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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

Michell O. 6/27/2022

This is the most clean Airbnb I’ve ever stayed in. The house is extremely stunning and cozy. It’s so we’ll cared for and clean that the sheets smelled like Softener. The amount of detail in that house has is something to really appreciate. The movie theater is wonderful alongside with the pool. Oh! And it’s fully stocked with everything you need . This house was one of the best. Looking forward to stay here again in the future. Everything was smooth and communication with the host was great 10/10

Catherine A. Jun 16, 2022

Upon arrival we were thrilled with the cleanliness of this unit! I have never been in a rental cleaner than this! Not one stray hair or fuzzball could be found. This rental has anything and everything you need! The kitchen is fully equipped with any small appliance you would need, a multitude of cooking spices, oils and nonstick spray. Aluminum foil , sandwich bags, sharpies and batteries were even available! The beds, couch and furnishings were comfortable and felt great after our long days exploring the area. Even the 2 foldaway beds were a hit with a couple of our teenagers. In the garage we were happy to have available a bike repair stand and multiple bike tools, including a standing pump and wrenches. Also available in the garage was a giant Jenga set and a cornhole set that our teenagers had a ball with having nightly tournaments. It’s perfectly located in my opinion. It’s a quick bike ride or drive to town and to area attractions. We were primarily there for mountain biking, but also visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. We also took a rafting trip on the Colorado River. This was the best trip we’ve had in years and that is mostly due to this rental! We had no issues and no complaints! Great job hosts! You are truly making vacation dreams come true!

Sarah L. Jun 11, 2022

Stress free vacation! All the family was able to be together in one location. Normally we have a caravan of travel trailers where everyone goes and hides to get out of the heat. Being able to eat together, watch movies together and get on the razors and ride right to the trails made all the difference. My grandkids didn't want to leave, neither did my nieces. They loved the pool and bike ride to the yogurt shop. Perfect location, tons of parking for several trailers, excellent customer service and very clean. I would stay a hundred times more!

Lily A. Jun 7, 2022

We booked this house to come together for my daughters 8th birthday celebration at the lake, and wow were we impressed! Beautiful home, very modern minimalist style. All amenities provided! No need to bring toiletries they have the best products! The kitchen is fully stocked, you’ll have enough dishes for 20 plus! Exceptionally clean! The showers are like a spa, and they have soft water so, you come out with super soft skin. The backyard is an oasis, for all ages. The kids and adults can all enjoy at the same time! You will love this place. It’s close to the lake and the AC is always at the perfect temp! We will be booking this palace in the future for sure!!!!

Nathan M. May 6, 2022

This property was everything it was described as. Spacious, clean, great spaces for gathering. We stayed 3 nights here with 21 people and we had a blast. About a ten minute drive from the “downtown” area of lake Haveasu. I couldn’t be more pleased with the property. Overall it made our trip and we had a wonderful time. Would absolutely return!

Kimberly C. May 27, 2022

We all loved our visit to Moab. It was comforting to come back to this place after a day in the elements, feeling like we were luxuriating after working out hard. This place is well stocked. From the kitchen appliances, cookware and even condiments to the linens and bathroom soaps and lotions, we kept commenting that this was the best stocked vacation rental any of us had experienced. Having the garage to store our bikes and other gear made it easy to come and go. The team we texted with about questions or reports about problems were always responsive and accommodating. We recommend this place without question.

Carlos S. Apr 24, 2022

Beautiful, clean home with perfect location. Everything was 5 minutes away. The master bedroom bed was very comfortable. Communication was incredibly prompt. The blender was broken and after letting the hosts know, they had it replaced within the hour without even being asked, which was super appreciated. We highly recommend!

James L Feb 9, 2022

We had a blast! Totally exceeded expectations! This property is really a big “compound” with two houses. Super clean, comfortable and spacious. It has a luxury resort feel, which made for an incredibly relaxing weekend even with a really large group. There are so many places to sit and relax with the group or on your own. Coolest amenities we liked were: **The pool and hot tub - pool has a waterfall plus it was heated and big enough for our large group. Gorgeous place for a night time swim. **Movie & Game Room - loved the movie-size projection screen. Great for watching football while playing pool, air hockey, etc **The private electric gate - has a door opener and gate that lets you drive several cars right up to the doors in between the two houses plus 2 garage parking spots. Very convenient for unloading and for securely parking a boat trailer or RV. This house was immaculate and well taken care of. Definitely coming back next time we’re in Havasu. Highly recommended!

Nicholas H Jan 11, 2022

Airbnb • Entrada 602
We have stayed in Airbnb’s all over the world! We really loved this one. I think it’s well rounded and precisely what anyone needs; whether that is for large groups, couples, romantic, homey, open, cozy, functional etc. it’s a bit off town so perfect for quiet and calm. We did hear neighbors a few times, it was never at night. We slept well, there are many beds to choose from certainly. Laundry room is accessible and convenient to bedrooms. Decorating is lovely and charming. Kitchen is great, and stocked for anything you’d like to cook basically. It is clean and very well kept… NO SHOES! Remember that rule! It’s why we rented… It should be a rule anywhere. The national parks are all within driving distance and often quite dirty. This is an excellent rental and we would stay here over and over. I have rarely felt as such for other locations or home. Thanks

Russ P Dec 01, 2021

VRBO • Entrada 602
This is a sweet property in a cool little subdivision. Perfect for groups 5-10 people who need a place to stay while enjoying Moab