How to Ring in 2012 in Moab

Things to Do, What's New — By julietrevelyan on December 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Celebrating any holiday in Moab is pretty sweet, since it’s such a rockin’ little town to begin with. But ringing in the New Year is an especially fun holiday to spend in Moab, helped along with a few good tips. It’s quiet here this time of year, but there are some things to do for sure.

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Places to go on New Year’s Eve:

Frankie D’s will be celebrating in style, with a band, libations flowing (which of course you must pay for), and probably a good deal of hootin’ and hollerin’. Join in their New Year’s bash where locals come to shoot pool, listen to live music, and swig back a beer or two. This is where to go for a classically loud, cheerful New Year’s Eve party.

Sunset Grill Restaurant is open for a nice dinner on New Year’s Eve. This is the choice if you want to dress up, have a romantic dinner for you and your sweetie, or bring the whole family for the evening. You must call for reservations. (435) 260-1819or (435) 259-7146after 4pm. Salut!


toast to the New Year

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Things to Do on New Year’s Day:

Morning Glory Natural Bridge. It’s a short-ish (4.5 miles) hike to a very pretty example of what is actually a natural alcove arch. And what a great name to start off the new year! Its 243-foot length makes it the 6thlongest natural rock span in the U.S. To find it, head down Negro Bill Canyon.

Corona Arch. This is a truly spectacular arch. You can snap some great shots here, better ones than at Morning Glory. Besides, it’s in Bootlegger Canyon. Who doesn’t want to hike up something named that? Let your imagination run wild as you picture bootleggers of yore hauling their illegal wares through the slickrock walls of the canyon.



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