15 Cool Things To Do in Moab Outdoors

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Looking for things to do in Moab? You’ve come to the right place. From hiking and biking trails to thrilling river adventures, Moab is a fun place to explore.

We used to live close to Moab, and are sharing the best things to do to help you plan an awesome trip.

Why Plan a Trip to Moab, Utah

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People from all over the world come to see Moab’s natural wonders making it the perfect retreat for a vacation or holiday. There are all kinds of outdoor adventures, including sightseeing at national parks, hiking red rock trails, desert camping, stargazing, mountain biking on slick rock, whitewater rafting, skydiving, and exploring off-road 4×4 adventures.

Sitting in a valley surrounded by the La Sal Mountains, red rock, and canyon country, this intermountain-high desert town is fun to explore. Since public lands and national parks surround Moab, it offers outdoor recreation galore.

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Hiking in Canyonlands Needles District

15 Things To Do in Moab for Fun Outdoor Adventures

1. Tour Arches National Park

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Landscape Arch

Visiting Arches National Park is worth the trip. Stop at all the pull-offs and parking areas to hike and see the arches.

If you’d like to hike to Delicate Arch, it takes about 2.5 hours and is 3 miles round-trip. Check out our guide for how to spend the perfect day exploring the park here.

2. Canyonlands National Park

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Canyonlands National Park overlook

Canyonlands National Park is a must-see natural wonder. Spend an afternoon driving the main paved park road through the Island in the Sky District (link to map on Amazon).

If you have more time in the area and want to see more of what Canyonlands offers, spend time camping and hiking in the Needles District or Maze District (links to maps on Amazon).

3. Hiking Near Moab

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Hiking in Canyonlands

Moab is surrounded by public lands and national parks, making it a fun place for hiking in the desert.

List of Our Favorite Hikes in the Moab Area

Canyonlands National Park:

  • Druid Arch
  • Horseshoe Canyon Hike to the Great Gallery
  • Cave Spring
  • Mesa Arch
  • White Rim Overlook

Arches National Park:

  • Delicate Arch
  • Landscape Arch

Please practice Leave No Trace and stay on designated trails.

4. Dead Horse Point State Park

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Dead Horse Point State Park is a beautiful place to camp and explore. Pair visiting the state park with a day trip to Canyonlands National Park’s Island in the Sky District. Both are accessed off UT-313.

Be sure to get photos of the Colorado River at the famous Dead Horse Point. It is said to be one of the most photographed places in the world.

5. Mountain Biking

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Slick rock in Utah

Are you interested in mountain biking on Moab’s famous 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 country. There are trails for every level of rider.

My Favorite Mountain Biking Trail: is the Klondike Bluff’s Trail. There is slick rock, but most important, dinosaur footprints. Klondike Bluffs Trail is an intermediate biking trail.

6. Camping in the Moab Area

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Camping near Moab

One of the best parts about camping in the high desert is that it cools off at night during the summer. Below are great camping options to check out while you are exploring the Moab 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.

You might also enjoy learning how to camp for free on BLM Land.

7. 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.

8. Stand-Up Paddle Boarding the Colorado River

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SUP Colorado River

Another one of our personal favorite things to do along the Colorado River near Moab is stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

You can float the section along UT-128 and take out at the boat launch ramp just after Sorel River Ranch.

Be sure to wear a personal floatation device (PFD). It is required for sections with whitewater.

Bring your own SUP and gear, or rent gear in town. There are a few guiding outfits.

Check out this article by Hala on safety tips for whitewater SUP.

9. Whitewater Rafting

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Floating the Colorado River near Moab

Moab has a few guiding outfits where you can book a whitewater rafting trip down Cataract Canyon and along the Colorado River.

There is nothing more fun than rafting through Utah Canyon country.

10. Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) and Jeeping

Moab is known for its off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails on public land in the surrounding area. 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.

11. Skydiving

If you are feeling adventurous, Moab has a small airport and a skydiving scene.

12. Rock Climbing

Moab has a big rock climbing scene, and the area 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 climbing. It’s a fun outdoor thing to do in Moab.

13. Base Jumping

For the super hardcore adventure sports athletes, there is base jumping. BASE Jump Moab is a guiding outfit offering this activity. Coupled with a jump, they offer a video as well as a hoodie.

14. La Sal Loop Scenic Drive

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Utah scenic drive

Take a drive through the La Sal National Forest outside of Moab. The scenic drive begins eight miles south of Moab off of US-191. The 60-mile drive will cruise you through the La Sal Mountains and then down to the Castle Valley towers.

The route connects to SR 128, which will take you along the Colorado River. There are also places to hike and camp along the Colorado River.

15. Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite

Have you ever wanted to see Dinosaur tracks in the wilderness? Well, you can up Mill Canyon.

Environmental Stewardship

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Hiking in Horseshoe Canyon

Read more about environmental stewardship in the desert backcountry, including how to protect precious biological soil crust while adventuring. Please stay on designated roads and trails to protect the crust.

Final Thoughts on Things To Do in Moab

Book Accommodations and Guided Tours in Advance: Moab can get busy during peak season. It can be hard to find camping in certain areas or book guided trips.

Enjoy the Area for a Few Days: There are a few national parks and monuments in the area. You might enjoy heading over to Capitol Reef National Park, Lake Powell, or the Colorado National Monument. The parks are spread out, the area is quite rural, and cell phone reception can be limited, so it just takes a little planning.

Moab is a great destination for adventures. With plenty of activities to choose from and stunning scenery, it’s hard not to have a good time in this small town.

We hope you have an amazing time.

Ashlee & Pablo


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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer sharing the best-kept secrets that aren’t in your typical guidebook. Her goal is to inspire people to travel with a sense of adventure by sharing hidden gems across the U.S. and beyond. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo. They camp in their Aliner often and love wandering the world. Follow their latest adventures on Instagram @thehappinessfxn.

15 Comments

  1. molly on January 10, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Outdoor fun is and night skies are endless in Moab!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 10, 2021 at 6:35 am

      Indeed Molly! Such a special place in the world. Thanks for reading.



  2. Taylor on January 9, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Moab looks so amazing! I totally want to go back to Utah and visit this area. Arches is so high on my National Park bucket list and so is Canyonlands. 🙂 Great article!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 10, 2021 at 6:35 am

      Hey Taylor – you will love Moab! Hope you can visit soon.



  3. Josy A on January 9, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Ooooh very cool! Hiking in Moab looks like a blast (I would looove to see the trails in Canyonlands and Arches National Parks…) But you found even more fun things to do. Paddle boarding, whitewater rafting and stargazing all sound like perfect activities when your legs need to recover from walks!



  4. Hannah on January 9, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    There are so many amazing things to do in Moab! I’ve always wanted to try white water rafting, it sounds like so much fun! Thanks for the great guide!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 9, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Hannah – thanks for reading. You would have a major blast white water rafting. Save it for a summer visit when it is warm.



  5. Catherine on January 9, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    I can’t wait til I can go to Moab. I knew about the national parks, hiking and camping but had never considered SUPing the river nearby! Thanks for the tip!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 9, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Catherine – right on, you will have a great time on the Colorado river!



  6. Megan on January 9, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    We Love Moab! We were supposed to go back in October, but changed our plans at the last minute. I’m excited to try all these new things we haven’t done there before, like SUP!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 9, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      Hey Megan – Hope you can make it in the future. SUP’ing the Colorado River is awesome.



  7. Olivia on January 9, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Who knew there was so much to do in Moab! This place looks amazing. It would be so fun to stand up paddleboard on the Colorado River!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 9, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Olivia – Moab is so wonderful. You will have to visit sometime.



  8. William Randall on January 4, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    This sounds like fun, guys !!



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 5, 2021 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks for reading Uncle Burt 🙂