4 Days, 3 Nights
This non-stop itinerary includes activities that will create thrilling memories. You'll enjoy a variety of world-class adventures that have made Moab famous.
Drive to Moab
Check in at your Accommodations
Eat Lunch in Moab.
Horseback Trail Ride, right from your lodge
Ride the trails where Western movies were filmed. As you ride through this classic Western landscape, you almost expect to see John Wayne riding his horse around the next bend in the trail.
Hike Negro Bill Canyon
Negro Bill Canyon is a beautiful hike that begins across the street from banks of the Colorado River. The trail ends at Morning Glory Bridge, one of the largest sandstone bridges in the United States spanning 243 ft. The trail crosses a stream in a few places, so plan appropriate footwear. The sunlight often reflects red light making for beautiful photography. Also beware of poison ivy near the bridge.
Eat Dinner in Moab.
Eat Breakfast. Pack a lunch, there are no food services in the park. Drive to Arches National Park.
Hike to Delicate Arch
Drive North on Highway 191 from Moab for 5 mi/8 km. The turnoff for Arches will be on your right. Hike the moderately difficult trail to Delicate Arch following the cairns (stacked rocks) that mark the way up the slickrock hills. Delicate Arch is stunning. If you hike to only one arch in your life, it should be Delicate Arch. Be sure to bring your camera. Enjoy the changing colors of the sandstone formations as the sunrays slide over the morning horizon.
Picnic Lunch in the park
Drive to Devils Garden
Hike to the amazingly thin Landscape Arch which stretches some 306 feet, considered to be the longest natural arch in the world. The 1.56 mi round trip hike is very easy. Then Hike the moderate Primitive loop (5.3 mi) to see other arches such as Double O Arch and Dark Angel (plus more). In all, you'll see eight arches on this seven mile loop. If the Primitive Loop wasn't enough there is another easy trail that passes Skyline Arch (.4 mi) and up to Sand Dune Arch (1.7 mi).
Eat Dinner in Moab.
Day Three | Option One
Cataract Canyon Whitewater Rafting
Professional river guides will take you down the Colorado River by jet boat to the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Then hang on for a Class IV rapid ride through fabled Cataract Canyon. This is a true Adventure trip that is too intense for children under age 12.
Option: You could do the two day trip and spend one night camping on the riverbank. Meals and camping equipment are provided by outfitters. At the end of the trip you'll be shuttled back to Moab.
Day Three | Option Two
Westwater Whitewater Rafting
Westwater is one of the best short white water rafting trips available; it offers eleven, III-IV class rapids and many more exciting smaller rapids. Raft through deep canyons surrounded with towering black walls and geological formations.
Day Three | Option Three
Ride the Slickrock Bike Trail
Rent mountain bikes in Moab and ride the 12 mile long Slickrock Bike Trail. The trail takes you up, down and around sandstone fins and canyons. Truly an experience all bike enthusiasts must try.
Day Three | Option Four
Take a Hummer tour or rent a Jeep and explore Hells Revenge, one of Moab's exciting Slickrock 4x4 trails. You will be amazed that a vehicle can go up and down such steep hills without sliding or tipping.
View Moab Adventure Guide/Outfitter Companies
Relax in the pool or hot tub before packing up and heading home. Be sure and plan your next trip to Moab to do the Adventure options you missed this trip.
Visit Dead Horse Point
As you leave town, visit Dead Horse Point State Park and look down on the Colorado River and trails that you experienced during your trip. Dead Horse Point State Park offers an amazing vista with panoramic views of the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River. From Moab, drive north on Hwy 191 for about 12 mi to Hwy 313 and take the signed turnoff to Dead Horse Point. Follow Hwy 313 for about 22 mi as it winds to the top of the plateau and then south to Dead Horse Point.