Moab: Basecamp for Arches & Canyonlands
Feb 3, 2016
By: Jake Wilhelmsen
Hike, bike, sleep & eat your way through Southeastern Utah
You can't go to Arches or Canyonlands National Parks without going to Moab. The town sits between the two and feeds, shelters and entertains the dusty masses that make pilgrimages to the Holey Land every spring and fall.
These parks give access to Utah's iconic Delicate Arch, the White Rim Trail and many other impressive feats of erosion, and Moab makes it all possible. It’s where you find river outfitters for your whitewater adventure and pizza for your post-hike cravings. It’s a little town (pop. 5,000) that caters perfectly to the crowds of devoted visitors who talk about the area in hushed tones. Lots of rental and outdoor retailer options, good food, fun shopping and the red dust gives everything a nostalgic warmth.
Top 10 Things to Do in Moab
3. Cruise downtown
5. See petroglyphs
Everything from luxury ranches to crash-pad motels to grab some Z’s between rides, Moab can accommodate you. Find a room that suits your needs, and never underestimate the restorative power of a hotel pool.
Moab For All Ages
The Moab area has some awesome family activities outside the parks, too. Mini golf, go karts, etc. at Adventure Land. A unique home & trading post that is literally a Hole In the Rock (with zebras!). There’s also bowling, a skate park and a steep 100-foot sand hill to roll down.
Go to Zax for pizza and conversation, Milt's for a divey burger, and Desert Bistro for something upscale. "The best chile verde in Utah" lives at Moab Diner -- smother the Sweetwater skillet to fuel a day of adventure. Great brewpub fare at Moab Brewery and The Blu Pig will meet your live music and BBQ needs.