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Winter in Moab

Winter in Moab

The landscape of the area takes on a magical winter quality showing off another side of the Moab and the national parks.

Just like summer months, there is still plenty to do. Always go prepared. The weather can change pretty quickly.

A Quieter Time

Hiking is a great way to experience Moab, and the winter offers sensational views in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park, all of which are accessible year round.

There is no reservation system in Arches in the winter and iconic and popular trails are less traveled. You can take your time to get the perfect photo and enjoy the quiet around you.

You’ll need moisture-wicking socks and warm boots with thick tread or spikes (like Yaktrax) as the rock surfaces can be slick with snow or ice.
Hiking poles are another good idea to help with balance.

Always dress appropriately. Avoid wearing cotton as it retains moisture. That moisture stays against your skin and will make you cold. Have a warming layer like fleece, and a good coat. Light gloves and a fleece hat are a must.

People tend to drink less water when it’s cold outside. Even in the winter, staying hydrated is really important. Always carry and drink plenty of water.
Make sure to have light snacks as well.

Explore the La Sals

The second steepest mountain range in Utah, the La Sal Range dominates the eastern skyline and is a winter playground offering sledding, snowshoeing, miles of groomed classic and skate skiing, snowmobiling, and yurt camping.

Begin your adventures at the Geyser Pass Winter Trailhead – you’ll find a parking area, restrooms, and the perfect place to start your backcountry and Nordic adventures.

The Lower Utah Nordic Alliance and U.S. Forest Service groom around seven miles of cross-country trails beginning at the winter trailhead. There are spur trails off the groomed route that may tempt you, so bring a topographic map or GPS to ensure you’re able to find your way back to the trailhead.

One mile from the trailhead there’s a junction. The right trail is Gold Basin Trail and leads to areas for backcountry and telemark skiing. The left trail leads 2.5 miles to Geyser Pass, climbing 1,000ft in elevation and features groomed loops and open meadows that follow the perimeter of the high peaks. 

Avalanche danger is basically zero when sticking to the trails. Always be prepared, however.

The Grand County Road Department does an excellent job of keeping the road open to Geyser Pass Trailhead.

Winter Camping/Glamping

Dead Horse Point State Park’s yurts are heated and open for winter camping.

Sand Flats area camping is open all winter. Visit for details.

Many BLM campgrounds are open all winter as well. Plan on packing in firewood (buy locally) and water.

Year Round

Some outfitters offer tours year-round. 4x4, off-road tours, and a guided hike can be very enjoyable during the cooler months with less crowds.

See why Moab has become more and more popular to visit during the winter months. Check with our outfitters for ideas.

Riding the Trails

The mountain bike trails in the area are open year round. Riding snowy trails can damage trails. Check conditions before heading out at

Get in Gear

Don’t let a lack of gear keep you inside. Moab has plenty of outfitters where you can rent or buy everything you need to enjoy all the area has to offer.

Know Before You Go

Before heading into the backcountry, check conditions.

For the La Sals:

Manti-La Sal Avalanche Center or call 435-259-SNOW.

For the Abajos:

Warning: Avalanches in the mountains can be deadly.

Always be prepared.


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