For a truly authentic western experience, nothing beats touring our rugged desert from atop a gentle, cowboy-trained quarter horse. From early settlers to John Wayne himself, people have found there’s no better way to see, smell, and experience the Wild West than horseback riding. Ride trails made famous by John Wayne on rides guided by experienced wranglers.
Hiking in and around national parks
The Moab area is lined with trails on and through the public lands of our national parks. From cool stream-side hikes to wondrous vistas and spectacular sandstone arches, Moab area is brimming with a huge selection of exciting day-hikes suitable for your entire family.
For an unbelievable water tour, raft the Colorado, Green, San Juan, or Dolores River—from the mild to the wild. You’ll have a relaxing trip when you choose the mild waters of the Colorado River near Moab, or go full adventure and navigate the classic white waters of the stunning Westwater Canyon. For adrenaline overload, it’s the big water of Cataract Canyon. River rafting trips include a riverside picnic lunch and knowledgeable guides. Choose from half-day, full-day, or overnight trips or do it yourself with a rented raft or paddle board.
Jet boat tours
Some of Moab’s best sights can only be accessed by river. Powerful jet boats allow you to explore every majestic canyon on the calm-water sections of the Colorado River. Relax and unwind with the cool river breezes as you explore the geological history written on the canyon’s walls. Jet boat trips are a photographer’s delight!
Mountain biking capital of the world
Each year thousands of people come to Moab with one thing on their mind—mountain biking. Ride the spectacular Monitor and Merrimac Trail or other fun, world-class Moab rides. Great for all ages and abilities.
Explore the incredible scenery that the Moab area has to offer via road cycling. Also several times a year Moab offers road cycle racing.
Jeep, ATV, 4-wheel, and Hummer adventures
Experience Moab’s most scenic trails firsthand either on your own or with your own knowledgeable guide. Tours range from two to four hours. Drivers must be at least 16 with a valid driver’s license
Scenic highway drives
In and around Moab there are three state scenic byways—selected roads within the United States we recognize, preserve, and enhance based upon their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities. Be sure to fit in a scenic drives each time you vacation in the Moab area and explore areas such as Loop Road, Dead Horse Point, and Mesa Verde National Park, just two hours away.
Moab has a wide variety of landscapes for the amateur and professional photographer alike—and everyone in between. Our area has desserts, forest, and the largest, most diverse set of red rock canyons in the world. There is no shortage of photo opps!
Scenic air flights
Scenic flight tours of the Moab area are the best way to see spectacular aerial views of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. There is a nice selection of scenic flight tours and custom air services covering a wide area of Utah and Arizona, including Canyonlands National Park, Monument Valley, Canyons of the Escalante, Lake Powell, San Rafael swell area, and more.
Canyoneering adventures are a great way to explore some of our landscape’s hidden secrets. From rappelling into a slickrock grotto and swimming the watery pools of a slot canyon, you’re sure to find an exciting adventure at every bend. Experienced guides will teach you technical climbing and share their vast knowledge of local flora and fauna.
The Moab Golf Course is one of the most visually appealing in the state with its contrast of smooth, bright greens set amid rough, eroded red cliffs and boulders. The public course has 18 holes and a par of 72. It is open seven days a week, year-round. It has a pro shop, a driving range, and a snack bar open for breakfast and lunch. Cart rentals and lessons are available.
Found throughout southern Utah, a petroglyph is an image carved, incised or scratched into stone, and typically found only in caves or other areas where they have been protected from the elements of sunshine, wind-blown sand, and precipitation. This rock art has survived hundreds, even thousands of years, and is seen by thousands of visitors a year.
Moab has some of the best dinosaur tracks in the world from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods embedded in the red rock canyon country of eastern Utah. Most tracks have been tracks left by carnivorous and herbivorous giants on ancient lakeshores, river sandbar,s and in inter-dune oases. Don’t forget your camera or to visit the Moab Giants Dinosaur Museum.