Moab Journals

Rocks, in every shape, size, and color

An April 2007 trip to Moab by Wasatch

Quote: National Parks, famous mountain biking, scenic roads, and snow-capped mountians.

Rocks, in every shape, size, and color

Overview

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Moab is prime territory for three types of tourists: For mountain bikers, the world is divided into two parts, Moab and what’s left over. Moab’s Slickrock Trial is legendary, but it is just the start of the possibilities which also include two National Parks. For Boys with Toys, ATVs, four wheelers, all off road vehicles, meet their match at Moab. Wanna see a ,000 Jeep roll head over heels down a rock gully? Come to the annual Elephant Hill climb or the Moab Jeep Safari.Moab sits in a valley created by the Moab Fault. The Slickrock Trail area is on top of the plateau east of town. West of town, Canyonlands National Park may offer even more for the mountain biker and boys with Toys....Read More

Moab Brewery

Restaurant

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Long time Moab visitors will recall Fat City, the only eating place in town deserving a recommendation, but it is now closed. The owner/chef went into catering. So that leaves the new Moab Brewery as the top BBQ candidate, and in many respects, it is up to the challenge, but there are flaws, big ones, as well, like the pedestrian $6.50 burger and coleslaw that loses the taste test to milk-soaked cardboard.On the bright side, the smoked chicken and beef are excellent. Both have a nice smoked flavor and the beef, sensibly tri-tip rather than the ubiquitous, dried out brisket, is outstanding. Chicken and beef are served with a fine BBQ sauce on the side. Ribs, after the chicken a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2007

Moab Brewery
686 S Main Street
Moab, Utah
(435) 259-6333

Zax

Restaurant

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Twelve dollars for all you can eat pizza, salad, and soup bar (lunch and dinner). Who can pass that up in town full of mediocre restaurants? The salad bar was very limited—iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, baby corn, peas, red beets, a pasta salad, and a couple other ordinary offerings. Pizza was pretty good. About five different kinds came out the oven regularly enough so that your favorite was, or soon would be, available. All were thin crust, and the quality of the crust varied, sometimes limp, sometimes nice and crisp. Sitting may have softened the crust, so if you like your’s crisp, look for those that just came out of the oven. I especially liked the bacon and somethi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 29, 2007

Zax
96 S Main St
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 259-6555

Milt's Stop & Eat

Restaurant | "Milt's Stop & Eat"

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We took a step back into the past at Milt’s, a classic example of what drive-ins were like before McDonald’s. Milt’s appeared to do mainly a carry out business catering to locals. Inside, there is room for eight on stools at the counter and table space for six, by the window. Getting tired of typical fast food joints, we gave Milt’s a try. It took only one visit to put Milt’s #1 on our short list of best places for lunch in Moab. Befitting and confirming its age and origins, if I am not mistaken, the walls and counter were covered with white Bakelite. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, and chili, and a concoction called “Frito Pie”, Fritos layered in a bowl topped with cheese...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2007

Milt's Stop & Eat
356 Millcreek Dr.
Moab, Utah 84532

Canyonlands National Park

Attraction | "Canyonlands National Park "

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The Green and Colorado Rivers merge in the middle of desolate Canyonlands National Park to form the river that created the Grand Canyon. Although called “Colorado”, the Green contributes most of the water. The Colorado was discovered first, so the name stuck. The Green is Nature’s great carving tool, cutting its way through the Gates of Lahore in Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge, Desolation Canyon, Canyonlands, Glenn Canyon (now flooded as Lake Powell), and the Grand Canyon. This immense canyon system, ranging up to 21 miles wide, runs the entire length of Utah and across most of Arizona. From the Wyoming-Utah border to Laughlin, AZ, there are only five places where roads reach river level. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2007

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

Delicate Arch

Attraction | "Slickrock"

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What is Slickrock? Slickrock is anything but slick rock. Slickrock is a type of sandstone with the texture of coarse sandpaper, making it the grippiest of all rocks unless you try to cross it on a horse shod with iron horseshoes, as did the pioneer explorers, one of whom apparently remarked after his horse slipped and slid over the hilly bare rock surface, “Damn! That’s slick rock!” The name stuck. But put rubber soles or tires on slickrock, and the effect is remarkable, giving such a good grip that it becomes possible to go up inclines you would never consider trying on regular rock. Most of the Earth’s surface is covered with dirt, but there are vast expanses of the Colorado Plateau, where Moab ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2007

Delicate Arch
Arches National Park
Moab, Utah

Delicate Arch

Attraction | "The Delicate Arch"

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Open Baedeker’s USA, a guide book to America written by a committee of German professors, and the first thing you will see is a full page full color photo of the Delicate Arch. Most Americans would probably think of the Washington Monument or the Capital Dome or Niagara Falls as the image of America, but the Germans know better. The German professors wanted to give their readers the most memorable sight they could to introduce them to 600 pages of pedantic text on sightseeing the USA–slickrock.The Delicate Arch looks like a horseshoe standing alone on top of bare rock hill. The scene of the red-orange rock of the Delicate Arch against the deep blue desert sky with the snow capped La Sal M...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2007

Delicate Arch
Arches National Park
Moab, Utah

La Sal Mountain Loop

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Attraction | "La Sal Mountians Loop Drive"

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Most mountain roads have better scenery traveling in one direction than in the other. We have only driven the La Sal Loop once, so I can’t yet say which direction is best. However, the way we went was certainly worth the 60-90 minute trip. We left Moab going north on US 191 and turned right at UT Rt 128, just before the Colorado River bridge. For the first eight miles we drove along the river, with high cliffs of dark red rock marking the boundary of Arches NationalPark across the river. After eight miles, we turned right into the Castle Valley, a remarkably green oasis in the red rock desert. To the right, marking the edge of the valley, the long, high red rock cliff top marks the furthes...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2007

La Sal Mountain Loop

Moab, Utah

Canyonlands National Park

Attraction | "Upheaval Dome, Island in the Sky"

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The first view of Upheaval Dome tells you it does not belong here. Whatever it is, it is out of place. To begin, it is neither an upheaval or a dome, it is a pit. Almost circular, four miles across and 1,000 ft. deep, Upheaval Dome puzzles the geologists, who aren’t quite sure what it is. The original theory, which accounts for the name, is that an underground salt dome was uplifted as an anticline and then dissolved and was carried away by ground water, causing the surface to collapse into the hole left behind when the salt was removed. However, resent research strongly suggests Upheaval Dome is a meteor impact crater, like the craters on the Moon. Also like the craters on the Moon, there is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 2, 2007

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

Arches National Park

Attraction | "Arches National Park "

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The world’s densest collection of natural rock arches, sometimes called natural bridges, is in Arches National Park, three miles north of Moab, UT, off US 191. The park has some 2,000 identified arches. Most of the biggest and best can be seen from or by short walks from the Park’s three paved roads. The main road runs 18 miles from the  Visitor Center to Devils Garden trail head (restrooms) and campground. Two roads branch off the main road, the very scenic Windows Road (restroom), and the road to the Delicate Arch view point (restroom) and trail head. There is more to Arches than arches. Leaving the Visitor Center, the road climbs about 1,000 ft. up a red rock cliff, with good...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2007

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