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Government Shut Down of America’s National Parks Affects Moab Utah

Government Shut Down of America’s National Parks Affects Moab Utah

Moab tourism has had tour and accommodation cancellations. The Moab Information Center has proven to be a valuable resource for alternative vacation ideas outside of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with special consideration of strategies for camping during federal closure of, also, hundreds of pay to camp Bureau of Land Management campgrounds with picnic tables and pit toilets.

Several Utah Counties dependent on tourism petitioned the Utah Governor for action. Results were: the state of Utah paid for staffing, etc to reopen the Mighty 5 – Utah National Parks – and 3 Utah National Monuments. The funding will last five days, perhaps ten days, hopefully the Federal Government will pull together to re-boot the shut before state money runs out.

Meanwhile, fall in Moab features the arts. The Moab Folk Festival brings twelve artists to the sunny desert town to play in three venues over three days in early November. Artwalk repeats the second Saturday of most months, starting in the spring to conclude on the second Saturday of November. Plein Air artists poised at easels dapple the Moab landscape in October competing for top awards. Resulting art pieces are sold to the public.

This time of year is a competitive time too. Golf, disc golf, bike, running and equestrian races or tournaments take place. In fact, early this fall the Moab Travel Council earned an award for the Best County Representation during the Utah State Fair in Salt Lake City with an exhibit in the county booth section.

Coming to Moab? Whether you want to hike or sightsee by drives, get advice from the Moab Information Center at the corner of Main and Center Street or phone toll free 800-635-6622.

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