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Top 5 Wildlife Watching Spots in Moab

When it comes to vacation destinations that you don’t want to miss, Moab, Utah is a must-see! This scenic and inspiring stop is a great place to embrace the beauty of the great outdoors and enjoy dining and shopping in style too. Of course, it’s also a wonderful place to wildlife watch if you’re the type of traveler that’s up for a bit of an adventure and a walk on the wild side! The following are the top 5 spots to watch wildlife in Moab that you’re going to want to make sure you check out the next time you’re here!

Colorado River Scenic Byway

The mountains, arches, rivers, and canyons that make up the Moab landscape offer an ideal habitat for many species of birds. If you’re an avid bird watcher make their way to Moab at any time of the year, a trip along the Colorado River Scenic Byway offers up an amazing opportunity to make the most of observing a variety of incredible winged creatures. More formally referred to as the UT-128 Corridor, this stretch hosts the confluence of the Dolores River and the Colorado River. The result is lush and dynamic terrain where birds can thrive. During the winter, this area is a haven for bald eagles. Year-round, visitors can expect to be able to spot golden eagles, great blue herons, osprey, ravens, waterfowl, and blue grosbeaks too. Those with a keen eye may be able to spot a peregrine falcon or two as well.

Canyonlands National Park

Everyone who makes their way to Moab deserves to spend some quality time in iconic Canyonlands National Park. This captivating natural destination is an amazing place to grab photos of sweeping canyons and cliffsides, but it’s also home to a plethora of wildlife as well! While you’re here, you’ll find yourself in the midst of a habitat that can support upwards of 50 mammal species. Some of the more common sightings in the park include mule deer and kangaroo rats. Beavers are often noticed along the banks of the Green River which runs through Canyonlands. Larger animals like mountain lions, bighorn sheep and black bears are rare, but very viable sighting options in the park, particularly around the Needles section.

Arches National Park

When it comes to recognizable destinations in Moab, Arches National Park is definitely at the top of the list. This park is home to over 2,000 stunning stone arches that have long been pursued by captivated audiences from near and far. While the arches have a firm place in the hearts of travelers, time spent in Arches National Park is also an opportunity to encounter some wildlife along the way as well. Arches National Park is home to snakes, lizards, kangaroo rats, mountain lions, bats, owls and beyond! A trip here is one that’s well worth packing your binoculars for.

Scott M. Matheson Preserve

Sitting on the outskirts of Moab, the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve covers a sprawling 875 acres of land and provides visitors with a prime bird-watching destination to enjoy during their Utah getaway. The Matheson Wetlands is thought to be home to more than 225 species of birds which can be observed from the many winding trails that grace the preserve as well. Across the marsh, riparian, and open water, visitors can view everything from indigo buntins and yellow-breasted chat to great-tailed grackle, plumbeous vireo, and more!

La Sal Mountain Loop Road

Of all the birding trails that run through Moab, visitors with a passion for watching the skies for winged creatures will love every moment spent on the La Sal Mountain Loop Road. Not only does this loop provide access to some truly stunning scenery, but it’s a place that puts you close to some breathtaking bird species as well. The landscape that constitutes the La Sal Mountain Loop Road is primarily made up of aspen and mountain brush. Within this combination, bird species such as the green-tailed towhee, Virginia warbler, and western bluebird flourish!

Of course, the opportunities for observation don’t end there. If you keep your eyes peeled, this area also showcases American three-toed woodpeckers, western scrub-jays, and vesper sparrows too. Not to mention the red-naped sapsucker that can be seen by the keen-sighted amongst the bird watchers that head this way.

Enjoy Your Moab Adventure

Your Moab adventure promises to be one-of-a-kind, so what are you waiting for? Whether you’re in town to take advantage of the great outdoors or can’t wait to indulge in a luxurious and restful stay, it’s a place that promises to bring the best of it all. Knowing you have accommodations to match makes it all the better. Let the team at Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management handle your home away from home so you can focus on the fun. Reach out today to learn more and to start planning!


Guest Reviews

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Guest Reviews

Casi W. Nov 25, 2022

VRBO
This is a great rental. It was well stocked, clean and in great condition. The layout is great. We were a family of 4 so everyone got their own room and bathrooms had dual vanities. There is another bathroom with shower downstairs that we did not use. This could comfortably accommodate 3 couples; 4 if wouldn't mind using the bunk bed room. The kitchen was well stocked. We only cooked one evening but kitchen had everything we needed including common spices and some olive oil. Condo had shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hand soap, dish soap and Keurig coffee pods. Condo is close to main part of town so we could have easily walked but Moab wasn't busy during our visit so we were able to easily find parking and drove most places. Cruiser bikes looked to be in good condition but we did not use them. The pool is closed for the winter but the hot tub worked and was well maintained. Garage at the condo was tall enough to accommodate our SUV with topper box and garage opener is included. Property management was by "Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management." They were very professional and communication was excellent. That part of the experience exceeded a typical "host" for a VRBO. I wish they managed more properties in other locations (they manage some in Crested Butte, Havasu and Grand Mesa). I would absolutely stay at this condo again.
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Kimberly P. Nov 26, 2022

VRBO
This property is located within waking distance to Main street downtown and is just a short drive to all things fun outdoors. It is very clean and has great amenities. Our kids loved the little play area! They felt they had their own special space away from us parents. This property really has all you need for a great vacation!
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Danielle A. Oct 14, 2022

VRBO
This was our first stay in a VRBO and it was exactly what we were hoping it would be. Super quick response from management, very easy process all around. Would definitely stay here again.
Avenida Laredo

Mark H. Oct 15, 2022

VRBO
We were a group of two families with 4 adults and 3 children (11, 11 and 13). The house is well decorated, very clean and provided comfortable furniture for both relaxing and sleeping. There is also ample parking for up to 4 vehicles (2 car garage + 2 driveway spots). We had two cars, a RZR and trailer all of which we were able to fit at the property. The back patio overlooks a park with several trees which in my opinion is one of the best patio views in the development. Communication with the rental management agency was very clear and made that part of the experience effortless. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend this property.
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James H. Oct 15, 2022

VRBO
Lots of amenities and very welcoming upon arrival. Excellent communications. Thanks!
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Jenna R. Sept 26, 2022

VRBO
We’ve stayed in hotels and condos in Moab and this was our best location yet. The condo is great with enough room for friends and family to all be together and enjoy each other’s company, but with rooms and bathrooms that allow for some downtime. We chose this unit because it was right next to the pool and we had kids with us. Best choice ever. We could be cooking on the grill while the kids (older kids) could swim. The kitchen was very well stocked and there were loads of towels and even games to play. We would come back to this property again for sure.
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Jenny P. Aug 30, 2022

Airbnb
Amazing house! Pool, kids play ground and spa were amazing. House is extremely clean, organized and exactly as shown in pictures.
Avalon Havasu

Angel G. Aug 21, 2022

Airbnb
Great stay. Communication was great.
Avalon Havasu

Daisy L. Jul 24, 2022

Airbnb
Awesome stay for our annual family trip! At first glance, it looked small (like the yard and pool etc) but once we got going we found it to be more than enough for our family and we had quite the clan. The pool is great for families with kids because there is a large step/pad on one side where my two year old could walk around and still be in the pool with everyone else. The yard has a fun playground for toddlers, and a nice lounge area where we played games. The house was super clean and comfortable, and great for the family to hang out. Parking galore. Plenty of things we needed like towels and blankets, etc. Great hosts! The location is good too, not far from stores or attractions like the London bridge. Would absolutely stay again if we come back to Havasu!
Avalon Havasu

Wendy and Ron Sept 18, 2022

VRBO
We absolutely loved this vacation rental! From the minute we walked in we knew it was the place for us. CLEAN and stocked with everything we could possibly need. We have extensive experience with vacation rentals, both managing and renting properties . This property exceeded our expectations and we will be back!
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