Things to do in Moab

Things to do in  Moab

Utah’s adventure playground

Moab is Utah’s desert playground, a small-town launchpad for big adventures. All the best things to do in Moab are outside: Spot rock formations in Arches National Park, hike in Canyonlands National Park or join a guided rafting trip down the mighty Colorado River. Other explorers come on two or four wheels. Mountain bikers travel from around the globe to tackle Moab’s challenging slickrock trails, while 4WD enthusiasts seek the wide-open desert terrain of the Hell's Revenge Trail.

Top 15 attractions in Moab

Hell's Revenge Trail

Experience one of nature’s roller coaster rides, Hell’s Revenge Trail. Set in a desert canyon outside of Moab, the off-roading track crawls over slick rocks, along cliff faces, and up and down near-vertical terrain. Between rock-crawling adventures, stop to take in views stretching from Arches National Park to La Sal Mountains.More

Colorado River

The Colorado River is a spectacular sight to see, meandering for 1,447 miles (2,330 kilometers) with red rocks and canyons framing it on both sides, leading up to the Hoover Dam. The Colorado River is one of the major water sources for California and Nevada, and, not surprisingly, is a major recreational destination—activities on the river include hiking, biking, rafting, and boating.More

Arches National Park

The eroded red rock wonderland of Arches National Park in southeastern Utah houses more than 2,000 natural stone arches, the densest concentration in the world. Geological marvels abound—here you'll find hundreds of soaring pinnacles, the iconic Delicate Arch, and Landscape Arch, the largest natural arch in the world at 290 feet (88 meters) across.More

Dead Horse Point State Park

The swooping view of the Colorado River from Dead Horse Point is iconic, but there’s much more to this desert park than a single overlook. A network of trails here ranges from intermediate mountain biking to wheelchair-accessible pavement, with scenic overlooks, shade shelters, and interpretive signs throughout.More

Canyonlands National Park

Set in the high desert of the American Southwest, Canyonlands National Park comprises 337,598 acres (136,621 hectares) of rugged landscape divided into four distinct districts by the Green and Colorado rivers. Deep craters, towering rock spires, white cliffs, and majestic buttes dominate the landscape of Utah’s largest national park.More

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail

Walk past the fossilized remains of dinosaurs at this short path west of Arches National Park, where you’ll find evidence of allosaurus, stegosaurus, camarasaurus, and camptosaurus. Trail-side signs here describe the dinosaurs that once roamed this region, and how their bones and footprints came to be frozen into the Utah sandstone.More

Corona Arch

Made of red-orange Navajo sandstone, Corona Arch (also known as Little Rainbow Bridge) is a spectacular rock formation near Moab, Utah. Just getting to Corona is an adventure. The 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) round-trip Corona Arch Trail crosses open slickrock with the aid of fixed cables and carved stone steps.More

Fisher Towers

These rosy fingers of sandstone jut skyward from the Utah desert, drawing crowds of photographers, hikers, and expert rock climbers. The Colorado River rushes through scenic Castle Valley, where the spires are located, and the Fisher Tower section of the river is a popular destination for white-water rafting.  More

Utah Scenic Byway 279 Rock Art Sites

Ancient people in the Utah desert produced rock art for thousands of years, painting or inscribing images into the boulders and cliffs. A handful of important rock art sites are located along Highway 279, a Utah Scenic Byway outside of Moab. With easy site access and a gorgeous setting, this is a great place to start exploring rock art.More

Cataract Canyon

Two of Utah’s mightiest rivers—the Green River and the Colorado River—converge just above this scenic gorge, which cuts through Canyonlands National Park. Gorgeous red rock formations soar from water that’s often brown with sediment, and the river churns through a mix of flat water and rapids that go from Class III to Class V.More

Westwater Canyon

Rapids churn through this 17-mile (27-hectare) stretch of the Colorado River in Utah, drawing adventurous travelers keen to paddle Class III–IV waves with names like Funnel Falls and Sock-it-to-me. The scenery is just as dramatic, featuring red sandstone and black rock cliffs that soar to 1,200 feet (366 meters) from the water's edge.More

Green River

The tiny city of Green River, Utah, is a base camp for big adventures. Outfitters here bring boaters through the soaring canyons and rapids of its eponymous river, while desert trails for hiking, biking, and four-wheeling abound in nearby parks. Starting in midsummer, local farms produce crisp melons, which explains the town’s giant watermelon statue.More

La Sal Mountains

Just south of Moab is Utah’s second-highest mountain range, a wonderland for hiking, biking, off-roading, and fishing. Trout streams thread past peaks topping out at 12,721 feet (3,877 meters) with big views of the red desert below. Throughout the mountain range, you’ll find more than 300 miles (483 kilometers) of trails leading to aspen groves, pine forests, and lakes.More

Goblin Valley State Park

One of Utah’s most popular state parks, this scenic spot would be a national park in any other state. A sea of sandstone “goblins” often likened to Mars, Goblin Valley State Park is the desert at its most curious, with wild rock formations, tall spires and pinnacles, and a sky so dark the Milky Way still glows. When you’re here, come ready to marvel.More
Sand Flats Recreation Area

Sand Flats Recreation Area

The Sand Flats Recreation Area is a swathe of protected public land in the middle of the Colorado Plateau in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. The recreation era is home to no-frills camping sites, hiking trails, and daredevil mountain bike and 4-wheel-drive trails. While the protected area is easily accessible from Moab, it feels miles away from civilization.More

Top activities in Moab

Hell's Revenge 4x4 Off-Roading Tour from Moab
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Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab
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Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Day Trip from Moab
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Moab Xtreme 3-Hour Experience
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Moab Xtreme 3-Hour Experience

U-Drive Hells Revenge 4x4 Tour- 2.5 HR TOUR
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Whitewater Rafting in Moab
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Whitewater Rafting in Moab

Moab Rappeling Adventure: Medieval Chamber Slot Canyon
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Moab Canyoneering Adventure
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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands 4X4 Tour
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All about Moab

When to visit

Mild, sunny weather and desert wildflowers bursting into bloom makes spring (March–May) one of Moab’s most popular seasons. Daytime temperatures climb well above 100°F (38°C) in June, July, and August, but you can expect trails to be crowded despite the powerful sun. Fall brings colorful foliage to Manti-La Sal National Forest and is a favorite for festivals and events including the Moab Folk Festival, Moab Celtic Festival, and Moab ArtWalk.

Getting around

Most visitors come to Moab by car, which is the easiest way to access national parks, trailheads, and attractions. While a 2-wheel-drive vehicle is sufficient for many popular destinations, a high-clearance, 4WD vehicle is needed for trailheads in The Maze and Needles sections of Canyonlands National Park. Parking is limited in the national parks, so on busy days it’s best to arrive very early, join a tour, or take a shuttle bus from downtown Moab.

Traveler tips

A long season of warm, dry weather means that Moab is the perfect place to watch movies outside—open-air cinema is something of a local tradition. Early winter brings classic science fiction to Moab Arts and Recreation Center’s SyFy Movie Nights, and there’s a free summer film series at Swanny City Park. The other outdoor evening entertainment hub is the Moab Backyard Theater, which features weather-dependent music and magic shows.

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People Also Ask

Why is Moab so popular?

Moab has a prime location amid some of Utah’s most spectacular desert scenery. For starters, it’s a gateway to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park. Ample opportunities for outdoor adventures draw everyone from hikers and bikers to avid four-wheelers, rock climbers, and white-water rafters.

How do I spend a weekend in Moab?

With one weekend in Moab, explore its nearby national parks—popular activities in Arches and Canyonlands include hiking, cycling, white-water rafting, photography, and scenic drives. Sandstone scenery in Arches is visible from the park’s 36-mile (58-kilometer) road loop; Canyonlands has mesas and big views of the Colorado River.

What is the best month to go to Moab?

Spring and autumn’s mild weather make these ideal seasons to visit Moab. Winter rains bring desert wildflowers and rushing rivers in April and May, a popular time for white-water adventures. Visiting in September or October means warm days and cooler nights, with lower river levels that invite leisurely float trips.

What is there to do in downtown Moab, Utah?

Moab plays base camp to nearby desert parks, but there’s also plenty to see downtown. Start by visiting microbreweries, restaurants, shops, and galleries in the walkable center. Then get a taste of local history at the Moab Museum. The nearby Moab Backyard Theater hosts live outdoor music and magic shows.

Is Moab a Mormon town?

Moab was founded in 1855 as a Mormon mission, and the religious group now called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) still has a presence in the city. While survey data show that LDS remains the most prominent religious affiliation in Moab, the community is relatively diverse.

Is Arches or Canyonland better?

Arches and Canyonlands offer contrasting desert scenery. Delicate sandstone formations and slickrock are the draws at Arches National Park, whose 36-mile (58-kilometer) scenic road loop offers unmatched accessibility. Canyonlands National Park is generally less crowded, with longer hiking trails, open mesas, and expansive views of the Colorado and Green Rivers.

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