The landscape of the area takes on a magical winter quality showing off another side of the Moab area. Just like summer months, there is still plenty to do.
explore the La Sals
The second steepest mountain range in Utah, the La Sal Range dominates the eastern skyline and is a winter playground offering sledding, snowshoeing, miles of groomed classic and skate skiing, snowmobiling, and yurt camping. Begin your adventures at the Geyser Pass Winter Trailhead – you’ll find a parking area, restrooms and the perfect place to start your backcountry and Nordic adventures.
The Lower Utah Nordic Alliance and U.S. Forest Service grooms around seven miles of cross-country trails beginning at the winter trailhead. There are spur trails off the groomed route that may tempt you, so bring a topographic map or GPS to ensure you’re able find your way back to the trailhead. One mile from the trailhead there’s a junction. The right trail is Gold Basin Trail and leads to areas for backcountry and telemark skiing. The left trail leads 2.5 miles to Geyser Pass, climbing 1,000ft in elevation and features groomed loops and open meadows that follow the perimeter of the high peaks.
The Grand County Road Department does an excellent job of keeping the road open to Geyser Pass Trailhead.
The abajo Mountains
The Abajos offer multi-trail use for snowmobilers, cross country skiers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, and fat bikers. Winter hut rentals are also available in the Buckboard Campground, 1.2 miles in on a groomed trail. Along the route there are various options for winter recreation.
Dead Horse Point State Park’s yurts are heated and open for winter camping.
Sand Flats area camping is open all winter. Visit sandflats.org for a map and regulations.
Many BLM campgrounds are open all winter as well. Plan on packing in firewood (buy locally) and water.
Commercial campgrounds like Moab Valley RV Resort are open year-round. 877-504-1395, moabvalleyrvresort.com.
Stop by the Moab Information Center for a full list of who is open.
Hole N’’ the Rock, south of Moab, is open year-round. Some outfitters offer tours year-round. 4×4, off-road tours, and a guided hike can be very enjoyable during the cooler months with fewer crowds. Check with our outfitters for ideas.
Hiking is a great way to experience Moab, and the winter offers sensational views in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park, all of which are accessible year-round. Iconic and popular trails are less traveled, so you can take your time to get the perfect photo.
You’ll need moisture-wicking socks and warm boots with thick tread or spikes (like Yaktrax) as the rock surfaces can be slick with snow or ice. Avoid wearing cotton as it retains moisture. Have a warming layer like fleece and a good coat. Always dress appropriately.
Mountain bike trails will be open too, but wait until they’re thawed and dry before riding.
People tend to drink less water when it’s cold outside. Even in the winter, staying hydrated is really important. Always carry and drink plenty of water.
Get in Gear
Don’t let lack of equipment keep you inside. Moab has plenty of outfitters where you can rent or buy everything you need to enjoy all the area has to offer.
GearHeads, rents snowshoes and has all sorts of needed items. 435-259-4327, moabgear.com.
Moab Gear Trader has new and used gear for sale. Check out their website for current snow/grooming conditions. 435-355-0333, moabgeartrader.com.
Moab Watersports and Gear Rentals, rents camping gear. 435-355-0343,
Rim Cyclery rents cross country skis. 435-259-5333, rimcyclery.com.
Walker Drug has all sorts of supplies.