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Moab - Headquarters for Red Rock Fun

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An October 2000 trip to Moab by jan&ray

Arches National Park Photo, Moab, Utah More Photos
Quote: Moab was our headquarters during our 5-day visit to the southeastern corner of Utah. The surrounding area is spectacular, rugged and home to two of the Southwest’s most beautiful parks – Arches and Canyonlands. An outpost of "civilization" in the desert, this small town offers all the comforts of home.

Moab - Headquarters for Red Rock Fun

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Overview

Arches National Park Photo, Moab, Utah
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Seeing the red rocks and desert in their many moods according to the light. Experiencing the desert during and after a rainstorm. Coming back after a day of exploring nearby Arches and Canyonlands to a hot shower, a good dinner and a comfortable room.Quick Tips: Moab is very busy on the weekends, and finding a room can be difficult. Make reservations in advance, even during the off season. If possible, visit during the week – there will be fewer people to contend with in town and on the trails. Pick up a free copy on "Moab Happenings" at a local restaurant or store. We also found a free Moab Restaurant Guide with sample menus for many of the local eateries. (Some of the ads in th...Read More

Best Western Greenwell Inn

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Hotel

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Moab is a town of motels, and has been for a long time. There are many "mom & pop" properties along the main drag, but only a few national chains have set up shop here. There are two Best Westerns in town, located nearly across the street from one another. As motels in Moab go, these are newer and on the deluxe side. Aside from the attractive fountain at the main entrance, the motel offered many features that other hotels in town did not. These included an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a well-appointed workout room and a very nice guest laundry. The Inn is located next to the Mill Creek jogging and biking trail; many restaurants and shops are within easy walk along Main Street. The Best W...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

Best Western Greenwell Inn
105 S MAIN
Moab, Utah 84532
1-435-2596151

Eddie Mcstiff's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Eddie McStiff's"

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No trip to Moab would be complete without a visit to Eddie McStiff’s. Advertised as "Moab’s oldest legal brewery", this restaurant is popular with everyone from families with small children to mountain bikers to grandparents. And why not? There is something on the menu here for everyone – pizza, pasta, steaks, burgers, salmon, Mexican favorites, a special kids’ menu, and of course, 13 handcrafted microbrews. McStiff’s was a bustling place. The atmosphere was a little noisy, but everyone was having a good time. We had a long wait in the bar while we waited for our table. We amused ourselves by keeping one eye on the televised sports and the other eye on the clientele. This was a fun place f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

Eddie Mcstiff's Restaurant
57 South Main Street
Moab 84532
(435) 259-2337

Rio Sports Bar & Grill

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Restaurant | "Rio Colorado"

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On a night when we had a hankering for something Mexican, we headed for Rio Colorado. This was one of the few places we visited that was not located on Main Street. It took a little work, but we still found it was within an easy walk of our motel. The food here is tasty and reasonably priced. Almost everything on the menu has a Southwestern flair. Of course, there are the usual nachos, chili, taco salad, fajitas, quesidillas, burritos, tacos, enchiladas and tamales. However, Rio Bravo is no Chi Chi’s and ventures beyond the standard with such offerings as Margarita Chicken (chicken breast simmered with lime and flamed with "cactus juice") and Mahi Mahi Del Playa (charbroiled mahi mahi fi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

Rio Sports Bar & Grill
2 South 100 West
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 259-6666

Buck's Grill House

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Restaurant

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Buck’s Grill House sits just north of downtown Moab. This restaurant is a little more expensive than most in town, but it is well worth it. While out on the trail, we heard that Buck’s had the best steaks in Moab. While we did not give them a try, we had to agree that this was the best dinner we had during our week’s stay. This place is always busy, so be prepared for a little wait before you eat. Dining is available indoors or out. The porch/patio overlooks the parking lot, but is pleasant enough on a warm evening. Inside, the whitewashed walls are decorated with cowboy art, most of which is for sale. The furnishings are plain – dark wood tables and simple chairs. The main men...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 30, 2001

Buck's Grill House
1393 North Highway 191
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 259-5201

Hogan Trading Company

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Attraction

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Along Moab’s Main Street there are many places to shop. Most sell T shirts, jewelry and other inexpensive souvenirs of a visit to the southwest. The Hogan Trading Company offers the serious shopper something more. This is a place to find the quality creations of local craftspeople. If you are looking for a distinctive momento of your visit to Moab, this is a great place to look. The shop is located directly across the street from the Best Western Greenwell Inn. What first caught my eye was the display of kinetic sculptures lined up along the sidewalk outside the store. Each day as we left our hotel, we would see these fanciful windmills twirling in the breeze. By their very nature, they ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2001

Hogan Trading Company
100 S Main St
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 259-8118

City Market Food & Pharmacy

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Attraction | "City Market"

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Moab’s main grocery store and pharmacy is City Market. We visited it almost daily, and we found it to be the town’s crossroads. It seemed that almost everyone who lives in or passes through Moab ends up at City Market at some point. Here we saw companions from the day’s hikes, mountain bikers, park rangers and local residents. The popularity of this store was understandable, as it is the biggest grocery store in town and is open from early morning to late at night. We originally came here for the breakfast and trail basics, but we found much more. First, there was the salad bar. It was more extensive than those many grocery stores at home -standard vegetable offerings were rounded out by...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2001

City Market Food & Pharmacy
425 S Main St
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 259-5182

Moab Information Center

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Story/Tip

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Even if you think you know exactly what you want to do when you visit Moab, a visit to the Moab Information Center is a good idea. Here you will find brochures on nearly every hotel, restaurant and outfitter in town. There are also free special interest brochures guiding you rock art, hiking trails and movie locations. If you want to know how to find dinosaur tracks, ancient petroglyphs or the spot where Thelma and Louise drove off the cliff, this is the place to ask. The staff here is very knowledgeable about activities at all the nearby parks, including Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point. We spent some time talking to the folks behind the counter and picked up great tips for places to...Read More

Natural Bridges National Monument

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Natural Bridges National Monument  Photo, Moab, Utah
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Natural Bridges National Monument is 120 miles from Moab, making it a long, but very rewarding, day trip. Along the way we travelled a portion of the "Trail of the Ancients", an area considered to be the "archaeological heartland of America". Other attractions in this area are Edge of the Cedars State Park, the cliff dwellings at Butler Wash and the drive through the Valley of the Gods. The Monument itself consists of three natural bridges – Sipapu, Kachina and Owachomo. The bridges are connected by a 9-mile one-way loop road. None of them is visible from the road, so those wishing to view them have two choices: hike down from each parking area to the bridge overlook or hike an 8.6-mile loo...Read More