Despite overcrowding, Utah's Moab sti...

Despite overcrowding, Utah's Moab still is a beautiful place fo...

There are 7 comments on the Pasadena Star-News story from May 23, 2009, titled Despite overcrowding, Utah's Moab still is a beautiful place fo.... In it, Pasadena Star-News reports that:

Live long enough, travel enough, and sure enough, one day you will return to a favorite destination to find it overcrowded, overcommercialized and unable to regenerate itself.

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United States

#1 May 25, 2009
What comes next for those few that are pigs are fees to ride in order to keep the place clean.

Berkeley, CA

#2 May 27, 2009
This guy doesn't seem to understand what Moab is about. Hint: it's not the town.

Moab is one of a very few, very rare, very special places where you can actually find true, unregulated, unpackaged adventure as big as your ingenuity, fortitude & imagination can make it.

Who cares if there are crappy t-shirt shops on the main drag & the chlorinated water park is closed? Moab is windy & there are a lot of idiot punters. Don't whine about it--if you see trash, then just pick it up like the locals do.

The reason the impassioned are drawn to this place is to be outside, in a challenging, primal, spectacular, even dangerous environment, not in a crappy, safe, brain-dead mall like everywhere else in this country. The town is just for recovering before throwing yourself back out there again as fast as you can manage.

Take the kids to a real water park next time: the Colorado River system. Cook your own dinner over a firepan of fragrant pinon coals. Go hunt for wildflowers, views, petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks, minerals &/or fossils rather than for a thrilling shopping experience. Sleep under the staggering, sage-scented desert stars rather than behind a billboard in one of JJ's poisonous air-conditioned box hotels.

This kind of experience may not be for everyone. The author probably needs to go to Disneyland instead since he seems to want someone to tell him what to do rather than challenging himself.

Torrance, CA

#3 Jun 2, 2009
We are so sorry to hear that you had such a depressing experience in Moab recently. I guess it proves that the Law of Attraction still works. If you are attracted to trash in parking lots and like to get flipped off, you probably will.

If you would like an alternate to your poor experience and some words about E. Abbey, please see the following articles I have written about Moab and Abbey in the past couple of years. Here are the links: , , , , , , , , , .

By the way, you missed the story of the century. I wrote about it at .


Jim McGillis (Moab Jim)
Johanthan Mosher

Moab, UT

#4 Jun 17, 2009
Kids Drinking beer?
Expensive restaurants?

I was born in Moab. I have lived here off and on most of my life.

This town is VERY beautiful.
This town is NOT over crouded.(there is actually a shortage of low-income housing)

Is that all writers do these days is complain?
Johanthan Mosher

Moab, UT

#5 Jun 17, 2009

El Segundo, CA

#6 Jun 17, 2009
road thru moab couple of years back...was a very bueatiful and relaxing place.

Moab, UT

#7 Jul 19, 2009
Reading an article from a travel writer from the Denver Post about Moab Utah, and believing a word in it, is akin to reading the National Enquirer and believing EVERY word of it. Mr. Wagner is not only ignorant but he obviously has motives beyond the scope of educating people about traveling to Moab.
He is in fact a poor "writer" and an even poorer "travel journalist".

Every visitors & convention bureau in this country is scrambling right now to drum up tourist business and giving "travel writers" all kinds of perks to write favorable stories about their towns. Check out the link below to see where "Mr. travel writer's" vested interests LIE!!

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