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Exploring the Moab Street Art Murals

Moab is known for its stunning natural landscapes and outdoor activities, but it’s also home to a vibrant street art scene that adds a unique touch to the small town’s creative spirit. Public art in general, and street art murals specifically, have emerged as an integral part of Moab’s cultural fabric, blending urban aesthetics with the rugged beauty of the surrounding desert. Here’s what you need to know about the Moab mural scene, including the best murals and where to find them.

Mural in the shape of a postcard that says, "Greetings from Moab"
One of the first murals you see driving into town is the “Greetings from Moab” mural by Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs (of the Greetings Tour fame). This postcard makes a great Instagram spot. Mural located on W 200 N Street on the side of the Bowen Motel (169 N Main St)

These murals can be found throughout town, transforming once dull walls into colorful and thought-provoking works of public art. Local artists, as well as renowned street artists from around the world, have contributed to the growing collection of murals in Moab, making them one of the best things to see and do in town.

The themes depicted in the murals often reflect Moab’s natural environment, showcasing desert landscapes, wildlife, and outdoor adventure. Visitors can encounter striking representations of the iconic red rock formations (such as Balanced Rock in Arches National Park), canyons, and arches (like Delicate Arch) that make Moab famous.

Mural of a mountain lion on side of car wash
The mural “Sentinel of Moab” by artist Skye Walker, located at South Main St and Grand Ave on the side of the Moab City Car Wash

These artworks serve as a bridge between urban culture and the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds the town. They also make for great Instagram spots for visitors – adding a promotional benefit to the town in social media.

Beyond nature-inspired motifs, street art in Moab also explores social and cultural issues, providing a platform for artists to express their perspectives. Murals with themes of diversity, conservation, and community engagement can be found, fostering conversations and encouraging a deeper understanding of the world.

Delicate arch mural
“The Delicate Arch” mural by Jeffrey M. Nelson located at S. Main Street and 100S

The local community in Moab has embraced street art as a way to celebrate creativity, cultural exchange, and self-expression. The murals have become a significant attraction for visitors, who take pictures of them while exploring the town and the surrounding area. And the city hosts the Moab Art Trails walk every year that incorporates (or goes by) many of these.

It’s important to note that as with any form of public art, street art in Moab is subject to change and evolution. New murals may appear, while others may be replaced or altered over time. This fluid nature of street art contributes to the dynamic and ever-evolving artistic landscape.

Mural at the CommuniTEA garden
CommuniTEA Garden mural located at N 100W & Walnut Lane

Moab’s street art murals inject vibrant colors and artistic expression into the desert cityscape. As you explore the streets of Moab, keep an eye out for these captivating public art works that beautify the town and showcase the awe-inspiring landscapes of Utah’s red rock country.

And because you can never have enough pictures, here are a few more murals we love:

Mural of chickens and donuts
Mural on the side of Doughbird, located at 125 N Main St.
Mural of a raven and cactus
“Keeper of the Garage” by muralist Skye Walker, located in the alley behind the Moab Garage at 78 N Main Street
Brightly colored mural of river canyon
A mural invoking the Canyonlands National Park, located on the side of Moab Canyon Pizza Co at 500 S Main St
Rainbow painted bridge over river
Alternately called “Rainbow Bridge” or “Landscape Arch” by Pete Apicella. Located at S Main St & 100S.
Mural of red rock canyon walls
Canyonlands-inspired mural by Nik Hougen, Moab’s famous reclusive hermit. Located at 36 E Center Street on the Dewey’s restaurant building (it is in the back of the parking lot)
Mural on corner of building of famous formations in Arches National Park
“Ode to Arches” mural by Terri Lambert and Pierre Sutfin. Located at the Moab Texaco station at 555 S Main St.
Caricature mural of 5 men in cowboy hats drinking
Alternately called “Drinks” or “Drunk Cowboys” by Fuzz. Located on the side of Woody’s Tavern at 221 S Main St.
Mural of a yellow road through the a scene of the Utah desert
“Expedition Lodge” by Nathan Brown, located on the front wall of the hotel at 168 N Main St.
Mural on sidewalk with quote by Frida Kahlo that says, "At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can."
This Frida Kahlo mural is along the river path at the Rainbow Bridge, located at Located at S Main St & 100S.
Mural on side of building with eagles and other symbolism
Eagles mural on the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, located at 156 N 100 W.
Pixelated mural of a rams head
Rams head mural along Cedar Avenue on the Moab Brewery building, located at 686 S Main St.

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