15 Cool Things To Do in Moab Outdoors


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

Are you 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.

Why Plan a Trip to Moab, Utah

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

15 Fun Outdoor Adventures To Have in Moab

Me hiking in Canyonlands Needles District.

People from all over the world come to see Moab’s natural wonders, making it the perfect vacation destination.

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.

Tour Arches National Park

Landscape Arch in Arches NP.

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

Canyonlands National Park

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.

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.

Hiking Near Moab

Pablo hiking in the Canyonlands backcountry.

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

Here are our favorite hikes in the 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

Dead Horse Point State Park

Image Credit: iStock.com/Catherine Withers-Clarke.

Dead Horse Point State Park is a beautiful place to camp and explore. Visit the state park and then take 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.

Mountain Biking

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. It has slick rock but, most importantly, dinosaur footprints. Klondike Bluffs Trail is an intermediate biking trail.

Camping in the Moab Area

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.


Since Moab is a smaller town, no other extensive areas or populations are causing light pollution, making this area prime for watching the stars at night.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding the Colorado River

SUPing the Colorado River.

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is another one of our personal favorites to do along the Colorado River near Moab.

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.

Whitewater Rafting

Floating the Colorado River near Moab.

Moab has a few guiding outfits where you can book a whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River down Cataract Canyon or the town run.

There is nothing more fun than rafting through Canyon Country.

Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV) and Jeeping

Moab is known for its off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails on public lands in the surrounding area. It hosts world-class 4×4 conventions.

You can rent Jeeps and 4×4 rigs or use your own. Just be sure to OHV responsibly.


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

Rock Climbing

Moab is known for its rock climbing and 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 guiding outfits in town if you’d like to go climbing.

It’s a fun outdoor thing to do in Moab.

Base Jumping

Base jumping is an activity for super hardcore adventure sports athletes. BASE Jump Moab is a guiding outfit offering this activity. Along with the jump, they offer a video and a hoodie.

I’m too scared for these types of adventures, but if you go, let us know.

La Sal Loop Scenic Drive

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.

Mill Canyon Dinosaur Tracksite

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

Please Respect the Desert

Hiking in Horseshoe Canyon.

Please stay on designated roads and trails to protect the crust.

Read more about environmental stewardship in the desert backcountry, including how to protect precious biological soil crust while adventuring.

Helpful Tips

Moab is busy AF: During peak season, be prepared for crowds. It’s honestly best to try to visit in the off-season.

Book accommodations and guided tours in advance: Moab can get crazy during peak season. Finding camping in certain areas or booking guided trips can be hard.

Enjoy the area for a few days: The area has a few national parks and monuments. You might enjoy heading 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.

Summers are hot: Summers can be 100+ degrees Fahrenheit, so plan your adventures with that in mind and stay safe out there.

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.


  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 🙂