11 Best Things to Do in Moab, Utah

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Potash Road

(Dead Horse Point) to the Skyline Drive

There is no better way to experience Moab, Utah than in a 4×4 jeep. You can do this loop in 2 days, if you fit it into your schedule.

Skull Gulch Rd to Amasa Back (Sand Flats Rd)

We would drive a little bit further on Sand Flats Rd before turning back. We drove a little bit north on the road and it took us to some really interesting rock formations. They were very different from the ones we saw on our way to the Potash Road.

Just south of the trailhead, you can see several rock spires sticking out of the sand dunes. You can also see the Arch Canyon Fault, which marks a major division in the strata of geologic landforms.

The formations near the trailhead contain hardened lava flows. The area to the south of the trailhead, however, is very different.

The rock formation there are largely made of red sandstone. The frosted appearance makes this particular rock formation look like an ancient castle wall.

Birthing Scene

This is one of the most incredible places on this earth. A giant sandstone arch is the final witness to the birth and growth of nature.

This is where you can participate in the Earth’s process in its most primal form. You could witness the birth of an entire new world. This is a place where you can come to learn about the present and the past, where you can come to help preserve a piece of the Earth’s history or where you come to reconnect with the Earth and breathe in that unbelievable environment.

This place has the most spectacular sunset you’ve ever seen in your life. The massive rocks create a canvas of three-dimensional shadows that come alive. The colors of the rocks are just incredible. There is a layer of color at the base of the red rock cliffs that is just unbelievable.

This place is in Grand County, on the Utah/Colorado border. This is a place that offers a wide variety of activities.

Canyonland

This is where you will find the best slot canyon in the world, Shafer’s Cut, which meanders through some of the most breathtaking Zion Canyon landscapes.

Hole ‘N the Rock

Hole is the largest canyon in the United States and the third longest after the Grand Canyon and the Jordan-Petra Gorge, a canyon in Jordan. It is a designated National Conservation Area and includes the famous Arches National Park.

The spires of rock that pierce from the canyon walls look like giant upright fingers. This is also called the ‘finger mittens.’ Horseshoe bend, Little red mound and Balanced Rock are probably the most famous photographed landmarks in the park. These rock formations are formed by large deposits of sediment.

If you are afraid of being alone while hiking or still suffer from vertigo, you can go on the ‘slot canyon tour’ in the park. It is a guided tour through the narrow and dark shafts and is designed to reduce the sense of height and distance. Hiking in Utah is not just about the scenery, however, as the area is known for its challenging hikes. The most arduous are suggested as a ‘hard terrain five-mile hike or a seven-mile moderate hike’.

Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

It is very easy to get lost amongst the trees in Moab. You could spend hours wandering around, not worrying about the time, and never feel bored.

Moab’s river can be seen from the top of Arches National Park. The boat ride to and from the island is a quick ride, but will get you to the other side of the river.

Not only will you be able to see the old bridge, and the many towering arches, but you will also be able to see Arches in your entirety.

The giant dinosaur sculptures are over 24ft long, and approximately 4ft wide. Most people will be able to see two of the 3 dinosaurs at once, since they are placed on a slight hill, and are facing the same direction. It is a beautiful afternoon to walk through Arches, but the dinosaurs create an exciting element to your visit.

One of the most famous views at Arches National Park is the Delicate Arch. It is also one of the most easily seen arches.

If you climb up to the top of the dome that the arch sits on, it is as if you have stepped into the middle of it. You can see it under 100…sec.

Wilson Arch

The most beautiful arch in the state of Utah is the Wilson Arch in Moab, UT. This arch is over 50 feet tall and has a span of 170 feet; this a the largest rock arch in Utah. The arch was named in 1869 after the famed explorer John Wesley Wilson. The pass through the arch is closed to traffic, but it is open to hikers. It is more than just a walk in the park, this giant arch is a hike that takes you through canyons and can be a strenuous one!

River rafting

Not only are South Rim Rafting and Zion Adventure tours one of the best ways to experience outdoor adventure, but they also allow you to enjoy one of Moab’s most beautiful attractions with the people you trust.

If you plan on going rafting, you should prepare for a fun and exciting experience filled with thrilling activities. These include high-adrenaline rides along the calm waters and challenging runs through the rapids. There are also guided raft tours by experts who ensure that visitors are safe and well taken care of.

It’s important to remember that there are certain things you should dress and prepare for when you go rafting. First and foremost, it is important that you wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather. It is important to keep in mind the elements while you are traveling; for instance, if you are in the high summer months, you should consider wearing only lightweight clothing that will easily evaporate any sweat and will be sufficient protection against the sun. If you are in a dry climate, you need to also consider a waterproof repelling jacket.

When you are packing clothing and gear for a trip, it is also important to put your valuables in a safe and secure place in your backpack. Packing them in another piece of luggage or a separate bag will also help keep them away from water and other lose articles in the luggage.

Corona Arch

There is a 7 mile trail that leads to the Corona Arch, a natural sandstone bridge that is over 1,000 feet (300 meters) high. The Corona Arch is one of the defining features of Arches National Park.

There are many legends about the arch. Early Native Americans believed that the Black God lived under the arch, and so they told stories about a crow that blackened with age and sang at at the top of the arch.

Other native ancient people believed that if you walked through the arch, time would stand still as you journeyed to the dawn of the universe.

In the 1880s, the arch was declared a natural bridge because of its massive size and low profile which is only about 10 feet (3 meters) from the road. From the parking area, it is a 0.65 mile (1.1 km) walk to the arch.

When you get to the arch, you will be impressed by the workmanship. It is limestone that has eroded over the thousands of years.

Hell’s Revenge 4X4 Trail

Brace yourself for the Hell’s Revenge 4X4 Trail. It’s really not for the faint-hearted. This fun-filled ride through the beautiful red rocks of Moab, Utah will seemingly take you straight to hell itself. The trail is built of rough and potentially broken-up rocks, so be careful driving the route.

If you’re looking for something a little more mild, you might try the Rattlesnake Loop, which will take you to two of the most scenic places in Utah. Definitely a must-see trail when you are in Moab, Utah!

Dinosaur’s Trail …

This is a paved trail that takes you through the Fossil Shale Reserve of Utah, a place that is considered one of the best places to see dinosaur fossils in the world. From there, make your way to 66-mile canyon, which will take you through some spectacular red rocks. The trail ends in the town of Escalante, Utah, so you can easily visit Grand Staircase Cliffs… the most amazing waterfall in the United States.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point is a 321-acre Utah State Park that is located in the LaSal Mountain Range, near the town of Moab, Utah. Much of the park is made up of Dead Horse Butte, which rises to the pinnacle of 8,441 feet.

This park is open 24 hours, and has a convenient shuttle service that takes visitors to the Dead Horse Trailhead. However, you can also hike the sunset tour and enjoy spectacular views of Arches National Park.

On the horizon, the imposing cliffs of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument will greet you in welcome. It is not only the best bet to view nature in its prime, but also one of the best ways to get your exercise as well.

The park is home to a huge variety of animals and plant life, and more than 40 varieties of birds live in the area. Deer, mountain goats and various species of wildlife cross through here daily.

The hike up to the top of Dead Horse Point is a well-marked 3.3-mile trek that will reach a high altitude of 11,458 feet. It takes about two and a half hours to complete and it is highly recommended that you bring plenty of water.

At the top, there is a nice spot to enjoy the natural view. It is also a magnificent place to see sunrise or sunset. The trail will take you all around the point and is great for any fitness level.

Canyonlands National Park

One of the most impressive sites in the national park is the Arches National Park in Moab. Arches was the first national park in the world and is still a hotspot for hikers, campers and backpackers.

For a moment, it might be fun to think that the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon and the colorful rock formations of Arches are not welcome by the Colorado River, and are left stranded on the Arches Plateau, becoming a slice of Arizona and Utah.

Arches is crowned by 130 famous arches, and the park offers a variety of hiking trails, from short, easy ones, to tougher, more challenging ones.

Clouds Rest Trail is a moderate hike that can be done in one hour, or you can devote some time to hiking some of the challenging trails that take you to the Delicate Arch.

To the southwest of Arches is Dead Horse Point, an area where you can get a beautiful view of Canyonlands National Park and the Monument Valley of Utah.

Further in the Park, and off the beaten path a bit, is Horseshoe Canyon Trail, which takes you to the Dead Horse Point Overlook Viewpoint, an area where you can enjoy incredible views of the Canyonlands, as well as the La Sal Mountains.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is a must-see in Utah with amazing rock formations and history. While visiting the national park, you can enjoy all of the rock formations, including Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Double Arch and Straight Line Arch.

While at Arches and Canyonlands, it’s hard to beat the beauty and serenity of the canyons, but none are more stunning than those in Arches.

My favorite things to do in Arches, however, are not travel or sightseeing. I like to play in the sand. The parks’ back country is filled with mining claims that host some really fun lines. It’s the perfect place to have a good time and meet some new people.