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MoabUnited States of America

This eastern Utah city with two national parks on its doorstep is a magnet for hikers, bikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Surrounded by a sandstone wilderness of red rock canyons, cliffs and bizarre rock formations, Moab is one of Utah’s most popular outdoor playgrounds. The town may be small, but its setting attracts large numbers of visitors every year who hike, bike, jeep, boat, raft and camp amid the mountains and valleys.

Drive out to Arches National Park, just five miles (eight kilometers) north of Moab. Within its 76,518 acres (30,965 hectares) are more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. There is a 36-mile (58-kilometer) paved roundtrip scenic drive that takes you to many of the park’s major attractions. Alternatively, hike one of the trails. They range from short ten-minute walks to four-hour hikes. Stay overnight in the Devils Garden Campground, situated approximately 18 miles (29 kilometers) from the park entrance.

Explore the Canyonlands National Park by foot, boat, or car. Sculpted by the Colorado River, the park is a desert landscape of sandstone plateaus and pillars. See real dinosaur fossils at the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail. This self-guided tour provides close-up views of prehistoric dinosaur bones still encased in rock.

The rugged terrain surrounding Moab lends itself to a range of adventurous activities. The area is a famous mountain biking destination with dozens of trails for all experience levels. One of the most popular routes for experienced bikers is the Slickrock Trail. This is a 13-mile (20.9-kilometer) loop that winds through tricky rocky terrain. Alternatively, explore the rugged local landscape with an off-road jeep tour.

The Colorado River runs through Moab and offers a variety of adventures on the water. Enjoy an intense ride over whitewater rapids or canoe or kayak in some of the river’s gentler sections.

The town of Moab has its own attractions. Pick up a one-of-a-kind painting or sculpture at one of the fine art galleries that showcase the work of local artists. Learn about the area’s history from prehistoric times to the present day at the Museum of Moab. Dine in the restaurants and bars, including Eddie McStiff’s with its own microbrewery.

Where to stay in Moab

Paddling Kens Lake

Moab South Valley

4.5/5Wonderful!(44 area reviews)

Moab South Valley is noteworthy for its mountain views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Moab Golf Club and Old City Park.

Moab South Valley

Top Hotels in Moab

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Moab
Hyatt Place Moab
3 out of 5
890 North Main Street, Moab, UT
The price is $220 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Lions Park and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Rotary Park. Arches National Park and Tower of Babel are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (607 reviews)

"Great place to stay; nice and clean rooms, comf beds and following covid protocols. Even in these times they were able to have several breakfast options"…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Hyatt Place Moab
Aarchway Inn
Aarchway Inn
3 out of 5
1551 North Highway 191, Moab, UT
The price is $129 per night

Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Lions Park and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Arches National Park. Grand County Civic Center and Swanny ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,143 reviews)

"Very clean! Thank you for all your work making sure it is clean."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Aarchway Inn
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Moab
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Moab
3 out of 5
815 S Main St, Moab, UT
The price is $127 per night

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Moab Information Center, Museum of Moab, and Amasa Back Trail. Rotary Park and Swanny City ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,017 reviews)

"Clean and quiet. Good location. Nice staff. Convenient to restaurants and shops and East access to national parks."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Moab

Popular places to visit in Moab

Dead Horse Point State Park
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Dead Horse Point State Park

5/5(349 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Dead Horse Point State Park, a lovely green space in Moab. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Slickrock Bike Trail
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Slickrock Bike Trail

4.5/5(66 reviews)

Explore the lovely green spaces of Slickrock Bike Trail and also enjoy the hiking trails in Moab. Stroll along the riverfront or seek out the campsites.

Hole N The Rock
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Hole N The Rock

4/5(127 reviews)

Take the family on an outing to Hole N The Rock during your trip to Moab. You can seek out the hiking trails in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Moab

Jet Boat Cruise on the Colorado River with Barbecue Dinner & Light Show
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Jet Boat Cruise on the Colorado River with Barbecue Dinner & Light Show

$79
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
2 National Parks 4x4 Excursion with Lunch
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2 National Parks 4x4 Excursion with Lunch

$204
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
4x4 Half-Day Adventure at Canyonlands National Park
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4x4 Half-Day Adventure at Canyonlands National Park

$120
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Canyonlands National Park 4x4 Safari & Scenic River Cruise
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Canyonlands National Park 4x4 Safari & Scenic River Cruise

$204
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
4x4 Safari Excursion in Arches National Park
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4x4 Safari Excursion in Arches National Park

$120
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Moab Canyoneering Experience
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Moab Canyoneering Experience

$135
Per adult

Reviews of Moab

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 64.60519050248482%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 30.03865267807841%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.527885146327995%
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2 - Disappointing 0.6073992269464384%
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1 - Terrible 0.22087244616234125%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 7, 2020

Great family fun

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Not great. Town is cute. Also, not great seeing the front desk guy Nolan smoking. He wasn't friendly at all. Very surprised. Oh well.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

A fun small town city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Beautiful scenery. Lots of activities near Moab.

5/5 - Excellent

Amanda

Jun 2, 2020

It was my Girlfriend and roommate's first time in Moab and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Wear sunscreen! And carry a light rain jacket in case you get a piece of the weird Utah weather.

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