Contrary to the image of iced fingers and frozen noses, Moab fans assure that Winter is not an obstacle to hiking and biking the "Country of Canyons". The coldest month is January when temperatures hit the lowest mark (42°), but days are mostly sunny and it doesn’t feel so cold. It doesn’t snow so frequently and when it does it is not a heavy downpour and the snow quickly melts. It is recommend that you take gloves, a raincoat and hat to the trails even if it is a sunny day when you leave your hotel.

Much of the climate data people are adding are wrong. It can get down to single digit temperatures in the winter. Winter hiking can be dangerous. Days are short. The low sun means more shadows, shadows mean it's cold! Trails can be ivey, drops of the edge long. Be safe. Be sure your cell phone is charged and save 'juice'for emergency calls. If you do have an emergency don't waste power, save it all for 911. Don't be calling all your friends or playing games. Don't use it as a flashlight. In fact always carry a flashlight. You'll be glad you did if you get lost or hurt.

Summer shouldn’t be an obstacle as well, although temperatures hit the 100° in July. Take extra bottles of water and a hat is indispensable. And a good supply of sun screen. The best time of the day for outdoor sports are the mornings and evenings when a cool breeze is a balsam to the senses.

Springs and Fall are the best seasons as days are sunny and the temperatures are moderate (March average of 62°, May of 82°; September 87° and October 57°); there are no time limits for outdoors enjoyment.

But be sure you have reservations even if you are camping. Town fills up very quickly. And remember the altitude. Town is about 4200 feet high. The rims around town are 5800+. The La Sal Loop Road tops out at 9000 feet. Let your body adjust and font push it. Add extra time to your adventures. Pay attention to children and the older folks. If someone has heart and/or lung problems take special care and think about consulting with their doc before leaving. Think hydration for altitude too. It can take 4-7 days to adjust if you come from sea level. Read up on altitude sickness as part of your trip planning.

When planning your day, check the updates of the weather at http://www.moab-utah.com/weather/fore... and at http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/f...