4 pack cans or Quarts.

Susie’s Branding Iron has The Back Door Bar, 2971 S. Hwy 191, which opens daily at 4 PM. Come around for Karaoke at 8 PM every Saturday night. The restaurant prides itself on a good home cooked meal too.

The Watering Hole is located in Zax’s Restaurant, 96 South Main, next to the Wet Spot Laundry so you could  have ‘Sudz while you clean your dudz’. There are also two pool tables, flat screens for the sports junkies, and claims the widest selection of brews in Moab.

Be entertained:

Just behind Zax’s there is an outdoor space, the Moab Backyard Theater. Variety shows play Wednesday through Saturday starting at 7 PM. A mix of music, magic, comedy and other talents entertain an audience seated on straw bales. Group reservations could enable performances on the other nights too. Just $5 per person!

Check out the free publication Moab Happenings for the live music section.


  • Arches Thai is new in Moab, located on 100 West. It opened late February.
  • 98 Center, a restaurant, is named for the location, so new, the menu is unknown.
  • Sabuku Sushi, 90 E Center Street, is serving wine, sake and cocktails which go perfect with sushi and the desserts! Catch Sabuku on Facebook or Twitter for sporadic specials.

Dine & un-WINE-d is positively innovative. Sign up for drinks on a boat on the Colorado River before dinner from Canyonlands by Night. Motor upstream of the restaurant for  a few miles, then enjoy western music as the boat drifts back, where the landing leads up to cowboy fare in this riverside venue, Canyonlands By Night, 1861 N Hwy 191. Canyonlands by Night provides complimentary hotel pickups for those with reservations for either Dine & un-WINE-d or the Sound & Light Show which occurs after dinner. After dinner the boat powers upstream in time for dark to fall. The audience listens to a pre-recorded monologue while flood lights illuminate canyon walls.

Get Around:

Sunset Gill, 900 N Hwy 191, currently provides complimentary downtown hotel and campground pickups for dining in the former home of Uranium Millionaire Charlie Steen. Get a bird’s eye view of the Moab Valley from this restaurant on the valley wall. The drink menu has an array of red and white wines, scotch, plus a long list of beers.

The Rio Sports Bar and Grill, 2 South 100 West, claims bigger shots and stronger drinks for the same great price. DJ music spins on weekends. Occasionally hosts karaoke. Look for the giant blue-green lizard adorning the front of this building. The Rio has deck seating outside. Arrange to use the complimentary shuttle – 435-259-2654.

Aarchway Inn, 1551 N. Hwy 191, has a complimentary shuttle for hotel guests to get to town for evenings. It is as simple as contacting the front desk to make arrangements for dinner in Moab.

Finally, the Moab Information Center, at the corner of Main and Center Streets, will close in the evening, however, the public restrooms are kept open until 10 PM at night for the convenience of visitors strolling downtown in Moab. Get out and enjoy!

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Memorial Day Availability is below. Use http://www.discovermoab.com/lodging.htm to contact businesses that have not included contact information.

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