Elevation is an important geographical statistic that tells us how high or low an area is in relation to sea level. It can be used when talking about towns, cities, mountains, and more, and the elevation of a location has a direct effect on its climate, with higher elevations resulting in lower temperatures in general. The elevation of Moab is 4,026 feet (1,227 m), which is much higher than the national average of 2,500 feet (760 m). Many towns and cities around the United States were founded in coastal regions and have quite low elevations of under 500 feet (152 m). Moab’s high elevation is due to its inland location and the fact that Utah is one of the highest states in the nation.
When listed in order of highest average elevation, Utah is actually the third highest state in the country. Only Colorado and Wyoming are higher than Utah, with the Beehive State having an average elevation of 6,100 feet (1,860 m). This means that the elevation of Moab is actually lower than the state average. The highest point in all of Utah is Kings Peak, which has an elevation of 13,534 feet (4,125 m), while the lowest point in the state is the Beaver Dam Wash, not far from the Utah-Arizona border, which has an elevation of 2,180 feet (664 m).
Moab is therefore much lower than the state’s average and highest point, but has an elevation that matches up with many of the state’s biggest cities. The state capital of Salt Lake City, for example, has an elevation of 4,226 feet (1,288 m), just slightly higher than Moab. Other big cities around Utah are all situated at similar elevations, with some key examples being West Valley City, which has an elevation of 4,304 feet (1,312 m), Provo, which has an elevation of 4,551 feet (1,387 m), and West Jordan, which has an elevation of 4,373 feet (1,333 m).