When you envision the American Southwest, do you see stunning red rock landscapes and jaw-dropping canyons? Do you think of hot days exploring national parks and crystal clear stars on a chilly night? If so, Moab should definitely be on your bucket list. The town has a small population of 5,000 but it’s proximity to the most beautiful geography in the nation make is a sought after destination. But like most vacations, it can be hard to even know where to start when exploring Moab. Here’s our advice on what to see, where to eat, and what to do in Moab, Utah.
What to See in Moab, Utah
If you’re looking for gorgeous and stunning sights, Moab has got ’em! Be sure to check out these three locations.
Arches National Park
You can’t visit Moab without stepping foot into Arches National Park. With over 2,000 stone arches, prepare to be amazed by the unique formations and diversity of colors and textures. Balanced Rock is one of the most iconic features in the park and soars 128 feet into the air. Delicate Arch is the largest free-standing arch in the park (46 feet high and 32 feet wide) and is one of the most famous geologic features in the world. Both are popular “must-sees” but truly, the entire landscape is awe-inspiring and worth at least a half-day visit.
The Sunset at Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point State Park is located east of Canyonlands National Park, about 35 miles from Moab. Arrive with plenty of time before sunset and enjoy the view from 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. You’ll be in good company. The view from the point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Whether or not you’ve got a camera in hand, the overlook provides a beautiful panorama of Canyonlands’ pinnacles and buttes.
The Stars at RedRock Astronomy
This is a stargazing experience you’ll never forget. Your guide Alex has lived in this region for most of his life, nurturing a love for the outdoors and the cosmos since he was a teenager. He even built his own telescope when he was just 14 years old. Alex comes prepared with chairs, blankets and a state of the art telescope that allows you to see as far as Saturn and Jupiter! You’ll never look stars the same.
What to Do in Moab, Utah
Are you ready to do some exploring? Moab is also home to a variety of activities. You’ll find things to do for folks of all ages and interests.
Hit the Trails
Moab is blessed with two national parks within driving distance of one another. Arches and Canyonlands both offer incredible hiking opportunities. The Needles district in Canyonlands has more than 70 miles of trails and a variety of easy and moderate options to choose from. The Slickrock foot trail is a short 2.4-mile loop that stays high on the canyon and gives walkers a birds-eye view of the entire southeastern corner of Canyonlands National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) recommends this trail to beginner hikers so they can get a lay of the land before choosing a hike that moves down into the canyon.
Get on the Water
Want to get your feet wet? Go for a morning or afternoon rafting trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River. This mild portion of the river provides a scenic and safe outing for the entire family. If you’re looking for a more thrilling adventure, Westwater and Cataract Canyons is the destination for whitewater rapids. Kayaking and stand up paddling are also popular activities along the Colorado River.
Let the horses do the hard work while you explore the scenic trails lined with red rock cliffs. With a professional wrangler as your guide, you’ll learn horseback riding techniques and have a few lessons in the corral before setting off into the desert horizon. The trail was made exclusively for the tour, so you’ll feel true seclusion and tranquillity as you ride up Castle Creek Canyon. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a cowboy, here’s your chance.
Where to Eat in Moab, Utah
With all that go, go, going, you’re sure to work up a healthy appetite.
Milt’s Stop n’ Eat
We suggest going on a long hike before stopping here. This classic dates all the way back to 1954 and serves the best grass-fed, all-natural burgers and shakes in the area. Sit outside under the giant shade tree and enjoy a well-deserved meal of a specialty burger, crispy tater tots, and a creamy chocolate peanut butter shake.
This small but well-known food truck has a 5-star Trip Advisor rating with over 1,200 reviews! A popular spot with both locals and tourists, the well-known line is worth the wait. Each delicious quesadilla is packed full of fresh ingredients and it’s highly likely you’ll leave with leftovers. The enchanted chicken with homemade New Mexico green chile sauce and the classic dirtbag overflowing with cheddar cheese are the all-stars on the menu.
Go for the food and stay put for the views. Sunset Grill is perched high on a hill with incredible views of Moab. A free shuttle van provides transportation to and from, and you’ll get a free history lesson of Moab while in transit. Friendly service and a menu filled with specialties like Idaho trout and grilled fillet (plus a traditional kids menu) make this restaurant a winner for date night or family night.
Moab, Utah Camping
You’ll need somewhere to call home at the end of the day. Be sure to look into these two campgrounds.
Moab Rim Campark
Conveniently located near Arches National Park and downtown, Moab Rim offers full hookup-thru sites with incredible views of the Spanish Valley and the La Sal Mountains. After a day of adventuring, return back to camp for a hot shower and utilize the camp’s portable fire pits to make s’mores while you stargaze.
Sun RV Resorts
Sun RV is towards the end of town and very close to the national parks, making it easy to get up, get caffeinated, and start exploring early in the morning. The grounds are kept impeccably clean, the sites are well-spaced, and the amenity list is endless. Here are a few extras they offer: a putting green, a bicycle wash and repair station, a dog park, a playground, a pool and a hot tub, and laundry facilities.
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