Moab most likely got its name from one of two places. Some historians believe that the town’s first postmaster chose the name because of its geographical similarities to the biblical city of Moab. Another theory is that the name comes from a Paiute word “moapa,” which means mosquito.
Regardless of the origins, Moab is a one-of-a-kind town with ample opportunities for outdoor adventures. When you make Moab your base camp, you’ll have convenient access to places like Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River and three scenic byways.
The diversity of terrain around Moab is stunning. You can go from the iconic formations of Arches to the alpine meadows of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, from the Island in the Sky in Canyonlands to the singular beauty of Dead Horse Point.
It’s no wonder that the Moab area has served as the backdrop for many Hollywood films. Popular examples include Wagon Master, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Thelma and Louise, Star Trek and 127 Hours.
The town’s sunny weather has also made it a perfect location for festivals and events. This means there are lots of options for visitors. The restaurants in Moab are great, with a few favorites being Milt’s Stop & Eat, Paradox Pizza and the Quesadilla Mobilla food truck.
There are many choices when it comes to lodging, including bed and breakfasts, hotels and campgrounds. For Moab Utah hotels click here. For campgrounds and primitive camping areas click here. For privately owned RV parks click here.
When it comes to planning out your days, there are so many things to choose from that it may be helpful to get one of the activity planners that the town offers. You can request one by clicking here.
For more information on the many activities available around Moab see the related articles below.
Moab Lodging and Campgrounds:
Moab Area Travel Council
25 E Center St
Moab, UT 84532