I had not heard about Moab, Utah, until a friend emailed me the home he is selling there. First of all, gotta love Utah. We used to ski there every year when our children were younger and I fell in love with the state. In fact, that may be when my love affair with second homes blossomed, at SnowBird. So when I heard about Moab, I perked and poked.
The closest city is Grand Junction Colorado – 1 1/2 hours away by car. Salt Lake is about 4 hours away by car, north. There’s a local airport with regular flights from Denver. There’s also a ground shuttle to and from Salt Lake City, which has always been an easy flight from Dallas.
Life in Moab is about being outdoors, and there is a plethora of things to do. The hiking, biking, boating, rafting, and Jeeping are awesome. Key events include the Moab Music Festival, Moab Art Festival, Moab Classic Car Show, and the Jeep Safari. It’s also an artists’ mecca and brags about resident nationally known artists Kathy Cooney (painting) and Tom Till (photography). This home, in fact, is right near the world famous Slick Rock Mountain Biking Venue and Jeep Trails. It’s within walking distance of downtown, restaurants, clubs, galleries, gift shops, museums, bakeries, and coffee shops. In the high tourist season, the flavor is clearly international reflected in the number of great restaurants, impressive considering the size of the town.
I had, I confess, a pre-conceived notion about this part of Utah: how many granola crunchers, I asked my friend?
Not many, he said. Pretty sophisticated folks who just love the outdoors.
We had great neighbors and you’d hardly call them granola munchers. The people are an eclectic mix from artists to bikers to cyclists to Jeepers to golfers to writers. Moab was the residence of world famous writer, Edward Abbey. Thelma and Louise was filmed in Moab, as were the sequels of Indiana Jones and Mission Impossible.
So yes, I’m convinced this could well be the next Santa Fe in the great state of Utah. Cool summers, snowy winters and world class skiing just a three hours away. Moab, here I come!
By the way, this home is for sale, listed at a mere $545,000 for 2900 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, half acre right near town with pool built in 2oo3. What a great second home!