Moab, Utah is one of my favorite spring destinations. Spring camping in Moab is a bit of a tradition for me and my family. It all started when I was a ski bum in Breckenridge, Colorado and needed a quick warm-up from a long winter and has grown into a wonderful place to explore with my children. Our annual Moab camping trip is always a ton of fun for the whole family and we find ourselves saying "next year let's..." all the way home.
Spring Break finally arrived and we packed up the car with our family tent, air mattresses, cooler and camp chairs. Lightweight backpacking is fun but on this particular trip we had the 4Runner and the roof carrier packed with all of the comforts we needed to enjoy a three night camping trip in the desert.
After a 6.5 hour road trip, we were welcomed to the Moab area by bright sunshine, beautiful red rocks and warm temperatures. Over the years, I've camped in various canyons and wide open spaces but this year we made our temporary home on the banks of the Colorado River. While I unpacked the car and set up camp, the kids quickly started exploring the river bed for shells, flat rocks to skip, the perfect stick and mud to play in.
One reason we love camping in Moab is that there is so much to do. With Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and many other places to hike, bike and rock climb, there isn't enough time to see it all. This year, I chose to finally hike to Delicate Arch. Despite the crowds, the 3 mile hike is breathtaking and well worth the effort.
Throughout our stay in Moab, we hiked to 6 arches, saw dinosaur tracks, enjoyed petroglyphs, splashed in the river, ate burnt marshmallows and slept under the stars. With daytime temperatures reaching 70 and nighttime temperatures in the high 40's we slept comfortably at night and weren't overheating during the day. Conditions were perfect for this Moab camping trip.
This spring car camping trip was a nice break from the day-to-day routine, we got outside to explore some amazing terrain and we did something the entire family enjoys doing but most importantly, we created family memories that my daughters will always remember.
I hope you are finding time to have your own outdoor adventures. With or without kids, spring is a great time for hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, car camping or backpacking. Get out and enjoy the outdoors. If you are just getting started with family camping check out this recent Family Camping Article or the Family Camping Guide for more helpful information.
For more photos of this trip visit my wife's blog: Hip Mountain Mama Blog
Moab Camping Trip: A Family Adventure
By Andy Hawbaker
April 10, 2013
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