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Adventure On Main Street in Moab

by Matt Zaffino

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Posted on September 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 5:30 PM


Moab's the hub. Spokes of adventure, from rafting whitewater to rappelling redrock, radiate outward in all directions and I've blogged about several of them already. But most adventure trips require a day of planning and getting supplies in town. So when you find yourself on a mission in Moab to gear up for the outdoors, with maybe with just a little downtime in downtown, here are a few places that we thought were cool, or at least looked cool from the outside.

Looking for a little java for the wee morning hours? Eklectica can electrify your morning with coffee and also get your brain in gear browsing its collection of cool and weird stuff. We had lunch oh the patio to the right and it was awesome.



Jailhouse Cafe is more of a full serve brekkie joint. More than just bread and water.


Sore muscles from redrock wrangling? Yes, you can spa in Moab. 

With apologies to Powell's in Portland, this is one of my all-time favorite bookstores. Ever. And anywhere. And they have maps too. Gotta love a good map.

More cool shops on Moab's main street.

Need a good bike shop to get the red (dirt) out of your crankshaft?

Not only is there no shortage of bike shops in Moab, they have cool names and artwork.

OK yeah it's a little kitchy, but I actually enjoyed the rock shop a lot. And we bought some gifts there. So there.

These guys do MAJOR river work. If you need to get in a raft NOW, or on a change of plans, chances are they can get you in big water on short notice.


Didn't eat here, but it's got a ghost bar? Next trip for sure.

DID eat here. Love the Desert Bistro. A little spendy, but really interesting, local desert ingredients in a cool old desert farmhouse. It's become a regular stop for me in Moab, usually as a reward at the end of the trip.

Happy Trails,

Matt Zaffino