Few people think of Moab as a winter wonderland, but that is precisely what makes the off-season the perfect time to plan a visit. With many of the town’s tourist driven shops and businesses closed from December to February, Moab becomes a path less traveled, or rather a much quieter playground filled with winter activities and opportunities that summer-time tourists can only dream about.
5 Reasons to Visit Moab During the Off-Season
So if you’re planning a snowy adventure, here’s a few reasons to add Moab to your list of winter wonder:
- It actually becomes possible to find solitude in Arches National Park – As a renowned national park that is sometimes forced to close its gates in summer due to over-crowding, a moment of solitude in Arches National Park is a precious gift. Fortunately, as the heat of summer retreats, so do the tourists lining up at the gates of this iconic geological wonder. During winter, those convenient parking spots, coveted campsites, popular picnic areas, and famous photo ops are easily yours for the taking.
- You can finally capture those rare postcard-perfect moments with ease – What better time to beef up your photography portfolio or add to your epic selfie collection than during winter in Moab. With Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and surrounding red rock areas dusted with a picturesque snowfall and heaven-sent winter light glowing across an uninterrupted landscape, winter promises a unique opportunity to experience and capture those postcard-perfect moments and iconic images without other pesky tourists blemishing your backdrops or throngs of photographers competing for a place to set up their tripods.
- Winter sports like snowshoeing, snowmobiling and skiing are now on the menu – Moab itself might not have a reputation for high altitude winter splendor, but with the La Sal mountains nestled in the Manti-La Sal National forest just 20 miles south of town, Moab is the gateway to Utah’s second highest mountain range, climbing nearly 13,000 feet. So while the masses flock to ski-town hotspots like Aspen and Vail, you can get your winter fix right here in the desert.
- You can still enjoy many of your favorite summertime activities – Though competitor options may be limited during off-season, you can still book canyoneering adventures, 4WD expeditions, mountain biking excursions, zip lining thrills, photography workshops, backcountry explorations and more. The town might be quiet, but it ain’t closed for adventure!
- You can wine, dine & relax for a reasonable price – Winter in Moab is a great time to take advantage of affordable hotel rates, discounted dining options and readily available mid-winter massages, giving you the perfect opportunity to spoil yourself without punishing your bank account.
To find out more about seasonal activities and things to do in Moab, pick up our free visitor guides around town. Got a question? Ask our GuestGuide team!Tags: Featured, What to Do