As the year nears its end, you’re probably hatching the perfect Christmas plan. Instead of a conventional stay-at-home festive season, plan an epic getaway for you and your family to the beautiful city of Moab. This exquisite Utah gem has all the ingredients for a memorable December 25th the whole family will love. Here’s more on what makes a stay in our Moab Christmas rentals the ideal vacation.
Top-Notch Vacation Moab Christmas Rentals
Lodging is a vital consideration when choosing the right holiday location, and Moab’s accommodation scene doesn’t disappoint. For the city’s best Christmas lodging, look to Arches Vacation Rentals. We offer an expansive collection of quality holiday homes, including family-friendly rentals, townhome rentals, vacation condos, and rentals with pools. All our properties feature high-end amenities, ensuring you and yours enjoy a relaxed, home-away-from-home experience.
Mountain Biking Excursions
Wintertime in Moab still presents ample opportunities for mountain biking tours across hundreds of miles of scenic tracks. Midday temperatures in Moab typically hover around the mid to high 40s, offering suitable conditions to keep biking tracks free from snow cover. The Amasa Back Trail features a network of routes with jaw-dropping scenery of Canyonlands National Park, Kane Creek, and the Colorado River. The trails cover 14 miles, the most popular being the 9.1-mile route connecting to the Cliffhanger Trail. Rent a mountain bike at Chile Pepper Bike Shop or Poison Spider Bicycles, and head out for a thrilling two-wheeled journey in the gorgeous Utah winter wonderland.
Thrilling State Parks
Moab hosts several sensational state parks for the ultimate winter outdoors experience. Arches National Park is a favorite among vacationers, featuring gorgeous stone arches, sandstone formations, spires, and labyrinths, perfect for a sightseeing excursion. Canyonlands National Park offers riveting winter adventures, including The Maze, The Needles, and Island in the Sky. Other state parks worth visiting include Dead Horse Point State Park and Manti-La Sal National Forest.
Once the snow packs the ground, it creates the perfect setting for a skiing adventure. The best spot in Moab to enjoy a day of skiing is the famous La Sal Mountains. Rent your pair of skis at Gearheads Outdoor Store or Moab Gear Trader and head out to the stunning Moab backcountry for a thrilling skiing tour. Other popular skiing locations include Mount Mellenthin, Mount Peale, and Mount Tuk, which offer a challenging yet rewarding experience.
If you’re a hiking enthusiast, don’t let the snow-covered trails dampen your spirits. Grab your snowshoes, trekking pole, and a well-insulated down jacket, and hit the powdery white routes for an exhilarating journey. One of the most popular spots for winter hiking in Moab is Dead Horse Point State Park, which features seven miles of beautiful trails connecting eight overlooks. The elevation change is forgiving, offering breathtaking views of the La Sal Mountains and the Colorado River. Another beloved hiking location is Canyonlands National Park, which features a simple trail along the mesa top.
Moab’s remoteness makes it an excellent location for a night of stargazing. Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Moab’s best areas for stargazing thanks to its easy accessibility and enthusiastic star-loving community. Other notable spots to enjoy a night under the stars include Grandstaff Canyon Wilderness Area, Castle Valley, Arches National Park, and Onion Creek. Although stargazing in Moab is a year-round event, the winter sky presents the clearest skies, offering better Milky Way views. Remember to dress in warm layered clothing and carry red-light flashlights to reduce the levels of light pollution.
Christmas Tree Lighting
There’s something enthralling about lighting up a Christmas tree. Seeing hundreds of LED lights shine in unison as they brighten up a massive pine tree elevates the Christmas experience to a new level. This Christmas, the annual Christmas tree lighting will happen on December 1st, welcoming the festive season in grandeur and style. Once the lights are in maximum glow, you and your loved ones can move to the pavilion and relish a hot cup of cocoa and delightful cookies as you await a visit from Santa.
Christmas Light Parade
The highly-anticipated light parade runs from Center Street through the City Market, ending at Uranium Boulevard. In 2023, the event will happen on December 2nd, offering a vibrant display of numerous lights and floats. Grab a hot cup of cocoa while enjoying the buzzing procession as your kids collect candy handed out along the way. At the end of the event, relish a visit from Santa and snap some pictures to remember the moment.
Exemplary Culinary Scene
Moab has some of the state’s best eateries serving diverse sumptuous menus you and your family will love. If you’re a fan of all-American cuisine, Jailhouse Cafe, The Broken Oar Restaurant, and The Spoke on Center are the best go-to’s. For the most delightful Italian, check out Pasta Jay’s or head to Antica Forma. Treat your taste buds to Mexican cuisine at Miguel’s Baja Grill, Fiesta Mexicana, or Quesadilla Mobilla. With over sixty restaurants, Moab’s culinary scene has something for every pallet.
Excellent Shopping Centers
Christmas shopping is a sort of unwritten tradition that you can’t skip out on. Moab hosts numerous stores and shops where you can grab souvenirs or get Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Stop by Indigo Alley on 77 North Main Street and peruse their impressive collection of stylish women’s attire and accessories. Lema’s Kokopelli Gallery has a robust collection of unique Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, and rugs. Gearheads Outdoor Store is the ideal store for all your outdoor clothing and gear, while Wabishabi Thrift Store has a fantastic collection of affordable craft items.
Exhilarating Hot Air Balloon Rides
If you thought hot-air balloon rides weren’t for winter, think again. Moab is home to epic hot-air balloon tours from January to December, giving you and your loved ones the chance to hit the Moab skies for a riveting aerial excursion. Red Rock Ballooning is a Moab favorite, providing unforgettable hour-long experiences the whole gang will love. The tours pass over famous Moab landmarks, including Dead Horse Point, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Determination Towers, providing panoramic views. Carry your camera and snap memorable pictures as you soar across the Moab skies.
Book Your Moab Christmas Vacation Rental Today
Moab has been a holiday hotspot for years, drawing droves of vacationers over the years. This cherished city has exemplary indoor and outdoor activities, promising a riveting Christmas experience for you and your loved ones. As you prepare for your December getaway to this Utah gem, look no further than Arches Vacation Rentals for the best Moab Christmas vacation rentals in the area.
We offer an impressive collection of vacation rentals, including one to four-bed holiday homes, ideal for travel groups of various sizes. Our rentals feature high-end amenities, including spacious living rooms, well equipped kitchens, cozy bedrooms with clean bedding, modern bathrooms with plush towels, and lovely outdoor spaces, delivering an unparalleled home-away-from-home feel. Our properties lie within or close to the city’s center, offering easy access to Moab’s numerous attractions, including mountain biking, hiking, stargazing, and riveting state parks. Contact us today to secure your Moab Christmas vacation rental and enjoy your December 25th festivities in a comfortable and practical living space.