Moab is an outdoor paradise packed full of outdoor things to do. Plan an incredibly fun trip to Moab, Utah, full of epic outdoor activities and adventure sports!
We used to live close to Moab. We want to share all the best things to do in Moab with you!
People worldwide come to see Moab’s natural wonders making it the perfect retreat for a vacation or holiday. Beyond epic outdoor adventures of all kinds are available, including sightseeing bucket list U.S. National Parks, hiking red rock trails, desert camping, stargazing, mountain biking on slick rock, whitewater rafting, skydiving, and exploring off-road 4×4 adventures. The list goes on!
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Moab, Utah, is a special destination in the U.S and is one of those places that should be on everyone’s life bucket list. Sitting in a valley surrounded by the La Sal Mountains, red rock, and canyon country, this intermountain high desert town is packed full of outdoor adventures. Since public lands and U.S. National Parks surround Moab, it offers outdoor recreation galore.
Below we’ll point out what not to miss during your summer road trip, vacation, or holiday to Moab, Utah.
If you’re watching Instagram accounts, you’ll likely see pictures of the iconic Delicate Arch.
Delicate Arch is located in Arches National Park. Visiting Arches National Park makes for a great day trip. Plan to spend the afternoon driving the main paved road. Be sure to stop at all the pull-offs and the parking areas to hike and see all of the arches.
If you’d like to hike Delicate Arch, it takes about 2.5 hours and is 3 miles round-trip.
Read more about hikes in Arches National Park to plan your day trip.
Don’t forget to purchase an annual National Park Pass. It will save you money.
As grand as the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands National Park is a must-see natural wonder of the world. Spend an afternoon driving the main paved park road through the Island in the Sky District.
Uniquely, Moab is surrounded by public lands and National Parks, making it a paradise for hiking. As stated above, some of the best places and hidden gems for hiking are found in Canyonlands.
Dead Horse Point State Park is an excellent place to camp and explore. Pair Dead Horse Point State Park with a Canyonlands day trip (Island in the Sky route). Since you access Dead Horse Point State Park and the main Canyonlands National Park off UT-313, pairing these two parks makes for a great day trip adventure.
Be sure to snap photos of the Colorado River at the famous Dead Horse Point!
Are you interested in mountain biking on slick rock?
Rent mountain bikes and set up a guided tour. Or bring your own bike for some of the best mountain biking in the world. There are trails for every level of rider.
One of my personal favorite trails to mountain bike is the Klondike Bluff’s Trail. There is slick rock, but most important, dinosaur footprints!
Klondike Bluffs Trail is an intermediate mountain biking trail.
One of the best parts about camping in the high desert is that it cools off at night. There is plentiful camping in the area. Choose your perfect location at Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point State Park, or the BLM managed public lands in the surrounding area.
One of our favorite areas to camp is along the Colorado River off UT-128. You’ll find camping and picnic areas along the Colorado River.
Check out our other post to learn more about primitive camping on BLM land in Utah.
In addition, Moab and the surrounding area have incredible stargazing.
Since Moab is a smaller town, there are no other extensive areas or populations causing light pollution, making this area prime for watching the stars at night. Don’t miss out. How many shooting stars can you count?
Another one of our personal favorite things to do along the Colorado River is stand-up paddle board (SUP).
Float the section along UT-128 and take out at the boat launch ramp just after the river ranch.
Be sure always to wear a personal floatation device. It is required. This section has rapids.
Bring your own SUP and gear or rent gear. There are a few guiding outfits to choose from with a Google search.
We have two Badfish SUPs along with Werner SUP paddles!
NRS SUP Leash (Quick release important for the River)
Moab has many rafting guiding outfits to take you whitewater rafting down Cataract Canyon. Definitely put whitewater rafting high on your life bucket list!
There is nothing better than rafting through Utah canyon country.
Seriously. You have to do this...
Moab is famous for off-highway vehicle (OHV) adventures and Jeepin’ due to the surrounding area’s public lands. Moab hosts world-class 4×4 conventions. You can rent Jeeps and 4×4 rigs or use your own! Just be sure to OHV responsibly.
Are you feeling super adventurous?
Moab has a small airport and has a reasonably large skydiving scene.
If you’re up for it, check out this extreme sport idea. We have never actually been, but lots of people put skydiving on their adventure bucket lists!
Are you going?!
To say nothing of Moab’s rock climbing scene would be a sin! Moab has a huge rock climbing scene and is known for its world-class routes.
Take a drive down Potash road to see the canyon walls full of rock climbers enjoying the day soaking up the desert sun. There are also guiding outfits if you’d like to go rock climbing. Definitely, a fun outdoor thing to do in Moab!
Alright… And for the super hardcore adventure sport athletes, there is base jumping!
Base Jump Moab is a guiding outfit offering this activity of hardcore adventure sport things to do in Moab! Coupled with a jump, they offer a video as well as a hoodie.
OK, please write and tell us if you go base jumping! We want to know!
Take a drive through the Manti-La Sal National Forest outside of Moab. The scenic drive begins eight miles south of Moab off of US-191. The 60-mile scenic drive will cruise you through the La Sal Mountains and then down the mountains to the majestic Castle Valley towers. The route connects to SR 128, which will take you along the Colorado River. There are places to hike and camp along the Colorado River, so be sure to enjoy!
We are so glad you found our article. We hope it helps you plan a memorable trip to Moab full of awesome outdoor adventures.
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Be sure to read more about environmental stewardship in the backcountry, including protecting precious biological soil crust while adventuring in the desert.
Thanks for reading.
Ashlee & Pablo
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I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!