Men come and go, cities rise and fall, whole civilizations appear and disappear—the earth remains, slightly modified.
—Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire (1968)
People come to Moab, Utah to enjoy participating in a variety of activities; all come to enjoy the unique beauty the area has to offer.
To have the opportunity to truly take in the splendor of Moab’s natural features, one activity is a must: hiking.
Hiking Around Moab
Hiking gives visitors to Moab a chance to take in the scenery at their own pace, allowing visitors of a variety of ages, abilities and experience levels to participate.
Six Hiking Musts
When heading out on a hike, remember these six tips.
1. Bring at least two water bottles per person
Moab’s climate is arid. The dry air in combination with the high afternoon temperature in the spring, summer and fall makes carrying plenty of water a necessity.
2. Wear good hiking boots or shoes
Make sure your shoes have good tread for traversing rocks and walking on loose sand.
3. Wear hiking socks
Non-cotton socks with thicker bottoms are important for preventing blisters.
4. Pack a map and a compass
In the Moab area, one wrong turn can take your hiking party hours out of your way. Be sure to double-check your map at each trail crossing.
5. Bring snacks
Hiking trails in Moab can require a lot of physical exertion. Be sure to pack good snacks to help you refuel along the way.
6. Have sun protection: sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat
Many of the hiking trails in the Moab area are very exposed. Sun protection is an important part of making your trip an enjoyable one.
Recommended areas for hiking:
Marking Your Journey
One unique feature of hiking in Moab are the cairns, stacks of rocks that help mark area trails.
In the Needles District, cairns are used quite frequently, as the surrounding landscape usually doesn’t provide other opportunities for marking the trail.
Keep an eye out for cairns on your hike to avoid missing any sudden turns or steep climbs along your route.
While it’s easy to get in a groove hiking, and to move at a brisk pace throughout your journey, be sure to make time for occasional stops.
Use these times to really take in the area you’re hiking through. Look around. Sit and think. Connect and be present where you are. The land will be there long after you’re gone.