Moab Photography Conditions - January 6, 2019

Fresh Snow at Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park

Fresh Snow at Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park

Old Man Winter strikes Moab again! Yesterday the weather forecast called for a 30% chance of snow which of course ended up being 3” of snow in town, likely more in the parks. Unfortunately, both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are closed to all vehicle traffic so bring warm clothing and a desire to posthole or snowshoe for several miles to access any of the winter wonderlands inside either park. No dout, you will be rewarded with solitude and so much beauty it almost hurts. Or maybe that’s your frozen fingers?

Dead Horse Point State Park should be open but call first to verify that the roads are plowed. Other areas in BLM control are open but again, the road maintenance workers have their hands full so it’s hard to say when the lesser traveled roads will be relatively safe to travel. Big thank you to all the men & women running plows today!

Forecast for the rest of the week is looking pretty darn spiffy. Mostly sunny or partly cloudy with high temperatures in the 30’s. This snow isn’t going anywhere for a few days and I suspect even next weekend will provide opportunities for winter photography.

Headed this way to take advantage of the snowy conditions? Be sure to check out The Photographers’s Guide to Winter in Moab on my blog. Totally free resource with lots of great information on how, when and where to shoot wintery scenes around Moab.

Moab Photography Conditions - March 23, 2015

Wildflowers, Waterfalls and National Park Status Updates

UPDATE: March 30, 2015 - Yesterday on a mountain bike ride I saw quite a few wildflowers popping up in the desert north of Moab, even a handful of desert primrose that were looking very healthy.  None of the more showy wildflowers are blooming yet, i.e. mules ears.  We haven't had any rain or snow (in the La Sals) for well over a week.  The snowcap on the La Sals is melting off fast.

Wildflowers and warm weather are here!  Okay, so the wildflowers are nowhere near peak but they are starting to pop up here and there.  I've seen some really nice bouquets of indian paintbrush at lower elevations as well as a few small white, yellow and purple flowers (sorry, I'm not much of a wildflower recognition expert).  Cottonwood trees are just beginning to leaf out and their vibrant green leaves are always a lovely contrast to the rich red sandstone.  

Area waterfalls are flowing nicely as the warmer weather melts snow in the La Sal Mountains.  Speaking of the La Sals, they still have a snowcap but if they aren't visited by any more winter storms this spring the snow will disappear quickly.  Compositions that include the La Sals always look better when they mountains are coated in snow.  

Most of the 4x4 roads are open and in good condition, or as good as can be expected of a 4x4 road.  As an aside, the National Park Service is considering the implementation of a permit system for day use of Elephant Hill and the White Rim in Canyonlands.  For better or worse, you would be wise to keep an eye on the progress of this initiative.  Construction on the new, larger parking lot at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park is now underway.  Visitors will be impacted.  For more information please visit the Arches NP website.

That's all for now.  As the wildflower season progresses I'll post frequent updates, hopefully with a few photos, to give you all a better idea of what's happening around Moab in real-time.

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Moab Photography Conditions - December 14, 2014

Update on Moab photography conditions on December 14, 2014. Fresh snow and rain has created interesting opportunities for photography in the state and national parks around Moab, including Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.

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