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Moab’s Top Seven

Moab is the nearest town to two of Utah's national parks and the outdoor adventure hub for mountain biking and rafting.

The scenic southern Utah community of Moab is the gateway to Arches and Canyonlands national parks, as well as Dead Horse Point State Park, and the cool waters of the Colorado River. With so many things to do in Moab, choose among our favorite seven things to do with family.

1. Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
Delicate Arch in Arches National ParkAdobe Stock

See this iconic arch up-close on a 3-mile roundtrip hike. At 64 feet high and 45 feet wide, it’s Arches National Park’s largest freestanding arch. Along the way, you’ll pass the Wolfe Ranch cabin and Native American petroglyphs. Arrive early to get a parking spot and to avoid heat and crowds.

2. Zip Line Adventure

Rim Zip Line Adventures. Your day starts when you climb aboard an off-road, four-wheel-drive vehicle to drive to the high desert of Moab. There are six zip lines and a suspension bridge to test just how brave you are.

The office is at 998 N. Main St.;

3. Raft the Colorado River

Rafting on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Courtesy photo
Rafting on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Courtesy Discover Moab

See the red rock canyons from a different point of view on a half-day rafting trip on the Daily section of the Colorado River. Gentle rapids make this outing fun for everyone. Kids must be 40 pounds or heavier to go on area river trips.

4. Courthouse Wash

Courthouse Wash Panel in Arches NP by MoralMoney [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Courthouse Wash Panel in Arches National ParkMoralMoney via Wikimedia Commons

You don’t need to go to a museum to see ancient Native American art. Easily accessible from town, the Courthouse Wash art panel is 19 feet high and 52 feet long.Vandals defaced these drawings in 1980, but archaeologists restored the panels only to discover older drawings behind the white shields held by figures.

Head north on Hwy. 191 and cross the Colorado River Bridge. Drive .5 miles to the parking area.

5. Grandstaff Canyon Trail

Stream in Grandstaff Canyon near Moab, Utah. Photo by Randy Peters
Stream in Grandstaff Canyon, formerly known as Negro Bill Canyon near Moab, UtahRandy Peters via Flickr with permission

For a beautiful hike along a year-round stream, do this 4-mile roundtrip hike to Morning Glory Natural Bridge. Spanning 243 feet, the natural bridge is the nation’s sixth-longest. Avoid the poison ivy near the bridge. This hike is easily accessible from Moab and not far from both Canyonlands and Arches national parks..

Take Hwy 191 out of Moab and turn right onto Hwy. 128. Drive for three miles. The trailhead will be on your right.

6. See Canyonlands by Night & Day

Boat tour on the river near Canyonlands National Park
Boat tour in the river near Moab, UtahCourtesy Canyonlands by Night & Day

Catch a rare glimpse of Utah’s incredible red canyons, ancient petroglyphs and towering cliffs when you go on a flat water Colorado River boat tour.

Canyonlands by Night & Day offer a number of trips, but consider the Sunset Jet Boat Tour, a 36-mile roundtrip adventure highlighted by the vibrant colors of desert rocks changing with the sinking sun. Or opt for the longtime classic Canyonlands by Night & Day Sound and Light Show. It’s a laser-free, old-fashioned light show on canyon walls. Dinner is served on both tours in a dining area overlooking the river.

Each trip has limited space, so it’s best to make reservations in advance. Learn more by stopping in at 1861 N. Hwy. 191 or at

7. Moab Giants

Life-sized dinosaur statues at Moab Giants
Life-sized dinosaur statues at Moab GiantsDave Krause

Walk among life-sized dinosaurs on Moab Giant’s incredible outdoor walking trail. Or head indoors to the Tracks Museum to learn about fossilized footprints. Both are part of an interactive museum, featuring great exhibits as well as a 3-D movie that covers everything from the Big Bang Theory to the age of the dinosaurs that began 220 million years ago. You also can get your hands dirty and dig up dinosaur bones along the trail outside.

To get to Moab Giants, drive nine miles north of Moab on Hwy. 191.

More Information: 435-355-0288

For more information about Moab:
Moab Area Travel Council
(800) 635-6622