Known as Utah’s adventure capitol, Moab is the perfect escape for your next weekend getaway. With two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands) plus Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River, three scenic byways and thousands of square miles of red rock beauty, it’s no wonder Moab is one of the most popular destinations in the southwest.
From hiking and biking to off-roading and rock climbing to river rafting and balloon rides, the possibilities for fun in Moab are limitless.
When planning your next Moab adventure, don’t miss out on these six unique Moab experiences:
Hole in the Rock House
Manmade cave dwellings were built anciently on almost every continent, but there are few that were made in modern times and for which daily tours are available. The Hole in the Rock House, located along U.S. Highway 191, is a 5,000 sq. ft. excavated home that was 20 years in the making. This is a must-see!
Moab Arts Festival
Every spring over Memorial Day weekend, Moab puts on an Arts Festival with free entertainment including live bands and theatrical performances. Art exhibits are on display and local vendors provide food and spirits. This festival will really give you an idea of the close-knit arts community that exists there. The festival takes place at Swanny City Park, 400 North 100 West in Moab, Utah.
Shopping Main Street
Stores along Moab’s main drag offer a unique snapshot of the southwest with a blend of the traditional cowboy and Native American apparel, accessories and art at Nature’s West, Western Image, Canyonlands Trading Post and Lost River Trading Co. In case you forgot your hiking boots, camping equipment, or river gear, you can find it in your size at Moab Adventure Center, Red Canyon Outfitters, Redrock Apparel, Canyon Images Sportswear or Anasazi Gear. And don’t forget postcards of the beautiful scenery. The shops offer unique souvenirs and t-shirts that make great gifts.
Moab Music Festival
Every September the Moab Music Festival brings “music in concert with the landscape.” Says Sunset Magazine, “With sandstone walls for acoustics, willows for privacy and river sand for a stage, this outdoor concert of the Moab Music Festival is the hottest ticket of the season.” This unique festival is a special way to experience Moab beyond the traditional outdoor recreation activities that the area is known for.
Slickrock Bike Trail
Perhaps the most popular mountain biking trail in the world, Slickrock Bike Trail is known for launching the fat tire craze. Slickrock is only 12 miles long, but the route can be tiresome, especially for novice riders. In fact, first time “rockers” may consider trying the practice loop to get a feel for the trail’s unique surface. But once you get going –”Faith in Friction,” “Steep Creep,” and “Baby Bottom Bowl” will prove to be some of the best biking you’ve ever experienced.
Millions of years ago dinosaurs roamed Utah and now you can follow their tracks. Remnants of this prehistoric era have been carefully preserved in and around Moab. To view fossils in their natural habitat, follow the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail, visit the Sauropod Dinosaur Tracksite or pull over and check out the Potash Road Dinosaur Tracks (a spotting scope is provided for roadside viewing). Who knows, you may discover your own, like this hiker did in 2009. Or, visit the The Dan O’Laurie Museum, the visitor center at Dead Horse Point State Park or the local rock and fossil shop in town.