Moab Facts

Interesting Facts about Moab

1. Interesting fact: The name Moab comes from an ancient Biblical kingdom.

2. Weird fact: Moab is not named after a Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb. The "Mother of All Bombs" is a 21,000-pound explosive. 

3. Eerie fact: Popular breakfast spot the Jailhouse Café used to be an actual jail. In the late 1800s the building was the area's first county courthouse.

4. Fun fact: In 1991, Nike released their Nike Air Mowabb hybrid running/hiking shoe. Schwinn produces the Moab Mountain Bike.

5. Random fact: Humans have occupied Moab for a long time: two nearby petroglyphs (images pecked into a rock wall by ancient people) depict what might be a woolly mammoth.

6. Historical fact: Moab hosted a uranium boom in the 1950s after prospector Charlie Steen hit it big.

7. Cool historical fact: Moab is near The Old Spanish Trail. Its 1,000-mile length was heavily used for centuries as a Santa Fe-Los Angeles trade route.

8. Fun outdoor fact: Moab is a mountain biking mecca. Its Slickrock Bike Trail is one of the most technically challenging ones in the world.

9. Weird fact: Dead Horse Point State Park borders Canyonlands National Park. Nineteenth century cowboys corralled wild horses onto the point, which created a natural barrier to escape. Supposedly a herd was left on the point and died of thirst.

10. Outlaw fact: Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang got into many robberies and shootouts with Moab's lawmen. Their Robbers Roost hideout was in a wild maze of canyons east of town.

11. Daring fact: The famous Colorado River was first successfully rafted by explorer John Wesley Powell in 1869.

12. Silly name fact: Delicate Arch in Arches National Park has been nicknamed Cowboy Chaps, Old Maid's Bloomers, and License Plate Arch.

Things to See in Moab

  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • The Windows
  • Slickrock Bike Trail
  • Dead Horse Point Mesa Scenic Byway
  • Downtown

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