The Scott and Norma Matheson Wetlands Preserve Wildlife provides an oasis for migrating birds and home to a variety of wildlife

In Moab, the Scott and Norma Matheson Wetlands Preserve is a wetland ecosystem that offers visitors and its inhabitants the opportunity to experience a vastly different habitat from the surrounding environment. This 900-acre desert oasis is home to over 200 species of birds, as well as small mammals, amphibians and mule deer.

A time for song
Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve
A frog at home in the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve, located adjacent to the Colorado River.The Nature Conservancy

Located just north of Moab along the banks of the Colorado River, the preserve stands in contrast to the arid red rocks and earth that the area is famous for. “Springtime is a beautiful time to visit the preserve,” said Linda Whitham, regional program manager of the Nature Conservancy. “With the arrival of the migratory songbirds, this time of year it is filled with incredible color and sound.”

A mile-long trail system provides visitors the opportunity to experience the preserve and view its inhabitants – truly an experience for the senses. Benches are available along the banks of the river. Bring your binoculars and leave your worries at home. This is a place to sit and reflect, taking in the splendor of the environment.