Business owners are excited. Employees are psyched to make more money. Other residents are trying to figure out how to accomplish their regular activities and avoid having to make left turns amidst the chaos.
Yes, happy visitors, Moab is full of “regular” folks occupied in the mundane tasks of trying to build a nice life for themselves and their families. Our lives here are not unlike the ones you are fleeing for a brief time of fun in the sun and red rocks. Our views might be a little better.
This is a real place, people. It’s not Disneyland or some kind of giant, extreme adventure park. There will not be an army of paid hosts that will rush in and clean up for you after you leave. Despite the rugged appearance, our environment is actually quite fragile. What you do in and around Moab, stays in and around Moab. Unfortunately, the damages and scars from your activities are becoming more noticeable and widespread.
Nonetheless, you are most welcome here. The way our economy has evolved and continues to evolve, I guess we need you. Just remember that you are a guest in someone else’s “house.”
By all means have yourselves a good old time. But be respectful of this magnificent place. Try to obey the few guidelines that exist to minimize damage to the land. The hordes that will follow are counting on you not to ruin it for them.
We locals will just continue to cling hopefully to what brought us here in the first place.