In addition to the gorgeous scenery surrounding Moab, Utah, there is a wide variety of activities that anyone can do in the area. From hiking to mountain biking and river trips to four wheel driving, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Moab. This area is not only historic, but is also home to two out of five of Utah’s national parks.
Just minutes from town you can find Arches National Park, which is the biggest attraction of the Moab area. Arches has many different hikes that vary in difficulty, featuring the world famous Delicate Arch. Delicate Arch is a prominent symbol of the state of Utah, and is on the license plates of many Utah vehicles. Other great hikes in Arches National Park include Double O Arch, Landscape Arch, Skyline Arch, and Sand Dune Arch.
32 miles from Moab is Canyonlands National Park, the largest national park in Utah. The easiest way to see this beautiful park is from the Island in the Sky, which the top of a 1500 foot mesa. This park has some of the most breathtaking views in the area, and is great for photography, so bring your camera. Canyonlands National Park has fantastic biking trails, hikes, and rivers, making it a bit more diverse than Arches.
Dead Horse Point is one of the most beautiful lookout points in the area. This state park is famous for its amazing sunsets and as a great photography point. 2,000 feet below Dead Horse Point is the Colorado River snaking its way through a canyon. While Dead Horse Point has hiking trails to walk on, you can drive straight to the lookout point, making it the perfect destination when you are tired from hiking.
Used as a popular destination for shooting movies, Moab has a lot of history tied to it. From John Wayne staying at the Apache Motel in Moab, to the filming of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, you get a very authentic western vibe from Moab that is difficult to find elsewhere. While the area now known as Moab used to be a crossing place for the Colorado River for early settlers, Moab is now a great town to stay and have a great adventure in.