Utah Backpacking Places
Moab Utah backpacking places include trail backpacking of
, 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 Canyonlands
National Park Moab’s
La Sal Mountains. All of the backpacking places require strict adherence to the
Leave No Trace principles.
, 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. Arches
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
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
has a trail guide, map of winter Nordic trails and driving routes. For
backpacking, the detailed USGS quads, for , Mt.
Waas , and Mt.
Mellenthin , will be beneficial. Mt.
There is fishing in the mountain lakes. Fishing permits can be purchased in
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.