Moab, Utah is home to two of the most scenic national parks in the United States. Arches and Canyonlands will just blow your socks off! While Moab is usually a passing-through, tourist down, those who retire here will have thousands of square miles of amazing red rock landscapes to explore every single day. We’re talking world class hiking, four wheeling, and just plain peace and quiet in a beautiful setting. The area also has a great little winery, scenic byways, movie sites, museums, an arts community, and the mighty Colorado River. And check out these petroglyphs we found on Potash Road, just north of town. Some of them are over 6,000 years old!
Moab is situated at 4,025 feet in elevation and some of the mesas are much higher. The average daily temperature in January is 43 and in July it climbs up to 99 degrees.
Moab is a smaller town with just 5,170 permanent residents and the population rises significantly during the spring and fall tourist season. We found that 13.3% are over 65. The crime rate is well below the rest of Utah and significantly lower than the U.S. average. The median value of an owner occupied home is $222,700. The closest big airport is in Salt Lake City (230 miles away) and there is a small commuter airport in Moab. There is a small hospital in Moab that serves the southeastern region of the state, local doctors, a VA Clinic and a free health clinic.
The area is rich in history as it served as a Colorado River crossing when early settlers and the Native Americans had a troubled start.
A fort was built to support the farmers. The town was incorporated in 1902. Other river crossings were established and trade routes shifted. During WWII there was an internment camp built to house the more troublesome Japanese transferred in from other camps in the west. Moab has always been a farming community but mining took over as the main economy when uranium and vanadium was discovered between 1910 and 1920. The city grew to nearly 6,000 in the 1950’s establishing many homes and schools. After the cold war, the mines closed. The movie industry discovered Moab and director John Ford used the area to film Wagon Master. A number of films have since used Moab on location.
Moab, Utah often makes the lists of the 10 best places to retire and was a Sunset Magazine nomination as one of the “20 best small towns in the west” list.
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