May for sightseeing. Sightseeing is a given for Moab. And the sights to be seen just traveling to Moab is worthwhile too.
Which approach? From the south-be sure to stop in Blanding at the Edge of the Cedars, a tremendous repository for artifacts found in the Four Corners region. Even swing into the Four Corners National Monument, nowhere else in America do four states share a single common point. From the northeast, take time to see Colorado National Monument in Grand Junction, or if the approach is from southern Colorado, there is Mesa Verde National Park. From the north, treat yourself to the Cleveland Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, off the beaten track and worth it. From the west, meander over Lake Powell through Fry Canyon, stopping at Bridges National Monument to go north into Moab. Great leads for a super sweet approach to one of Moab’s terrific May events.
May 6- 7
Gran Fondo Moab – A timed road bicycling event emulating an Italian tradition, not a race, but a signed route up and over the La Sal loop road. Cover 60 miles with 5500 feet of climbing. Register early as we sell out. granfondomoab.com or call 435-654-8650.
International Migratory Bird Day Count – Begins at 10 AM at the Matheson Wetlands. Contact Kay McLean in advance to participate as a counter, Team Leader, placing signs, etc. 435-259-6199. Come prepared to be outside, have binoculars, water, and bird identification skills.
SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria – Enduro mountain bike racing is the fastest growing race displine. The SCOTT Enduro Cup series attracts top professional racers and shall be covered by media such as, Mountain Flyer, PinkBIke, VitalMTB, and Velo News. Presented by Vittoria the event will showcase athletes from all experience levels, stunning scenery with unique trails and high quality partner brands to provide an authentic and robust experience for athletes and spectators. endurocupmtb.com or call 801-651-8096.
Rally on the Rocks – It is an exclusive SxS/UTV trail riding event. Check out vendors on vendor row held at the Old Spanish Trail Arena, 3641 S Hwy 191.Pre-regsitration is recommended. rallyontherocks.com or call 801-589-0523
7th Annual Willys Overland Rally – Join Willy owners from all over the country to celebrate the American Classic – the Willys pick up and Station Wagon. Explore one of America’s greatest treasures in an American classic. Great raffle prizes, BBQ, car show, trail rides and friendly people. willysrally.com or call 702-622-5688.
Red Rock Relay Moab – Teams of six will start before sunrise and run relay-style through 63 miles of Moab’s backcountry red rock and alpine terrains, finishing their exhilarating and fulfilling race day before sunset. redrockrelay.com/moab, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-787-4597.
Back of Beyond Stand-Up Paddle Race – Back of Beyond SUP Race follows the Colorado River through the spectacular red rock canyons of Southeastern Utah and past some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery – through Moab’s ‘Postcard Alley’ and into Utah’s own ‘back of beyond’. backofbeyondsup.com or call 435-210-4665.
Art Walk – You can enjoy Art Walk on the second Saturdays of April, May, June, September, October and November, from 6-9pm. Visit up to eight different venues, see/ appreciate many different art displays and enjoy refreshments.moabartwalk.com or call 435-259-6272.
GoneMOAB – goneMOAB is the premier Nissan off-road and outdoor experience event drawing people nationwide, which takes place every year in Moab, UT. Proudly this will be our 15th year for this event!!!! goneMOAB began in 2002 as a way for Nissan truck and SUV owners to experience some of the best 4wheeling in the world. In addition to great trail rides, you will have the opportunity to experience everything that the amazing Red Rock area of Moab has to offer plus experience the comradery of fellow 4 wheelers. gonemoab.com or call 714-592-1533
24th Annual Moab Arts Festival & Beer and Wine Garden – Free admission, live music, Wine & Beer Garden, art vendors and art for kids. Event is located in the gorgeous setting of Swanny City Park (400 North, 100 West). Attend on Saturday, from 10am-7pm, and on Sunday, from 10am-6pm. This free event hosts local and national artists welcoming residents and visitors from all parts of the world.moabartsfestival.org, email info@MoabArtsFestival.org, or call 435-259-2742.
Memorial Day holiday lasts from May 23 – 30. Camping is surprisingly busy too. Reservations are a must. Be prepared to exercise patience at the grocery store, fuel lines and waiting to be seated for restaurant meals. On Memorial Day at the corner of Center and 100 East, Grand County has a Memorial site, where respectful services shall be held at 11 AM.
Dinosaurs trampled the region around Moab and there are tracks to prove it. Please treat these sites like museum pieces with the utmost respect.
Keeping eyes wide open, there are a myriad of views to awestruck observers. Keep in mind many tour companies are located in Moab to provide additional access for more intimate sights by river, rope, motor vehicle, bike, telescope, or legs. Find those good folks through http://discovermoab.com/tour.htm.