How to keep from sizzling while visiting Moab in the Summer
I love my home away from home, I’d like to get that out of the way before we continue on. I was lucky enough to live and grow up in one of the most beautiful places on earth, where tourists flock every year to gaze at the beautiful and wondrous red rocks that surround this cute little valley. Moab is located in the Southeastern Corner of Utah, where the desert has begun to show its true self. Being a desert, the temperatures are scorching, especially June through August, and when I say scorching… we’re talking over 100 degrees; a dry, dry heat. The kind of heat that makes you want to stay indoors, but not us adventure seekers! So grab your sunscreen, a gallon of water and hit up these five midsummer activities:
1. River Rafting
River rafting down the Mighty Colorado River is my absolute favorite adventure! I come back year after year and this is only thing I want to do if nothing else. Hit up, what is known as “the daily,” meaning you can do it in a day. Usually the whole thing takes us 5 or 6 hours from leaving town to getting back. Depending on the rainy season, rapids can be docile or freaking awesome! Wear a life jacket and don’t be afraid to get in the water!
I also book my trip with the most amazing Teresa at Moab Rafting Co. But sometimes she is so awesomely busy and popular that we have also gone with Canyon Voyages. Either way, you won’t regret this trip!
2. Hike in the Creek
This place is our little secret! It’s known as the Cowboy Pools, but I believe the correct term is Upper Right Hand. This creek is called Millcreek and comes from the beautiful La Sal Mountains. As it comes in, the creek splits into two different canyons, coming together again at the start of hike called Powerdam/Left Hand. Left hand is wide known local spot until a few years back when word got out and it became overrun with people. You can still park in the same parking lot for the left hand and make your way up right hand. When you come to your first creek crossing, if you look closely up the stream you’ll see it diverge. Don’t cross here, instead continue up the right side of the creek. Gorgeous and serene, if you have the right shoes you can almost walk the entire trail in the creek if you so choose. For more info and maps stop into the Visitors Center when you first get into town. It’s located on Main street, near Eddie Mcstiffs Plaza.
3. Ken’s Lake
Grab a paddle boat rental from Canyon Voyages or buy a cheap float toy at the store. The water temperature is a welcome refresher after a dog day’s in the heat! Located about 15 minutes outside of downtown on the south end.
4. La Sal Mountain Hike
Not a short hike, lets just say that. However, going up in elevation means the temperature goes down. You’re looking at 70s-80s, on a good day. I’ve never swam in this water and I don’t anyone who has… so take it from a local probably not the best water to dive into… but it is beautiful to look at. Again, check out the visitor’s centers for maps on La Sal hikes, this one is called Moonlight Meadows and is also a mountain bike ride!
5. Hit up any Beach on the river!
Grab a few beers, head out to the river after 4PM and stay until you see the sunset. Most popular beach is Mile 6 off of HWY 128. It’s also known as nude beach, clothing optional. Rarely is anyone or everyone nude, however you will get the occasional naked local hippy. The one pictured above is down the potash RD, right after wall street as the road curves.
Moab is where I grew up, where my parents still live, where I head every summer for a week. Any questions feel free to contact me!