Moab, Utah, is a great location to begin an outdoor adventure! This small resort town sits at the center of one of the most stunning red rock areas in the country. Warmed by red rock canyon walls and cooled by the Colorado River, Moab’s valley location is ideal for launching day trips to Arches National Park or Canyonlands National Park.
Your first stop should be the Moab Information Center located on the corner of Main and Center Streets. The center offers information on all the recreational opportunities in southeastern Utah, and can the friendly staff can help you select the adventures that are right for you!
The downtown business district of Moab offers an amazing collection of fine restaurants and great shopping opportunities. With a wide variety of cuisine, you’ll find everything from regional southwestern faire to world-class international cuisine. The Moab Brewery offers a taste of local brews and awesome appetizers, not to mention fantastic southwestern barbecue. The Peace Tree Juice Cafe has fantastic smoothies and fresh juices, as well as organic sandwiches and wraps. The shops offer have a terrific selection of books, maps, southwestern arts and jewelry, home furnishings, souvenirs and more.
There are several dozen hotels, motels and resorts, all of which offer a wide variety of lodging options. Places like the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge and Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa offer high-end living, while the Castle Valley Inn and Dream Keeper Inn (both Bed & Breakfast places) offer more intimate settings. Of course, there are plenty of Best Westerns, Comfort Inns, Holiday Inns, as well as locally established inns that capture the flavor of the southwest.
There are several places you really must see while in Moab — Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Arches is aptly named for its 2,000 natural red rock arches and is an amazing place to take photos, hike or just enjoy the wonders of nature. Canyonlands National Park encompasses the canyons and the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers, where visitors will be stunned by weird rock formations, Native American rock art, steep canyons and vast panoramic views. The Colorado Riverway refers to the public lands along the Colorado River, where you can hike, picnic, cycle and raft the river.
Outdoors adventures include everything! Really! You can take jeep trips or 4-wheels on scenic drives, or see the scenery from the air on balloon trips, sky-diving adventures or on scenic flights. Hiking, biking, backpacking and camping are all popular activities here. For those who prefer to see the scenery from horseback, there are outfitters who can take you on trail rides, or you can bring you own horses and select from a wide range of equestrian trials. Don’t forget the amazing fishing opportunities along the Colorado River. What’s your preference…trout or catfish? Bait or Fly? Lake or River? Moab has it all! If you like to enjoy a round of golf, the Moab Golf Course is one of the most visually appealing courses in the state, with its contrast of smooth, bright greens set amid rough, eroded red cliffs and boulders. And don’t forget about the river adventures — visitors may select river environments that range from the wilderness settings of Cataract and Desolation-Gray canyons to the more easily accessible sections of the Colorado and Green Rivers. The area is known for its whitewater float trips, but you can also find calm waters and scenic settings where canoes and small craft are allowed.
If you are nervous about braving the wilds alone, don’t worry! Moab has several dozen outfitters and guides standing by who can help you enjoy everything from mountain biking trips to guided fishing tours, helicopter rides to hiking expeditions. Outfitters can also rent you any equipment you might need to truly enjoy the outdoor beauty of southwestern Utah.
For more information, go to www.discovermoab.com!