Moab is home to many delights, from hard-core mountain biking to gentle strolls through its little walking downtown. Choosing the top 10 things to do in Moab isn’t easy. But we narrowed the list down to an eclectic mix, some of which are obviously popular and some of which are little local secrets. Check out our favorite top 10 activities in fun outdoor town Moab, and then go out and experience some of the best activities the area has to offer.
1) Mountain Biking. In particular, the Slickrock Bike Trail. It’s famous for a reason: it’s super cool, super beautiful, and super challenging in sections. Rent a bike in town, bring your own, or go on a guided tour.
2) Dead Horse Point Scenic Overlook. Drive or bike to this point and prepare to be wowed. We’ve emphasized this over and over, but seriously–it’s one of the most astounding views in the world.
3) Delicate Arch Trail in Arches National Park. Because Moab is the town closest to Arches, hikes in this fabulous national park are practically de rigeur. Note: the arch can be either viewed from afar or actually hiked to. Tip: a moonlight hike will be a memory you’ll never forget.
4) White-Water River Rafting. Due in part to the mighty Colorado River, Moab made it onto most adventure enthusiasts’ bucket lists when the river rafting industry sprang up. Heading down a river churning with froth and spectacular thrills tops many people’s lists, and Moab offers a plethora of guiding services to satisfy your desire to shoot the rapids.
photo: Malcolm Surgenor/Flickr
5) Rock Climbing. World-class rock climbing? Check. The routes in the Indian Creek area are best-known, and if you yourself don’t want to climb, you can ogle the tiny specks of climbers way, way up on the slickrock walls. Guided climbing is available in Moab if you want instruction.
6) Hidden Valley Trail. Why? It’s near town, but it’s out of town so you can experience all the that red rock glory for which Moab is known. Since it’s a shortie, the Hidden Valley Trail can be a good choice if you’re less active, have kids, or are crunched on time. Tip: keep your eyes peeled for ancient petroglyphs (rock art) on the way. To make this a longer hike, connect it with the Moab Rim Trail. Both trails can be mountain biked as well.
7) La Sal Mountain Loop Road. Anytime of year, this truly stunning drive is enchanting. Springtime can display showy flowers; hikes beckon in summer; fall is leaf-changing time; and winter is a white wonderland. Always check road and weather conditions before driving by calling the Manti-La Sal National Forest, (435) 637-2817.
photo: Civitas Veritas/Flickr
8) Jeeping. Fancy a wild ride a la Mr. Toad? They’ve got chills n’ thrills, dips and crazy maneuvers, and amazing rock-strewn scenery you get to drive over, around, and up and up!
9) Behind the Rocks. A true locals’ secret, this 50-square-mile oasis for adventure is less crowded but about as equally spectacular to Moab’s more popular attractions such as Arches and Canyonlands. Hike, bike, view natural arches aplenty, and enjoy.
10) Just hang out by the Colorado River or in a desert canyon. Bring a book, a picnic, a journal, your yoga mat, your family and friends or just yourself, and experience the beauty and solitude that surround Moab.