Moab In May: Snowstorm And All?

May 2017 Feature Web Exclusive

What? Really? A snowstorm in May in Moab? We know it happened because we lived it—for several hours.

We decided to tackle the Porcupine Rim Trail today with the crew from Camp Chef and although rain was in the forecast for today, the chance wasn’t very high.

Well, it turned out to be a 100 percent chance of moisture and as we made our way along the trail, light snow turned into a full on snowstorm which lasted for several hours as we made our way out to the turnaround and back again. We probably shouldn’t have been too surprised that the moisture came in the form of snow as you climb to nearly 6,800 feet (compared to Moab which is about 4,000 feet).

We were still surprised though as the snow was heavy at times and easily amounted to a couple of inches by the time we were headed back out.

The trail itself has some challenges and plenty of rocks but the allure of it—so we hear—is the scenery as you drive along Negro Bill Canyon and make your way to the overlooks above Castle Valley. We didn’t see much as we rode in a cloud much of the day.

A big shoutout to Kawasaki, which provided us a brand new two-seat Teryx to drive for the day. It performed like a champ.

What a story to tell our friends though. Riding in Moab in May in a snowstorm. Good—but very chilly—times.

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