Moab and Arches National Park

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Moab and Arches National Park

Postby USAKeller » Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:28 pm

Does anyone know how the weather is in Moab/Arches Nat'l Park now, or this time of the year in general? I'm headed there this weekend and don't know what to expect. Thanks!
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Postby Scott P » Wed Mar 07, 2007 10:41 pm

Weather is usually nice this time of year. Here is the forecast:

http://www.crh.noaa.gov/forecast/MapCli ... T&site=GJT

I'll be in Rabbit Valley (to the north of Moab) with the kids.

If it is during daylight, make sure to drive the route along Highway 128 to get there. Very scenic.
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Postby skier25 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:04 am

Arches and Canyonlands are some of my most favorite places on earth. It is unfortunate that a few years ago, during this month, I had my worst trip of my life. I was there to mountainbike and have all the fun you can have there. Now you must understand: The Moab Desert recieves, on average, about 9 inches of rain annually. I was there during the spring break of 2003 when we had that huge blizzard (yeah, remember that one?). I was lucky enough to see the entire annual rainfall for the moab desert during my stay!!! How fortunate I was. It rained the entire week; it was like I was in Seattle. The kicker, however, is that I-70 was blocked by the 4 feet of snow that was dumped on the Colorado Rockies! And boy, did I miss the powder train! I didn't get to ski any fresh snow deposited by that monster blizzard. Needless to say, I was very unhappy. :evil: To finish, my idiot friend threw a book at me on the day we were finally headed home, hitting me in the neck. I could not physically turn my head right or left without terrible pain. So, he basically ruined my chances of skiing or going outside for the rest of the week. I did go to Berthoud Pass after my neck healed; it was all sun and wind crust by then, and it was all over. That trip was the most unfortunate string of events that has ever happened within my life. Since then, I check NOAA before every trip.
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Postby Yikes » Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:38 am

we drove through about a week and a half ago. there was a bit of snow on the north facing slopes.
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Postby mtgirl » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:04 am

USAKeller - I ran a 1/2 marathon in Moab this same time last year and the weather was gorgeous. Cool in the mornings, warm and sunny afternoons. Views of the snow-capped LaSals. I would also recommend driving Rt. 128 into Moab from I-70. The race course followed this road into Moab - the views of the towering red rock walls thru the deep canyon along the river were breathtaking. A trip to Moab isn't complete without an evening stop at the Moab Brewery......Have a great trip !
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Postby Beaker » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:18 am

I'll be there next week-end and am hopeful of great weather - 60's. Let me know how the conditions are!!!
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Postby TalusMonkey » Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:41 am

USAKeller,

Looks like the weather in Moab will be great this weekend! Weather channel shows highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid to upper 30s. If you are going to be camping, it should be all good in a 20 degree bag.

Last year I went down in mid-April and solo backpacked in the La Sal mountains. There was TONS of snow up there above 10,000' or so. But if you stick to the desert and canyons, it should be a good weekend. Hopefully I'll be down there a couple of times in the next month or so.
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Postby USAKeller » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:32 am

Thanks everyone! I just needed to know if we should bring winter gear... but I don't think that heavy stuff is needed.

TalusMonkey,
Let's go there!!!!!!!!!
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Postby CG_old » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:38 am

I was there a couple weeks ago for a trail run. Nighttime temps in the high 20s / low 30s, daytime highs in the 60s...sunny every day. Awesome time to be in Moab! Have a good trip!
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Postby CODave » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:21 pm

I'm thinking about going there next weekend (3/15-3/17) but most hotels look booked or overpriced b/c of the marathon. Anyone have any other recommendations on places to stay?
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places to stay around Moab

Postby CityHater » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:35 pm

Portal RV park..has a few cabins, and lots of tent sites. Showers, laundry, water, etc. About 1/2 mile south of the river on 191. About $18 bucks a night for a tent space. There are a lot of others, but that's the one I try to stay at if I'm not camping in the desert
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Postby Kevin Baker » Thu Mar 08, 2007 12:47 pm

USAKeller:

If are going to do some hiking in Arches, I would highly recommend the Devil's Garden primitive loop trail. There are a bunch of spectacular arches to see, including the world famous Landscape Arch. There's also a seperate short hike to Delicate Arch, which is best seen at sunset. Here's my TR from Jan. Have fun!

http://www.summitpost.org/trip-report/2 ... -tour.html

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