Moab Trail Marathon,
5K Adventure Run
and Kids K
Race Dates: November 4th & 5th, 2023.
Registration Opens March 1st, 2023.
A Trail Runner Magazine "Bucket List" Race.
2023 USATF Trail Half Marathon National Championship
Moab Trail Marathon Travel Info in a Nutshell……
Moab is close to two National Parks and offers a multitude of outdoor recreational activities. Moab has grown to accommodate visitors from around the world!
Accommodations/Hotels: There are several nice hotels right in town and just outside of town. I would suggest using an internet travel site to search for a hotel that best fits your needs (Booking.com, Tripadvisor, etc). All the hotels along Hwy 191/Main Street are within 15 min of the race start/finish. There are two lodges located about 40 minute drive from town which are very nice, but are not as convenient for the race (Red Cliff Lodge and Sorrell River Ranch.) We recommend the Gonzo Inn or the Bighorn Lodge, two of Moab’s friendliest accomodations!
Accommodations: Condos and Airbnb’s: There are also several condos and guesthouses available for rent which would be nice for longer-term stays. Many condos and guesthouses are located in Spanish Valley, which is just South of town. They are outside of town, but only about 10 min extra driving time. Feel free to check out Airbnb, VRBO, or see our TripAdvisor link for more information on this type of accommodation.
Camping: Camping in Moab in November is for the hardy. Be prepared for cold nights. Unfortunately, the campground near the start has closed down. But there is an option of BLM camping nearby, along Kane Creek Road. This campground is called Kings Bottom and it is quite close to the race start/finish. There is also Hunter Canyon, which is just about 2.5 miles beyond the race start/finish area. There are also several other BLM campgrounds near Moab along the River Road (128), Potash Road, and Sandflats (near the slickrock trail). All these are nice and affordable. It should not be a problem to find a site in November. There are a few free/dispersed camping locations along Willow Springs road, which is north of town.
Flights: Moab has its own airport! The code is CNY (canyonlands). All flights into Moab go through Denver (DIA) and are on United Airlines (or its partners.) Some other options for airports to fly into to get to Moab are Grand Junction (1.5 hr drive), Salt Lake City (4 hr drive), Montrose (2.5 hr), Provo (3 hr) or Durango (3 hr drive). Each offers several flights daily with affordable rental cars at the airport. SLC is the largest and has the most flights at the lowest price. Shuttles to/from GJ or SLC are sparse, it’s best to rent a car, but if you search around I’m sure you can find a shuttle. Allegiant Air often offers lower-cost flights into Provo Airport and Montrose Airport.
Getting Around: It’s easiest to get around Moab with a car. Enterprise offers rental cars from the Moab airport. There some taxi and uber services in town that are quite reliable. There are also some shuttle services, although the shuttles are mainly for rafters and mountain bikers. If you have a bike it’s quite easy to get around town, but watch for traffic and bundle up as it can be chilly in November. See www.discovermoab.com, under the transportation link, for info and phone numbers on shuttles, taxis, etc. We encourage carpooling with friends and family–specially to get to and from the race start/finish!
Eating and Shopping: Moab is a small town, but it has most everything one might need. There are several good restaurants in town. We suggest Milt’s Stop & Eat! It’s Moab’s oldest restaurant and they have the best burgers and shakes this side of the Mississippi! The Menu Guide is available around town and has menus for most of Moab’s restaurants, or you can just check menu’s on your phone in this day and age. City Market is located on the east side of Main Street, about halfway through town. There is also a grocery store called Village Market which tends to be less crowded. Gearheads has running shoes and packs/water bottles, running clothes and that kind of stuff if you forgot something. There is a hospital and an urgent care clinic, both located on 500 West and Williams Way.
Extra-Time Activities: If you have some extra time to vacation before or after the race, Moab has a lot to offer. Arches National Park is just 5 miles from town. A good hike/run is Delicate Arch or Devils Garden Primitive Loop. Canyonlands and Dead Horse State Park are about 40 minute drive from town and offer incredible views. Syncline Loop in Canyonlands is a nice 8 mile run/hike. And the Intrepid Trail in Dead Horse Park is a fun 9+ mile loop, open to mtn bikes and hikers/runners. Some other nice places to run, hike, and mtn bike (besides the race course) include Slickrock Trail, Bar M area trails, Magnificent 7 area trails, Grandstaff Canyon, Corona Arch trail, and Porcupine Rim trail. There are several places with neat petroglyphs to explore as well. If you want to get off your feet, we suggest kayaking, paddleboarding, or rafting the Colorado River. There are also several jeep and ATV rentals places around town. The Moab Aquatic Center on 400 West has a nice swimming pool and also workout equipment. For the more adventurous Moab offers some unique Canyoneering tours and Rock Climbing locations as well as Skydiving. A new zip line course, with a really fun via ferrata option, has recently opened as well. An intro to climbing/ropes can be done at the Moab Adventure Park on Kane Creek Road. You won’t be bored, but you may get tired so a nap on a smooth sunny red rock or in Moonflower canyon might be nice, or a cool soak in Grandstaff Canyon Creek or Mill Creek might refresh!