Friday, December 28, 2012

Trail Backpacking Utah's National Parks Near Moab

Moab Utah Backpacking Places

Moab Utah backpacking places include trail backpacking of Canyonlands National Park, as well as, backpacking locations resulting in use of map and compass skills through other public lands surrounding Moab Utah. Lightweight shoes are preferred over the heavier hiking boot in the desert, but heavier hiking boots will provide the support for rugged alpine trails in Moab’s La Sal Mountains. All of the backpacking places require strict adherence to the Leave No Trace principles.

Canyonlands National Park 
Canyonlands National Park in the Needles District has a system of trail backpacking, designated campsites and permits to reserve camping sites for hikers in the backcountry. Water for hydration in the desert is an issue. Distances and duration will be limited by how much water can be carried. The Maze District of Canyonlands has limited permits. A visitor may hire an outfitter to base camp, car camp and commit to longer day trips to remote walls of rock art tucked away in the labyrinth known as the Maze. Planning is required to secure permits for these two districts out on your own. Twenty dollars reserves your backcountry park use, when you can get one. These backcountry National park permits are popular. Utilizing an outfitter creates a guaranteed opportunity to enter these fantastic hideaways. There are limited backcountry outfitters too. Contact the National Park Service for a current list of concessionaires.

Arches National Park
In Arches National Park, a backpack permit is also required, but does not cost anything extra than the park entry fee.  Because the trailheads to the hidden arches are largely along the 18 mile paved access road, many visitors are content to explore with day trip hikes in Arches National Park. Camping must occur out of sight from park view points, trails, roads, parking lots and the public.

The National Parks do not allow pets in the back country. Backpackers and hikers with pets may cross the Bureau of Land Management grounds dappled with State Lands around Moab. Keep in mind the Bureau of Land Management still issues licenses to trap. Visitor services advise to maintain the lease law required in the city of Moab in the backcountry for the protection of your pet. Moving across the land requires strong ability to use map and compass and understanding of the complicated passages of cliffs, fins and canyons.

Search and Rescue 
Be sure to create an itinerary and leave it behind with instructions of what to do should you fail to check-in on schedule from your backpacking jaunt. Dialing 911 can kick off the emergency system to include the Grand County Search and Rescue’s billable services for backcountry recovery. Please travel conscientiously and stick to the itinerary.

La Sal Mountains 
The La Sal Mountains have streams for sufficient hydration. Just as one would in the desert, a means of treating found water to rid it of micro organisms for consumption must be carried and used. An understanding of traveling in bear territory is necessary for the mountains in order to avoid wildlife mishap. There are about 18 developed trails on the La Sal Mountains. The Forest Service office in Moab has a trail guide, map of winter Nordic trails and driving routes. For backpacking, the detailed USGS quads, for Mt. Waas, Mt. Mellenthin, and Mt. Peale, will be beneficial.

There is fishing in the mountain lakes. Fishing permits can be purchased in Moab at the City Market grocery store and Walker Drug Store. Fishing supplies are available at these stores and the ALCO store. Other backapacking/camping gear can be purchased at Walker Drug Store, ALCO store and Gearheads.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

KlonZo Mountain Bike Trails of Moab Utah Open - New Map for 2013

Get your ride on in Moab in 2013.
The Mountain Biking Opportunities 
Keep Growing in Moab!
(Thanks Moab Trail Mix and the many Volunteer Hours that have completed these trails.)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Disney? Boundary Waters? Green River Canoe Camping?

A quick calculation of a five day vacation itinerary Canoe Camping reveals a canoe camping trip is a good deal, especially for budget-minded vacationers. Disney World ($560 per person) compares to Green River ($264 per person) canoeing and Boundary Water ($340 per person) canoeing. (Camping trip prices include pre and post trip accommodations, fully outfitted rentals, shuttles and required permits.) The environment of canoe camping is going to be intimate compared to a Disney vacation.

Canoe Camping, is it car camping or backpacking? A river canoe trip is similar to car camping. Canoe camping requiring portages needs to pack lighter, similar to backpacking. So let's examine river canoe trips compared to lake canoeing.

Boundary Water permits can be reserved starting in early January of the travel year. Green River Canoe Camping trips can be reserved earlier, starting the second week of July for the following travel year. There is no portaging in Utah’s Green River corridor. Typical Boundary Water Canoe trips are 5-7 days. Routing is a big responsibility. Upon the Green River paddle 4-10 days downstream with the current.

The longer Green River itinerary requires a jet boat shuttle from a road-less region of Canyonlands National Park. Rendezvous there with one of two authorized companies to roof rack the canoe, stow gear in the jet boat and up-run the Colorado River to Moab Utah to conclude this quality expedition canoe camping trip. Reservations will be required to determine the date for pick up by jet boat.

In the Boundary Waters, a Forest Service permit limits group to nine people or fewer to a private permit. Group size on the Green River may not exceed 40 adventurers on a private trip. Boundary Water permits cost $16 per adult and $8 per youth 17 and younger. For the Green River, fill out a free permit with the Bureau of Land Management for the Labyrinth Canyon section. For trips concluding in the heart of Canyonlands National Park, pay $30 reservation fee, plus $20 per person on the river permit. This permit fee system has been revised as of July 9, 2012.

Both trips specify archaeological, historical and rock painting sites are to be left undisturbed. Campsites are to be kept free of litter. It is mandated: do not build structures, cut live wood, carve in wood or write on rocks. Both places can expect to have astonishing afternoon winds. Both canoe camping trips can have mosquitoes, although the Green River has more predictable seasons of the pests. The Boundary Water mosquitoes are incessant. Both trips can experience rain. Rain in the Boundary Waters can be daunting, seemingly endless and causing mildew. Rain in the desert can also wreak havoc for the unprepared. Watch for flashfloods in the desert. Take advantage of the arid environment to dry everything out. In the boundary waters single serve beverage containers are prohibited. For the Green River, glass must be left behind, cans are acceptable and to be packed out as trash.

Now apply imagination. Be removed from the stimulation of video, long lines, mechanization, and staged entertainment of other vacation choices. Interact with earth and one another. Manifest memories spotting wildlife rather than hurrying to meet a character from someone else’s imagination. Determine the kind of camping that is suitable, car camping versus backpacking, and retro fit it into a canoe camping trip.

Continued details for Green River outfitters can be found on www.DiscoverMoab .com.
For Boundary Water details should help.

Monday, November 26, 2012

2013 Races Designated to Occur in Moab Utah

Roller Derby kicks off Moab’s competitive 2013 with Roller Derby bouts January 19, 2013. Watching the scrimmages will cost only $10 and be a fun-filled evening for a weekend visit to Moab’s Arches or Canyonlands National Parks in winter.

The Moab Red Hot 50k is produced by Grass Roots Events among snow dappled spires. The red sandstones poking out resemble smoldering embers creating the name of this challenging route in the Steel Bender region of Moab’s famous trails. Registration savings for participants signing up before October 10, 2012 for this February 16, 2013 Moab trail race.

March in Moab strikes up a mixture of sport events. Run Bike and Swim the Spring Mini Triathlon based out of the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center. Log into the MRAC website to view times for the fall 2012 race results and better focus your training. Categories include a youth 13 and under aged athlete, fun for the entire family. Put the MRAC Attack on the calendar for March 2, 2013.

Road Cyclists break out of your wintry home places for the March 9-12 2013 Skinny Tire Festival. Participation benefits cancer research and survivor programs. The La Sal Loop Road was closed for construction much of 2012 and will be open and the best ever for this spring Skinny Tire Festival.

Canyonlands Half Marathon is a premier course among Utah races. This Moab half marathon includes the shorter 5k Utah racers and half marathon companions also enjoy.  Apply for the 2013 in the fall of 2012. Every applicant is entered into a lottery for 4000 entries. No race day registration for this highly revered Utah race. The lottery selection takes place in December. The race is held on March 16, 2013.

Gemini Adventures produces this endurance race on March 23 – 24 2013. There is running after dark so a light source in good working order must be carried by the ultra athlete. Hot food is provided through the night at Base Camp.

Trail Race
AMASA  offers 6.5, 9.5 mile races and offers a new to 2013 14.5 mile race. This race sells out fast. Race organizer is negotiating with the permitting land agency to expand it from the 100 participant maximum, however this is not for sure. April 13, 2013.

Adventure Racing in Moab kicked off with the premier of EcoChallenge in 1995. This 300 mile epic race influenced other race organizers like Primal Quest which held a 420 mile race in Moab in 2006. Regional weekend long adventure races have spread across America. Moab has enjoyed the 50+ mile Adventure Xstream Adventure Race now for 13 years. This April 13th 2013 race involves kayak, mountain bike, trail run, canyoneer, rappel and navigation in spectacular canyon landscapes.

5k Race NEW for 2013 in Moab
There will be heats for this ZOMBIE 5K on April 13, 2013. It is new to Moab: run, jump and evade at all costs to stay alive. Be a Zombi to chase or run for your life. For information contact Sean 909-294-0856.

Drag Racing
New to Moab for 2013, taking place April 26 – 27, 2013, is Moab Drag Racing.

The Red Rock Relay is composed of 6 athletes per team, running the river to alpine loop road with determined interval lengths and support vehicle. This May 11 2013 event covers 70 miles and is open to only 300 teams. Team Captain gets a VIP surprise at race Check-in, so put a team together.

The Thelma & Louise Women’s Half Marathon races through the landscape of the outlaw heroines’ journey on June 1, 2013.  Register early to designate a bib name of either Thelma or Louise. This race benefits Girls on the Run and Seekhaven Family Crisis Center.

June 7-8 2013 the Rockwell Relay departs Moab for the back road sojourn to St. George by road cycling. This pedal competition takes 4 cyclists sharing 12 legs covering 516 miles.

There is a Moab Triathlon Festival in Moab on June 8 2013. Come experience XTERRA Moab (a National XPS Points Series event, Sport and Full distances), the Moab Road Triathlons (Sprint/Olympic), or the XTERRA Moab Trail Run. The amazing run course leading to Faux Falls and back is definitely one to remember.

Race Across the Sand (Desert R.A.T.S.) carrying your own pack of food, water, safety items and essential material. Distances each day vary from 9 miles to 52 miles for a total of 148 miles during this supported foot race on June 16- 22 2013 with Gemini Adventures.

Trail Race
MAS 50 Moab's Alpine to Slickrock crosses three mountain passes at or over 11,000 ft. Do you have the lungs to challenge this course? September 14, 2013.

Summer winds down as the Moab Century Tour rolls into town. Road cycling of 40, 65 or 100 mile rides over September 20-23 2013. Another fine event by Skinny Tire Events.

The Other Half Marathon covers another section of the scenic byway Hwy 128 apart from the Canyonlands Marathon route. This race finishes at the Sorrel River Ranch with food, music and microbrews. Race day is October 20 2013.

Moab Ho-Down Mountain Bike Festival has bike riding, dirt jumping, down hill mountain bike racing, a Bike Film Festival (sweet footage is always needed) and a ridiculously fun costume party. October 24 – 28, 2013.

Moab Trail Marathon
Project Athena adopted the sponsorship of this race in 2012. Registration opens January 14th for the November 2, 2013 races. Pick half marathon or marathon lengths or the fun 5K adventure run, prepare to get dirty.

The 2013 race season is completed with the Winter Sun 10K held on the first weekend of December, December 7, 2013 to be precise. Begin on a bench above the valley to arrive in the valley bottom for a great conclusion to the Moab Race Season 2013.

Full details of event contacts and websites are found on

Friday, November 16, 2012

Photography Workshops for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Dead Horse Point State Park Near Moab Utah

2015 Photography Workshops of Moab Utah 

to include Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Moab Photo Tours LLC
Winter in the Red Rocks Photography Tour
Photographer: Tom Till and Jon Fuller
January 11 – 17 2015

Raomin’ with Roman
Arches/Canyonlands/Monument Valley
Photographer: Roman Kurywczak
January 14 – 25 2015

Jennifer King Photography Workshops
Arches and Canyonlands: A Land of Wonder
Photographer: Jennifer King
February 12-15 2015

Scenic Aperture
Arches and Canyonlands Photography Workshop
Photographer: Frank Comisar
February 15-20 2015

Travel Images Photography Tours
Red Rock Country Winter
Photographer: John Baker
February 18-27 2015

Light Capture Photography
Winter Canyonlands – Arches
Photographer: David Forster
February 27 – March 1 2015

Southwest Photography Tour
Photographer: David Kingham
March 14-28 2015

Jack Graham Photography
Arches & Canyonlands National Parks with Jack Graham & Bill Fortney
Photographer: Jack Graham & Bill Fortney
March 26 – 29 2015

Road Scholar (Elderhostel)
Advanced nature Photography in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
April 6 – 11 2015

Green Mountain Photographic Workshops
Arches and Canyonlands National Park Workshop
Photographer: Kurt Budliger, Joseph Rossbach or George Stocking
April 12- 16 2015

American Nature Photography Workshops
Arches and Canyonlands Workshop
Photographer: Tom Bol
April 15-19 2015

Moab Photo Symposium
Photographers: Steve Traudt, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Guy Tal & Bruce Hucko
April 30 – May 3 2015

Moab Photography Workshop: Shoot, Edit, Create
May 1-3 2015

TimeLapse Moab 2015
Intimate 5 Night Advanced Dark Sky Timelapse Workshop
Photographer: Ron Risman
May 13-17 2015

Arches Night Photography Workshop
Photographer: David Kingham
May 14-17 2015

Landscape Images from Beyond the Lens
Spring in Arches and Canyonlands / 5 Day Workshop
Photographer: Robert Rodriguez Jr.
May 17 – 21 2015

Colorado Captures
Arches & Canyonlands May 2015
Photographer: Mike Berenson and Darren White
May 22 – 25 2015

Mike Mezeul Photography
Arches and Canyonlands National Park Workshop

June 5-9 2015

James Brandon Photography
Moab – Arches & Canyonlands
June 2015

Road Scholar (Elderhostel)
Advanced nature Photography in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
October 11 - 16 2015

Photographer: Dan Ballard
October 15-18 2015

Rocky Mountain Reflections
Arches & Canyonlands National Park
Photographer: Andy Cook
November 1- 6 2015

Road Scholar (Elderhostel)
Advanced nature Photography in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
November 1-6 2015

Arches Under A New Moon

Moab Photo Workshops by Bret Edge
In Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point State Park
All year round

End of 2015 list.

 2013 Photography Workshops of Moab Utah

January 25-27 2013 
By Jeff Jessing

February 20 – 24 2013 
By Andy Biggs Sold Out

February 27 – March 3 2013  
By David Forster
10 people

March 17 -21 2013

April 6 – 7 2013 
By Aperture Academy 12 students

April 17 – 21 2013 
By Neil and Susan Silverman

April 18 – 22 2013 
By Guy Tal and Michael Gordon

April 21 -27 2013 
By Branson Reynolds

April 25 – 28 2013 
By Dave Black
20 participants La Quinta

April 29 – May 1 2013
By many: Guy Tal, Tom Till, Jeff Foott, Darrell Gulin, Bruce Hucko, Steve Traudt

May 3-5 2013
by Bob Maynard

May 5 - 12 2013 
Photographing in the Backcountry of Canyonlands National Park
By Moab Photos Tours with Tom Till

May 6 – 10 2013 
By Robert Rodriguez Jr.

May 15-19 2013 
By  Jeff and Ledra Woodlee

May 16 – 19 2013 
By M & M Photo Tours

May 17 – 20 2013

May 24 – 27 2013
By Carol Polich
6 people

July 6 – 8 2013 
By Bob Maynard

July 15 – 17 2013 
By Michael Russell

July 19-21 2013 
By Michael Russell

October 25 - November 4 2013
By Bob Maynard

October 2 - 6 2013
Landscape Photo Safari in Moab
By James Harris

October 4-6 2013
This segment is a larger ten day tour of the above.
By Bob Maynard

October 7 – 11 2013 
By Salvatore Vaspol

November 3 – 9 2013 
The Night Landscape in Arches National Park
By Moab Photos Tours with Tom Till

November 3 – 8 2013 
by Andy Cook

November 3 – 7 2013
By Peter Shinyeda

November 6 – 9 20013
By Richard Bernabe
10 students - Moab Valley Inn

December 1-7 2013 
Winter Photography in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks
By Moab Photos Tours with Tom Till

National Park Tours are as unique and varied as the 27,000 significant structures, 66,000 archeological sites or 115 million objects preserved and protected by the U.S. Department of the Interior in the National Park System. There are these points to consider with planning a visit to a National Park: Free Fee Days, Group Tours, online reservations and it can all start when a traveler gets a pass.

Currently the 12th Annual Photo Contest to select a winning photograph to be featured on the 2014 America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Land Pass is accepting snapshots of adventure and activity, or inspiration from historical locations, or depictions of America’s wildlife or a treasured federal landscape. Contest participants have until December 14, 2012 to submit on Who knows? Perhaps an upcoming visit will result in an award winning photograph; an image that could be on a future National Park and Federal Recreation Pass.

Receive a burst of creativity through an eccentric experience of the park. Enroll in a National Park Photography workshop, for example, one focused on Arches and Canyonlands National Park near Moab Utah.  Twenty five 2013 photography workshops are organized by individual professional photographers with special permits to illuminate tips and tricks of photography using the gorgeous settings in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Investigate the 2013 workshop dates for preparation to enter the 13th Annual Share the Experience photo contest; perhaps shooting the winning snapshot to get on the 2014 federal park pass.

Motorcoach Tours provide a sensational aperitif to national park discovery. Over a segment of days group tours by bus have an entire pre-decided itinerary, someone else drives to maximize sightseeing, and tours regularly come with an energetic, knowledgeable tour leader. A dozen businesses feature a circuit of National Park stops to include Arches and/or Canyonlands National Parks for the 2013 travel season from April through October.

For the travelers who prefer to do-it-yourself, provides a single point in which to find a combination of federal interagency recreation activities and reservations. Use this technology to reserve camping in the Devil’s Garden Campground of Arches National Park or the ranger led hike in the Fiery Furnace. For backcountry use in Canyonlands National Park, reservations are completed directly with park headquarters in Moab Utah. Initiated in 2012 are availability calendars for 4 wheel drive use of the Maze and Needles Districts, backpacking in the Needles District and camping on the White Rim Trail.

There remains one more free fee set of days over the November Veterans’ Day weekend to visit one of the 397 areas set aside for the National Park System as an invitation to capture spontaneous images recreating in a national monument, national park, historical or cultural site, forest or grassland, or federal recreation area. Watch for Free Fee Days that the National Park Service may post for 2013 to organize a self-guided tour of any one or many of these areas. Of course, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks welcomes a visit.

More information can be acquired from www. Nps .gov or www. Discovermoab. com 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Fall Mountain Biking in Moab Utah

First of all, know that the Moab Trail Mix is a diligent volunteer group. They forged 40 miles of new trail last year, including the Pipe Dream. What have they been up to in 2012?  Here is the report:

Klondike Bluff area:
Dino-Flow. 4.6 miles
UFO. 1.6 miles
EKG add on 1.5 miles
Agate Loops 2.6 miles
Jasper Loop & connectors 2.3 miles

Moab Brands:
O to 40 (extension on Circle O) 0.1 mile
Now working on Killer Bike 0.2 mile
Sidewinder 1.6 mi, and Maverick 0.4 mi, trails Scheduled for October

Gemini Bridges-Mag 7 area:
Getaway. 4.4 miles
7-Up. 9.4 miles (2.0 mi ST with 7.4 mi two-track)

Klonzo area:
8.5 miles projected to be built before Dec 30

And there have been new bike events this year.
In June there was the conclusion of the Telluride to Moab Stage Race.
Upcoming in September are the Enchilada Enduro (sold out downhill race) and the Furious3 stage race.
The 24 Hours of Moab has gained the support it required to go forward with the October 2012 event.

In addition, the Museum of Moab is celebrating Moab's Bike History. To kick it off, on October 6 2012 Coyote Shuttle and Magpie Adventure Cycling will have vans for the Moab local youth to go mountain bike up to the Brand  Trails. The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has designated this day as Take a Kid (Mountain) Biking Day. The Museum has expanded on the idea, as kids on road bikes can go out with the Saturday Morning Road Cycling group. The road cyclists meet at Swanny Park. Later October 6, 2012, there is the 24 Minutes of Moab, the kid race put on by the 24 Hours of Moab, Registration is at 3:30 PM for a 4 PM race.

Then stay tuned as the celebration continues with the American League of Bicyclists' National Bike Month May 2013. Moab will have more biking activities planned by the Museum of Moab. For more information email 

Friday, June 29, 2012

July 2012 in Moab utah

July 4 2012 
Independence Day Celebration: Be in the parade! Starts at MC's on the Corner, travels along 400 North from 500 West to 100 West. At Swanny Park, enjoy a family fun day from 10 AM - 2 PM. Fireworks are scheduled for 10 PM depending on wind, fireworks could be postponed. Sponsored by the Moab Chamber of Commerce.

July 21 2012
Pamperfest a Road Cycling Event for Women is taking place in Northern Utah. The Moab High School Mountain Bike Team has tickets for one team. Buy them from the Moab team and the money stays with the Moab High School Team.

July 22 2012
Artist-in-the-Park Logan Hansen can be met at
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. @ the Visitor Center, Arches National Park
Noon - 4:00 p.m. @ the Windows area, Arches National Park

July 26 2012
Grand County High School Mountain Bike Racing Club meets at 7 PM in front of the High School students with parents. Bring your bike and gear, or be eligible for a bike. Races scheduled for September 8 & 22 and October 6 & 20.
July 26 2012 Free Film: Tree of Life - This multiple Academy Award®-nominated film from acclaimed director Terence Malick follows the life journey of an eldest son through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. 7pm - Star Hall (159 E. Center St) Free!

July 28 2012 are the Dog Days of Summer BBQ and Silent Auction from 4-8 PM at Old City Park. For tickets call 435-259-4862.

July 28 & 29 2012 will be the ELKS charity golf tournament. Contact Becky Byrd to register 435-260-2842.

July 29-31 2012
Artist-in-the-Park Logan Hansen is floating on the Green River from Mineral Bottom to the Confluence, Canyonlands National Park.

July 24 2012 the state of Utah celebrates Pioneer Day.

Look at the Weekly Times Independent Newspaper for a schedule of live music in Moab's night spots. The paper comes out on Wednesday late afternoon each week.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

May in Moab 2012

May 1-5 2012
Mountain Bike Skills taught by Alison Dunlap, for the Novice - Intermediate.

May 2 - May 5 2012
Bronco Safari is a gathering of the BRONCO community.

May 2 - May 6 2012
Cruise Moab is a gathering of TOYOTA enthusiasts.

May 3 2012
Dr. Bonnie Pitblado, professor of anthropology, researches how people used the mountains and adjacent landscapes 10,000 - 7,000 years ago. 7 PM @ the Moab Information Center.

May 3-6 2012
Moab Photo Symposium requires pre-registration for field workshops and lectures. Held at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center.

May 4 2012
Double Feature Film Showing at Star Hall: Wild Horses in Winds of Change and Heart and Soil films by Mara LeGrand about the Stewardship of Nature. 6:30 PM at Star Hall. $10 tickets at the door and at Back of Beyond Books.

May 4 2012
Lost Canyon of the Green River 7-9 PM at Back of Beyond Books with author Roy Webb.

May 4 2012
Jack & Jill - Rock at Woody's Tavern. Music starts at 9 PM.

May 4 2012

May 4-6 2012
Illuminate Photography Workshop with Efrain Cruz and Armando Martinez. Three classroom sessions, open to all levels of photographer and field time to capture Moab's beauty.

May 4-6 2012
United States Team Roping Championships @ Old Spanish Trail Arena. Friday 10 AM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM.

May 4-6 2012
Miatas in Moab will be held at the Red Cliffs Lodge.

May 4 - 7 2012
Nut Up or Shut Up Motorcycle Ride Moab to Monument Valley

May 5 2012
Cinco De Mayo Carnival @ Moab Valley Mutlicultural Center 6-10 PM

May 5 2012
Full Moon 1-mile hike with the ranger at Dead Horse Point State Park. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 PM.

May 5 2012
Moonshadows in Moab, a 44 or 60 mile, fully supported road cycling event by Skinny Tire Events held in moonlight.

May 5-6 2012
Canyonlands Amateur Golf Tournament for Men at the Moab Golf Course.

May 5 - 11 2012
Sierra Club Los Angeles Chapter tours the National Parks of Moab

May 5-9 2012
Road Cycling tour with Marty Jemison.

May 6 2012
Logan Hansen 2012 Artist in the Park is shooting photography 10 AM and 4 PM at Pothole Point, Canyonlands National Park's Needle District.

May 6 - 13 2012
Moab Photo Tours with Moab Local Tom Till photography backcountry of Canyonlands National Park's Needles District. Held at Moab Valley Inn to start and then camping in the park.

May 7 2012
Logan Hansen 2012 Artist in the Park is shooting photography 10 AM and 4 PM at Druid Arch, Canyonlands National Park's Needle District.

May 10 2012
Eric Temple presents a 30 minute version of his documentary on Edward Abbey. 7 PM at The Moab information Center.

May 10-12 2012

May 11- 12 2012
Wasnatch plays Raggae at Woody's Tavern 9 PM.

May 11 2012
Last Chance Cassanova plays at Eddie McStiffs Moab.

May 11-15 2012
Road Cycling Tour with Marty Jemison.

May 12 2012
Red Rock Relay is composed of 6 person teams covering 70 miles, runnning on pavement.

May 12 2012
Moab Art Walk takes place 5 - 8 PM among participating locations around Moab.

May 12 2012
Gran Fondo Moab is a timed road cycling event held on La Sal Loop Road.

May 12 2012
Thelma & Louise Half Marathon produced by the Canyonlands and Other Half Marathon. Women's only race.

May 12 - 19 2012
Lost Jeep Safari will be out on long day trips on the trails.

May 13 2012
Early Morning Bird Song with Dead Horse Point State Park staff. Meet at the Visitor Center at 6:30 AM.

May 13 - 18 2012
Red Rock Country a photography workshop lead by Jim Altengarten. Shooting the locations of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Fisher Towers Recreation Area.

May 13 - 19 2012
Sierra Club Archaeology Survey Project in Moab. You can join it too if there are spots left.

May 14 - 17 2012
Ultimate Jeep Summit is primarily the gathering of Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee owners.

May 14 - 18 2012

May 15 2012
Sierra Club presents a free film, A Fierce Green Fire, showing at Star Hall at 7 PM

May 15 -20 2012
University of Idaho Department of Geological Sciences is in Moab for a field trip.

May 15 2012
Moab Guide Summit all day at Zion Bank Meeting Room Sponsord by S'PLORE

May 16-19 2012
Rally on the Rocks headquartered at Old Spanish Trail Arena and each day guided utv trail rides.

May 16 - 19 2012
Wilderness Medicine Course for both doctoral and non-doctoral registrants. Advanced Wilderness Life Support.

May 16 - 20 2012
Scenic Light Photography Workshop by Bob Evans. Morning and Evening shoots, lectures and critiques of work shot in Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point Parks and a Moonlight shot. Based out of Moab Valley Inn.

May 18 2012

May 18-19 2012
Funkdafari play rock, reggae and soul at Woody's Tavern at 9 PM.

May 18-20 2012
Willys Overland Moab Rally registration at Zax's Restaurant and trail rides depart from Old City Park.

May 18-22 2012
Arches and Canyonlands National Park Photography Workshop by Alain and Natalie Briot. Limited to 12 participants. Workshop focus: Color, Light and Composition.

May 19 2012
Suffer & Send It Mountain bike race produced by Chile Pepper Bike Shop 435-259-4688.

May 19 2012
Under a Blanket of Stars starts at 9 PM at the Visitor Center of Dead Horse Point State Park. Bring a camp chair and a red flashlight.

May 19 -20 2012
Desert Duster 2 Lady Bestball Golf Tournament at the Moab Golf Course.

May 20 2012
Partial Solar Eclipse can be seen about sunset from a high spot in Moab.

May 21 2012
Logan Hansen 2012 Artist in the Park is shooting photography 10 AM and 4 PM at Sipapu Bridge at Natural Bridges National Monument.

May 21 - 25 2012
University of Utah offers 3 credit hours for field botany with professor Leila Shultz.

May 21 -25 2012
TinkerShop at Thriftique to decorate your wheels for the Trasp*ART*ation parade Saturday May 26 10 AM. May 21-25 come anytime noon to 6PM to create.

May 22 2012
Free Movie at the Moab Arts And Recreation Center 7 PM. "Addiction Incorporated" sponsored by Truth Against Tobacco. Film for all ages. June 1 Truth Against Tobacco sponsors skateboard and bike competition at Swanny Park's Skate Park 4-6 PM.

May 22 2012
Logan Hansen 2012 Artist in the Park is shooting photography 10 AM and 4 PM at Owachamo Bridge at Natural Bridges National Monument.

May 22 2012
Wild Rumpus Circus World kicks off the Summer Reading Program with the Moab Library. Free admittance at 6:30 PM at the Star Hall.

May 22-24 2012
Moab Jam Workshop Only 85 spots for dancers. Actual Jam is held May 24-28.

May 22 -25 2012
Gone Moab is a gathering of Nissan enthusiasts. Headquartered at Old Spanish Trail Arena.

May 24 2012
Joey Rigdon shows you around the night sky - Astronomy! 7 PM @ the Moab Information Center.

May 25-26 2012
Stonefed plays rock and blues at Woody's Tavern at 9 PM.

May 26 2012
Rocky Mountain Extreme 6th Annual Moab BBQ - raising money to cleanup Potato Salad Hill

May 26 10 AM Parade of Transp*ART*ation -- art on wheels, in conjunction with the Moab Art Festival.

May 26 2012
Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission will have a film about Art Cars at Star Hall on May 26th. It is an event to enhance the Moab Arts and Recreation Center's TranspARTation week.

May 26 2012
Film at Star Hall 7 PM "Automorphosis" FREE

May 26-27 2012
Moab Arts Festival in Swanny City Park 10 am - 8 pm Saturday and 10 am - 6 pm Sunday.

May 28 2012
Dustin Burley performs live at Eddie McStiffs Moab.

May 29 - June 2 2012
Mountain Bike Skills taught by Alison Dunlap, for the Intermediate - Advanced.

May 30-June 1 2012
Moab Topology Conference held at the Utah State University Moab campus.

May 31 - June 3 2012
Canyonlands Rodeo @ Old Spanish Trail Arena. Buy tickets online or pay more at the door. There will be calf roping, bareback riding, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and mutton bustin.

April Activities for Moab Utah 2012

April in Moab, get first hand a strong calendar of events for Moab this April 2012.

The first few days of April can be shared with the 2012 Artist in the Park. Selected for his ability in photography, Logan Hansen was awarded the honor of Artist in the Park for 2012.

In Arches National Park you will find Logan at the following locations and times:

Monday, April 2 2012
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. morning light at Park Avenue, Arches NP
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. workflow demo at Arches Visitor Center

Tuesday, April 3 2012
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. dynamic light at Broken Arch, Arches NP

The Jeep Safari kicks off the month in the first week of April in Moab.

Jerome Shaw will be providing a photography workshop April 7 & 8. The second week in April NOLS hunkers in to teach Wilderness First Responder to leaders of the great outdoors.

April 7th join the Dead Horse Point State Park ranger at the visitor center of the park at 9:30 PM for a 1 mile loop hike by full moon.

April 9 – 14 a silent backpacking retreat covering 2-6 miles a day will be celebrated at the Spring Desert Retreat in Southern Utah.

April 12th at the Moab Information Center at 7 PM Joel Tuhy provides a free lecture about the local blossoms in and around canyonlands and arches of Moab.

The April 14th weekend is a busy one. Swing by the WabiSabi Thriftique on 411 Locust Lane from 9 am to noon for the Gear Swap. The Amasa 9.5 and 6.5 miler trail runs start 4-6 PM on Friday April 13th with registration packet pick up at Gearheads (471 S. Main St.). This trail race will run Saturday out on the Kane Creek Trailhead and produces by GrassRoots Events. The Adventure Xtreme is a multi-sport race participating in a loop including the Colorado River and rappels from atop the high canyon walls. Check-in Friday at Red Cliffs Lodge from 7-10 PM. Plan to experience the Moab Community Theater group performance of, Currents, 4 short plays to raise funds for the non-profit Community Rebuilds on Friday and Saturday nights at Star Hall on Center Street. The plays are Adult themes and inappropriate for youth. The first Moab Art Walk takes places among various Moab venues from 5- 8 PM Saturday night too. Circulate to meet with the artists.

April 15th rise up early to take a Bird Walk with the Dead Horse Point State Park ranger. Meet at the park visitor center at 7 AM.

Midweek April 19th at the Historic Star Hall on Center Street a film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, will be shown at 7 PM.

April 19-22 Yoga and Meditation kick start an active summer with Alchemy Tours.

April 20 – 23rd the International Union of Veterinary Cyclists will convene for Vet Lectures.

April 20 -22 get better Core Mountain Bike skills with a workshop by Better Ride Skills Coaching.

April 21 at Swanny City Park there will be a Moab Earth Day Bazaar.

April 21st Bret Edge will have a Photography Boot Camp and please stop by his new Main Street studio to see his work for sale. Women Inn Tour is traveling by road bike and in Moab this weekend as is a Mountain Bike Skills workshop. At 8:30 PM set up a chair near the Dead Horse Point State Park visitor center for a guided star talk with the park ranger.

The Women’s Road Cycling Inn Tour will be rolling around Moab April 21 -27 2012.

April 21 – 29th happens to be free park entrance days for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Celebrate National Park week in Moab at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

The last week of April includes another week long course on Wilderness Medicine Institute from April 25 – 29 2012. The Spring Action Car Show held in Swanny City Park on April 27, 28 and 29. New this year, is a motorcycle event, Gas Gas Ride Rally, taking place April 27 -29th for Off-road and Dual Sport motorcycling.

Learn more about the Desert Wildflowers, local biologist Joel Tuhy has a full day workshop on April 28th that can be reserved through Canyonlands Field Institute.

In Canyonlands National Park join photographer Logan Hansen the 2012 Artist in the Park:

Sunday, April 29 2012
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. shadows at Murphy Point, Canyonlands NP
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. workflow demo at Island in the Sky Visitor Center

Monday, April 30 2012
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. dynamic light at Upheaval Dome Overlook, Canyonlands NP

April 30th Bill Grey will be the guest lecturer at the Moab Information Center at 7 PM to discuss Moab’s Wildflowers.