As the adventure capital of Utah, Moab has a lot to live up to. Fortunately, it passes the test with flying colors! With two national parks and many more natural areas, Moab is an outdoor paradise. That's why we're highlighting some of the best spots for hiking, biking, and rafting in Moab.
Moab has so much to do that you'll want nothing more than to relax after an adventurous day. When that time comes, take your stay at one of our four Moab RV resorts:
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Arches National Park doesn't keep any secrets in its name. This park is known for arches! At 306 feet, Landscape Arch is a centerpiece of the park and one of the longest stone arches in the world. It's also easily accessible on a 1.9-mile roundtrip hike. Begin at the Devils Garden trailhead and follow the easy trail for one mile to the arch. Then hike back out!
Note that the trail continues past Landscape Arch but becomes much more strenuous. If you'd like to hike further to Double O Arch, be sure you're equipped for a difficult hike.
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If panoramic views are what you seek, you'll find paradise at Canyonlands National Park. One of the best hiking trails in the park leads to Grand View Point, an overlook with unbelievable views. The hike is two miles roundtrip and is fairly easy. You'll find the trailhead within the Island in the Sky portion of the park.
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Some of the best hiking in Moab isn't in the national parks. The trail to Fisher Towers is situated just off Utah Scenic Byway 128. Once there, you'll find a trail through one of Utah's strangest landscapes. Narrow, towering rock formations rise high in the sky and are split by deep canyons. It's a gorgeous area for a moderate out and back hike that is 5.2 miles roundtrip.
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Canyonlands National Park is well-known as a premier spot for mountain biking. While biking isn't allowed on the park trails, there are hundreds of miles of four-wheel-drive roads for biking. Some, such as White Rim Road, are good for multi-day trips. Others, like this ride to the Colorado River Overlook, can be done in one day.
Each leg of the out and back trip is 7 miles, resulting in a 14-mile roundtrip route. This ride is moderately technical and has some sandy portions. You'll find the beginning of the road at the Needles visitor center. Following it to the end will reward you with stunning views of the canyons and the Colorado River.
Nestled east of Moab is the Slickrock Bike Trail. This technical trail loop is 10.5 miles long and traverses fantastic sandstone terrain. While popular, this route is trickier than many visitors think and should be treated with caution. It will take at least three hours to complete the trail and there are several spots where the trail approaches cliffsides.
Looking for some road biking? Check out the Moab Canyon Pathway! A recent addition to Moab, this paved bike trail is a safe, separated bike route running along Highway 191. It begins at the Lions Park pedestrian bridge and follows the highway for two miles to Arches National Park. Bicyclists can then bike the park roads if they wish.
The Moab Canyon Pathway continues for another 6.5 miles past Arches. The separated pathway ends at Highway 313. Riders can then turn back and return to Moab, or continue along Highway 313 to either Dead Horse Point State Park or Grand View Point in Canyonlands. No matter what you do, you'll experience some of the best biking in Moab!
You can explore the Moab area on land, but why not get a little wet? There are many opportunities for rafting in Moab, ranging from calm flatwaters to Class V Rapids. Perhaps most famous is Cataract Canyon, one of the most intense sections of the Colorado River. Trips in the canyon typically range from 3-6 days in length, though some guides now offer one-day trips. Older children are permitted, making this a popular destination for family rafting excursions.
Along the Green and Colorado Rivers, there are many great flatwater areas above the confluence. These are ideal for calm rafting, kayaking, and canoeing. A popular place to put in is Lions Park, right across the street from Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground. Additionally, there are many rafting guides throughout Moab who will offer outings and tours with transportation and equipment rentals.
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