Moab is a cute little town in southeastern Utah. It is located just outside of Arches National Park and about 30 miles from Canyonlands National Park. Living in Utah, my family has been able to visit Moab a few times. Each time we’ve discovered new areas to explore and still have so much we haven’t done! We are fortunate to have good friends who have invited us each time to go with them and stay in their family’s rental property so we haven’t had to use points. But, there are some really great properties in Moab that you can book with points. Today I’m going to share how you can visit Moab on points and also tell you which property I’d pick.
Note: Redemption rates often vary. These were the points needed at the time of publishing but you will need to check the current redemption rates.
At just 18 miles from Moab, Canyonlands Field Airport is the closest option. You can find direct flights on Delta from Salt Lake City or on United from Denver.
Grand Junction Regional Aiport in Colorado is 114 miles from Moab. Airlines servicing this airport include; American, Allegiant, Delta, Frontier, and United. Depending on your home base, this could be a good option.
Salt Lake City International Airport is the largest airport near the park. It will take you about 3 hours and 40 minutes to get to Moab from the airport. Flying into Salt Lake City will give you a lot of options as far as airlines and how you use your points.
How to use points for your flight will vary depending on where you are flying from. I recommend checking Google Flights for your home airport and seeing what your options are for those airports. If flying into Salt Lake then you may want to check the Southwest website as well. When booking flights on points we like to check Google Flights first to get an idea of what airlines are actually a possibility. From there you can look into what points you need to use or earn.
The only Hyatt hotel in Moab is Hyatt Place Moab. This is where I would stay in Moab using my points. Ar just 8,000 World of Hyatt points a night at standard pricing this place is a steal. A stay here will include two queen-sized beds, a sofa bed, and a free breakfast. They have a great pool, hot tub, splash pad, and a little playground. It also has a great location- just 4 miles from the park entrance!
If you have opened some Marriott cards and have some points at your disposal then the Springhill Suites could be a great option. It is a little on the pricier side at 50,000 points a night during standard pricing but is a great place for families. Like Hyatt Place, you can get a room with 2 queen beds and a sofa bed and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. This hotel is also super close to the park, just 4 miles away.
Right next to the Springhill Suites is the Fairfield Inn. These hotels actually share a pool. This hotel will also cost you 50,000 points during standard pricing. You can enjoy a complimentary breakfast here as well.
Marriott just opened an Element hotel in Moab as well. This hotel is also located very close to Arches. Like the other two Marriott properties, you can expect to pay 50,000 points at standard pricing. What is nice about this property is you can get a room with a kitchen.
There are three Hilton hotels in Moab you can book using Hilton points. The first is Homewood Suites. This is where I would choose to stay if I had a stash of Hilton points. This hotel is located in the center of town. This makes it nice to walk and explore the shops and restaurants along Main Street. Not only does this hotel offer free breakfast but rooms also include a kitchen. Where this hotel differs is they don’t have an outdoor pool, just an indoor one. This is great for the winter but if you are visiting in the summer then you may want an outdoor pool.
The Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton looks like a really nice property and a great place to stay if you aren’t taking the kids and want a more upscale stay. The property has an outdoor pool, on-site spa, and restaurant, and is just 10 minutes from Arches and a block from Main Street. After a day of adventuring, this looks like a great place to go relax.
Hampton Inn and Suites Moab feels a little more dated than some of the other hotels on this list. It has a free breakfast like many of the others. You’ll also find an outdoor pool here, though less exciting than the Hyatt and Marriott hotels in Moab. Like all the hotels on the list, it is in a great location.
Price varies when staying at Hilton. I’ve included what the price for each of these hotels could be by using the Hilton Points Explorer tool. Don’t rely solely on this tool though, it can give you an idea but check your own individual dates.
The only IHG hotel in Moab is the Holiday Inn Express. This hotel is conveniently located between Moab town and Arches National Park Entrance. Enjoy free breakfast, a microwave and mini-fridge in your room, and an outdoor pool. IHG doesn’t have an award chart so the price will vary greatly depending on when you go. I found nights in early December for 12,000 points a night but in peak summer season it was 51,000 a night.
The obvious thing to do in Moab is to explore Arches National Park. The park is beautiful and it feels like you are on another planet. There are hikes and places to explore for every age. This last trip we hiked to Delicate Arch! It was my kid’s first time. There are some steep drop-offs so be safe. I’m a bit of a worrier so this was as close as we got to the arch.
If you take your kids make sure to stop at the visitor’s center and get a Junior Ranger book. My kids had so much fun doing the activities in the book. At the end of the day stop by the visitor’s center again so they can get their book signed off and get their Junior Ranger badge!
As you enter Moab main street you’ll see a rock and fossil shop. On this trip, we decided to check it out! It was a fun little stop and the kids each spent a few bucks on some rocks. It’s worth a quick visit.
Another fun hike we did was Corona Arch. This hike is so pretty and fun. You’ll cross some railroad tracks (and if you’re lucky see a train pass through while on your hike), climb a ladder bolted to the rock, and using a cable and foot holes will climb up a steep little rock. If that sounds tough don’t worry, we had three-year-olds in our group who could do it. It was a lot of fun!
Those are just a few of the things we did but there is plenty more to do:
and so much more!
Moab is such a cute town! You’ll have so much fun walking Main Street and exploring the nearby parks. There is so much to do that like us, you’ll want to keep coming back! What will make your visit even better is by saving on your costs by visiting Moab on points! There are some really great hotels you can book with points. Which one will you be booking?
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