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Moab, Utah, United States of America

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How much money will you need for your trip to Moab? You should plan to spend around $124 per day on your vacation in Moab, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $30 on meals for one day and $14 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Moab for a couple is $164. So, a trip to Moab for two people for one week costs on average $1,737. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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A vacation to Moab for one week usually costs around $869 for one person. So, a trip to Moab for two people costs around $1,737 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $3,474 in Moab. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Moab can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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How much does a trip to Moab cost? Is Moab expensive? The average Moab trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Moab prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Moab
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Moab is $82. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Moab is $164.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotels in Moab

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Transportation Budget in Moab
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Moab is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $14 per person, per day, on local transportation in Moab.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Moab
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Rental Cars in Moab
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Food Budget in Moab
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  • While meal prices in Moab can vary, the average cost of food in Moab is $30 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Moab should cost around $12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Moab is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

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What did other people spend on Food in Moab?

Typical prices for Food in Moab are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Moab, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Moab Brewery
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Entertainment Budget in Moab
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  • Entertainment and activities in Moab typically cost an average of $2.50 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Typical prices for Entertainment in Moab are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Moab, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Slickrock Trail Pass

Tips and Handouts Budget in Moab
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Moab is $25 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Moab is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Moab
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  • The average person spends about $53 on alcoholic beverages in Moab per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Moab On a Budget
Moab Sunset at Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah
Moab is the closest town to Arches National Park in Utah's Canyon Country. It is also a popular base for exploring Canyonlands National Park. It's a small town that serves mainly to accommodate tourists to the popular national parks and other surrounding wildlife areas. It has grown dramatically in recent years and has a population of just over 5,000. In town you will find hotels and motels, a handful of restaurants and a few shops where you can stock up on supplies. There's a small museum, the Museum of Moab, and a variety of tour operators in town. You can easily book river rafting trips, jeep expeditions, and tours of the surrounding area. For many, exploring Arches National Park on your own is a more enjoyable and independent experience.

The general climate of the area is very desert like. You can expect very hot summers, with temperatures often reaching 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and cold winters, with temperatures dropping to below freezing. Plan your trip accordingly, as you will spend most of your time outdoors.
Most people use Moab as a base for visiting the nearby Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. This town makes a great starting point for a southern Utah road trip.

Arches NP is strikingly beautiful with a very unique landscape. It has a large concentration of natural arches that have been shaped by the area's geography and climate. The arches are surprisingly diverse in their size, style, and general integrity. The area also has some interesting wildlife and plant life. Park rangers run regular guided tours of the area, and in the evening they offer programs that discuss the park's history and geography. Although the programs are often targeted at children, many adults also find them very enjoyable and informative.

Canyonlands National Park has a beautiful landscape of canyons, mesas, and buttes that have been formed by the Colorado River, the Green River, and many tributaries.

Another interesting place to visit is the Museum of Moab, which is a fifty year old museum that highlights the history, geology, and paleontology of the area. In fact, this is just one of many things to do in Moab outside of the national parks. Visitors can also go hiking, rafting or kayaking, 4-wheeling, camping, and more.
Moab is a small town that serves as a tourist base for those visiting the nearby national parks. The town has a Main Street where you'll find a few restaurants and tour companies. The Main Street is along US Route 191. Traveling north away from town you'll reach Arches National Park, Canyonland Field Airport and Interstate 70. Utah State Route 279 provides access to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. For a more established route, travel farther north on Hwy 191 to Utah State Route 313.

Moab is all about the outdoors. There are some wonderful hikes in the area that range in difficulty from easy to strenuous. They take you through the area's dramatic landscape and allow you to see some strikingly beautiful arches. There's also a nice campground in the park called Devil's Garden Campground. You will likely need reservations in advance during the peak months. Another option is to visit the park's back country, but a permit is required.

River rafting on the Colorado river is also popular. There are several vendors in the area that offer guided trips along the river. Most people book a one day trip along the Fisher Towers Section, which is a 14 mile stretch that is relaxing and appropriate for families and those with children.
Food and Dining
Moab is a small town but amenities have continued to grow as the popularity of the nearby parks continues to grow. There are a handful of good restaurants in the area. Moab Brewery is on South Main Street and is a great place for both food and beer. There's a separate dining and bar area as well as billiards and television. If you're traveling with kids, ZAX has a decent pizza bar in a family friendly setting. Other options in the area include Singha Tai Cuisine, Pasta Jay's, and La Hacienda.

Most people have a private vehicle when they explore southern Utah. National parks and natural beauty is the appeal of the area and only with a vehicle will you have access to the most impressive views and incredible hikes. From Moab you can easily access both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Dead Horse Point State Park is also nearby.
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2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

Arches and Canyonlands

By Bryan in Entertainment
Moab is the gateway to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. If you want to camp in one of the parks, numerous campsites and spots are available. Or you can stay at a private campgound near Moab, or an actual hotel in Moab. Moab services include tours and guides for the surrounding countryside and park lands. Arches can be visited all in one day, although multiple days are recommended to see everything. This is one of the nation's most unique and beautiful parks, and several days are really needed to appreciate the beauty of it. Canyonlands is enormous, and several days are needed to really get into the back country. Various viewpoints can be found off of the main road, but the real beauty lies deep down in some of the canyons. If you're coming from Colorado, check out Grand Junction and the national park above the town there before coming over into the Moab area.

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