Discussion in 'Off-Roading Your Raptor' started by ftboomer, Jan 1, 2019.
One day I'd love to explore Moab. I've only driven through it once but man was it gorgeous!
We are starting to plan a trip for next year. What is the best time of year and what length of time would you consider not long enough to spend there? We will be driving from Texas so we do not have the whole week but I do not want to regret leaving early.
Best time is either spring or fall as summer gets pretty hot and winter can have snow. You could spend a month doing different trails every day, so be there as long as you can. It is busy, so make reservations early.
Spring is great, but it can still snow in spring and the run off can block some of the trails east of town. Summer is a little tough but if your going to be mostly in an air conditioned truck it doesn't matter that much, just plan on a siesta from 12-4 every day. Winter is pretty mild. If you can get out there before Easter that's best, since Easter marks the beginning of the heaviest tourism season. Fall there is awesome!
As far as time to spend, 5 days gets you a good taste 10 is better; you can easily spend 5 days just in Arches or touring landmarks, driving the desert, or hitting hike/bike trails without ever seeing a 4 wheel drive road. Dedicate a day for arches, a day for other landmarks, and a couple days to trails (hike, bike, climb or offroad) and a free day to do more of what you liked from the first few. There is such a huge amount to see and do, thousands of years of human history, tourist traps, scenery, geology... pick a few and know you won't hit it all.
Right now, we are talking about a September timeframe. I really appreciate the advice from seasoned vets. It sounds like there is plenty to do in a week with just the raptor as opposed to hauling my dedicated offroad rig out there. Instead, take the bikes and 4 wheelers.
September is a great time, but the town is quite full, so make reservations ASAP. Get the Moab 4X4 trail book by Wells, it will give you all the trails, how to get there and how to follow the trails, the trail rating and a good description of the trail.
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