Moab 2017

View Poll Results: When should we plan it for next year?

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  • Before Jeep Week again...March 30-April 7

    13 35.14%
  • After the Jeeps...April 27-May 5

    7 18.92%
  • Let's switch it up and go during Autumn!

    17 45.95%
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    Senior Member Leisure Time Larry's Avatar
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    Moab 2017

    Yeah, I'll start it.

    The Easter Jeep Safari in Moab starts the weekend before Easter and ends on Easter Sunday.

    Easter 2015...April 5th (We were there approx. March 19-27, with really good weather and a couple cold nights)
    Easter 2016...March 27th (We were there approx. March 10-18, with good weather and many cold nights)
    Easter 2017...April 16th...if we keep the same trend of the week before the Jeeps, it would be March 30-April 7, the latest yet.
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    Senior Member lbxr's Avatar
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    The Moab weather is much more stable and predictable in the fall....
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    We camped & rode in/around Moab last year, the 3rd week of Oct.
    The weather could not have been better...coolish to warmish, no rain, all clear, no wind.
    What a wonderful area!
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    Looks like we will have to do an Oct ride this year to do a check out to make sure of weather for 17.

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    I was planning a trip to Moab sometime around the end of October.
    I'm going via Albuquerque for the hot air balloon festival;

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    then to Oklahoma city to visit my brother, then on the way back to California, go through Moab.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbxr View Post
    The Moab weather is much more stable and predictable in the fall....
    I agree the weather is nice in the fall. I would also say the weather for many types of trips in many states is great in September. Which may cause people to choose another trip location. What I like about April is while many northern states are still warming up Moab has at least OK weather then. Plus April is a good time for vacation since there are not many other bike event choices going on yet. Since I live in Utah I would probable attend either date. I would even support a Spring Misfit gathering and a Fall. so we don't have to wait a year.
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    If we can do this in the fall, I'll have saved up enough vacation to drive out, spend the week riding, then drive back home.
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    Me and 2 riding buddies were at Arches NP mid to late September of 2013. I can tell you it POURED as in Noah, build an ark. It was amazing as the plants seemed to turn instantly green within minutes of that soaker. Like usual out west you can see the thunderstorms and sometimes avoid them and sometimes not. We got soaked there then it passed on. We left Arches near dark and found the rain again as we neared Fruita, CO where we spent the night. It rained all that night and pretty much all the next day as we meandered our way to Denver. Anyhow, just saying you can have rain that time of year too. I'll put a couple of pix to show what I mean.



    Below is the muddy "flash flood" river

    And here's where I tipped the rock over in 2013. You folks that were there in 2014, did they put that back up before ya'll got there? Not sure how they'd do it but it was fun tipping it over.
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    I was really happy with the March weather and I was sure it would have been too cold but the temps were perfect to wear protective gear w/o sweating. October is too close to winter months for mountain travel I would be nervous about the 1400 mile trip from my place that time of year

    Are the poll dates correct we were not there March 30th to April 7th unless I haven't left yet

    This being said I'd be up for two trips next year let's roll !!!
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    Can I change my vote to Autumn?
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