Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 National Park Fee Free Days Announced

Visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks on these 2014 dates to enter the parks FREE!

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 20)
  • Presidents’ Day Weekend (February 15-17)
  • First Weekend of National Park Week (April 19-20)
  • National Park Service Birthday (August 25)
  • National Public Lands Day (September 27)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)

Park visitors are reminded that the fee free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or other special uses. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.

Use the dates with consecutive days to also visit nearby Hovenweep and National Bridges Monuments. Both are around a 2 hour drive from Moab.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2014 Sport Competitions-Races of Moab and Other Contests

Win Money, Trophy or Title Moab 2014

January 4-5 2014
Winter Archery Tournament - La Sal Mountain Outfitter annually joins with the Department of Natural Resources for Archery introduction to families in conjunction with a tournament with 3-D targets. Held at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S Hwy 191, in Moab. 435-259-1613

January 11 2014
Community Dodgeball Tournament - You are invited to put together a Dodgeball Team that will entertain, delight and amaze the community at this year’s Community Dodgeball Tournament! Prizes for best costume/team name, sportsmanship, and overall winner. This is a fundraiser for Club Red, Moab's Teen Center. 435-259-9991

January 25 – 26 2014
Moab Midwinter Mayhem II -Moab’s hometown roller derby league is at it again, bringing fast and furious roller derby action to southeastern Utah. More than 70 skaters from Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico will convene in Moab to compete. The all-day event will feature both women’s and coed roller derby scrimmages and will culminate in a full-length bout pitting Utah and Colorado’s best skaters against each other. Fans can catch the action, and cheer for their favorite state, on January 19, 2013 at the Old Spanish Trail Arena (3641 S. Hwy 191). The main event begins at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $10 dollars at the door. 575-635-3898

February 8 2014
The Annual Chocolate Lover’s Fling will be held at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (111 N. 100 E., Moab) on Saturday from 6-8 PM. Attendees vote for their favorites. To enter a chocolate tasty food, arrive early. Fundraiser for the Moab Teen Center. Phone to find out the theme. 435-259-9991 or 435-259-2255 ext 133

February 15 2014
Moab's Red Hot 55k/33k - This event, hosted by GrassRoots Events, was inspired by a run on Steel Bender with accomplished runner Ian Torrence. Throughout the run the sun's rays illuminated snow-covered sandstone spires, creating the illusion of hot embers glowing. Thus, Moab's Red Hot 55k/33k was born. 435-260-0886

March 1-2 2014
DOCNA – Zippity Do Dog Agility Trials – Competition of handlers directing dogs through obstacle courses in a race for time and accuracy at the Old Spanish Trail Arena (3641 S Hwy 191). Course includes tunnels, teeter-totters, weaves, jumps. Public welcomed to watch (however, leave your own dogs at home.) 970-260-2148

March 15 2014
Canyonlands Half Marathon and 5 Mile Run - Join us for the 38th annual Canyonlands Half Marathon and Five Mile Run! The scenic USATF sanctioned and certified course follows the Colorado River through a dramatic redrock canyon. Food, awards, raffle and live music await you at the finish in downtown Moab. 435-259-4525

March 15-16 2014
Spring Archery Tournament - La Sal Mountain Outfitter annually joins with the Department of Natural Resources for Archery introduction to families in conjunction with a tournament with 3-D targets. Held at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S Hwy 191, in Moab. 435-259-1613

March 22 -23 2014
Moab 100 & 50K - The races are held on the beautiful and rugged Monitor and Merrimac trail, 16 miles North of Moab. Racers will run 5.37 mile laps with approx. 11,000' of climbing for the entire 100 miles, and 3,500' for the 50K. Hot food is available during the cool night, as well as other necessities at Base Camp. Placers and finisher's awards will be given! 303-249-1112

March 29 2014 NEW
Behind the Rocks - Its official! There will be a new GrassRoots Events called Behind the Rocks 50mi/25mi! The BTR will be March 29, 2014 a great time to be trail running in Moab,UT. Organizers are excited to have Ultimate Direction & La Sportiva as sponsors. Please check in as this race unfolds. We will be adding information onto the GRE site over the next few weeks. If you have any questions feel free to FB us or email: Chris Martinez at directormartinez@yahoo.com and Justin Ricks at jtruns@yahoo.com. This course is going to ROCK!

March 29-30 2014
Barrel Racing at Old Spanish Trail Arena – Two days of competition at 3541 S. Hwy 191. Free admission for spectators. Racing in the Rockies series. 970-390-3712

April 5 2014
Adventure Xstream Series: Moab - The 13th Annual Adventure Xstream Adventure Race returns to Moab with another all new course. Solo's or teams will kayak, mountain bike, trail run, canyoneer, rappel and navigate at 50+ mile course surrounding the spectacular canyons of Moab, Utah. 970-403-5320

April 5 2014 NEW
Skate the Rocks - Tentative date for Loaded Boards’ event on world famous slickrock; working with the Bureau of Land Management on permits for holding this Long Board Skateboard event in Moab.

April 25-27 2014
April Action Car Show – Celebrating fine vintage vehicles. Group drive to Dead Horse Point on Friday, Saturday car show is held in Swanny City Park (400 N 100 W). Twenty two classes of entry with four top awards: Best of Show, Best Gas Guzzler, Chamber of Commerce Choice and Mayor’s Choice.

May 3, 2014
Gran Fondo Moab - A timed Road Cycling Event sponsored by Poison Spider Bicycles of Moab Utah. The route winds from the Colorado River climbing 5500 feet up through Alpine forests to close a 60 mile loop ride that starts and ends in the town of Moab Utah. The Gran Fondo Moab emulates an old Italian tradition. 435-654-8650

May 3 2014
AMASA 6.5 miles, 9.5 miles, 15.5 mile runs - Registration opens on Thanksgiving Day and is limited to 200 athletes combined over the three events to be held in the Kane Springs – AMASA plateau area.

May 29 – 31 2014
Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo - Join us for 3 days of thrilling rodeo excitement at the annual Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo. Community events, carnival, vendors, Saturday parade, and the extreme sport we call rodeo! 435-259-4852

June 7 2014
Thelma & Louise Half Marathon - It'll be a wild ride--run with your best friend, your mom, your daughter, or new friends through the intense, gorgeous landscape of the outlaw heroines' journey. The Thelma & Louise Women's Half Marathon will inspire, challenge...and give back. Proceeds go to two organizations that support women and girls: Girls on the Run and Seekhaven Family Crisis Center. 435-259-4525

June 7-8 2014
Red Rock Circuit – Horse Show approved by AQHA UQHA with open all breed classes. Held at Old Spanish Trail Arena (3641 S hwy 191). 435-259-8240

June 13 – 14 2014
Rockwell Relay: Moab to St. George - Take three of your friends and cycle non-stop from Moab to St. George. One teammate in the saddle at all times makes for a "never forget" experience. The course will follow the scenic back roads of southern Utah, traveling through two National Parks and Utah's most beautiful landscapes. Covering 516 miles of majestic beauty, it will test your mind, body, and soul. 801-643-4673

June 15 – 21 2014
Desert R.A.T.S. (Race Across the Sand) - Desert R.A.T.S. is a supported foot race, with several stages (running/walking), over a distance of about 148 miles. Each participant must carry his/her own pack containing food, water, safety equipment and other essential material. The shortest distance covered in 1 day is 9 miles and the longest in 1 day is 52 miles. 303-249-1112

August 2-3 2014
Summer Archery Tournament - La Sal Mountain Outfitter annually joins with the Department of Natural Resources for Archery introduction to families in conjunction with a tournament with 3-D targets. Held at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S Hwy 191, in Moab. 435-259-1613

September 13 2014
MRAC ATTACK Mini-Triathlon - The Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center, 374 Park Ave. in Moab, will hold its annual MRAC ATTACK Mini-Triathlon on Saturday, September 14, at 9:00 a.m. There are 3 categories, Elite, Open, and Youth under age 12. Awards will be given for the top five places in each of the three categories for both males and females. Participants may pre-register at the center’s front desk or online through September 13, 2013 at www.activityreg.com. Event fee is $10.00. Late registration (day of race) is $15.00 and will be held from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. at the MRAC front desk. 435-259-8226

September 13 2014
MAS 50 - Moab’s Alpine to Slickrock Ultra Run crosses three mountain passes, peaks at the elevation of 11,000 ft to finish on the slickrock terrain of Moab. This is a physically challenging ultra race.

September 13-14 2014
Barrel Racing at Old Spanish Trail Arena – Two days of competition at 3541 S. Hwy 191. Free admission for spectators. Racing in the Rockies series. 970-390-3712

September 19 – 21 2014
Moab Century Tour - Canyons, rivers, mountains - landscapes worth training for! This ride encompasses an inspiring variety of landscapes to awaken the cycling spirit. Choose 40, 65, or 100 mile options. This weekend of road cycling includes a Warm Up ride Friday and Recovery ride and yoga Sunday.

September 20 2014
Moab Autumn Run - A 10K / 5K / KIDS' K benefit run for Moab Charter School students and the Grand County High School Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams. All proceeds go to these two organizations. Participants in all 3 runs will receive a t-shirt, finishing medal, and end-of-run refreshments. Races begin and end at Swanny Park in Moab. For more info call 435-259-2277.

October 3-11 2014
Plein Air Moab – Plein Air Moab is an 8-day gathering of local and nationally known artists painting incredible canyon landscapes and other region inspired themes. Competing for Awards during the Castle Creek Winery QuickDraw, Main Street QuickDraw and Best in Show for three categories: oil/acrylic, wet media, dry media.

October 19 2014
The Other Half – Stunning Red Rock and mountain views along the Colorado River, fun aid stations, Taiko Drummers entertain along the way, to finish this foot race at Sorrel River Ranch. Finisher medals, food, music and microbrews included. 435-259-4525

October 23 – 26 2014
7th Annual Moab Ho-Down and Film Fest - The 8th Annual Moab Ho-Down Mountain Bike Festival and Film Festival. This mountain bike festival is all about fun and riding bikes! Thursday and Friday night are the movie nights at Star Hall. Saturday is race day with a Super D and a Downhill race. Saturday night is the outrageous costume party with live music at Moab Brewery. Sunday is the Dirt Jump Jam at our newly updated bike park!

October 25 2014
Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival – Come for a quirky fall festival! Live music, kid activities, contests and featuring trebuchets, catapults and slingshots launching pumpkins. 435-259-2326

October 25, 2014
Zombi 5k - 5K fun run with obstacles and Zombies. Explore Moab's running path while evading Zombies. Runners have three flag-football style life flags that the Zombies will try and take. 435-260-0366

November 1 2014
Moab Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and Adventure 5k - Trail running race: Marathon, 1/2 Marathon (Trail 1/2 marathon national championships!), and trail 5k. An unforgettable voyage through some of the worlds most scenic and unique lands. Registration includes a tech shirt, finishers mug, awards, food and drinks, and a beautiful well marked course. 970-389-4838

November 5-8 2014
Moab Senior Games – The Moab Senior Games will host 8 events, including basketball throw, tennis, table tennis, pickle ball, track & field, various golf competitions. 435-260-0161

November 22 2014
Turkey Trot - Annual Moab Turkey Trot Fun Run starts at 9 AM at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center (200 W 400 N). 1K run for kids 9 AM; 5K 9:15. Turkeys to winddrs of each age group. Ribbons for all 1K participants.

December 6 2014
Winter Sun 10K - A fast course, great raffle prizes and delicious finish food make the 31st annual Winter Sun 10K Run a good reason to visit Moab when the air is crisp and the skies are blue and sunny 435-259-4525

Monday, December 16, 2013

Moab Nature Photography, Landscapes and Night Photography Workshops 2014

Red Rock Photography of National Parks Workshops for 2015

All year photographers put on workshops highlighting various aspects for students to learn. Among the lessons are techniques of landscape, sunrise, sunset and night shoots. Winter is no stranger to tripods and cameras. Winter is nearly sleep friendly because of the winter hours of sunrise and sunset. There is something quixotic to huddling in the cold winter months anticipating that ethereal light soaking the Red Rock landscapes of Moab, Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point.

Well below, is last year's line up of 2014 Photographers and links to the workshops offered in Moab over the year previous to 2015.

Of course, local experts like Jon Fuller, Eric Odenthal, Mike Coronella, Lee Bridgers, and Bret Edge are available throughout the year in Moab for photo tours. Find them among other Moab tour providers on http://www.discovermoab.com/tour.htm.

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

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

 That concludes the update of Photography Tours for 2015, for anyone who landed here about 2014.

2014 Photography Tours and Workshops occur all year long in Moab Utah.
Locally, Moab’s businesses are amply content to show the great subject matter the canyons, wildlife and parks provide to the patient photographer. Leadership about the optimal time of day in regards to lighting for specific features insures a head start in planning. Simply phone up or email the companies for greater details.

  • Moab Photo Tours provides year round custom guided photography tours and workshops at the following locations around Moab Utah.

Arches National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Dead Horse Point State Park
Canyon Rims
Colorado River Corridor
Green River
Castle Rock and Castle Valley
Fisher Towers
San Rafael Swell
Book Cliffs
Trail of the Ancients
Ghost Towns
Ancient Native American Rock art and Ruins
Dinosaur Tracks and Bones

Specialty Workshops are held throughout 2014 by visiting professional photographers. Come to join like-minded folk in capturing the fantastic landscapes of Arches or Canyonlands National Parks and other notable Moab locations.

January 12-18 2014
Tom Till and Jon Fuller

January 18-23 2014
Joseph Rossbach

January 23 – February 2 2014
Roman Kurywczak

Creating Great Photos Arches NP and Canyonlands NP, Moab, Utah
January 30 – February 3 2014
Dave Hammaker

February 19 – 28 2014
John Baker

February 28 – March 3 2014
Dave Forster

March 20-23 2014
Jeff Clow

March 26-30 2014
Bill Fortney, Jim Begley, Bill Pekala, Snake Barrett

April 1-5 2014
Brad Goldpaint

April 5-7 2014
Stephen W. Oachs

April 6-10 2014
George Stocking & Kurt Budliger

April 6-11 2014
Robert Winslow

April 11-13 2014
Efrain Cruz

April 24-27 2014
Richard Bernabe

April 27-30 2014
Guy Tal and Bruce Hucko

April 30 – May 4 2014
Tom Bol

May 2-4 2014
Bob Maynard

May 2 – 5 2014
Collection of Professional Photographers to learn from: Jeff Foott, Steve Traudt, Brooks Jensen, Lorran Meares, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Dan Ballard, Judith Zimmerman, Bruce Hucko and Guy Tal.
Held at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center

May 4 – 11 2014
Jon Fuller

May 18 – 22 2014
Robert Rodriguez Jr

May 23 – 26 2014
Mike Berenson and Darren White

May 23-26 2014
David Kingham

June and tentative September
Cheyenne Rouse

July 6-8 2014
NEW offering by Bob Maynard

August 17 – 20 2014
Mike Berenson

September 23-27 2014
Salvatore Vasapolli

October 4-6 2014
Bob Maynard

October 4-8 2014
Don Smith

Autumn in Canyon Country
October 9-12 2014
Bret Edge

October 12-17-2014
Robert Winslow

October 16-19 2014
Dan Ballard

October 27-31 2014   
Frank Comisar

November 1-5 2014
Peter Shinyeda

November 2-7 2014
Andy Cook

November 9-15 2014
Tom Till & Jon Fuller

November 12 2014