What’s Your Adrenaline Level?
High adrenaline young couples
The most adventurous young couples visiting Moab should consider a tandem BASE jump or skydive. Flying through the air above canyons and dunes with an expert manning the parachute is a great way to get an adrenaline fix during your stay in Moab. You can purchase a video of your jump to show off to family and friends, too.
If heights aren’t your cup of tea, take advantage of your time in the mountain biking Mecca of the West. Rent first-class bikes from Moab Cyclery, Poison Spider, or Chile Pepper before attempting the Bar-M Loop, Slickrock Trail, the Whole Enchilada, or many other bike trails within an hour of downtown. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, hitting the trails in Moab is a great way to get active while exploring the area. You can also book a guided mountain biking day tour.
Moab is also renowned for world-class rock climbing. Experienced climbers can easily access Wall Street, 20 minutes from downtown, and begin climbing a wide variety of routes. Those new to the sport may enjoy a guided climbing expedition, where you can start developing skills or merely enjoy an afternoon experiencing one of Moab’s most popular activities.
Married with children
Moab is a must-visit location for families looking to experience the best of the American Southwest. Start your vacation in the Old West by horseback riding at Red Cliffs Lodge. Experienced horse hands will pair you with your steeds before you snake below red canyons next to the Colorado River, as the star of your own Western movie. After your ride, make sure to visit the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage, also at Red Cliffs Lodge.
If your kids are into dinosaurs, be sure to check out Moab Giants, which offers kids the ability to “stand “face-to-face with life-size recreations of dinosaurs”. Films and tours of various periods from the dinos’ 100-million-year legacy on earth are fun for the whole family.
If your family wants to get a sense of Moab’s outdoor activities without getting too technical, a guided canyoneering expedition is a great choice. Moab Canyon Tours offers many half-day canyoneering trips perfect for children and beginners — no prior experience necessary. You’ll explore remote canyons, river corridors, and petroglyphs along the way. In the evening, consider Canyonlands By Day and Night boat tours which include dinner on the Colorado river as the sun is setting.
Children and adults alike will enjoy rumbling over Moab’s petrified dunes in a Jeep or all-terrain vehicle on a guided tour of Hell’s Revenge, the most famous 4×4 trail in the area. These vehicles allow your family to see Arches National Park in a new, exciting way that is sure to keep everyone entertained. Moab boasts multiple 4×4 guide companies, but you can start your search at Moab Adventure Center.
Longer tours into more remote areas like the amazing Maze District’s Horseshoe Canyon, provides your family one the most incredible petroglyph displays in Utah at the Great Gallery. Navtec is an excellent choice for this booking tour which is quite a bit more strenuous, but certainly worth the 7-mile round-trip hike for $217 per person. Want to go for a big adventure with the family? How about 4-nights camping while spending days meandering down the Green River. Sheri Griffith River Expeditions offers an excellent option for families who want to experience three to five days, with all food and accommodations provided.
Older couples with no kids
Mature visitors will find that Moab has as much to offer older couples as it does to thrill-seekers. Hike and sight-see the less strenuous trails off the main road in Arches National Park. Many roadside attractions are less than a mile long without intense altitude changes. If you have more time, enjoy the many overlooks in Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park right off of Highway 313 ― especially at sunset.
To experience an extraordinary view of Moab (and see often inaccessible geographical features), book a private flight with Redtail Air Adventures. Your pilot will point out Upheaval Dome, the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers, Druid Arch, and much more from the sky while narrating stories of the land and its past inhabitants.
Moab is most famous for its desert scenery, but the equally beautiful landscape of the La Sal Mountains is a hidden gem. Follow the La Sal Loop into the mountains, where you can explore the alpine wilderness. The road then winds down to Castle Valley and State Road 128, where you’ll drive past Fisher Towers and the Colorado River.
This drive is the best way to see every bit that Moab has to offer. On your way, get a wine tasting at Castle Creek Winery at the Red Cliffs Lodge. They are Utah’s largest winery, with an excellent selection of award winning wines including their Outlaw Red, Petroglyph White, and full-bodied Chardonnay.
Our dining recommendations
Visit Gloria’s for top-notch vegetarian selections. Bella Thai has excellent fresh thai, while Miguel’s offers fresh hand-crafted Mexican food. Moab Sunset Grill offers amazing views with fine dining. Family-friendly and price conscious options include The Moab Grill and Moab Breweries’ burgers and onion rings. Antica Forma offers authentic wood-fired Italian pizza, and Zach’s is a great choice offering a pizza bar as well as a Coronarita ― a margarita with a Corona beer inside ― perfect after a long day of hiking and adventure.
The best on-the-go options include Milt’s Stop-And-Eat, and the Moonflower Grocery Store’s freshly made vegetarian and vegan wraps.
See you in Moab!
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