For colossal adventure and geographical drama of Jurassic proportions, head to Moab in Utah’s Colorado Plateau.
With cosmic hiking, biking, climbing, jeeping and whitewater rafting all within a breakfast burrito’s bike ride, Moab is nucleus to various breeds of outdoorists. Less than 10" of rain per year, but folks flash flood the 5-mile Main Street from April to October like Poseidon’s guiding river trips. The peak season party atmosphere is fun, but the winter months aren’t too cold for a popu-less pilgrimage to the motherland. Read more...
Moab, Utah, is smack in the middle of Arches, Canyonlands and a hundred other sandstone adventures. If he’d had a mountain bike and this was his kingdom, Poseidon might have wondered if he wasn’t already in eternal paradise.
CONVENIENT (NATIONAL) PARKING
If you’re going to Arches National Park, you’re going to Moab. If you’re going to Canyonlands National Park, and you’re not hiding out from the authorities in some desolate corner of the Maze, you’re probably staying in Moab. The weird grandeur of these two federal designations is documented elsewhere — just know that you need to see them both in person, twice, before you die. Dead Horse Point, too.
If the Tigris and Euphrates are the Cradle of Civilization, the confluence of the Green River and the Colorado River is the Kiddie Bike Trailer of Uncivilization. Red dirt, whitewater and pinkish-orange sandstone are fertile ground for the sowing of wild oats. Pick your poison from the list of activities below and get ready to burn various types of rubber. Including your spare tire.
Bike. Eat. Bike. Eat. Bike. Sleep. Call in sick. Repeat. (See: Porcupine Rim, Gemini Bridges, Slick Rock, Bartlett Wash, Amasa Back)
The Easter Jeep Safari kicks off the season. You’ll want lockers. (See: Hells Revenge, Steel Bender, Gold Bar Rim)
The national parks don’t have a monopoly on the area’s best treks. (See: Negro Bill Canyon, Hunter Canyon, Corona/Bowtie Arch, Fisher Towers)
Uniquely positioned to access both the Green and Colorado Rivers. Rapids up to class IV, so be kind of careful. (See: Westwater, Cataract Canyon, Desolation Canyon)
Moab even has winter sports covered in the La Sal Mountains — them snowy peaks you see through Delicate Arch. More biking and hiking up there, too, when it’s warm.
A female hiker and her toddler son enjoy a view of the snowcapped La Sal Mountains from the White Rim Overlook trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
The Milky Way is shown in the sky above a yurt at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, Utah.
Mountain biking on the Mag 7 trail system near Moab, Utah.
SHOT 5/9/16 9:43:36 AM - Moab is a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah, in the western United States. Moab attracts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The town is a popular base for mountain bikers and motorized offload enthusiasts who ride the extensive network of trails in the area. Includes images of Scenic Byway 128, Fisher Towers and downtown Moab. (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2016)
Four women smile as they walk through Pritchett Canyon near Moab, Utah.
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Moab Area Travel Council
84 N 100 E
Moab, UT 84532
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