Moab, UT (and a little Salt Lake City, too)

We recently visited some family and friends in Salt Lake City and were luck to have great weather to enjoy all of the natural beauty of Utah.

We visited Silver Lake, in the Wasatch Range south of Salt Lake City. There’s still snow in those mountains! We found a patch of snow near the trail and needless to say a snowball fight promptly ensued.

The next day we took a road trip down to Moab, UT, in the southern part of the state. As we traveled further south, the landscape changed dramatically–the alpine mountain ranges disappeared and the desert appeared. It was desolate and beautiful.

Moab is home to Arches National Park, an incredibly beautiful and otherworldly place to visit. I know our planet is ancient, but it’s easy to loose track of that living a city life. Arches National Park puts it into perspective–the spectacular rock formations were carved out by ancient rivers that have long since diminished and receded. It’s hard to imagine a time when there was enough water around to carve out this landscape.

We had one hot and overcast day in the park and one gloriously-blue skyed more temperate day. If you go, please be smarter than we were and bring a cooler full of cold water. It’s so dry there it’s nearly impossible to stay hydrated. We managed, just barely, with our small supply of water, but I would have felt better with more.

After a day of driving and hiking around the park, we had a fantastic dinner at Miguel’s Baja Grill.

Miguel’s is basically an open-air restaurant, but it was cool and comfortable even on a hot day. Almost the entire menu is available gluten-free, and the staff is knowledgable and friendly. Their margaritas are outstanding!

A quick google search located two yoga studios in Moab. Sadly, I did not have time to get a class in, but I love that such a small town can support two studios!

Gluten free diners have some good options in Moab, but you still need to ask questions! Lunch at Pasta Jay’s was a bit disappointing. They have a gluten-free pizza crust, but take no special precautions to make sure the finished pizza remains gluten free (they use the same toppings and sauce that they use on their regular pizza crusts). They do have gluten-free pasta available, however, and their food is tasty (if a tad pricey–this is a tourist town, after all).

Breakfast at Peace Tree Cafe was delightful. They have interesting egg options (including a green eggs and ham dish, served by our waiter, Sam) and are knowledgable about gluten free dining. They offer gluten-free bread, but they don’t have a separate toaster for it. But, they had no trouble preparing a gluten-free omelette (and really, how hard is that anyway?). Peace Tree Cafe makes delightful smoothies along with their other nice breakfast items. They’re open for lunch and dinner, also.

I’m looking forward to another trip to Moab, hopefully one involving bikes and some more hiking!