The scenic southern Utah community of Moab is the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands national parks, as well as Dead Horse Point State Park, and the cool waters of the Colorado River. With so many things to do in Moab, choose among our favorite six things to do with family.
1. Delicate Arch
See this iconic arch up-close on a 3-mile roundtrip hike. At 64 feet high and 45 feet wide, it’s Arches National Park’s largest freestanding arch. Along the way, you’ll pass the Wolfe Ranch cabin and Native American petroglyphs. Arrive early to get a parking spot and to avoid heat and crowds. Before you head to the park, check to see if you need a reservation for entry.
2. Zip Line Adventure
Rim Zip Line Adventures. Your day starts when you climb aboard an off-road, four-wheel-drive vehicle to drive to the high desert of Moab. There are six zip lines and a suspension bridge to test just how brave you are.
The office is at 998 N. Main St.; ravensrim.com.
3. Raft the Colorado River
See the red rock canyons from a different point of view on a half-day rafting trip on the Daily section of the Colorado River. Gentle rapids make this outing fun for everyone. Kids must be 40 pounds or heavier to go on area river trips.
4. Courthouse Wash
You don’t need to go to a museum to see ancient Native American art. Easily accessible from town, the Courthouse Wash art panel is 19 feet high and 52 feet long.Vandals defaced these drawings in 1980, but archaeologists restored the panels only to discover older drawings behind the white shields held by figures.
Head north on Hwy. 191 and cross the Colorado River Bridge. Drive .5 miles to the parking area.
5. Grandstaff Canyon Trail
For a beautiful hike along a year-round stream, do this 4-mile roundtrip hike to Morning Glory Natural Bridge. Spanning 243 feet, the natural bridge is the nation’s sixth-longest. Avoid the poison ivy near the bridge. This hike is easily accessible from Moab and not far from both Canyonlands and Arches national parks..
Take Hwy 191 out of Moab and turn right onto Hwy. 128. Drive for three miles. The trailhead will be on your right.
6. Moab Giants
Walk among life-sized dinosaurs on Moab Giant’s incredible outdoor walking trail. Or head indoors to the Tracks Museum to learn about fossilized footprints. Both are part of an interactive museum, featuring great exhibits as well as a 3-D movie that covers everything from the Big Bang Theory to the age of the dinosaurs that began 220 million years ago. You also can get your hands dirty and dig up dinosaur bones along the trail outside.
To get to Moab Giants, drive nine miles north of Moab on Hwy. 191.
More Information: moabgiants.com 435-355-0288
For more information about Moab:
Moab Area Travel Council