There are two ways to reach Moab when driving in from Colorado on I-70. For scenery, visitors should take SR-128, also known as the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway. This 40+ mile stretch first skirts the ghost town of Cisco and winds through open range, then shadows the river and steep rock walls as you near Moab.
Moab is a “park and walk anywhere” kind of town, with just one main street; no navigation needed. It’s a base camp for exploring the nearby Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, and is a hub for rafting, hiking, bicycling, outdoor photography, stand up paddle boarding down the river and a mess of other activities.
My Moab lodging was a hefty $11 at the Lazy Lizard Hostel, more of a campground with a main house, cabins and outdoor areas. I secured my room, then left town to catch sunset at Arches National Park. When I returned, the other guests were outside playing acoustic guitar and chatting around picnic tables like pre-teens at summer camp. I called a girlfriend and shuffled around the gravel parking lot as we mused over life happenings, and when that was sorted through I went inside and climbed into my always-the-top bunk. In the morning I would leave Moab for Canyonlands, then head north to Salt Lake City.
Learn more about Moab here.