If you’re hoping to visit some of Utah’s national parks, Moab KOA is the perfect place to base yourself for an RV rental adventure. Both Canyonlands and Arches National Park are within easy driving distance. Capitol Reef National Park is also just a bit farther if you’re looking for a lesser-known destination to explore. But even if you’re not here to hit up the parks, Moab is still one of the most popular adventure sports hot spots in the country. Everything from hiking to kayaking to mountain biking is within a short drive of the city, and there’s plenty of sporting goods shops and outfitters who can get you set up to take on an adventure.
When camping at Moab KOA, you’ll have access to full hookups for your RV rental, including 50 amp electrical capacity. The sites are designed to hold RVs that are up to 80 feet in length, so you should have no problems if your rental RV is a big rig. Propane and firewood are both sold at the KOA camp store, so no need to come prepared with fuel; it’s available inside the park.
RV camping at the KOA is a fairly luxurious affair. There are a swimming pool and a hot tub available, which will feel great on your tired muscles after a long day on the trails. If you’ve brought your pet along for the ride, you can head to the dog park with your four-legged friend to burn off some excess energy.
When you camp in a travel trailer at Moab KOA, you'll find a few extra amenities catering to the sports crowd too, like a bike wash and repair station to ensure your ride is trail-ready whenever adventure strikes.
The Great Outdoors
There are lots of great outdoor attractions to see when you book an RV in Grand County, Utah, but the first one you’ll want to check off your list is Arches National Park, famed for the thousands of natural sandstone arches that were carved through the forces of wind and water over millions of years. The park is quite small, with all those arches packed into a minuscule area. As such, this is a park you can easily see in a day. There’s only one main road through it, and it’s less than 40 miles round trip. Most of the photogenic arches are right next to the highway and can be reached with a few minutes of hiking.
For a more adventurous park, head to Canyonlands, which is actually split into four separate districts: Islands in the Sky, Needles, the Maze, and the Rivers. They’re accessed by different turnoffs on Highway 191, so it pays to know what you’re looking for before setting off. Islands in the Sky is the closest and most accessible section of the park and consists of some truly spectacular cliffs that sit a thousand feet above the Colorado River. Hikes to the various viewpoints and arches are relatively easy and suitable for most fitness levels. The other regions of Canyonlands are wilder and require more backcountry skills and preparation to have a safe experience.
If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, like a place to take the kids for an afternoon family picnic, there’s Rotary Park on the south side of town. This large green space has playground equipment, a basketball court, and plenty of grassy areas for the little ones to run around.
Exploring the City
Moab may be all about the outdoors, but with tens of thousands of tourists coming throughout the year, there’s plenty for visitors to do when they’re not hiking through slot canyons or rafting down the mighty Colorado River. There are dozens of great restaurants, a brewery, and even a food truck park in the middle of town. There’s also a movie theater to lounge in on days that you just don’t have the energy for exploring any more canyons.
The otherworldly landscapes outside of Moab have been a favorite setting for films like 127 Hours, Transformers IV, Mission Impossible II, and many Westerns. The Moab Film Museum in the basement of the Red Cliffs Lodge is dedicated to Hollywood’s love affair with southern Utah and is a great place to spend a rainy day when heading into the parks is not an option. Afterward, enjoy a great meal at the lodge’s restaurant and some spectacular views of the river.
Another oddball tourist attraction is the Hole N’ the Rock house between Moab and Monticello. It’s a 5,000-square-foot home that was chiseled into a sandstone rock formation back in the 1940s. The eccentric owner continued to add more rooms until he ended with 16 of them and an ornate portrait of President Roosevelt above the front door. Guided tours of the funky abode are given every day.