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
Slickrock Bike Trail
Dead Horse Point Mesa Scenic Byway