March is the time of year when Moab, UT begins to reawaken from winter’s cold and cloudy weather. The month is full of events to satisfy most any outdoorman’s desire. The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah has several inspected and approved Member Inns in the Moab area. They book quickly for these events, so make your lodging plans early. Try the Sunflower Hill and Cali Cochitta inns in Moab, and The Castle Valley Inn in nearby Castle Valley.
From the DiscoverMoab‘s 2013 event calendar:
Poison Spider Bicycles Spring Thaw – A fun, long weekend with demo bikes, women’s ride, shuttles, frame giveaway and guided group rides on the Bar-M and the Mag 7 Trails. Food and parties included for $40. Preregister for free t-shirt! For more info visit poisonspiderbicycles.com or call 435-259-7882.
Moab Skinny Tire Festival – Four days of spectacular road cycling to Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park and along the Colorado River Corridor. This thirteenth annual event inspires those living with cancer and benefits various research and survivorship programs. For more info visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889.
Canyonlands Half Marathon and 5 Mile Run
Join us for the 38th annual Canyonlands Half Marathon and Five Mile Run! The scenic USATF sanctioned and certified course follows the Colorado River through a dramatic redrock canyon. Food, awards, raffle and live music await you at the finish in downtown Moab. For more info visit moabhalfmarathon.org or call 435-259-4525.
Moab 100 & 50K – The races are held on the beautiful and rugged Monitor and Merrimac trail, 16 miles North of Moab. Racers will run 5.37 mile laps with approx. 11,000′ of climbing for the entire 100 miles, and 3,500′ for the 50K. Hot food is available during the cool night, as well as other necessities at Base Camp. Placers and finisher’s awards will be given! For more info visit geminiadventures.com/new/?page_id=109 or call 303-249-1112.
24 Hours of Utah Endurance Races – This year’s races (6 Hour Nighttime Fun Run, 12-Hour, Team Relays, and Solo Challenge) will be run on the beautiful Monitor and Merrimac trail 16 miles North of Moab. Racers will run 5.37-mile laps with approximately 606′ of climbing per loop. Hot food will be available during the cool night and there will be an unmanned water station approximately halfway through the loop to help runners enjoy the rugged trails and view the beautiful canyons below. Camping is available at the Base Camp area and there will be placer medals given! For more info visit geminiadventures.com/new/?page_id=95 or call 303-249-1112.
2013 Moab Easter Jeep Safari
Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab throughout this week long event. The Red Rock 4-Wheelers of Moab officially runs approximately 9 different trails every day, with “Big Saturday” culminating in the largest ever single trail ride departure happening – around 30 groups line up in down town Moab to head off in every direction for 30 different trails! For more info visit rr4w.com Note: This massive week-long event is one of the largest events of the year for Moab. Please make your lodging reservations as early as possible!
Also, for those of you who are NOT “outdoors-folk”, make it long weekend by visiting:
Quilting in the Red Rocks Quilt Show March 9 & 10- Hundreds of quilts and quilted items will be on display. Classes, quilt appraisals, merchants mall, door prizes and tickets for winning our opportunity quilt. The Grand Center (182 N 500 W) – Sat, 9-5; Sun, 10-4 – Free admission! For more info visit moabquilts.blogspot.com or call 435-259-6447.
And March 11,Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – The year’s best films on Mountain Sports, Culture, and Adventure. For more info visit banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/ or call 435-259-4859.