The name Moab is found in the bible and stands for a land just short of the Promised Land. When Mormon settlers came through this area in the 1800s, they found a similar location as described in the bible. With the Green River flowing through the Moab area, the area is a uniquely green, fertile area compared to the surrounding areas.
Moab today is found within Grand County and is home to roughly 5,000 year round residents. The economy now revolves almost completely around tourism and Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. This was not always the case, Moab became one of the centers for Uranium Mining during the Cold War. This has left some areas dessimated by the Uranium mining, with areas that are now part of the Super Fund lists.
Flying into Moab: Canyonlands Regional Airport
For those of you that are trying to find the closest airport to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, you will find it here in Moab. The Canyonlands Regional Airport is a very small airport located about 15 miles from the City of Moab, and offers very limited service to Denver International Airport on Great Lakes Aviation.
The Airport has a rental car company at it, but they are
based in Moab, so please arrange for the rental car ahead of time.
Driving to Moab, Utah
The drive to Moab from any of the major directions is pretty and usually on a Interstate Highway. Moab is roughly a 2 hour drive from Grand Junction and 3 hour drive from Salt Lake City.
Most people that Visit Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park stay in Moab, as there is only very limited camping opportunities in either National Park. You will find everything from National Chains to local "Mom & Pop" motels.
There are plenty of options for dining in Moab, from Fast
Food Chains, National Chains to local restaurants
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