January 4, 2018

Moab, Utah

Life in Moab, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in Moab:

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*Response format = Answer (Your name, How long you’ve lived in Moab)

Moab Favorites

What’s your favorite thing about living in Moab?

  • Jeeping/offroading. (Graham, 6 months)
  • The sandstone environment. (Ami, 1 year)
  • The outdoors. (Mark, 2 years)
  • Activities and friends. (Richard, 2 years)
  • Community. (Anonymous, 7 years)
  • The outdoors. Being able to walk out my front door, and enjoy what the earth has to offer. (MLS, 12 years)
  • Awesome jeeping trails. (David, 15 years)
  • My family, camping, rafting. (Ashley, 28 years)
  • The natural beauty. (TeriAnn, I am a fourth generation local…born and raised.)

Moab Least Favorites

What’s your least favorite thing about living in Moab?

  • Traffic in the summer. (Graham, 6 months)
  • Jeep week. (Ami, 1 year)
  • Nothing. (Mark, 2 years)
  • Trucks on Main Street. (Richard, 2 years)
  • Tourists. (Anonymous, 7 years)
  • Housing is so difficult to come by. If I weren’t renting from family, I probably wouldn’t be able to live in Moab any longer. (MLS, 12 years)
  • All the Liberals coming in and ruining a good little town. And the constant buildings of more and more hotels. (David, 15 years)
  • Growing tourism and it getting so busy. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Almost everything else. Housing is horrible, tourism is horrible, night life is horrible, activities other than being outside all the time, is horrible, the school district is terrible. (Ashley, 28 years)
  • The masses of people who invade the area. (TeriAnn)

Moab Things To Do

What are fun things to do in Moab?

  • Hike, jeep and photography. (Graham, 6 months)
  • National Parks. Hike, river raft, beautiful drives, friends. (Ami, 1 year)
  • Jeep, bike, hike. (Mark, 2 years)
  • 4 Wheeling, hiking, biking, arts. (Richard, 2 years)
  • Climb, hike, community discussions, library. (Anonymous, 7 years)
  • Hiking, fishing, swimming, biking, climbing, jeeping, many festivals that go on throughout the year. (MLS, 12 years)
  • Jeeping, river rafting, national parks, sightseeing, exploring, anything outdoors. (David, 15 years)
  • Rafting, camping.(Ashley, 28 years)
  • Enjoy the natural beauty. (TeriAnn)

Moab’s Reputation

What’s Moab known for?

  • Jeeping, mountain biking, rock climbing. (Graham, 6 months)
  • Arches NP. (Ami, 1 year)
  • Jeeping, biking. (Mark, 2 years)
  • Red rocks, arches NM, outdoor activities. (Richard, 2 years)
  • Arches NP and extreme sports. (Anonymous, 7 years)
  • Probably it’s four wheeling terrain and it’s beautiful red rock scenery. (MLS, 12 years)
  • Jeeping. (David, 15 years)
  • Jeeping, mountain biking, and Arches. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Uranium, outdoor adventure. (Ashley, 28 years)
  • The natural beauty. (TeriAnn)

Moab Crime

What’s the crime like in Moab?

  • I haven’t experienced crime in Moab. (Graham, 6 months)
  • Not known. (Ami, 1 year)
  • Haven’t seen any. (Mark, 2 years)
  • Little to none in my area. (Richard, 2 years)
  • Mostly petty. Drug use/selling is a big problem, however. (Anonymous, 7 years)
  • A few thefts, like bikes, things taken out of vehicles. I feel like drug use is out of control in this town, also. I definitely feel safer here than where I grew up, though. (MLS, 12 years)
  • Very little. I personally have never had any experience with it. (David, 15 years)
  • Moab’s a relatively safe small town. Bikes get stolen etc., but we do have a drug problem. (Anonymous, 25 years)
  • Lots of theft, and you can get away with murder here. (Ashley, 28 years)
  • The largest crime is the masses of people destroying the natural beauty. (TeriAnn)

Moab Advice

Any advice for people moving to Moab?

  • Housing is hard to find. (Graham, 6 months)
  • Live on the outskirts, if you can. (Ami, 1 year)
  • Make sure you like small tourist town atmosphere and the limited shopping. (Richard, 2 years)
  • Adopt a minimalist, recycle-and-upcycle, sharing/borrowing with/from the community mentality about shopping and possessions. (Anonymous, 7 years)
  • Honestly, the housing is an extreme issue, so have a good job set up before you move here. (MLS, 12 years)
  • I hope you’re rich. Making money in Moab is very difficult. (David, 15 years)
  • Don’t do it- it’s fun to play, not to stay. (Ashley, 28 years)
  • You need to have a lot of money. (TeriAnn)

Moab Stories

Share an experience you’ve had in Moab (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).

  • Taking my jeep on Hell’s Revenge for the first time. (Graham, 6 months)
  • River rafting the Colorado. Giving birth to my son. (Ami, 1 year)
  • Love EJS. (Richard, 2 years)
  • Community discussions at the CommuniTea Garden, learning about and meeting fellow residents. (Anonymous, 7 years)
  • I’ve had so many wonderful experiences, I couldn’t pick just one. I do love taking my family to the lake for the day, though. We all have a fantastic time. (MLS, 12 years)
  • I came here for the first time in 1999 and fell in love with it. I moved here in 2004 and have loved my time here. (David, 15 years)
  • I’ve lived here pretty much my whole life, so every experience I’ve had, it has been here. (Ashley, 28 years)
  • Growing up here before anyone knew about Moab. (TeriAnn)

Moab’s Future

How do you think Moab will change over the next 10 years?

  • More commercialization. (Graham, 6 months)
  • More tourism. (Ami, 1 year)
  • Grow substantially. (Mark, 2 years)
  • More retirement-oriented. (Richard, 2 years)
  • Hopefully we will see economic diversification, outside of tourism, and jobs that can sustain the lives of year-round locals. Hopefully Moab can attract year-round industry. Probably though we will just see more hotels and more tourism-based minimum wage jobs. (Anonymous, 7 years)
  • I can see it just growing into a big, expensive city that will be mostly ran off of tourist money- which is good, but a little scary to think about for the locals. (MLS, 12 years)
  • By focusing purely on tourism, and not allowing any other industries to expand, it will become Park City or Vail. Very sad. (David, 15 years)
  • I think it is going to become like Park City or Vail and most of the employees are going to need to commute from areas far away. Unless the college actually does come. Then I think Spanish Valley will be developed with gas stations, restaurants, stores, housing, etc. and a night life will come and more opportunity to do things that aren’t necessarily outdoors. (Ashley, 28 years)
  • It’s just going to get worse. (TeriAnn)

Moab Facts

Any other interesting facts about Moab?

  • There are too many petroglyphs to find. (Graham, 6 months)
  • Too, too many! It truly is a great place to live when you look at the all around about it. (MLS, 12 years)
  • The focus on the tourism industry as the sole source of income for our town is going to be the ruination of it. (David, 15 years)
  • There is nowhere to live due to Airbnb..but you can sure live in a motel…we have a lot…! (TeriAnn)