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14 Best Things to do in Moab

Utah

Moab is the place to visit if you love outdoor adventures. You just have to be prepared for the hot Moab weather in summer! On the town’s doorstep, you will find parks filled with breathtaking views, as well as plenty of hiking and biking opportunities.

If you’re looking for things to do in Moab besides Arches National Park, check out Canyonlands National Park, Moab Giants Dinosaur Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park. Some of the more crazy things to do in Moab, Utah include tackling either the Hell’s Revenge 4X4 Trail or the Slickrock Bike Trail. Scroll down for more crazy and fun things to do in Moab when it’s hot and cold. 

Canyonlands National Park
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1. Canyonlands National Park

Spread out over 337,000 acres, Canyonlands National Park is the largest national park in Utah. It was formed by the Green and Colorado Rivers, and is home to deep canyons, huge mesas, pinnacles, and jaw-dropping cliffs. Things to do within Canyonlands National Park include mountain biking along the 100-mile White Rim Road; white water rafting down the 14 miles of rapids at Cataract Canyon; and hiking from the Island in the Sky district to the famous Mesa Arch.

Slickrock Bike Trail
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2. Slickrock Bike Trail

Slickrock Bike Trail is one of the world’s most popular mountain biking trails. Attracting over 100,000 visitors annually, the 10.5-mile trail is challenging and highly technical. It’s recommended that first-time riders follow the Practice Loop initially to get used to the conditions. As it’s part of Sand Flats Recreation Area, riders must pay a small fee to access Slickrock Bike Trail. Nonetheless, it’s one of the best things to do in Moab for adventure enthusiasts.

Sand Flats Recreation Area
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3. Sand Flats Recreation Area

Speaking of the Sand Flats Recreation Area, the 9000-acre park is home to a high open plain of slickrock domes, bowls, and fins. Popular things to do in Sand Flats Recreation Area include mountain biking, 4X4 driving, and camping. Alongside Slickrock Bike Trail, Porcupine Rim Trail is another mountain biking option. As for driving, there’s nearly 40 miles of world-renowned 4X4 trails within Sand Flats Recreation Area. They’re well-known for being both challenging and scenic.

Moab Museum
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4. Moab Museum

One of the most family-friendly things to do in Moab is to visit Moab Museum. The regional museum is dedicated to displaying information and artifacts regarding the natural and human history of both southeastern Utah and the Moab/Grand County district. With displays stretching from the prehistoric era to pioneer life in Moab, there’s rock and mineral displays (with many items donated by local residents), and even dinosaur bones. Children will love that the museum encourages a hands-on experience as well.

Grandstaff Canyon
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5. Grandstaff Canyon

Grandstaff Canyon is a canyon located on the outskirts of Moab. It was named after William Grandstaff, an African American prospector who grazed cattle in the area in the 19th century. The Grandstaff Canyon Trail is a family-friendly two-mile trail (approximately a four-hour round trip) to Morning Glory Bridge, which is the nation’s sixth-largest natural bridge. The trail is surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs and follows a small perpetual stream that eventually meets the Colorado River.

Corona Arch
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6. Corona Arch

Corona Arch is a natural Navajo sandstone arch in a Slickrock canyon near Moab. The only way to access the arch is by hiking the 1.5-mile Corona Arch Trail. The trail over Slickrock does include steel cables, safety cables and, some ladders. Along the way to Corona Arch, you will pass other incredible arches, including Bowtie, Pinto and Goldbar Arch. Measuring 140 feet across and 105 feet high, Corona Arch is a natural masterpiece.

Arches National Park
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7. Arches National Park

Arches National Park is coincidentally known as the site of more than 2000 natural sandstone arches – the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Located just five miles from Moab, some of the national park’s most popular attractions include Delicate Arch, Balanced Rock, Landscape Arch, Double Arch, and Park Avenue. Spend the day driving along the national park’s 36-mile Scenic Drive, which gives you access to plenty of viewpoints and a range of hiking trails.

Hell's Revenge
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8. Hell’s Revenge

Hell’s Revenge is the interesting name given to a challenging 4X4 trail located within the aforementioned Sand Flats Recreation Area. Due to the hazardous terrain, it’s recommended that only experienced drivers tackle Hell’s Revenge. The 6.5-mile route takes you over Slickrock, up steep climbs and descents, close to rock ledges, and along sandy dirt. But from Hell’s Revenge you can see sweeping vistas across to the La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, and Colorado River canyon.

Dead Horse Point State Park
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9. Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park is known for its dramatic views, as it towers 2000 feet over the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. In fact, it’s this view from the final scene in the 1991 classic film, Thelma and Louise. Within the 5000-acre Dead Horse Point State Park there are many hiking, biking, and camping opportunities. Its Intrepid Trail System has three hiking and biking loops, which range from one to nine miles and from easy to difficult.

Potash Road
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10. Potash Road

Winding along beside the Colorado River, Potash Road’s claim to fame is Wall Street, where for 17 miles it follows towering sandstone cliffs. Some of the best things to do and see along Potash Road include the Corona Arch Trail, the River Pullout for spectacular views over the Moab valley, Poison Spider Trail, and Jug Handle Arch. Locals recommend driving along Potash Road around sunset to see the Colorado River and its surroundings glow in the golden hour.

Moab Giants Dinosaur Park
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11. Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

Red River Adventures is the number one adventure company in Moab; organizing a host of rafting, canyoneering and rock climbing tours. Firstly, there are half-day, full-day and overnight rafting tours available along the Colorado River. Their canyoneering adventures can take you to places like Chamisa Canyon and Ephedra’s Grotto, while their rock climbing tours suit both first time and seasoned climbers. In winter, Red River Adventures also does ice climbing and backcountry skiing tours. 

Red River Adventures
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12. Red River Adventures

RedRock Astronomy organizes Moab’s only astronomy tour. Settle down under the area’s spectacularly dark skies and let your guide show you points of interest like planets, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae. RedRock Astronomy tours are equipped with a selection of high-powered telescopes and learning tools. The company’s experienced guide, Alex has also been leading tours in the area for 25 years. So for one of the most unique things to do in Moab, do a tour with RedRock Astronomy.

RedRock Astronomy
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13. RedRock Astronomy

RedRock Astronomy organizes Moab’s only astronomy tour. Settle down under the area’s spectacularly dark skies and let your guide show you points of interest like planets, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae. RedRock Astronomy tours are equipped with a selection of high-powered telescopes and learning tools. The company’s experienced guide, Alex has also been leading tours in the area for 25 years. So for one of the most unique things to do in Moab, do a tour with RedRock Astronomy.

Paddle Moab
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14. Paddle Moab

For a fun adventure for the whole family, you should check out Paddle Moab, a family-run rafting and paddlesport guide business based in Moab. From whitewater rafting to standup paddleboarding tours, to canyoneering, they are committed to helping you have the time of your life. For an incredible guided adventure during your stay in Moab, we’d highly recommend getting in touch with Paddle Moab

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