Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Moab, Utah

High adventure in Moab

In the Southeastern corner of the state of Utah, a town of about 5,000 people welcomes outdoor enthusiasts to take in the unbelievable landscapes.
You're bound to find an activity to relax, take your breath away, or just appreciate the bounties of nature, no matter what your level of tolerance for excitement. :)
Some available thrills: Mountain biking, four-wheeling, hiking, canyon trips, scenic flights, ballooning, skydiving, golfing, and river rafting and fishing on the Colorado River.

The winter months in the LaSal mountains provide opportunities for sledding, skiing, and snowmobiling. But please be aware of high avalanche danger from November through April!

Our family and friends are a bunch of Jeeping enthusiasts, so this is what they do:
(Would you want to ride along?)

Riverside Inn, right on Main Street, offers affordable accommodations. The best part: an outdoor pool for those scorching summer days. (There is no shortage of motels and inns in the area -just be sure to reserve a room early.)

The world's largest concentration of sandstone arches is found in these parts -just outside of Moab in Arches National Park.


The temperatures in Moab's canyon country range from a cool December and January to a hot July and August.

Here's an example of average temperatures:

January- Day 41F/5C, Night 17F/-8C
May- Day 82F/28C, Night 48F/9C
July/August- Day 98F/37C, Night 63F/17C
October- Day 73F/23C, Night 39F/4C
December- Day 44F/7C, Night 20F/-7C

As you can see, the temps vary from night to day, as well as from low valleys to high mountains.
Most of the rainfall happens in March and April and winter months yield a few inches of snow in the valleys. The high mountains get enough snow to cushion winter sports.

The Colorado River freshens the reddish surroundings. (It flows wider, swifter, and clearer in parts not pictured here.)

Coming and going through the highlands. The aspen and oak trees color the scenery from spring to autumn.

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