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Welcome to Moab, Easter 2010

Article written by MOABJEEPER Staff

Date Added: 03/21/2010

It's that time of year that Jeepaholics from around the country, and all corners of the world, will start their pilgrimage to Moab. If you're a first timer, let us welcome you and point out a few of the important in-town locations and facts.

Weather
For all of you first timers, or first time coming to an early Easter Safari, bring warm clothes. What? Ok, yes Moab is in the desert. We have cactus, rattlesnakes, and lots of sun. However, it does still get cold and on occasion even snow. Historically early Easters tend to have unsettled weather, and we don?t want anyone getting caught without cold or wet weather gear. A few years ago it snowed so bad that highway 191 was closed; and the Ox Locker rep, George Seiler, had to change his flight since he was grounded in Moab. Of course we could also have nice spring-like weather and sun. Prepare for the worst and have a great time.

Crowds?
Alright, it?s going to be CROWDED! Easter week is kind of like a train wreck you have to participate in. Be patient, know that there will be crowds, and enjoy the spectacle.

When going out to eat... plan to wait to be seated, plan for it to take a while for you to get your food, and plan to just take it in stride.


Food & Drink
After a long day of wheeling, there is nothing better than sitting down to good food & drink. But we must caution you, Moab is a small town with like three stop lights. Meaning? it?s small. When all the Jeepers roll in to town, we easily overwhelm the restaurants. Plan ahead and be patient.

Now here are some of our favorite restaurants & a couple of fast food places.

Moab Brewery
686 S Main St, Moab
(435) 259-6333
This is MJ?s favorite spot. Menu is full range from burgers & fries to a steak dinner. Indicative of the name? It is a brewery, and they have a number of cold specialty beers on tap. Service is good but the servers are easily overwhelmed during Easter week. Request drink refills early. It may be a while before your server makes it around again.
MJ Food Critic: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Zax Wood Fired Pizza
96 South & Main
We like Zax?s. Good pizza, good salad bar, and we like the atmosphere after a hard day on the trail. The menu has plenty to offer, but we go there for the Pizza buffet. Only gripe: they can?t keep the pizza?s coming fast enough. Again, request drink refills early. It may be a while before your server makes it around again.
MJ Food Critic: 4 stars

Eddie McStiff?s Brew Pub
57 S Main
Full menu, louder atmosphere, and they have cold beer.
MJ Food Critic: 4 stars

Moab Diner & Ice Cream Shoppe
189 South Main
It?s a diner; it has a traditional American diner menu.
MJ Food Critic: 3.5

Wendy's
260 N Main St
Of the three fast food restaurants listed, we suggest Wendy's. Quick food, good parking, and they take debit cards. Oh, and why the GPS coordinates? When looking up the address for Wendy's they were listed.
MJ Food Critic: 3 (which is better than McDonalds or Burger King)

McDonald's
640 South Main
It?s McDonalds; you know what they have. We mention them because they are a quick food option. However, they don?t take debit cards, but will gladly send you over to the ATM located in the McDonalds where you can get money for a hefty ATM ?Service? charge (Hopefully this policy will change, but we still carry cash when going there).
MJ Food Critic: It?s McDonalds! Why are you looking for a score?

Burger King
38 North Main
They accept debit cards, but our experience over the years is that they are slow. Even with less business coming through the doors, expect to wait longer than the other fast food places.
MJ Food Critic: Are you still looking for a food score?

State Liquor Store
55 West 200 South
Moab, UT 84532-2536
(435) 259-5314
Liquor must be purchased from the state owned liquor stores. However, in a recent turn away from Utahs... let's just call it individualism, they have finally dropped the silly law requiring patrons of drinking establishments to purchase a membership (or a nights pass) to each establishment they enter.

Fuel
Moab has a number of gas stations, but the cheapest stations are the Maveriks on the north and south ends of town. Getting in and out of the northern gas station can be tough due to the amount of traffic and location. MJ's recommendation is to get gas the night before your trail run. The gas stations are overrun in the morning when everyone is heading out for the day.


Groceries
City Market
425 S Main Street
This is the main grocery store located on the east side of the street in the center of Moab. They also have a gas station in the parking lot for convenience.

This store offers a discount membership card free of charge. If you're in Moab for the week it's worth the five minutes to fill out the application and get your discount card. You may already have a qualifying card from your local Smith's Food & Drug Store.


Hospital
Allen Memorial Hospital
719 W 400 N
Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-7191


Vehicle Repair
Moab 4X4 Outpost
1805 South Highway 191
435-259-1109
MJ has done business with the Outpost for a number of years. The crew knows what they are doing and will take care of you, but be patient. You?re not the only one to have pushed your rig too hard.

Checker Auto Parts
1026 South Main St
(435) 259-9449
Service matters, and we really like the people at this Checker store. How best to describe this Checker store? Big chain store; small town friendliness.

Carquest Auto Parts
356 S Main St
435-259-6101
Good store, knowledgeable staff, OK prices.

Napa Auto Parts
65 W 200 S
435-259-7195
It?s Napa, so they cost a little more. But we have found things we needed there that others didn?t have, and the parts are good quality.

Final Thoughts

The staff compiled this list to provide you with most everything you will need to know before heading to Moab. We suggest printing this out (print tab at the bottom) and putting it in your glove box.

MOABJEEPER Magazine staff contact phone numbers.
George "Moab Man" Pandoff: 801-628-8211

MOABJEEPER Magazine staff will be on CB channel 4.

We look forward to seeing as many readers as possible out there on the trail enjoying your Jeeps and the Moab scenery. Please introduce yourself and show us your rig.

~MOABJEEPER Staff~

Our Thank You's!

Thank you for reading MOABJEEPER Magazine and stay safe out there on the trails of Moab during Easter week 28 March - 4 April.
 


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