Moab is a small city in eastern Utah that's gaining fame for its natural beauty and for offering fun escapes for adventure lovers. Moab is a quick drive from two national parks and home to the most popular state park in Utah (hint: you won't find better views anywhere). Here are Moab's top 10.
Drive to "The Island in the Sky"
AddressIsland in the Sky, Utah 84532, USA
"The Island in the Sky" is an elevated piece of Canyonlands National Park that sits about 32 miles from Moab. Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah and one of two national parks that are close to Moab.
Visitors can drive to the island and see for 100 miles in every direction. Moab's tourism site recommends taking a short hike around the area to see various stunning views. The site has suggested activities for this area, which span from spending a few hours driving along the park's paved roads to several days backpacking and hiking to the highest point in the park.
Explore Arches National Park
Just five miles from Moab is Arches National Park, one of the most photographed national parks in the United States. Arches National Park is so named because of the infamous natural sandstone arches and rock formations.
The scenic drive through the park is the most popular way to see the Arches. The drive is about 36 miles. During your drive, you should stop and explore a few of the arches and get lost in the maze of the natural sandstone.
Walk on a Dinosaur Trail
AddressMoab, UT 84532, USA
Do you have a dinosaur lover in your family? Moab is the perfect place for you. There are several dinosaur trails to explore throughout the Moab area that have prints and fossils from the dinosaur age.
Sip at Castle Creek Winery or Moab Brewery
Utah may not be known for their alcohol (thanks to their Mormon culture) but tMoab is home to a popular microbrewery and a beautiful winery.
Castle Creek Winery is located 14 miles from downtown Moab. Sip your wine while enjoying some classic Utah red rock views. The Winery is open from 10am until 7pm every day and there are daily complimentary tastings from noon until 7pm. While at the winery, you can take a self-guided tour. Make sure you get a view of the vineyard from the top floor of the winery.
Bird Watch in the Scott Matheson Wetlands Preserve
The Scott Matheson Preserve is located on the outskirts of Moab and is the perfect place to spot birds. (Moab is a popular destination for birding and the perfect place for beginner birders). The Preserve has been noted to be one the best places for seeing unique birds. More than 225 species have been recorded here so get out your binoculars and get searching!
If you're an experienced birder and are looking for more areas to explore, there are many popular places for birding in and near Moab. Some other popular spots are:
- Colorado River Scenic Byway
- Moon Flower Canyon
- La Sal Mountain Loop Road
- Fisher Mesa
- Negro Bill Canyon
Stargaze at RedRock Astronomy
RedRock Astronomy offers amazing stargazing opportunities in Moab. The company provides telescopes and information about the stars. The site offers some things you might be able to see while stargazing including Jupiter, Saturn, Double Cluster, and Andromeda Galaxy. This adventure costs $40 per person and lasts one-and-a-half to two hours.
Don't Miss Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is one of Moab's most popular activities and some go as far to say that you must try it while in Moab. There are numerous trails throughout the Moab region with various degrees of difficulty. This site lists some popular trails.
If you're new to mountain biking, you can opt for one of the instruction centers nearby. Various camps, individual training sessions, and long-term training sessions are all available.
Get Closer to Nature Horseback Riding
Utah, and Moab specifically, is home to tons of open land and nature to explore. Horseback riding is popular in Moab due to the beautiful scenery riders are able to see. Moab Horses is one of the popular horseback riding centers in Moab.
Take in the View at Dead Horse State Park
Dead Horse State Park is Utah's most popular state park and has a famous point (named Dead Horse Point) with beautiful views. In fact, Dead Horse State Park is one of the most popular views in the world. Spend a few hours driving or hiking around the park and then stop and spend time at the main outlook for your picture-perfect moment.
Visit the Museum of Moab
Most of the popular activities in Moab are outdoors where visitors enjoy the beautiful scenery. If you're looking for an indoor activity for a few hours, visit the Museum of Moab. Founded in 1958, this museum is dedicated to sharing information about some of the most common fields in Moab, including geology, paleontology, archaeology, pioneers, and mining. Adult admission is just $5. The museum is open in the winter from 12pm until 5pm and from 10am until 6pm in the summer.