Although the majority of the beehive state boasts a four season calendar year, Moab only experiences two seasons; peak and off. After eight solid months of red-rock-t-shirt buying tourists, the town takes a well-deserved power nap November through February.
Travelers from out of state making a one time trip should brave the crowds and pay the peak season rate — it’s worth it. However, for those living in Salt Lake City, a short four-hour drive away from the winter inversion will find you a quieter version of the desert oasis.
While it surprisingly isn’t much warmer than Salt Lake City (pack your puff coat), you’ll be pleased to find that Pasta Jay’s is still open, the skies are still blue and, save for the occasional dusting of white, the rocks are still red.
- Hotels offer an off-season rate which is usually around 50% off.
- You’ll walk right in to any of the open restaurants and find an open table.
- The parks and trails are still open — and less crowded.
- Weather can be spotty. Take heed if you’re traveling via highway 6.
- Many of the shops downtown are closed.