The view from my walk everyday. At the bottom is Courthouse Wash that I walk along daily.
After our two night stay in Monument Valley it was time to move on. Back when I first posted my plans for this summer and said that I planned to spend May in Moab, many people responded that it would be too hot to be here in May, so I should go sooner. The forecast seemed to bear that out so we decided to come straight here. And at first that seemed to be a good plan because right away it jumped into the mid-80s and it was getting pretty warm. But then a storm front came through and the rain rolled in and it cooled right off–and it’s been pretty cool ever since. In fact the hottest it’s been is 80 since then and that’s fine with me, I can stay comfortable in that no problem. Oddly. the bigger problem has been the cold, rainy days, not the heat. All the locals I’ve talked to said this is very unusual weather, it’s rarely this volatile with constant ups and downs and wind and rain coming and going. Almost every day has periods of sunshine, clouds , more sun, more clouds and maybe some wind and rain thrown in for good measure. The forecast for this weekend is more rain and wind.
The weather had been stormy. That’s the snow-capped La Sal mountains in the background.
Because of that I’ve only made three trips into Arches NP and I haven’t done any star photography even though that is one of the main reasons I came here. We’ve already been here for 10 days so we keep thinking we will move on but then when I research the weather at all the places I would like to go, there is some real cold weather in their forecast. As mediocre as the weather is here, it’s still better than nearly everyplace around us!
Suanne’s and my campsite. The yellow tent on the right is someone who couldn’t find a spot so he camped with us.
The bottom line is coming here is the best thing we could have done because it’s so much warmer than everywhere else! Weird but true!
I really love Moab, it’s impossible to say which place is my favorite in the country, but I can say with 100% certainty that there is nowhere in the country I like more than here–there may be places I like as much, but none I like more! There is so much beauty around here with
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Dead Horse Point State Park
- The Colorado River flows almost right through town.
- The La Sal Mountain range provides a beautiful, snow-capped backdrop.
- Even the “plain,” unrecognized places are beautiful around here!
A small field of Lupine near camp.
Because of that great combination of beauty and openness it offers a huge array of sports and adventure opportunity–all of them world-class. By that I mean there isn’t anyplace in the world where there are as many activites and that are as good as they are. People come here from all over the country and even the world to partake in the:
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Off-Road 4×4 and Jeeping
- White-water Rafting
A group of RVs camped about a mile away.
While I don’t do many of those things, I still revel in the energy that’s here because so many truly alive and adventurous people are concentrated into one small area. No one is here waiting till they are old to enjoy life, in fact the majority are young, vibrant people living life on the edge. And even the older folks who come here are the most adventurous ones who are savoring and drawing deeply from all that life has to offer.
The prevailing attitude and energy in Moab, UT is to look Death straight in the eye and spit in his face!
My kind of people!
The only problem with it’s popularity is the crowds and traffic around town, which spills over into limited camping. As far as I can tell, there isn’t an available RV space in town, they are all full. The soil in this area is very fragile so the BLM seems to continually close areas to dispersed camping. Fortunately, there is one very good place left that is still open, mainly because it’s on state land, and that is the area down Willow Flats Road where we are camped now. I have a map to our current camp at the bottom of the post.
If you don’t like the stormy weather right now, just wait a couples hours and it will change completely!
No matter where you live, I highly recommend you put Moab at the top of your bucket list and make sure you get here. The sooner the better!