Moab Sand Flats RA, Slickrock
Moab overview, Utah. Photo by Michael Grindstaff
Originally a support centre for uranium mining Moab is now the hub of three superb parks – Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park as well the quite different Sand Flats Recreational Area which is not just a pretty face but specialises in off-road activities – both engine-powered and human-powered – so the streets are awash with Hummers, ATVs, 4WDs pulling rubber rafts and RVs towing Big Foot offroaders while the sidewalks are loaded with bookstores, bike rentals, rude T shirts, crystals, kaleidoscopic rocks, interesting fusion dining and more young people than in the rest of Utah.
Moab is a comfortable and lively little town unlike most small Utah towns in the Grand Circle region, not especially pretty but plays a good rôle as Utah’s black sheep, delivering wild action with a smile, Sundays no problem.