Moab, Utah – a name that resonates with adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Nestled amidst the striking red rock landscapes of the American Southwest, Moab is a haven for those in search of outdoor thrills and breathtaking scenery. In 2022, we embarked on a remarkable journey to this captivating destination, armed with our trusty 2022 Jeep Gladiator and a bucket list of must-visit jeep trails. What followed was an unforgettable weekend of adrenaline-pumping rides, awe-inspiring landscapes, and dreams of making Moab a more permanent part of our lives.
The Jeep Trails of Moab
Our journey began with a checkmark of the iconic “Hell’s Revenge” trail. Known for its steep climbs, challenging slickrock sections, and the world-famous “Hell’s Gate,” this trail provided the perfect adrenaline rush to kickstart our adventure. As our Jeep Gladiator navigated the slickrock with remarkable agility, we were treated to panoramic views that seemed almost surreal.
“Fins and Things” followed, offering a labyrinth of sandstone fins and challenging obstacles that tested both our driving skills and the capabilities of our Jeep. The feeling of conquering each obstacle was incredibly satisfying, and the trail rewarded us with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding desert.
Our ascent to the “Top of the World” was nothing short of exhilarating. This trail, perched high on the Sand Flats Recreation Area, provided us with a bird’s-eye view of Moab and the surrounding red rock canyons. The sense of accomplishment as we reached the summit was simply euphoric.
The “Metal Masher” trail lived up to its name, with its rugged terrain and technical sections. It was an exhilarating challenge, pushing both our Jeep and ourselves to the limit. “Golden Spike” was another highlight, featuring a maze of rocks and obstacles that tested our off-road skills and our Jeep’s capabilities to the fullest.
“Poison Spider,” with its mix of steep climbs and descents, offered a thrilling ride through the desert landscape. “Cliff Hanger,” true to its name, took us along the edge of a dramatic cliff, providing heart-stopping moments and incredible photo opportunities.
“Pritchett Canyon” was a true off-road adventure, complete with rock crawling and challenging obstacles. It was a trail that demanded precision driving and rewarded us with a deep sense of accomplishment. “Steel Bender” offered more technical challenges and breathtaking scenery, while “Hole in the Rock” was a mesmerizing trail that led us to a natural wonder in the form of a deep, narrow crevice in the rocks.
Moab’s Natural Beauty
While the jeep trails were the highlight of our trip, Moab’s natural beauty was equally enthralling. The striking red rock formations, the contrast of vibrant blue skies against the desert landscape, and the ever-changing play of light and shadows left us in constant awe. The landscape seemed like an artist’s canvas, with colors and textures that changed throughout the day.
We couldn’t resist the temptation to explore some of the area’s iconic landmarks, such as Delicate Arch in Arches National Park and the stunning formations in Canyonlands National Park. Each site showcased the incredible geological wonders that make Moab a photographer’s paradise.
Kokopelli West: Our Oasis in Moab
Throughout our adventure, we had the pleasure of staying at Kokopelli West, a charming retreat nestled amid the red rocks of Moab. The comfort and warmth of this lodging added to the overall experience. With spacious accommodations, breathtaking views, and proximity to the trails, it was the perfect basecamp for our Moab adventure.
Dreaming of Moab: A Place to Call Home
Moab’s unique charm had a profound impact on us. It wasn’t just a destination; it felt like a place where our hearts truly belonged. As we explored the trails and took in the breathtaking landscapes, we couldn’t help but contemplate the idea of making Moab a more permanent part of our lives.
The thought of moving to Moab or expanding one of our companies to this remarkable town became a recurring topic of conversation during our trip. Moab’s outdoor recreational opportunities, its tight-knit community, and the overall quality of life it offered were alluring factors that piqued our interest.
Living in Moab would mean waking up to the majestic red rock views every day, having easy access to world-class outdoor activities, and being part of a community that shared our passion for adventure and nature. It was a dream that seemed both tempting and attainable.
The Practical Considerations
Of course, making such a significant move or business expansion is not without its challenges and considerations. We knew we needed to delve deeper into the practical aspects of relocating or expanding to Moab. This included researching the local economy, employment opportunities, housing market, and the process of establishing or relocating a business in the area.
Moab’s economy, while heavily reliant on tourism, had shown resilience and growth in recent years. The town’s reputation as an outdoor adventure hub had attracted businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to cater to the thriving tourist industry. This presented potential opportunities for our company to thrive in a market aligned with our interests.
Housing in Moab was a mixed bag. While the picturesque surroundings and tight-knit community were appealing, we needed to explore the availability of suitable homes and their affordability. As with any move, finding the right place to live was crucial to our decision.
Furthermore, understanding the logistical and legal aspects of expanding or relocating a business in Moab required careful consideration. We needed to consult with local experts and authorities to navigate the regulatory landscape and ensure a smooth transition.
The Community Connection
One of the most compelling aspects of Moab was its sense of community. During our stay, we met friendly locals who shared their stories and experiences with us. Their passion for the outdoors and their love for Moab were infectious. We attended community events, dined at local restaurants, and even joined a group of Jeep enthusiasts for a trail ride.
These interactions reinforced our sense of belonging and made the prospect of becoming part of Moab’s vibrant community even more appealing. It was evident that Moab wasn’t just a destination; it was a place where people came to live life to the fullest and connect with like-minded individuals.
Our epic weekend in Moab, Utah, was more than just a vacation; it was a transformative experience. The stunning jeep trails, the mesmerizing natural beauty, and the allure of Kokopelli West left an indelible mark on our hearts. Most significantly, the idea of making Moab our home or expanding our business there became a tantalizing possibility.
As we continue to explore the practical aspects of this dream, we are reminded of the words of John Muir: “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” Moab, with its majestic red rocks and endless adventures, is calling to us, and we are eager to answer that call.
Whether or not we make Moab our permanent home, one thing is certain: this enchanting town has left an indelible imprint on our souls, and we will return to its trails, its beauty, and its community time and time again, seeking the thrill of adventure and the serenity of the desert.