Moab at sunset

The Best Time to Visit Moab: A Seasonal Guide

Utah’s renowned Moab region—carved by winds, rivers, and time—stands as a stunning gem among America's natural wonders. It is celebrated for its awe-inspiring landscapes, from the majestic red rock formations of Arches and Canyonlands national parks to the depths of the Colorado River. Moab is a haven for adventurers, including hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, off-roading, and more.

Regardless of when you visit, the vast desert expanses of Moab offer a unique blend of beauty, adventure, and natural wonder year-round. Learn more about the region’s seasons, each of which has its own charms and benefits.

Peak Seasons in Moab

Moab’s peak seasons—roughly spanning Spring (March to May) and Fall (September to November)—are renowned for their mild temperatures and sunny skies, both of which enhance the region's awe-inspiring beauty. These months see Arches and Canyonlands national parks bathed in soft sunlight, with canyons draped in a kaleidoscope of colors, and draw large numbers of nature enthusiasts from around the world.

Shoulder Seasons in Moab

Moab’s shoulder seasons—Summer (June to August) and winter (December to February)—offer a distinctly peaceful ambiance. The summer sun transforms the desert into a vivid landscape, while winter covers the iconic arches with a dusting of sparkling snow. These times are ideal for those seeking a quieter encounter with the unique and tranquil beauty of Moab's wilderness.

Moab By The Seasons

Each season in Moab unfolds with its own charm and adventure. Spring's bloom, Summer's thrill, Fall's vibrant colors, and Winter's solitude offer diverse experiences in this desert wonderland. Read on to find the best time to visit Moab for your desired experience.

Spring in Moab: March to May

Weather: Mild temperatures (50-80°F), occasional rain showers

Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, wildlife spotting

Spring is a magical time in Moab. The desert blooms with vibrant wildflowers and the mild temperatures make it ideal for exploring the trails. Hiking in Arches National Park or biking the Slickrock Trail in this season is a feast for the senses, with pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

Summer in Moab: June to August

Weather: Hot (up to 85-100°F), clear skies

Activities: River rafting, early morning/late evening hikes, off-roading, stargazing

Summer in Moab is for the early birds and night owls. While its mid-afternoon sun can be quite hot, Summer is the perfect time for rafting the Colorado River or exploring the area’s many canyons. Early morning hikes to Delicate Arch and sunset drives through Canyonlands offer breathtaking views and spectacular colors.

Fall in Moab: September to November

Weather: Cool and comfortable (50-70°F), minimal rain

Activities: Hiking, mountain biking, photography

Fall—when the landscape transforms into a canvas of oranges, yellows, and reds—is a favorite time of year for many Moab visitors. It's the ideal season for long hikes in the Fiery Furnace or mountain bike rides on the Porcupine Rim Trail. Photographers will find endless inspiration in the soft, golden light and changing leaves.

Winter in Moab: December to February

Weather: Cold (30-50°F), occasional snow

Activities: Hiking, photography, cross-country skiing

Winter in Moab is a serene and snowy experience. The crowds thin out, and a quiet calm descends on the parks. Snow-capped red rocks create a stunning contrast, and trails like the Mesa Arch become peaceful havens.

Where to Stay in Moab

For a one-of-a-kind luxury outdoor resort experience, stay at ULUM Moab , located 25 miles from Moab near Canyonlands National Park. Sleep in safari-inspired Suite tents, featuring king-size beds, plush linens, ensuite bathrooms, evaporative coolers, wood-burning stoves, and private decks. With exceptional amenities such as a full-service restaurant and cool dipping pools, and evenings filled with s’mores by the fire pits and spectacularly star-filled skies, ULUM Moab is the ideal Southwest wellness retreat. ULUM Moab is open from March 28 through October 28.

Additional Tips for Visiting Moab

  • Accommodation: Book well in advance, especially during Spring and Fall and during popular events like the award-winning annual Moab Music Festival.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry plenty of water, regardless of the season.
  • Respect the Environment: Stay on designated trails and leave no trace.
  • Pack the Essentials: Know what to pack for each season with our Moab packing list.

 

 

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