May 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Spectacular Vistas in Moab

My eldest daughter dearly loves Moab, Utah.  She’s been there several times. She just had to invite her younger sister to go hiking through several awesome canyons just so that she could “share Moab.”  She wanted to surround her sister with the warmth and hospitality of a small resort town at the center of some of the most stunning red rock landscapes on Earth. Senior travelers might look at Moab, Utah, and tell you it’s in the middle of nowhere, however, it is one of the most unique destinations in the world.

Nestled between two National Parks, multiple State designated tourist areas, famous red rock desert landscape and the beautiful La Sal Mountain range, senior visitors have plenty to do. Those in the know will tell you that it in fact is in the middle of everything. Attracting over 1.5 million tourists every year, Moab is surrounded by a spectacular sandstone wilderness. With an amazing desert playground Moab is  home to Arches and Canyonlands National Park.

Seniors Find Peace, Quiet and Solitude

Nestled in a green valley, surrounded by red-rock scenery, Moab isn’t a destination for what’s inside the city limits — rather, what’s just outside is the major attraction. Not only is it on the doorstep of a pair of national parks — Arches and Canyonlands — but it’s also home to dozens of outfitters that can take visitors rafting, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking or four-wheeling. The venues for all of this recreation extend far beyond the boundaries of the national parks, from the nearby Colorado River to trails emanating from town in every direction.

For peace, quiet, and solitude, seniors will find seemingly endless open spaces ideal for exploring in the form of land held by the National Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Ideal destinations for senior day trips are Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments, a landscape that has adorned countless postcards, TV ads, and Hollywood movies.  The one and only Monument Valley is an area that boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet. The landscape is overwhelming, as the fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, the magnificent colors of the valley.

Seniors Can Play, Eat and Stay in Moab

What’s nearby is awe-inspiring, but the town of Moab is not a bad place to hang your hat after a long day of adventures in the great wide open. It’s a bustling town with plenty for seniors to see and do, eat, and drink in the form of souvenir shops, museums, eateries, and microbreweries, often defying the expectations of Utah. Moab’s perfect climate has also made it a magnet for year round outdoor events and festivals, and the downtown business district has risen to the occasion with a great collection of restaurants, shops, and galleries.

If you are flexible with your vacation and dates, the best time to visit Moab would be early spring or late fall.  April and May are excellent months to visit, because the weather is nice (about 80 to 90 degrees), and not as many tourists. The fall months of September and October are the same.  Moab’s diverse cuisine will please any palate, from regional southwestern fare to world-class gourmet. Send for one of these award winning travel guides online for all the attractions and activities that seniors enjoy.

This site is loaded with just about everything visitors will need or want to know. The photo gallery is very nice as well. You will learn how to get to Moab, what to expect, and what to do. This is also the land of Scenic Byways – Moab has three of them! How about these awesome sites?  Enjoy Moab and all those beautiful red rocks.  jeb

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