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.
Nature, Hiking and Natural Parks
The iconic rock formations of Arches National Park are waiting for you, a display of contrasting color and texture that you won't find anywhere else. Get to know the iconic red sandstone with a knowledgeable guide as you explore the trails that run through the vast and open landscape.
Dead Horse Point is among Utah's most magnificent state parks, offering a great introductory taste of what Moab's mountain biking scene is all about. Travel to 2,000 feet above the Colorado River for a biking tour that provides panoramic views of the Canyonlands area.
Get your adrenaline pumping with a high-speed blast on the Colorado River. On a powerful jet boat, race through wild rapids, screech around corners, and spin around between the towering red cliffs of the Canyonlands.
Embark on a family-friendly rafting trip on the Colorado River, celebrated for its soaring canyons and coursing rapids. Score classic vistas of the Southwestern United States and dive into splashy whitewater around an intriguing series of twists and turns, intermixed with ample sightseeing.
The grandeur of 2 incredible national parks awaits as you explore the unique formations and unmissable attractions on a scenic 4x4 excursion. Your driver shows you the canyons of Canyonlands National Park and the arches of Arches National Park for a day full of spectacular sights.
Find the perfect balance of adventure, relaxation, and scenery on this journey through the sights of Canyonlands National Park. From mesa tops to canyon bases, your guide takes you riding on a 4x4 through the park's backcountry trails and boating on the calm waters of the Colorado River.