Did You Know? Moab, Utah Fun Facts

Park Avenue color correctedMoab, Utah is a world-class mecca for all active adventure enthusiasts. With a multitude of outdoor adventure options, Moab invites all adventurous women to explore, discover and enjoy Mother Nature at her finest!

Here are 10 fun facts about Moab, Utah we know YOU would want to know:

  1. The name “Moab” comes from an ancient Biblical kingdom. The name “Utah” comes from the Ute language, meaning “people of the mountains”.
  2. Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang got into many robberies and shootouts with Moab’s lawmen. Their Robbers Roost hideout was in a wild maze of canyons east of town.
  3. Moab hosted a uranium boom in the 1950’s after prospector Charlie Steen hit it big.
  4. Moab is a mountain biking mecca. Its Slickrock Bike Trail is one of the most technically challenging bike trails in the world.
  5. The yearly average rainfall in the Moab area is 9 inches.
  6. The Moab dirt is alive! A living crust called “biological soil crust” covers much of the surrounding area. Composed of algae, lichens and bacteria, this crust provides a secure foundation for desert plants.
  7. Moab is home to the visually stunning Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. The Colorado River passes thru Moab.
  8. Airplanes aren’t allowed to fly over Arches National Park because the vibrations from the planes could potentially break its delicate features. The longest arch in Moab, Landscape Arch (306 feet), is almost gone. There are 2,000 arches and counting in Arches National Park. To be classified as an arch, the arch’s opening must measure at least three feet across. New arches are constantly forming, while old ones occasionally collapse.
  9. Edward Abbey was a seasonal ranger at Arches in the 1950s. His book Desert Solitaire is now classic desert literature.
  10. The Green River and the Colorado River both flow through Canyonlands National Park. They have formed the Park’s canyon mazes and plateaus, unbroken scarps, sandstone pillars. The two rivers divide the Park into districts: Island in the Sky, Needles, and Maze. The Green River merges with the Colorado in the heart of Canyonlands at the Confluence in Cataract Canyon, and from there, the Colorado continues its journey south.

Come explore the best of Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Westwater Canyon and Moab on our Hiking & Rafting Southeast Utah’s National Parks adventure!