Moab Journals

Moab, Gateway to Canyonlands, Arches, and More.

An October 2005 trip to Moab by ArnyZona

Sunflower Photo, Moab, Utah More Photos
Quote: Although we had visited the south of Utah four times already, we had never been to Moab. And what a mistake that turned out to be. This place is heaven for people who like adventurous 4WD drives, mountain biking, hiking, landscape photography, and lots more.

Moab, Gateway to Canyonlands, Arches, and More.

Overview

Sunflower Photo, Moab, Utah
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Four previous vacations in Southern Utah and we never visited Moab. Why? I don't know, maybe because of Edward Abbeys "Desert Solitair," which I once read in college? Or because I saw it numerous time on "Extreme Sports Channel," where mountain bikers with "rope hair" (that's what I call dreadlocks) fly over slick rock slopes. I really don't know, but what I do know after our 4 days in this town is that I was wrong! This place rocks! And yes, it also has some spectacular rocks!Quick Tips: Well, where to start: two of the greatest national parks in the USA; Canyonlands; and Arches. And if you like mountain biking, 4WD, rafting, or hiking, this is the pla...Read More
Kokopelli Lodge Photo, Moab, Utah
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This is a great place to stay, within walking distance of downtown but just far enough from the loud main street. The rooms are clean, and the staff is really helpful and friendly. The Jacuzzi was closed, but the cosy garden was great to meet the neighbours. Only one thing was wrong with this motel, and that was the sewer smell in the bathroom. But it seemed like only our room had this problem, and if you keep the bathroom door shut, it'll be okay!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2005

Kokopelli Lodge
72 S. 100 E.
Moab, Utah 84532
435/259-7615

Poplar Place Pub & Eatery

Attraction | "Poplar Place"

Poplar Place Pub & Eatery Photo, Moab, Utah
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They had Guinness on tap. The food sucked, but they had Guinness on tap. The food was really bad and expensive, but they had Guinness on tap. We had lunch there after a really hard morning hike in the desert, so the Guinness on tap was great and cured my thirst really well. But the food, pseudo Italian sandwiches, made me sick. But the Guinness from the tap was nice. Italian food and Irish beer is not a good combination! But the beer was good! Did I mention the Guinness? Oh, and they have some nice T-shirts, but the Guinness is cheaper...

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 30, 2005

Poplar Place Pub & Eatery
11 E. 100 N.
Moab, Utah 84532
435/259-6018

Arches National Park Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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This place is too popular! If you want to take some pictures semi-profesional, don't focus on the landscapes. Just shoot the Japs! Everywhere you go, you will see Japanese and German tourists. And after 2 hours under the hot sun you will wonder who won the war. Ehm, sorry WW II. I live close to the German border, and my hometown gets invaded every Saturday with thousands of Germans, but when I hike the desert, I only want to hear a cricket, rattlesnake, or even my wife. But here I only heard: "Mutti bleib stehen, ich mochte ein Foto machen!" Sorry, I don't speak German, so I won't quote them.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2005

Arches National Park
5 miles North of Moab on 191
Boulder Mountain, Utah

Canyonlands National Park

Attraction | "Shafer Trail - Potash Road"

Canyonlands National Park Photo, Moab, Utah
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If you don't have time to ride the 3-day White Rime Trip, this is a half-day alternative. Start early in the morning and head up to the Potash Road. You'll find some great rock-art sites and superb Colorado River vistas. But when the paved road end, it really gets spectacular! You find yourself in a amazing canyon, first with some evaporation ponds where you have to watch out for big trucks driving like Satan is on their back, and after that you are really on your own! Remember the last scene of "Thelma and Louise?" Well, if they were to shoot it on the day that you drive this road, Thelma would land on your head! The gooseneck, just below the Dead Horse State Park, is the place where t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 30, 2005

Canyonlands National Park
Highway 211
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 259-4711

Canyonlands National Park

Attraction | "Mesa Arch"

Canyonlands National Park Photo, Moab, Utah
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It is one of the most spectacular sunrise locations in the West! But since Lauren Martres wrote his "Photographing the West," it isn't a secret anymore. Get up early to place your tripod on the best posible location. And wait... wait... wait... until the moment arives... ehm... what? Everybody is running around like crazy, and the sun just rose above the horizon. But you keep cool! Wait... wait... ehm... wait... and then it happens: the Mesa Arch starts glowing and the sun is behind it. The canyon in front of it is getting its first light, and what is most amazing is that all the Japanese with their cheap Canons have left the location! You'll be alone with some other photographers&...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 30, 2005

Canyonlands National Park
Highway 211
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 259-4711