Only five miles from your Utah river rafting adventure based in Moab UT, Arches holds the largest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world. There are more than 2,000 in the park, plus colossal sandstone fins, building-size balanced rocks, and sky-high pinnacles and spires that delight Moab vacationers as they take scenic drives and hike to viewpoints within the park.
A 36-mile scenic drive offers plenty of stops for short easy hikes. Longer outings can be done to natural spans like Landscape Arch, a thin ribbon of rock that soars more than a football field long and nine stories high over the desert landscape. A 1.5-mile hike takes you to the base of Delicate Arch, where the view of the La Sal Mountains through the arch is one of the most famous in the world.
This large park’s Islands in the Sky district is only 32 miles west of Moab UT. Situated on a 1,500-foot mesa it’s truly an island in the sky, providing visitors lofty views of the canyon country below and for miles into the horizon.
Twenty miles of paved roads offer plenty of viewing pullouts. Sunrise and sunset are especially beautiful times to enjoy the breathtaking views.
There are 30-minute hikes to the mesa top in Canyonlands National Park, or longer trails for backpackers who want to hike all the way down to the Colorado River, where countless unforgettable Utah river rafting adventures take place.
Cairns — small rock piles created as trail markers — are fun for kids to follow along on the sandstone ground. Our most popular Colorado River rafting trip in Cataract Canyon travels right through the bottom of Canyonlands, on the river that helped carve the amazing landscapes. Visiting the park before your Utah river rafting trip gives an impressive birds-eye-view of the area you will explore up close and personal with us. It’s sure to create excitement and anticipation for everyone in your group.
We especially recommend this outing before family river rafting adventures.
Dead Horse Point State Park
Behold the snaking meanders of the Colorado River 2,000 feet below the rim of Dead Horse Point in this state park.
From the point, a layer cake of time is seen in 300 million years of geologic history. While standing on the canyon rim, 8,000 feet of the earth’s strata is visible looking from the peaks of the La Sal Mountains to the river below. These rock layers were deposited over the eons by oceans, wind and flowing water.
You’ll view amazing pinnacles and buttes as far as the eye can see. A 45-minute drive from Moab, Utah, the point is a great destination for a scenic drive and short walk to the point followed by a picnic.
The Intrepid Trail System in the park also is a fun mountain biking journey that includes a stop at the viewpoint, tucked away petroglyphs and a view of Upheaval Dome. Wide single track trails traverse 12 miles of slickrock and packed dirt. Bikes and transportation can be arranged for you from town.
Mountain Biking adventures
Moab Utah is famous for its Slickrock Trail, a mountain biking adventure that’s not for the faint of heart. Fortunately, there are multiple riding opportunities for all ages and ability levels. The Bar M area is a two-track trail loop that’s excellent for novice riders and first-time Moab cyclists. Guided rides with bike rentals and transportation can be arranged for an entire group’s enjoyment.
A family river rafting trip should include a visit to Slickrock country. One of the best ways for visitors to see it is in a guided Hummer. Fun for everyone, these trips feature visits to secluded canyons, hidden arches, prehistoric dinosaur tracks and awe-inspiring panoramic views as you ascend to the tops of cliffs surrounding Moab UT. Jeep tours are a nice late-day adventure, when you can see the desert cliffs surrounding Moab at sunset.
Just minutes from Moab Utah in tucked away places are tight, deep canyons that seem perfectly designed for exploring. It’s exhilarating for people of all ages to rappel down into a narrow slot canyons and end up in a secret stone room. Exit to another grotto, where a cool spring-fed stream trickles along the canyon floor.
Many people spend days in the desert Southwest’s canyons and grottos for the feeling of discovery and awe they inspire in those who travel there. Each rappel brings you deeper into the red rock earth. Each twist offers another surprising discovery. A guided half-day excursion before or after a family river rafting trip is the perfect introduction to the new sport of canyoneering.
Of course our favorite Moab activity is whitewater rafting on the Colorado River.
Off Road Trips:
Moab’s slickrock trails are a great place to see what Hummers can really do. This is easy fun for the whole family. This adventure features visits to secluded canyons, ancient rock art and breathtaking vistas!
Our professional guides take you on a hike into some of the hidden wonders of the Colorado Plateau. Learn about the history, ecology, and environmental issues as you explore the Canyons of the southwest.
Moab offers some of the very best mountain biking in the world. The trails are half day rides with moderate climbs and varied terrain. Each ride offers bikers a good introduction to Moab’s famous slickrock terrain.
Climbing and Canyoneering:
The most spectacular aspects of the desert are hidden within its vast canyon networks. Canyoneering adventures offer you, not only the rare chance to be inside these remarkable creations, but also the adventure of rappelling.
By airplane you soar over the Colorado River past Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point, and The Maze, (hideout of famous outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
For a truly authentic Western
experience, nothing beats touring our rugged desert from atop a gentle, cowboy-trained quarter horse. From early settlers to John Wayne himself, there’s no better way to see, and experience the Wild West.
The Moab Golf Course is one of the most visually appealing in the state with its contrast of smooth, bright greens set amid rough, eroded red cliffs and boulders. The public course has 18 holes and a par of 72.
Located just 5 miles north of Moab is Arches National Park, which contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park’s 76,518 acres, the park also contains an astounding variety of other geological formations.
Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah, and its diversity staggers the imagination. The Island in the Sky offers many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips.
Dead Horse Point State Park:
One of the best overlooks along the entire the Colorado River.
Skydiving is a once in a lifetime adventure. Moab’s wonderful canyon country offers the perfect backdrop to make this exciting event even more unforgettable!
Moab offers shops selling everything from practical travel supplies to unique gifts and souvenirs. There aren’t any large shopping malls or department stores in Moab, but there are stores selling groceries, hardware, clothing and sporting goods. In addition, there are galleries and shops selling artistic works, souvenirs and novelties.
Zip Line Tour:
New to Moab this year! Combined with a fun 4x4 Adventure, this is a great way to see some of the Moab Back-Country.