Moab, Utah – God’s Country

Nancy B. Alston

One would think that if you ventured to Moab, Utah to settle down, homes in this Southeast Utah would be fair-priced given the baked surroundings of the desert areas surrounding it. However, there’s a certain river that runs through it and its magnificence – along with the amazing arches and stunning canyon formations – make Moab a top attraction in the United States.

The Colorado River snakes through the lovely town where adventure will cost you, but so will real estate. Currently the lowest price existing home in Moab is going for about $225,000. The three bedroom, one bath, thousand square foot house was built in 1961, but the owners have maintained it nicely so there are tile floors and newer kitchen cabinets.

For just $25,000 more, you can buy real estate that has four bedrooms, two baths, almost 3,000 square feet, and – most importantly – a view out your front door of the tall spires named Castle rock. There is quite a lot of TLC needed for the adobe home, but perhaps the current state will set your mood akin to that of the Anasazi cliff dwellers.

If you really want to buy in Moab with style – only top of the line real estate for you – perhaps the 3,300 square foot home on Pack Creek Ranch Road is more your cup of tea. With three bedrooms, two baths, and a walk-out basement, the log home boasts a view in every direction.

The almost million dollar home is located at the foot of the La Sal Mountains, the second highest mountain range in the state of Utah. The mountains are popular for horseback riding, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.

Besides these very outdoorsy activities, the people of Moab also have something not common in other parts of the United States – access to ancient rock art. Both petroglyphs and pictographs can be found near Moab, produced both prehistoric and historic peoples over thousands of years.

On a more modern note, however, Moab was the location of one of the most famous movie scenes every filmed – the unforgettable “final” scene of Thelma and Louise. The gal pals plunged their 1966 Thunderbird Convertible into the Colorado River from along the Shafer Trail under Dead Horse Point – not far from city center Moab.

Hopefully if you venture to Moab to live or play, you’ll keep your four wheels on the ground and enjoy the activities that won’t require you driving off the edge of a cliff.

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